Weekly News February 2, 2022


February 1 – April 26 | 4-5pm | Zoom | Tuesdays, with exceptions. Berkeley Computational Social Science Forum. Info HERE.

February 2 | 12-1pm | Zoom | Berkeley Population Center Brown Bag. Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez of Community Health Sciences, UCLA, will present his paper entitled, “Biological age and its link with the aging process.” Zoom Meeting ID: 917 3719 4316 Password: DEMOG_BB.

February 3 | 10-11am, or 12-1pm | Zoom | Zotero Workshop: A Better Way to Manage your Citations. Register HERE or HERE.

February 3 | 2:10-3:30pm | 648 Evans | Labor Economics Seminar | “Wage Differentials and the Price of Workplace Flexibility,” by Linh Tô, Boston University. View event details HERE.

March 1 | 3-4:30 pm | 2121 Berkeley Way, Room 1104 | Colloquium, with Berk Ozler. Berk Ozler is Lead Economist and Research Manager, Poverty and Inequality, Development Economics, The World Bank. At this Brown Bag talk, co-sponsored between Population Sciences and the School of Public Health, Berk will present his paper “Shared Decision-Making: Can Improved Counseling Increase Willingness to Pay for Modern Contraceptives?” More information is HERE.

March 3 & 4 | 4:10pm | Virtual | Tanner Lectures. “Excavating “Ground Truth” in AI: Epistemologies and Politics in Training Data” by Kate Crawford. Professor Crawford is a leading international scholar of the social and political implications of artificial intelligence. She is a Research Professor of Communication and STS at USC Annenberg, a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney. Dr. Crawford’s talk is on the 3rd; commentary is on the 4th. Learn more and register HERE.


February 3, 12-1:15pm EST. Social Demography Seminar Series, the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Alexandra (Sasha) Killewald, Professor of Sociology, Harvard University, and Nino José Cricco, doctoral student in sociology, Harvard University, will present “Have Changing Family Demographics Narrowed the Gender Wage Gap?” Please REGISTER.

February 4, 12-1pm EST. Center for Aging and Policy Studies Seminar, Syracuse University. Jason Fletcher, Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present, “Understanding Geographic Disparity in Mortality.” Zoom info HERE.

February 9, 4-5pm EST. Webinar, The Dibble Institute. Karen Benjamin Guzzo and Wendy D. Manning, Center for Family and Demographic Research, Bowling Green State University, will discuss “Adolescent and Young Adults’ Relationship Expectations and Experiences,” based on preliminary findings from the Marriage Strengthening and Research Dissemination Center (MAST) as well as new analyses of the National Survey of Family Growth. See HERE for more information and to register.


June 21 – 24. Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop. The Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC) is accepting applications for the Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop, most likely virtually. The workshop aims to familiarize participants with the data available in the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, a national study following a birth cohort of (mostly) unmarried parents and their children, providing information about the capabilities, circumstances, and relationships of unwed parents, the wellbeing of their children, and the role of public policy in family and child wellbeing. The 2022 workshop will include special sections on the study’s contextual data supplements and plans for the 22-year follow-up survey, which is underway. The workshop targets early-career scholars from social science disciplines. Underrepresented scholars are strongly encouraged to apply. The application deadline is Friday, March 18th.For more information about the workshop, including application details, visit ffworkshop.columbia.edu.

June 29 – July 2. Qualitative Methods Workshop. Nova School of Business & Economics, Campus of Carcavelos, Lisbon, Portugal. This is an intensive 4-day experiential workshop in qualitative research methods for studying work and organizing. The workshop is open to doctoral students, post-doctoral fellows and early-career faculty. Its goal is to provide project-based, interactive training in qualitative research methods and build community and networks across qualitative researchers. Apply by March 15 HERE. For questions, contact qualitativemethodsworkshop@gmail.com


June 16-17. The 6th Annual Human Mortality Database Symposium. Location : INED, Paris, France. The year 2022 will mark the 20th anniversary of the launch of the Human Mortality Database (HMD). The 6th HMD symposium will celebrate this anniversary! The purpose of the Symposium is to present and promote cutting-edge research on mortality and survival, with a special focus on newly emerging challenges like COVID-19, and global and national longevity prospects in the times of uncertainty. Analyses based on data from the HMD and other related projects (including the Human Lifetable Database, the Human Cause of Death Database, the Short Term Mortality Fluctuations database, and the United States Mortality Database) are particularly encouraged but not necessary. If you are interested in contributing, please send a 300+ word abstract or draft paper to Magali Barbieri (magali@berkeley.edu) and Dmitri Jdanov (jdanov@demogr.mpg.de) with a copy to Ornella Makiese (ornella.makiese@ined.fr), the meeting secretary, by April 1, 2022See attachment for full description and application information.  

