Weekly News March 16, 2022

First, a message from Kathleen Cagney, Director of the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, and Professor of Sociology:

The University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research (ISR) is holding a symposium the afternoon of May 12, 2022, in Ann Arbor, to honor Bob Schoeni’s memory and love of mentorship. As you likely know, Bob died in October after living for 13 years with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). As a tribute to him, the symposium will highlight the work of a select group of his mentees in three areas: inequality, health, and intergenerational transfers. A list of participants for the symposium is provided below. The symposium will be a hybrid event, a mix of in-person and online (via Zoom) participation. 

The in-person component will be held at ISR (426 Thompson Street). For those attending in person, the event will begin with a catered lunch at noon, followed by the symposium from 1:00-5:30pm.  Please use this form to RSVP at your earliest convenience and no later than May 1st, 2022. We would appreciate it if you would let us know if you will attend in person, attend virtually, or not attend. If you plan to attend in person, please also let us know if you would like to come for lunch and note any dietary restrictions.  Photos and memories: We invite you to contribute photos and brief memories/reminiscences. We plan to assemble the photos into a slideshow of Bob and his colleagues over the years. In addition, we will compile a memory book that will be made available online to all symposium attendees and in print for Bob’s family. Please send contributions to: isrcommunications@umich.edu. If you have any questions about the event, please email Anna Massey, ISR’s Meeting and Special Events Manager, at abeattie@umich.edu.


In other news, we’ve extended our next deadline for BPC pilot grants to March 30, 2022. Pilot grants are for BPC affiliates and other faculty with PI status for seed or ‘risky’ research projects. We encourage innovative research that is ‘risky’ in the sense that the researcher has uncertainty about the form of the results. Proposed research should also be aligned with our signature themes, and we seek to fund projects aligned with mission of NICHD’s Population Dynamics Branch, https://www.nichd.nih.gov/about/org/der/branches/pdb .

These grants award up to $20,000, and may be funded in collaboration with the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA). For more information, see here. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions. 

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 16th | 12-1:15 pm | Demography Brown Bag | In-person (2233 Piedmont Ave.) or Zoom | “American Eco-Apartheid: Mapping Racial Disparities in Longevity by Political Economy, State Violence, and Environmental Exposure,” with Daniel Aldana Cohen, Assistant Professor, Sociology, UC Berkeley, and Nick Graetz, Postdoctoral Associate, Sociology, Princeton University. Zoom Link. Meeting ID: 917 3719 4316 Password: DEMOG_BB. More info.

March 17th | 2-3 pm | Lecture | Berkeley Way West | Colloquia Room 102 | Professor Michael Brauer, ScD, School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia, will give a talk on Health and the Built Environment. This event is co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley’s Environmental Health Sciences Division and the School of Public Health. More information about the event.


March 21st | 1-2:15pm | Online via Zoom | DemSemX: Making the Most of Conferences. A Cross-Center Collaboration. Moderated by Jenna Nobles, UW-Madison. See attached flyer for further detail and zoom link.  

April 15th | 10am-2:30pm | Online via Zoom | Symposia | Employment Uncertainty: Implications for Families. Many people work at jobs with irregular hours and variable paychecks. And during the pandemic, unemployment, temporary layoffs, and involuntary part-time schedules increased. Unpredictable job schedules and income lead not only to financial insecurity but can also affect other aspects of individual and family life. This year’sBowling Green State University’s Center for Family and Demographic Research symposium features three well-respected scholars highlighting how employment uncertainty impacts the health and well-being of American families. See schedule and register


NIH Social, Behavioral and Economic Health Impacts of COVID-19 (Virtual Event) April 27-28, 2022 (12:00 p.m. – 5:00p.m. ET each day). To learn more register, visit HERE.


NIH Announces New and Updated Other Support FAQs Now AvailableThe answers to these and other new and updated FAQs are now available on our Other Support FAQ page.

Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) – Competitive Revision and Administrative Supplements to Existing NICHD HIV Grants and Cooperative Agreements to Understand HIV Health Impacts of COVID-19. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-HD-21-037.html

The Census Project:  This interest group is dedicated to the US Census.  You can join the mailing list (sponsored by APDU, the Association of Public Data Users). To see previous issues and see how to subscribe, visit HERE.


On Wednesday, May 11th, CEGA and the World Bank Group will host Measuring Development 2022: The Role of Mobile Data in Global Development Research, where we’ll explore how researchers and policymakers are using mobile data to conduct innovative research to solve global challenges. The conference will feature presentations on novel applications of mobile technology for research and informing policy, as well as panel discussions on important sub-topics, and shorter lightning talks on specific mobile technologies or mobile data collection platforms. Participants will learn about the frontiers of measurement using mobile devices and gain perspectives from leading academic, policy, and industry leaders pioneering uses of mobile data for research. More information hereThe call for speakers is now open. The deadline to submit is March 18, 2022 and decisions will be made by April 10, 2022. Submit to call for speakers or register for the event here.

The POPSCIENCES listserv is an announcements list for affiliates of the Berkeley Population Center, the Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging, the Bixby Population Center and other interested parties. Archives are available by visiting the Group page (see below). Only the List Managers can post, but we accept submissions for possible publication. UC Berkeley faculty, staff and students should be able to subscribe via Google Groups. For any submissions, requests for subscribing or posts, questions, contact the list administrator, Leora Lawton, llawton@berkeley.edu.

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