Weekly News, November 7, 2022

The National Transfer Accounts (NTA) research network invites all those interested in population and economics to its 14th global workshop, with the theme of “Building Sustainable Generational Economies.” The conference will be held at the University of Paris – Dauphine, February 14-17, 2023. Short abstracts are due by November 30. More details are available in the attached Call for Papers and at the conference website.

In addition, we are delighted to host Eliza Brown this Wednesday, November 9th, at our next Brown Bag of the semester. Dr. Brown is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology here at the University of California, Berkeley. Her talk, “Two for the Price of One: Twins, Class, and Price at Three Fertility Clinic,” will be in-person, from 12pm-1:10pm, with an option to zoom. Event details are here.

See further announcements and opportunities below. 


All times are Pacific unless otherwise noted.

November 7 | 2-3:30pm | UC Berkeley Department of Sociology | Luis Flores, PhD Candidate in Sociology at the University of Michigan, will present “Legalizing Work From Home: The Regulatory Politics of Homework in Post-Industrial America.” Hybrid, 402 Social Sciences Building, and Zoom: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/93251980177?pwd=MFdUM0RYcVRlcjlvcXNhQ3ZRNWJwUT09 

Meeting ID: 932 5198 0177

Passcode: 970407

November 9  | 12-1:10pm | UC Berkeley Demography Brown Bag Colloquium | Eliza Brown, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, will present “Two for the Price of One: Twins, Class, and Price at Three Fertility Clinics.” This is a hybrid event. In person talk and available via Zoom. Social Science Building, Seminar Room 310, Zoom Meeting ID: 934 6654 8260 Password: DEMOG_BB. Event details.

November 9 | 4:10pm-  | Bernard Moses Memorial Lectures | Toll Room, Alumni House, or YouTube Livestream | with Hilary Hoynes, a Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Haas Distinguished Chair in Economic Disparities at the University of California, Berkeley. “The Social Safety Net as an Investment in Children.” Learn more and register here.

November 15 | 12:10pm | 5101 Berkeley Way West, and Zoom | Laurie Garrett, currently a columnist for Foreign Policy and science contributor for MSNBC, will discuss: “What Will it Take to Prevent the Next Big One? Pandemics, Planetary Health and Our Global Future.” Zoom link: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/94591415051


Thursday, January 19th, 2023 | The University of Colorado Population Center (CUPC) would like to invite you to this year’s Jane Menken Distinguished Lecture in Population Studies, sponsored by CUPC and the Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS). Flyer is attached. Jane Menken is a Distinguished Research Professor Emerita and Past Director of IBS.  She has been tremendously influential on the global scale in studies of human fertility and reproductive health.  A recent profile by A&S Magazine can be found here.

We hold this distinguished lecture every two years and are thrilled to announce that this upcoming talk will be offered by Dr. Deborah Balk, of City University of New York. The title of her lecture is “Confronting the Rising Tide: Population Exposure, Change and Prospects in Low-lying Coastal Areas.”  The presentation is Thursday, January 19th, beginning at 3:30 pm at IBS, Room 155A. You can also join via Zoom – see flyer attached. A reception will immediately follow, held at the Koenig Alumni Center, across the street from IBS. Enjoy catered hors d’oeuvres and beverages (alcohol/non-alcohol). The day before the lecture, Dr. Deborah Balk will also be giving a seminar talk at IBS Wed, Jan. 18 at 2 pm. See 2nd flyer attached for details. We hope you can join us in celebration for these enlightening events, including the reception.


Two NIH Virtual Events:

November 9, 2022, 11am-3pm ET. International Collaborations: Policies, Processes, & Partnerships NIH Virtual Event on Are you from a foreign organization looking to secure NIH funding? Are you a domestic researcher looking to partner with a foreign entity? Or are you a domestic institution partnering with a foreign collaborator? This free, virtual event is designed to provide each of these audiences with valuable tools and guidance on navigating NIH grants policies and processes. Make plans to spend time with NIH experts and your peers for engaging and informative presentations, case studies, and live Q&A. See the agenda, register, learn more, here.

December 6 & 7, 12-4pm, daily, ET. Human Subjects Research: Policies, Clinical Trials, and Inclusion. What are the basic HHS regulations and NIH policies that apply to research involving human subjects, including clinical trials? How do you prepare a research proposal for review that addresses the regulatory requirements? What are some strategies for developing realistic and scientifically acceptable inclusion plans? Human subjects experts from HHS and NIH will be sharing their expertise, along with policies, processes, and resources throughout this 2-day event. Mark your calendar and watch for all the details in the NIH Grants Conference Center. Learn more here.

