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Weekly News — February 25, 2019

Wednesday February 27, 12-1:10 PM. Margaret Frye (Sociology, University of Michigan and Sara Lopus (Social Science, Cal Poly) will present, “Compositional constraints and social conventions in African assortative mating.” Demography Seminar Room, 2232 Piedmont Ave. Coffee and cookies served.
To view past brown bag presentations: http://www.vimeo.com/berkeleypopscience
For the Spring 2019 brown bag schedule: https://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/popsci.html

Monday, February 25, 2-3:30 pm.  “Taking the Longer Route: Tryouts and the Search Behavior of Structurally Disadvantaged Job–Seeker” with Adina Sterling, Stanford.  402 Barrows Hall.

Tuesday, February 2612-1 PM. Dr. Douglas Oman will discuss the emerging field of spirituality and health. He will present empirical evidence demonstrating that spirituality and religion are sociocultural determinants of population health. 5101 BWW

Wednesday February 27, 12-1:10 PM. Margaret Frye (Sociology, University of Michigan and Sara Lopus (Social Science, Cal Poly) will present, “Compositional constraints and social conventions in African assortative mating.” Demography Seminar Room, 2232 Piedmont Ave. Coffee and cookies served.
To view past brown bag presentations: http://www.vimeo.com/berkeleypopscience
For the Spring 2019 brown bag schedule: https://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/popsci.html

Monday, February 25, 2-3:30 pm.  “Taking the Longer Route: Tryouts and the Search Behavior of Structurally Disadvantaged Job–Seeker” with Adina Sterling, Stanford.  402 Barrows Hall.

Tuesday, February 2612-1 PM. Dr. Douglas Oman will discuss the emerging field of spirituality and health. He will present empirical evidence demonstrating that spirituality and religion are sociocultural determinants of population health. 5101 BWW

Tuesday, February 26, 2-3:30 PM. “Does Deforestation Increase Malaria Prevalence? Evidence from Satellite Data and Health Surveys” with Jonah Busch, CEGA, Earth Innovation Institute. 648 Evans Hall. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 | 3-4:30pm Immigrant Sanctuary as the “Old Normal”: A Brief History of Police Federalism, with Trevor Gardner (a UCB PhD now Assistant Professor at U Washington). | 2538 Channing Way (Wildavsky Room) 

Friday, March 1, 12-1:30 PM. “Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism with Anne Case” UC Berkeley Epidemiologist Mahasin Mujahid and Demographer Ron Lee will respond. (Economic Disparities and Diversity and Health Disparities cluster collaboration). Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall. Access Notes: The event is open to the public. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Please refrain from wearing any scented products, including essential oils. Sponsored by the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society Economic Disparities and Diversity and Health Disparities Clusters. Light lunch provided on a first come first served basis.


Tuesday, March 5, 12:40 – 2 PM. “The Historical Roots of Racial Health Disparities” with Marcella Alsan. Berkeley Way West, room 1205.

March 14, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. “Is the Social Safety Net a Long-Term Investment? Large-Scale Evidence from the Food Stamps Program” with Hilary Hoynes. IRLE.

March 5, 2019, 3:30pm to 8:00pm. Data-intensive research: a workshop/dinner event for underrepresented undergraduates – BIDS Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. 190 Doe Library. Register and learn more here:https://bids.berkeley.edu/events/data-intensive-research

UC Opportunity – Social Science Matrix – Due March 29, 2019. Social Science Matrix, UC Berkeley’s cross-disciplinary social science incubator, invites proposals from faculty, students, and researchers for Matrix Research Teams for the 2019-2020 academic year. Matrix Research Teams are groups of scholars who gather regularly to explore or develop a novel question of significance in the social sciences. Successful research teams integrate participants from several social-science disciplines and diverse ranks (i.e. faculty and graduate students), address a compelling research question with real-world significance, and deploy or develop appropriate methodologies in creative ways. Matrix supports two different kinds of Research Teams (a) Project Teams receive funding in the amount of $5000. They run for two semesters, meeting at least once a month around a defined research problem. Project teams work toward producing a particular output, such as a proposal for external funding, a workshop or conference, or a joint publication. (b) Prospecting Teams receive funding in the amount of $1500. They run for a single semester, typically meeting 5-6 times, and explore a new area or question of inquiry and assess whether it has potential for further investigation. For more information, visit http://matrix.berkeley.edu/services/funding/matrix-research-teams-2019-2020

