BIARI gathers scholars from Global South

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The seventh annual gathering of the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) included participants selected from the largest ever pool of applicants. The two-week program, hosted by the Watson Institute, brought 155 scholars (of more than 1,100 applicants) from 60 countries in the Global South to Brown University to learn from each other and work towards solving relevant topics around the world. Read more...

(Distributed June 19, 2015)

Restoring the rainforest

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The Atlantic rainforest in Brazil, which is nearly extinct, receives less press than the Amazon but provides a small laboratory context for a restoration and development project being undertaken by PSTC Associate Director and Associate Professor of Sociology Leah VanWey along with a team of American and Brazilian students, postdocs, and faculty. Read more...

(Distributed June 17, 2015)

Re-Segregation addressed at GIS Institute

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The semi-annual GIS Institute wrapped up with a full day of presentations from 16 participants, who joined the Institute from departments across campus, including Anthropology, History of Art and Architecture, Public Health, and Sociology. PSTC Trainee Amanda Zagame (Sociology) presented her project, “Is Re-Segregation on the Rise in Boston?” She used 2000 and 2010 census data to “examine the demographic characteristics of Boston residents at the block-group level” in order to “reveal the level of segregation in the city as a whole.” Read more...

(Distributed June 16, 2015)

Congressional hearing on incarceration

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Incarceration rates for African Americans in the U.S. far outpace those for the rest of the population, said PSTC Associate and Professor of Economics Glenn Loury during a Congressional hearing on a recent report, The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences. Loury noted the serious implications for the communities from which the incarcerated individuals come. The briefing was televised on C-SPAN and can be viewed here.

(Distributed June 15, 2015)
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