Population Sciences – Summer News

Summer News June 7, 2021

Hello everybody,

One of the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is the recognition of many important areas of research. A recent blog by NIA program officer Liz Necka was titled “After COVID, research on social isolation and loneliness needed more than ever” (see HERE). One such option is an R03 ‘small project’ grant to analyze existing data. Larger grants would be more ambitious, either with new data collection or perhaps data linkages. We have several pilot grants collecting data about the COVID-19 experience (see https://www.populationsciences.berkeley.edu/population-center/grants/popcenter-pilots-past-awards) and these may be open for additional researchers (I know the UCNets study I’m on is!) Contact me if you wish to discuss any of your possible ideas. 

Events and other announcements follow.  Not too much is happening on campus but there are many remote options that you can listen to from your desk or while out on a walk.

Be well,
As in-person events are on hold, be sure to check out virtual talks and webinars. All times are Pacific unless otherwise noted.

June 10, 3-4 p.m. Eastern/ 12-1 p.m. Pacific. “Ask Me Anything with the Fulbright Scholar Program” with Michelle Bolourchi, Outreach & Recruitment Specialist, Fulbright Scholar ProgramInterested in teaching or conducting research outside the U.S.? Join us for a Q&A session with Michelle Bolourchi from the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Ask about eligibility criteria, the application process, the countries you can visit on a Fulbright, and what types of projects have been funded in the past. There are 400+ unique awards funding 900+ scholars. Applications for the 2022-23 academic year are due September 15, so this is the perfect time to find out more. Join from your computer or mobile device and submit your questions (and get answers!) in writing; no cameras or mics required. Free and open to all ASA members; no pre-registration required. Click this link to join us on the 10th

June 16th, 2021 – 12 4 p.m. PST (4pm BRT- UTC time) DSAIDS: The impact of social determinants, conditional cash transfers and primary health care on HIV/AIDS: an integrated retrospective and forecasting approach based on a cohort of 100 million Brazilians, we are very pleased to Invite you to the project launch that will occur virtually on Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 at 12pm PST (4pm in Brazil). At the event we will present the research project, funded by the US National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) and supported by the Department of Chronic Diseases and Sexually Transmitted Infections (DCCI) of the Brazilian Ministry of Health.This study assesses the effects of socioeconomic determinants, conditional cash transfer programs, and primary health care on HIV/AIDS incidence, hospitalization, treatment adherence, and mortality. To do so, it uses one of the largest existing longitudinal databases, the Cohort of 100 Million Brazilians – from the Data and Knowledge Integration Center for Health at Fiocruz Bahia (Cidacs/Fiocruz Bahia) – integrated with nationwide longitudinal HIV/AIDS datasets. Based on such datasets and on the Brazilian Platform for Health Projections of the Institute of Collective Health of the Federal University of Bahia (ISC/UFBA), mathematical models will be developed to forecast the impact of different interventions on the HIV/AIDS epidemic up to 2040. Registration: https://bit.ly/3c0Pc0n | Live Broadcast: YouTube Channels of ISC and Cidacs/Fiocruz.

Rising Midlife Mortality Rates and Socioeconomic Disparities
*June 10, 2:00PM – 3:00PM (ETWebinar on Drugs and Alcohol: High and Rising Mortality Rates Among Working-Age Adults
*June 15, 10:00AM – 11:00AM (ET) Webinar on Suicide and Mental Health: High and Rising Mortality Rates Among Working-Age Adults
*JUNE 17, 2021.12:00PM – 12:00PM (ET), Webinar on Cardiometabolic Diseases and Obesity: High and Rising Mortality Rates Among Working-Age Adults

National Academies of Sciences – Behavioral and Social Sciences Education – DBASSE Upcoming Events

*June 10, 2021 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Committee on Population: Webinar on Drugs and Alcohol: High and Rising Mortality Rates Among Working-Age Adults Register | More information

*June 14, 2021 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Committee on National Statistics: Building Data Capacity for Patient Centered Outcomes Research: A Comprehensive Ecosystem for PCOR: Workshop #3. Register More information

*June 15, 2021 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. Committee on PopulationWebinar on Suicide and Mental Health: High and Rising Mortality Rates Among Working-Age Adults: Register | More information

*June 17, 2021 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. Committee on Population: Webinar on Cardiometabolic Diseases and Obesity: High and Rising Mortality Rates Among Working-Age Adults Register | More information

*June 29-30, 2021 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
National Summit: Addressing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in 21st Century STEMM Organizations  Register | More information

The 2021 ASA Virtual Annual Meeting will be held August 6–10, 2021. Click on the link to find the program, information and registration and more.

Friday, June 11th, 9 am PST / 12 pm EST. Best Practices for Using and Obtaining Diversity Supplements, Featuring: Maria G. Carranza, PhD. Learn more and register here:  https://rcmar.org/rcmar-webinar-june-11th-best-practices-for-using-and-obtaining-diversity-supplements/

Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at 2:00pm ET: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2017 – March 2020 Pre-pandemic Data Release. Join NCHS to learn about this unique data release from NHANES. For more information and registration details, please visit the webpage HERE.  

Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at 2:00pm ET: Designing Survey Questions about COVID-19. Learn about the development and testing of COVID-19 survey questions from experts with the Collaborating Center for Questionnaire Design and Evaluation Research (CCQDER) at NCHS. For information about this webinar and to register, please visit the web page HERE.
General Social Survey (GSS) – New data collected in 2020 are now available to the public. To meet the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the survey team adapted their data collection methods to web-based and telephone surveys to protect the health and safety of both the interviewers and survey participants. The GSS was conducted as two studies in 2020; namely, (1) a panel study (re-interviewing GSS participants from 2016 and 2018) and (2) a cross sectional study (with a newly selected representative sample of 2020). The information we are releasing now is from the 2016-2020 GSS panel. The second survey (cross sectional study) will be available later this year. We have prepared documentation–which is available at our website (gss.norc.org) – to understand the scope and possibilities with the recent GSS data. The 2020 GSS entered into a collaboration with the American National Election Studies, for a follow up study using the 2016-2020 GSS panel cases. Later this year, the GSS and ANES teams will announce when the crosswalk information becomes available. With this collaboration, researchers will have the possibility to study changes in society before and after the 2020 election. Researchers will be able to connect reported social views with political preferences and views. Social scientists will be able to study aspects around COVID19 concerns, loneliness, interactions of the police with the community and ethnic groups, and vote intention connected with the foundational content from the GSS.  Direct access to the 2016-2020 panel data set and documentation is here:
Stata: http://gss.norc.org/Documents/stata/GSS_2020_panel_stata.zip
SAS: http://gss.norc.org/Documents/sas/GSS_2020_panel_sas.zip.

Be sure to check the D-lab calendar at the website, dlab.berkeley.edu. D-Lab offers training, individual consulting and data services for the UC Berkeley community – faculty to undergrads. Be sure to check the D-lab calendar at the website, dlab.berkeley.edu.

All jobs and postdoctoral fellowships are posted as we receive them on the Demography Department Jobs Listserv, http://lists.demog.berkeley.edu/mailman/listinfo/jobs. This list advertises positions of all sorts relevant for social and behavioral scientists with advanced degrees.

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Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI.berkeley.edu) is a research center for the study of immigrants and immigration. BIMI has a mailing list which is where a good deal of immigration and migration announcements are posted, and only some of that material is posted on the PopSciences Weekly News. Sign up for it with this link

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