Russell Sage Foundation: Immigration and immigrant Integration. RSF is the accepting Letters of Inquiry for its Russell Sage Foundation/Carnegie Corporation Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration. Grants of up to $150,000 over one or two years will be awarded for innovative research on the effects of race, citizenship, legal status and politics, political culture and public policy on outcomes for immigrants and for the native-born of different racial and ethnic groups and generations. Letters of Inquiry must be received no later than May 23, 2019. For more information: https://www.russellsage.org/funding/immigration-and-immigrant-integration

Russell Sage Foundation Small Grants. RSF offers small grants to doctoral students at the dissertation stage and recent Ph.D. recipients to support innovative, high-quality research and to encourage young investigators to enter these developing interdisciplinary fields. The foundation is currently accepting applications for small grants in Behavioral Economics (BE) and Computational Social Science (CSS). The deadline for CSS small grant applications is March 15, 2019. BE small grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis. View more information or submit and application

RSF Funding Opportunities: RSF is accepting letters of inquiry until May 23, 2019 for the following programs and special initiatives: Behavioral Economics; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; Social, Political, and Economic Inequality; Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context; Immigration and Immigrant Integration; and the final round for the Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act. View all funding deadlines and application guidelines.
Clinical Research Training Certification. Free National Institutes of Health (NIH) training and certification in good clinical practice in social and behavioral research is available on-line through the Society of Behavioral Medicine. See https://www.sbm.org/training/good-clinical-practice-for-social-and-behavioral-research-elearning-course. All NIH-funded investigators and staff who are involved in applying for, conducting, overseeing, or managing clinical trials should be trained in good clinical practice and may be required to show documentation of training completion. Investigators and others are expected to refresh their training every three years. While Berkeley researchers can take the CITI module for clinical research, this free training may be particularly useful for colleagues in other institutions or countries.

The Social Science History Association (SSHA) meets November 21-24 in Chicago. Steve Ruggles is President of SSHA and encourages IPUMS users to review the Call for Papers and proposed sessions. SSHA is organized by thematic networks, and accepts individual papers and full sessions. When reviewing proposed sessions, IPUMS users may want to start with Family DemographyEconomics, and Historical Geography and GIS networks. Specifically, the following sessions in the Family Demography Network would be a good fit for historical IPUMS research: Session 609. Big Data in Historical Research; and Session 610. Development of Longitudinal Historical Data. Submit your #poweredbyIPUMS work.

International Fellowship for early to mid-career urban scholars from the Global South. Applications invited on any theme pertinent to a better understanding of urban realities in the Global South. The Fellowship covers the costs of a sabbatical period at a university of the candidate’s choice in the Global North or South for the purpose of writing up the candidate’s existing research findings in the form of publishable articles or a book under the guidance of a chosen mentor in their field of study. Funding is available for a period ranging between 3-9 months. Applicants must be early to mid-career urban scholars with a PhD obtained within the preceding 10 years who currently work in a university or other research institution within the Global South. Candidates must also be nationals of a country in the Global South, defined here as countries on the OECD’s current ODA recipient list (2018-2020). Preference may be given to candidates from least or low-income countries but middle-income countries on the list are not excluded if the need for support is justified. The candidate must make suitable arrangements to be mentored by a suitably experienced senior urban scholar at the candidate’s chosen research institution. Further particulars are available to download here. An application form can be downloaded here. For more information, visit https://urbanstudiesfoundation.org/funding/international-fellowships/

