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Weekly News – January 17, 2017

The Fourth Annual Global Health Economics Colloquium: The Economics of Non-Communicable Diseases. Friday, February 10, 2017, 8:30 am–5:00 pm. Please join us for an exciting colloquium that brings together experts, policy makers, researchers, and trainees to discuss recent developments in the economics of NCDs and in cost-effectiveness analysis. Drawing upon NCD case studies from around the world, we will explore how high-quality economic evaluations can improve decision-making at regional and national levels. We will discuss new guidelines for cost-effectiveness analysis and the role of economics in reducing health inequality. UCSF Mission Bay, Genentech Hall.  Register at: https://ghecon2017.eventbrite.comSee this page for more information.  


The Fourth Annual Global Health Economics Colloquium: The Economics of Non-Communicable Diseases. Friday, February 10, 2017, 8:30 am–5:00 pm. Please join us for an exciting colloquium that brings together experts, policy makers, researchers, and trainees to discuss recent developments in the economics of NCDs and in cost-effectiveness analysis. Drawing upon NCD case studies from around the world, we will explore how high-quality economic evaluations can improve decision-making at regional and national levels. We will discuss new guidelines for cost-effectiveness analysis and the role of economics in reducing health inequality. UCSF Mission Bay, Genentech Hall.  Register at: https://ghecon2017.eventbrite.com. See this page for more information.  


The 70th Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques is now accepting applications for summer 2017.  These are 1 to 8 week courses from June 5 to July 28.
U.S. Census Bureau International Workshop Announcement: Understanding the Demographic Dividend, May 8–12, 2017 at our headquarters office near Washington, D.C. The Demographic Dividend refers to the accelerated economic growth that may result from a decline in a country’s mortality and fertility as well as subsequent change in the age structure of the population.  … The workshop will consist of lectures, case studies, discussion, hands-on exercises, and the drafting of a demographic dividend model.  This workshop is designed for analysts, policymakers, and managers working in government agencies (statistics, labor, education, environment, gender, etc.), nongovernmental organizations, and other settings who wish to enhance their knowledge about the demographic dividend.  Familiarity with Microsoft Excel is expected. HOW TO APPLY:  If you are interested in attending or sponsoring a participant for this workshop, please email expressions of interest to pop.international.workshops@census.gov and you will receive an application form. The deadline for submission of applications isMarch 24, 2017. For more information, see:   http://www.demographicdividend.org/events/understanding-the-demographic-dividend/

2017 Summer School on Longitudinal and Life Course Research to be held August 21 – August 25, 2017 at the University of Zürich. For more information, see http://www.soziologie.de/uploads/media/17-01_Summer_School_on_Longitudinal_and_Life_Course_Research_UZH.pdf

ACSUS 2017 Biennial Conference Call for Proposals – Celebrating Canada’s Sesquicentennial Journey,  October 18-21, 2017 Tuscany Suites and Casino, Las Vegas, NV. 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation. All over the world those who have Canadian roots or interests will be pausing to reflect on the challenges and achievements the country has experienced over its growth and maturation.  As usual, the 24th Biennial conference of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) will welcome papers and panel proposals from graduate students and academics on any aspect of the Canadian experience. But we especially encourage papers that take stock of some aspect of the country’s development since 1867, and we will join with others around the world in making Canada’s Sesquicentennial journey the central theme of our meeting. The deadline for paper proposals is March 15. For more information, visit http://www.acsus.org/blog/24th-biennial-oct-18-21-2017-call-proposals

Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS) Full Proposal Deadline Date: January 26, 2017 Program Guidelines: NSF 14-574.  The Methodology, Measurement, and Statistics (MMS) Program is an interdisciplinary program in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences that supports the development of innovative, analytical, and statistical methods and models for those sciences. MMS seeks proposals that are methodologically innovative, grounded in theory, and have potential utility for multiple fields within the social and behavioral sciences.  More at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5421&WT.mc_id=USNSF_39&WT.mc_ev=click

Pilot Grants from the University of Washington’s Center for Health Trends and Forecasts (CHTF), Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.   They are funding one- to two-year pilot projects to conduct novel social science research utilizing the Global Burden of Disease results to examine the social, economic, and health impact disparities of health and population aging. Individual awards are expected to range from $15,000-$75,000 each. ​ For more, see http://www.healthdata.org/chtf/pilot-projects

California Wellness Foundation.  In pursuit of our mission, the Advancing Wellness grants program includes four grantmaking portfolios: (a) Bridging the Gaps in Access and Quality Care; (b) Promoting Healthy and Safe Neighborhoods; (c) Expanding Education and Employment Pathways; and (d) Opportunity Fund.  The establishment of these portfolios is grounded in research on the social determinants of health, which states that where people live and work, their race or ethnicity, and their income can impact their health and wellness. Our desire is to help level the playing field so that everyone has access to good-paying jobs, safe neighborhoods and quality health care services. For more information, browse our grants website:  http://www.calwellness.org/grants_program/advancing_wellness.php.  

Request for Pilot Proposals from the Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and
Disparities in 21st Century America, on research that address potential explanations, especially related to social disparities in health, of the worsening of America’s population health, both relative to other comparable nations, and even absolutely. Projects will begin in summer of 2017 and must be completed by June 30th, 2018 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018 project period). Due Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 @ 5 p.m.  For more information download the Call for Proposals.

