White to direct S4

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Professor of Sociology Michael J. White has been named the new director of Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4), effective July 1. He replaces Professor of Sociology John Logan, who has been the director since 2004. Read more.

(Distributed June 28, 2016)

Water contamination and health

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Widespread perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOAcontamination of drinking water across the U.S., including Rhode Island, could have implications for increases in high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, kidney cancer, and pregnancy-induced hypertension. In News10's "PFOA by the numbers," Brown's Vice President of Research and Professor of Epidemiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology David Savitz says "the scale of contamination was shocking" and that even with the high levels of uncertainty about health effects, there are enough adverse health effects to warrant removing PFOA, a plastic coating used in manufacturing, from the environment.

(Distributed June 28, 2016)

Foster directs Brown's new SSRI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Former PSTC Director and Professor of Economics and Community Health Andrew Foster is serving as the founding director of Brown's new Social Science Research Institute (SSRI). The primary aim of the SSRI is to advance the interests and productivity of faculty in the Social Sciences at Brown University through seed funding, grant submission and management, and other administrative support. Read more.

(Distributed June 27, 2016)

Brown announces named chair and promotions

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – During the annual meeting of the Corporation of Brown University, one PSTC faculty associate was appointed to a named chair and six were approved for promotions. Assistant Professor of Sociology Jayanti Owens was appointed the Mary Tefft and John Hazen White, Sr. Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs and Sociology. Read more.

(Distributed June 27, 2016)

Leinaweaver leads CLACS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Associate Professor of Anthropology Jessaca Leinaweaver has been appointed the new director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at Brown's Watson Institute, effective July 1. A recognized scholar of Latin America with expertise in family, gender, and migration, Leinaweaver is taking on the leadership position at "a time in which the center’s reputation is at an all-time high across the Americas," says Watson Director Edward Steinfeld.
(Distributed June 21, 2016)
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