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Weekly News — April 27, 2020

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

Wednesday April 29, 12:10-1:10 PM. On zoomhttps://berkeley.zoom.us/j/97083806866. “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Covid-19 Mortality.”  Speakers: Josh Goldstein and TBD. Demography Brown Bag Short talk. 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.

Tuesday, 11:30-12:30, April 28. SPH Brown Bag. Ray Catalano: “COVID-19 or RECESSION-20: PICK YOUR PLAGUE: An overview of what we know about the health effects of recession and of how that knowledge informs the reopening of America.” https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/655109168.

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

Wednesday April 29, 12:10-1:10 PM. On zoomhttps://berkeley.zoom.us/j/97083806866. “Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Covid-19 Mortality.”  Speakers: Josh Goldstein and TBD. Demography Brown Bag Short talk. 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.

Tuesday, 11:30-12:30, April 28. SPH Brown Bag. Ray Catalano: “COVID-19 or RECESSION-20: PICK YOUR PLAGUE: An overview of what we know about the health effects of recession and of how that knowledge informs the reopening of America.” https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/655109168.

Wednesday April 29, 2020 12 noon-1:30 pm. The California Center for Population Research Presents: “Race, Racism and (Un)healthy Aging: How socially-assigned race gets in to the body” with Amani Allen (UCB).   Location: Presented remotely via Zoom. https://ucla.zoom.us/j/91267140799?pwd=ekovTTk4eVROZHdVOHlscjg5U3REZz09. Password: 421300.

Thursday, April 30 3-4 PM. “Global Views on COVID 19: Challenges for individuals with pre-existing health conditions and migrant workers in Kazakhstan” with Dr. Alissa Davis, Columbia University School of Social Work. Register here: https://berkeley.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcpduyoqDgtEtM8bKOWVvp44-1e2F3oG35b.

Friday, May 1, 2020, 12:30 – 1:30 PM Pacific Time. Berkeley Conversations: COVID-19: Looking Forward: How Can We Safely Reopen the Economy? Live Webcast. Speakers: David Levine, Haas School of Business, Maya Petersen, Berkeley School of Public Health, Jennifer Chatman, Haas School, Jonathan Kolstad, Haas School.  Click HERE for information about the webcast.

Thursday, May 14 | 11am PST. [Webinar talk] Work Supports and Health: Work Scheduling. Sound job creation and employment maintenance efforts will be critical to improving public health and restoring the economy in the coming months and years. Experts, including Kristen Harknett of The Shift Project, will discuss the role of flexible work scheduling in worker health outcomes. See https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=k0g1eqrztei1&campaign=lke0gpoklj42.

IPUMS Office Hours, May 1, 9 AM – 12 noon, CDT:  Office Hours. From IPUMS: “Connecting with users at the exhibit hall is one of our favorite parts of PAA. While we will miss seeing you in person this year, you can register to join IPUMS data experts for virtual office hours in lieu of stopping by the IPUMS booth with questions or just to say hi. To avoid overlapping with PAA’s virtual program, we are holding office hours on Friday, May 1 from 9:00am-12:00pm CDT. While registration is required, you can drop in at any time.”

April 29, 2020. 12:00 – 1:00pm EST. Online Web Conference. “Intersections Between Econometric and Epidemiologic Methods for Assessing Impact of Policies and Interventions on Population Health” with Drs. Tim Bruckner and Rita Hamad. More details at: https://epiresearch.org/society-collaboration/ser-iaphs-collaboration/

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), as part of its Covid-19 Initiative, seeks proposals from across the social sciences and related fields that address the social, economic, cultural, psychological, and political impact of Covid-19 in the United States and globally, as well as responses to the pandemic’s wide-ranging effects. The Covid-19 Rapid-Response Grants invites proposals from researchers who hold a PhD in any social science disciplines or related interdisciplinary fields. The grants offer research support for up to six months toward research-related expenses. These include, but are not limited to, access to data sets, archives and relevant publications, costs related to conducting online research of various kinds, and research assistance. Applications are welcome from any country around the world. Awards will range from USD$2,000 to $5,000, with the possibility of slightly more support for collaborative projects of two or more researchers. Applications are due June 1, 2020. Apply online at apply.ssrc.org. For more information, visit: https://covid19research.ssrc.org/rapid-response-grants-on-covid-19-and-the-social-sciences/

