Weekly News, March 19, 2024

**No Seminar this week.** Our next Brown Bag of the semester will be Wednesday, April 3rd, following spring break, with David Steinsaltz, Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of Oxford, who will present “What is Biological Age?” This will be an in-person talk, 310 Social Sciences Building.  You can find more information here.  See our events calendar for the spring semester schedule. 

The latest video recordings are now available on the Berkeley Population Sciences YouTube Channel here:

  • March 6: Jenny Trinitapoli, “Excerpts from an Epidemic of Uncertainty: Navigating HIV and Young Adulthood in Malawi” 
  • March 13: Isabel Madzorera, “Diet Quality in LMIC: The Role of Food Systems & Implications for Health Outcomes”

See further announcements and opportunities below. 


March 19 | 12:10-1pm |  UC Berkeley School of Public Health | Latest in Public Health Research Series | “Asking MultiCrit Questions:  A Reflexive and Critical Framework to Promote Health Data Equity for the Multiracial Population,” with Tracy Lam-Hine, Postdoctoral Scholar at the Stanford Medicine Department of Epidemiology and Population Health  Zoom link to the talk is here.

March 20 | 12-1:30pm | Center for Research on Social Change | Dr. Whitney Pirtle, Associate Professor of Sociology and MacArthur Foundation Chair in International Justice and Human Rights at the University of California, Merced. “Theorizing and Measuring Racism as a Multifaceted, Interconnected, and Fundamental Cause of Health Inequities.” More details about the event are here.


Coordinating Centers Travel Award Program. The Centers on the Demography and Economics of Aging Coordinating Center (CC) at the University of Michigan is pleased to announce the availability of travel funds for trainees and junior faculty to participate in professional development activities. The Coordinating Center supports the twelve Centers on the Demography and Economics (D&E) of Aging and the three Centers on the D&E of Alzheimer’s Disease/Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (AD/ADRD). The CC plans to fund travel awards to researchers who are conducting research relevant to the demography and economics of aging, including research relevant to AD/ADRD. Funding will depend on the number of applicants, availability of funds and the appropriateness of the travel. Applicants may request up to $2,000 for travel to attend conferences, workshops, and meetings (such as NIA-funded network meetings) that are thematically relevant to the mission of the NIA. Expenses can include airfare, lodging, per diem, ground transportation and registrations costs. See attached flyer for more information.

DevSoc Webinar: Publishing Global South Cases. Thursday March 21, 2024 1pm EST. Join us for a vibrant discussion on tips for successfully publishing research based in the global south in generalist sociology journals, with perspectives from qualitative and quantitative authors (Erin McDonnell & Maggie Frye) as well as Holly Reed, current Editor-in-Chief of International Migration Review. We aim to offer some general advice but mostly for this to be a vibrant discussion with attendees centered on addressing your questions and issues.

See the attached flier for more information and click here to register to attend. Stay tuned for more information upcoming about our final webinar of the spring, “Contemporary Reflections on Development Theory and Social Theory from/in the Global South” on Thursday April 11th, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. ET featuring panelists Patrick Bond, Jose Mauricio Domingues, and Aditya Nigam.

CFP DevSoc 2024: Annual Conference of the ASA. Solving Global Poverty

October 18-20, 2024

Deadline for Submissions: April 2, 2024 11:59 PM

What would a sociological approach to solving global poverty look like? The economists suggest randomized controlled trials, but the limits of this approach are well-understood by now. The philosophers suggest effective altruism, but this approach would only work if global systems were well-functioning but under-capitalized, which does not seem to be the case. Research shows that many of the challenges that keep people trapped in cycles of poverty are fundamentally social in nature. Therefore, there is a critical need for sociologists to join the conversation about solving (not just describing and critiquing) global poverty. What happens if we bring sociological understanding of organizations, systems, governance, and collective action to try to bring about change?

We invite abstracts for papers for a conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by the American Sociological Association Sociology of Development Section and Johns Hopkins University.

While the theme is Solving Global Poverty, we welcome submissions on any topic relevant to the sociology of development.

There is a voluntary registration fee of $25 for faculty who can afford it. Funds generated by the registration fee will be used to defray travel expenses for graduate students, scholars at less well-resourced universities, and scholars from the global south.

Decisions will be made no later than May 1, 2024, to allow time for international scholars to acquire visas.

For more information, please go to https://socdev2024.weebly.com/.

For questions not answered there please email socdev2024@gmail.com.

How to Submit

Please go to https://bit.ly/SocDev2024 to submit an abstract of 250 words, to volunteer to be a chair or a discussant for a panel, or to register to attend without participating on a panel. Abstracts should include keywords to help organizers create panels.

Organizing committee:

Tuba I Agartan, Providence College

Timothy Gorman, Montclair State University

Rita Jalali, American University

Erin McDonnell, Notre Dame University

Monica Prasad, Johns Hopkins University

Devparna Roy, Nazareth University

Yingyao Wang, University of Virginia

Alexandre White, Johns Hopkins University

Matthew Zinsli, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Questions? Please check the website first https://socdev2024.weebly.com/ and contact socdev2024@gmail.com for questions not answered there.


Please see the Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) – U.S. Health in the International Perspective (NOT-AG-24-004) recently published by NIA/BSR. 


Emergence of “FemTech” within the Sexual and Reproductive Health landscape. Special Issue for the journal Contraception. The term ‘FemTech’ (short for female technology) refers to technologies and innovations created to address aspects of health and well-being for those with female reproductive organs. FemTech includes, among other things, mobile apps, wearables, internet-connected medical devices, materials science innovations, at-home diagnostics, virtual clinics, and digital communities. FemTech innovations hold the potential to support bodily autonomy for users, offer culturally sensitive solutions, and individually tailor services. FemTech often comes with private sector investment which can bring accelerated innovation, yet may also allow market incentives to dominate data collection and reporting. Furthermore, these products are often less regulated than products used clinically. The deadline for submission of a letter of intent is May 1, 2024. Learn more here.

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