Global disease and the common good

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – In a piece for the Stanford University Press blog, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Katherine Mason addresses the responses of the global health community to disease outbreaks. In "Zika and the common good," she asks who the "common" really are and what motivates global health professionals in their intervention efforts.
(Distributed July 12, 2016)

Safest states

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – One fundamental human need is safety, and in "2016’s Safest States in America," Professor of Sociology John Logan recommends talking to local police departments before relocating. He also notes that some states, while maintaining lower tax structures, may have indicators of poor public health infrastructures, which could pose risks for health and wellbeing.

(Distributed July 6, 2016)

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)
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