Graduate Research Fellowship, National Institute of Justice: NIJ has released the solicitation Graduate Research Fellowship in the Social and Behavioral Sciences (pdf, 42 pages). The application deadline is April 8, 2019.  The NIJ Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) Program in the Social and Behavioral Sciences is open to doctoral students in all social and behavioral science disciplines. This program provides awards to accredited academic institutions to support graduate research leading to doctoral degrees in areas that are relevant to ensuring public safety, preventing and controlling crime, and ensuring the effective administration of criminal justice in the United States. NIJ invests in doctoral education by supporting universities that sponsor students who demonstrate the potential to successfully complete doctoral degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of NIJ.   Applicants sponsoring doctoral students are eligible to apply only if: 1.The doctoral student’s degree program is in a social and behavioral science discipline; and 2.The student’s proposed dissertation research has demonstrable implications for addressing the challenges of public safety, crime, and/or the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States.   To learn more about NIJ’s Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) Program in Social and Behavioral Sciences, see www.nij.gov/GRF-SBS.\Attend a Webinar on February 27, 2019, 1-2 p.m. ET NIJ anticipates increasing the maximum total amount available for each Fellowship award from $32,000 to $150,000. In addition, Fellowship awards now will provide up to three years of support usable over a five year-period. 

The 15th Migration Summer School will take place between Monday 24 June and Friday 5 July 2019 at the European University Institute in Florence (Italy). Participants are expected to arrive in Florence on Sunday 23 June and leave on Saturday 6 July 2019. For more information, visit http://www.migrationpolicycentre.eu/event/15th-migration-summer-school-24th-june-5th-july-eui-florence/

Social Networks and Health workshop. The Duke Network Analysis Center (DNAC) and the Duke Population Research Institute, with support from NICHD, will be hosting a fourth, week-long Social Networks and Health workshop from May 13 – 17, 2019. If you are interested in attending, please fill out this *very short* interest form. https://goo.gl/forms/NqtQS6REWySBNc792. We will notify folks when registration is open.Registration costs $150 for the week. The Social Networks and Health workshop will cover topics in social network analysis related to studying health behaviors, including:

·     Data collection

·     Ego network analysis

·     Diffusion and peer influence

·     Communities in networks

·     Respondent-driven sampling

·     Network visualizations

·     Statistical Models for networks (ERGM, AMEN, SOAM)

·     Agent-based modeling

The workshop will also contain a substantial lab component, which will give attendees an opportunity to learn how to use the R statistical computing language to analyze networks. Last year’s presentations and labs are available online at https://dnac.ssri.duke.edu/social-networks-health-scholars-training-program-2018.php . 
**In addition, we have funding for a limited number (up to 12) of SN&H fellowships. Fellows will participate in the week-long training course, but also be matched with a mentor to work on an ongoing research project that the fellow has proposed. All participation costs (including domestic travel and lodging expenses to come to Duke) for SN&H fellows will be covered by the program. There is additional funding fellows can access throughout the year to travel to meetings and otherwise support research meetings with their program mentor. SN&H fellows must commit to presenting the results of their project at next year’s workshop. Due to NIH policy, we can only consider applications from US citizens or permanent residents. SN&H Fellowships will be primarily targeted at pre-doctoral students, post-docs and junior faculty and is open to participants both in the triangle and across the nation. Women, individuals from underrepresented minority groups, and disabled individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.
** Note we can waive the registration fee for participants from universities without means to cover the costs or scholars under-represented in the SN&H field, please contact Moody to inquire.

