Weekly News, October 17, 2022

A big win for demography! Historical demographer Steven Ruggles is named a 2022 MacArthur Fellow. Ruggles and his team have built the world’s largest publicly available database of population statistics (IPUMS), setting new standards in quantitative historical research. Watch a brief video of this effort to democratize access to these data, and their value, here.

We are delighted to host Dr. Emma Zang this Wednesday, October 19th, for our next Brown Bag Lunch of the semester. Dr. Zang, an Assistant Professor in Sociology and Biostatistics at Yale University, will present her research on, “Sex-Selective Abortion Bans: Structural Stigma, Xenophobia, and the Birth Outcomes of Asian Immigrants.” Her talk is from 12pm-1pm. Event details are here.

The due date for our call for BPC pilot grants has been extended to November 15. The goal of these pilot 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 how to apply, here.

The International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) has opened nominations for the IUSSP Laureate Award, an annual Award that honors exceptional achievements in the field of population. Outstanding contributions to the advancement of population sciences through research, training, policy advice and science communication, as well as distinguished services rendered to the population community and the Union will be taken into consideration for this Award. The deadline is November 1. See past nominees and nominate a candidate

See additional announcements and opportunities below. 


All times are Pacific unless otherwise noted.

October 17 | 2-3:30pm | UC Berkeley Department of Sociology | Douglas Guilbeault, Assistant Professor in the Management of Organizations Group at the Haas School of Business will give a talk entitled, “Online Gender Stereotypes are Stronger in Images than Text.” In-Person: 402 Social Sciences Building. Zoom: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/92549208557?pwd=ZVpIa2N6eFVYS2RNV3F6dUZpaFRSQT09  

Meeting ID: 925 4920 8557

Passcode: 069875

October 17 | 2-3pm | Osher Lifelong Learning Institute | Daniel Kammen, Senior Advisor for Energy Innovation at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). Dr. Kammen is also the James and Katherine Lau Distinguished Professor of Sustainability at Berkeley. Dr. Kammen’s talk is entitled, “What is the Just Transition?: Climate Science, SCOTUS rulings, and the Fight for Justice.” Zoom Livestream. Event detail.

October 17 – 19, every day | 4:10-6:15pm | Lecture | Alumni House, Toll Room | Tanner Lectures on Human Values: For the People? Representative Government in America. Speaker: Charles Beitz, Edwards S. Sanford Professor of Politics, Professor of Politics and Director, Program in Political Philosophy, Princeton University. Panelist/Discussants: Martin Gilens, Chair, Department of Public Policy; Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Social Welfare, University of California, Los Angeles; Pamela S. Karlan, Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law, Stanford Law School; Jane Mansbridge, Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Emerita, Harvard Kennedy School.

October 18 | 12:10-1pm | UC Berkeley School of Public Health | Berkeley Public Health Talks “Precision Environmental Health and Cancer Epidemiology: The Potential of Untargeted LC-HRMS Exposomics,” by Lauren Petrick, Associate Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY. Register for this virtual event here.

October 19 | 12-1pm | UC Berkeley Demography Brown Bag Colloquium | Emma Zang, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Biostatistics at Yale University, will present, “Sex-Selective Abortion Bans: Structural Stigma, Xenophobia, and the Birth Outcomes of Asian Immigrants.” Social Science Building Seminar Room 310 and streamed via Zoom. Emma will join via zoom. Zoom Meeting ID: 934 6654 8260. Password: DEMOG_BB. Event details

October 19 | 5-6:30pm | Sponsor: Center for Japanese Studies (CJS) | Online Colloquium – Zoom Webinar | Yu Korekawa, Ph.D., Director, National Institute of Population and Social Security Research will present on, What Does Matter?: Beyond the Cultural Explanation of the Immigrant Society of Japan.” Panelist/Discussant: Kazuo Yamaguchi, Professor, The University of Chicago. Moderator: Keiko Yamanaka, Lecturer, UC Berkeley. Learn more and register here.

October 20 | 5-6:30pm | Matrix on Point: The Court and the People | In the wake of recent decisions on abortion, First Amendment rights, gun rights, Miranda rights, and jurisdiction over Native American reservations, the Supreme Court today seems particularly out of sync with the American people. In this Matrix on Point panel, experts will discuss what these decisions and the conservative turn in the Supreme Court mean for the relationship between the court and the people. Featuring Khiara Bridges, Professor of Law at Berkeley Law; Thomas Biolsi, Professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies and Native American Studies in the Department of Ethnic Studies, UC Berkeley; Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law at Berkeley Law; and Ronit Stahl, Associate Professor in the UC Berkeley Department of History. Co-sponsored by Berkeley Law. This will be a hybrid event (both in-person and livestreamed). 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.

