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Weekly News — August 27, 2018


Monday, August 27, 2018, 2-3:30 PM. The importance of community context in immigrant detention. Emily Ryo, USC. 402 Barrows Hall.

IRLE Fall Open House Reception. Wednesday, August 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m. “Does Diversity Matter for Health? Experimental Evidence from Oakland” Marcy Alsan, Evans Hall, room 648.http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/econ.html?event_ID=118539


Monday, August 27, 2018, 2-3:30 PM. The importance of community context in immigrant detention. Emily Ryo, USC. 402 Barrows Hall.

IRLE Fall Open House Reception. Wednesday, August 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m. “Does Diversity Matter for Health? Experimental Evidence from Oakland” Marcy Alsan, Evans Hall, room 648.http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/econ.html?event_ID=118539

Friday August 31, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m. “Minimum Wages and Racial Inequality” with Claire Montialoux, CREST, Evans Hall, room 648.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 • 5:30pm–7:00pm. Karen Ross, Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture; the Goldman School of Public Policy; and the Berkeley Food Institute for a discussion on immigration and the future of agriculture in California. Alumni House

Friday, October 5, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.mNIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee Meeting. Please join the next NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee (BSSR CC) open meeting on NIH’s campus (Rockledge II, room 9112/9116) or online (WebEx access code: 628 548 199, password: gWZPDbr4). Representatives from NIH Institutes and Centers will meet to discuss behavioral and social sciences-relevant topics. 

Call for Editorial Board Members – Population and EnvironmentVolumes 40 – 44, 2019 – 2023. Springer and Population and Environment invite nominations for the 2019– 2023 editorial board of the journal. This leading scientific journal in the fields of population and environmental studies, published by Springer, publishes one volume of four issues per year. It is the sole social science journal focused on interdisciplinary research on social demographic aspects of environmental issues. The journal publishes cutting-edge research that contributes new insights on the complex, reciprocal links between human populations and the natural environment in all regions and countries of the world. Disciplines commonly represented in the journal include demography, geography, sociology, human ecology, environmental economics, public health, anthropology, environmental studies, and others in which population and environment are topics. The journal publishes original research, research brief, and review articles. Quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods contributions are welcome. The Editorial Board of Population and Environment consists of approximately twelve members who report to the Editor in Chief. The Editorial Board members will participate in an annual virtual advisory board meeting; consult with the Editor in Chief on manuscripts in their area of expertise; recruit manuscripts; and otherwise promote the journal. The Editor in Chief is responsible for accepting and rejecting manuscripts on the basis of the quality of the research presented and the suitability of the subject matter; guiding manuscripts through the review process; overseeing revisions; and planning issues. Nominees should have proven excellence in peer-review publication and expertise in population and/or environmental studies. A good command of English is a requisite, as all manuscripts are submitted in this language. This is a volunteer position. Self-nominations for membership on the Editorial Board are encouraged. The Editorial Board members’ names will appear on the masthead. Appointments will be made in the fourth quarter of 2018. Send a short letter of nomination and a CV by E-mail to: Springer, attn. Evelien Bakker at: evelien.bakker@springer.com and to the Editor in Chief at: elizabeth_fussell@brown.edu. For further information on Population and Environment, please visit our website www.springer.com/11111. The deadline for nominations is September 30, 2018.

Search for New Editor or Co-Editors for the Official PSA Journal, Sociological Perspectivespublished by SAGE. The PSA welcomes proposals from individuals, a team or a department. The editor will be responsible for soliciting, reviewing, and making final decisions on all submissions to the journal, and will manage all aspects of the publication and review process using the Manuscript Central electronic submission and review platform. The editor (s) will work with SAGE Publishing to ensure timely and accurate delivery of manuscripts for publication. The new editorial office must open by July 1, 2019, with the editor or co-editors officially starting their three-year term January 1, 2020. This editorial term is potentially renewable upon mutual agreement between the editor and the Pacific Sociological Association. For more information, visit http://pacificsoc.org/7985

Demographic Analysis and Population Projections Workshop, 
October 29 – November 9, 2018, U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters, Suitland, Maryland (near Washington, D.C.). The nation is aging but some counties are getting younger. Deadline to apply: 14 September 2018. This workshop provides training in the production of population estimates and projections as well as the evaluation of data quality. Key tools include the Census Bureau’s Demographic Analysis and Population Projections System (DAPPS) and Population Analysis System (PAS) spreadsheets, the United Nations’ MORTPAK package, and other selected software. Case studies and hands-on exercises give participants an opportunity to work through the full range of analytical decisions required by a demographer in applying the techniques covered in the workshop. Participants who bring their own data have an opportunity to apply the techniques covered in the workshop and to receive feedback on how to interpret the results. 
Course Contents
* Population age-sex structure: a tool to understand demographic change and evaluate data quality
* Concepts and measurements related to demographic change: fertility, mortality, and migration
 * Direct and indirect estimation techniques for fertility and mortality data from registration systems, household surveys, and censuses
* Visualization and evaluation of inconsistent estimates
* Challenges in measuring internal and international migration
* Preparation of inputs for national and subnational population estimates and projections
* Cohort component and mathematical approaches to population projections
Audience and Prerequisites
This workshop is designed to meet the needs of participants involved in national programs of demographic estimation and projection. Participants with a demographic background will benefit most from this workshop. Good computer skills are a prerequisite. The workshop will be limited to 15 participants. Those who complete the application requirements will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information e-mail pop.international.workshops@census.gov

Harnessing U.S. Health and Retirement Survey Data for Research in the Social Sciences: A Technical Workshop. September 14 | 1-4 p.m. | This workshop will focus on harnessing the powerful HRS dataset to assess an array of compelling questions in the social sciences. The objective is to stimulate new research efforts by expanding awareness of the content and structure of the HRS, with an emphasis on inquiries made possible by the secure computing environment. Ryan Edwards, Research Associate, UC Berkeley Population Center. 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room, Open to faculty and graduate students. See the flyer for more information.

