Population Science News

Weekly News – April 10, 2017

Wednesday, 12-1 PM.  Population Association of America Conference Student Practice Presentations. 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room. Cookies, coffee and tea served.
Brown Bag talks are recorded and posted on the Berkeley Population Sciences vimeo channel, https://vimeo.com/berkeleypopscience


Wednesday, 12-1 PM.  Population Association of America Conference Student Practice Presentations. 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room. Cookies, coffee and tea served.
Brown Bag talks are recorded and posted on the Berkeley Population Sciences vimeo channel, https://vimeo.com/berkeleypopscience

Monday, April 10, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Economic History: Tuskegee and the Health of Black Men, with Marcella Alsan, Stanford University. Evans Hall, room 639. View event details: http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/econ.html?event_ID=105948

Tuesday, April 11 12:30-2 p.m. “The Imperative for Slowing Population Growth in the Sahel” with Prof Malcolm Potts, Alisha Graves, Co-Founder, The OASIS Initiative. | 223 Moses Hall

Tuesday, April 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m. “Migration: A Missing Link Between Weather and Violence?” with Florian Grosset, Paris School of Economics. | 648 Evans Hall 

Wednesday, April 12 4-5:30 p.m. “Does Poverty Lower Productivity? Evidence on the Cognitive Effects of Financial Constraints” with Supreet Kaur, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room.

Wednesday, April 13 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. | “The Tuskegee Syphilis Study: Truth and Reconciliation in the Life of a Direct Descendant” with Tina Sacks. Haviland Hall, Commons

Wednesday, April 12rd, from 3:30-5:00 pm. Zoe Wool, PhD, Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Anthropology, Rice University, Texas. “The Significance of Others: Intimacy, Disability, and the Limits of Life After War” UCSF Laurel Heights in Conference Rm 474

Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), 
a world association of academics and researchers based in Athens, organizes its 4th Annual International Conference on Demography and Population Studies, 12-13 June 2017, Athens, Greece. You are more than welcome to submit a proposal for a presentation by email to atiner@atiner.com, before 15 April 2017. If you need more information, please let me know and our administration will send it to you, including the abstract submission form. The language of the conference is English for both presentations and discussions. Abstracts should be 200-300 words in length and it should include names and contact details of all authors. All abstracts are blind reviewed according to ATINER’s standards and policies. Acceptance decisions are sent within four weeks following submission. Papers should be submitted one month before the conference only if the paper is to be considered for publication at ATINER’s series

Eighth International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society, held 17–18 April 2018 at the University of California at Berkeley. Founded in 2011, the conference brings together scholars, teachers, and practitioners to reflect on the relationships of religion and spirituality to society. The conference aims to provide a space for careful, scholarly reflection and open dialogue. We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes. For more information regarding the conference, click HERE.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA)
 invites applications from qualified institutions for the creation or continuation of Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMARs), for the creation of new Alzheimer’s-focused RCMAR Centers (AD-RCMAR), and for a Coordinating Center for the RCMAR program.
Applications are due on July 20, 2017.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the application instructions, which differ from prior RCMAR RFAs.
Alzheimer’s-related Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR) (P30)
Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) (P30)
Resource Centers for Minority Aging (RCMAR) Coordinating Center (R24)

Russell Sage Foundation:  The joint Russell Sage Foundation/Carnegie Corporation’s Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration seeks to support innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations. The detailed call for proposals can be found here: http://www.russellsage.org/special-initiatives/immigration-and-immigrant-integration. The initiative’s first deadline for letters of inquiry is August 21, 2017 at 2pm ET/11pm PT.

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION –  Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE).  Full Proposal Deadline Date: April 24, 2017. Program Guidelines: NSF 16-571.  Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF-supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community. More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505038&WT.mc_id=USNSF_43&WT.mc_ev=click 

The DHS Program is seeking participants for an eight-day further analysis residential workshop to be held in Nyanga, Manicaland from May 3-11, 2017. The workshop is designed to encourage collaboration among public health researchers, statisticians, and programme planners while analyzing the 2015 Zimbabwe Demographic and Health Survey (ZDHS) datasets. Apply today!

The American National Election Studies (ANES) 
is pleased to announce the initial data release for the 2016 Time Series Study. ANES conducted face-to-face and internet interviews with over 4,200 American citizens for 2016. The study has two independently drawn probability samples, each designed to represent the adult U.S. citizen population. The study interviewed respondents in a pre-election survey between Sept. 7 and Nov. 7, 2016. The study re-interviewed as many as possible of the same respondents in a post-election survey between Nov. 9 and Jan. 8, 2017. The response rate was 50 percent for the face-to-face component and 44 percent for the internet component. The re-interview rate on the post-election survey was 90 percent for the face-to-face and 84 percent for the internet. In addition to asking many long-running questions from the ANES time series, the latest survey posed new questions on issues such as outsourcing, policing, political correctness, LGBT issues, gender issues, social mobility, economic inequality, campaign finance and international affairs. The data can be found at www.electionstudies.org.  Additional updates can be found there or on Twitter @electionstudies.  

AAPOR Webinar: A Primer to Web Scraping with R
 Presented by Simon Munzert, PhD Wednesday, April 12, 2017 12:00 – 1:30 PM CDThttps://www.aapor.org/Education-Resources/Online-Education/Webinar-Details.aspx?webinar=WEB0417.   About This Course: The internet offers a wealth of opportunities to learn about public opinion and social behavior. Data from social networks, search engines or web services open avenues for new ways of measuring human behavior and preferences in previously unknown velocity and variety. Fortunately, the open source programming language R provides advanced functionality to gather data from virtually any imaginable data source on the Web – via classical screen scraping approaches, automated browsing, or by tapping APIs. This allows researchers to stay in one programming environment in the processes of data collection, tidying, analysis, and publication. The talk gives an overview of web technologies fundamental to gather data from internet resources. Further, we will learn about state-of-the-art tools and packages for web scraping with R. Finally, we will also discuss subtleties of the web scraping workflow, such as how to ensure reproducibility and to stay friendly on the web.

US Census Webinar: April 26, 2017, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EDT. The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), welcomes Dr. Robert Sienkiewicz as he presents, “Using Census Bureau Data for Emergency Response and Recovery.” A topic he recently delivered at the 2017 National Hurricane Conference. When hurricanes strike, timely information is key in guiding effective operations for emergency response, mitigation and recovery. The U.S. Census Bureau has publicly available statics and is the leading source of quality data about the nation’s people and economy. In this webinar, Dr. Sienkiewicz will feature OnTheMap for Emergency Management: An intuitive web-based data tool that allows you to access detailed workforce, population, and housing characteristics for event areas in real time.  Register here (free): https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3701275379226391809

Coming up:  Machine learning with Python; MS Excel. Dlab sponsors workshops and training in courses, one-on-one consulting for faculty, grad students and undergraduates, and working groups of focuses topics. For more information and registration, visit http://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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