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Weekly News — January 7, 2019

Wednesday January 23, 12-1 PM. “Decoding the Next Health Policy Agenda” with Drew Altman, PhD, founder of the Kaiser Family Foundation.  Byers Auditorium, UCSF Mission Bay Campus, 600 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94158.

Wednesday January 23 | 12-1 p.m. “Does a Eurocentric Theory of the Demographic Transition apply to Africa?” Malcolm Potts and Alisha Graves.  | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room.  

Thursday January 24 | 5-7 p.m. “Reconstructing South Asian Population History using Genetic Data” Priya Moorjani, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology. Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room).


Wednesday January 23, 12-1 PM. “Decoding the Next Health Policy Agenda” with Drew Altman, PhD, founder of the Kaiser Family Foundation.  Byers Auditorium, UCSF Mission Bay Campus, 600 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94158.

Wednesday January 23 | 12-1 p.m. “Does a Eurocentric Theory of the Demographic Transition apply to Africa?” Malcolm Potts and Alisha Graves.  | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room.  

Thursday January 24 | 5-7 p.m. “Reconstructing South Asian Population History using Genetic Data” Priya Moorjani, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology. Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room).

Aging & Social Change: Ninth Interdisciplinary Conference, held 16–17 September 2019 at the University of Vienna in Vienna, Austria. We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, innovation showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes and the 2019 Special Focus: “Aging in Times of New Nationalisms: Inequalities, Participation, and Policies.” Submit your proposal by 9 February 2019. For more information, visit https://agingandsociety.com/2019-conference/

The Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems, hosted at the International Development Research Centre, supports global efforts to strengthen comprehensive and reliable CRVS systems in low and middle-income countries, including through the facilitation of access to information and expertise. In support of this mandate, the Centre of Excellence has created a Directory of Experts to connect governments, development practitioners and others with CRVS expertise. Systematic reporting and registration of vital and civil events — including birth, death (and causes of death), marriage, and divorce — is critical for improving reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health, and for protecting human rights, especially those of vulnerable groups such as women and children. Well-functioning civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems that capture such events can therefore play a catalytic role in equitable and sustainable human development. The Centre of Excellence is pleased to announce it has launched its second Call for Experts to further expand the Directory, and invites professionals in the following areas to apply for inclusion:

1.       Law

2.       Digitization

3.       Communication, social mobilization and behavior change

4.       Civil registration (female applicants only)

5.       Statistics (female applicants only)

6.       Management of large operations (female applicants only)

 Please follow the link for further information. Interested technical experts are invited to apply through https://crvsexpertsdirectory.fluidreview.com by January 15 2019 at 23:59 EST. If you have any questions regarding the Directory of Experts, or seek technical assistance from any of the experts in our current Directory, please do not hesitate to contact us through crvs@idrc.ca

PRB’s annual Policy Communication Fellows program.  This program is a valuable opportunity for doctoral students from developing countries who plan to work in population and related fields. The Policy Communication Fellows program provides participants with an understanding of how research can inform social policy, and a detailed knowledge of different approaches to communicating research findings to non-specialists. The program will begin with a weeklong summer institute, held in Malawi, during which participants learn about how research influences the policy process and how to communicate research effectively. During the 2019-2020 academic year, participants will prepare several policy-oriented written products and receive mentorship from policy communication experts. We are accepting applications from citizens of developing countries who are researching family planning and related topics for their dissertation. The program gives priority to applicants who are between the third and fifth year of their doctoral program. Candidates accepted into the Policy Fellows program will be provided with travel, lodging, and per diem for the summer institute. The program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and for this reason we can only accept candidates that come from developing countries where USAID provides population and family planning funding. The deadline for applications is February 12, 2019. More information about the program and application process can be found on our recruitment page. Additional questions about the program can be directed to my attention at: policyfellows2019@prb.org.

The Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics (C-FARE) Seeks Nominations for Board and Board Committee Members.  The Council on Food, Agricultural, and Resource Economics (C-FARE) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC.  The mission of C-FARE is to enhance the effectiveness of the food, agricultural, resource, and related economic sectors through a stronger national presence of the agricultural and applied economics profession in the processes of identifying key economic issues; connecting the work of the profession to those in policy making and leadership; and generating greater public appreciation for research, extension/outreach, and academic programs. C-FARE promotes the work of applied economists and serves as a catalyst for incorporating economic thinking into the analysis of food, agricultural and resource decisions.  They seek nominations for the board, for the Communications Committee and for the Program Committee. Meetings are online.  Terms are 2 years.   Qualifications: This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about C-FARE’s mission: (a) Extensive professional experience, preferably including leadership accomplishments in academia, business, or government; (b) A commitment to and understanding of C-FARE’s beneficiaries; (c) An understanding of how to communicate applied economics research in a polarized environment; and (d) Good diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals. If interested, please provide a CV and short cover letter indicating why, based on your experience, you should be considered. Please apply by January 22. We will provide notice by February 15 of the status of the nomination. New board members and committee members will be expected to start their term no later than March 1, 2019. Nomination materials should be sent to information@cfare.org. Please include “C-FARE Board Nominations – Last Name” in subject line. 

