Long-term effects of lead exposure

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Research by Professor of Economics Anna Aizer on the long-term effects of lead exposure is receiving extensive media coverage. "Study links lead exposure with school suspensions" examines Aizer's research in light of Syracuse's ranking as having the "nation's highest percentage of children with lead poisoning between 2009 and 2015" as well as "one of the highest suspension rates in the nation in 2014." Aizer's research has also been covered by ExpressBlack Matters US, and Atlanta Black Star.

(Distributed August 1, 2017)

PSTC faculty promotions and transitions

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – PSTC Faculty Associates Omar Galárraga and Eric Loucks have both been promoted by the Corporation of Brown University, effective July 1. Galárraga is now Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice. Loucks is Associate Professor of Epidemiology. Read more.

(Distributed July 31, 2017)

Breastfeeding as status symbol

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Breastfeeding is not the great equalizer some claim it to be but rather a status symbol for those with the luxury of time it takes to nurse a child, according to "The class dynamics of breastfeeding in the United States of America." The article quotes Professor of Economics Emily Oster, who has studied breastfeeding outcomes, noting breastfeeding had "no discernible impact on outcomes like infant mortality, respiratory infections, obesity, allergies, or IQ."

(Distributed July 28, 2017)

China's hokou system limits love

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – A recent study co-authored by Professor of Sociology Zhenchao Qian addresses the hokou system, a Chinese household-registration system, and its effects on marriages between residents and migrants in Shanghai. The study is covered in "How a little brown book can keep China’s lovers worlds apart," which describes hokou's influence on social stratification and social mobility, and the barrier it creates between couples with different statuses.

(Distributed July 27, 2017)

Loving v. Virginia: Interracial marriage 50 later

PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] – Fifty years after the Loving v. Virginia civil rights decision to overturn laws prohibiting interracial marriage, the number of Americans marrying someone of a different race or ethnicity is on the increase. In "Growing acceptance of interracial marriage in US," Professor of Sociology and PSTC Associate Director Zhenchao Qian notes that the increased diversity of American society and growing exposure to people of other races play important roles in the increase. Qian is also quoted in "50 Years Ago, Supreme Court Overturned Laws That Barred Interracial Marriages.

(Distributed July 7, 2017)
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