Population Science News

Weekly News – – January 19, 2021

As in-person events are on hold, be sure to check out virtual talks and webinars. All times are Pacific unless otherwise noted.
The next Demography Brown bag will be on Friday January 22 (not Wednesday), and thereafter we go back to the every Wednesday format.  
Friday, January 22, 1-2 pm. Demography Brown Bag, featuring: Beyond Berkeley – (Friday) Demography Alumni Panel Monica Alexander Department of Sociology, University of Toronto Paul Chung Demography and Survey Science, Facebook Alison Gemmill Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins. Zoom ID: 961 5514 8719 Passcode: DEMOG_ALUM. 
The Population Sciences events calendar can be found here: https://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/popsci.html.
Demography Brown Bags are on winter break. Join us next year! View past talks on our Population Sciences channel. The Brown Bag talks have been organized into playlists: http://bit.ly/2kZvaME.
Friday, January 22 4:10 – 5:30 p.m., “Misperceived Social Norms: Women Working Outside the Home in Saudi Arabia”  Leonardo Bursztyn, University of Chicago, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics
View event details: https://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/econ.html?event_ID=136877

Tuesday January 26 | 9-10 a.m. Disaggregation of Latinx Health Data: Implications for Sleep and Behavioral Health Intervention Research with  Dr. Carmela Alcántara, Associate Professor of Social Work, Columbia School of Social Work. Register HERE for zoom link.
Tuesday, January 26, 11:40am PST. SPH Talks: Tony Iton and Harry Snyder, “Advocacy for Public Health Policy Change” Zoom Link: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/98571041713
Wednesday January 27, 12-1:15 pm. Demography Brown Bag.  Benjamin Rader Epidemiology, Boston University Spatial Heterogeneity in Prevention, Testing, Vaccine Access and COVID-19 Disease Dynamics

Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. UC Irvine’s Center for Demographic & Social Analysis presents Leah Ruppanner, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Melbourne. “The Gendered Consequences of COVID-19: Initial Insights for American Families.” ZOOM Meeting Link: https://uci.zoom.us/j/97930576905  Meeting ID: 979 3057 6905. 
Monday, February 1 | 12:15 – 1:45 PM CT   Structural Racism, Police Violence, and Population Health Research. | Zoom Link.  A panel discussion, featuring: 
Rachel Hardeman – School of Public Health, University of Minnesota; Hedwig Lee – Sociology, Washington University; Maeve Wallace – Tulane School of Public Health; Alyasah “Ali” Sewell – Sociology, Emory University.
Thursday, January 28, 12- 1pm EST. “Color, class, and context: Examining heterogeneous family structure effects,” presented by Christina Cross, PhD, postdoctoral fellow (2019-2022); and assistant professor of sociology (beginning 2022), Harvard University. Register HERE.
Monday January 25, 12:15 – 1:15 PM CT. University of Minnesota. “Living on the Edge: An American Generation’s Journey through the Twentieth Century  | Zoom Link, with Richard Settersten – Oregon State University, Glen Elder – University of North Carolina, Lisa Pearce – University of North Carolina. 

Request for Inter-NIA Center Pilot Proposals on Life Course Perspectives on Aging and Resilience and Reserve in Aging: The Research Centers Collaborative Network (RCCN) is seeking to fund three or more pilot or developmental projects of up to $75,000 each, that involve multiple NIA-sponsored research centers to foster new research in the area of Life Course Perspectives on Aging and/or Resilience and Reserve in Aging. Applications are due February 18, 2021 with awards announced by March 31, 2021. Learn morehttps://www.rccn-aging.org/assets/uploads/default/RCCN-Workshop-Life-Course-and-Resilience-Pilot-Award-RFA.pdf

The University of Chicago NIA P30 Center on Healthy Aging Behaviors and Longitudinal Investigations (CHABLIS) is pleased to announce a call for applications for pilot projects beginning July 1, 2021. The pilot project RFA can be found in the attached PDF and on our new center website here.  We are accepting pilot project applications from both internal (UChicago, NORC) and external investigators, and we expect to fund four one-year pilots studies with a budget of $20-$30k per pilot. Pilots should fit within the overall mission of the center, which is to leverage longitudinal data to examine how demographic and economic factors impact healthy aging behaviors and health outcomes among older adults and over the life course. Additional guidelines are listed in the RFA.  We will also be holding an optional webinar on Thursday, January 14, from 12-12:30 pm. Webinar: January 14, 12-12:30: https://uchicago.zoom.us/j/93014506275?pwd=d29xaEtVaEI4MGFqN1U2TXo1UzEyQT09
Letter of intent: due February 1, 2021. Full application: due February 26, 2021, 5 pm. Please contact Kelsey Bogue at kbogue@bsd.uchicago.edu for a recording of the webinar or with any questions.

The Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD), a National Institute on Aging funded Alzheimer’s Disease-related Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR), announces the 2021 research career enrichment program involving seminar participation and mentoring in AD-relevant research. We invite applications from those interested in enhancing their knowledge of contextual factors in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). Funds are available for investigator-initiated research projects that support the development of independent NIH-funded projects. Proposals with high likelihood of advancing research on ADRD disparities, especially among Arab Americans and Latinos, are particularly encouraged. Three proposals will be selected to receive funds of up to $30,000 for one year with the grant period beginning on July 1, 2021. It would be greatly appreciated if you could please distribute this announcement within your department and/or program. Please see the announcement for full details. Completed applications, and budget should be emailed as a single pdf attachment to mccfad.isr@umich.edu by 11:59pm on February 1, 2021. If you have questions, please email mccfad.isr@umich.edu. Thank you!

