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Linking lead to crime

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A recent paper co-authored by Professor of Economics Anna Aizer estimates "the impact of lead on behavior: school suspensions and juvenile detention" and notes that increases in lead levels increases the probabilities of school suspension and juvenile detention. The paper is referenced in "New evidence that lead exposure increases crime." The study has also received coverage from the New York Post and The American Prospectwhich notes Aizer and her co-author are the first researchers to look at this connection.

(Distributed June 21, 2017)

Mason engages undergraduates on 'stratified reproduction'

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Poor women of color often "struggle with poverty and oppression as they raise children who in turn face seemingly overwhelming obstacles." In "Teaching 'Stratified Reproduction' in Practice," Assistant Professor of Anthropology Katherine Mason describes teaching a practicum-based undergraduate seminar she launched with support from Brown's Engaged Scholars Program. Read more.

(Distributed June 20, 2017)

Food plays big roles beyond nutrition

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – In "Hungry for shame — who’s trashing America’s school lunch?" Associate Professor of Anthropology Jessaca Leinaweaver addresses the Anti-Lunch Shaming Act of 2017 and the roles food can play beyond providing calories and nutrition. "Food is used every day to make powerful political and social statements....Food can be a metaphor for ideological matters such as a free market or public services, rights to access, and of course, income and privilege," she says.

(Distributed June 19, 2017)

PSTC trainees launch into careers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – At the close of another academic year, PSTC graduate student trainees and postdocs are launching into their careers in a variety of academic and private sector positions. The following PhD students have completed their degrees at Brown and the training program at the PSTC and are beginning their careers. Read more.

(Distributed June 16, 2017)
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