Population Science News

Weekly News – – February 1, 2021

As in-person events are on hold, be sure to check out virtual talks and webinars. All times are Pacific unless otherwise noted.
Wednesday, February 3 | 12-1 p.m. Demography Brown bag.  , Zoom Meeting ID: 971 5170 6965 Password: DEMOG_BB. 
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, February 1, 2021, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m. “Mental Health and Criminal Involvement: Evidence from Losing Medicaid Eligibility”, Elisa Jácome, Princeton Economics
View event details: https://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/econ.html?event_ID=137234
Thursday, February 4, 10 AM PST “Endgame 2050 Live Panel Discussion, presented by Population Matters” The event will feature a virtual live-screening of the population segment of the film, Endgame 2050, followed by a panel discussion with Alisha Graves, Sofia Pineda Ochoa, Prof Paul Ehrlich, and Leilani Münter. Learn more and register here:  https://populationmatters.org/events/endgame-2050-live-panel-discussion

Monday, February 1 | 12:15 – 1:45 PM CT.  University of Minnesota presents “Structural Racism, Police Violence, and Population Health Research.” | Zoom Link.  A panel discussion, featuring: 
Rachel Hardeman – School of Public Health, University of Minnesota; Hedwig Lee – Sociology, Washington University; Maeve Wallace – Tulane School of Public Health; Alyasah “Ali” Sewell – Sociology, Emory University.
TUESDAY, February 2nd, 2021. 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm “Officer-Involved Homicide in the United States: Fact & Fiction” with Brian K. Finch Professor (Research) of Sociology and Spatial Sciences at University of Southern California. Sponsored by UC Irvine.  https://uci.zoom.us/j/97706778194
University of Colorado, Boulder is making their research talks in the University of Colorado Population Center Seminar Series. Please click-tap here for the full lineup. With the exception of the Dick Jessor distinguished lecture on Fri, March 5th (4.00-5.30 PM MST), all talks will take place on Mondays at noon MST/MDT, and will last for 1 hour. All of these Monday lectures also have the same meeting password. Please contact Eileen.Brown@colorado.edu for the password, or let us know if you have any questions.
The University of Pennsylvania Population Studies Center and Population Aging Research Center invite you to join us at the Penn Population Studies Colloquium Series. Our colloquium events are held via Zoom Webinar and are open to the public. Feel free to forward this email to any colleagues who may be interested in participating in our virtual colloquium series. Register to attend! The upcoming talk is January 25, 2021, 1 pm (EST) Dennis Culhane, University of Pennsylvania. Advances in the Establishment of Administrative Data Linkage Centers for Population and Policy.
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Population Center: The Carolina Population Center (CPC) hosts a weekly Friday lecture series on topics that enhance our understanding of population-related changes. The 2020-2021 Interdisciplinary Research Seminars will take place on Fridays from 12pm – 1pm via Zoom. Registration links are below. The next speaker is on January 29: Elizabeth Wrigley-Field (Minnesota): The Deaths America Treats as Normal.

The journal Demography has a new home on the PAA website https://www.populationassociation.org/demography/home, The web page is still being “populated” by Duke University Press in terms of journal access. There are some volumes that remain to be digitized. This process will be happening behind the scenes. One of the great things about having PAA manage the site is that they are able to make changes and easily control the content.
NIH Salary Cap: NIH has released an announcement regarding the new salary cap: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-21-057.html. Effective January 3, 2021, the salary limitation for Executive Level II is $199,300.  One may start using this amount in existing grants provided there are sufficient funds.
NIA Cleared Research Concepts:  NIA has released its current priorities for funded research and it behooves you to take a look as you shape your research goals because if they align better with NIA’s your chances of getting funded are increased. While most of these are focused on more biomedical aspects as opposed to social and behavioral, it’s important to note that NIA has put dementia front and center of their priorities, so any research – for example, investments in education – that can include ADRD as part of its agenda will be well-received. See https://www.nia.nih.gov/approved-concepts

Psychological and Social Dynamics of the Aging Experience Among Racial/Ethnic Minorities. Journals of Gerontology, Series B -Joint Special Issue. Abstracts due March 16, 2021, decisions on abstracts by March 23, full manuscripts due by June 15. See https://academic.oup.com/psychsocgerontology/pages/call-for-papers-aging-experience-among-racial-ethnic-minorities.

