Population Science News

Weekly News — April 13, 2020

Assume in-person events have been cancelled and check with the organizer. Be sure to check out Webinars, below.

Wednesday April 15, 12:10-1:10 PM. On zoom: Demography Brown Bag Short talkThis week’s topic is “Forecasting Epidemic Mortality” featuring short talks by Adrian Raftery, University of Washington, Joseph Lewnard (Berkeley) and Nicholas Jewell (Berkeley).Bring your own cookies.

View past talks on our Population Sciences channel. The Brown Bag talks have been organized into playlists: http://bit.ly/2kZvaME.

Monday, April 13, 2020, 4:30-6:00 PM. Berkeley Conversations: COVID-19. A follow-up from the first School of Public Health Town Hall. For more information, visit https://bids.berkeley.edu/events/coronavirus-science-and-solutions.

Assume in-person events have been cancelled and check with the organizer. Be sure to check out Webinars, below.

Wednesday April 15, 12:10-1:10 PM. On zoom: Demography Brown Bag Short talkThis week’s topic is “Forecasting Epidemic Mortality” featuring short talks by Adrian Raftery, University of Washington, Joseph Lewnard (Berkeley) and Nicholas Jewell (Berkeley).Bring your own cookies.

View past talks on our Population Sciences channel. The Brown Bag talks have been organized into playlists: http://bit.ly/2kZvaME.

Monday, April 13, 2020, 4:30-6:00 PM. Berkeley Conversations: COVID-19. A follow-up from the first School of Public Health Town Hall. For more information, visit https://bids.berkeley.edu/events/coronavirus-science-and-solutions.

Thursday, April 23 at 2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and the University of California-Berkeley’s Work-Family Supports and Health Research Hub presents Work Supports and Health: The Minimum Wage and Health: The importance of the minimum wage in improving health outcomes. To register visit HERE.

NIH is transitioning to new grant application forms
(See NOT-OD-20-026, NOT-OD-20-077). PIs must use FORMS-F forms for grant application due dates on or after May 25, 2020 and FORMS-E for due dates on or before May 24, 2020. For more information: https://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2020/04/06/nih-moving-ahead-with-forms-f-grant-application-form-update/.

Health & Human Services Login.gov. There is a new (CURRENTLY OPTIONAL) login method to access eRA Commons, Commons Mobile, ASSIST and IAR via Login.gov that will be available April 8, 2020. eRA’s move to two-factor authentication via www.Login.gov is part of HHS’ Reinvent Grants Management Initiative to provide the applicant and grantee community the ability to log in to four different grants systems (eRA, Grants.gov, GrantSolutions.gov and Payment Management System) using the same account via Login.gov. Two-factor authentication will help ensure the security of your personal information. Note that use of Login.gov is currently optional and you may continue to log in using your eRA Commons credentials or federated account credentials if you prefer. If you do not have a www.Login.gov account, you will need to create a Login.gov account and then associate it to your existing eRA Commons account. More information on this is available here.

General Social Survey (GSS) Competition. The General Social Survey (GSS) is a nationally representative interview survey of the United States adult population. In 1984, the GSS stimulated cross-national research by collaborating with Australia, Britain, and Germany to develop data collection programs modeled on the GSS. This program of comparative cross-national research, called the International Social Survey Program (ISSP), now includes 43 nations and enables researchers and analysts to place findings and trends from the United States within a comparative context. Several innovations have been initiated over the past 15 years, most of which warrant continuation. Beginning with the 2006 administration, the GSS “core” questions (items that appear regularly on surveys) were translated into Spanish and administered in either English or Spanish, as needed. The 2016 survey contained an Internet mode experiment to enable linkage to secondary data, since 2018 respondents have been asked for permission to link to selected administrative records. Post-stratification weights have been introduced for the 2020 survey. The Sociology Program in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences expects to make one award for the next four-year funding cycle, fiscal years 2021-2024, to support the 2022 and 2024 GSS and the U.S. component of the ISSP survey. We anticipate an award in the range of $14 million and at most $16 million over four years to support two waves of data collection, dissemination activities, and outreach. The expected starting date is August 2021. Letter of Intent Deadline: June 1, 2020. Visit https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505742&org=NSF&more=Y#more for more information.

