Weekly News December 6, 2021

The semester is winding down but there are still some worthy events and announcements – peruse below.

Have a great week,


We are hosting virtual and/or hybrid talks this semester. Assume virtual unless noted otherwise. All times are Pacific unless otherwise noted. 

*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.

Wednesday, December 8 | 8 p.m. “Global Perspectives: Leveraging the Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic” Virtual Event. Speakers: Mukti Bosco, MHA, Co-Founder, Healing Fields Foundation; Christine Mugasha, MD, Senior Maternal & Child Health Advisor, USAID/Uganda Mission; George Rutherford, MD, AM, Professor, UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Learn more about the event here and to get the registration link.

Thursday, December 9, 2021, 12:00 – 1:15 PM EST. Harvard Center for Population Studies presents Van C. Tran, PhD, associate professor of sociology, and deputy director for the Center for Urban Research at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, will present “New frontiers of integration: Neighborhood diversification in metropolitan New York.” Please REGISTER.

Friday, Dec 10, 12:10-1:30 PM. The Historical and Future Impacts of Climate Change on US Agricultural Productivity” with Ariel Ortiz-Bobea | Cornell University. Contact Diana Lazo, lazo@berkeley.edu for the zoom link.

Monday December 6, 9 – 10 AM PST/12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST. “Braving The Storm: How Climate Change Will Affect How And Where We Live.” Join this virtual congressional briefing featuring PAA members: Dr. Sara Curran, University of Washington; Dr. Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, Cornell University; Dr. Mathew Hauer, Florida State University; Moderated by: Dr. Vida Maralani, Cornell University. Zoom registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__oN2_d9mQEm1mQI701IOJQ

Friday, December 10 @ 1:00 Pm – 2:30 PM EST Dr. Emilio Zagheni (Director, Max Planck Institute For Demographic Research): “Measuring And Understanding Migration Of Scholars: Evidence From Bibliometric Data” Zoom registration: https://baruch.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0vd-6sqT0jHN1UszV58UBnSDyDixvjasyB

Friday, Dec 10, 2021 01:30 – 3:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada). The Network on Life Course and Health Dynamics & Disparities is hosting a presentation by Dr. Shannon Monnat on “Disseminating Your Research to Non-Academic Audiences.” Register in advance here: https://syracuseuniversity.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMuf-GhrDItGdbLp1MpM9SHiUnVYibRtMgD


Call For Papers: The Migration Conference 2022. The Migration Conference Organizing Committee invites papers focusing on migration, migrant populations, diasporas, migration policies, labour migrations, refugees, economic impacts, remittances as well as non-migrants and the wider impact of human mobility on sending, transit and receiving societies. Deadline: March 1 2022. More Information.

Canadian Population Society Annual Meeting May 10-13, 2022. 
Deadline for Submission: February 1, 2022 Read solicitation here.

Below are 3 calls for administrative supplements, which require an existing, related NIH grant to which this supplemental research adds a new scope to the grant.  If you have a research idea but don’t know of a grant that might be suitable as a host for your idea, let me know and we can brainstorm on possibilities. If you do know of a possible host grant, contact me for process. An admin sup is an easy grant to prepare and the turnaround is much quicker than for regular NIH grants.

NIH Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements for Research on Sex and/or Gender Influences (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional) 
https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-22-030.htmlThe Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) announces the availability of administrative supplements to support research highlighting the impact of sex and/or gender influences in human health and illness. Sex and/or gender are important considerations in many areas of research, including basic biological, psychological, social, and behavioral studies. With continuous interaction between sex and gender, human health is determined by both biology and the expression of gender. The most robust experimental designs include consideration of both sex and gender; therefore, applications proposing to investigate the influence of both sex and gender factors are highly encouraged. The proposed research must address at least one objective from the five strategic goals of the 2019-2023 Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Women’s Health ResearchAdvancing Science for the Health of Women”.

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Research on the Health of Women of Understudied, Underrepresented and Underreported (U3) Populations (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional).See the full announcement: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-22-031.html. The Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) announces the availability of administrative supplements to support research highlighting health inequities among women in the US who are underrepresented, understudied, and underreported (U3) in biomedical research. Robust studies exploring sex and gender influences and social determinants of health are needed to reduce inequities. The proposed research must address at least one objective from strategic goals 1, 2 or 3 of the “2019-2023 Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for Women’s Health Research, Advancing Science for the Health of Women.
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements for Research on Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional).  https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-22-032.html. This FOA seeks to provide funding for the expansion of existing research projects to incorporate sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations or SGM-relevant research questions. SGM populations include, but are not limited to, those populations described in NOT-OD-19-139. Basic, social, behavioral, clinical, translational, and health services research relevant to the missions of the sponsoring NIH Institutes or Centers (ICs) may be proposed in response to this solicitation. Potential applicants are encouraged to review the most recent annual Portfolio Analysis of NIH-funded SGM research to identify potential research gaps that may be relevant to this NOSI. More information about the SGM administrative supplements program and previously awarded research projects can be found on the SGMRO website.