2019 Health Disparities Research Institute: The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host theHealth Disparities Research Institute (HDRI) from August 12-16, 2019, in Bethesda, MD. The HDRI aims to support the research career development of promising minority health/health disparities research scientists early in their careers and stimulate research in the disciplines supported by health disparities science. The program will feature: (a) lectures on minority health and health disparities research; (b) mock grant review; and (c) seminars and small group discussions.  Institute participants will also have the opportunity to meet with NIH scientific staff engaged in related health disparities research across the various NIH Institutes and Centers. This program is intended for early-stage research investigators. Applicants must have a Ph.D., M.D./D.O., Sc.D., Dr.P.H., Pharm.D., Psy.D., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Applications will only be accepted from post-doctoral fellows, assistant professors, or early-stage investigators in comparable research positions who are actively engaged in minority health and health disparities research and who plan to submit a K or R grant to NIH within the next 12 months. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Previous participants of the HDRI or the Translational Health Disparities Course are not eligible to apply. Please note that NIH and HHS staff, including persons doing fellowships/training at NIH or an HHS agency, are not eligible to apply. The online application is now open and must be submitted by March 22, 2019, 5:00 p.m. EST. For questions or more information, email:NIMHDHealthDC@mail.nih.gov. Learn more by watching this video about the Health Disparities Research Institute.

Short Course: Fundamentals of Implementation Science in Global Health: Fundamentals of Implementation Science in Global Health is a one week intensive course that provides course participants with an introduction to the emerging field of Implementation Science. The course outlines and explores an inter-disciplinary framework of methods (including applied engineering, management tools, health systems, and policy research) applied to improving implementation and scale-up of health programs, paired with experiential case studies from global health leaders. This course will be of interest to researchers, policy makers, funders, and practitioners working in low and middle income settings who are interested in an intensive introduction to Implementation Science. Deadline: Course application deadline is Tuesday, May 15, 2019. Detailed course information and the online application are available on the course website: http://depts.washington.edu/impsci/. Contact: Please contact Daren Wade, MSW, Course Coordinator, at impsci@uw.edu with any questions not answered on the course website.

PSID Data User Training Workshop, June 10-14, 2019, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. This 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 morning instructional sessions led by experienced PSID researchers and staff with afternoon guided lab sessions in which users construct their own analytic data files. The workshop is open to predoctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, college and university faculty, and professional researchers. Admitted predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows may request to be considered for a stipend to help with travel and housing costs. All applications received by April 12 will be given priority for enrollment.  Learn more about the workshop and apply to participate through the ICPSR Summer Program at https://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/courses/0217.

RSF Accepting Visiting Scholar Applications for 2020-2021 Academic Year. The foundation invites visiting scholar applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. The visiting scholar program, established over thirty years ago, is a unique opportunity for social scientists to pursue research projects that investigate essential questions on social, economic, and political life in the United States while in residence at RSF. The program fosters the exchange of ideas in a vibrant interdisciplinary environment and promotes collaborations between researchers. Applications are reviewed by outside experts; final selections are made by RSF trustees. Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will be accepted until June 28, 2018View further information on the program, including eligibility requirements and application guidelines.

The Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES) is currently accepting proposals for possible substantive themes for CSES Module 6, and proposals are due on February 28, 2019. CSES is a cross-national initiative involving approximately 50 election studies (surveys) worldwide. Each five-year CSES Module has a new substantive theme. The resulting cross-national dataset, which includes both micro and macro data, is disseminated for free and without embargo via the CSES website. For more information, visit http://www.cses.org/announce/newsltr/20181003.htm

Dr. Tom Piazza to give course on sampling and weighting. It is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12th, from 1pm to 3pm. The link to sign up is: https://dlab.berkeley.edu/training/weighting-data-1D-Lab regularly offers workshops and training in courses, one-on-one consulting for faculty, grad students and undergraduates, and working groups of focuses topics. One-on-one consulting also available. For more information and registration, visit http://dlab.berkeley.edu. You can now add D-Lab workshops to your bcalendar directly from D-Lab workshop description. They will have pre-semester intensives, so be sure to check out the calendar.

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.

Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative
 (BIMI.berkeley.edu) is a research center for the study of immigrants and immigration. BIMI has a mailing list (immigration_group@lists.berkeley.edu), which is where a good deal of immigration and migration announcements are posted, and not all of that material is posted on the PopSciences Weekly News.

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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