Special Call For Binational Collaborative Projects Addressing Covid-19. Sponsored by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) through the Scientific Research Coordination (CIC), the Liaison and Technology Transfer Coordination (CVTT) and the University of California (UC) through Alianza UCMX in collaboration with the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of Mexico. Awards available are First Stage up to $10,000 USD; Second Stage up to $25,000 USD. Projects will be funded on a rolling basis subject to availability of funds. Proposals will be accepted immediately following publication of this RFP up until May 30, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The objective is to support UNAM-UC collaborative innovation, product development and applied research that aims to mitigate the health, social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Areas of priority include, but are not limited to:
*  Biomedical: Diagnostic tests; Screening protocols; Treatment and Preventative Technologies
*  Health Systems: Tools for healthcare providers; Platforms; Market analysis; Tools for remote screening, interviewing, hiring and capacity-building; Mathematical/Epidemiological predictive models; Development of medical appliances or replacement parts (such as 3D prints for ventilators)
*  Social and Economic Consequences of the Pandemic: Tools to mitigate the social and economic impact; Electronic platforms to enable telecommuting; Social entrepreneurship programs.
Please view the full announcement for application details and timelines here. Applications will be accepted in English or in Spanish and can only be submitted via our online portal. Any questions regarding this call for proposals can be directed to luisa.levario@ucr.edu and/or cdickinson@berkeley.edu

Special Issue: An International Perspective on Aging Policy Responses to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it myriad policy responses with varying implications for older adults across the globe. As an international journal, the Journal of Aging and Social Policy (JASP) invites authors to submit balanced, thoughtful, and analytical contributions for consideration for a special issue on the impact of COVID-19 in international contexts. JASP welcomes manuscripts on the effects of and response to COVID-19 across the range of issue areas affecting older adults, including financial security, employment, retirement, physical and mental health, health care, long-term care, housing, and transportation, as well as the predicates and implications of COVID-19 policy responses within other institutional sectors and in other policy domains that may receive less widespread attention. State or country-specific descriptions and analyses of responses to COVID-19 as related to older adults are also welcomed.
Contributions may include Perspectives (editorials of 1200-1800 words), research articles (up to 22 pages; qualitative research articles may be up to 27 pages), and commentaries (up to 22 pages). Review will be expedited for these submissions. Accepted manuscripts will be published online before final publication later in 2020. Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis. Authors are strongly encouraged to consult the Instructions for Authors before submitting to the journal https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=wasp20.

Mentored Research Opportunities:  Sponsored by the SF Bay Area chapter of the Society for Women in Sociology, undergraduates and early state graduate students who would be interested in working with advanced graduate students/post-docs on their research, AND advanced graduate students/post-docs who are looking for help on projects and are willing to build a mentor relationship with students. This could include but is not limited to Annotated Bibliographies, Transcription, Data Cleaning, Recruitment, Survey/interview testing, Literature Reviews, paper writing and more. Please fill out one entry per project you are interested in working on / offering.  https://forms.gle/LZG8u6KbTn3mYtXZA. If you have questions, please reach out to Penny Harvey at Pharvey5@gsu.edu

NIH Data and Technology Advancement (DATA) National Service Scholar Program, for those interested in tackling challenging biomedical data problems with the potential for substantial public health impact. The one- to two-year position will be based in one of the NIH institutes, centers, or the Office of the Director, located in Bethesda and Rockville, MD, or Research Triangle Park, NC. During this period, DATA Scholars will:
* Lead exciting, high-profile, transformative NIH projects that leverage large data sets to advance knowledge in areas of high biomedical research impact.
* Directly communicate with NIH senior leadership about projects and topics of importance for the biomedical research community.
* Collaborate with other DATA Scholars and the NIH data science community across broad disciplinary boundaries in training, discovery, and development of data science skills, methods, and tools.
* Engage with policymakers, top researchers at NIH and other institutions, and industry partners at the cutting edge of data science.
Applications are due April 30, and if you would like to learn more, see here.

