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Weekly News — January 27, 2020

Wednesday, January 29, 12-1:10 p.m. A Demography Brown Bag Talk: Title TBA. Tod Hamilton, Professor, Sociology, Princeton University. 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room. Demography Seminar Room, 2232 Piedmont Avenue.
View past talks on our Population Sciences channel. The Brown Bag talks have been organized into playlists: http://bit.ly/2kZvaME.

Wednesday, January 29, 12-1:10 p.m. A Demography Brown Bag Talk: Title TBA. Tod Hamilton, Professor, Sociology, Princeton University. 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room. Demography Seminar Room, 2232 Piedmont Avenue.
View past talks on our Population Sciences channel. The Brown Bag talks have been organized into playlists: http://bit.ly/2kZvaME.

Monday, January 27, 4-5:30 p.m. A Life Course Framework for Improving the Lives of Boys and Young Men of Color. Panel Discussion | 116 Haviland Hall.

January 28 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. “Isolating the “Tech” from EdTech: Experimental Evidence” with Rob Fairlie, UCSC. 648 Evans Hall

Note: The talk advertised last week, “Policies to Respond to the Next Influenza Pandemic: The 14th Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Lecture in Health Policy” has been cancelled due to the emerging coronavirus situation.

March 19, 2020, 12pm, Matrix On Point: Taxation and the 1%. With Emmanuel Saez, and Danny Yagan. 820 Barrows Hall.

Bayesian Methods in Formal Demography, June 8-13, 2020, UC Berkeley. This workshop, with guest instructor Carl Schmertmann of Florida State University, aims to provide a hands-on introduction to Bayesian modeling in demography, with applications to small area estimation, forecasting, and combining disparate data sources. We will use R, primarily with the Stan programming language. The workshop is designed for advanced graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, junior faculty, and others wanting to learn about new approaches to demographic modeling using Bayesian methods. No previous knowledge of Bayesian approaches is needed, but a good command of classical statistical methods will be useful. No previous knowledge of Stan or other Bayesian modeling languages is needed. We will assume some experience with R.  Out-of-town registrants will be provided lodging. Travel support is pending. To learn more and register by March 2, 2020, visit: https://www.populationsciences.berkeley.edu/population-center/programs/formal-demography.

Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods – May 26-June 6, 2020. The UC Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative is delighted to host the 3rd annual Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods (SIMRM), to be held at the University of California, Berkeley campus from May 26-June 5, 2020. The Institute is organized and directed by Irene Bloemraad (UCB) and Jennifer Van Hook (Pennsylvania State University). It is made possible by funding from the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Russell Sage Foundation. The 10-day workshop will train up to 28 graduate students, early-career researchers and beginning faculty in best-practices and in methodologies especially relevant to the study of immigration and migrant populations. The 2020 program will focus on: (1) conceptualizing, measuring and imputing legal status in migration studies; (2) studying immigration through social media and computational analysis; and (3) current frontiers in research on migration and health. The institute will also include sessions on research ethics and professionalization. Each day of the institute includes a mixture of instructional lectures and hands-on practical instruction or discussion and it reserves time for feedback on participants’ work. Application Deadline: Monday, February 10, 2020. Apply here | Call for applications | More Information |.

PSID Data User Training Workshop, June 15-19, 2020, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. This five-day workshop will orient participants to the content and structure of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, its special topics modules, and the PSID Child Development Supplement and PSID Transition into Adulthood Supplement. The workshop pairs instructional sessions led by experienced PSID researchers and staff with guided lab sessions in which users construct their own analytic data files. The workshop is open to predoctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, college and university faculty, and professional researchers. Admitted predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows may request to be considered for a stipend to help with travel and housing costs. Applications received by April 17 will be given priority for enrollment. Learn more about the workshop and apply to participate through the ICPSR Summer Program at https://www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/sumprog/courses/0217. Support is provided by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute on Aging, and the National Science Foundation.

The RCCN workshop “Life Course Perspectives on Aging” will be held April 21 and 22, 2020 at the NIA Offices in Bethesda, MD. The scope of the workshop is broad and will include discussions about early life influences, the role of chronic and acute stress, and models and mechanisms that inform life course research, to name a few. Travel Awards are available for approximately 10 early career investigators or investigators in-training, who will participate in a special session at the meeting that will focus on career development. For more information, see the flyer.

