Population Science News

Weekly News – – January 25, 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, January 27 | 12-1 p.m. Demography Brown bag.  Benjamin Rader, Boston University: Spatial Heterogeneity in Prevention, Testing, Vaccine Access and COVID-19 Disease Dynamics, 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.

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.

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

Wednesday, January 27 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. “Effects of a Universal Basic Income during the pandemic” Paul Niehaus, University of California, San Diego. Event contact: Emil Schissel, emilschissel@berkeley.edu

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. 

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.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 12:00-1:30pm – “Models of Social Change: Principles and Methods of Age-Period-Cohort Analysis” Ethan Fosse, PhD, University of Toronto and Christopher Winship, PhD, Harvard University. Zoom Link: CCPR Seminar

Monday, February 1 | 12:15 – 1:45 PM CT.  University of Minnesota presents “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.

University of Colorado, Boulder is making their research talks in the University of Colorado Population Center Seminar Series. Please click-tap here for the full lineup. With the exception of the Dick Jessor distinguished lecture on Fri, March 5th (4.00-5.30 PM MST), all talks will take place on Mondays at noon MST/MDT, and will last for 1 hour. All of these Monday lectures also have the same meeting password. Please contact Eileen.Brown@colorado.edu for the password, or let us know if you have any questions.

The University of Pennsylvania Population Studies Center and Population Aging Research Center invite you to join us at the Penn Population Studies Colloquium Series. Our colloquium events are held via Zoom Webinar and are open to the public. Feel free to forward this email to any colleagues who may be interested in participating in our virtual colloquium series. Register to attend! The upcoming talk is January 25, 2021, 1 pm (EST) Dennis Culhane, University of Pennsylvania. Advances in the Establishment of Administrative Data Linkage Centers for Population and Policy.
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Population Center: The Carolina Population Center (CPC) hosts a weekly Friday lecture series on topics that enhance our understanding of population-related changes. The 2020-2021 Interdisciplinary Research Seminars will take place on Fridays from 12pm – 1pm via Zoom. Registration links are below. The next speaker is on January 29: Elizabeth Wrigley-Field (Minnesota): The Deaths America Treats as Normal.

Hopkins’ Economics of Alzheimer’s Disease & Services (HEADS) Center Pilot Proposal Guidelines (Pilot 2021-2022). Application Deadline: February 1, 2021 11:59 PM (EST)   The Hopkins’ Economics of Alzheimer’s Disease & Services (HEADS) Center stimulates and coalesces population-based research that identifies, quantifies, and addresses economic and care systems challenges posed by Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD).   We invite applications for pilot grants related to our two themes: (1) To identify and quantify the range of care needs of persons with ADRD and the economic consequences of ADRD for patients and families. (2)   To examine how the organization, financing, and delivery of services affects accessibility, affordability, quality, and equity of ADRD care.   We expect to award 4 one-year pilot grants of up to $25,000 per award in the coming 2021-2022 cycle. We are particularly interested in supporting promising post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty, but applicants may be of any rank from Johns Hopkins University and external institutions.   Please see the attached RFA and click on the link to our website below for full details and application instructions. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions on or around April 1, 2021. For more information, visit the Request for Applications website.

NIH Requirements for Diversity: 
 NIH announced that all conferences supported by NIH funding (and particularly R13 events) must meet rules for inclusion. If you are holding any event that is at least partially funded, please read this announcementhttps://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-21-053.html. You would expect that, for example, all venues must be wheelchair accessible.  Less obvious requirements include things such as 

* [P]rocedures for ensuring the safety of all conference attendees, up to and including removing a perpetrator from the conference

*Conducting conference climate surveys specifically related to sexual harassment and professional misconduct.

I am inquiring to see what Campus resources might be mobilized to meet these requirements.


Call for papers (special issue): Divorce and Life Course. 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. See more about the call for papers here: Link: 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. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/socsci/special_issues/Divorce_and_Life_Course.

Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) Funding Guidelines for May 4, 2021, Deadline for Letters of Inquiry. For its next deadline, RSF will accept letters of inquiry (LOIs) under these core programs and special initiatives: Behavioral EconomicsDecision Making & Human Behavior in ContextFuture of Work ; Social, Political and Economic Inequality. RSF will also accept LOIs relevant to any of its core programs that address at least one of the following issues: (1) Research on the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting recession in the U.S. Specifically, research that assesses the social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences of the pandemic, especially its effects on marginalized individuals and groups and on trust in government and other institutions. Our priorities do not include analyses of health outcomes or health behaviors. RSF seldom supports studies focused on outcomes such as educational processes or curricular issues but does prioritize analyses of inequalities in educational attainment or student performance. (2) Research focused on systemic racial inequality and/or the recent mass protests in the U.S. Specifically, research that investigates the prevalence of racial disparities in policing and criminal justice and their social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences; the effects of the current social protest movement and mass mobilization against systemic discrimination; the nature of public attitudes and public policies regarding policing, criminal justice, and social welfare; and the effects of those attitudes in the current political environment. LOIs must include specific information about the proposed data and research design. If you are unsure about the foundation’s expectations, we strongly recommend that you review the grant writing guidelines on our website and also view an instructional webinar. Successful proposals from this round can have a start date on or after December 1, 2021. 

