Population Science News

Weekly News – – March 1, 2021

As in-person events are on hold, be sure to check out virtual talks and webinars. All times are Pacific unless otherwise noted. 
No Demography Brown bag, Join us on March 10 to hear Jenna Nobles speak on “Women’s Welfare at the End of the Great Mexican Migration Era.” 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.
View past talks on our Population Sciences channel. The Brown Bag talks have been organized into playlists: http://bit.ly/2kZvaME.
Monday, March 1, 12 noon MST. Sam Trejo, University of Wisconsin, “Learning From Flint: The Health and Social Effects of the Flint Water Crisis on Educational Outcomes.” Zoom link: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/j/98382278178. email ibs-contact@colorado.edu for password. Please click-tap here for the full lineup. 
Monday, March 1, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:50 pm. Professor Joseph Stiglitz; Columbia University. “Discounting, the Social Cost of Carbon, and Tools and Policies to Manage Climate Change.” Visit HERE to get zoom link and download copies of relevant papers.Monday, March 1, 2021, 10 – 11:15 a.m., “Serenity Now, Save Later? Evidence on Retirement Savings Puzzles from a 401(k) Field Experiment,” with Saurabh Bhargava, Carnegie Mellon University. Contact woojin@berkeley.edu for zoom link.  Download Paper

(Non-UCB) Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm UCI’s Center for Demographic & Social Analysis presents  Jennifer Johnson-Hanks, Professor of Demography and Sociology at UC Berkeley, “Mortal conjunctures: Coronavirus and the end of American certainty.” ZOOM Meeting Link: https://uci.zoom.us/j/91462602899. Meeting ID: 914 6260 2899 

(Non-UCB) Wednesday, March 3, 2021 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm. Dr. Harvey V. Fineberg, President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, “”Truth and Trust in Public Health”. Register HERE to receive zoom link.
(Non-UCB) Wednesday, March 3, 2021 12:00 – 1:30pm PST. UCLA’s CCPR presents: “Stress, happiness, and maternity leave at childbirth” with Mauricio Avendano Pabon, King’s College London. Zoom Link: CCPR Seminar, Meeting ID: 929 7663 3063, Passcode: ccpr2021, Dial in Passcode: 90663639. 
Thursday, March 5, 12:10-1 p.m. Econ Labor Lunch: “The Long-Term Effects of Universal Preschool in Boston” with Christopher Walters, Contact camillen@berkeley.edu for the zoom link.  (Non-UCB) March 5, 2021 from 9:00AM to 3:00PM EST. Council of Professional Associations on Federal Statistics: Advancing Excellence in Federal Statistics Quarterly Meeting. REGISTER (Non-UCB) Friday, March 5, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (ET). PAA Presidential Address Topics: Where Are They Now? – Volume 2. This is the second in our series of webinar panels featuring three PAA Past Presidents reviewing the main points of their respective PAA Presidential addresses and commenting on how demographic and social changes have evolved since then. Could they give essentially the same address today and have it still be true? Why or why not? Interview with past presidents Reynolds Farley (1988), Anne Pebley (1998), and Charles Hirschman (2005). Click here to register and for more information.

(Non-UCB) March 8, 1:00pm to 2:00pm Pacific. UCSB Broom Center presents: “Anti-Muslim Racism and Structural Impacts on Health” with Dr. Goleen Samari, Columbia University, Population and Family Health. Register in advance for this seminar here.
March 09 @ 11:40 am – 12:30 pm. “East Bay COVID-19 Surveillance Study.” Lisa Barcellos and Eva Harris talk about their study on the current spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus in the Bay Area. https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/98571041713
(Non-UCB) March 11th from 12:00 – 1:30pm (Pacific). UCSF Event: Kiarri Kershaw, PhD, MPH, Northwestern University. Dr. Kiarri Kershaw is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on understanding the contributions of various aspects of the social environment on health including social relationships, psychosocial stressors, and neighborhood conditions and resources.  More details to follow.
March 10-11: Psychology and Economics of Poverty Convening. CEGA’s third annual Psychology and Economics of Poverty (PEP) Convening will showcase exciting new work on the psychological factors that perpetuate poverty and engage interested researchers, implementing partners, and policymakers in discussion. Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee will deliver the keynote. For more information about the agenda and to register, see the event page.
Friday, March 12, 2021, 2:00 PM  5:00 PM. California Housing and Homelessness in a post-COVID Economy: Lessons from Research and Practice. A series of talks hosted by UC Berkeley’s Opportunity Lab. For more information, visit the event page 
(Non-UCB) March 18, 2021 | 2:30-4pm PDT. UCSF Population Health and Health Equity Speaker Series: “Climate Change and Health: The Age of Big Wildfires: Confronting an Urgent Health Threat” Register here: https://ucsf.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Sh-RS4HcTp29k49UBiEvKg.

NIH Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Structural Racism and Discrimination on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01 – Clinical Trial Optional). NIH intends to promote a new initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications on (1) observational research to understand the role of structural racism and discrimination (SRD) in causing and sustaining health disparities, and (2) intervention research that addresses SRD in order to improve minority health or reduce health disparities. This Notice of Intent to Publish (NOITP) is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.  The FOA is expected to be published in April 2021 with an expected application due date in August 2021. Read more about it here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-MD-21-016.html.

