Weekly News, November 28, 2023

On Wednesday, November 29th, we welcome to our Brown Bag Seminar Series Jenna Nobles, who will present her research entitled, “Demography Before Birth: The Social Origins of Population Patterns.” 

Jenna Nobles is a professor of Sociology and Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She studies the implications of migration systems for sending and receiving communities, the causes and consequences of population variation in fertility and fecundity, and the effects of environmental change on population processes. At UW-Madison, she is the Director of the Center for Demography & Ecology and the training director of the Collaborative for Reproductive Equity. Nobles currently serves on the NIH stillbirth working group of council and the National Academies committee on population.

Her talk is at 12pm, 310 Social Sciences Building. Zoom option. Zoom ID: 985 2901 0198. Passcode DEMOG_BB

Effective January 1, 2024, in response to increasing pressures to strengthen oversight over foreign influence, NIH is modifying its longstanding policy on foreign subaward and consortium agreements. The guidance states that “subaward agreements must stipulate that foreign subrecipients will provide access to copies of all lab notebooks, all data, and all documentation that supports the research outcomes as described in the progress report, to the primary recipient with a frequency of no less than once per year, in alignment with the timing requirements for Research Performance Progress Report submission.” Full details are available here: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-23-133.html

See further announcements and opportunities below.


November 28 | 12:10-1pm |  UC Berkeley School of Public Health | Latest in Public Health Research Series | “Health Research for Action: EPA Wildfire Smoke Risk Communications and Modeling,” with Linda Neuhaser, Clinical Professor, Community Health Sciences. This talk is online.

November 29 | 12-1pm |  UC Berkeley Demography Jenna Nobles, Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison:  “Demography Before Birth: The Social Origins of Population Patterns.” Her talk is at 12pm, 310 Social Sciences Building. Zoom option. Zoom ID: 985 2901 0198. Passcode DEMOG_BB. Event page is here. 


Population and Social Data Science Incubator Program. Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) is inviting applications from qualified and highly motivated students for a Summer Research Visit. The goal of the Population and Social Data Science Summer Incubator Program is to enable discovery by bringing together data scientists and population scientists to work on focused, intensive and collaborative projects of broad societal relevance. For a period of 3 months (June 3rd – August 23rd, 2024) participating students will work in small teams, with support from experienced mentors, towards a common research goal. For the summer of 2024, the focus of the program will be on three main areas:

  • “Climate Change and Population Dynamics” mentored by Matt Hauer (Florida State University), Risto Conte Keivabu, and Emilio Zagheni
  • “Network and Gender Dynamics on Mobility and Migration” mentored by Aliakbar Akbaritabar, Jisu Kim, and Daniela Perrotta
  • “Estimation and Forecasting of Health Indicators in Data-scarce Contexts” mentored by Monica Alexander (University of Toronto), Ugofilippo Basellini, and Irena Chen

The deadline to apply is January 10, 2024.  See the attached call for further information. 

Future of Families Summer Data Workshop. The Columbia Population Research Center is accepting applications for the 2024 Future of Families Summer Data Workshop to be held the week of June 12-14 at Columbia University in New York City. The workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the data available in the Future of Families and Child Wellbeing Study, a national study following a birth cohort of (mostly) unmarried parents and their children, providing information about the capabilities, circumstances, and relationships of unwed parents, the wellbeing of their children, and the role of public policy in family and child wellbeing. Deadline to apply is February 19, 2024Learn more and apply.

Add Health Users Conference. Add Health is currently accepting abstracts for the 2024 Users Conference on Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 18, 2024 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Submissions are due by Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 11:59 PM eastern. More information.



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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