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Dean McKay Celebrates Brown School’s 10,000th Graduate

The annual Brown School Recognition Ceremony for graduates, May 18, marked two milestones: the School’s 10,000th graduate, and the first Brown School graduation ceremony for Mary M. McKay, Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation Dean of the Brown School.

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May 2017 PhD Graduates

PhD Graduates Accept Significant Faculty and Research Positions

The Brown School is celebrating the successes of its newest PhD graduates, whose depth and breadth of work have earned them positions at esteemed institutions across the country.

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Social Work and Public Health Faculty Team Up for Pilot Study in Haiti

Associate Professors Trish Kohl and Lora Iannotti brought their complementary expertise to create and test an innovative nutrition and parenting intervention in Haiti. Their goal is to promote healthy growth and development among young children.

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Civil Unrest in Ferguson from the Eyes of Older Citizens

A new study by Nancy Morrow-Howell, a leading gerontologist at the Brown School, shows that issues related to safety were of highest concern to Ferguson’s older citizens following the social unrest that gripped the city in August, 2014.

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What Is Your Future Risk of Poverty?

A newly-redesigned poverty risk calculator developed by Mark Rank, Herbert S. Hadley Professor of Social Welfare, can determine an American’s expected risk of poverty based on their race, education level, gender, marital status and age.

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Guo Named Yangtze River Scholar

Shenyang Guo, the Frank J. Bruno Distinguished Professor of Social Work Research at the Brown School, has been named a Yangtze River Scholar by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

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Uninsured Breast Cancer Patients More Likely to Die

Uninsured women with breast cancer were nearly 2.6 times more likely to have a late stage diagnosis than cancer patients who were insured, finds a new study from Kimberly Johnson, associate professor at the Brown School.

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‘Tobacco Town’ Simulation Shows Benefits of Limiting Tobacco Retailers

Reducing the number of retailers that sell tobacco products could benefit public health, but the strategies for doing so should be adjusted to account for differing community characteristics, finds a new study led by Professor Douglas A. Luke.

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Smart Decarceration Can Help Shrink Sprawling American Prison System

New guideposts developed by Carrie Pettus-Davis of the Brown School suggest that smart decarceration may be the answer to reforming America’s prison system, reducing the number of inmates and enabling a more effective approach to public safety.

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Clark-Fox Policy Institute Launches

The Maxine Clark and Bob Fox Policy Institute at the Brown School officially opened with a launch event April 19 in Hillman Hall.

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Brown School Announces Jason Green as Commencement Speaker

Brown School Dean Mary McKay has announced that Jason Green, AB ’03, co-founder of the for-purpose technology company SkillSmart, will speak at the 2017 Brown School Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, May 18.

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On the Edge: Middle Neighborhoods

Paul Brophy, an expert in economic development and the editor of “On the Edge: America’s Middle Neighborhoods” will be at WashU. He’ll join with Henry S. Webber and Alan Mallach, who both contributed to “On the Edge,” and a panel of local civic leaders.

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Students Engage in Policy Training on Capitol Hill

With Capitol Hill as their classroom, 23 Brown School students spent Spring Break immersed in policy education and training in Washington, D.C.

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David Patterson: More Must Be Done to Address Opioid Crisis

Trump’s proposed budget aims to address the opioid crisis with a $500 million increase in prevention and treatment, but it isn’t enough to address the issue, says Associate Professor David Patterson.

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Employer-Based Financial Wellness Programs Project Receives $750,000 Grant from Kellogg Foundation

Over the next two years, the Brown School’s Center for Social Development will conduct a large-scale intervention study to assess implementation effectiveness and employee financial security outcomes of employer-based financial wellness programs.

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