Blacks gain in life expectancy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The life expectancy gap between blacks and whites in the U.S. has narrowed in recent years, bringing it to the smallest in history. Former PSTC Postdoc Andrew Fenelon, now a researcher with the National Center for Health Statistics, says in "Black Americans See Gains in Life Expectancy" that the narrowing of the gap is due in part to decreases in homicide rates and AIDS deaths among blacks as well as increases in drug overdoses among whites. Read more.

(Distributed May 23, 2016)

Residential segregation paper wins S4 award

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – PSTC Trainee Benjamin Bellman has been awarded the S4 Graduate Student Paper Prize for his paper on residential segregation. Bellman, a PhD candidate in Sociology, presented his paper, "Slicing the Pie: Occupational and Residential Stratification in Nineteenth Century Philadelphia," during the fourth annual S4 Graduate Student Lecture and Reception held at the PSTC on May 13. Read more.

(Distributed May 19, 2016)

Tainted drinking water

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a plastic coating used in manufacturing, in drinking water in New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont has officials investigating as The Wall Street Journal reports "Concern Grows Over Tainted Drinking Water." The article quotes Vice President for Research and Professor of Epidemiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology David Savitz, whose research has found PFOA might cause “modest increases in disease.... We’re not talking about something that is an established, documented health hazard,” he said.
(Distributed May 17, 2016)

Interdisciplinary opportunities

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – PSTC trainees make up more than a third of the Brown graduate students who were selected to participate in the University's interdisciplinary opportunities for 2016-2017. The program supports advanced doctoral students, providing an opportunity for enhanced professional development and interdisciplinary experience and skills through participation in the activities of interdisciplinary Centers and Institutes at Brown. Six of the sixteen students selected this year are PSTC trainees. "This is a de facto acknowledgement of our leading role as an interdisciplinary training program," said PSTC Director Andrew Foster. Read more.

(Distributed May 16, 2016)
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