Population Science News

Weekly News – – February 8, 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 10 | 12-1 p.m. Demography Brown bag. Alex Ezeh, Drexel University. “The drivers and implications of future population trajectories in Africa”, 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.

Monday, February 8 | 10-11:15 am “Credit and attention in the adoption of profitable energy efficient technologies in Kenya” with Joshua Dean, University of Chicago. Contact woojin@berkeley.edu for the zoom link.

Monday, February 8 | 12-1:30 pm “Essential Work, Disposable Workers: What the COVID-19 Crisis has Taught us about Care and Social Reproduction” Mignon Duffy, Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology, UMass Lowell. Register here for zoom link: https://berkeley.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aFHa6UcWR02r8e7EZJfABw

Tuesday, Feb 9, 11:40 am – 12:30 pm PST Informal discussion on research at SPH – facilitators and barriers to research productivity, with Jennifer Ahern PhD, MPH and Lauren Goldstein PhD. https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/98571041713

Friday, February 12, 12-1 pm CEO Stress, Aging, and Death” with Ulrike Malmendier. Write to camillen@berkeley.edu; for the zoom link.

February 8, 2021 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST. The University of Pennsylvania Population Studies Center and Population Aging Research Center Seminar: “China’s Other Flattened Curve: An Astonishing Population Reduction, that Rise of Xi, and How “The One-Child Policy” Misnomer Cloaked Them Both” Daniel Goodkind Independent Researcher. Register to Attend the Colloquium Series, Location: Zoom Webinar. Register to attend
Tuesday, February 9th, 2021 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm PST UC Irvine seminar: “Does Immigration Boost Native Fertility?” with Christina Diaz, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona. ZOOM Meeting Link: https://uci.zoom.us/j/91793968112, Meeting ID: 917 9396 8112.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 12:00 – 1:30pm PST. UCLA CCPR Seminar. “Banks, alternative institutions, and the spatial-temporal ecology of racial inequality” Mario Luis Small, Harvard University. To sign up for the proseminar please email esmeucla@g.ucla.eduZoom Link:  Meeting ID: 929 7663 3063, Passcode: ccpr2021. 

Friday, February 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EST.  UNCCH Population Center: Chris Wildeman: Does Incarceration Shape Trust in the State, Community Engagement, and Civic Participation? You can register here.


Handbook of Aging & Social Sciences, 9th edition editors (Kenneth Ferraro, Purdue; Deborah Carr, Boston University), associate editors (Vicki Freedman, Michigan; Ellen Idler, Emory; & Janet Wilmoth, Syracuse), and more than a dozen eminent authors to celebrate the 2021 publication of the Handbook’s 9th edition (Elsevier). The authors will share the latest findings in aging research, and discuss future directions for research, policy, and practice. The event will be held Thursday, February 25 from Noon to 1:30 pm EST. Please register at:  https://tinyurl.com/HASS9thed.  For more information on the Handbook and contributors, please see: https://tinyurl.com/hass9order.

NIA Information for Grant Writing:  NIA released two announcements this week. 
NIA Advice for Early Stage Investigators.
 ESIs, when submitting R01s, have some more lenient ratings than more experienced researchers when their grant applications are evaluated.  Read HERE.

NIA Advice on writing K99 awards:  This short (24 min) video summarizes the important points in writing K (and actually, F31 and F32 awards, to some degree).  The first 7 or so minutes is overview of K awards; after that the advice is presented. I think it’s a really good summary of the main points to consider.  Find the link here: https://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2021/01/28/writing-an-effective-k-application-a-video-guide/


RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, , ISSUE ON:, , Administrative Burdens as a Mechanism of Inequality in Policy Implementation, , Edited by, , Pamela Herd, Georgetown University,  Hilary Hoynes, University of California Berkeley, Jamila Michener, Cornell University, Donald Moynihan, Georgetown University. This special issue invites empirical papers that seek to enlarge our understanding of how administrative burdens contribute to inequality in policy implementation processes and outcomes, and potential solutions to these problems.  For more information, visit HERE.

SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19 and Consequences of Alcohol Use (R03 Clinical Trial Not Allowed), 
https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-AA-21-003.html. This FOA also comes in an R01 and R21 version – links are in the document linked above – and is designed to support research grants to address urgent, time-sensitive research questions on the relationships between alcohol consumption and COVID-19 related outcomes and consequences. The principal area of focus is research that can improve public health in the near term by informing responses to the current COVID-19 pandemic, in view of 1) the impact of alcohol misuse on incidence and severity of COVID-19 disease or 2) the effect of the COVID-19 disease and pandemic-induced restrictions on alcohol use and alcohol use disorder (AUD). Time-sensitive applications for which standard NIH review and funding timelines would compromise either the ability to conduct the research or the value of the knowledge and with the potential to inform responses to the current pandemic will be considered. These are due April 14, 2021, only.

