African scholars forge collaborations at the PSTC

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Recent exploratory visits to the PSTC from two African scholars are producing collaborative fruit in the areas of food poverty and urban tree planting. As part of an initiative to bring African scholars to the PSTC, Yonas Alem spent a week at the Center this fall, attending seminars and working on developing a project with PSTC Director and Professor of Economics and Community Health Andrew Foster. Read more.
(Distributed December 22, 2015)

PSTC welcomes Fulbright scholar

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The demographic research focus in China is changing as the country faces new population challenges including aging, continued low fertility rates, and increased migration. During this year at the PSTC, Yuan Ren, a visiting Fulbright scholar, seeks to understand the future prospects of population studies in China and globally and to expand his research on various aspects of Chinese migration. Read more.

(Distributed December 22, 2015)

Children in HIV-affected households

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Despite the prevalence of HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa, little attention has been paid to the impact on children living in households with an HIV-infected adult. PSTC Associate and Professor of Sociology Susan Short, along with former PSTC Trainee Rachel Goldberg (Sociology, '12), assistant professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine, has co-authored a new study, "Children Living with HIV-Infected Adults: Estimates for 23 Countries in sub-Saharan Africa," in which they calculated the percentage of children living in households with HIV-infected adults. Read more.

(Distributed December 21, 2015)

Teacher shortages affect high-poverty schools

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A national teacher shortage is contributing to a growing problem with an inconsistent teacher presence in classrooms, often leading to gaps in student achievement, especially in low-income schools. In "High-poverty schools often staffed by rotating cast of substitutes," the Washington Post cites research by PSTC Associates Matthew Kraft, professor of Education, and John Papay, professor of Education and Economics, who show that one cause of lower student achievement is late teacher hires.

(Distributed December 18, 2015)

PSTC alumni connect in Myanmar

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Three alumni from the PSTC training program recently found each other on the other side of the world working as international consultants for United Nations Fund for Population Activities in Myanmar. Michael Philip Guest (Sociology, ’87), Ricardo Neupert (Sociology, ’81), and Liem Nguyen (Sociology, ’04) were all in Nay Pyi Taw as three of the four lead international consultants analyzing the 2014 Population and Housing Census of Myanmar. Read more.

(Distributed December 16, 2015)
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