Oster on alcohol and pregnancy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Following a recent federal study, the director of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities says the risks of consuming alcohol during pregnancy are high and pregnant women should completely avoid it. PSTC Associate and Associate Professor of Economics Emily Oster disagrees. Read more.

(Distributed October 8, 2015)

Smith awarded Skinner Book Award

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – PSTC Associate and Professor of Anthropology Daniel J. Smith has been awarded the Elliott P. Skinner Book Award from the Association for Africanist Anthropology. Smith's book, AIDS Doesn’t Show Its Face: Inequality, Morality, and Social Change in Nigeria (University of Chicago Press, 2014), draws on twenty years of fieldwork and "argues that much of the story of AIDS in Africa remains hidden beneath a superficial focus on sex workers, condoms, and ARVs." Read more.

(Distributed October 5, 2015)

Improving the human condition through economics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – When Bryce Millett Steinberg entered the world of Economics, she became motivated by the “potential for economics to advance human development.” Steinberg, currently a postdoctoral fellow in International and Public Affairs at the Watson Institute and a collaborative PSTC researcher, worked as a research assistant for PSTC Associate and Professor of Economics David Weil while she was an undergraduate at Brown. She has also collaborated with PSTC Associate and Associate Professor of Economics Emily Oster on the impact of service centers on school enrollment in India. Read more.
(Distributed October 2, 2015)

PSTC alumna installed as president of El Colegio de México

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – An alumna of the PSTC training program has become the first female to be appointed university president in the 75-year history of El Colegio de México (The College of Mexico). Silvia Elena Giorguli Saucedo, a demographer and sociologist who received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown in 2004, will serve as president of the premier social science and humanities research university in Mexico and Latin America until 2020. 

While at Brown, Giorguli Saucedo studied under PSTC Associate and Professor of Sociology David Lindstrom. Read more.

(Distributed September 29, 2015)
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