The annual NBER Cohort Studies meeting will be held April 24-25, 2019 in Cambridge, MA. The workshop will bring together scholars with a common interest in the analyses of multi-generational and life course events in aging; the role of cumulative exposures in aging-related outcomes; and in understanding how the economic, institutional, and demographic context has changed for different cohorts and for different racial, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic groups within cohorts. The meeting is supported in part by an NIA conference grant so submissions consistent with NIA’s missions will receive higher priority. The program will be based both on invited papers and on paper submissions. We can pay for lodging and travel (coach), including international travel, for paper presenters. Unfortunately, we cannot accept papers from graduate students and do not have presentations by graduate students. If you wish to submit a paper for consideration please upload it through the link below by February 20. Late submissions will be accepted only if the committee has not yet gotten to work. http://papers.nber.org/confsubmit/backend/cfp?id=CSs20.

Gerontological Society of America: The GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting, November 4-8, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The call for abstracts for the GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting opens on January 31 through March 12, 2020.  Final date of submission is March 12.  Visit the website for more information: https://www.geron.org/meetings-events/gsa-2020-annual-scientific-meeting/call-for-abstracts.

American Educational Research Association (AERA) holds its 2020 Annual Meeting on April 17 – 21, 2020, in San Francisco, California. The theme is “The Power and Possibilities for the Public Good When Researchers and Organizational Stakeholders Collaborate.”  Meeting registration and housing are now open.

The Computational Sociology conference will be held on August 7th, 2020, at Stanford University, a day before the ASA Annual Meeting convenes in San Francisco. The conference will showcase work that applies computational methods to important sociological problems. We welcome submissions that use data creatively, whether applying machine learning methods, analyzing text, images, or network structures, or any other form of computational analysis. For more information, visit https://iriss.stanford.edu/css/conferences/2020-conference-computational-sociology.

Pardee RAND Faculty Leaders Program Conference. The Pardee RAND Graduate School is looking for graduates who are passionate about implementing public policy education that would highlight the diversity of voices in their home institutions, for a five-day policy implementation training conference. Selected participants will gain the knowledge/skills required to make change in their communities and to inspire their students to consider careers and advance study in public policy. | Deadline: March 2, 2020| Conference: July 20-24, 2020 | Santa Monica, California | Apply Here |

American Public Health Association Annual Meeting.  Submit an abstract to present and share your research at APHA’s 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo in San Francisco, Oct. 24 – 28. We accept abstracts from all areas of public health but encourage you to submit abstracts related to the APHA 2020 theme “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence.” Presentation Formats: (a) Oral: Formal presentations followed by a Q&A segment with a large audience; (b) Roundtable: Engaging, group discussions led by one presenter (c) Poster: One-on-one interactions with attendees alongside research and findings presented visually. Visit the website for more information: https://apha.confex.com/apha/2020/cfp.cgi

The Charles Cannell Fund in Survey Methodology of the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan 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. Junior researchers, including Graduate Students, Assistant Research Scientists, Assistant Professors, Research Investigators, and Postdoctoral Fellows are eligible. Applications for support from the Cannell Fund in Survey Methodology are due February 28, 2020. For more information, including instructions for applying to the fund, please see: https://isr.umich.edu/fellowships-awards/charles-cannell-fund-in-survey-methodology/

Russell Sage Foundation Small Grants Competition in Computational Social Science. RSF is now accepting applications for its small grants competition in Computational Social Science. This initiative supports innovative social science research that utilizes new data and methods to advance our understanding of the research issues that comprise the foundation’s core programs. Limited consideration will be given to research that focuses primarily on methodologies, such as causal inference and innovations in data collection. We are primarily interested in research that explores and improves our understanding of social, psychological, political and economic outcomes. The next application deadline for small grants in Computational Social Science is March 17, 2020. Click here for more information.

NIA Summer Internship Programs: offers unique opportunities for high school, college, graduate, and medical students, to develop skills in scientific research. In this program, based in Baltimore, Maryland, students receive hands-on research experience. NIA summer internships last from eight to ten weeks, beginning in late May and ending in mid-to-late August. Students receive hands-on experience and attend weekly seminars presented by NIA scientists. At the conclusion of the summer program, students present their data developed from their research project at the NIA Summer Student Poster Day. Program participants receive a stipend which is based on the amount of education completed at the time the fellowship begins. For more information, visit the program website.

Child and Family Data Archive hosts datasets about young children, their families and communities, and the programs that serve them, currently with nearly 400 studies. https://www.childandfamilydataarchive.org/cfda/content/cfda/index.html.

Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Research Participants, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. CT. Presenter: Lorey A. Wheeler, Ph.D. Common approaches for sampling, recruiting, and retaining research participants might not be appropriate for or attractive to underrepresented populations. For more information, visit: https://www.ncfr.org/events/recruiting-and-retaining-diverse-research-participants.

It’s the beginning of the semester and as usual, D-Lab is offering short course intensives in R, Python and Stata to begin the semester. Sign up to get a solid introduction and use the method in your spring course. Be sure to check their calendar by visiting 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.

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

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