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GIS Institute accepting applications

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Applications are now being accepted for the Winter 2017 GIS Institute offered by Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4). The Institute, co-sponsored by S4, the PSTC, Brown University Libraries, and EarthLab, will run January 9-20. It is free of charge and is open to all Brown faculty, graduate students, and staff. The Institute provides participants the opportunity to build and apply Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial analysis skills. The application deadline is December 1 with rolling acceptances issued from November 21.

(Distributed November 7, 2016)

Addressing "Women's Issues" in the academy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – With a standing-room-only crowd in attendance, Professor of Economics Emily Oster and Assistant Professor of Sociology Jayanti Owens participated in an informal conversation at the Watston Institute last week about "'Women's Issues' in Practice and Perspective." The moderated discussion focused on the experience and practice of being a woman in academia and what taking up a "women's issue" entails within the academy.

(Distributed November 3, 2016)

School climate affects teacher retention, student success

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Schools that are safe and orderly and promote professional development, teacher collaboration, and high academic expectations are more likely to retain teachers and also see improvements in students' test scores, says a recent study co-authored by Assistant Professor of Education and Economics Matthew Kraft. "Teachers do not work in a vacuum; their school’s climate can either enhance or undermine their ability to succeed with students,” he says. Read more.

(Distributed November 1, 2016)

Miscarriages not linked to behavior

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Many women experience miscarriages, up to one in three pregnancies, but most are caused by unpreventable “chromosomal abnormalities" and not by behavioral factors. In TIME's "What Causes a Miscarriage?" Professor of Economics Emily Oster, author of Expecting Better, says many women mistakenly fear caffeine consumption, stress, drinking, or smoking could cause a miscarriage. While those behaviors can potentially cause health problems for the child, miscarriage is most commonly caused by "genes and chance," Oster says.
(Distributed October 31, 2016)

Global neighborhoods on the rise in the U.S.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Professor of Sociology John Logan has had three articles published this year in Demography, a leading journal for population research. The most recent, "Global Neighborhoods: Beyond the Multiethnic Metropolis," reveals the rapid growth of neighborhoods containing a mix of black, white, Asian, and Hispanic residents, in which the latter two groups can provide a "social cushion and/or spatial separation between blacks and whites.” Read more.

(Distributed October 27, 2016)
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