Improving the human condition through economics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – When Bryce Millett Steinberg entered the world of Economics, she became motivated by the “potential for economics to advance human development.” Steinberg, currently a postdoctoral fellow in International and Public Affairs at the Watson Institute and a collaborative PSTC researcher, worked as a research assistant for PSTC Associate and Professor of Economics David Weil while she was an undergraduate at Brown. She has also collaborated with PSTC Associate and Associate Professor of Economics Emily Oster on the impact of service centers on school enrollment in India. Read more.
(Distributed October 2, 2015)

PSTC alumna installed as president of El Colegio de México

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – An alumna of the PSTC training program has become the first female to be appointed university president in the 75-year history of El Colegio de México (The College of Mexico). Silvia Elena Giorguli Saucedo, a demographer and sociologist who received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown in 2004, will serve as president of the premier social science and humanities research university in Mexico and Latin America until 2020. 

While at Brown, Giorguli Saucedo studied under PSTC Associate and Professor of Sociology David Lindstrom. Read more.

(Distributed September 29, 2015)

Spitzer awarded Gino Luzzatto Prize

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Yannay Spitzer, a 2014-2015 PSTC postdoctoral research associate and current assistant professor of Economics at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, received the Gino Luzzatto Prize during the European Historical Economics Society (EHES) conference this month. The prize, one of two prestigious awards in the field, is given by the EHES for the best dissertation on European economic history submitted in the past two years. Read more.

(Distributed September 25, 2015)

NIH funds interdisciplinary mindfulness study

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Medically recommended lifestyle changes aren't always easy to maintain. A new grant from the NIH will help PSTC Associate and Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Eric Loucks and his team to determine whether mindfulness could help people do a better job of sticking to changes in their diets and other lifestyle behaviors. "So far no one has ever customized a mindfulness intervention to a hypertensive patient population," Loucks told NPR in "Can Mindfulness Help Patients Stick To Lifestyle Changes?" Read more.

(Distributed September 24, 2015)
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