BFI Seed Grants 2021 Request for Proposals Due December 15, 2021. The Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) announces a 2021–22 funding cycle for collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects that are aligned with the mission of the Institute and led by faculty and/or cooperative extension specialists at UC Berkeley. Collaboration Grant: $1,000 – $10,000 grants for initiating innovative research. Research grant: $20,000 – $100,000 grants for new fully articulated research projects that address one or both of the cross-cutting themes. https://food.berkeley.edu/from-the-field/seed-grant-2021rfp/

IRP Extramural Small Grant On Poverty, Retirement, And Disability Research 2022–2023 – Call For Applications – Due 2/3/2022, 11:59 PM CST. Posted on November 30, 2021. Application Deadline: February 3, 2022, 11:59 p.m. CST. The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) in collaboration with the Center for Financial Security (CFS) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has funding to support the study of economically vulnerable populations related to poverty, retirement, and disability policy. Funded by a cooperative agreement between CFS and the Social Security Administration, this small grant program is designed to expand the reach of poverty research into issues related to retirement and disability policies and programs. Applicants can propose research projects that address any area of relevance to retirement and disability research.  View/download full RFP in PDF format or visit the website HERE.

Please consider submitting an article to our special issue on “Social Determinants, Behavioral and Lifestyle Choices, and Health Disparities of Older Adults” in the International Journal on Environmental Research and Public Health (IF 3.390). The venue is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed, open access scientific journal that publishes articles in the areas of environmental health sciences and public health. For further information on the journal and our special issue, we refer you to www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph and www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph/special_issues/social_older. Many factors contribute to health disparities for older adults, ranging from individual health behaviors and lifestyle choices to social determinants of health, such as neighborhood characteristics, community environment, gentrification, etc. It is important to explore how older adults’ health is impacted by these various levels. We are particularly interested in research on the community environment, i.e., an individual’s residence and surrounding geographic area, including social, physical, and built environments, and health among older adults. If you are interested and would like to send us an abstract for your research, please email us at: ronica.rooks@ucdenver.edu or joyce.weil@unco.edu. The deadline for full manuscript submissions is August 31, 2022.

FAMILY DEMOGRAPHY AND FAMILY LAW. Deadline for submission of short and extended abstracts: 28 February 2022. The IUSSP Scientific Panel on Family Demography and Family Law is preparing a special issue that is scheduled to be published in 2023. The editors will welcome contributions on all topic family demography and family law and from all parts of the world. To learn more, visit HERE.

Special Issue “Housing Sustainability”. A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section “Sustainable Urban and Rural Development”. Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 May 2022. Read solicitation: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/special_issues/Housing_Sustainability

Monday, December 6 at 1 PM PST “Introduction to NIH Grants.” Register HERE. Most encouraged for advanced graduate students, postdocs, assistant professors and other researchers.

Introduction to Social Network Analysis with R and statnet, Instructor: Dr Lorien Jasny (University of Exeter)Wednesday 12th January 2021, 09:00-13:00 (UK time). The workshop is free to attend and all are welcome, so please circulate to anyone who may be interested. Please sign up for this workshop on our Eventbrite page. You will then be sent instructions to join the session via Microsoft Teams. This workshop session will serve as an introduction to the importation, manipulation, and descriptive analysis of social network data within the R/statnet platform. Topics covered will include: an overview of basic R functions and data types; importation of network data into R; network data manipulation; management of metadata for complex networks; visualization of network data; calculation of network descriptives (e.g., centrality scores, graph-level indices); and use of classical network analytic techniques (e.g., blockmodeling), and related packages like igraph. No prior experience with R or statnet is assumed, but attendees should have familiarity with the basic concepts of descriptive network analysis, however we will discuss each concept and review some applications. statnet is a collection of packages for the R statistical computing system that supports the representation, manipulation, visualization, modeling, simulation, and analysis of relational data. statnet packages are contributed by a team of volunteer developers, and are made freely available under the GNU Public License. These packages are written for the R statistical computing environment, and can be used with any computing platform that supports R (including Windows, Linux, and Mac). statnet packages can be used to handle a wide range of simulation and analysis tasks, including support for large networks, statistical network models, network dynamics, and missing data.

GSA Summer Internships
. The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is home to two established summer policy internships. Aimed at emerging scholars, these professional development opportunities are named in memory of Kathryn Hyer, MPP, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE, and Greg O’Neill, PhD, two scholars and long-time GSA members. GSA is seeking two internship candidates to participate in six week in-person experiences in Washington, DC. Over the summer, interns will be immersed in aging-related policy development and participate in this process at the national level. Application submissions are due January 31st.  To qualify for an internship, applicants: 
* Must be a master’s or doctoral-level student studying gerontology or in an aging-related field at an accredited institution of higher learning with an exceptional academic record or have graduated such a program within six months of the internship period;
* Should have a strong interest in policy, legislative, and regulatory affairs;
Should possess strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills;
* Must be able to work in GSA’s central office located in Washington, DC, for 35 hours per week for 6 weeks.
* Preference will be given to those applicants who have actively participated in GSA-related activities. 
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. Be sure to check the D-lab calendar at the website, dlab.berkeley.edu.

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. 

Migration Mailing List
Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI.berkeley.edu) is a research center for the study of immigrants and immigration. BIMI has a mailing list which is where a good deal of immigration and migration announcements are posted, and only some of that material is posted on the PopSciences Weekly News. Sign up for it with this link

School of Public Health Mailing List
Tue$day Top Tip$ for SPH Research is a listserv with research funding opportunities and other information pertinent to public health researchers who are not necessarily population researchers. To subscribe, write to Dr. Lauren Goldstein, lhg@berkeley.edu.

The POPSCIENCES listserv is an announcements list for affiliates of the Berkeley Population Center, the Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging, the Bixby Population Center and other interested parties. Archives are available by visiting the Group page (see below). Only the List Managers can post, but we accept submissions for possible publication. UC Berkeley faculty, staff and students should be able to subscribe via Google Groups. For any submissions, requests for subscribing or posts, questions, contact the list administrator, Leora Lawton, llawton@berkeley.edu.

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