Population Science News

Weekly News – March 5, 2018


Monday, March 5 | 4-5:30 p.m. “How Do We Choose Our Identity? A Revealed Preference Approach Using Food Consumption” David Atkin, MIT. 648 Evans Hall.

Monday, March 5, 12:45-2 pm. The Birth of the Business Corporation East and West: Eurasian Trade Institutions and their Migration, 1400–1700 (forthcoming, Princeton University Press). Ron Harris, Professor of Legal History and former Dean, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University. 2240 Piedmont. View the flyer announcement here.

March 6th, 12-1:30 “Immigration, Evangelicals and Conservative Politics in an Era of Demographic Change” with Janelle Wong, Professor of American Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Maryland. Moses 119. 
Wednesday, March 7 | 12:10-1:15 p.m. “Excess Baggage: How Physicians’ and Patients’ Race-Related Beliefs and Attitudes Affect Racially Discordant Clinical Interactions.” Louis A. Penner, Professor, Wayne State University. 5101 Tolman Hall

Wednesday, March 7, 4-5:30 PM. “What explains the dramatic rise in autism prevalence (from one in 10,000 to 1 in 68)? The hunt for environmental factors” Emily Diamond, Professor, The Wright Institute and Panelist/Discussant:  Troy Duster. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues).”

Friday, March 9, 12-1:10 PM. “Vacancy Chains” with Mike Elsby, University of Edinburgh. | 648 Evans Hall.


March 16, Friday 12:00pm–1:30pm.  Morbidity and Mortality in Working Class America: a Research Lecture by Anne Case.  GSPP 250.  

March 12, 12-1 PM. Bixby Internship Presentation on The Impacts of Heavy Load Carrying on the Reproductive, Musculoskeletal, and Physiological Health of Sand Miners in Nepal”  Bixby Center, 12 University Hall. 

March 16, 9 AM – 1 PM. “From Braceros to H-2A’s: Discussing the History, Present, and Future of Agricultural Guest Worker Programs in California.” Admission is free. Visit here to learn more and register. Location: National Steinbeck Center, 1 Main St, Salinas, California 93901

Registration is now open for the 2018 Qualitative Health Research Symposium at UC Davis (Sacramento campus) on May 2, 2018. New this year! For those with limited exposure to qualitative research methods, Kathy Charmaz, author of Constructing Grounded Theory, will lead a free two-hour introductory workshop prior to the main symposium. To register and for more information, please go to http://sonrsvp.com/qualitative-health-research-symposium/event/. Space is limited for both the workshop and event. For questions about this event, contact: Ester Carolina Apesoa-Varano (apesoavarano@ucdavis.edu) or Stuart Henderson (sthenderson@ucdavis.edu). 

The Eurasian Migration System: A Sponsored Summer Workshop for Researchers, June 11-15, 2018. Hosted on the Campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The Workshop will open with two days of collective discussion, led by Professor Cynthia Buckley (Department of Sociology, University of Illinois) and featuring noted consultants from the US and region. Participants will also have the opportunity to join hands-on instructional sessions using the latest digital applications and databases for the study of migration in Eurasia. Alongside this collective work, researchers will also receive housing for a stay of up to ten additional days, allowing for extensive independent research time with Illinois’s rich collection of library and electronic resources. The staff of Illinois’s famous Slavic Reference Service will also be available to provide bibliographical and reference support. For more information, visit: https://reeec.illinois.edu/eurasian-migration-system-workshop/.  

Social Networks and Health workshop. The Duke Network Analysis Center (DNAC) and the Duke Population Research Institute, with support from the  NICHD, will be hosting a third, week-long workshop on social networks and health from May 14 – 18, 2018 and is now accepting applications for Fellows positions. The Social Networks and Health workshop will cover topics in social network analysis related to studying health behaviors.  The workshop will also contain a substantial lab component, which will give attendees an opportunity to learn how to use the R statistical computing language to analyze networks.  Last year’s presentations and labs are available online at https://dnac.ssri.duke.edu/social-networks-health-scholars-training-program.php, and the general registration site will open soon. We have funding for a limited number (up to 12) of SN&H fellowships. Fellows will participate in the week-long training course, but also be matched with a mentor to work on an ongoing research project that the fellow has proposed. All participation costs (including domestic travel and lodging expenses to come to Duke) for SN&H fellows will be covered by the program.  There is additional funding fellows can access throughout the year to travel to meetings and otherwise support research meetings with their program mentor. SN&H fellows must commit to presenting the results of their project at next year’s workshop.  Due to NIH policy, we can only consider applications from US citizens or permanent residents.  SN&H Fellowships will be primarily targeted at pre-doctoral students, post-docs and junior faculty and is open to participants both in the triangle and across the nation. Women, individuals from underrepresented minority groups, and disabled individuals are strongly encouraged to apply. To apply for an SN&H fellowship, please send an email with your CV and a brief (no more than 1 page) description of research project you propose to work on over the year to snhtrain@soc.duke.eduby March 26, 2018.  Feel free to contact me (jmoody77@soc.duke.edu) if you have any questions.

RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences: Issue on “The Criminal Justice System as a Labor Market Institution.” Edited by Sandra Susan Smith and Jonathan Simon.  It has become increasingly clear that the criminal justice system is implicated not only in the reproduction of inequalities by race and class, but also in obscuring changes in the extent and nature of such inequalities over time. In the United States, criminal justice policies profoundly affect trends in employment and wages. Please click here for complete information about this call for papers. Deadline:  5 PM EST on May 22, 2018 

Education and Health: New Frontiers (R01) Clinical Trial Optional.  The goal of this funding opportunity announcement is to support research that will further elucidate the pathways involved in the relationship between education and health outcomes and in doing so to carefully identify the specific aspects and qualities of education that are responsible for this relationship and what the mediating factors are that affect the nature of the causal relationship.  This funding opportunity also is available as an R21 (2 year, $275 direct total) or R03 (2 years, $100k direct): the links can be found in the R01 announcement: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-18-387.html

Methodology and Measurement in the Behavioral and Social Sciences (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) National Institutes of Health (Deadline: 6/5/2018). The purpose of this funding is invite qualified researchers to submit grant applications aimed at improving and developing methodology in the behavioral and social sciences through innovations in research design, measurement, data collection and data analysis techniques.  This funding opportunity is also available in an R21.  https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-18-352.html

Prof. R. Rahamimoff Travel Grants for Young Scientists. The U.S-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) has issued a new CALLS FOR PROPOSALS in its special Travel Grants program This special program supports short, research related, trips of young American scientists to Israel, and young Israeli scientists to the U.S. You can find the CALL using the link: http://www.bsf.org.il/data/FormsToDownload/BSF-TravelGrant-call.PDF
Proposed Criteria for 2020 Census. The U.S. Census Bureau published proposed criteria for census tracts, block groups, census designated places (CDPs), and census county divisions (CCDs-defined in 21 states as the statistical equivalents of minor civil divisions) for the 2020 Census in the Federal Register on February 15, 2018. All interested individuals and organizations are invited to review and comment, as appropriate, on the proposed criteria for these statistical areas. Each of the Federal Register notices is available on the Census Bureau’s Participant Statistical Areas Program website at as well as via the Federal Register’s website. General information about the 2020 Participant Statistical Areas Program is available on the Census Bureau’s website. Requests for additional information about these statistical areas should be directed to Vincent Osier, Chief, Geographic Standards, Criteria, and Quality Branch, Geography Division, U.S. Census Bureau, via e-mail at geo.psap.list@census.gov or by telephone at 301-763-3056.

The Institute for the Study of Societal Issues is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2018-2019 Graduate Fellows Program.  Deadline: Monday, April 2 @ 5pm. To read more about this program, visit the program website: https://issi.berkeley.edu/Graduate_Fellows_Program

D-Lab regularly offers workshops and training in courses, one-on-one consulting for faculty, grad students and undergraduates, and working groups of focuses topics. One-on-one consulting also available. For more information and registration, visit http://dlab.berkeley.edu. You can now add D-Lab workshops to your bcalendar directly from D-Lab workshop description. 

Understanding Survey Weights. Tom Piazza will once again be sharing his extensive hands-on knowledge about weighting survey data. It is scheduled for Thursday, March 8th, from 10 am to 12 noon, at the D-Lab. The link to sign up is: http://dlab.berkeley.edu/training/weighting-data-0

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.

Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI.berkeley.edu) is a research center for the study of immigrants and immigration. BIMI has a mailing list (immigration_group@lists.berkeley.edu), which is where a good deal of immigration and migration announcements are posted, and not all of that material is posted on the PopSciences Weekly News.


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