NIH funds interdisciplinary mindfulness study

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Medically recommended lifestyle changes aren't always easy to maintain. A new grant from the NIH will help PSTC Associate and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Eric Loucks and his team to determine whether mindfulness could help people do a better job of sticking to changes in their diets and other lifestyle behaviors. "So far no one has ever customized a mindfulness intervention to a hypertensive patient population," Loucks told NPR in "Can Mindfulness Help Patients Stick To Lifestyle Changes?" Read more.

(Distributed September 24, 2015)

Alarie celebrates 20 years on PSTC staff

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A recent repair request led PSTC Manager of Finance and Administration Tom Alarie to the second-floor seminar room where, instead of malfunctioning blinds, he was greeted by a roomful of PSTC affiliates who had gathered for a celebration. Read more.

(Distributed September 17, 2015)

Low-income students disperse for school

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Low-income students are not necessarily limited to failing schools, says former PSTC/S4 Postdoctoral Research Associate Julia Burdick-Will, now an assistant professor of Sociology and Education at Johns Hopkins University. "We think of children in poor neighborhoods as 'stuck.' But they're not stuck in one geographic place," she said. "They're stuck navigating a complicated and far-flung school system." Burdick-Will recently presented her research at the American Sociological Association annual meeting and was featured in "Johns Hopkins sociologist challenges common assumptions about school choice," published by JHU's news center, the Hub.

(Distributed September 15, 2015)

PSTC kicks off fall colloquium series

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The PSTC is kicking off this year's weekly colloquium series with a fall lineup that will include presentations on topics ranging from HIV treatment and incarceration to marital assimilation and garment worker safety. Scholars from Brown as well as from UT Austin, Rice, Michigan, Washington, and Duke will present their research at the noon gatherings on Thursdays in Mencoff Hall. See the colloquia schedule for more details.

(Distributed September 10, 2015)

Dam construction forces migration

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Brazilians forced from their homes due to the construction of the Belo Monte Dam have mostly been able to attain their resettlement aspirations, says PSTC Trainee Heather Randell (Sociology) in her article, "Structure and agency in development-induced forced migration: the case of Brazil’s Belo Monte Dam," published in Population and Environment. Randell's research highlights "the importance of considering the relationship between structure and agency within forced migration research."
(Distributed September 9, 2015)
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