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Milwaukee and economic development

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The riots following the police shooting death of Sylville Smith turned attention to Milwaukee, one of the most racially segregated cities in the country. Professor of Sociology John Logan says in VOA's "In Wake of Riots, Milwaukee Looks Inward for Solutions" that little has been done to target economic development that would have an "impact on the low income inner city or minority communities."
(Distributed September 2, 2016)

Language polarization

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Finding solutions for complex challenges can be daunting when people use different words for the same things. In "Republicans and Democrats in Congress Speak in Completely Different Languages," new research co-authored by Professor of Economics Jesse Shapiro shows increased polarization in the language used by the two political parties. The study was also covered by The Washington Post and The Economist.
(Distributed September 1, 2016)

Resilience and the academic gender gap

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Kindergartners with similar behavioral challenges don't necessarily end up with the same outcomes. In "New study sheds light on girls' resilience and the academic gender gap" in Deseret News,  research by Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs Jayanti Owens finds that among girls and boys who struggle equally with behavior problems, girls have better life outcomes, including higher rates of high school and college graduation.

(Distributed August 29, 2016)

Obesity and genetics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Samoans have one of the highest rates of obesity in the world, and a new study shows genetics play a role. Professor of Epidemiology and Anthropology Stephen McGarvey is part of a team that uncovered a genetic variant that occurs in approximately half of all Samoans but rarely in other populations. The study was published in Nature Genetics and covered by New ScientistTrib, and Radio New Zealand. "Newly found, ‘thrifty’ genetic variant influences Samoan obesity" provides a comprehensive summary.
(Distributed August 17, 2016)

U.S. mortality rate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The U.S. mortality rate showed a decline for the first quarter of 2016, following an unusual increase in 2015. In "U.S. Mortality Rate Declines, and Researchers Breathe a Sigh of Relief" in The New York Times, former PSTC Postdoctoral Fellow Andrew Fenelon says, “Maybe the 2015 increase was a quick blip, and the trend of decline will continue.”
(Distributed August 17, 2016)
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