NIA Diversity Supplement Pre-Application Webinar. Join the National Institute on Aging (NIA) for a webinar on Wednesday, November 9, at 1:00 p.m. ET to learn about SBIR/STTR funding opportunities and the NIA Diversity Supplement. The supplement is designed to increase the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, postdoctoral scholars, and eligible investigators from groups that are underrepresented in health-related research or in the SBIR and STTR programs. Prospective applicants are encouraged to submit questions prior to the webinar via the registration form or by email to Armineh Ghazarian, M.S.F. (armineh.ghazarian@nih.gov). Register here.

Call for Abstracts – 2023 LMIC Mortality & Healthy Aging Workshop. You are invited to submit an abstract for presentation at the 2023 Workshop on Determinants of Adult Mortality, Morbidity, and Healthy Aging in LMICs. This workshop is jointly sponsored by the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging at UC Berkeley and the Center for Biodemography and Population Health at USC. The workshop will be held virtually on February 24, 2023. Please find further information on the workshop in the attached call. One page abstracts should be submitted by November 15, 2022 to Maria Hernandez, mt_hernandez@berkeley.edu.


NIH Long COVID Computational Challenge (L3C). Submit AI/ML models to predict susceptibility and likelihood of developing PASC/Long COVID. This NIH Long COVID Computational Challenge (L3C) seeks to spur and reward the development of AI/ML models to identify which patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 are likely to develop PASC/Long COVID. Submission period: Open until 12/15/22 02:00 PM PST. Challenge type: Software and appsAnalytics, visualizations, algorithms. Total cash prizes: $500,000. Learn more and apply here.

2023 is the 50th anniversary of the American Journal of Sociology special issue, “Changing Women in a Changing Society.” Edited by Joan Huber, the articles took up the changes to American gender norms ignited by the feminist and civil rights movements that were challenging and reshaping institutions, organizations, and occupations alongside social life and family life. The issue was reprinted in 1973 as an edited volume by the University of Chicago Press. To recognize this anniversary, the Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality at the University of Chicago is organizing a series of virtual panel discussions around key areas of feminist sociology. Our first panel discussion will be on Monday, November 14th at 5pm CST. The theme is, “The Sociology of the Family: Taking Stock of the Field and Imagining the Future.” It features Prof. Marbella Eboni Hill (Stanford University), Prof. Allison Pugh (University of Virginia), and Prof. Rin Reczek (Ohio State) in conversation with UChicago PhD alum, Prof. Jaclyn Wong (University of South Carolina). Registration information for the Zoom event is available in the attached flyer.

One more week: The due date for the Berkeley Population Center pilot grants is November 15. The goal of these seed grants is to fund high-risk, high-reward research in general alignment with the mission of the NICHD’s Population Dynamics Branch. Read about the pilot grant guidelines, and for how to apply, here.

PAA Annual Awards Call for Nominations

Recognize a fellow demographer (or yourself!) who has contributed to the profession. Four awards will be presented in 2023 and consist of a plaque and a cash prize. See each link below for individual nomination criteria. The deadline for nominations is January 31. See Call Here.

  1. Robert J. Lapham Award. The Lapham Award recognizes a person who contributed to the population profession through the application of demographic knowledge to policy issues.
  2. Harriet B. Presser Award. The Presser Award honors a record of sustained research contributions to the study of gender and demography.
  3. Irene B. Taeuber Award. The Taeuber Award is presented in recognition of an unusually original or important contribution to the scientific study of population or for an accumulated record of exceptionally sound and innovative research.
  4. Dorothy S. Thomas Award. The Thomas Award is presented annually for the best graduate student paper on the interrelationships among social, economic and demographic variables.

The American Sociological Association Population Section Call for Nominations

  1. Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship in Population (Published Article Award) Deadline for Nominating: March 1, 2023. The section is accepting nominations for the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship in Population Award. The award recognizes an outstanding published article in demography or population studies. To be eligible, articles must have a 2021, 2022, or 2023 publication date. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominations should include the author’s name(s), title, date of publication, and a brief statement explaining the significance of the work and its contribution to the sociology of population. Please email an electronic copy of the nominating letter(s) and article to members of the selection committee by March 1, 2023. Committee members: Karen Guzzo (chair) (Karen.Guzzo@unc.edu); Jacob Faber (Jacob.faber@nyu.edu); Joe LaBriola (labriola@umich.edu).
  2. Otis Dudley Duncan Award (Book Award). Deadline for Nominating:  March 1, 2023. The Sociology of Population section is now soliciting nominations for the Otis Dudley Duncan Book Award. The Otis Dudley Duncan Award will be presented to the author(s) of a recent book that has made significant contributions to social demography. Books published in the last three calendar years (2020, 2021, 2022) will be considered. Self-nominations are accepted. Please send a letter of nomination with a brief description of the book and its contribution to the sociology of population by email to the committee chair, with copies to all committee members. Please also be sure that all committee members receive a copy of the book (these may be requested from the publisher). Nominations and books should be sent by March 1, 2023. Committee members: Christine Percheski (Chair) Email: c-percheski@northwestern.edu; Emily Merchant. Email: ekmerchant@ucdavis.edu; Tomas Jimenez. Email: tjimenez@stanford.edu.
  3. Student Paper Award. Deadline for Nominating:  March 1, 2023. The section is accepting nominations for the best student paper in social demography. This award consists of a certificate and support for travel expenses to attend the 2023 ASA meeting. The submission criteria are: 
  • The paper can be published or unpublished and should be article-length (approximately 40 pages including tables and figures). 
  • Submissions must be blinded, i.e., the cover page of the paper should include a title and abstract but no other identifying information. A separate cover page containing the author’s name, affiliation, address, and acknowledgements should be included.
  • Papers can be sole-authored or have multiple student authors. All authors must be currently enrolled in graduate school or have completed their Ph.D. degrees on or after January 1, 2022. No faculty co-authors are allowed.
  • The paper must use a sociological perspective to address an issue of relevance to contemporary demography, broadly defined. Purely technical papers are not eligible.
  • Membership in the Population Section of the ASA is not a requirement for the award but is encouraged.

