Weekly News, April 29, 2024

Our last Brownbag Seminar of the 2023-2024 academic year will be this Wednesday, May 1st, 12pm, with Andreas Backhaus, Postdoctoral Researcher in Ageing, Mortality, and Population Dynamics, Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB), Germany. Andreas will present his research on “The Fertility of Refugees in Germany.” 310 Social Sciences Building. Zoom Meeting ID: 985 2901 0198. Password: DEMOG_BB

The NIH Grants Process: A Brief Walk-Through for Beginners webinar will take place on May 15, 2024 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. ET. This event will answer many of the basic questions that NIH frequently hears from newcomers to the process, followed by a live Q&A with NIH experts who will be helping to answer additional questions submitted during the registration process and raised during the event. This is a simulive event hosted by the NIH Office of Extramural Research and the NIH Center for Scientific Review. Registration is required and space is limited.


April 30 | 12:10-1pm |  UC Berkeley School of Public Health | Latest in Public Health Research Series | “Strengthening Community-Engaged Research with Youth and University Conditions to Support it,” with Emily Ozer, Professor of Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health. Zoom link to the talk is here.

May 1  | 12-1:05pm | UC Berkeley Demography Brown Bag Colloquium |  with Andreas Backhaus, Postdoctoral Researcher in Ageing, Mortality, and Population Dynamics, Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB), Germany.  Andreas will present his research on, “The Fertility of Refugees in Germany.” 310 Social Sciences Building. Zoom Meeting ID: 985 2901 0198. Password: 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).

May 1, 3:30pm. 

The Divine EconomyHow Religions Compete for Wealth, Power, and People. Register to join us on May 1 at 3:30pm for a lecture by Paul Seabright, British Professor of Economics in the Industrial Economics Institute and Toulouse School of Economics at the University of Toulouse, France, focused on his book “The Divine Economy: How Religions Compete for Wealth, Power and People,” a novel economic interpretation of how religions have become so powerful in the modern world. Moderated by Duncan MacRae, Associate Professor in the Department of Ancient Greek and Roman Studies at UC Berkeley. Event information here.

May 8, 2pm-3pm. 

Global Economic Developments: A View from the IMF. UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff are invited to join us on May 8, 2024 from 2:00pm-3:00pm for a town hall meeting with Gita Gopinath, the First Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. The event will feature an interview of Dr Gopinath conducted by current UC Berkeley students on topics ranging from debt sustainability to economic fragmentation and the role of the dollar in the global economy, followed by an open question period. Please note that this event is limited to UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff. Attendees will be asked to present Cal ID upon arrival. Register here.


Sociology Program

Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES)

Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE)

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The Sociology Program at the National Science Foundation supports basic research on all forms of human social organization — societies, institutions, groups and demography — and processes of individual and institutional change. The program encourages theoretically focused empirical investigations aimed at improving the explanation of fundamental social processes. 

Full proposals are accepted any time.


PAR-22-233 (Time-Sensitive Opportunities for Health Research). The deadline for the funding opportunity has been extended for an additional year. This funding opportunity aims to expedite the review and award process to support research focused on understanding health outcomes related to unexpected or time-sensitive events, such as emergent environmental threats and pandemics or changes in local, state, or national policies, as well as natural disasters. Applicants must demonstrate the time-sensitivity of their proposed research due to a limited window of opportunity to gather baseline data, address key research questions, or prospectively evaluate new policies or programs. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until March 2, 2025.

Advancing Health Research through Ethical, Multimodal AI. The Advancing Health Research through Ethical, Multimodal AI Initiative aims to develop ethically focused and data-driven multimodal AI approaches to more closely model, interpret, and predict complex biological, behavioral, and health systems and enhance our understanding of health and the ability to detect and treat human diseases. Administered from the NIH Office of Data Science Strategy (ODSS), the program will establish a portfolio of innovative projects that address systems level biomedical challenges using collaborative and participatory approaches for multimodal AI that will elucidate unique opportunities, risks, and challenges.The current budget for this effort is planned for $20 million over a two-year period. The OT mechanism allows for significant flexibility to make adjustments needed to pursue catalytic and transformative initiatives. Award levels may increase or decrease over time based on programmatic needs, funding availability, and recipient performance. NIH expects to support up to 10 projects with annual budgets around $1-2M total cost per project.  Proposals due by May 16, 2024. 


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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