NIH Administrative Supplements. NIH announced a number of administrative supplement opportunities. This is the time of year to prepare them as they tend to be due by mid-July for the greatest likelihood of funding. Admin Sups are applications that are related to a larger parent award (e.g., R01) that will be in its funding years during the duration of the Admin Sup research project (and does not include NCEs although after the fact one can use it). Some of these Admin Sups include:

1. Support Undergraduate Summer Research Experiences. Also great for non-TT researchers or lecturers who would like summer funding.  See https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-GM-21-028.html
2. Competitive Revisions for Modeling Research on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and the Causative Virus SARS-CoV-2.  See https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-GM-21-019.html (applications accepted on a rolling basis from March 15 to Dec 15 2021.) 
3. Several others that focus on training: See the overall notice for these: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/WeeklyIndexMobile.cfm?WeekEnding=02-26-2021

Upcoming Funding Opportunities from the Russell Sage Foundation. RSF has a number of funding opportunities available. Click here for more information.
Berkeley Population Center Pilot Grants: The spring 2021 round of pilot grants for the Popcenter are due March 15:  see https://populationsciences.berkeley.edu/population-center/grants for more information.

The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (the Center) invites advanced doctoral students (those with All-But-Dissertation, or “ABD”, status) and early career scholars (up to five years post-Ph.D.) to submit applications for its Research Scholars Program. Up to two awards will be given to scholars to work remotely with a Center mentor in an applied research setting and be part of a collaborative research team. Scholars will collaborate with Center investigators on an existing project in one of the following areas: early care and education; poverty reduction and self-sufficiency; and cross-cutting topics (click here for a description of each area). For full information, visit: https://www.hispanicresearchcenter.org/emerging-scholars/research-scholars-program/

Current Innovations in Probability-based Household Internet Panel Research, Thursday, 4 March and Friday, 5 March 2021. See year’s agendaPlease click here to register for this virtual (zoom) event. Registration and attendance for the conference is free.  

Accessing and Analyzing US Census Data using R
 on Thursdays on March 4, 11, and 25th, presented by The Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN) at the University of Michigan’s Population Studies Center. These webinars will introduce teachers, students, and researchers to a set of powerful tools useful for their courses and research. They will be led by R developer, Dr. Kyle Walker. Dr. Walker is an Associate Professor of Geography and Director of the Center for Urban Studies at Texas Christian University. In these three FREE, virtual workshops, participants will learn how to use R to analyze census data in a variety of contexts. Participants are welcome from a broad range of disciplines including, though not limited to: sociology, public policy, urban studies, psychology, social work, math, nursing, and economics.  The workshops topics and dates are:
Workshop 1: Accessing and Analyzing US Census Data in R
   Thursday, March 4, 2-5pm EST
Workshop 2: Spatial Analysis of US Census Data in R
   Thursday, March 11, 2-5pm EST
Workshop 3: Analyzing US Census Microdata in R
   Thursday, March 25, 2-5pm EDT
Each workshop will be held fully remotely and without charge. No prior experience with R is required. Participants will receive a certificate indicating their participation. 
To register and obtain more detailed descriptions visit the SSDAN website. Sign up for whichever workshops interest you, and feel free to sign up for all three! Although each workshop can be taken separately, the material from Workshop 1 complements the content included in Workshop 2.

 PSID 2021 Data User Training Workshop. The Panel Study of Income Dynamics is accepting applications for its annual data user training summer workshop. The workshop will be virtual this year. Dates: June 14-18, 2021 Schedule: 10am – 4pm EDT daily (Class schedule alternates recorded lecture content and live class meetings to prevent Zoom fatigue.) Description: This virtual 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. Format: Activities will be divided between recorded lecture content and live (virtual classroom) discussion and labs, allowing ample time for breaks. Additional office hours will be available to allow participants to meet with instructors individually. Course management will be through Canvas and live class meetings will be held on Zoom. The workshop is hosted by ICPSR, University of Michigan. Intended audience: The workshop is open to predoctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, college and university faculty, and professional researchers. Deadline: Applications received by April 16 will be given priority for enrollment. There is a $100 workshop enrollment fee for admitted participants. Learn more about the workshop and apply to participate through the ICPSR Summer Program at https://cvent.me/ZbbOPa.

Alzheimer’s Association Interdisciplinary Summer Research Institute 2021: The Alzheimer’s Association® Interdisciplinary Summer Research Institute (AA-ISRI), scheduled August 9-13, 2021 in Chicago, IL, 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. During the five-day program, experts will offer diverse perspectives on groundbreaking research through group sessions and individual mentoring. Applications are due April 8, 2021. Learn more: AA-ISRI | Alzheimer’s Association.

ERA-COMMONS: Although not required until September 15, 2021, users of eRA Commons, ASSIST, Internet Assisted Review (IAR) and Commons Mobile are encouraged to begin their switchover to the new two-factor authentication (2FA) login method (via login.gov) required to access eRA modules.  This will be required as of the deadline of September 15, 2021 for all users. The authentication will help ensure the security of your personal and confidential information in these systems. Instructions and FAQs can be found here:  https://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2021/02/24/reminder-switch-early-to-the-new-secure-two-factor-authentication-required-to-access-era-modules/

K-12 education polls archive on COVID-19 and education. There are now over 230 entries dating back to last March. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CzWlEZNrxu8nh8E1aSXYd1VDTWgnYTwtTRXQSr3ggPg/edit?usp=sharing. It is hoped that it can be a resource for researchers, students, journalists, or anyone else looking for context and sources for surveys covering K-12 topics and schooling during the pandemic. 

“NIH Repays Your Student Loans: An In-Depth Overview of the NIH Loan Repayment Programs” featuring Ericka Boone, PhD. Friday, March 19th, 9:30 am PST / 12:30 pm EST. REGISTER HERE.

“Adapting Push-to-Web Survey Designs for Use in Different Countries and Situations.” Presented by Don Dillman. Friday, March 5, 202, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST Register HERE. Free.

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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