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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)

China's one-child policy change

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Following China's recent change to the one-child policy, PSTC Visiting Fulbright Scholar Yuan Ren spoke on NPR about the impact of the change. In "China: A Common Thread in Conversations About Policy, Economy, Environment," he discussed the importance of the policy shift in light of gender imbalance and the aging Chinese population as well as the potential negative effects of a shrinking labor force on the Chinese economy.

(Distributed December 14, 2015)

Race defined on the U.S. Census

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The U.S. Census reports on but also has helped to shape information about population and race in the United States. "How the U.S. Census Defines Race," published by The Smithsonian, cites the work of PSTC Associate and Professor of Anthropology and Italian Studies David Kertzer on the politics of race and ethnicity in the census.

(Distributed December 9, 2015)
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