The e-ASIA Joint Research Program Research Cooperation in the field of “Health Research,” with NIAID. The e-ASIA Joint Research Program aims to develop a vibrant and collaborative research community in Science and Technology, to promote innovation in the Easter Asian region, and to contribute to the region’s economic developments.  Through multilateral collaboration for medical research and development in the field of “Health Research” the aim of the joint call is not only to contribute to development of regional science, but also to overcome public and medical problems in East Asia in the near future.  E-ASIA JRP invites research proposals focusing on Infectious Diseases and Cancer Research. The following current member organizations of the e-ASIA JRP have agreed to establish joint funding of multilateral cooperative activities:

  • Cambodia: Ministry of Health (MOH)
  • Japan: Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED)
  • New Zealand: Health Research Council (HRC)
  • Philippines: Department of Science and Technology (DOST)
  • Russia: Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR)
  • USA: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
  • USA: National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • Vietnam: Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)

Scientists from the countries listed above are invited to identify potential research partners in at least two other countries of the e-ASIA JRP Member organizations which participate in this Call and to jointly prepare a collaborative research proposal in the area of Health Research. The duration of a cooperative research project will be three years (36 months), in total, from the start date. Details of conditions of support will vary by country. Applicants should refer to the Appendix in the Guidelines for each Party’s conditions. Proposals should be submitted to the e-ASIA Secretariat at the email address easia_secretariat@jst.go.jp by 17:00 (Thai Standard Time, UTC +7) on 28th of February, 2017.  For general Inquiries, please contact Yoshihide Kobayashi (Mr.) at easia_secretariat@jst.go.jp

The First Annual Poverty Tracker Data Training Workshop at Columbia University in New York City on May 18-19, 2017. The workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the data available in the New York City Longitudinal Survey of Well-being, a repeated panel study which is conducted by the Columbia Population Research Center and which tracks the dynamics of poverty, hardship, and well-being among representative samples of New York City residents. The 2017 workshop will include an introduction to the Poverty Tracker data, hands-on sessions for scholars to work with the data, introduction to sensitive data elements and associated data access policies, and other topics. The workshop is targeted toward early- and mid-career scholars from social science disciplines. Underrepresented scholars are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants must possess basic quantitative data analysis skills. Approximately 25-30 applicants will be selected. Accepted out-of-town candidates will receive travel support. Additional information about the Poverty Tracker is available at http://povertytracker.robinhood.org/#home.  The online application is available at http://www.povertytrackerdata.cupop.columbia.edu/.  The deadline for application submission isTuesday, February 21, 2017, at 5:00pm (EST).

Health Policy Research Scholars 2017 Call for Applications. The goal of Health Policy Research Scholars is to create a large cadre of diverse doctoral students from a wide variety of research-focused disciplines—students whose research, connections, and leadership will inform and influence policy toward a Culture of Health. Specifically, we aim to recruit doctoral students from a variety of field/disciplines (e.g., urban planning, political science, economics, ethnography, education, social work, sociology) who are training to be researchers. For the 2017 cohort, the Health Policy Research Scholars program will enroll up to 50 scholars interested in learning to translate their research into health policy and who are from underrepresented populations and/or disadvantaged backgrounds. Examples of eligible individuals include, but are not limited to, first-generation college graduates, individuals from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, individuals from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in doctoral programs, and individuals with disabilities. Scholars in this program —which is designed to enhance and enrich the doctoral program—will complete the Health Policy Research Scholars program concurrently with their doctoral program. For more information, visit here.

Charles Cannell Fund in Survey Methodology was established by students, colleagues and friends of Charlie to honor him as a mentor and to further research and training on the interviewer-respondent interaction and its effects on the validity and quality of survey data. The fund has been supporting scholars since 2004.  More information about the fund and the application process can be found below and at: http://home.isr.umich.edu/education/fellowships-awards/the-charles-cannell-fund-in-survey-methodology/

The National Science Foundation is pleased to announce that it will offer a Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Update Webinar to the public on Thursday, January 19, 2017 from 1pm-2:30pm EST. The webinar will provide an overview of significant changes and clarifications to the PAPPG that will take effect on January 30, 2017. The PAPPG details NSF’s proposal preparation and submission guidelines, and provides guidance on managing and monitoring the award and administration of grants and cooperative agreements made by the Foundation. There is no cost to participate. To register yourself, and/or others for this webinar:  https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/newreg.php?eventid=208602&

The Health, Aging and Body Composition (Health ABC) Study began in 1997 and collected data for 17 years on a cohort of older black and white adults living in Memphis and Pittsburgh. Participants were aged 70-79 at baseline. These data are now online on NIA’s website and available to qualified researchers. See a more detailed description here

The United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation Professor Rahamimoff Travel Grants Program is open to Ph.D. students doing research that requires facilities or expertise not available in their home countries. Travel may be to a higher education or a research facility in the U.S.A. (for Israelis) or Israel (for Americans). The program will not support participation in conferences or trips by late-stage Ph.D. students. Two calls for proposals in 2017 will support 10 trips each. Grants are for $4,000 each. Each trip will be for a maximum length of 2 months. For more information see http://grad.berkeley.edu/news/funding/the-professor-rahamimoff-travel-grants/

The U.S. Policy Communication Training Program, sponsored by the Population Reference Bureau,  is seeking applications, which are due on January 27, 2017. Please see our announcement for eligibility criteria and instructions on how to apply. This training program builds on PRB’s 40-year legacy of training researchers to communicate their findings for policy change. The program is designed to develop skills that U.S. researchers need to communicate with U.S. policy audiences, including decision makers and the media. Through the generous support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), we are able to offer this in-depth policy communication training to U.S. citizens and permanent residents studying demography, population health, and reproductive health in doctoral programs at U.S. academic institutions. If you have questions, please contact Hanna Christianson at USPolicyTraining@prb.org

Dlab sponsors workshops and training in courses, one-on-one consulting for faculty, grad students and undergraduates, and working groups of focuses topics. 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.

Other jobs listings:  http://www.ecsrnet.eu/jobs-and-other-announcements


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