NIH: Addressing Racial Disparities in Maternal Mortality and Morbidity (R01 Clinical Trial Optional). This initiative will support multidisciplinary research examining mechanisms underlying racial and ethnic disparities in maternal mortality and morbidity, testing the efficacy and/or effectiveness of multi-level interventions, and/or research strategies to optimally and sustainably deliver proven-effective prevention and treatment interventions to reduce these disparities. Only one application per institution. For more information, visit: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-MD-20-008.html. Due May 29.

NIH Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Competitive and Administrative Supplements for the Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on Minority Health and Health Disparities. These supplements may be used to either expand the scope of existing projects, or add a project within the scope but not initially proposed. For more information, read the notice: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-MD-20-019.html.

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting August 2020 Registration is Open. Online meeting registration is open. Please review the registration rates, deadlines, and policies on the Registration Information web page. To receive a discounted member registration rate, renew your membership for 2020 at the same time, or prior to, registering for the meeting. ASA is carefully monitoring recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and others regarding the COVID-19 situation as we move toward our August Annual Meeting in San Francisco. At present, we are proceeding as planned, but we will adjust as necessary to ensure the health and well-being of our community. Should we need to cancel or amend the meeting plan, we will provide adequate notice to potential participants.

The 6th Annual Berkeley Workshop in Formal Demography, scheduled for June 7-11, has been canceled.
The 2nd Annual Workshop in Migration Data, scheduled for May 25-June 5, has been postponed to

ICPSR Summer Program Moved Online: Please note that, due to uncertainty related to the coronavirus, this year’s Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research will now be offered exclusively online. (This includes all classes scheduled to be held at Social Science Matrix.) Visit the ICPSR website for more information: https://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/.

Individuals with Dementia and Their Caregivers: NIA commissioned the National Academy of Sciences to establish an expert committee to develop a detailed report to convey the current state of knowledge on Interventions for Individuals with Dementia and Their Caregivers, to identify which, if any, interventions might be ready for dissemination and implementation on a broad scale, and to describe any relevant research gaps in the field. On April 15, 2020, the committee will convene, along with other stakeholders and experts, a public workshop – to be held via videocast – to discuss the data contained in the draft AHRQ systematic review and to consider input from a range of stakeholders.
Register here: https://www.nationalacademies.org/event/04-15-2020/care-interventions-for-individuals-with-dementia-and-their-caregivers-phase-two-meeting-1-and-public-workshop

COVID19 Contributions to ASA’s Footnotes: The ASA Director of Communications is soliciting contributions to Footnotes for short 800-word articles that focus on COVID19. Only one contribution per section will be permitted. We are therefore inviting proposals for an article for the Sociology of Population Section. Articles should focus on sociological implications or underpinnings of the COVID19 pandemic and draw upon population data, methods, or perspectives. Articles can be sole- or co-authored. Please send a short paragraph describing your idea (50-100 words) to Jennifer Van Hook (jxv21@psu.edu) by April 17. The section council will review and select an article by Monday April 20. The final submission to Footnotes will be due on April 27.

The Journal of Comparative Family Studies is organizing a special issue on COVID-19 featuring scholars from as many countries as possible. Authors are encouraged to contact other co-authors within their country to work together on a manuscript. The format is set to enable comparison between countries. Since this is an ongoing epidemic, we realize there may not be much citable academic research. To add to the validity of the perspective, authors may cite reliable media outlets and statements from public health officials. Much of the information in the paper will rely on the observations that scholars make rather than data that is scant or unavailable at this time. Submission deadline is on or before June 1 2020. Read the full call here: https://utpjournals.press/journals/jcfs/cfp.

