Weekly News, October 16, 2023

Please join us Wednesday, October 18, at 12pm PST, for the next presentation in our Brown Bag Seminar Series, with Amanda Stevenson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, who will present, “The Socioeconomic Impact of Access to Contraception in the US: Using Linked Restricted Data.” This seminar is in-person, 310 Social Sciences Building. Event details. The Brown Bag Seminar schedule for Fall 2023 is here (and be sure to check for updates). Our YouTube channel is here.

Also on October 18, please join us from 5 – 6 pm in Banatao Auditorium, 310 Sutardja Dai Hall, for an important conversation with authors Richard Rothstein and Leah Rothstein on their new book, Just Action and the Color of Law, on activism, advocacy, housing, and America’s legacy of state-sanctioned residential segregation. The event is hosted by the Goldman School of Public Policy, the Othering and Belonging Institute, and the Berkeley Population Center. The event is free and open to the public. See full event details here, and register to attend here

Reminder: The APCA Working Paper Series, an effort led by Jennie Brand (UCLA), Giovanna Merli (Duke University), and Phillip Cohen (University of Maryland), and managed by the Association of Population Centers (APC), gathers and disseminates original population science research papers. These working papers are authored or coauthored by scholars who are faculty or postdoctoral affiliates of the APC population centers. Working papers may also be authored by ABD student affiliates as long as faculty submit the papers on students’ behalf. BPC affiliates and graduate students are encouraged to disseminate their pre-publication work in this series. Papers in the series include works in progress and pre-publication versions of articles. Working papers will be archived at SocArXiv, an online server for the social sciences, which is dedicated to the proliferation of open science. Working papers will also be archived to RePEc through SocArXiv. To learn more and submit see here

See further announcements and opportunities below.


October 17  | 12:30pm | UC Berkeley Health Policy Colloquium Series | Alexandra Rivera, Assistant Professor, Public Health, UC Merced, will be the guest speaker.  The Fall 2023 Health Policy Colloquium Series is a program of stimulating seminars on the most important issues facing patients, providers, health care plans, purchasers, and policy makers today. Hear viewpoints from leading scholars, economists, and research scientists. Berkeley Way West Building, 5th Floor, Room 5401Event details are here.

October 18  | 12-1:05pm | UC Berkeley Demography Brown Bag Colloquium | Amanda Stevenson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, who will present, “The Socioeconomic Impact of Access to Contraception in the US: Using Linked Restricted Data.” This seminar is in-person, 310 Social Sciences Building.  Zoom option: Meeting ID: 985 2901 0198. Password: DEMOG_BB. Event details are here


2024 American Sociological Association Annual Meeting. Submissions open November 6. The 2024 Annual Meeting, with President Joya Misra’s theme, “Intersectional Solidarities: Building Communities of Hope, Justice, and Joy,” will be held in Montreal, August 9-13, 2024. The deadline for submissions is February 26, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern. Review the Call for Submissions to learn more about the types of proposals that will be accepted. Individual calls will be posted by October 25. Information regarding registration, which will open in January, is now available.


Unveiling Health and Healthcare Disparities in Non-Communicable and Chronic Diseases in Latin America: Setting the Stage for Better Health Outcomes Across the Hemisphere (R01 – Clinical Trials Not Allowed). This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) will support innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research focused on clinical epidemiology, evaluation of public and/or health care policies, and validation of measurements that address health and healthcare disparities related to non-communicable and chronic diseases (NCDs) with the highest disease burden and mortality in Latin America and among U.S. Hispanics/Latinos. See the full NOFO here.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Grand Challenges Partners have announced several new requests for proposals (RFPs). Check the website at the links below for the application deadlines and more information. In addition, visit the website for more information.


October 17 | 10am PST| The NIH Office of Extramural Research Administration (OPERA) will be hosting a virtual event on October 17 focused on NIH subaward agreements.  During this event, NIH extramural policy leaders will walk you through each section of the subaward agreement to discuss the components of a subaward agreement and the key policy requirements.  You may also submit specific questions to the presenters in advance.

 Link to register for free:  https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/4341208/28C4CB7ACF65FD16D882BB2B1340057C

October 19 | 2pm-5:15pm | Berkeley Sociology, the Division of Social Sciences, the Latinx Research Center, and the Social Science Matrix invites our sociological community to a mini-conference, “The Du Boisian Challenge and the Future of the Social Sciences.” The event, which will take place on Thursday, October 19, will stage a conversation about how to reimagine the social sciences from a Du Boisian perspective and in dialogue with other critical traditions. The event will support the development of an edited volume, tentatively titled, Upending the Color Line: Towards a Du Boisian Sociological Methodology (advance contract with Duke University Press), co-edited by Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz and Ricarda Hammer, along with José Itzigsohn (Brown University). Among its contributors are Berkeley PhDs: Jordanna Matlon (American University), Ellis Monk (Harvard University), and Freeden Blume Oeur (Tufts University). The event will take place at the Social Science Matrix, 8th floor of the Social Sciences Building. Read more about the mini-conference here. Register here.

October 20 | 10am – 3:30pm ET | Societal Experts Action Network Fall 2023 Symposium: Social Science for Crisis Preparedness. To chart a course for the future and reflect on the growth of the relationship between the social, behavioral and economic sciences and preparedness policy, the Societal Experts Action Network (SEAN) will host a symposium to bring together researchers and federal, state, and local decision makers. The Societal Experts Action Network is an activity of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine that is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. SEAN links researchers in the social, behavioral, and economic sciences with decision makers to respond to policy questions. The October 20 event, held at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Keck Center in Washington D.C., will feature opportunities for direct interaction among SBE science researchers, state and local decision makers, and the organizations that support themPanel discussions will be available via livestream for public viewing. Public in-person and virtual registration is now open. Limited tickets remain for in-person attendance. See further details about the symposium here.

Reminder: The European Population Conference (EPC), 2024, in collaboration with the University of St. Andrews, will be held June 12-15th, in Edinburgh, Scotland. EPC 2024 is a general population conference with a special focus on the topic of Sustainable Populations; submissions on this topic are especially welcome. Deadline for submission is November 12023. Read more about the call and submit your abstract here.


Call for Nominations of SALC Officers. Do you want to play a larger role in the ASA Section on Aging and the Life Course? Or do you know someone who would be excellent for section leadership? We seek nominations and self-nominations for four section officer positions in the Section on Aging and the Life Course.

We would like to diversify our section leadership and are seeking a large pool of nominations, so please consider nominating yourself or someone else even if you have not done so before!

The positions include:

  • Chair-elect (3-year term as chair-elect, chair, then past chair)
  • Two Council members (3-year term)
  • Graduate Student Representative (2-year term, must be pre-Ph.D. at start of term)

Terms will start on September 1, 2024 (informal transitions will begin at the 2024 ASA meeting in August). Nominees are required to be ASA members at the time of election and during their term, and they will be asked to provide an online bio in advance of the election.

For position descriptions and a list of current officers, please visit the SALC website’s “Officers” pages: https://asasalc.org/

Please send nominations and/or self-nominations with a brief justification to Nominations Committee Chair Stefanie Mollborn  (mollborn@sociology.su.se) by December 1, 2023.

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