Weekly News, March 11, 2024

Our next BrownBag Seminar is Wednesday, March 13th, 12pm, with Isabel Madzorera, Assistant Professor of Public Health Nutrition in the School of Public Health. Dr. Madzorera will present “Diet Quality in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: The Role of Food Systems and Implications for Health Outcomes.” This is an in-person talk, 310 Social Sciences Building. Event details are here. See our Events Calendar for our spring semester schedule. Our YouTube channel is here.

The Human Mortality Database (HMD, www.mortality.org), a joint project of the Max-Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR), the University of California, Berkeley, and the French Institute for Population Studies (INED), has undergone a major uplift as the Human Cause-of-death Data series have become part of the HMD (HCD@HMD) and made available on this website. The new component of the HMD includes data by cause of death for 18 countries. Its prior incarnation, the stand-alone Human Cause-of-death Database, is thus now discontinued. Like its predecessor, HCD@HMD provides updated continuous data series with causes of death classified according to a constant (fixed) list/classification, taking the periodic changes to the International Classification of Diseases into account.

2024-2045 Matrix Research Teams. Submission Deadline: March 15, 2024, 5:00pm. Social Science Matrix invites proposals from faculty, students, and affiliated researchers for Matrix Research Teams for the 2024-2025 academic year. Matrix Research Teams are emerging research communities that gather regularly to explore or develop a novel question or growing field in the social sciences. Successful research teams integrate participants from several disciplines, address a compelling research question with real-world significance, and deploy or develop appropriate methodologies in innovative ways.

  • Faculty-led Research Teams will receive funding up to $5000. They run for one to two semesters, meeting at least eight times around a defined research problem. Led or co-led by tenure-track faculty or advanced affiliated researchers from UC Berkeley, these teams can take the form of a reading or discussion group, a working group developing a research project, or a speaker series held at Matrix, developed in coordination with the Director. 
  • Student-led Research Teams will receive funding up to $1500. Coordinated by one or more graduate students, they will meet regularly, around 5-10 times over the course of the academic year, and explore an emerging field — a new area or question of inquiry — and assess whether it has potential for further investigation. Funding for student-led Matrix Research Teams is intended to further collaboration among graduate students, provide professional development, and create opportunities for faculty engagement and mentorship.

See further announcements and opportunities below. 


March 11  | 2-3:30pm | UC Berkeley Sociology Colloquium | Christina Cross, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Harvard University. “Blood Lies:  Why the Two-Parent Family is No Cure-All for Racial Inequality.”  402 Social Sciences Building. Zoom link.

Meeting ID: 984 8443 4879

Passcode:  713609

March 12 | 12:10-1pm |  UC Berkeley School of Public Health | Latest in Public Health Research Series | “Preventative Interventions for Long COVID,” with Zachary Butzin-Dozier, Postdoctoral Scholar in the Division of Biostatistics at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. Zoom link to the talk is here.

March 12  | 12:40pm | UC Berkeley Health Policy Colloquium Series | Adrian Matias Bacong, PhD, MPH, Postdoctoral Scholar with the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University.Berkeley Way West Building, 1st Floor, Room 1102. Event details are here.

March 13  | 2-3:30pm | UC Berkeley Demography Colloquium | Isabel Madzorera, Assistant Professor of Public Health Nutrition in the School of Public Health. Dr. Madzorera will present “Diet Quality in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: The Role of Food Systems and Implications for Health Outcomes.” This is an in-person talk, 310 Social Sciences Building. Event details are here

Zoom Meeting ID: 985 2901 0198

Password: DEMOG_BB


The Butler-Williams Scholars Program provides unique opportunities for junior faculty, researchers new to the field of aging, and postdoctoral fellows to gain insight into aging research. The program offers a variety of perspectives and includes presentations, seminars, and interactive small-group activities and discussions. Learn more and apply for Summer 2024 by April 19, 2024.


The Union for African Population Studies (UAPS) and the International Organizing Committee (IOC) of the 9th African Population Conference (APC) wishes to inform all that Registration for the 9th APC is open! Visit the conference website conference.uaps-uepa.org to access all conference related news. Click the sub-menus below to directly access the corresponding information.  If you have any conference related questions after perusing the website, kindly contact us at 9apc@uaps-uepa.org and/or conference@afidep.org (for participants resident in Malawi).

PSID Data User Workshop. June 17th-21st, 2024, Ann Arbor, MI. Apply by April 15th, 2024 through the registration portal: https://myumi.ch/6ydW9. This five-day workshop will orient participants to the content and structure of the core PSID interview, its special topics modules, and its supplemental studies, including the Child Development Supplement (CDS), the Transition into Adulthood Supplement (TAS), and the 2013 Rosters and Transfers Module. In addition we will discuss topics including the recently-released genomics data collected from children and primary caregivers in CDS as well as new data files which explain family relationships and demographic characteristics over time.  Applications from graduate students and postdoctoral fellows must include a letter of recommendation from a faculty advisor, project manager, or department chair. Fee: $100 for those accepted into the workshop. Need based travel stipends available.


Talking Industry Research Funding: Partnership Fundamentals for UC Berkeley Faculty. Join the Industry Alliances Office to explore opportunities and mechanisms in working with industry sponsors of research. We’ll cover a spectrum from identifying industry partners to pitching your research projects and capabilities, to contracts, to publications, reports and intellectual property. We’ll also cover exchanges of information, data, software, and materials. Bring your questions! Most of our time will be spent in discussion.

Date and Time: Thursday, March 14, noon-1pm

Location: Virtual

Register to attend. Make sure to register with your UC Berkeley email.  

Speaker: Eric Giegerich, Director, IPIRA Industry Alliances Office. IAO facilitates industry-university collaboration, including negotiating a variety of research agreements with industry.

See further IPRIA events here

New Behavioral and Social Science Funding Opportunities from NIA and NIH. BSR has recently published or joined the following new Requests for Applications (RFAs), Program Announcements (PARs), Notices of Special Interest (NOSIs), and Challenges.

NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (Parent R13 Clinical Trial Not Allowed). (PA-24-141)


RSF Journal of Social Sciences Special Issue, “Climate Hazards and Their Social, Political, and Economic Consequences.” Due by Apr 2, 2024. In this issue, we invite original research contributions pertaining to the social, political, and economic effects of climate-related hazards in the United States, inequalities exacerbated or created by hazards, and how federal, state, local and/or private mitigation, recovery, and resilience policies affect inequalities. We are particularly interested in studies that examine how exposure to and effects from climate-related hazards have changed as average temperatures have risen, and studies that focus on how governmental policies or interventions have mitigated or exacerbated these effects. Additionally, we are interested in work that analyzes differential effects of varied types of acute and slower paced climate-related hazards.

Anticipated Timeline: Prospective contributors should submit a CV and an abstract (up to two pages in length, single or double spaced) of their study along with up to two pages of supporting material (e.g., tables, figures, pictures, etc.) no later than 5 PM EST on April 2, 2024, to: https://rsf.fluxx.io. For more details, please visit our website.

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