The paper should be submitted to committee members via email by March 1, 2023. Committee members: Sarah Hayford (Chair) (Hayford.10@osu.edu), Mari Amorim (mariana.amorim@wsu.edu), Yifan Shen (yifan_shen@brown.edu).


Reminder: News from the NSF Sociology Program. Two important updates:

  1. Full proposals may be submitted to the sociology program at any time. The sociology program has removed its target dates, formerly two per year, for proposal submission and now is accepting proposals at any time.
  2. The NSF has formed a partnership with the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) to advance scientific knowledge about the impact of public health knowledge. This is described in a Dear Colleague Letter. The sociology program is a participating program and sociologists with projects or interests in this area are encouraged to investigate this opportunity.

Please contact one of the sociology program directors, Joe Whitmeyer, jwhitmey@nsf.gov, or Melanie Hughes, mehughes@nsf.gov, with questions about these or any other NSF-related topics.

The Center to Accelerate Population Research in Alzheimer’s (CAPRA) is accepting applications for the fourth year of pilot award funding for early and established investigators in the field of Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias (AD/ADRD). The CAPRA Pilot Core is seeking novel, population-based pilot projects that aim to reduce the health and financial burden of dementia and improve government and healthcare organization policy. In addition to financial support, the Pilot Core will provide technical assistance and project guidance to investigators transitioning into AD/ADRD research. Full details are available through the UMMS Office of Research. CAPRA pilot awards of up to $40,000 will be made available to successful applicants from the University of Michigan and external institutions. To view examples of previously funded pilots, please see CAPRA’s Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 awardees on our website. Applications should be submitted through the University of Michigan Medical School Office of Research Competition Space portal. The application deadline is Friday, December 2, 2022. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact CAPRA Project Manager Jason Mann at majason@med.umich.edu.

NOT-AG-22-030: Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Small Research Grants for Innovations in Healthy Longevity Research. This Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) R03 invites applications for small research grants that align with the goals of the National Academy of Medicine’s Healthy Longevity Grand Challenge, as well as the National Institute on Aging’s (NIA) interests in supporting research to promote a long healthspan and functional independence in both aging and Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias (AD/ADRD). Read the full NOSI here.


The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, Special Issue on: U.S. Census 2020: Continuity and Change. The decennial population census in the United States has registered over two centuries of growth and transformation in America’s political, social, and economic life. It records the population size, composition, growth, and change. It documents patterns and trends of families and living arrangements, education, employment and earnings, and housing and residential patterns. It witnesses growing population diversity in ethnicity, race, and nativity. It captures multiple dimensions of inequality at individual and structural levels.

In this special issue of RSF, we aim to gather researchers from multiple social science disciplines to analyze data from the 2020 Census, American Community Survey, Current Population Survey or other (administrative or qualitative) sources and provide a deep understanding of the American population, its growth, structure, diversity, and inequality. Building on work from earlier censuses, surveys, and administrative data, published by the Russell Sage Foundation (Bean and Tienda 1987, Bianchi and Spain 1986, Farley 1995, Farley and Haaga 2005, Fischer and Hout 2006, Levy 1987, Lieberson and Waters 1988, Logan 2014, among others), this issue aims to document and analyze changes, continuity, and inequality in the United States, centering on the period between 2010 and 2020. It plans to cover topics on employment, earnings, wealth, and poverty; housing and residential mobility; families and living arrangements; and gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and immigration among all other topics, with a focus on whether these patterns follow the trends of past decades or change in other directions.

Prospective contributors should submit a CV and an abstract (up to two pages in length, single or double spaced) of their study along with up to two pages of supporting material (e.g., tables, figures, pictures, references that don’t fit on the proposal pages, etc.) no later than 5 PM EST on November 16, 2022 to: https://rsf.fluxx.io



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