Weekly News, April 1, 2024

Join us for this week’s Brown Bag Seminar on Wednesday, April 3rd, with David Steinsaltz, Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of Oxford, who will present “What is Biological Age?”. This talk is in-person, 310 Social Sciences Building.  Event details are here.  See our events calendar for the spring semester schedule.  The latest video recordings are available on the Berkeley Population Sciences YouTube Channel here.

UC Research Initiatives in the UC Office of the President is pleased to issue the UC Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives Request for Proposals for award year 2025. This Request for Proposals includes opportunities for both Planning/Pilot Awards and Program Awards. Applicant Information: The MRPI opportunity is open to UC faculty and researchers in any field of research and scholarship. Proposals require collaboration among at least three UC campuses to pursue pioneering research in thematic, multidisciplinary, or inter-disciplinary areas that enhance the UC research enterprise, strengthen UC’s position as a leading public research university, and benefit California and its people. We anticipate approximately $16 million in total funding available across all awards. All proposals must conform to the requirements of this RFP, dated March 20, 2024, and be submitted through the SmartSimple online system.

Key Dates
Applicant Webinar: Applicants are encouraged to attend one of the following webinars:
– Tuesday, April 2, 2024, 2:30-3:30PM PDT, Register here.
– Wednesday, April 10, 2024, 10-11AM PDT, Register here.

Required Letters of Intent (LOI) Due:
Thursday, May 16, 2024 at 12:00 Noon PDT

Notification of LOI Decision:
Thursday, June 6, 2024 (expected) 

Invited Full Proposals Due:
Thursday, August 8, 2024 at 12:00 Noon PDT

Additional Information:
For questions on program scope and priorities, please contact us at UCRI@ucop.edu. Administrative questions regarding the application procedures on SmartSimple may be directed to RGPOGrants@ucop.edu. Additional information on our programs is available on the website.

See further announcements and opportunities below. 


April 2 | 12:10-1pm |  UC Berkeley School of Public Health | Latest in Public Health Research Series | “The Pandemic Preterm Paradox:  A Test of Competing Explanations,” with Ray Catalano, Professor of the Graduate School, School of Public Health. Zoom link to the talk is here.

April 3 | 12-1:05pm | UC Berkeley Demography Brown Bag Colloquium |  with David Steinsaltz, Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of Oxford. Dr. Steinsaltz will present “What is Biological Age?”. This talk is in-person, 310 Social Sciences Building. Event information here.  Zoom ID: 985 2901 0198  Passcode DEMOG_BB

Matrix Events

Held in-person at 820 Social Sciences Building on the UC Berkeley campus. Events are free and open to the public. All times listed are for the Pacific Time Zone (PT).

Monday, April 1, 3:30pm-5pm. Nature-Made Economy: Cod, Capital, and the Great Economization of the Ocean. Please register to join us for a lecture by Tone Huse, Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies at UiT The Arctic University of Norway, who will discuss her book, which presents an analysis of how the ocean has been harnessed to become a space of capital investment and innovation. She discusses how living nature is wrested into the economy, but also shows how nature, in turn, resists, adapts to, or changes the economy. Event information here. Register here.

Wednesday, April 4, 12pm-1:30pm. The Gender of Capital. Why do women in different social classes accumulate less wealth than men? Why do marital separations impoverish women while they do not prevent men from maintaining or increasing their wealth? In this lecture, Céline Bessière will discuss her new co-authored book, The Gender of Capital, which reconsiders the effectiveness of legal reforms that legislate formal equality between men and women, while permitting inequality to persist in practice. Event information. Registration is required. This event is in person and on Zoom. Space is limited. Register today.


New effort seeks to improve care with scientific and commercial innovations. The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) Sprint for Women’s Health intends to fundamentally change the trajectory of women’s health care research and radically accelerate the next generation of discoveries. The ARPA-H Sprint for Women’s Health’s new request for solutions (RFS) funding opportunity seeks unconventional approaches and innovative new avenues to push high-impact biomedical research forward to improve women’s health outcomes. The Sprint for Women’s Health will use two funding tracks to foster transformative research and development efforts. One for early-stage research, or “Spark” solutions and the other for later-stage development, or “LaunchPad” solutions. The submission deadline is April 15, 2024. For more information and to apply visit here.


Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) Visiting Scholars Fellowship Academic Year 2025-2026. The Visiting Scholars Program provides a unique opportunity for select scholars in the social, economic, political and behavioral sciences to pursue their research and writing while in residence at the foundation in New York City. The fellowship period is September 1st through June 30th. The foundation annually awards up to 17 residential fellowships. Visiting Scholars must be at least two years beyond the Ph.D. at the time of application and once selected, typically work on projects related to the foundation’s core programs and special initiatives. Scholars are provided with an office at the foundation, computers and software, library access, and supplemental salary support. Scholars from outside NYC are provided with a partially-subsidized apartment near RSF. See here for more program information. The deadline to apply is June 25, 2024.

William T. Grant Scholars Program. Deadline: July 3, 2024.  The William T. Grant Scholars Program supports career development for promising early-career researchers. The program funds five-year research and mentoring plans that significantly expand researchers’ expertise in new disciplines, methods, and content areas. Applicants should have a track record of conducting high-quality research and an interest in pursuing a significant shift in their trajectories as researchers. We recognize that early-career researchers are rarely given incentives or support to take measured risks in their work, so this award includes a mentoring component, as well as a supportive academic community. Proposed research plans must address questions that are relevant to policy and practice in the Foundation’s focus areas. Learn more here.


CFP DevSoc 2024: Annual Conference of the ASA. Solving Global Poverty

October 18-20, 2024

Deadline for Submissions: April 2, 2024 11:59 PM

What would a sociological approach to solving global poverty look like? The economists suggest randomized controlled trials, but the limits of this approach are well-understood by now. The philosophers suggest effective altruism, but this approach would only work if global systems were well-functioning but under-capitalized, which does not seem to be the case. Research shows that many of the challenges that keep people trapped in cycles of poverty are fundamentally social in nature. Therefore, there is a critical need for sociologists to join the conversation about solving (not just describing and critiquing) global poverty. What happens if we bring sociological understanding of organizations, systems, governance, and collective action to try to bring about change?

We invite abstracts for papers for a conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by the American Sociological Association Sociology of Development Section and Johns Hopkins University.

While the theme is Solving Global Poverty, we welcome submissions on any topic relevant to the sociology of development. There is a voluntary registration fee of $25 for faculty who can afford it. Funds generated by the registration fee will be used to defray travel expenses for graduate students, scholars at less well-resourced universities, and scholars from the global south. Visit https://bit.ly/SocDev2024 to submit an abstract of 250 words, to volunteer to be a chair or a discussant for a panel, or to register to attend without participating on a panel. Abstracts should include keywords to help organizers create panels. For more information, please go to https://socdev2024.weebly.com/. For questions not answered there please email socdev2024@gmail.com.

Call for Submissions for the Wittgenstein Centre Conference 2024. “Delayed Reproduction: Challenges and Prospects.”  The conference will take place from 21-22 November 2024 in Vienna, Austria. Submissions are welcome until 15 May 2024. Family formation is occurring at ever later ages around the world. Delayed reproduction brings new challenges for individuals and couples.  This conference will focus on shifting trends, drivers and consequences of delayed reproduction, paying special attention to biological constraints as well as to the impact of assisted reproduction technologies and their potential role in shaping future fertility trends. We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers:

  • Jackie Boivin (Cardiff University)
  • Anna Rotkirch (Population Research Institute)
  • Lucy van de Wiel (King’s College)

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 15 May 2024. Detailed information and online submission here.


The Vienna Yearbook of Population Research is still seeking submissions for a Special Issue “Population Inequality Matters.” Population inequality is a central topic in demographic research. Social scientists at large have a longstanding tradition on researching inequalities in health, mortality and fertility across socio-economic groups, subnational regions and countries. However, besides classical markers of heterogeneity in individual behavior, such as sex/gender, age, education, urban-rural residence and socio-economic status, other sources of inequality related to generational, environmental, and spatial factors have received more attention in recent years. Understanding population inequality is key for modeling population developments and projecting them into the future. Equally important is to understand how and why different types of inequality arise and evolve, and what policy challenges they impose for socio-economic development, welfare systems and social cohesion.   This special issue invites original unpublished contributions on the topic of population inequality. Empirical and theoretical papers as well as papers studying geographic and spatial differences are welcome.  The deadline for paper submission is May 31, 2024. Learn more here.

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