Guest workers fuel Florida fruit industry

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Many American farmers rely on temporary laborers to assist with their crops, and with a reduction of availability in domestic labor, many are turning to guest workers to provide a work force. In "Ph.D Candidate Researches Florida’s H-2A Farmworker Program," PSTC Trainee Bryan Moorefield (Anthropology) discusses his research on H2-A visa guest workers in Florida's citrus industry, many of them young men from Mexico. He is comparing this authorized mode of migration with that of unauthorized workers who used to do much of this kind of work. Read more.

(Distributed July 6, 2017)

Flores and Owens awarded Salomon Research Awards

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Assistant Professor of Education Andrea Flores and Assistant Professor of Sociology and International and Public Affairs Jayanti Owens have both received Salomon Research Awards from Brown. Flores's project is "Citizen Scholars: Civic Belonging and Latino Students' College Experiences in Tennessee." Owens's is "Exclusionary Discipline: Racial Disparities in How Teachers Evaluate and Sanction Misbehavior."

(Distributed July 5, 2017)

Pregnancy weight gain linked to academic achievement

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Most women gain more or less than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy. Women who gain less than recommended are more likely to have babies who are born pre-term or who are small for their gestational age, which can lead to lower academic achievement. "The Truth About Weight Gain and Pregnancy" quotes Professor of Economics Emily Oster, author of Expecting Better, who says women should "be more concerned about gaining too little weight than too much." Read more.

(Distributed July 4, 2017)

American melting pot creates diversity, tensions

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – American suburbs are rapidly changing and diversifying, moving from traditional middle-class white enclaves to racially and ethnically mixed neighborhoods. "Suburbia's new face" quotes Professor of Sociology John Logan, who has done extensive research on the changing American demographics, including global neighborhoods. “Global neighborhoods are made possible by immigration,” he says in the article. “Hispanics and Asians [are] paving the way for integration of African-Americans.”

(Distributed June 27, 2017)
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