Journal of Gerontology: Series B welcomes brief Research Reports focused on the Covid-19 crisis and its implications for older adults. These submissions will be on a fast-track review schedule; accepted manuscripts will be published in a Virtual Collection in mid- to late-2020. Individual articles will be made available on a rolling basis via Advance Access. Reports may include the analysis of new or established data resources, evidence-based commentaries, or theoretical articles with a well-reasoned and novel perspective on the crisis. The maximum allowable word count is 2,000 words. The word count includes title page, abstract and text. The reference list is limited to no more than 30 entries, and up to 3 data elements. Queries should be directed to Deborah Carr (carrds@bu.edu) for Social Sciences, and Derek Isaacowitz (dmi@neu.edu) for Psychological Sciences. Manuscripts may be uploaded to JG: Psychological Sciences at mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jgps and JG: Social Sciences at .mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jgss. We will accept submissions through at least June 15, 2020 for the rapid-review Virtual Collection. After that time, paper ideas should be sent to the editor before submission.

Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Graduate Fellowship. The Center for the Study of Law and Society at Berkeley Law’s call for applications for the 2020-2021. UC Berkeley doctoral students (PhD, JD, JSD) engaged in theoretically-informed, empirical research projects on law and law-related social institutions are invited to apply. Preference is given to students who will be in their third year or beyond during the Fellowship period. Ten to twelve (10-12) BELS Fellows will be selected.  For information about the program and to submit an application, go to CSLS BELS Fellows web-page or email csls@law.berkeley.edu.  Applications will be accepted from February 24 to April 13, 2020  2020-2021 BELS Fellows will be announced by May 18, 2020.

AGESW Gerontological Social Work Pre-Dissertation Fellows Program. The Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW) invites applications from current social work doctoral students in their first year of their doctoral program for the 2020 cohort. Please see attached announcement for application details. Applications are due May 1, 2020. For more information, visit here: https://agesw.org/about-agesw/pre-dissertation-initiative/.


The Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN) is a group dedicated to supporting critical social, behavioral and economic inquiry relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today we are launching two new resources to support its work: An open-access archive of public opinion surveys on COVID-19 and a weekly summary of key results. The archive, at https://covid-19.parc.us.com houses probability-based survey data and reports measuring public attitudes, behavior and experiences related to the pandemic. Users can search and retrieve individual questions and all related materials, including questionnaires, datasets and reports, as available. The latest weekly summary of survey results is available here. These summaries also are archived on the SEAN COVID-19 Survey Archive site. The archive currently contains U.S. surveys. Most have been donated by their producers, many of whom are providing additional materials, including datasets and scripted questionnaires, for which we are grateful. We’ll be expanding the collection and aim to include international studies as well. Some materials were obtained from open-access sources. If you have produced a survey currently included in the archive that you wish to have removed, contact us at covid-19@parc.us.com. Similarly, please contact us if you have produced a survey that you would like to be considered for inclusion, to request administrative rights to upload your materials directly, or to provide comments and suggestions.

Nate Silver and Five-Thirty-Eight on calculating the number of cases of coronavirus:“ https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/coronavirus-case-counts-are-meaningless/.

HRS Webinars: Sponsored by the Gerontological Society of America.
Visit their youtube channel to view recorded webinars on different aspects of HRS. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhP9UJqutyv-6M-NSrgzkHfhdQl1bZ0K-.

All D-Lab workshop instruction, events, and consultation are moving to online delivery for the rest of the semester. The D-Lab Collaboratory and Convening Room will be closed to the public during this time. We will assess and share decisions at a later date about how and when we will return to in-person delivery. 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.


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.

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

Tue$day Top Tip$ for SPH Research is a listserv with research funding opportunities and other information pertinent to public health researchers who are not necessarily population researchers. To subscribe, write to Dr. Lauren Goldstein, lhg@berkeley.edu.

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