Population Science News

Weekly News – December 22, 2016

Friday, January 20, 11 AM – 12:30 PM.  Culpeper Seminar Series, “The Crooked Mile: Race, Psychology, and the Strange Career of the Menthol Cigarette” with Keith A. Wailoo, PhD, Townsend Martin Professor of History & Public Affairs, Princeton University. Laurel Heights in Conference Room 474.  A buffet lunch will be served following this seminar, so please RSVP to Kathy Jackson at Kathryn.jackson@ucsf.edu but no later than Wednesday, January 18th, 2017.

Fertility Status as a Market for Overall Health.  The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support research that explores the premise that fertility status can be a marker for overall health. It is clear that chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and obesity can impair fertility, however less is known about the extent to which fertility status can impact or act as a marker for overall health.  Data suggest that infertility is not necessarily a unique disease of the reproductive axis, but is often physiologically or genetically linked with other diseases and conditions.  Recent epidemiologic studies demonstrate links between fertility status in both males and females and various somatic diseases and disorders.  Taken together, these data strongly suggest that fertility status can be a window into overall health. This FOA focuses on studies evaluating fertility as a marker for overall health and therefore applications that look at the effects of a disease or disorder on fertility are outside the scope of this program.  There are R01 (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-17-091.html) and R21 (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-17-092.html) applications sought. 

William T. Grant Foundation:  Next deadline for submitting letters of inquiry:  January 11, 4:00 pm.  WTGF supports high-quality research that is relevant to policies and practices that affect the lives of young people ages 5 to 25 in the United States, and funds research that increases our understanding of programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and research that identifies, builds, and tests strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. The application process for all research grants begins with a letter of inquiry. Letters of inquiry are generally received three times a year, in January, May, and August. Research grants on reducing inequality typically range from $100,000 to $600,000 and cover two to three years of support. Improving the use of research evidence grants will range from $100,000 to $1,000,000 and cover two to four years of support. Officers’ Research grants for both initiatives cover budgets up to $25,000. To learn more about our research grants, eligibility requirements, and application process, please visithttp://wtgrantfoundation.org/grants/research-grants. Deadlines for submitting letters of inquiry in 2017 are: January 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm EST; May 3, 2017 at 4:00 pm EST; August 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm EST.

2017 IUSSP – INTERNATIONAL POPULATION CONFERENCE – Side meeting, exhibit and sponsorship opportunities. The 28th International Population Conference organized by the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) will take place 29 October to 4 November 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa.  The deadline for submission of abstracts is closed but there remain many other ways to take part in this Conference. 
Research Leader Sessions: For the first time, the IUSSP is offering the opportunity for a limited number of organizations working in the population field to organize a session as part of the regular scientific programme of the conference in exchange for a minimum donation of 10,000 USD. The deadline to submit a proposal is to 1 March 2017. For more information: http://iussp.org/en/ipc2017-research-leader-sessions
Side meetings: Side meeting space is available for meetings and workshops before, during and after the Conference.  Space is available on a first come, first serve basis and should be reserved before. For more information http://ipc2017capetown.iussp.org/side-meetings.

Exhibit booths and Advertising: The International Population Conference will offer unparalleled opportunities to organizations to showcase their products and services. For more information:  http://ipc2017capetown.iussp.org/exhibits
Important dates: 15 April 2017: Registration for Conference opens; 15 July 2017: Deadline to request facilities for side meetings and exhibition space; 15 September 2017: Last day for reduced registration fees; 29 October 2017: Opening Ceremony. For more information about the Conference and IUSSP, please visit the Conference website at http://ipc2017capetown.iussp.org and the IUSSP website at http://iussp.org


The NIA Office of Special Populations, to organize a symposium to highlight the work of RCMAR Scholars. This year we would like to focus on community-based research. This can take the form of community-based interventions, CBPR studies, and related work on minority elderly (for examples of the type of work, see the special issue of Ethnicity & Disease from the RCMARs at http://www.ishib.org/wordpress/?page_id=361). Pending budgetary approval, the Office of Special Populations will cover some or all of the conference registration fees for papers in the symposium. The deadline for abstract submission is mid-February, so please send me the title of your talk and a draft abstract by January 31 and we will provide you with the information on the proposed symposium number to include with your final submission directly to APHA.

