Population Science News

Weekly News – November 28, 2016

The mini-conference on Population and Incarceration will be held Monday, December 12, 12 noon to 5 pm, in the Seaborg room. You can register now using Eventbrite registration at this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/miniconference-population-and-incarceration-tickets-29261811867?aff=es2.  The event begins with a buffet lunch at noon. Attendance is limited so sign up now!

The 2016 presidential election obviously provides much to ponder, and one of those musings is what might happen to funding for science.  A look at trends in NIH funding indicates that the patterns do not appear to be closely associated with the president’s party, but perhaps to the composition of Congress.  Macro-economic conditions play a role in trends, too.

When adjusting for inflation, there are declines beginning in 2005. We are now where we were at the beginning of the GW Bush administration.  
What can we take away from all this?  First, that despite these trends, good research has been funded. Second, you’ll need a crystal ball to really know if the downward trend will continue, but if past performance is an indicator, then it looks likely. Third, prudence would suggest the need to be responsive to appeals by PAA and other organizations to impress Congress with the importance of scientific research for the well-being of the United States people and the economy.  Finally, creativity in seeking other forms of research support is an area that is worth exploring, if you have not already begun to do so.



Wednesday, November 31, 12-1:15 PM.  “The Methuselah Effect: The Pernicious Effects of Unreported Deaths on Old-Age Mortality Estimates: Demography Brown Bag” with Seth Sanders, Professor of Economics, Duke University. 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room.
Brown Bag talks are recorded and posted on the Berkeley Population Sciences vimeo channel,https://vimeo.com/berkeleypopscience

Friday, December 2 | 12-1 p.m. Labor Lunch Seminar: “The Discouraged-Worker Effect : How do jobseekers respond to information about local labor market tightness?” Daphné Skandalis, Crest / Paris 1. 648 Evans Hall.

American Sociological Association,
 Montreal, Canada, August 12-15, 2017.  The 2017 Call for Papers and Online Submission System opened on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. The submission deadline is January 11, 2017, 3:00pm EST. http://www.asanet.org/annual-meeting-2017/submit-2017-call-papers

The European Survey Research Association conference will be held in wonderful, inexpensive Lisbon, Portugal from 17-21 July 2017. The closing date for the submission of abstracts is December 4, 2016. Submit an abstract by 4 December, 2016 here: http://www.europeansurveyresearch.org/conferences/register

2017 ACS Data Users Conference, will be held at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA on May 11-12, 2017. The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is organizing next year’s conference in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. The conference will bring together ACS data users and staff from the U.S. Census Bureau to increase understanding of the value and utility of ACS data and to promote information sharing among data users about key ACS data issues and applications. The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2016. For more information and to submit an abstract, visit https://acsdatacommunity.prb.org.

14th Annual Migration Meeting (AM2).  Call for Papers: 14th Annual Migration Meeting (AM2)    Organizers: George J. Borjas (Harvard University and IZA) Benjamin Elsner (IZA). Location: IZA, Bonn  Date: May 26 – 27, 2017  Deadline: January 31, 2017. Going into its 14th edition this year, the IZA Annual Migration Meeting aims at bringing together young and old migration researchers to discuss their most recent work in a constructive atmosphere. Highlight of the meeting is the keynote lecture, which will be delivered by Prof. Christian Dustmann (University College London). All invited authors are expected to participate in the full two-day event. For the full conference announcement and further information, see the AM2 website. Researchers interested in participating should submit a paper or an extended abstract by January 31, 2017 using our online application form, which also provides a more complete description of the conference, application requirements, etc. 


Retreat on Data Visualization, sponsored by The Max Planck Institute for Population Research is to take place from June 26 to June 28, 2017. Tim Riffe, who many of you may know, is organizing this event. The retreat aims to bring together people interested in the visualization of population data. Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2017. Please visit the following webpage for more information and to apply. https://www.demogr.mpg.de/en/news_press/news/news/rostock_retreat_on_data_visualization_4853.htm


The Frontiers of Applied Demography, David Swanson, Editor, has just been published by Springer: http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319433271, which has UC-enabled online access. 


Dlab sponsors workshops and training in courses, one-on-one consulting for faculty, grad students and undergraduates, and working groups of focuses topics. For more information and registration, visit http://dlab.berkeley.edu. Z


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