Loucks leads new mindfulness center

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Brown university has launched a new Mindfulness Center with Associate Professor of Epidemiology Eric Loucks as the director. According to Loucks, the new center aims to help scientists, health care providers, and consumers alike better understand whether particular mindfulness interventions work, for which health concerns, and for whom. Read more here.
(Distributed October 31, 2017)

RIIPL develops tool to aid dislocated workers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Many dislocated workers (those who have lost jobs and are unlikely to find another job in their field) have been unable to utilize the governmental resources to be retrained and find employment elsewhere. Federal funding often bogs down in state-level processes, including in Rhode Island, until the Rhode Island Innovative Policy Lab, lead by Professor of Economics Justine Hastings, created an automated data-matching tool to identify displaced workers, trace their employment history, and prove eligibility. "The Simple Way States Can Stop Wasting Federal Job Training Funds" reports on the tool and RIIPL's status as one of the few foundation-backed policy labs assisting state and local governments.
(Distributed October 26, 2017)

Colleges and upward mobility

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Climbing the socioeconomic ladder can prove challenging for many low-income students, but a recent study co-authored by Associate Professor of Economics John Friedman shows that poor students and their rich counterparts who attend similarly ranked colleges end up with comparable earning outcomes after graduation. The study, covered by Business Insider and International Business Times, also notes that some colleges are more successful than others in boosting low-income students' chances of upward mobility.
(Distributed October 26, 2017)

Natural disasters and downward mobility

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Downward mobility is often spurred by job loss or medical crises, but natural disasters also play a role, particularly for low- and middle-income renters. "Harvey takes an uncounted toll on Houston's middle class" quotes Associate Professor of Population Studies and Environment and Society (Research) Elizabeth Fussell, who says that "people begin to fall out of the middle class" following events like the recent hurricanes. 
(Distributed October 23, 2017)
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