Washington Center for Equitable Growth’s 2021 Request for Proposals. Through our annual competitive grants program, Equitable Growth supports cutting-edge research investigating how inequality, in all its forms, affects economic growth and stability. We support research inquiries using many different types of evidence, relying on a variety of methodological approaches, and cutting across academic disciplines. Equitable Growth promotes efforts to increase diversity in the economics profession and across the social sciences. We recognize the importance of diverse perspectives in broadening and deepening research on the topics in this request for proposals. We offer support to faculty and Ph.D. students at U.S. universities through two funding streams, academic grants and doctoral/postdoctoral grants. Equitable Growth also supports pre-dissertation scholars whose research aligns with our funding priorities through an in-resident Dissertation Scholars program. Academic letters of inquiry and dissertation scholars program applications are due February 7, 2021Doctoral/postdoctoral proposals are due March 28, 2021Questions can be emailed to grants@equitablegrowth.org

Canadian Population Society. The 2021 CPS Annual Meeting will be held remotely, May 18 – 21, 2021. For more information, see our Call for papers. The deadline to submit is February 1, 2021. Abstracts should be submitted to CPS.CFA2021@gmail.com. Notification about accepted papers will be sent to corresponding authors beginning on March 1, 2021. Graduate students are especially welcome to participate in the Conference. Each year, the CPS holds a competition for the best student paper, awarding the winner with a $500 cash prize. Further details on the competition are included in the Call for Papers. Session themes for CPS 2021 include mortality; morbidity and health; family; immigration and migration; social diversity; labour market and education; fertility; Indigenous demographics; sex, gender and sexuality; COVID-19 and other topics. The conference will also feature some fun social events! The CPS strongly encourages all persons attending the Conference to “renew” their membership fees. All attendees to the conference are expected to be paid members of the Association. Questions about the conference may be directed to the Organizing Committee Chair, Amélie Quesnel-Vallée (amelie.quesnelvallee@mcgill.ca).

The Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD) is an NIH/NIA-funded Alzheimer’s disease focused Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR) that seeks to address disparities in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) through research findings, mentorship, community links, and increased numbers of behavioral and social scientists from underrepresented backgrounds. The Summer Data Immersion (SDI) program provides hands-on training in the use of publicly available data resources to address important research questions relevant to ADRD. The theme of the 2021 program will be “Family Care: Racial/Ethnic and Contextual Factors. During the 8-day program, data will be used from the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and its linked National Study of Caregiving (NSOC). The SDI program advances a team science approach. It will include informational presentations about best practices for working with NHATS/NSOC data by a study Principal Investigator, as well as discussion on the topics of race/ethnicity, culture and family care. Please see https://mccfad.isr.umich.edu/research-activities/summer-data-immersion-program/ for full details. Interested individuals should complete the application and upload a CV/Biosketch using the following link SDI application . Completed applications with CV/Biosketch should be submitted by February 15, 2021. Please contact mccfad.isr@umich.edu with any questions.

RSF Upcoming Application Deadlines for 2021 Summer Institutes. In Summer 2021, RSF will sponsor two Summer Institutes for doctoral students and early-career scholars in Computational Social Science and Social Science Genomics. Applications for both Summer Institutes are due on February 22, 2021Read more about the Summer Institutes and how to apply here.

“By the Book” Event (Feb 3): Living on the Edge: An American Generation’s Journey through the Twentieth Century. The authors of Living on the EdgeRichard A. Settersten Jr.Glen H. Elder Jr., and Lisa D. Pearce, are joined in conversation with Stephanie Coontz to discuss their new book! 

Drawing from the iconic longitudinal Berkeley Guidance Study, Living on the Edge: An American Generation’s Journey through the Twentieth Century reveals the hopes, struggles, and daily lives of the 1900 generation. Most surprising is how relevant and relatable the lives and experiences of this generation are today, despite the gap of a century. From the reorganization of marriage and family roles and relationships to strategies for adapting to a dramatically changing economy, the challenges faced by this earlier generation echo our own time. Living on the Edge offers an intimate glimpse into not just the history of our country, but the feelings, dreams, and fears of a generation remarkably kindred to the present day. Join us for a panel discussion on this timely subject on Wednesday, February 3, at 12PM Eastern. REGISTER HERE.

USC COVID-19 Data: Wave 21 has been added to the longitudinal micro-dataset for “Understanding Coronavirus in America,” a Covid-19 tracking survey conducted by the USC Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR). This survey focuses on the economic, physical, and mental health effects of the pandemic. Data collection began on March 10, 2020 and have been surveying in two-week waves since*. 

*A total of 6,066 adult residents of the U.S. participated in Wave 21 (12/23-1/5, final on 1/19).  Participants are members of our probability-based internet panel.

*The full wave data file (UAS276), and the updated longitudinal file which provides a harmonized set of longitudinal data across all waves, have been posted and are available for download to registered users, along with topline, crosstabs, and the questionnaire, here: https://uasdata.usc.edu/covid19 . Our Los Angeles County weekly data files are also posted there.

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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