Brown wins ASA Dissertation Award

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The American Sociological Association has selected PSTC Alumnae Karida Brown as this year's recipient of the Association's Best Dissertation Award. Her dissertation, Before They Were Diamonds, traces the formation of an African American mining community in Eastern Kentucky, and its transformation into a diasporic community when the mines closed and the Civil Rights Movement created mobility opportunities. Read more.

(Distributed August 7, 2017)

Monsoons turn students to farm workers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – While monsoons can be a boon for Indian farmers, a new study co-authored by a former PSTC-affiliated postdoc, Bryce Millett Steinberg, now the Stephen Robert Assistant Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs at Brown, reveals the rains can be detrimental for school-age children who end up skipping school to help on the farm. A Quartz article cites the study, which shows that children switch from school to productive work during times of higher rainfall. 

(Distributed August 3, 2017)

Long-term effects of lead exposure

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Research by Professor of Economics Anna Aizer on the long-term effects of lead exposure is receiving extensive media coverage. "Study links lead exposure with school suspensions" examines Aizer's research in light of Syracuse's ranking as having the "nation's highest percentage of children with lead poisoning between 2009 and 2015" as well as "one of the highest suspension rates in the nation in 2014." Aizer's research has also been covered by ExpressBlack Matters US, and Atlanta Black Star.

(Distributed August 1, 2017)

PSTC faculty promotions and transitions

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – PSTC Faculty Associates Omar Galárraga and Eric Loucks have both been promoted by the Corporation of Brown University, effective July 1. Galárraga is now Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice. Loucks is Associate Professor of Epidemiology. Read more.

(Distributed July 31, 2017)

Breastfeeding as status symbol

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Breastfeeding is not the great equalizer some claim it to be but rather a status symbol for those with the luxury of time it takes to nurse a child, according to "The class dynamics of breastfeeding in the United States of America." The article quotes Professor of Economics Emily Oster, who has studied breastfeeding outcomes, noting breastfeeding had "no discernible impact on outcomes like infant mortality, respiratory infections, obesity, allergies, or IQ."

(Distributed July 28, 2017)
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