Population Science News

Weekly News – January 1, 2018

Now Accepting Submissions for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. Members may submit papers to regular session topics, section paper sessions and roundtables, and Open-Refereed Roundtables. Proposals for the Visual Media Poster Session, Workshops, Preconferences, Courses, Teaching and Learning Symposium, and Sociology in Practice Settings Symposium as well as discussion topics for Informal Discussion Roundtables may also be submitted at this time. Submitters are advised to review the Annual Meeting Program Policies on the 2018 Call for Submissions web page which also includes links to individual calls. Submitters will need their ASA ID and password to log-in to the submission site. The submission deadline is January 11, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

APHA 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo, Nov 10-14, San Diego, CA.  Meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now. Submission Deadline: February 19-24, 2018.  For full information, visit:https://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual

US 2050 2017 CALL FOR PROPOSALS: RESEARCH TOPICS AND QUESTIONS. US2050 is an initiative of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and the Ford Foundation to examine and analyze the multiple demographic, socioeconomic, and fiscal trends that will shape the nation in the decades ahead. Engaging leading scholars in multiple disciplines including demographics, poverty studies, labor economics, macroeconomics, political science, and sociology, US 2050 will create a comprehensive view of our economic and fiscal future — and the implications for the social and financial well-being of Americans. Deadline: January 22, 2018. Please visit the website as there is a good deal of information about this project: https://www.pgpf.org/us-2050

2018 International Total Survey Error Workshop (ITSEW). The 2018 ITSEW will be held June 4-6 in Durham, North Carolina, hosted by the Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology and the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina. The workshop will feature a keynote address by Dr. Roger Tourangeau, Vice President at Westat and past president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR). ITSEW is aimed at statisticians, survey managers and methodologists, pollsters, public opinion researchers, and marketing research professionals focused on survey quality and the challenges of combined data products. Through presentations and exchange of information the workshop aims to support a better understanding of total survey error. The theme of the 2018 workshop is “Approaches for Mitigating Total Survey Error (TSE) and Its Effects.” We welcome submission on any topic related to total survey error, but especially encourage contributions such as: Methods for combining and analyzing data from multiple sources; Adaptive design and data collection strategies; Approaches for minimizing TSE when using non-probability samples; Uses of administrative data to reduce TSE. However, any and all topics related to TSE are welcome. If you would like to present research at the workshop, please submit an abstract by February 16, 2018 (max. 400 words). Presentations on research still in progress are highly encouraged. Be prepared to share a (preliminary) paper prior to the workshop so that attendees can prepare for discussion. Applicants will be notified of the acceptance of their abstracts by mid-March. For any questions, please email dism@duke.edu. Information about the workshop can be found at this URL: https://dism.ssri.duke.edu/itsew-2018. To download a printable PDF, please use this URL: https://dism.ssri.duke.edu/sites/dism.ssri.duke.edu/files/pdfs/itsew2018-abstract_1.pdf 

Pre-PAA African Population, Environment and Health Mini-Conference at CU Boulder. The CU Population Center at the Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder is pleased to host an African Population, Environment and Health Mini-Conference immediately prior to the 2018 Population Association of American conference in nearby Denver. The mini-conference will feature a keynote address, presentation sessions and small discussion workshops focused around key themes in African population and health. There will be ample time for discussion and exchange. The mini-conference will take place on Wednesday, April 25th from 9am-5pm. Transportation to and from the PAA hotel in Denver will be provided on Wednesday morning and evening. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for participants. Applications are required to ensure adequate space and to identify key thematic areas for workshops. In your submission, please indicate interest in participating in workshops and/or presenting. Participants will be selected based on the quality of the abstract and research alignment with thematic areas that emerge in the selection process. To apply, please submit a CV and a brief statement of research interests in African population, environment and/or health. If interested in presenting, please also submit an extended abstract (2-pages) of your research manuscript.

The deadline for application is January 10, 2018. Please submit application materials to Jessica.LaRue@colorado.edu. Decisions will be made by February 1, 2018. For additional information, contact Sara.Yeatman@ucdenver.edu

Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS): Call for Submissions. Submissions are invited for the IAPHS 2018 conference, “Pushing the Boundaries of Population Health Science: Social Inequalities, Biological Processes, and Policy Implications.” This 4th annual interdisciplinary population health research conference will convene October 3-5, 2018 at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, DC. Please see the Call for Submissions for more details and information on how to submit. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2018 and those submitting will be notified of decisions by June 15, 2018. Registration for the October conference will open April 1, 2018 for members of IAPHS and May 15 for non-members. Follow the links for further information about the conference and membership in IAPHS.

The Fourth Annual Berkeley Formal Demography Workshop – Special Emphasis Topic: Mortality, to be held Monday-Friday, June 4-8, 2017 at the University of California campus. Join us for an educational program designed to train the next generation of population researchers in the methods in formal demography. This week-long program, with funding by NICHD R25HD083136 at Berkeley consists of three days of hands-on training followed by two days of research presentations by invited faculty. Following the meeting, trainees may choose to take part in a mentored research project and a capstone presentation of projects at the 2019 Population Association of America annual meeting. The workshop is targeted to advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, assistant professors and other early career researchers. We are particularly interested in supporting underrepresented minorities. Those studying aspects of mortality, health disparities, economics, sociology and/or public health will particularly benefit, but those with other interests should also apply. Financial Support: Trainees’ expenses for materials, lodging and meals will be covered. Need-based support for travel is available. We regret that we cannot cover travel from outside the United States. DEADLINE: March 5, 2017. Application materials and more information about the program and formal demography can be found on the Workshop website: http://populationsciences.berkeley.edu/population-center/programs/formal-demography. For more information, contact Dr. Leora Lawton, Executive Director, Berkeley Population Center, at Popcenter@demog.berkeley.edu, or 510-643-1270.

