Population Science News

Weekly News – – February 16, 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 17 | 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.

Thursday February 18 | 2:10-3:30 p.m.The Costs of Employment Segregation: Evidence from the Federal Government under Woodrow Wilson” with Guo XuBerkeley Haas School of Business. Contact camillen@berkeley.edu for the Zoom link.

Friday, February 19 | 12:10-1 p.m. “Employers discriminate men who had COVID-19” with Eva Arceo, Universidad Iberoamericana.  Contact camillen@berkeley.edu for the Zoom link.

Friday February 19, 2021, 12:10 pm-1:30pm. “Gangs, Labor Mobility and Development” with Maria Micaela Sviatschi / Princeton – Economics. Zoom: Contact D. Lazo, lazo@berkeley.edu for the zoom link. 

Friday, February 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST. Matt Hauer, Florida State University: “Causal Inference in Population Trends: Searching for Demographic Anomalies in Big Data.” UNCCH Carolina Population Center Lecture Series. You can register here.

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM EST Harvard University Center for Population and Development Studies seminar:“COVID-19, structural racism, embodied histories, and the two-edged sword of data,” presented by Nancy Krieger, PhD, professor of social epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Please REGISTER
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.

March 11th from 12:00 – 1:30pm (Pacific). UCSF Event: Kiarri Kershaw, PhD, MPH, Northwestern University. Dr. Kiarri Kershaw is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on understanding the contributions of various aspects of the social environment on health including social relationships, psychosocial stressors, and neighborhood conditions and resources.  More details to follow.

March 18, 2021 | 2:30-4pm PDT. UCSF Population Health and Health Equity Speaker Series: “Climate Change and Health: The Age of Big Wildfires: Confronting an Urgent Health Threat” Register here: https://ucsf.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Sh-RS4HcTp29k49UBiEvKg


March 09 @ 11:40 am – 12:30 pm. “East Bay COVID-19 Surveillance Study.” Lisa Barcellos and Eva Harris talk about their study on the current spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus in the Bay Area. https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/98571041713

Tuesday February 23rd, 11:40am-12:30pm. SPH Talk: “Community Defined-Evidence Practices to address Mental Health among the Hmong Refugee Older Adults in Rural California” with Winston Tseng, PhD. https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/98571041713.

Era Commons migrates to login.gov: NIH is moving along with its transition to the one-stop ‘login.gov’ URL.  If you are going to be serving on a review panel from now on you’ll have to set up logging on to login.gov to access the IAR portion.  I’ve done it and it wasn’t too bad.  

NIA Funding Opportunities:  Sign up for the NIA Funding Opportunities email list. Each month, researchers and trainees receive an alert with a heads up about new NIA funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) and notices.  Almost half of Inside NIA readers are already signed up. Make sure you’re not missing out. Sign up today and you will receive the next funding opportunity email on Thursday, February 18. (Note: I subscribe to these and I share the ones that seem relevant for population researchers here in the Weekly News.)

2021-2022 Matrix Research Teams: Social Science Matrix invites proposals from faculty, students, and affiliated researchers for Matrix Research Teams for the 2021-2022 academic year. Matrix Research Teams are groups of scholars who gather regularly to explore or develop a novel question or emerging field in the social sciences, which may also intersect meaningfully with disciplines in the humanities and sciences more broadly. 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. Ideally, all research teams — whether faculty- or student-led — will also contain members of diverse ranks (i.e. faculty, post-docs, and graduate students). Research Teams are expected to be active at Matrix and to use their funding to support their meetings and research activities. Matrix supports two different kinds of Research Teams:

*Faculty-led Research Teams receive funding in the amount of $5000. They run for two semesters, meeting at least once a month around a defined research problem. Led or co-led by tenure-track faculty from UC Berkeley, these teams are expected to actively pursue extramural funding and will receive Matrix’s support in this, so that by the end of the 2021-2022 academic year, the team will have applied for one or more grants to support their research.

*Student-led Research Teams receive funding in the amount of $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.

*Popcenter and CEDA-related teams: New this year:  In addition to funding made available by the Social Science Matrix, the Popcenter and CEDA have funds available to support these initiatives.  Please indicate in your application that you would also like to be considered for this line of funding.

Matrix Research Teams are intended to support Social Science Matrix’s goals of advancing transdisciplinary research and building community across campus. We are especially interested in projects that align with campus signature initiatives.

Berkeley Population Center Pilot Grants: The spring 2021 round of pilot grants for the Popcenter are due March 15:  see https://populationsciences.berkeley.edu/population-center/grants for more information.

The RCMAR Coordinating Center is again working to propose a symposium at the APHA Annual Meeting’s Aging & Public Health Section to highlight research by RCMAR Scientists. The APHA meeting is scheduled for October 23-27 in Denver. We are grateful that the NIA Office of Special Populations is once again supporting the registration fees of symposium presenters. The abstract deadline is just over a month away (March 21, see https://apha.confex.com/apha/2021/cfp.cgi). If you are a RCMAR Scientist, please send us the title and draft abstract of your presentation by March 1 so that we can make sure we have four strong papers to package for the session.