NSF MCA Program.  
The Mid-Career Advancement (MCA) is a new cross-directorate program that offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers at the Associate Professor or equivalent rank, with at least three years at that rank, to substantively enhance and advance their research program and career trajectories through partnerships, typically at an institution other than their home institution. While the SBE Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences is accepting these applications, the programs within SBE are somewhat limited as this is a STEM-focused award, so a program that is accepting is Methodology, Measurement and Sciences – a good time to add data science to your repertoire. For more information, visit: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21042/nsf21042.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
NIH Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Aging-Relevant Behavioral and Social Research on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Background: There is a need for ongoing research on the longer-term effects of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of those infected, those caring for the sick, and many others whose lives were disrupted by the pandemic and its associated mitigation and prevention strategies. Beyond effects on individuals, this pandemic has brought about unprecedented social and economic disruption that is expected to have long-term and profound effects on the health of the population. These effects will likely be particularly acute for NIH-designated health disparity populations, and other COVID-19 vulnerable groups including older adults, who have experienced higher rates of COVID-19 infection, who in some cases rely on the efforts of paid and unpaid care partners, and who may have additional barriers to accessing the medical system itself. Further, middle-aged and older frontline healthcare and essential workers and their families face unique risks of exposure to both infection and other health-related outcomes by virtue of their employment.  R01, R21, R03 are the primary grant opportunities. For more information, see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AG-21-015.html

28th Annual RAND Summer Institute, July 12-15, 2021, Santa Monica, CA. Two conferences will address critical issues facing our aging population: Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists; and Workshop on the Demography, Economics, Psychology, and Epidemiology of Aging. Interested researchers can apply for financial support covering travel and accommodations. More information and application form.
2021 NCFR Annual Conference, Nov. 3–5, 2021  Baltimore, Maryland  | Proposals Due March 1. Now Accepting Submissions: https://www.ncfr.org/ncfr-2021/call-for-proposals.
“By the Book” Event (Feb 3): Living on the Edge: An American Generation’s Journey through the Twentieth Century. The authors of Living on the EdgeRichard A. Settersten Jr.Glen H. Elder Jr., and Lisa D. Pearce, are joined in conversation with Stephanie Coontz to discuss their new book. Wednesday, February 3, at 12PM Eastern. REGISTER HERE.

“Older Adults and COVID-19: Implications for Aging Policy and Practice,” based on a special issue of the Journal of Aging & Social Policy and the subsequent book. The webinar will take place Friday, February 19 at 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. (EST). Click here to register. The webinar is co-sponsored by The New School, UMass Boston, and Journal of Aging & Social Policy.

“Planning for Compliance with CONSORT (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials) Requirements in Clinical Trials” with Nina Harawa, PhD, MPH

Friday, February 19th, 9 am PST / 12 pm EST. Register HERE.

General Social Survey – Call for Proposals to Add Questions. The General Social Survey invites proposals to add questions to its 2022 survey. Proposals will be accepted on the basis of scientific quality and scholarly interest; outside funding is not necessary. The deadline for submissions is March 5th, 2021. https://gss.norc.org/Documents/other/GSS%202022%20Module%20Competition.pdf

Data collection vendor: I often have connections with various vendors that I’ve worked with in my survey research consulting, and should you have any data collection needs, please feel free to consult with me. For example, Reconnaissance Market Research (ReconMR) is a firm that specializes in CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing) and over the years has added online surveys, IVR, SMS recruit to web, postal mail, and mixed- and multi-mode. Surveys can be done in multiple languages. Because ReconMR partners with many academic survey research centers and academic clients, interviewer training includes IRB approved Human Subjects Protections and HIPAA compliance protocols. Their infrastructure is certified to comply with HIPAA and FISMA. The person to speak with is Daniel Rangel, daniel.rangel@reconmr.com

IPUMS NHGIS has added the 2015-2019 5-Year Summary File from the American Community Survey (ACS). NHGIS has also released its 2019 shapefiles, representing the areas summarized in the 2019 ACS 1-Year and 5-Year Summary Files.

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.

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.

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