Population Science News

Weekly News — October 12, 2020

As in-person events are on hold, be sure to check out virtual talks and webinars.

Wednesday, October 14, 12-1:15 PM. Demography Brown Bag, Dan Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania. “And Not by Turnout Alone: Measuring the Sources of Electoral Change, 2012-2016. Zoom Meeting ID 937 1494 8703. Password: DEMOG_BB.

View past talks on our Population Sciences channel. The Brown Bag talks have been organized into playlists: http://bit.ly/2kZvaME.

Monday, October 12, 12:30pm, Daniela Kaufer, Professor of Integrative Biology and Neuroscience and the Associate Dean of Biological Sciences at UC Berkeley, on “Lessons Learned from Football Players and Epilepsy to Understand Brain Aging.” This research is part of a collaboration between labs at UC Berkeley and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. RSVP Here.

Monday, October 12, 2-3:30 p.m. “The Costs of Employment Segregation: Evidence from the US Federal Government” with Guo Xu. For zoom link, contact Jacob Weber, jacob_weber@berkeley.edu, 510-643-0711.

Monday, October 12, 4-5:30 p.m. Berkeley Conversations: Reopening and Reimagining after COVID-19. Panel Discussion.  More detail here. 

Wednesday, October 14 | 4-5:30 p.m. The Philippine State Management of Domestic Worker Migration. With Rhacel Salazar Parrenas, Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, University of Southern California.  Zoom.

Friday, October 16, 2:30-3:30 p.m. The Climate-COVID-Race Collision, presented by Professor Dan Kammen. Contact: david.smith@alumni.berkeley.edu for the zoom link.

Social Dimensions of the Pandemic: A Panel. October 15, 11am–12:30pmPlease join us for “Social Dimensions of the Pandemic,” a panel that will feature: David Lazer (Northeastern University), Andrea Parker (Georgia Institute of Technology), Jacqueline Wernimont (Dartmouth College), and Alessandro Vespignani (Northeastern University) speaking about their multidisciplinary research into COVID-19 and its impacts. Each panelist will share their current research into topics such as understanding the current and historical ways that diseases and persons have been measured, surveying public responses to the pandemic, and modeling information about COVID-19 and the responses to it. We will then have time for discussion and questions among the panelists and attendees. This is a remote event and registration is required. RSVP here. See the event page for more details.

Monday, October 19. 1-2:15 PM. Alexandra Killewald (Harvard University, Sociology) “Have Changing Family Demographics Narrowed the Gender Wage Gap?” Host: Maria Charles

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 1:30-3:00pm. 2020 Citrin Award Lecture: Robert D. Putnam (author of Bowling Alone). REGISTER.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 12-1:30 PM EDT (9-10:30 Pacific). “NIH Early Career Development Awards: Advice For Interdisciplinary Scholar Applicants” Registration is now open! Click here for more information.


Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm. The Center for Demographic & Social Analysis, with Suzanne J Model, Professor Emerita, Center for Research on International Migration, UC Irvine. “Afro-Caribbean Migrants in Five White Societies: The Housing Market”.  ZOOM Meeting Link: https://uci.zoom.us/j/93932497415. Meeting ID: 939 3249 7415.

October 14, 2020 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm PDT UCLA CCPR presents: “The political context and infant health in the United States” with Florencia Torche, Stanford University. Zoom Link: CCPR Seminar, Meeting ID: 929 7663 3063, Passcode: ccpr2021, Dial in Passcode: 90663639

Oct 15, 2020 12:00 PM EDT. COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa. Join PAA members on October 15 for this webinar to discuss COVID-19 in Sub-Saharan Africa. Register now.

Thursday, October 15, 2020, 12:00–1:00 p.m. EST “Racism, culture + health: Conceptual and methodological innovations,” presented by Courtney Cogburn, PhD, associate professor of social work, Columbia University. Please REGISTER

PAA Events:  Please check PAA’s list of events sponsored by PAA and other institutions and organizations: https://www.populationassociation.org/events/calendar

FUNDING: The NIA supported Animal Models for Social Dimensions of Health and Aging Research to Understand Social Dimensions of Aging announces their 2020 Call for Pilots and Feasibility Projects to support research on animal models or comparative studies relevant for understanding the social determinants of health and aging. Maximum total budget is $25, 000. The deadline is November 15, 2020. Learn more: https://www.animalsocialaging-network.org/funding/pilot-program/.

