Targeting travelers to reduce disease

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Despite billions being spent to reduce the spread of infectious diseases globally, the efforts can often be reversed by travelers. In "Traveling with ease, carrying disease? Using mobile phone data to reduce malaria," PSTC Trainee Sveta Milusheva (Economics) examines mobile phone data and the spread of malaria in Senegal. She focuses on strategies for targeting policies towards particular travelers in order to reduce transmission. The piece was also published by the World Economic Forum.

(Distributed December 12, 2016)

"Medicare exchanges" could prove complicated

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Paul Ryan's proposed changes to the Medicare program could affect many older Americans, forcing them to make healthcare choices from a confusing array of "Medicare exchanges" options. "Paul Ryan's Plan to Change Medicare Looks A Lot Like Obamacare" cites research co-authored by former PSTC Trainee Momotazur Rahman, now an assistant professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice at Brown.

(Distributed December 8, 2016)

Asians achieve upward mobility despite discrimination

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Less racism, not more education, is the reason Asian Americans have closed the wage gap with whites. A recent study by Assistant Professor of Economics Nathaniel Hilger examines the only "non-white US racial group to experience long-term, institutional discrimination yet today exhibit high income." Hilger's work is cited in "The real reasons the U.S. became less racist toward Asian Americans." Hilger's research was also covered by Bloomberg and an additional article in the Washington Post.

(Distributed December 8, 2016)

Mason receives Virchow Award

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The Society for Medical Anthropology's Critical Anthropology for Global Health Caucus has selected Assistant Professor of Anthropology Katherine Mason as the recipient of the Rudolf Virchow Award. Mason won the award for her article, "H1N1 Is Not a Chinese Virus: the Racialization of People and Viruses in Post-SARS China." A winner is selected annually for work with a "critical anthropology focus with rich ethnographic data" and "critical perspectives in medical anthropology."

(Distributed December 6, 2016)

Impact of charter schools

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Achievement First, a network of public charter schools in five cities, is looking to expand its presence in Providence. A recent article, "Brown economist to help analyze potential impact of Achievement First expansion," highlights the role that Professor of Economics Justine Hastings will play as one of several experts to provide analysis to the Rhode Island Department of Education about the proposed expansion. Hastings has published extensively about school choice.

(Distributed December 1, 2016)
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