Berkeley Summer Institute in Migration. From the evening of Sunday, June 17 to the morning of Thursday, June 28, 2018, RSF will sponsor the first Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods at the University of California, Berkeley. The Summer Institute will train a new generation of U.S. migration researchers to leverage existing datasets, learn best-practices for rigorous, new data-collection projects, and apply cutting-edge methodologies for the study of mobile populations. The Institute welcomes applicants from all of the social sciences. The co-organizers and principal faculty of the Institute are Professors Irene Bloemraad (University of California, Berkeley) and Jennifer Van Hook (Pennsylvania State University). Applications are due February 23, 2018. Read more and apply.

The Family Process Institute (FPI) is accepting applications for the 2018 New Writers’ Fellowship due January 15, 2018. The fellowship supports the development of new scholars who will advance systemic theory, research, and practice grounded in a commitment to social justice. The purpose of the workshop is to help participants shape a developing manuscript for submission to Family Process or other journals. The fellowship includes free tuition, two nights hotel and a $300 stipend toward travel for The Craft of Scholarly Writing workshop. The fellowship awardees for 2018 are scheduled for a workshop in September/October in Evanston, Illinois. Ten fellowships are awarded each year. Guidelines for the paper will be provided. New writers from any discipline whose scholarly interests focus on families and systems may apply. Eligible applicants include (a) students, (b) those who have earned their degree within the past five years and been first author on no more than two articles, and (c) persons who have been working in the field for some time, but are new to writing. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to papers that promote social justice as a systemic issue. For complete information, see: http://www.familyprocess.org/new-writers-initiative/

Grad Slam: The Graduate Division will sponsor a separate Grad Slam event for Master’s and doctoral students who are conducting humanities and social science (HSS) research, including those in professional schools who are doing HSS research. This public speaking event will enable HSS graduate students to practice communicating their research to a broad audience, convey why their research matters, and prepare—if they so choose—to participate in the campuswide Grad Slam competition. To take part in this event, HSS graduate students craft compelling three-minute narratives about their research and present these narratives to a friendly, supportive audience. This event will be held on February 2, 2018, from 3-5 p.m. in 309 Sproul Hall. Seven Humanities and Social Sciences Communication Prizes will be awarded, ranging from $300 (first place) and $200 (second place) to $100 for five honorable mentions. This event adopts its format from Grad Slam (a UC-wide speaking event). For more information on Grad Slam, please go to http://grad.berkeley.edu/grad-slam/. To participate in the HSS Grad Slam Competition, Berkeley students must register online by Friday, January 26, 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time). An information session will be held on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 1 p.m. in 309 Sproul Hall. A group practice session will be held for all registered participants in the week before the competition. All graduate students who participate in this event are encouraged to take part in the campuswide Grad Slam competition. Please contact Graduate Professional Development atgradpro@berkeley.edu with any questions about the event.

Student Paper AwardMethodology of Longitudinal Surveys Conference: The organizing committee of the Second International Conference on the Methodology of Longitudinal Surveys (MOLS2) invites submissions for a Student Paper Award. The prize will include a waiver of the MOLS2 conference registration fee, three nights standard conference accommodation for the presenting author of the winning paper, and copies of the Wiley books “Methodology of Longitudinal Surveys” and “Advances in Longitudinal Survey Methodology”. The conference will take place at the University of Essex, UK, on 25-27 July 2018. The submission should be in the form of a full paper (in English) of maximum 6500 words of text (excluding references and appendices) and may address any topic that falls within the scope of the conference (i.e. the design and implementation of longitudinal surveys). Both current submissions to the MOLS2 conference and new submissions will be considered equally, and the winning paper is expected to be presented at the conference. To be eligible all authors must be either current students or recent graduates (PhD viva or award of Masters Degree since January 2017). The application for the Student Paper Award should be completed by 1 March 2018, and the winner will be announced by 2 April 2018. The winner will be presented with their prize on 25 July 2018, the first day of the conference. The paper must include an abstract of maximum 400 words and a word-count. In the body of the email please include information about student or recent graduate status of all authors. Please also include the authors’ contact information, including email, affiliation, address and phone number. To apply for the Student Paper Award competition please email Olena Kaminska, of the organizing committee, attaching a full paper in pdf format (olena@essex.ac.uk) by March 1, 2018. For more details about MOLS2 conference please visit https://www.understandingsociety.ac.uk/mols2

Racial-Ethnic Diversity: New Data Resource. A newly expanded data portal for learning about community racial and ethnic diversity is now up and operational at the ‘Diversity and Disparities’ website of Brown’s Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) Initiative. The portal shares data from an NIH-funded study completed this summer by PI Barrett Lee and a team of eight collaborators, all currently or formerly affiliated with The Pennsylvania State University. Census information compiled at the portal describes the racial-ethnic diversity of U.S. states, metropolitan and micropolitan areas, counties, and places (e.g., cities, suburbs, small towns) for the 1980-2010 period. This information can be accessed in three ways. A summary measure of diversity (the entropy index), panethnic group counts and proportions, and simple compositional graphics are available on a case-by-case basis via pull-down menus. The portal also features sortable lists and downloadable spreadsheet data files. While the spreadsheet files are intended for researchers, the pull-down menus and sortable lists may be useful for class assignments, fact-checking, or other purposes. To go to the diversity portal’s home page click on https://s4.ad.brown.edu/projects/diversity/DiversityPages2/Default.aspx. Questions can be addressed to Barrett Lee at bal6@psu.edu.

D-Lab Pre-Semester Workshops:  Check out the D-Lab website for pre-semester workshops on programs such as R, Python, Stata and Excel.  D-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.

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.



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