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)

Mason receives Salomon Award

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Assistant Professor of Anthropology Katherine Mason has received a Richard B. Salomon Faculty Research Award for her project, "Bundles of Sorrow: Family Experiences of Perinatal Mood Disorders in the U.S. And China." The Salomon Awards "were established to support excellence in scholarly work by providing funding for selected faculty research projects deemed to be of exceptional merit."
(Distributed August 11, 2016)

Papay named NAEd fellow

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Assistant Professor of Education and Economics John Papay has been named a 2016 postdoctoral fellow by the National Academy of Education. The fellowships are awarded annually to "support early career scholars working in critical areas of education research." Papay's project is titled "Evaluation for Teacher Development: Exploring the Relationship between Features of Teacher Evaluation Systems and Teacher Improvement."
(Distributed August 8, 2016)
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