Population Science News

Weekly News – – February 22, 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, Matt Hauer, Sociology, Florida State University, “Causal Inference in Population Trends: Searching for Demographic Anomalies in Big Data.” 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.

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.

February 25 | 2:10-3:30 p.m. PST. Title TBD, with Martha Bailey, UCLA.  Contact camillen@berkeley.edu for zoom URL.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 12:00 – 1:30pm PST. UCLA’s CCPR: “Randomized Regulation: The Impact of Minimum Quality Standards on Health Markets” with Jishnu Das, Georgetown University. Zoom Link: CCPR Seminar. Meeting ID: 929 7663 3063. Passcode: ccpr2021 Dial in Passcode: 90663639.

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
Friday Feb 26, @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST. Carolina Population Center presents: John Batsis, UNCCH: “The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts? The Importance of Fat and Muscle in the Aging Process.” Learn more and register here: https://www.cpc.unc.edu/event/john-batsis-tbd/

Monday, March 1, 12 noon MST. Sam Trejo, University of Wisconsin, “Learning From Flint: The Health and Social Effects of the Flint Water Crisis on Educational Outcomes.” Zoom link: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/j/98382278178. email ibs-contact@colorado.edu for password. Please click-tap here for the full lineup. 


(Non-UCB) March 5, 2021 from 9:00AM to 3:00PM EST. Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics: Advancing Excellence in Federal Statistics Quarterly Meeting. REGISTER

(Non-UCB) 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.

(Non-UCB) 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.


Friday, March 5, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (ET). PAA Presidential Address Topics: Where Are They Now? – Volume 2. This is the second in our series of webinar panels featuring three PAA Past Presidents reviewing the main points of their respective PAA Presidential addresses and commenting on how demographic and social changes have evolved since then. Could they give essentially the same address today and have it still be true? Why or why not? Interview with past presidents Reynolds Farley (1988), Anne Pebley (1998), and Charles Hirschman (2005). Click here to register and for more information.

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

March 10-11: Psychology and Economics of Poverty Convening. CEGA’s third annual Psychology and Economics of Poverty (PEP) Convening will showcase exciting new work on the psychological factors that perpetuate poverty and engage interested researchers, implementing partners, and policymakers in discussion. Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee will deliver the keynote. For more information about the agenda and to register, see the event page.

Friday, March 12, 2021, 2:00 PM  5:00 PM. California Housing and Homelessness in a post-COVID Economy: Lessons from Research and Practice. A series of talks hosted by UC Berkeley’s Opportunity Lab. For more information, visit the event page 

CEDA: It’s not too late for a CEDA Pilot grant.  Please visit the CEDA website for more information or write to me or Will Dow. https://populationsciences.berkeley.edu/ceda/grants

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 International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) Call for Papers (abstracts due May 15, 2021). will hold its next International Population Conference in Hyderabad, India on December 5-10, 2021.  See the call for papers for details. The format will be hybrid, with some sessions in person in India, but most taking place virtually.  Many NTA members have participated in IUSSP global meetings in the past.  We encourage anyone interested to submit an extended abstract.  The website will be open for submissions beginning on March 1, 2021.  The hybrid option means no travel budgets to worry about and, while there is still a significant registration fee, accepted presenters can apply for fee reductions starting in September.  Download more information herehttps://iussp.org/sites/default/files/Call_for_Papers_IPC2021.pdf

Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) Research and Policy Conference, November 2 – 4, 2021, Washington DC Convention Center. Call for Papers! Deadline: April 5, 2021. The 2021 FCSM Research and Policy Conference will focus on Trust as the Cornerstone of Federal Statistics and Evidence Building, and the role of the Federal Statistical System in data collection and outcomes research that supports evidence-based policy making. The conference provides a forum for experts and practitioners from around the world to discuss and exchange current methodological knowledge and policy insights about topics of current and critical importance to federal agencies. We seek abstracts that address the following topics and conference theme from a research and/or policy perspective. For more information visit https://fcsm2021.org/.

Butler-Williams Summer Institute: Are you an early-stage investigator hoping to establish a career in aging research or a junior faculty member who wants to better understand and address health disparities in the field? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, then you can combine these interests by applying to the 2021 NIA Butler-Williams (B-W) Scholars Program! B-W is a unique opportunity for early-career scientists to build a national network in the field of aging research; learn more about NIA science and its funding opportunities; and sharpen grant writing skills. It is especially helpful for researchers who are planning for a career development award or their first R01, but anyone interested in aging research is encouraged to apply. For more information visti: https://www.nia.nih.gov/research/osp/butler-williams-scholars-program

Michigan Integrative Well-Being and Inequality (MIWI) Training Program is a state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary methods training program that prepares participating scholars to investigate the intersection of mental and physical health, with an emphasis on how this intersection relates to health disparities. The training encompasses conceptual frameworks, study designs, data collection needs, and analytic approaches necessary to conduct this innovative research. The program includes an intensive 4-day summer institute in Ann Arbor, MI, followed by ongoing collaboration with a mentorship team. The application window for the 2021-2022 cohort of MIWI Scholars is open! Applications are due by midnight on March 1, 2021. Visit our Applications Page for information on how to apply. Due to the pandemic, we are still determining the dates and format of the institute for 2021. We will announce this information by early-March. Please see our FAQ page for more information. 

Fragile Families Summer Workshop: The 2021 Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop will be held online June 14-18, 2021. ​The workshop is designed 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 well-being of their children, and the role of public policy in family and child wellbeing. ​The 2021 workshop will include special sections on the 15 year follow-up data, which will become publicly available in early 2021. The workshop is targeted toward early-career scholars from social science disciplines. We particularly encourage applications from junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students using the Fragile Families data in their doctoral dissertations. Applicants must possess basic quantitative data analysis skills. About 25-30 applicants will be selected. Underrepresented scholars are strongly encouraged to apply. https://www.ffworkshop.columbia.edu/

 PSID Data User Training Workshop, June 14-18, 2021, VIRTUAL workshop hosted by ICPSR, University of Michigan. This virtual five-day workshop will orient participants to the content and structure of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, its special topics modules, and the PSID Child Development Supplement and PSID Transition into Adulthood Supplement. The workshop pairs instructional sessions led by experienced PSID researchers and staff with guided lab sessions in which users construct their own analytic data files. The virtual workshop will be held 10am-4pm EDT each day. Activities will be divided between recorded lecture content and live (virtual classroom) discussion and labs, allowing ample time for breaks. Additional office hours will be available to allow participants to meet with instructors individually. Course management will be through Canvas and class meetings will be held on Zoom. The workshop is open to predoctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, college and university faculty, and professional researchers. Applications received by April 16 will be given priority for enrollment. There is a $100 workshop enrollment fee for admitted participants. Learn more about the workshop and apply to participate through the ICPSR Summer Program at https://cvent.me/ZbbOPa

Joining the Data Revolution: Big Data in Education and Social Science Research, June 1-11, 2021. An ICPSR Summer Program. Online format. To learn all about it and how to register (it’s FREE), download the Information Sheet. 

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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