Early Career Behavioral Economics (ECBE) Conference: The third Early Career Behavioral Economics (ECBE) conference will be held at Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA) on June 16 – 17, 2017. Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2017. This conference provides a platform for early career researchers to present papers and receive feedback from both peers and junior faculty members. The conference also promotes the development of a strong community of junior behavioral economics researchers. Read more about the conference and submit a proposal.

Call for papers on Population Aging and Challenges in Asia. The submission is already open and will be closed on April 30. To learn more, visit http://ojs.whioce.com/index.php/ijps/announcement.  About the journal: International Journal of Population Studies (IJPS) is an open access, multidisciplinary journal that publishes high quality original research and timely reviews of recent advances and emerging issues in population processes; dynamics of fertility, mortality, and migration; and linkages with socioeconomic and environmental change across times, spaces, and cultures. 

The Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine is currently recruiting health policy fellows for 2017-2018. The Health Policy Leadership Fellowship is a multi-disciplinary training program that prepares physicians and postdoctoral professionals for leadership roles promoting policies and practices to reduce disparities and advance health equity. Started in 2009, the program’s thirty graduates are taking leadership roles in academia, government agencies, health care, and community-based organizations across the country. The fellowship is uniquely focused at the intersections of leadership development, health policy, and health equity and is particularly interested in developing leaders from underserved, under-represented, and racial and ethnic minority populations with a strong commitment to health equity. The application deadline for the 2017-2018 fellowship program is January 13, 2017. Additional information and application materials are available at: http://fellowship.satcherinstitute.org or applicants can contact Ebony S. Townsend, MSPH, Health Policy Program Manager, at healthpolicyfellowship@msm.edu.    

UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research & Education, Postdoctoral Fellowships in Tobacco Control Research. Academic Background Required: Doctorate/Equivalent Degree (MD, JD). The fellowship supportstwo years of postdoctoral training in all aspects of tobacco control research.  Prior tobacco research experience is relevant, but not necessary for acceptance.  Fellows have come from medicine, public health, nursing, economics, anthropology, political science, law, sociology, psychology, and cell biology.  We offer individual mentorship with UCSF faculty along with courses in tobacco specific topics, health policy, cancer control and prevention, grant and scientific writing skills, career development, interdisciplinary research, and biostatistics.  We place a high priority on developing a fellowship program that reflects the diverse communities we serve. We encourage qualified applicants from all backgrounds to apply. Postdoc fellows receive an annual salary commensurate with experience of approximately $48,000 – $58,000. To learn more about the Center, the fellowship program, current fellows, and faculty and their research interests, visit us at: http://tobacco.ucsf.edu/. Applications will be accepted until January 25, 2017, for fellowships beginning JULY 1, 2017.  To apply, please visit: http://tobacco.ucsf.edu/fellowship

Russell Sage Foundation Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (6/18 – 7/1/2017).

Application Deadline: February 19, 2017. The Russell Sage Foundation will sponsor the first summer institute in Computational Social Science in June 2017 at Princeton University. The purpose of the Summer Institute is to introduce 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 intensive program will involve lectures, group problem sets, and student-led research projects – topics covered will include text as data, website scraping, digital field experiments, non-probability sampling, mass collaboration, and ethics. There will also be outside speakers with relevant expertise from academia, industry, and government.  Detailed information about the summer institute and submitting an application can be found here:  http://www.russellsage.org/summer-institute-computational-social-science.  Questions should be directed to Matt Salganik and/or Chris Bail at rsfcompsocsci@gmail.com

Russell Sage Foundation Summer Institute in Social-Science Genomics (June 11-23, 2017). Application Deadline: February 13, 2017. The Russell Sage Foundation will sponsor the second Summer Institute in Social-Science Genomics in June 2017 in Santa Barbara, California. The purpose of this two-week workshop is to introduce graduate students and beginning faculty in economics, sociology, psychology, statistics, genetics, and other disciplines to the methods of social-science genomics—the analysis of genomic data in social science research. The program will include interpretation and estimation of different concepts of heritability; the biology of genetic inheritance, gene expression, and epigenetics; design and analysis of genetic-association studies; analysis of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions; estimation and use of polygenic scores; as well as applications of genomic data in the social sciences. Detailed information about the summer institute and submitting an application can be found here: http://www.russellsage.org/summer-institute-social-science-genomics. Questions should be directed to Dan Benjamin at RSF.Genomics.School@gmail.com

