Weekly News March 1, 2022

The Population Reference Bureau is planning to include a review of publications on obesity and U.S. aging for the next issue of Today’s Research on Aging. The following key messages will be covered:

* Rising obesity rates among older Americans
* Why this matters:  Implications for severe COVID-19 risk, chronic disease risk, dementia, disability, mortality
* Causes:  Some key risk factors are far “upstream” – childhood factors, genetics, SES, racial/ethnic disparities
* Policy implications and looking ahead

If you have relevant publications affiliated with our Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging that you think should be included, reach out to me this week about it. The PRB’s deadline is March 9th. The researchers whose work will be summarized will be asked to review the final text.

All the best,


As some in-person events remain on hold, be sure to check out virtual talks and webinars. All times are Pacific unless otherwise noted.

March 1 | 3-4:30 pm | Zoom | Colloquium | Berk Ozler, Lead Economist and Research Manager, Poverty and Inequality, Development Economics, the World Bank. This talk is co-sponsored between Population Sciences and the School of Public Health. Dr. Ozler will present his paper “Shared Decision-Making: Can Improved Counseling Increase Willingness to Pay for Modern Contraceptives?” More information is HERE.
March 2 | 12-1:15 pm | Demography Brown Bag | “Intersecting the Academic Gender Gap: The Education of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual America,” with Joel Mittleman, Sociology, University of Notre Dame. Zoom Meeting ID: 917 3719 4316 Password: DEMOG_BB. More info.

March 2 | 4-5:30 pm | “Contextualizing Patterns of Labor Migration in North Sumatra’s Plantation Zone” Suraya Afiff, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Indonesia. Institute of East Asian Studies (Golden Bear Center, 1995 University Ave., 5th floor), IEAS conference room. For more information and to register for the zoom link, https://events.berkeley.edu/?event_ID=145126&date=2022-03-02&tab=lectures

March 3 | 2:10-3:30 pm | Labor Economics Seminar | “The Labor Market Success of Refugees: What Works?” with Giovanni Peri, UCD.  Location: 648 Evans. Event details.

March 3 & 4 | 4:10pm | Virtual | Tanner Lectures. “Excavating “Ground Truth” in AI: Epistemologies and Politics in Training Data” by Kate Crawford. Professor Crawford is a leading international scholar of the social and political implications of artificial intelligence. She is a Research Professor of Communication and STS at USC Annenberg, a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York, and an Honorary Professor at the University of Sydney. Dr. Crawford’s talk is on the 3rd; commentary is on the 4th. Learn more and register HERE.

March 15th | 11:40am-12:30pm | Zoom | Ndola Prata will present “Innovation through telemedicine to improve medication abortion access in Musanze, Rwanda.” Zoom link:  https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/97416216026

March 3 | 12-1:15pm EST | Social Demography Seminar Series, the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. Fenaba R. Addo, Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will present “At the Intersection of Race, Occupational Class Status, and Middle-Class Attainment.” Please REGISTER.

March 2 | 12:00-1:30pm | CCPR Seminar | “Structural Xenophobia and Birth Outcomes: The Role of Exclusive Immigration Policies.” With Goleen Samari, Columbia University. Zoom link: Meeting ID: 990 1362 7981, Passcode: ccpr2021

March 9 | 2:00 pm | Global Projections for Dementia: United States, Ireland, Japan and Mexico. The panel will discuss their projections of population-level cognitive impairment and dementia in the US, Ireland, Japan, and Mexico and how simulation modeling can be used for projecting costs and health outcomes of new therapeutics for AD/ADRD. Registration and additional information can be found here: https://healthpolicy.usc.edu/events/global-projections-for-dementia-united-states-ireland-japan-and-mexico/


Notice of Special Interest: Administrative Supplements for HIV/AIDS and Aging Research, to support research on HIV/AIDS and aging. Eligible parent awards include NIA-funded projects with or without an existing focus on HIV/AIDS as long as other eligibility criteria are met. Supplemental projects may involve a variety of scientific approaches and methods provided that they are focused on HIV/AIDS, fit within the scope of the parent grant, and can be conducted within one year of the supplement award. Expires April 26, 2022. See also: PA-20-272 – Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional). 


