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MPRC Journal Club holds its first meeting

Interdisciplinary student-led discussion group invites welcomes new members from all disciplines involved in population research

The MPRC Journal Club held its first meeting on September 19, 2014 with representatives from sociology, criminology, anthropology, and African American Studies. The Club discussed the strengths and weaknesses of a recently published article concerning “slum” residence and childhood health outcomes in developing countries. Attendees engaged in a spirited debate about measuring and defining “slums”, how to account for neighborhood/contextual effects more rigorously, and the implications that this line of research has on policy formation.

The MPRC Journal Club brings together graduate students and faculty from across the university to assess the strengths and weaknesses of current research published in major population journals, and to provide a forum for graduate students and faculty to discuss and develop ideas for their own plans for future research. The Journal Club enthusiastically welcomes all graduate students and faculty that have an interest in population-related research. The next meeting of the Journal Club will be October 17, 2014.

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