Weekly News February 22, 2022

As in-person events are on hold, be sure to check out virtual talks and webinars. All times are Pacific unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday Feb 23 12-1:15 pm. Demography Brown, Stepháne Helleringer, NYU, Abu Dhabi. “Measuring excess mortality associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in low-income countries” Demography Seminar room, 2232 Piedmont Avenue, and Zoom Meeting ID: 917 3719 4316 Password: DEMOG_BB.

Friday, February 25, 12-1 pm, “Unfree: Migrant Domestic Work in Arab States” Featuring a panel. See https://events.berkeley.edu/?event_ID=144838&date=2022-02-25&tab=academic for more information. 


March 1 | 3-4:30 pm | Now on Zoom | Colloquium, with Berk Ozler, who 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.

Wednesday March 2, 12-1:15 pm. Demography Brown – “Intersecting the Academic Gender Gap: The Education of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual America” with Joel Mittleman, Sociology, University of Notre Dame, Demography Seminar room, 2232 Piedmont Avenue, and Zoom Meeting ID: 917 3719 4316 Password: DEMOG_BB.

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.

University of Washington’s CSDE Formal Demography Working Groupan international convening of demographic scholars, will next meet Friday, February 25, 1PM ET. This meeting is all about the formal demography of kinship. Hal Caswell (University of Amsterdam) will talk about his theoretical work, and Diego Alburez-Gutierrez (MPIDR) will talk about the application of these methods using the DemoKin R package, developed by himself and Iván Williams (Universidad de Buenos Aires). Zoom details: Zoom link: https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/84510705442, Meeting ID: 845 1070 5442, Passcode: eulerlotka. Read Full Article.

Upcoming Applicant Info Webinar: Evaluating the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic-related Food and Housing Policies and Programs on Health Outcomes in Health Disparity Populations. The NIH is hosting an informational webinar for those interested in applying to their Request For Applications related to COVID-19 housing & health outcomes research. The webinar will provide an overview of the FOA and address questions submitted in advance of the webinar. NIH staff will discuss the purpose and scope of this funding opportunity; go over the scientific review process and review criteria; and share the specific research interests of each of the participating NIH Institutes and Office.


Retirement Research Foundation: Projects in Aging, Deadline: 3/1/2022. The foundation is accepting applications in support of projects that have immediate and direct impact on the adult population, age 65 and older. Priority giving areas include: Caregiving, Housing, Economic Security in Later Life, and Social & Intergenerational Connectedness.

Last call! 2022 Psychology & Economics of Poverty Funding Competition (deadline this Friday, Feb 25): CEGA’s Psychology and Economics of Poverty (PEP) Funding Competition is requesting proposals for research aimed at understanding how poverty affects cognition, beliefs and decision-making with implications for a range of socioeconomic outcomes (including mental health, early childhood development, and economic welfare). We will award smaller grants ($1k – $15k) to PhD students and postdoctoral scholars and slightly larger grants ($15k – $35k) to faculty members based at CEGA-affiliated institutions.* Deadline for Proposals: Friday, February 25, 2022 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time For more information and the full RFPhttps://cega.berkeley.edu/announcements/rfp-spring-2022-pep-funding-competition/

NIH: Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Evaluating the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic-related Food and Housing Policies and Programs on Health Outcomes in Health Disparity Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (Deadline: 4/7/2022). This Funding Opportunity willseek applications that will identify and evaluate the ongoing and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing specifically on governmental (local, state, tribal, federal) policy and programmatic actions that address two specific social determinants of health: food/nutrition security and housing security. Applications are requested to examine how these food/nutrition and housing policies and programs aimed at lessening the effects of the pandemic impacted health and health equity in individuals, families, and communities from health disparity populations. Health disparity populations include racial and ethnic minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities. See https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-NR-22-004.html 

NACA Priority Concepts and Current Funding Opportunities: AD/ADRD Behavioral, Social, Clinical, and Neuroscience Research. 
GSA and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR), Division of Neuroscience (DN), and Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology (DGCG) are collaborating on a GSA webinar focused on recent National Advisory Council on Aging (NACA) priority research concepts, published funding opportunities, and application to NIA. NACA meets three times a year to consider applications for research and training and to recommend funding for promising applications. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, February 24, 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET. Find registration and more information here. This webinar is free.

Psychology & Economics of Poverty Convening – Call for Submissions extended to March 2 – The Center for Effective Global Action at UC Berkeley will host its fourth annual Psychology and Economics of Poverty (PEP) Convening on April 1, 2022 bringing researchers, implementing partners, and policymakers together to share original work in this space. Registration is now open. The deadline for submissions is March 2, 2022. More information.

ADRD Research Mentoring Conference, hosted by the Carolina Center on Alzheimer’s Disease and Minority Research, on April 8-9, 2022. Registration is free and open to the public! Learn more. 

6th Human Mortality Database Symposium: Old and New Challenges to Longevity Prospects, Date: 16-17 June 2022, Location: Paris, France, The Human Mortality Database Project team invites contributions to the 6th HMD Symposium. For more information, visit HERE.


The Butler-Williams Scholars Program provides unique opportunities for junior faculty and researchers new to the field of aging to gain insight about aging research. The program offers diverse perspectives and includes presentations, seminars, and small group discussions. The program will take place virtually on August 23-25, 2022. Application deadline is April 15, 2022. Learn more.

NIH Social Network Diffusion of Individual Behavior Change Interventions Virtual Workshop. On March 2-3, 2022, the National Institute on Aging’s Division of Behavioral and Social Research will convene a workshop with subject matter experts to discuss gaps, opportunities, and strategies for adapting individual behavior change interventions to leverage social network dynamics. The workshop will focus on how social network interventions can be leveraged to promote healthy aging, slowing of cognitive decline and prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (AD/ADRD), and improved care for persons living with AD/ADRD and their care partners. You can register for this workshop HERE(read more).

PSID Data User Training Workshop, June 13-17, 2022, 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. New this year will be an orientation to the recently-released genomics data collected from children and primary caregivers in CDS-2014. 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 Monday, April 18 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/DXvB9G

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