Call for Papers: 2022 International Conference on Aging in the Americas. Cognitive Aging in Mexico and Latinos Communities in the United States: Deconstructing Resilience. September 14-16, UIC Student Center West, Chicago, Illinois. Conference Series on Aging in the Americas (CAA) (utexas.edu). Abstract submission, All poster abstracts should include the following information:, Project Title, Lead-author’s name, email address, and, classification (undergraduate student, graduate student, postdoc, or assistant professor). Brief summary of the research project (300 words or less). Poster Abstracts should be submitted via email to: Terrence Hill, Ph.D., University of Texas at San Antonio, Terrence.Hill@utsa.edu, Abstract Submission Dates, Open: April 15, 2022, Close: May 31, 2022, Decisions: July 2, 2022. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Colorado-Boulder, University of Texas-Austin, and El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, will host the 2022 International Conference on Aging in the Americas, 
For more information, please contact: 
Flavia Andrade, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, fandrade@illinois.edu
Fernando Riosmena, University of Colorado-Boulder, fernando.riosmena@colorado.edu
Silvia Mejia Arango, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, smejia@colef.mx


Oxford Statistical Genomics Summer School
. June 20-24th, 2022. Scholarships available! Join us at St Hilda’s College Oxford, overlooking the River Cherwell and Christ Church Meadow, for an immersive week-long residential post-graduate summer school on Statistical Genomics. This course aims to connect post-graduate and post-doctoral researchers from academia and industry with experts at Oxford’s Big Data InstituteWellcome Centre for Human GeneticsDepartment of StatisticsLeverhulme Centre for Demographic Science. Our friendly tutors, internationally recognised for their scientific expertise, will offer specialist instruction and hands-on computer practicals across five broad areas of Statistical Genomics: Next-generation Sequence Data Analysis, Gene and Variant Association Testing, Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Genealogical Inference and Analysis, and Medical Genomics. The course is aimed at trainee scientists actively engaged in statistical genomics research, who wish to expand their knowledge of concepts and techniques. More info HERE.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) study data
. Many NIA-supported studies offer valuable data for scientists conducting aging, healthcare, and health outcomes research. Many of these studies also require collaboration with CMS to incorporate real-world claims data into investigator projects. Thanks to a new data use agreement between CMS and NIA, researchers will be able to link studies to CMS claims data and access that information faster, easier, and more securely. Learn how this new initiative can help you reach your research goals. Read the full blog post.

The Bay Area chapter of the Scholars Strategy Network, in collaboration with the national office, is hosting an Interviewing and Media Relations workshop March 9, 10-11:30 AM PST, for chapter members and all interested researchers. During the first part of the workshop, participants will hear from Washington Post Race and Economy Reporter, Tracy Jan, about her experiences interviewing and building relationships with academics. The remainder of the workshop will be facilitated by members of the Scholars Strategy Network’s national communications staff. Participants will learn about how to connect with journalists and what makes for a good interview. Please register here. Up to 20 attendees will receive a $30 DoorDash gift card to enjoy after the workshop. 
Small Towns/Big Trends: Demographic Insights on Living, Working and Thriving in Rural America. 
PAA/APC Congressional Briefing. Within a generation, Rural America has undergone profound demographic, economic, social, and environmental change. While issues such as the drug overdose epidemic, COVID-19 and natural disasters have grabbed headlines, other important trends—from economic mobility to long-term health outcomes— are often overlooked. We’ve assembled a panel of some of the leading experts on Rural America whose policy-relevant research examines the demographic, economic, health and environmental challenges and opportunities facing rural communities from New England to the Bayou to the Great Plains and beyond. We hope you’ll join us for this timely and relevant discussion. Read more. Members are invited to attend this virtual congressional briefing on Friday, March 18 at 12:00pm ET. Register here.

ISSI Graduate Fellows Program: To read more about this program and to fill out the online application, click here. We are currently seeking applications for the coming academic year from doctoral students who are interested in substantive issues related to contemporary processes of social change in the U.S., especially in cities. The GFP is open to registered UC Berkeley graduate students in good standing who have completed at least three years of graduate studies. A modest stipend of $15,000/year will be offered to those who do not have other fellowship funding. Funding for the stipends is provided by Graduate Division and the Division of Social Sciences. Fellows who have $15,000 or more in fellowship funding from other sources receive a token amount. An application workshop for all graduate students interested in applying either this year or in a future year will be held Thursday, March 17, from 4-5 p.m. PT via Zoom (register here). Attendance at the workshop is encouraged but not required. * Deadline: Monday, March 28*

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.

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