Urban Inequality workshop assesses new opportunities

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A recent workshop hosted by the PSTC brought together more than 40 social scientists from across the country to discuss the best ways to utilize newly available data on historical censuses as well as more recent census records. The workshop, "Urban Inequality: Longitudinal, Multilevel, and Spatial Approaches," highlighted breakthroughs on issues related to urban inequality and segregation and addressed some challenges in working with data. Read more.

(Distributed December 20, 2016)

VanWey named assoc. provost for academic space

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Professor of Sociology Leah VanWey has been named Brown's associate provost for academic space, effective January 1, 2017. VanWey concluded her term as the associate director of the PSTC in July. In her new role, she will serve as a liaison between faculty and Facilities Management and support Brown's academic mission through the planning and management of space and facilities projects. Read more here.

(Distributed December 19, 2016)

Income inequality affects young adult earnings

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Due to rising income inequality, approximately half of American children can no longer expect to eventually out-earn their parents. In "American Dream collapsing for young adults, study says, as odds plunge that children will earn more than their parents," Assistant Professor of Economics Nathaniel Hilger notes the same is true regarding education as children are becoming less likely to obtain more education than their parents. Read more.

(Distributed December 16, 2016)

Teacher success is more than test scores

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Evaluating teachers solely on student test scores ignores other factors in educator effectiveness. "The nation’s best teachers do more than lift test scores" cites recent research co-authored by Assistant Professor of Education and Economics Matthew Kraft, noting that improving students' attitudes, persistence, critical thinking skills, and behaviors are also "strong predictors of lifetime success."  Read more.

(Distributed December 15, 2016)
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