Weekly News November 15, 2021

All funding agencies have priorities for their research dollars, and it behooves grant-seeking researchers to try to align their research goals with the agency mission. Alignment is not selling out, rather, consider it more of a job interview: what they want to pay for is what you want to do and are capable of doing. It’s gotten more competitive over even the last few years to win a grant, so you want to give yourself an edge – a borderline score that is aligned with the mission is more likely to get funded than a borderline score that is not. Sometimes with a modest adjustment, you can make your proposal much more compelling. For example, with NIA, there is a huge amount of funding right now prioritized for research related to almost any aspect of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD).  Both NIH and NSF issue statements about their priorities that are worthwhile to read before you spend time writing your proposal. In fact, NSF just announced a two-day session on social and behavioral research priorities (see below in Symposia and Workshops).  Another example:  here is what NICHD has to say: “We are interested in applications that align with the following research priorities. For more information about NICHD’s research themes, cross-cutting topics, and aspirational goals, visit the plan’s Scientific Research Themes and Objectives.” With foundations, all of the information is on their website: make sure you read it very carefully to see if your research fits.  

Events and announcements follow.
Be well,

We are hosting virtual and/or hybrid talks this semester. Assume virtual unless noted otherwise. All times are Pacific unless otherwise noted. 

*The Population Sciences events calendar can be found here: https://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/popsci.html.
*View past talks on our Population Sciences channel. The Brown Bag talks have been organized into playlists: http://bit.ly/2kZvaME.

Wednesday, November 17, 12-1 PM. Boroka Bo “Time for Change: The Cultural Schemas and Temporal (Un)Knowns of Fatherhood”| Zoom Meeting ID: 998 5935 0488 Password: DEMOG_BB. 

Monday, November 15, 2021, 4 – 5:30 p.m., “Machine Learning and Mobile Phone Data Can Improve the Targeting of Humanitarian Assistance” with Joshua Blumenstock. Evans Hall, room 648.  Access Coordinator: Madeline Duhon,  mduhon@berkeley.edu.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 4:00-5:00 PM PST. Computational Social Science Forum — The Impact of Behavioral and Economic Drivers on Gig Economy Workers with Park Sinchaisri, Assistant Professor of Operations & IT Management, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley.  Computational Social Science Forum. Virtual Participation – Register to attend via Zoom.

Wednesday November 17 | 4-5:30 p.m “Transparency and Communication in Scientific Research” with Isaiah Andrews, Harvard University. 648 Evans Hall. Access Coordinator: Jacob Weber, jacob_weber@berkeley.edu

Monday, November 15, 12 noon PST. Broom Seminar “Job Displacement, Unemployment Benefits and Domestic Violence” Sonia Bhalotra, University of Warwick, Economics. Register in advance for this seminar here.
Tuesday, November 16, 3:30 – 4:30pm, Pacific Time. “Multiplex Closure in Adolescents’ Friendship & Romantic Networks” with jimi adams, Associate Professor of Health and Behavioral Sciences, University of Colorado Denver. ZOOM Meeting Link: https://uci.zoom.us/j/95339682544. Meeting ID: 953 3968 2544

Wednesday November 17, 12-1:30 PM PST.  Dr. Diana Greene Foster, “Consequences of receiving versus being denied a wanted abortion in the United States”. Zoom link: CCPR Seminar, Meeting ID: 990 1362 7981, Passcode: ccpr2021.

Friday, November 19, 2021, 12:10 – 1 p.m., “Educational Attainment and Labor Market Effects of Housing Subsidies: Evidence from Switzerland” with Marco Schmid, University of Zurich. 648 Evans. Access Coordinator: Camille Fernandez, camillen@berkeley.edu

Call for Papers for the 10th BITSS Annual Meeting, The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) announces the 10th BITSS Annual Meeting, which will take place at UC Berkeley onFeb. 10-11, 2022and will feature a keynote address by Nobel Laureate David Card. Papers can be submitted here by Sunday, December 5.We invite full papers or long abstracts (500-1000 words) in all aspects of meta-science, including but not limited to work that assesses the credibility of bodies of social science literature, presents new tools or strategies to improve research transparency and reproducibility, or evaluates the effectiveness of existing tools. Eligible projects include completed works, work in progress, and prospective work. For more information, see this event page, or this tweet

Monday, 10 am to 2:30 pm. GSA RCMAR WEBINAR: “Applying the Science of Behavior Change to intervention development for diverse older adults.”
 To help participants understand how social and psychological factors shape health related behavior change by highlighting variations in mechanisms and sustain health behavior changes. Learn more.

Thursday, November 18, 2021, 4:00 – 5:30pm Eastern. “Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias: Impact on Diverse Communities.” Virtual via Zoom. Agenda: Community Perspectives on Dementia; Overview of Aging, Memory Loss & Dementia; Health Disparities in Dementia. Register: https://tinyurl.com/Nov18Seminar.

“Introduction to NIH Grants.” Monday, December 6 at 1 PM PST. Register HERE. Most encouraged for advanced graduate students, postdocs, assistant professors and other researchers.

