Racial bias in public health

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – "Social disparities become health disparities," agreed members of a panel discussion addressing the impact of racial bias on public health, hosted by the School of Public Health. Assistant professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice Omar Galárraga participated on the panel and noted that racial harms can be combated by doing good public health research because it benefits everyone. Read more.

(Distributed March 8, 2016)

RIIPL: impacting the world for good

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – How do data and science work together to produce smart policy and increase equity and opportunity in society? Learn more about work of the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab (RIIPL) on its new website. Associate Professor of Economics Justine Hastings serves as the director of RIIPL. Associate Professors of Economics John Friedman and Emily Oster as well as Professor of Economics Jesse Shapiro are RIIPL faculty research associates.

(Distributed March 3, 2016)

Same-sex marriage guide for parents

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A new book by former PSTC Trainee Deborah Merrill, professor of Sociology at Clark University, addresses how "same-sex marriage changes the relationships between parents and their gay or lesbian adult children." The book, When Your Gay or Lesbian Child Marries, raises "questions about the ways gender structures so many family relationships,” says Fran Goldscheider, professor emerita of Sociology and former PSTC director, in "Clark Professor Pens 'When Your Gay or Lesbian Child Marries.'"
(Distributed March 1, 2016)

Research and real-world problems

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The Brown University TRI-Lab (Teaching, Research, and Impact Lab) program is "Helping Students Pursue Research With A Purpose." Professor of Epidemiology Stephen Buka served as the faculty co-chair of TRI-Lab's pilot program on early childhood development with a focus on the health and well-being of Rhode Island’s children. He helped to guide the focus of the pilot year to address executive functions, a "topic in child development that was of interest to both researchers and practitioners. Executive functions was a natural fit, as it has received a great deal of attention in both the academic and education worlds in recent years." Read more.

(Distributed February 29, 2016)

Juvenile incarceration

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – One of the five most cited articles in the Quarterly Journal of Economics in 2015 was co-authored by Associate Professor of Economics Anna Aizer. The article, "Juvenile Incarceration, Human Capital, and Future Crime: Evidence from Randomly Assigned Judges," reports that juvenile incarceration "could be very disruptive, greatly reducing the likelihood of ever returning to school and, for those who do return, significantly increasing the likelihood of being classified as having an emotional or behavioral disorder."

(Distributed February 26, 2016)
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