The Alzheimer’s Association® Interdisciplinary Summer Research Institute (AA-ISRI) is an immersive, no-cost opportunity for early career researchers in psychosocial care and public health to launch a career in dementia science and accelerate breakthroughs in the field. Join us in Chicago, August 9-13, 2021, where experts will offer diverse perspectives on ground-breaking research through group sessions and individual mentoring. Applications are due April 8, 2021. Twenty-four applicants will be selected for this exclusive experience – attend the AA-ISRI to: 
*Gain knowledge of basic clinical and biological aspects of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
*Hone essential research skills and learn about emerging research designs and analytical methods. 
*Make connections with leaders and peers in the field.
*Develop a research proposal for Association and NIH funding.
Learn about the AA-ISRI schedule, faculty and more.
Psychosocial and public health postdoctoral students and early career researchers are eligible for the AA-ISRI – individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Please share this invitation with potential candidates in your network. Submit your application now.

RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences ISSUE ON: SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. Edited by: Steven Raphael, University of California, Berkeley and Daniel Schneider, Harvard Kennedy School. For this issue of RSF, we invite original research contributions pertaining to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on socioeconomic inequality in the United States and in particular how pre-existing inequalities may have mediated the impact of the pandemic and in turn been exacerbated by the current crisis. We are particularly interested in studies that focus on how institutions, ranging from the health care system, corrections and criminal justice, childcare policies, social safety net programs, and labor market policies have either mitigated or exacerbated the impact of the pandemic on social and economic outcomes as well as studies that focus on the likely longer-term impacts of the pandemic on inequality in the United States. Prospective contributors should submit a CV and an abstract (up to two pages in length, single or double spaced) of their study along with up to two pages of supporting material (e.g., tables, figures, pictures, references that don’t fit on the proposal pages, etc.) no later than 5 PM EST on March 10, 2021 to: https://rsf.fluxx.io. Also please click HERE for more information about the Call for Articles and how to submit. 

Special Issue on Divorce & the Lifecourse, Social Sciences The aim of this special issue is to provide a 21st century update on research surrounding divorce. The editor invites submissions from the range of social science disciplines, employing either a macro or micro focus, and a variety of qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods approaches. Theoretical/conceptual pieces are also welcome. Submissions that employ historical or cross-cultural comparisons in divorce patterns, predictors and outcomes are especially desired to expand discussion of historical and cultural influences on divorce today. Of particular interest are papers that use longitudinal data to assess cohort and period patterns and differences in divorce trends, predictors and correlates of divorce, and outcomes for children and adults, such as those pertaining to family relationships, physical and mental health, economic well-being and status attainment. Research from developing nations is especially valuable given limited divorce research to date in developing countries. See this link for a call for papers for special issue on Divorce & The Life Course: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/socsci/special_issues/Divorce_and_Life_Course. Those interested in having a piece of work considered for inclusion in this special issue should send a 300-500 word abstract to Teresa M. Cooney, Special Issue Editor, at teresa.cooney@ucdenver.edu by April 1. Submissions will be reviewed by May 1, at which point invitations will be extended for full papers. The final deadline for submission of completed papers for peer review will be November 1, 2021.

Special Issue on the IT of Demography: Analyzing Population Dynamics with Computers. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing seeks submissions for this special issue. We invite papers that draw on the history of computing; STS; demography; the history, philosophy, and sociology of science and technology; gender and race studies; and critical data and algorithm studies. We invite papers on any historical period and with any geographical focus, and especially encourage those that think outside of or beyond the United States.  For full information about this Call, please see: https://www.computer.org/digital-library/magazines/an/call-for-papers-special-issue-on-the-it-of-demography-analyzing-population-dynamics-with-computers

General Online Research 2021, (GOR 21) , 8 – 10 September 2021. Where: The conference is expected to take place at the HTW Berlin – University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, Germany. Deadlines: Until 12 March 2021: abstract submissions for tracks A, B, C, and GOR Thesis Award 2021 competition. Until 5 April 2021: abstract submissions for GOR Best Practice Award 2021 competition. Until 24 May 2021: abstract submissions for posters and GOR Poster Award 2021 competition. Main topics: Online and Mobile Web Surveys, Data Science, Big Data, Smart Data, Political Research, Public Opinion, Political Online Communication, Online Market ResearchGOR is organized by the German Society for Online Research (DGOF, since 1997. Each year more than 300 participants attend the conference to discuss current developments in online research and best practices for their work in industry and academia. With more than 100 presentations addressing various subtopics of online research, GOR provides intensive training and networking opportunities. For more information, visit  https://www.dgof.de/).

Focus on Aging / Federal Partners’ Webinar Series. Our next webinar on workforce to support the needs of older adults is scheduled for Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021, from 2:00—3:30 pm ET.  This webinar will offer workforce strategies and insights to help meet the unique care needs of older adults, including those living with dementia and those in diverse and underserved populations.  To learn more and to register, please click here.

NICHD Data and Specimen Hub (DASH). Launched in 2015, DASH is a resource that aims to accelerate scientific findings and ultimately improve human health. As NICHD’s primary data hub, DASH allows researchers to share and access de-identified data from more than 175 studies for secondary analyses. In 2019, NICHD added functionality that enables DASH users to request access to biospecimens from selected studies, including the National Children’s Study and the Genomic and Proteomic Network for Preterm Birth Research. To date, research using DASH datasets has resulted in 47 scientific publications. 

For information on other resources, visit NICHD’s Datasets & Research Resources.

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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