2021 NIH Rural Health Day Seminar: Structural-Level Determinants of Rural Health Disparities  Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021 Time: 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET Location: NIH Videocast https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=43942. Registration is free, required, and open to the entire HHS community and the public: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-nih-rural-health-day-seminar-tickets-164036849633?aff=erelexpmlt. The seminar will provide an opportunity to engage and explore important issues of rural health by focusing on the following areas: – Sociocultural and economic determinants of health in rural populations. – Physical environmental determinants of health in rural populations. – Evaluation, measurements, and policy implications on rural health.  

NSF Advisory Committee Meeting for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences. 12 pm to 5 pm Eastern time, Dec. 2-3. The Advisory Committee meets twice yearly to provide advice, recommendations and oversight to the directorate concerning support for research, education and human resources. The meeting will take place online via Zoom. Advance registration is required. Event Registration and Details.

Vaccine Equity Request for Proposals
 (Community focused vaccine uptake projects): With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) is pleased to offer an opportunity to address the systemic disadvantages experienced by communities of color, rural communities, and communities that face a disproportionate burden of adverse outcomes from public health threats. The National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) seeks to fund vaccine equity focused projects that address the systemic disadvantages experienced by communities of color, rural communities, and communities that face a disproportionate burden of adverse outcomes from public health threats. We are seeking to support multilevel targeted outreach to vaccine hesitant or underserved populations across five geographic areas, in order to enable communities to respond more effectively to the needs of constituents with lower vaccine uptake. While the current focus is on COVID19 vaccinations, the knowledge and experience gained will also help to advance future outreach for flu and other adult immunizations. Five organizations will be awarded $600,000 each. The Request for Proposal (RFP) can be accessed here (nnphi.org/…). Final deadline for submission is due November 22, 2021.

Notice of Selection Status will take place December 17, 2021. Questions can be directed to E2A@nnphi.org.  Tracy Wharton, PhD, LCSW, Principal Research Scientist, National Network of Public Health Institutes, E2A@nnphi.org

USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics – Pilot funding opportunities are available through for researchers focused on aging and dementia:
$25K Pilot Funding Available – USC AD RCMAR – 2022/2023 USC- AD RCMAR pilot funding and mentorship (for junior scientists underrepresented in their discipline)
$35K Pilot Funding Available – CeASES ADRD – 2022/2023 CeASES ADRD pilot funding (for scholars of all levels and all social science disciplines)
USC RCMAR one page Letters of Intent and CV are due February 25, 2022.  Letters will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are submitted. To apply online please click here: usc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5Bjrf5bwdi29sUt. Applicants can also submit initial applications to Brianawh@usc.edu. Proposals for the CeASES ADRD pilot program may be submitted online by January 28, 2022usc.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6n8tPvdyUv5e742. Direct questions about suitability of projects or process for CeASES ADRD to Dr. Johanna Thunell, jthunell@usc.edu. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to attend our virtual funding information session here: healthpolicy.usc.edu/events/…

RCMAR (Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research) Funding Opportunities. https://rcmar.org/opportunities-resources/apply-for-funding/

Notice of Special Interest: Administrative Supplements for Summer Research Experiences for Students and/or Science Teachers. The purpose is to support summer research experiences in the environmental health sciences for high school students; college undergraduates; master’s degree candidates; medical students; secondary school science teachers; and science professors from community, junior, or technical colleges as well as primarily undergraduate institutions. These supplements are intended to introduce students and teachers to research in the environmental health sciences that would not otherwise be available to them through their regular course of study. There are additional funds for research that focuses on issues of women’s health including maternal morbidity and mortality. To learn more, read the announcement: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-ES-22-001.html.

NIA Training Officer, Dr. Maria Carranza, gave a presentation about training grant opportunities, from undergraduate to assistant professor. The PowerPoint Presentation is online.

RCMAR: It’s good to get on their mailing list if you are doing aging and/or research on minorities….go to their website and scroll down to the bottom for the sign-up. https://rcmar.org

Tweeting about your research? 
*Tag @PopCenters if it’s about any aspect of demography.

*Tag @censoc_demog if it’s about the 1940 Full Count Census and mortality. Learn more about CenSoc.
*Tag @NSF to share your work with the NSF community!  

Need to arrange business-related travel? Use the new ConnexUC (formerly named Connexxus) tile in BearBUY to access the UC Berkeley Travel Program!

Be sure to check the D-lab calendar at the website, dlab.berkeley.edu. D-Lab offers training, individual consulting and data services for the UC Berkeley community – faculty to undergrads. Be sure to check the D-lab calendar at the website, dlab.berkeley.edu.

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. 

Migration Mailing List
Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI.berkeley.edu) is a research center for the study of immigrants and immigration. BIMI has a mailing list which is where a good deal of immigration and migration announcements are posted, and only some of that material is posted on the PopSciences Weekly News. Sign up for it with this link

School of Public Health Mailing List
Tue$day Top Tip$ for SPH Research is a listserv with research funding opportunities and other information pertinent to public health researchers who are not necessarily population researchers. To subscribe, write to Dr. Lauren Goldstein, lhg@berkeley.edu.– 
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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