Weekly News, April 9, 2024

Congratulations to our NIA T32 Postdoctoral Fellow, Madeline Duhon, who has accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Economics at Pepperdine University. Congrats, Maddie! Super! 

Congratulations as well to the entire team at the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), CEGA, and to BITSS Director and Faculty Affiliate in Demography, Ted Miguel, for winning the 2023 Einstein Foundation Institutional Award!  The award is given each year for Promoting Quality in Research in the Institutional category. BITSS won the award, in part, for its active role in the “credibility revolution” in science, through which it promotes careful experimentation and supports efforts to make replication and verification commonplace. Congrats!

And, please be sure to join us for this week’s Brown Bag Seminar on Wednesday, April 10th, with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, Professor of Economics, UC Merced, and BPC External Affiliate. Catalina will present her research on “Managing Migration Crises:  Evidence from Surge Facilities and Unaccompanied Minor Children Flows.” This is an in-person talk, 310 Social Sciences Building, 12pm PST. Further details are here

See further announcements and opportunities below. 


April 9 | 12:10-1pm |  UC Berkeley School of Public Health | Latest in Public Health Research Series | “Energy transitions, air pollution, and health equity in the US and Ghana,” with Misbath Daouda, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health. Zoom link to the talk is here.

April 10 | 12-1:05pm | UC Berkeley Demography Brown Bag Colloquium |  with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, Professor of Economics, UC Merced, and BPC External Affiliate.  Catalina will present her research on “Managing Migration Crises:  Evidence from Surge Facilities and Unaccompanied Minor Children Flows.” This talk is in-person, 310 Social Sciences Building. Event information here.  Zoom ID: 985 2901 0198  Passcode DEMOG_BB


A NOTE: The NIH Data Book provides a wealth of data on funding trends across NIH. If you are interested in success rates for fellowship (F) or career development award (K) applications, you’ll want to look under Success and Funding Rates for Non-Research Project Grants. For instance, across the whole NIH, 32% of the reviewed Career Development Award applications were funded in fiscal year 2023, and that percentage has been approximately steady for the last 10 years. One can even export the data if you’d like to see more detail, like the difference in success rates between different award types.

Notice of Special Interest: Women’s Health Research (NOT-OD-24-079). In alignment with the White House Initiative on Women’s Health Research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is issuing this Notice of Special Interest to highlight interest in receiving research applications focused on diseases and health conditions that predominantly affect women (e.g., autoimmune diseases; depressive disorders, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias (ADRD), gender-based-violence), present and progress differently in women (e.g., cardiovascular disease; HIV; reproductive aging and its implications), or are female-specific (e.g., uterine fibroids; endometriosis; menopause). First available due date: May 06, 2024. Expiration date: November 5, 2027.

Feasibility of Novel Diagnostics for TB in Endemic Countries (FEND for TB) RFA-AI-24-010.  The purpose of this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) is to support the evaluation of early-stage diagnostics and novel diagnostic strategies for Tuberculosis (TB) in the context of existing clinical algorithms in TB endemic countries. Evaluation studies should: 1) perform proof-of principle studies of novel diagnostic tests and strategies for TB, including among people living with HIV (PLWH) and 2) provide feedback to diagnostic developers and policy makers on the performance of the technologies and most effective strategies for use of the diagnostic technologies in an endemic setting. Due June 28, 2024.


Registration for the U.S. National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Spring 2024 NSF Grants Conference is open. The hybrid conference will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from June 3 to 5, 2024. The Grants Conference provides new faculty, researchers, and administrators with valuable insights into various current issues at NSF. Program officers from each NSF Directorate will be present to offer the latest information on specific funding opportunities and address attendees’ questions. View the draft agenda here

AI Day for Federal Statistics: CNSTAT Public Event. Artificial intelligence (AI) is advancing at a rate that many might have thought impossible a few years earlier, particularly including the development of natural language processing. The Committee on National Statistics, the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology, and the National Institute of Statistical Sciences are working together to organize an AI Day to be conducted on May 2, 2024, in which the implications of AI for federal statistical agencies will be explored, including a look at what statistical research needs to be performed. As part of that exploration, we will also consider the intersection of federal statistics with how other fields make use of AI. This is an in-person event. Full event details here

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