Janet A. Harkness Student Paper Award, as part of the program for WAPOR’s annual conference in 2020. This award is given in memory of Dr. Harkness, distinguished cross-cultural survey methodologist, who passed away in 2012 and is offered by WAPOR and AAPOR.  Paper topics must be related to the study of multi-national/multi-cultural/multi-lingual survey research (aka 3M survey research), or to the theory and methods of 3M survey research, including statistics and statistical techniques used in such research. Paper topics might include: (a) methodological and/or statistical issues in 3M surveys; (b) public opinion in 3M settings; (c) theoretical issues in the formation, quality, or change in 3M public opinion; and/or (d) substantive findings about 3M public opinion.  An award of $750 will be given to the winning paper at the WAPOR annual conference, which will be held October 6-9, 2020 in Salamanca, Spain. The lead author of the paper will deliver it as part of the conference program. In addition to the award, the conference registration fee will be waived and a travel stipend to the meeting for one author will be generously subsidized by the Harkness Award Fund administered by WAPOR. In addition, one or more papers may receive an Honorable Mention designation.  Eligibility. All authors of any submission must be current students (graduate or undergraduate) at the time of the submission or must have received their degree during the 2019 calendar year. The research must have been substantially completed while all authors were enrolled in a degree program. Judges will give preference to papers based on research not presented elsewhere or previously published. Submission.  Submit your full paper to the award committee (send email to: Smith-Tom@norc.org) by May 15, 2020. Entries are typically 15-25 pages long (not including the title page, abstract, tables, references and appendices). Each submission must include a cover page that: Includes each author’s name, telephone number and email address; Explains why all authors meet the eligibility criteria; States whether the paper has been presented elsewhere, published, or accepted for publication at the time of submission.  Also, by the deadline for submission, a faculty advisor must email the award committee chair, attesting to the role that all authors played in conceptualizing the study and writing the paper.  Judging. A panel of researchers from WAPOR’s and AAPOR’s memberships–drawn from the academic, government, and commercial sectors–will judge submissions. Competitors will be notified of a decision by July 1, 2020. The committee reserves the right not to give an award.

Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN) summary of newly released surveys on the coronavirus pandemic is available at the SEAN COVID-19 Survey Archive. We cover results from 13 newly released U.S. public opinion surveys and four international studies. See the weekly summary here and visit the archive here. Visitors can sign up on the archive site for weekly notification of summary reports. The open-access SEAN archive is designed as a one-stop shop for probability-based attitudinal and behavioral surveys on the coronavirus crisis, informing policymakers, researchers, the media and the public. It’s grown to include 108 studies, including 65 U.S. national and state surveys and 43 international surveys from 24 nations.  The collection includes, as available, topline data reports, datasets, scripted questionnaires, banner books of crosstabulated data, analytical reports and additional documentation. The system offers full-text search and retrieval of individual questions and related materials. Contributions to the archive are very welcome; see our Contributors’ Guide and write us at covid-19@parc.us.com. We’re grateful to the survey organizations that have agreed to full-dataset participation, including, to date, the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Pew Research Center, the Associated Press/NORC, Ipsos Public Affairs, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, Axios, Marist College, Monmouth University, USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research, Grinnell College, Siena College and Marquette Law School.

ICF COVID-19 Monitor Survey of U.S. Adults, https://www.icf.com/insights/covid-19 a nationally representative sample on public attitudes and behaviors related to COVID-19.  We plan to conduct four national surveys with samples of 1,000 each over four weeks from the end of March to the beginning of June.  The first survey will have five reports: COVID and health, employment and finances, lifestyles, information and mitigation, and mental health.  Use the link below to get a summary of the finding of the first report on national health and COVID during the week of March 28 to April 2, 2020.  You can sign up there to get postings for the other reports and the three more surveys tracking changes across April and May. Link to ICF first COVID-19 survey posting: https://www.icf.com/insights/health/public-health-findings-covid-19. ICF and MFour conducted this national survey of 1,000 respondents who completed a self-administered questionnaire on their mobile phone. Results are weighted to the US noninstitutionalized adult population.

Mon April 27, 202011:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST. Running an Online Conference: Best Practices from Organising LAK20, presented by Dr Vitomir Kovanovic from the University of South Australia, Australia, and Dr Maren Scheffel from the Open Universiteit, The Netherlands. To register, go to https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/running-an-online-conference-insights-from-lak20-registration-103140377646. Zoom meeting URL provided in registration. Besides a major shift towards online learning and teaching, the recent COVID-19 pandemic also had a massive impact on the organisation of academic conferences. Most events got cancelled, postponed, and few brave ones moved to cyberspace. As Program Co-chairs for The Tenth International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge (LAK20), we were faced with the significant challenge of adjusting the whole conference program to online mode in less than two weeks. The conference was a huge success, and we wanted to share some of our experience and some guidance on how to transfer your conference to an online format. We will cover issues around conference program and technical aspects of conference organisation, including website and live stream setup. We hope that this information will be useful for conference organisers who are in a similar situation as we were.

May 15th at 9am PST. Getting the Most Out of Your Mentoring Relationships presented by Roger B. Fillingim, PhD, Director of the RCMAR UF Center for Advancing Minority Pain and Aging Science. Fillingim will discuss the topic of mentoring, including characteristics of effective mentors and mentees, and actions of effective mentors. The critical roles of communication and aligning expectations will also be discussed. Register here (no fee) https://zoom.us/webinar/register/9615870755599/WN_QQ16nN-mQoSKgLTcvWlOKw

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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