2021 Request for Proposals: Telomere Network Analysis Pilot AwardsThe Telomere Research Network, sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and National Institute on Aging, is developing a growing collaborative community of interdisciplinary scientists for promoting the science on telomere length as a predictor of health and aging, described in detail on our website, trn.tulane.edu. We are seeking proposals from early stage investigators who are interested in joining our network. Part of the goal of the network is to improve the rigor and reproducibility of measurement of telomere length (TL) in epidemiological studies, determine the extent to which 1) TL is a sentinel of environmental exposures, psychosocial stress and disease susceptibility, and 2) The extent to which TL is malleable, and 3) To help the field grow by supporting investigators new to this area. Eligibility: Applicants can be of any career stage; however, these awards are particularly fitting for early career researchers (<10 years in faculty position). Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars may apply in collaboration with a senior mentor, in which case the application must include a letter of support from the senior mentor. Decisions will be based on feasibility (e.g. access to and external validity of data, experience with proposed analytic method), innovation (e.g. does the project address a critical area of disagreement and/or scientific gap), and appropriate power (e.g. sufficient sample size). Applications can propose utilization of existing data sets that are publicly available or that the applicant has direct access to through other means. Timeline: Proposals are due at midnight PST April 15th, 2021 and should be submitted as a single PDF to telomerenetwork@gmail.com. Awards will be announced no later than May 1st with an expected start date of June 1st, 2021. Award activities are expected to be completed by December 31st, 2022. Contact: Questions should be directed to Dr. Elissa Epel (elissa.epel@ucsf.edu) or Dr. Stacy Drury (sdrury@tulane.edu). Final proposals should be sent to: telomerenetwork@gmail.com

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

Toast of Berkeley Toastmasters Club: Learn public speaking.  Because speaking publicly is such a part of our profession, if you feel you could be more effective, this is a way to further develop this important skill: Workshop | January 5 – December 28, 2021 every Tuesday | 6:15-7:30 p.m. |  Zoom. Find out more at toastmasters.org or just drop by one of our meetings to get started. Event contact: toastofberkeleyclub@gmail.com, Access Coordinator: Melanie Tran,  m.tran@berkeley.edu,  714-276-5221

“An Introduction to CJARS: A new data platform for integrated criminal justice research,” a webinar series to be held on. CJARS is a next generation data platform built on over 2+ billion lines of raw data, looking to transform criminal justice research and statistical reporting as we know it. The system, which grows each and every day, currently contains over 133 million criminal justice events from arrest to parole, occurring in 18 states, covering over 33 million individuals.  All of this data can be integrated at the individual level with extensive, longitudinal socio-economic data in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. March 5 (2-3pm ET) and March 9 (10:30-11:30am ET). Interested researchers should register here:https://forms.gle/xgmobvXtbLKKRFSPA.

Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS) Research Training Institute. The 2021 CHIPS Research Training Institute will be held May 10-14, 2021. The meeting will be hosted by the University of Pittsburgh. CHIPS is an interdisciplinary training consortium, created to enhance career development for early career scientists pursuing research careers in the areas of intervention, prevention, and the provision of services for children and adolescents. CHIPS is funded through the NIMH Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR), which supports two critical areas of research, intervention research to evaluate the effectiveness of preventive and treatment interventions and mental health services research. If you are a child psychiatry resident, postdoctoral fellow, or junior faculty member with a strong interest in mental health research for children and adolescents, you are invited to apply to the CHIPS program. Applicants must have either an M.D. or a Ph.D. in one of the following fields: Psychology, Sociology, Social work, Nursing, or Public Health. Download and complete the CHIPS Electronic Applicationand follow the instructions on the website for submission. If you have any questions please contact Amanda Trujillo at trujilloa@upmc.edu, 412-383-5478.  Applications due: Sunday, February 14, 2021. Read More and Apply

Michigan Integrative Well-Being and Inequality (MIWI) Training Program is recruiting early-career (post-doctorate) scientists (of any discipline) who are interested in building their methodological and analytic skills to address questions related to the interrelationships between mental and physical health over the lifespan, with particular attention to the way those intersections influence minority health and health disparities. Contact Program Director Briana Mezuk (bmezuk@umich.edu) if you have questions. 

In March 2021, the European Social Survey (ESS) will be inviting applications to design a set of questions to be fielded on a cross-national online panel during 2022. Successful applicants will be able to develop 15-20 survey questions on a single topic or theme, which would be included on the panel at no cost to the applicants. All successful teams will need to work with the ESS to adapt the questions to the panel style and ensure the items reflect best practice in cross-national questionnaire design approaches. This online survey will be fielded in 12 countries (Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Finland, France, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom). It represents a unique opportunity to be part of Europe’s first large-scale, probability-based online panel that aims to represent the online population. The CROss-National Online Survey-2 (CRONOS-2) panel is a developmental activity aiming to build expertise in cross-national online data collection. It builds on the success of the pioneering CRONOS panel, implemented in three countries – Estonia, Great Britain and Slovenia – during 2016-18. The data from the panel will be linked to data from our Round 10 questionnaire at the individual level and will be released to the scientific community without privileged access. We will be inviting applications for cross-sectional or longitudinal proposals to be included in waves 4 and 5 of the panel (2022). More details will be published on our website in March. Question module proposals already chosen for inclusion in earlier waves of the panel were selected in November 2020.

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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