Weekly News, February 13th, 2024

Be sure to join us tomorrow, February 14th, 12pm, for our next BrownBag Talk of the semester with Magali Barbieri, a joint researcher here in the Department of Demography at UC Berkeley and at the French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) in Paris, France. Dr. Barbieri will present “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Socioeconomic Disparities in Mortality in the United States:  An Area-level Analysis.” This is an in-person talk, 310 Social Sciences Building (Seminar Room), 12pm. Event details are here. See our Events Calendar for the spring semester schedule. 

Registration. Early-bird rates end Friday for the PAA 2024 Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. The deadline for presenters to register is now February 19th. Register now.

SAVE THE DATE: Our 10th Annual Berkeley Workshop in Formal Demography, with funding from the NICHD (R25HD083136), will be held the week of June 3rd, 2024. More information is coming soon.  

Call for Proposals: 2024-2045 Matrix Research Teams. Submission Deadline: March 15, 2024, 5:00pm. Social Science Matrix invites proposals from faculty, students, and affiliated researchers for Matrix Research Teams for the 2024-2025 academic year. Matrix Research Teams are emerging research communities that gather regularly to explore or develop a novel question or growing field in the social sciences. Successful research teams integrate participants from several disciplines, address a compelling research question with real-world significance, and deploy or develop appropriate methodologies in innovative ways.

  • Faculty-led Research Teams will receive funding up to $5000. They run for one to two semesters, meeting at least eight times around a defined research problem. Led or co-led by tenure-track faculty or advanced affiliated researchers from UC Berkeley, these teams can take the form of a reading or discussion group, a working group developing a research project, or a speaker series held at Matrix, developed in coordination with the Director. 
  • Student-led Research Teams will receive funding up to $1500. Coordinated by one or more graduate students, they will meet regularly, around 5-10 times over the course of the academic year, and explore an emerging field — a new area or question of inquiry — and assess whether it has potential for further investigation. Funding for student-led Matrix Research Teams is intended to further collaboration among graduate students, provide professional development, and create opportunities for faculty engagement and mentorship.

Learn more and apply.

See further announcements and opportunities below. 


February 14  | 12-1:05pm | UC Berkeley Demography Brown Bag Colloquium | Magali Barbieri, Researcher, Department of Demography, UC Berkeley, and French Institute for Demographic Studies (INED). The title of her talk:  “The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Socioeconomic Disparities in Mortality in the United States:  An Area-level Analysis.” In person, 310 Social Sciences BuildingEvent information

Zoom ID: 985 2901 0198

Passcode DEMOG_BB

February 20 | 12-2:00pm | Social Science Matrix Elijah Anderson: “Black Success, White Backlash, and the “N-Word Moment.” Elijah Anderson is the Sterling Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Yale University. Since the end of the Civil Rights Movement, large numbers of Black people have made their way into settings previously occupied only by whites. While many whites supported these changes, many others felt that their own rights were being abrogated by Black inclusion. Moreover, Black prosperity has provoked white resentment that can make life exhausting for people of color—and it has led to the undoing of policies that have nurtured Black advancement. Co-sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, Center for Ethnographic Research, Othering and Belonging Institute, Jurisprudence and Social Policy Graduate Program, and the Center for the Study of Law and Society. Register here.


Queer Demography Summit. Princeton University is hosting the Queer Demography Summit on March 29th. This historic day-long summit brings together some of the nation’s and the world’s leading demographers of queer populations to discuss the state of queer demography. It will examine how the field has challenged and advanced general understandings of core demographic methods and research practices, as well as contributed substantive new knowledge on queer people’s health and wellbeing, family dynamics, migration patterns, experiences of inequality, and much more. Read more and register.