Social Network Analysis 5-Day Course: Theory, Method and Applications, 
18-22 February 2019, Swinburne Hawthorn Campus. In this 5-day intensive workshop, you will learn how to conduct social network research, moving from the fundamentals of networks to how to use cutting-edge statistical network models. Some general statistical knowledge is assumed (e.g., logistic regression). You will require your own PC laptop (or Mac with Windows parallel installed. Mac OS is currently not supported by our SNA software). The course will cover the following key themes:

·        Statistical Inference with network data

·        Software for visualisation and analysis

·        Representing network data: from basic to advanced

·        Networks in action: Case studies

·        Applying SNA

·        One-on-one consultation times and group problem solving tasks

 Click here for detailed workshop descriptions and registrations.  The course includes all course exercise materials, lunch and afternoon tea. Lecturers: Prof Dean Lusher, Dr Peng Wang, Prof Garry Robins, Dr Colin Gallagher, Dr James Coutinho, Dr Alex Stivala, Dr Maedeh Aboutelabi Karkavandi and Dr Giovanni Sadewo.  Cost: AU$3,000 (Full-time PhD students AU$1,500). Enquiries: Peng Wang, Swinburne Centre for Transformative Innovation: pengwang@swin.edu.auStart registration here!  Or visit  HERE.

THE 2019 SUMMER INSTITUTE IN POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY at Stanford University from August 4 – August 24, 2019. Applications are now being accepted. The Summer Institute offers 3 weeks of intensive training in political psychology. Political psychology is an exciting and thriving field that explores the origins of political behavior and the causes of political events, with a special focus on the psychological mechanisms at work. Research findings in political psychology advance basic theories of politics and are an important basis for political decision-making in practice. SIPP was founded in 1991 at Ohio State University, and Stanford has hosted SIPP since 2005, with support from Stanford University and from the National Science Foundation. Hundreds of participants have attended SIPP during these years. The 2019 SIPP curriculum is designed to (1) provide broad exposure to theories, empirical findings, and research traditions; (2) illustrate successful cross-disciplinary research and integration; (3) enhance methodological pluralism; and (4) strengthen networks among scholars from around the world. SIPP activities will include lectures by world class faculty, discussion groups, research/interest group meetings, group projects, and an array of social activities. Some of the topics covered in past SIPP programs include public attitudes and attitude change, race relations, conflict and dispute resolution, voting and elections, international conflict, decision-making, moral disengagement and violence, social networks, activism and social protest, political socialization, justice, and many more. 2019 SIPP participants will include graduate students, faculty members, professionals, and advanced undergraduates. For information, go to: http://sipp.stanford.edu. Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis until all slots are filled. Any questions should be directed to: 2019sipp@gmail.com.

American Association for Public Opinion Research, Thursday May 16 through Sunday May 19, 2019 Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Registration now open.  Visit here to register: https://register.aapor.org/events/registration.aspx?event=AM19.  Hear research presentations addressing key issues in survey methodology, public opinion research, federal surveys, and computational social science. Two plenaries addressing flashpoints in survey research: “Conducting a Census in the Digital Age” 2:00-3:30pm Thursday and “Populism around the World” 7:45-9:15am Sunday. Networking and social opportunities, including the New Member and All Chapter Reception, a Networking Luncheon, President’s Reception & AAPOR Awards Banquet, and the Post-Banquet Party. Eight cutting-edge short courses and more than three days of thought provoking sessions. An exhibit hall featuring the leading organizations in the industry, representing academia, media, government, the non-profit sector and private industry. And much more. 

Public Speaking for Graduate Students, Fridays, February 1 & 8, 2019 | 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Application Deadline is Friday, January 18, 2019 at 5 pm. Lura Dolas conducts a two-part workshop designed to teach graduate students techniques to help them deliver job talks and professional presentations clearly, confidently, and persuasively. For more information, visit: http://townsendcenter.berkeley.edu/programs/public-speaking-grad-students

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. You can now add D-Lab workshops to your bcalendar directly from D-Lab workshop description.  They will have pre-semester intensives, so be sure to check out the calendar.

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.

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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