The Duke Network Analysis Center (DNAC) will be hosting a second, week-long Social Networks and Health workshop from May 22 – 26, 2017.  The Social Networks and Health workshop will cover topics in social network analysis related to studying health behaviors, including: Data collection; Ego network analysis; Diffusion and peer influence; Communities in networks; Respondent-driven sampling; Network visualizations; Exponential random graph models (ERGM); Stochastic Actor-Oriented Models (SAOM, or Siena models); Agent-based modeling.  The workshop will also contain a substantial lab component, which will give attendees an opportunity to learn how to use the R statistical computing language to analyze networks.  Last year’s presentations and labs are available online at https://dnac.ssri.duke.edu/social-networks-health-scholars-training-program.php.   There is funding for a limited number (up to 10) of SN&H fellowships. Fellows will participate in the week-long training course, but also be matched with a mentor to work on an ongoing research project that the fellow has proposed. All participation costs (including domestic travel and lodging expenses to come to Duke) for SN&H fellows will be covered by the program.  There is additional funding available for fellows to travel to meetings and otherwise support research meetings with their program mentor. SN&H fellows must commit to presenting the results of their project at next year’s workshop.  SN&H Fellowships will be primarily targeted at pre-doctoral students, post-docs and junior faculty and is open to participants both in the triangle and across the nation. Women, individuals from underrepresented minority groups, and disabled individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply for an SN&H fellowship, please send an email with your CV and a brief (no more than 1 page) description of research project you propose to work on over the year to snh2017@soc.duke.edu by Feb 1, 2017.

Census Business Builder: Regional Analyst Edition 2.0 – An Update.  January 17, 2017. 2:00PM – 3:00PM.  Register here: https://www.c2er.org/events/webinarreg.asp?id=223. This webinar will provide an update on and live demo of the new features of the 2.0 release of Census Business Builder: Regional Analyst Edition (CBB:RAE). CBB:RAE makes it easier for regional economic development officials, chambers of commerce staff, and other regional planning groups to access key demographic and economic data that they need for analysis of their region. The 2.0 update, released in September 2016, adds the ability to build a region on cities/towns as well as by county; a completely new, interactive report; and mobile optimization (as well as many other enhancements). The webinar will also briefly cover the 2.0 updates to the Small Business Edition of CBB. Designed specifically for entrepreneurs and small business owners, the 2.0 update includes a new NAICS Search tool that provides access to all NAICS codes covered by the Economic Census. Presenter: Andrew W. Hait, Data Product and Data User Liaison, US Census Bureau. 

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 cohort of the U.S. Policy Communication Training Program, which are due on January 27, 2017. Please see our announcement (https://www.openconf.org/USPolicyTraining/openconf.php) for eligibility criteria and instructions on how to apply. Please share this information with graduate students in demography programs and related areas of study. This training program builds on PRB’s 40-year legacy of training researchers to communicate their findings for policy change. The program is designed to develop skills that U.S. researchers need to communicate with U.S. policy audiences, including decision makers and the media. Through the generous support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), we are able to offer this in-depth policy communication training to U.S. citizens and permanent residents studying demography, population health, and reproductive health in doctoral programs at U.S. academic institutions.  We hope you will join us in spreading the word about this opportunity. If you have questions, please contact Hanna Christianson at USPolicyTraining@prb.org

PIMSA is now accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) for Research Awards and grants for graduate students related to migration and health topics. Please view the full announcement for application details and timelines: https://hia.berkeley.edu/how-to-apply/.  This cycle will be open to researchers and graduate students from any of the University of California campuses, University of Arizona, University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of Houston, working in collaboration with researchers from the National Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT for its Spanish acronym) accredited institutions in all Mexican states and Universidad National Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), or from Mexico’s Secretariat of Health research institutions.

Stata Graphs:  Stata can export graphs to “.eps” files, which can then be opened in Adobe Illustrator. Once opened in Illustrator, every element of the graph can be manipulated. This means you can keep your automated and standardized graph-generation process going, but then do the necessary fine tuning to the labels, etc. in a layout editor that will ensure your text is uniform in size and properly aligned with the other elements in the graph (e.g. the bars and other text boxes).

After the new year but before the spring semester, Dlab will be hosting intensives on R, Python and more.  Dlab sponsors workshops and training in courses, one-on-one consulting for faculty, grad students and undergraduates, and working groups of focuses topics. For more information and registration, visit http://dlab.berkeley.edu. Dlab will be closed from Dec 19 to January 2. 

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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