Gerontological Society of America 2021 Call for Abstracts is now open. Take this opportunity to share your cutting-edge scholarship and expertise in front of over 4,000 national and international colleagues in the field of aging. Submit your abstract by March 11, 2021, 11:59 PM EST to be eligible to present at the GSA 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting. Submit an Abstract

2021 NCFR Annual Conference Call for Proposals: The conference proposal process is underway for NCFR 2021. Learn more about the call: https://www.ncfr.org/ncfr-2021/call-for-proposals. Proposals are due Monday, March 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m. PST. SUBMIT A PROPOSAL

American Sociological Association 2021 Annual Meeting Registration: Registration for the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, August 6-10, is now open. The Virtual Annual Meeting is taking shape in exciting ways, with a rich array of programming and opportunities for social engagement and networking.

ASA Also Seeks 2022 Annual Meeting Invited Session Proposals: The 2022 Program Committee invites proposals for thematic sessions, special sessions, book forums, and regional spotlight sessions. The online submission portal will open February 22, 2021 and the submission deadline is April 2, 2021, 11:59 p.m. (Eastern). Review the Invited Session Proposals web page for more information. 

PAA Updates: Schedule framework is as follows: Wednesday May 5th to Saturday May 8th. Times: Wednesday and Thursday will be 9:00am-5:00pm Central Daylight Time (that’s 7 am Pacific!). Friday will be 9:00am-5:30pm Central Daylight Time.  Saturday will be 9:00am-12:00pm Central Daylight Time. And register by February 28 for the Early Bird rate. 

Hispanic Center Research Scholars Program: The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families is pleased to announce our Research Scholars Program for 2021. The Center will award stipends of $10,000 to up to two scholars interested in pursuing research in one of the Center’s research priority areas. During the year-long program, scholars will work with a mentor on an existing Center project for approximately one day a week and be part of a collaborative research team.  This program is open to emerging scholars ranging from advanced doctoral students (those with “ABD” status) to early career scholars (up to 5 years post PhD) who are interested in pursuing research focused on Hispanic families and children. Applications are due by 5:00 PM Eastern on March 31, 2021.

Thursday March 11, 2021 3:00 – 5:00 pm “The State of the Nation” – a 
Five-part colloquium series presented by the Princeton Office of Population Research. Part one: American Inequality in a time of the Pandemic: – Zoom. Register in advance for this webinar: https://princeton.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FGxgdJ_UT5KOVvXvkpIBDA

This session will reflect on the relationship between the COVID-19 global pandemic and growing inequities in health, employment, housing, political engagement, and social participation. Focus will be on four minority groups: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and Native Americans. How does population level research help us to understand the distinct experiences of those groups?

Presenters: Keith A. Wailoo, Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs, Princeton University; Marta Tienda, Maurice P During ’22 Professor in Demographic Studies, Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University; Matthew Desmond, Maurice P. During Professor of Sociology, Princeton University.  

Moderator: Douglas S. Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University. 

Respondent: Khalil Muhammad, Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy, School and the Suzanne Young Murray Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Harvard University.

Beyond Academia Conference 2021, Feb 25, 9:00AM to Feb 26, 6:00PM PST.  Beyond Academia is a non-profit organization run by UC Berkeley graduate students and postdocs with the goal of empowering graduate students and postdocs to expand their career options beyond the traditional academic track. We accomplish this career education through a series of events including an annual conference, workshops, tutorials and panels that connect academics with those who have made a transition to non-academic jobs. Our mission is: (a) To educate people in academia on their non-academic career options; (b) To help PhDs see how their skills and knowledge translate outside of academia. Our flagship conference is a two day event with around 100 Ph.D. speakers who successfully transitioned to non-academic careers in a variety of fields in both STEM and Humanities and Social Sciences. As part of our conference we’ll have keynote lectures, panels and professional development workshops aimed at educating and preparing you to transition to careers outside of academia. It’s really worthwhile if you want to consider careers off the tenure-track. Register here (it’s free): https://hopin.com/events/beyond-academia-conference-2021

Adapting Push-to-Web Survey Designs for Use in Different Countries and Situations. Presented by Don Dillman, Washington State University (former Director of the US Census). Friday, March 5, 2021, REGISTER.

The Roper Center at Cornell University now includes questions from U.S. state-level polls available in the Roper iPoll database.  The Roper Center has created the U.S. State Collection to aid this research by making thousands of questions easily accessible and by including detailed methodological information, such as exact question wording, sample size, and survey sampling method. The new question database includes state polls from major national polling organizations and some of the oldest and most respected state-level polling series. The U.S. State Collection currently includes several thousand questions from polls of recent years and is growing daily as questions are added from both newly released state polls and Roper’s historical dataset collection. The collection will ultimately contain more than 100,000 questions. The new U.S. State Collection includes polls from both the Longstanding Methods Collection and the Recently Developed Methods Collection to better support essential research into survey methodology at the state level. Search for these and many others here: https://ropercenter.cornell.edu/ipoll/ 

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. Details can be found here: https://gss.norc.org/Documents/other/GSS%202022%20Module%20Competition.pdf.

The National Center for Health Statistics released updated national estimates of the size and characteristics of the population without landline telephones.  This new report is based on National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) data collected from January-June 2020.  During that time period, 62.5% of adults lived in wireless-only households; 61.8% of adults lived in wireless-only households and had their own wireless telephone. The report can be found at:  https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhis/earlyrelease/wireless202102-508.pdf. FYI, as noted in the report, caution should be used in interpreting differences observed in estimates between 2020 and earlier time periods, particularly for estimates of persons living in phoneless households. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NHIS data collection switched to a telephone-only mode beginning March 19, 2020 and continuing through June 30, 2020, the most recent time period included in this report.

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

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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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