Weekly News December 13, 2021

More exciting news this week – join me in congratulating Rucker Johnson, who has just won the 2022 Grawemeyer Award in Education, for his work on the long-term success of school integration, thus fulfilling the mission of the award to recognize “ideas that have potential to bring about significant improvement in educational practice and advances in educational attainment.” 

NIH is increasingly emphasizing a better understanding of health disparities, and putting money into this emphasis. If this is your area of research then it’s a good time to develop a grant application.  Other ‘hot’ areas are sex/gender differentials, and Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.  

Finally, Weekly News goes on winter hiatus and we’ll be back in 2022! Have a wonderful, healthy and restful break and holiday season.


As in-person events are on hold, be sure to check out virtual talks and webinars. All times are Pacific unless otherwise noted.

Join us next year for the spring semester line-up of Demography Brown Bags.

The Population Sciences events calendar can be found here: https://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/popsci.html.
View past talks on our Population Sciences channel. The Brown Bag talks have been organized into playlists: http://bit.ly/2kZvaME.

Monday, December 13 | 12:10-1:30 p.m. “Worker and Employer Heterogeneity in Hours Determination” with: Raffaele Saggio, University of British Columbia. 648 Evans | Note change in date and time. Access Coordinator: Camille Fernandez, camillen@berkeley.edu 

Notice to Extend Eligibility for Submission of K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award Applications Due to COVID-Related Disruptions. 
NIH has announced that they will extend eligibility to apply for K99/R00 postdoctoral grants due to COVID-19 disruptions and delays. For more information, see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AG-22-003.html

CAPRA Pilot Project Proposals for ADRD research deadline is next Friday, December 17, 2021. Pilot awards of up to $40,000 will be awarded to successful applicants. About the Pilot RFPCAPRA is seeking novel, population-based pilot projects that aim to reduce the health and financial burden of dementia and improve government and healthcare organization policy. In addition to financial support, the CAPRA Pilot Core will provide technical assistance and project guidance to investigators transitioning into AD/ADRD research. Interested applicants – from both the University of Michigan and from external institutions – should submit their proposal through the University of Michigan’s Competition Space portal. To view examples of previously funded pilots, please see CAPRA’s Year 1 and Year 2 awardees on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact CAPRA Project Manager, Jason Mann, at majason@med.umich.edu

Pilot Projects Enhancing Utility and Usage of Common Fund Data Sets (R03 Clinical Trial Not Allowed). Several valuable and widely available data sets have been generated by multiple Common Fund programs. The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to announce the availability of funding to demonstrate and enhance the utility of selected Common Fund (https://commonfund.nih.gov/) data sets, including generating hypotheses and catalyzing discoveries. Award recipients are asked to provide feedback on the utility of the Common Fund data resources. For more information about this funding announcement, visit: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-22-007.html. For more information about the Common Fund programs of relevance to social and behavioral scientists, see:
* Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity. https://commonfund.nih.gov/healthdisparitiestransformation
* Harnessing Data Science for Health Discovery and Innovation in Africa Issues Awards, https://commonfund.nih.gov/AfricaData
* High Risk, High Reward Research Program: https://commonfund.nih.gov/highrisk

Academic Data Science Alliance, 2022 ADSA Spring Meeting, March 7-9, 2022, Irvine, CA. Registration is now open for the Academic Data Science Alliance (ADSA) Spring Meeting on March 7-9, 2022, at the Beckman Center in Irvine, CA. The event will feature speakers from participating schools nationwide, posters, an art installation, networking, and more. The ADSA Annual Meeting supports data science practitioners (graduate students, postdocs, staff researchers and faculty), administrators, and educators to collectively address common issues in research, education and training, program administration, and advocacy for data scientist career. For more information, visit: https://academicdatascience.org/adsa-meetings/2022-march-meeting

Russell Sage Summer Institute on Biological Approaches in the Social Sciences (SIBASS),
 Evanston, IL | June 6 – 10, 2022. Application Deadline: January 15th, 2022 at 2 PM ET. The target audience is post-doctoral fellows and untenured faculty within 10 years of the Ph.D., although we are open to applications from advanced doctoral students. There are no restrictions based on citizenship, country of study, or country of employment. Priority will be given to candidates whose applications demonstrate (1) research excellence that is appropriate to their career stage, (2) a serious commitment to launching a biosocial research program, which (3) dovetails with RSF research priorities in Social Inequality, Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, and Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration. For more information, visit HERE.

Russell Sage Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (SICSS). Application Deadline: February 11, 2022. The two-week Summer Institute in Computational Social Science introduces graduate students and beginning faculty in the social and data sciences (broadly conceived) to computational social science—the use of digital-age data sources and methods to conduct social research. The program will highlight issues about access, privacy, and confidentiality that are raised by the emergence of computational data and methods. The institute will also introduce participants to a network of scholars across disciplines with similar interests in these new data and methods. For more information visit HERE.

Russell Sage Proposal Development Summer Institute, Application Deadline: February 11, 2022. RSF and the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) will sponsor the inaugural Proposal Development Summer Institute (PDSI), to be held at the on May 23 – 27, 2022. The institute will bring together about 25 early career social science faculty interested in workshopping and developing research ideas into grant proposals. The organizers and principal faculty are Michael Jones-Correa (University of Pennsylvania), Lorrie Frasure (University of California Los Angeles), and Mignon Moore (Barnard and Columbia University). The institute seeks to promote diversity in the social sciences broadly, including racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity. For more information, visit HERE.

The University of Michigan Summer Data Immersion (SDI) program provides hands-on training in the use of publicly available data resources to address important research questions relevant to ADRD. The theme of the 2022 SDI will be “The Costs of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.” During the program, data will be used from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). The SDI advances a team science approach. It will include informational presentations about best practices for working with HRS data, discussion on the financial and non-financial costs of ADRD, and training in advanced analytic techniques to model data from large-scale, longitudinal, and dyadic studies. Please see the attached announcement for full details. Interested individuals should complete the application and upload a CV/Biosketch using the following link SDI Application. Completed applications with CV/Biosketch should be submitted by February 14, 2022. Please contact mccfad.isr@umich.edu with any questions. Dates: May 23 – 26, 2022. Location: University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research

Center to Accelerate Population Research in Alzheimer’s (CAPRA) releases newly launched and publicly available DATA RESOURCES. These include ready-to-use datasets and analytic tools (e.g., programming script) to access Cognitive Decline/ADRD healthcare administrative and survey data for dementia researchers. Please see links below and feel free to forward and share broadly. 
National Health & Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)

A 2020 census county data assessment tool from Georgetown’s MDI: https://mccourt.georgetown.edu/ccat/

D-Lab is closed for the break. Join them next year for more training and consulting. 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.

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