Population Science News

Weekly News — February 11, 2019

Wednesday February 13, 12-1:10 PM. Jennifer Karas Montez (Sociology, Syracuse University) will present, “Have U.S. States Contributed to the Growing Inequalities in Life Expectancy?” Demography Seminar Room, 2232 Piedmont Ave. Coffee and cookies served.
To view past brown bag presentations: http://www.vimeo.com/berkeleypopscience
For the Spring 2019 brown bag schedule: https://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/popsci.html

Wednesday February 13, 12-1:10 PM. Jennifer Karas Montez (Sociology, Syracuse University) will present, “Have U.S. States Contributed to the Growing Inequalities in Life Expectancy?” Demography Seminar Room, 2232 Piedmont Ave. Coffee and cookies served.
To view past brown bag presentations: http://www.vimeo.com/berkeleypopscience
For the Spring 2019 brown bag schedule: https://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/popsci.html

Monday February 11 | 2-3:30 p.m. “Health Insurance, Tax Incentives, and Mortality: Evidence from a Large Field Experiment” Jacob Goldin, Stanford Law School. | 597 Evans Hall

Monday, Feb 11, 2-3:30pm “Demographic Threat and Whites’ Racial Classification of Latinos,” with Maria Abscal, Columbia University. 402 Barrows. 

Monday FEBRUARY 11 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM “Open: The Progressive Case for Free Trade, Immigration, and Global Capital” with Kimberly Clausing, Reed College. Discussants: Irene Bloemraad and Gabriel Zucman. Register here. IRLE, 2521 Channing. 

Thursday, February 12 | 12-1 p.m.  Impact of microbial biological disparity on social determinants of health, with Lee Riley. | 5101 Berkeley Way West.

Wednesday February 13, 12:30-2 p.m. “Rebounding Malaria and the Ethics of Eradication: The WHO Campaign in Zanzibar, c. 1968 and Contemporary Implications” with Melissa Graboyes, Assistant Professor, University Clark Honors College, University of Oregon of Chichester. 223 Moses Hall


Friday, Feb 22 8:45 AM to 4:45 PM.  Adult Mortality Determinants in Low and Middle-Income Countries: A workshop examining adult mortality in low and middle income countries and comparisons with high income countries.  Reservation required:  Make reservations by emailing Elizabeth Vasile at evasile@berkeley.edu by February 15 (not Feb 5, as mistakenly written elsewhere).

Tuesday, February 19th from 12-1:30 p.m. The Demography Department is co-hosting a brown bag presentation with the the School of Public Health, the Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative, and the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine. Maria-Elena Young, PhD (Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow University of California, Merced), will present, “Citizenship health inequalities across the US: State-level immigrant policies and health care access. Co-hosted by Demography, SPH and BIMI. Location: 1102 Berkeley Way West (2121 Berkeley Way).  

Tuesday, March 5, 12:40 – 2 PM. “The Historical Roots of Racial Health Disparities” with Marcella Alsan. Berkeley Way West, room 1205.


Cognition, Mortality, and Mortality Determinants in Latin America: A Research Workshop. February 22, 2019. 8:45 AM to 4:45 PM. Location: Anthony Hall, UC Berkeley. An all-day workshop to share leading research methods and findings on comparative patterns of adult mortality, mortality determinants, and risk factors. The fourth in an annual series of workshops on the broad topic of adult mortality and associated risk factors in low and middle income countries, this year’s gathering focuses on cognition, aging, and mortality in Latin America. The goal is to build a robust evidence base for understanding the drivers of cross-national mortality and health expectancy patterns, especially in populations with unusually high or low adult mortality. Participation is open to faculty, students, staff, and the general public. Space is limited, and registration is required.  To register, send an email to ceda-demog@berkeley.edu. Registration Deadline: February 15. 

Securing Research Data Working Group, run by Jon Stiles of the D-Lab and Rick Jaffe of Research IT, provides a forum for researchers and staff to discuss issues concerning sensitive, confidential, and restricted-use data. Beyond simply sharing information, the group focuses on improving conditions for research. The group meets the 4th Monday of every month and is open to anyone. Read more here.

Securing Grants for Qualitative Research in a Positivist Funding Environment, Wednesday, February 13th, 12:00pm- 1:30pm. With David Harding, Director of D-Lab.  Barrows 356. 


National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Annual Conference November 20, 2019 November 23, 2019 Fort Worth, Texas, Omni Fort Worth Hotel. For more information about the Call for Papers and the conference, visit: https://www.ncfr.org/ncfr-2019/call-for-proposals

IAPHS 2019 Conference Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science, Call for Abstracts: Conference is in Seattle, 10/1-10/4/2019. Deadline: 3/11/2019.  For full information, visit: https://iaphs.org/conference/submissions/

Social Science History Association Annual Meeting: Data and its Discontents. Chicago, Illinois, November 21-24 2019. Submission Deadline: February 16, 2019. Interdisciplinary Perspectives on The Past. SSHA is an interdisciplinary organization that publishes a journal, Social Science History, organizes an annual conference, supports graduate student travel to the conference, and awards book prizes. With scholars from history, economics, sociology, demography, anthropology, and other social sciences, the association brings together scholars in thematic networks where they can explore common questions.  Each network organizes its own call for papers and selects the bulk of the papers to be presented at the annual conference. This open, flexible, and non-hierarchical structure makes these networks particularly welcoming spaces for younger scholars and invigorating tonic for more seasoned academics. To view the call for papers, download this pdf.

Workshop: Demographic Research with Web and Social Media Data – Call for Contributions. International Conference on Web and Social Media 2019 (ICWSM), Munich (Germany), June 11 2019. http://demogr.mpg.de/go/icwsm_2019_mpidr_workshop.  The spread of the internet and online communities provide unprecedented opportunities for studying global population dynamics such as fertility, mortality, migration, and health. Internet users do not only leave ‘digital traces’ of their existence – the online world also influences their behaviour. Computational social scientists have long employed innovative methodologies and data sources to study social phenomena. Demographers have recently moved into the ‘digital realm’, but collaboration between demographers and computationally-oriented scientists remains limited. This workshop aims to foster dialogue and knowledge exchange between these two communities by focusing on the applications and implications of web and social media data for demographic research. Deadline for submitting abstract/papers: March 22 2019. 
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LED Webinar: Housing and the Tech Boom: Using LEHD and Zillow Data to Understand Housing Market Impacts, February 20, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM EST. For registration information, visit https://www.addevent.com/event/jc3036330

Survey Research in The Digital Age, February 21, 2019, Noon – 1:30 PM CST, Presented by Matthew Salganik. In the past several years, we have witnessed the birth and rapid spread of social media, smart phones, and numerous other digital marvels. In addition to changing how we live, these tools enable us to collect and process data about human behavior on a scale never before imaginable. In this talk, I’ll describe how survey research fits into this new data landscape. Further, I’ll use specific examples to illustrate how survey researchers can harness the tools of the digital age to collect data in new ways. Throughout the talk I will emphasize ways that big data sources and surveys can serve as compliments rather than substitutes. Register HERE.Sponsored by the American Association of Public Opinion Research. There is a fee for this webinar; students have a particularly good rate.

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, visithttp://dlab.berkeley.edu. You can now add D-Lab workshops to your bcalendar directly from D-Lab workshop description. They will have pre-semester intensives, so be sure to check out the calendar.

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.

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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