PSTC at the International Population Conference

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The 28th International Population Conference took place in Cape Town, South Africa, October 29-November 4 with strong representation from PSTC faculty and trainees. The conference, organized by the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, takes place once every four years and draws approximately “2,000 population scholars, policy makers, and government officials from around the world to discuss the latest population research and debate pressing global and regional population issues.” Read more.

(Distributed November 14, 2017)

Mexican Migration Projects celebrates 30 years

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – For thirty years, the Mexican Migration Project (MMP) has been collecting survey data in Mexico and the United States on Mexico-U.S. migration. It is the longest on-going study of Mexico-U.S. migration and has transformed the way migration is studied. To celebrate the MMP’s thirtieth anniversary, a bi-lingual conference was convened in Mexico City at El Colegio de México (Colmex) October 26-27. Read more.

(Distributed November 9, 2017)

Former PSTC director elected PAA president-elect

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – John Casterline has been elected the president-elect of the Population Association of America. Casterline, now a professor in population studies in the Department of Sociology at The Ohio State University, was the PSTC director from 1992-1994. He taught at Brown from 1984-1994 before continuing on to positions at The Population Council and Penn State University. He currently serves as the director of the Institute for Population Research at Ohio State. His one-year term as PAA president-elect will begin January 1. Read more. 

(Distributed November 8, 2017)

Teacher-evaluation reform fails to succeed

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – After millions of dollars, political fighting, and thousands of hours implementing new teacher-evaluation  programs, a study by Assistant Professor of Education and Economics Matthew Kraft found that the programs have done little to improve the accuracy of identifying ineffective teachers. The Washington Post and National Review reference Kraft's study, noting that principals "remained unsure what poor teaching looked like, didn’t want to upset their staffs, and didn’t think giving a negative evaluation was worth the hassle." Read more here.
(Distributed November 2, 2017)

Protections for hurricane recovery workers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Following the devastation left by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, concerns are being raised about the health, safety, and wellbeing of those assisting in the disaster cleanup. In "Who Will Rebuild Houston?" Associate Professor of Population Studies and Environment and Society (Research) Elizabeth Fusselldescribes the deportation threat dynamic that plagued undocumented workers following Hurricane Katrina. In "Who Will Protect Recovery Workers after Hurricane Harvey?" she examines the suspension of federal regulations following Katrina and urges the prevention of worker abuses through the enforcement of these policies and protections.

(Distributed October 31, 2017)
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