Penn State’s 26th Annual Symposium on Family Issues
. “Rural Families and Communities:” Oct. 22-23, 2018 / State College, PA For more information, visit the conference website:http://www.ssri.psu.edu/event/2536/26th-annual-national-symposium-family-issues

Pacific Sociology Association (PSA)’s 90th Annual Meetings/Conference “Engaging Millennials: Researching and Teaching about Power, Diversity, and Change” Thursday, March 28 to Sunday, March 31, 2019 Oakland, California. Call for Papers, PSA 2019. The 2019 submissions portal is open and accessible from the home page of the PSA website,www.pacificsoc.org. The deadline for all submissions will be October 15, 2018. For more information, visit http://pacificsoc.org/

PRB Releases 2018 World Population Data Sheet. PRB estimates that world population will reach 9.9 billion people by 2050, up from the estimated 7.6 billion currently. 

The Pacific Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (PAPOR) announces the early opening of its annual Student Paper Competition.
 We welcome entries from students of any discipline that employs survey and opinion research, including political science, communications, psychology, sociology, and marketing. Eligible papers should focus on survey methods, public opinion, or market research and be authored by graduate or undergraduate students currently attending colleges and universities in PAPOR’s geographic region: California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, or Wyoming. Papers should not exceed 30 pages. For more information, please visit the Student Paper Competition page on the PAPOR website: http://www.papor.org/resources/student-paper-competition/

Census Bureau to Host Webinar on Release of 2017 American Community Survey Statistics.
 The U.S. Census Bureau will hold a webinar on Sept. 6 from 1-2 p.m. in advance of the Sept. 13 release of the 2017 American Community Survey statistics. The webinar will show participants how to access new data and online resources from the 2017 American Community Survey. Attendees will also learn about changes related to this release, and tips for comparing geographies and statistics over time. Embargo subscribers will have access to these statistics beginning Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. EDT

D-Lab offers training in Data Science
 this fall for students as well as pedagogical training for instructors. Visit the D-lab website for more information. D-lab regularly offers workshops and training in courses, one-on-one consulting for faculty, grad students and undergraduates, and working groups of focuses topics. One-on-one consulting also available. For more information and registration, visit http://dlab.berkeley.edu. You can now add D-Lab workshops to your bcalendar directly from D-Lab workshop description. 

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 (immigration_group@lists.berkeley.edu), which is where a good deal of immigration and migration announcements are posted, and not all of that material is posted on the PopSciences Weekly News.

NIH Delays Enforcement of “Clinical Trials” Reporting for Basic Research

August 8, 2018

On July 20, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a Guide Notice (NOT-OD-18-212) outlining its plans to delay enforcement of key clinical trials reporting requirements for projects traditionally considered basic research.
The Notice, Delayed Enforcement and Short-Term Flexibilities for Some Requirements Affecting Prospective Basic Science Studies Involving Human Participants, follows months of feedback and pressure on NIH from the external research community, including COSSA and several COSSA members, to rescind or at least delay implementation of NIH’s clinical trials policy announced in 2016. As previously reported, in an effort to enhance its stewardship of and increase transparency over the clinical trials it funds, NIH established a new definition of “clinical trials,” which now captures some basic behavioral and social sciences research and comes with new reporting requirements (see COSSA’s Hot Topic piece for details). In response, the basic research community, including in the behavioral and social sciences, has registered major concerns not only with the reporting requirements that are designed for traditional clinical trials and therefore a poor fit for basic research studies, but with the agency redefining some areas of basic science as a clinical trial under the new policy. 

Registering & Reporting

The Notice states that NIH will “[delay] enforcement of registration and reporting policies for prospective basic science studies involving human participants… through September 24, 2019,” presumably until a more appropriate registering and reporting system can be established for basic science projects involving human subjects. However, in the interim, basic science studies involving human participants are still expected to be registered and reported, just in a portal of your choosing. The original policy would have required all newly defined clinical trials to register and report findings on clinicaltrials.gov; the basic science community has argued that clinicaltrials.gov is not the best reporting system for this research, so this delay is welcome news. 

Watch for New FOA

Unfortunately, the notice issued last month does not address the primary concern of the basic behavioral and social science community—that some basic research studies are now considered “clinical trials” in accordance with the original definition (NOT-OD-16-149), requiring proposals to be submitted to clinical trials-specific Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs). However, the notice states that “NIH has instituted a temporary period of leniency for applications submitted to an incorrect FOA… In this initial phase (for due dates through September 24, 2019), NIH will not administratively reject any application for submission to an incorrect FOA based on study-type designation.” Further, NIH is reportedly developing new FOAs for what it is calling “prospective basic science studies involving human participants” for due dates starting on January 25, 2019. However, leniency will still be exercised until September of next year. More information on the basic science FOA is expected in October/November 2018.
NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) Director William Riley has published a blog post with additional analysis of the July Guide Notice and its implications for the behavioral and social science research community. Check it out here.

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