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)

BIARI returns to campus

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI) gathers "participants from around the world to address pressing global issues through collaboration across academic, professional, and geographic boundaries." BIARI 2016 is taking place June 4-18 at the Watson Institute with PSTC faculty associates serving as conveners in two of the four Institutes. Read more.

(Distributed June 10, 2016)

Soy production and climate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – While soybean production in Brazil has brought welcome economic growth, it could prove challenging for the country to keep its environmental commitments. Former PSTC Postdoc Peter Richards has co-authored "Brazil’s thriving soy industry threatens its forests and global climate targets," which states that in the coming years the "nation’s commitment to slowing climate change will be severely tested." Richards is also quoted in "Booming soy industry could threaten Brazil’s climate commitments, researchers warn."

(Distributed June 6, 2016)
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