July 11 – 12. Add Health Users Conference. Location: Rizzo Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Registration for the conference is free and available through June 17th.  In addition, Add Health is currently accepting abstracts for any papers using Add Health data. Both substantive and methodological topics are welcome. The deadline to submit abstracts is March 21, at 11:59 pm EST. Travel stipends may be available for students and post-docs. Find out more HERE.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is open for applications for Health Policy Research Scholars. (HPRS) is a four-year national leadership development program for full-time doctoral students from nonclinical, research-focused disciplines in which policy is a key driver of change (e.g., urban planning; political science; economics; anthropology; education; social work; sociology; engineering; geography; and lab/bench sciences). HPRS is designed for students who want to improve health, well-being, and equity; challenge long-standing, entrenched systems; exhibit new ways of working; collaborate across disciplines and sectors; and bolster their leadership skills. The deadline to apply is March 16, at 3pm EST. Read more HERE.

SBE COVID Coordinating Center Pilot Grant Program. The Consortium for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research on COVID-19 Consortium Coordinating Center (SBECCC), announces the 2022 pilot research announcement for COVID-related research in partnership with the NIH-funded COVID U01 awards. Applications are welcome from those interested in expanding research on SBE related factors impacting COVID-19. Funds are available for investigator-initiated research projects that support the development of independent NIH-funded projects awarded under the PAR-21-213 announcement. Individual requests may not exceed $30,000 in total costs. See the attached announcement for full details. Completed applications and budgets should be emailed as a single pdf attachment to SBECCC-help@umich.edu.by 11:59pm on February 5, 2022


NIH Data Sharing Policy: Read HERE about the NIH’s plan for 2023 in implementing data management and sharing policy.

Request for Public Comments on DRAFT Supplemental Information to the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing: Responsible Management and Sharing of American Indian/ Alaska Native Participant Data. NIH is committed to building partnerships with American Indian/Alaska Native communities and strives to partner with Tribal Nations and to inform responsible research practices. Accordingly, and in response to Tribal Consultation, NIH is seeking input on draft Supplemental Information to the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing (DMS Policy) to promote responsible management and sharing of American Indian/ Alaska Native participant data under the NIH DMS Policy. Full notice is HERE.

Notice of Changes to Funding Opportunities. See the following announcements that may be relevant to you. 

Notice of Correction to Award Project Period Information for PAS-19-316, “Advancing Research on Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and Alzheimer’s-Disease-Related Dementias (ADRD) (R43/R44 Clinical Trial Optional)

Notice of Change to Application Types Allowed for RFA-MH-22-120, “Pilot Practice-based Research for Primary Care Suicide Prevention (R34 Clinical Trial Optional)”

Notice to Extend the Expiration Date for PA-18-935 “Urgent Competitive Revision to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Urgent Supplement – Clinical Trial Optional)”


The Center for Growth and Opportunity at Utah State University invites research proposals that explore potential explanations for the opposition to immigration policy. The two most common explanations for the closed immigration systems seen in modern countries include cultural frictions and opposition from special interest groups and economic sectors. As of yet, these explanations are not well-understood. Are these explanations sound? Are there ways to design immigration policies that resolve these tensions? Invitations for submissions from researchers answering the overarching question: What explains opposition to open immigration systems? Proposals should be submitted to Josh Smith (josh@thecgo.org) on or before July 1, 2022. Full call is HERE.

Call for Papers for a Special Issue in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, “Social Determinants, Behavioral and Lifestyle Choices, and Health Disparities in Older Adults.” Deadline for manuscript submission is August 31Read more.


The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is accepting applications for its 2022-2023 U.S. Policy Communication Training Program. The Program builds on PRB’s 40-year legacy of training researchers to bridge the gap between research findings and the policy development process. While research often has profound practical implications, it must be communicated effectively to a variety of nontechnical audiences to influence policy and programmatic change. The U.S. Policy Communication Training Program prepares researchers to influence policy and practice through effective communication. Applicants’ research focus must be related to demography, reproductive health, or population health. The deadline for applying is February 28, and more information is HERE.

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.

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