Kertzer to give Presidential Faculty Award Lecture

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – PSTC Associate David Kertzer, the Paul R. Dupee Jr. University Professor of Social Science and Professor of Anthropology and Italian Studies, will deliver the Presidential Faculty Award Lecture on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 4:30 p.m. in the John Carter Brown Library. As recipient of the award this fall, Kertzer is being recognized by the University for his important and innovative scholarship, including his work in the area of anthropological demography. 

(Distributed December 1, 2015)

College costs and outcomes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – College costs don't always result in positive returns on the investment, but research by PSTC Associate and Associate Professor of Economics Justine Hastings may help government programs to better match low-income students with careers to improve their income trajectories. An article in the Huffington Post, "Is Better Information Improving Students' Return on Investment? Lessons From Chile," cites a paper co-authored by Hastings. 

(Distributed November 30, 2015)

Housing laws and public health

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Enforcement of housing laws is not always consistent, though consistency would send a message to low-income residents about the importance of their health and safety in an attempt to help equalize opportunity. "When Are Laws Strictly Enforced? Criminal Justice, Housing Quality, And Public Health" cites research co-authored by PSTC Associate and Associate Professor of Economics Anna Aizer. Her team found that reductions in lead poisoning in Rhode Island's African-American children had positive effects on lowering the black-white test score gap.

(Distributed November 25, 2015)

Grant funds reproductive health research

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – PSTC Associate and Assistant Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Omar Galarraga is part of team that was recently awarded a grant from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. The funding, to be used in collaboration with the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IFFP/WHR), will support an upcoming conference at the Watson Institute as well as joint research projects addressing sexual and reproductive health issues in Latin America and the Caribbean, including adolescent fertility and pregnancy, gender-based violence, and masculinities and men’s sexual and reproductive health.

(Distributed November 24, 2015)
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