Trainees present during GIS Institute

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – The semi-annual GIS Institute wrapped up at the PSTC on June 3 with presentations from participants including two PSTC trainees. During the first session, GIS Applications in the Social Sciences, Jennifer Bouek (Sociology) presented "Markets of Child Care," which examines the organizational markets of childcare and investigates variation across local geographies and patterns related to community sociodemographic status. Read more.

(Distributed June 21, 2016)

PSTC faculty garner University awards

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Three PSTC faculty associates received awards during the University Awards Ceremony, an annual event that recognizes the achievements of Brown's faculty and graduate students. Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences Abigail Harrison received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring in Public Health. Assistant Professor of Education and Economics Matthew Kraft received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. And Assistant Professor of Education and Economics John Papay was awarded the Henry Merritt Wriston Fellowship, which recognizes junior faculty members with records of excellence in teaching and scholarship.
(Distributed June 16, 2016)

U.S. death rate rises

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Death rates rose in the U.S. in 2015, in part due to increases in deaths related to drug overdoses, suicide, and Alzheimer’s disease. In "American Death Rate Rises for First Time in a Decade" in the New York Times, former PSTC Postdoc Andrew Fenelon, a researcher at the National Center for Health Statistics, notes the widening gap in mortality between the U.S. and many European countries and the rarity of an increase in the American death rate.

(Distributed June 14, 2016)

Disadvantage and distrust


PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Diversity isn't to blame for distrust, says Maria Abascal, a Brown University Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow at the PSTC, in a co-authored op-ed piece in the New York Times. In "Don’t Blame Diversity for Distrust," she says that "distrust is higher in diverse communities because blacks and Latinos, who are more likely than whites to live in one, are less trusting to begin with."
(Distributed June 13, 2016)
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