Weekly News, November 6, 2023

This week, in lieu of our typical brownbag seminar on Wednesday, instead we are hosting a bonus talk tomorrow, Tuesday, November 7, with Diana Greene Foster. Her talk will be 12-1pm in 310 Social Sciences Building. The title of her talk is: “Studying the Consequences of Abortion Access in Nepal.”  Read the abstract for her talk as well as more about Diana below. Please do join us, and please share this event with other colleagues who may be interested.


The Nepal Turnaway Study is a longitudinal, prospective study of women who sought abortion care at 22 facilities in 7 provinces of Nepal between April 2019 and December 2020 and were followed over the next three years through semiannual interviews. Despite a progressive abortion law, we have found that 10% of those seeking abortion nationally are turned away, nearly three-quarters of whom were legally eligible for abortion. In this study, which oversamples those likely to be turned away, 855 women received an abortion from the recruitment facility, 560 successfully sought an abortion after being denied and 259 women gave birth after being denied a legal abortion. This presentation describes the challenges and motivations for studying the impact of abortion access in Nepal and shares preliminary findings for maternal and child health, family socioeconomic wellbeing and food security


Diana Greene Foster, PhD, is a professor at the University of California, San Francisco. She is a demographer who uses quantitative models and analyses to evaluate the effectiveness of family planning policies and the effect of unwanted pregnancy on people’s lives. She led the Turnaway Study, a nationwide longitudinal prospective study of the health and well-being of women who seek abortion including both women who do and do not receive the abortion. Dr. Foster’s work has demonstrated the effect of subsidized contraceptives and dispensing a one year supply of contraception in reducing the incidence of unintended pregnancy. She is the author of over 120 scientific papers as well as the 2020 Scribner book, The Turnaway Study: Ten Years, a Thousand Women and the Consequences of Having – or Being Denied – an Abortion. She is currently collaborating with scientists on a Nepal Turnaway Study and with scientists from across the country on a study of the health, legal and economic consequences end of Roe. In 2021, she received the Harriet B. Presser Award for sustained research contributions to the study of gender and demography from the Population Association of America. She was named a 2023 MacArthur Foundation fellow and one of ten people who shaped science in 2022 by the journal Nature. Dr. Foster received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, her MA and PhD in Demography and Public Policy from Princeton University.

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November 6 | 2-3:30pm |  UC Berkeley Sociology | Yuchen Yang, PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of Chicago, will present “Gender Uptake: Theorizing the Semiotics of (Un)Doing Gender.” 402 Social Sciences Building and Zoom. Meeting ID: 976 3558 4137. Passcode: 954313.

November 7 | 12:10-1:00pm |  UC Berkeley School of Public Health | Latest in Public Health Research Series |Diet Quality: Measurement, Gaps and Opportunities to Improve Nutrition and Health Outcomes in Low and Middle-Income Contexts,” with Isabel Madzorera Assistant Professor, School of Public Health. This talk is online.


We are pleased to announce the Call for Applicants for the Latino Social Science Small Grants Program, sponsored by the Latinx Social Science Pipeline Initiative. The application deadline is Friday, December 1, 2023. The small grants program aims to support UC Berkeley faculty and postdocs in their research projects that focus on the social scientific study of Latinx communities and create opportunities for undergraduate students to develop research skills, critical thinking, and intellectual creativity. The program will run for the Spring 2024 semester. It will pair faculty members with outstanding undergraduate students advancing research in Latino social sciences across the different schools on campus.

Attached is the announcement with further information about the program, important dates, and instructions to submit the applications. Please share the Call for Applicants announcement with other colleagues from your network who may be interested in applying for these grants.


NHATS/NSOC Conference on Caregiving to Older Adults with Dementia (Due January 15, 2024)

The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC), with support from the National Institute on Aging, announce a call for abstracts for conference papers and posters. The goal of this conference is to bring together scholars working with NHATS and/or NSOC who are interested in family, unpaid, and paid care for older adults living with dementia. The conference will be held June 19-20, 2024 in Ann Arbor. We expect to accept approximately 8-10 papers and 8-10 posters and are making plans to invite presenters to submit papers to a special issue. Early career researchers are especially encouraged to apply.

Focus of Conference
We welcome abstracts from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. Papers may compare care for older adults with and without dementia or focus on care for recipients living with dementia.  Topics may include, for instance, the effect of care on older adult’s or caregiver’s health and wellbeing, interactions between family and paid caregiving, inequities in access to dementia care, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on caregiving, or the economics of dementia care. Papers that highlight dual perspectives (e.g., using NHATS and NSOC), multiple caregivers (e.g., network focused), the longitudinal features of the data (e.g., using multiple rounds), or contextual linkages to NHATS and/or NSOC are of particular interest. Deadline for abstract submission: January 15, 2024. For further details please see the call for abstracts or the abstract submission portal.

Call for Papers for the Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences. Asians in America Beyond Education: Career Choices, Trajectories, and Mobility Strategies. The Supreme Court struck down race-based affirmative action in university admissions in early 2023, in large part due to allegations that Harvard University had engaged in racial discrimination against Asian Americans. Amidst mixed evidence of bias against Asian applicants in Harvard’s admissions process, SCOTUS ruled in favor of the plaintiffs. Asian Americans are not underrepresented in university classrooms, however, including at Harvard. They account for 7.2 percent of the U.S. population, yet 29.9 percent of Harvard’s incoming class. Charges of bias against Asians have focused mainly on university admissions, with scant attention to its more widespread and insidious forms, including in the workplace where they would benefit from affirmative action.

Research on Asians in America has focused disproportionately on their exceptional educational achievement. In spite of social scientists’ explanations of these patterns, the narrow focus on education has had the unintended consequence of reifying the perception that Asians are the advantaged minority—or the so-called “model minority. While Asians outpace all groups in education, they lose their advantage in the workplace. That Asians do not maintain their advantage in the labor market makes this domain worthy of inquiry. Hence, we go beyond education and invite research proposals that address questions about the labor market choices, trajectories, mobility strategies, cultural orientations, and family-related behavior of Asians in America.

In the call for articles, we invite papers that address questions about the labor market choices, career trajectories, and mobility strategies of Asians in America. We welcome evidence-based proposals from all social science disciplines and all methodological approaches. Read the full call and apply here.



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