RCMAR Session at APHA (Oct 26): The Diverse approaches to studying diverse populations session at APHA will include presentations from RCMAR scientists from across the country, with Drs. Tiffany Kindratt, Kevin Lu, Jennifer James and Kia Shrine Jeffers. Learn more: https://rcmar.org/events/rcmar-symposium-at-apha-diverse-approaches-to-studying-diverse-populations/.

Monday, November 2, 9 AM – 12 PM, Eastern. 2020 NIA/RCMAR Preconference Webinar at GSA. Access to Care and Improved Outcomes for Diverse Populations With Cognitive Impairments.” For schedule and registration, visit: https://rcmar.org/events/2020-rcmar-preconference-webinar/.

The France-Berkeley Fund 
is pleased to announce its 2021 Call for Projects. Faculty and researchers are invited to apply for up to $12,000 in seed funding for new collaborations with colleagues in France. The FBF accepts single-discipline or interdisciplinary proposals in all fields (STEM, arts & humanities, social sciences, law, business, education, and public health). For the 2021 grant cycle, we also welcome proposals for projects that address today’s global challenges in key areas. Eligibility: FBF grants are open to all faculty and researchers who hold a permanent appointment and principal investigator status at UC Berkeley and/or the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Proposals must be submitted jointly with a colleague who holds a permanent appointment at a public university or research center in France. DurationFor the 2021 grant cycle, grants will be awarded on July 1 and funded projects must be completed within 18 months (by December 1, 2022). Application deadlineFebruary 1, 2021  Prospective applicants are highly encouraged to attend an informational webinar on Monday, October 26 at 10am PT. Register here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_w4-qddeJQPOTMMaSPJ_Dkw

Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, Join GSA on November 4-7, 2020 for our Annual Scientific Meeting Online. Virtual of course. Learn more here: https://www.geron.org/meetings-events/gsa-2020-annual-scientific-meeting.

AAPOR Call for Abstracts: The Abstract Submission Site is open. All Abstracts should be submitted by Friday, November 13, 11:59 p.m. (EST). We expect to send abstract decision notifications by the end of January 2021. Submit Your AbstractThe American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) will hold its 76th Annual Conference on May 13-16, 2021. Don’t miss this opportunity to participate in the premier forum for the exchange of advances in public opinion and survey research. AAPOR seeks proposals for individual papers, methodological briefs, posters, panel sessions, professional development and career advice sessions, and roundtables. The theme for AAPOR’s 2021 76th Annual Conference, Data Collection, Measurement, and Public Opinion During a Pandemic, reflects the upheaval to data collection and public opinion research during 2020 and beyond. We specifically seek to showcase how surveys are being refined, repurposed, reimagined or reinvented in light of the coronavirus pandemic, and how public opinion and behaviors of the electorate have changed during this time. Submissions on topics across public opinion, survey research methods, and social science research related to the 2021 conference tracks will also be considered.

The Pacific Sociological Association’s 92nd Annual Conference: March 18-21st, 2021 in San Diego, California (or virtual, COVID-pending). Submissions to present at the PSA 2021 conference are open now and scheduled to close on October 15th. We know this is an especially busy and stressful time for many. Please try to make submissions now, even if you are still working on details; you will be able to make revisions later. For full information, start here.

Journal of Religion and Demography (Brill). Submit a paper here.

RCMAR Event: Friday, October 16th, 9 am PST / 12 pm EST, Conducting Research in Times of COVID-19: A Panel Discussion featuring: Homero del Pino, PhD, Romeo Escobar, PhD, Erica Diminich, PhD. Register here: https://rcmar.org/webinar-oct-16-9-am-pst-conducting-research-in-times-of-covid-19/.

The Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues invites UC Berkeley undergraduates and graduate students, who are conducting individual research projects on issues affecting Native American communities in the U.S. today, to apply for mini-grants. Proposals that support undergraduate thesis or graduate dissertation research are strongly encourages. Undergraduates may apply for grants up to $500. Graduate students may apply for grants up to $1000. Read more about the Myers Center Mini-grant Program and access the online application at https://crnai.berkeley.edu/mini-grants. Applications are due on Monday, October 19 by 4pm.

Featuring: Finding Health Statistics and Data, Oct 20 | 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM PDT. Participants in this workshop will learn about some of the issues surrounding the collection of health statistics, and will also learn about authoritative sources of health statistics and data. We will look at tools that let you create custom tables of vital statistics (birth, death, etc.), disease statistics, health behavior statistics, and more. The focus will be on U.S. statistics, but sources of non-U.S. statistics will be covered as well. REGISTER
Be sure to check the D-lab calendar at the website, dlab.berkeley.edu. D-Lab offers training, individual consulting and data services for the UC Berkeley community – faculty to undergrads.


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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