Weekly News, November 20, 2023

This week we take a holiday pause from our brownbag seminar series, but be sure to join us next Wednesday, November 29th, as we host Jenna Nobles, who will present, “Demography Before Birth: The Social Origins of Population Patterns.” More details to follow. 

The Population Reference Bureau (PRB), in collaboration with the Association of Population Centers (APC), is working to improve the dissemination of population and reproductive health findings. To this end, PRB and APC staff are available to assist you in sharing your research with a broader audience. For further details see the message below from Mark Mather, Director of the Center for Public Information on Population Research, PRB.


Do you or your colleagues have new or forthcoming research that you want to share with policymakers, journalists, educators, or other non-academic audiences? The Population Reference Bureau (PRB), in collaboration with the Association of Population Centers (APC), is working to improve the dissemination of population and reproductive health findings. If you have peer-reviewed research on population dynamics, population health, or reproductive health that you would like to share with a broader audience in an easily digestible format, we may be able to help.

The team offers a range of support from light-touch editing and publication (of a research brief that you’ve written) to writing/editing/publication of a brief based on your research. 

Specifically, PRB and APC staff can:

  • Edit and publish a 1,000-word brief that you’ve written. (Here are PRB’s Guidelines for Writing a Research Brief.)
  • Help you write a brief based on your key findings and assist in editing and publishing the brief.
  • Help you promote your research or your university’s press release by sharing on social media, developing a social media campaign, and/or providing guidance on how to pitch a research-oriented story to journalists.

The purpose of these activities is to help you amplify your research results. Many of PRB’s briefs have received thousands of page views and have been circulated widely on social media.  

If you are interested in learning more, please click on the link below and complete the short form.  A PRB staff member will follow up with you soon to discuss options.


Note: Publication of briefs is subject to resource availability and editorial review and decision.

All the best,

Mark Mather
Director, Center for Public Information on Population Research


Nominations are now open for the Mindel C. Sheps Award. Jointly sponsored by PAA and the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, this award is given biennially for outstanding contributions to mathematical demography or demographic methodology. Individuals may be nominated on the basis of important contributions to knowledge either in the form of a single piece of work or a continuing record of high accomplishment. Nominees should exemplify the highest standards of professional conduct. The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2024. Learn more

See further announcements and opportunities below.

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving holiday weekend. 


November 20 | 2-3:30pm |  UC Berkeley Sociology Pei Palmgren, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Immigration Policy Lab and the Department of Sociology, Stanford University, will present “Time-space Regulation of Guest Work: Explaining Subnational Variation in Thailand’ s Regimes of Labor Migration.” 402 Social Sciences Building and Zoom. Meeting ID: 935 9302 0892. Passcode: 340395


Pacific Conference for Development Economics (PacDev). The Stanford King Center on Global Development will host the 2024 Pacific Conference for Development Economics (PacDev)—the largest West Coast conference on Development Economics, and one of the leading Development Economics events in the United States. The conference brings together over 200 researchers from all over the world to present and discuss work that enhances our understanding of economic development, advances theoretical and empirical methods, and improves development interventions and policy. The conference will take place on Saturday, March 9, 2024, in-person only, on Stanford’s campus. Learn more here. Submit your paper by December 10, 2023, here.


Reissued: Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements to Recognize Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Mentorship. NIH has reissued a NOSI inviting mentors who have dedicated their time and effort and made significant contributions to DEIA to apply for an administrative supplement to further their personal research and/or mentoring activities. Applications are due February 16, 2024Read more about the DEIA mentorship NOSI and apply.

Check out NIA’s updated webpage on the Advancing Diversity in Aging Research through Undergraduate Education (ADAR) programs, which provide undergraduate students with structured research experiences, learning opportunities, exposure to aging research, and opportunities to network with other students. The page lists currently active programs by state, with links to program websites, descriptions of research areas of emphasis, and application timelines.


The Vienna Yearbook of Population Research is seeking submissions for a Special Issue “Population Inequality Matters.” Population inequality is a central topic in demographic research. Social scientists at large have a longstanding tradition on researching inequalities in health, mortality and fertility across socio-economic groups, subnational regions and countries. However, besides classical markers of heterogeneity in individual behavior, such as sex/gender, age, education, urban-rural residence and socio-economic status, other sources of inequality related to generational, environmental, and spatial factors have received more attention in recent years. Understanding population inequality is key for modeling population developments and projecting them into the future. Equally important is to understand how and why different types of inequality arise and evolve, and what policy challenges they impose for socio-economic development, welfare systems and social cohesion.   This special issue invites original unpublished contributions on the topic of population inequality. Empirical and theoretical papers as well as papers studying geographic and spatial differences are welcome.  The deadline for paper submission is May 31, 2024. Learn more here.



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.

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