All-UC Demography Conference 2024 – Call for Papers. The California Center for Population Research (CCPR) at UCLA now invites submissions for oral and poster presentations at the 2024 All-UC Demography Conference to be held on UCLA campus, in the afternoon on Thursday, May 16th, and all day on Friday, May 17th. UC faculty members and graduate students, and researchers affiliated with a UC population or poverty centers interested in presenting a paper should submit an extended abstract or a complete paper (max of one submission as presenting author per person) at: https://forms.gle/UHVBjNTrs8gnh5mT8. (Contact Kelsey Figone at kelseyfigone@g.ucla.edu with questions about using the submission form.)  The submission deadline has been extended to Monday, February 19th, 2024, 11:59pm. Presenters will be notified by mid-March. Limited travel award support will be available for graduate students with accepted oral or poster presentations. See more information on the conference website: https://ccpr.ucla.edu/event/all-uc-conference/


Writing About Population Research for Non-scientists. Have you ever wondered how to get your research into the hands of policymakers, or wished your findings were known by a wider audience? PRB and APC are organizing a webinar to highlight ways to expand the reach of your research by distilling your findings into messages and formats tailored for nontechnical audiences, including policymakers and the media. Panelists from Syracuse University and PRB will describe how to write an effective research brief, common pitfalls in writing for nontechnical audiences, and using social media to communicate about your research.

Date: March 7, 2024 (2:00-3:00 PM ET)

Moderator: Diana Elliott, Vice President, U.S. Programs, PRB


  • Shannon Monnat, Director, Center for Policy Research, Syracuse University
  • Beth Jarosz, Senior Program Director, U.S. Programs, PRB
  • Paola Scommegna, Senior Writer, U.S. Programs, PRB
  • Mark Mather, Associate Vice President, U.S. Programs, PRB

Support for this event is provided by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Register here.

Please join us virtually this Thursday, February 15 @ 11am ET for another Long-Term Care seminar by the Gateway to Global Aging Data in partnership with CAPRA. This Thursday, Helena M. Hernandez-Pizarro from Pompeu Fabra University will be presenting “Unravelling Hidden Inequities in a Universal Public Long-Term Care System” (abstract linked HERE). 

To attend, please join via Zoom:  https://usc.zoom.us/j/92657349655


Updated RFA with new deadline of February 26th, 2024:  The Network on Education, Biosocial Pathways, and Dementia in Diverse Populations (EdDem), supported by grant number R24AG077433 from the National Institute on Aging, has extended the deadline for the 2024 Request for Pilot Proposals that will advance science in the education-dementia relationship in 1 of 3 critical areas. Please see link for full description: https://go.umd.edu/RFA_EdDEM_Pilot_Deadline_Extended.

Climate Change and Health Initiative seed funding RFPCAFÉ is a Climate Change and Health Research Coordinating Center in support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Climate Change and Health Initiative, with the overarching goal to build a Community of Practice by enabling, expanding, and supporting climate change and health research and capacity building efforts. CAFÉ is pleased to announce its first request for proposals for pilot projects. The objective of the CAFÉ pilot program is to provide small seed funding for activities (e.g. data collection, community engagement, training and workshops) that will allow investigators to strengthen applications for future independent funding, which will help expand the Community of Practice in climate and health research and build capacity among a new and diverse group of investigators. Pilot proposals are due on March 15th, 2024. Pilot proposals should be no more than 3 pages (not including references). The content will include specific aims, background and significance, methods, and future plans (i.e., how the supported activities would impact future hypotheses and aims, what funding the candidate is planning to apply for). Learn more and apply here.

New Behavioral and Social Science opportunities from the NIA:


Climate Hazards and Their Social, Political, and Economic Consequences. In this issue of The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, RSF invites original research contributions pertaining to the social, political, and economic effects of climate-related hazards in the United States, inequalities exacerbated or created by hazards, and how federal, state, local and/or private mitigation, recovery, and resilience policies affect inequalities. Prospective contributors should submit a CV and an abstract of their study along with up to two pages of supporting material (e.g., tables, figures, pictures, etc.) no later than 5 PM EST on April 2nd, 2024See details here.

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