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)

Boys and discipline

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A recent study by Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs Jayanti Owens reveals the long-term implications of early childhood behavioral problems and discipline for boys. In "Boys Bear the Brunt of School Discipline," U.S. News & World Report notes the gender gap in schooling that can be traced to early behavioral problems such as "difficulty sustaining attention, regulating emotions, delaying gratification, and forming positive relationships with teachers and peers."

(Distributed August 1, 2016)
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