Texas Center on Aging and Population Sciences Panel: Aging: Conceptualization, Construction, and Considerations. Monday, November 14, 2022. 10am-12pm, CST. Zoom https://utexas.zoom.us/j/91351841351 Aging research increasingly relies on measures of physiological decline that reflect gradual deterioration across biological systems. As the field continues to integrate measures of biological aging, challenges to conceptualization, measurement, and health equity remain. Join for an expert discussion of this exciting area of research on aging. Experts: Professor Greg Miller (Department of Psychology, Northwestern University); Professor Jessica Faul (Survey Research Center, University of Michigan); Professor Lauren Leigh Brown (Health Management & Policy, San Diego State University).  For more information, please contact caps@utexas.edu.

Campus Workshops on NIH Data Management Plans. To support campus researchers, the Library Data Services Program and Research Data Management Program have several resources available to assist you, including suggested language to help write up a plan using the recommended NIH template. We encourage use of the DMPTool, which is free for UC Berkeley users and supported by the Library Data Services Program, to walk you through the NIH requirements and assist with completing a data management and sharing plan to include as part of your NIH grant application(s) moving forward. Four drop-in workshops (9/12; 10/10; 11/14; 12/12) are offered, designed to provide researchers with information about the policy as well as answer questions. Please refer to the Library Workshops calendar to register for an upcoming workshop. You can also view a previously recorded workshop about this new policy here.


UC Berkeley Assistant- and Associate-level Professors: Apply to be a 2023-2024 Faculty Fellow. Assistant- and Associate-level faculty in the UC Berkeley Division of Social Sciences are invited to apply for the 2023-2024 Matrix Faculty Fellows program. Matrix Faculty Fellows receive a course release (i.e., a reduced teaching obligation) to allow them to pursue work on publications and/or a book manuscript. The professors will also participate in Matrix programs, for example by contributing a website feature, participating in a panel discussion, or holding a workshop on a topic related to their research. Learn more.


New GENDER (Galvanizing Health Equity Through Novel and Diverse Educational Resources) Research Education Program (R25). NIA will participate in the GENDER R25, which will fund courses and curricula related to how health is influenced by sex and/or gender. Register for an upcoming technical assistance webinar on this funding opportunity. First application due date: Oct. 27, 2022.

Wellcome Trust:  Advancing Climate Mitigation Policy Solutions. This award will fund collaborations between researchers and policy actors who have a clear opportunity to influence climate mitigation policies with substantial health effects. Successful applicants will generate evidence that will support policymakers in G7 countries to advance transformative health-centered changes in the food systems, transport, energy or housing sectors. Funding: Up to £2M (over 3 years). Deadline: October 31, 2022. Apply here.

Russell Sage Foundation:  Behavioral Science and Decision-Making in Context. This program encourages perspectives from multiple disciplines to further our understanding of economic, social, political, and psychological decision-making processes, attitudes, behaviors, and institutional practices in public and private contexts such as policing/criminal legal systems, employment, housing, politics, racial/ethnic relations, and immigration. Funding: Up to $175K. Deadline: November 9, 2022. Further information is here.

Russell Sage Foundation: Future of Work. The program supports innovative research on the causes and consequences of changes in the quality of jobs for low- and moderately paid workers and their families in the U.S. We seek investigator-initiated research proposals that will broaden our understanding of the role of changes in employer practices, the nature of the labor market and public policies on employment, earnings, and job quality. We are especially interested in proposals that address questions about the interplay of market and non-market forces in shaping the wellbeing of workers. Funding: Up to $175K. Deadline: November 9, 2022. Learn more and apply here.


Deadline extended to October 21. Call for papers. Demographic Research: Special Collection in the Memory of James W. Vaupel. We are honored to announce a call for papers for a Special Collection in the Memory of Professor James W Vaupel (1945–2022). We aim to celebrate Jim’s life and scientific achievement with a collection of scientific articles on topics that were close to his heart, such as longevity, aging, mathematical demography, biodemography, and many more – the list is not exhaustive. The Special Collection will be jointly edited by the past and present Editors of the journal: Jakub Bijak, Griffith Feeney, Nico Keilman and Carl Schmertmann. 

Submissions in two categories are invited: 

Regular scientific papers of different kinds (Research Articles, Descriptive Findings, Reviews, Research Materials, Replications, or Reflections), on either methodological or substantive topics. For the description of different submission types, please see the journal website: www.demographic-research.org/info/information_for_authors.htm 

Personal reflections (up to 500 words) on Jim’s legacy. We envisage that these reflections from many contributors would be combined into a single Reflection article in Jim’s honor. See attached pdf for further information.

Call for papers is now open for the 2023 Applied Demography Conference. It will be live in-person in Annapolis, Maryland, February 7-9, 2023. Submission Deadline is October 31, 2022. http://ow.ly/J0o850KQB0K

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