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Weekly News — October 19, 2020

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

Wednesday, October 21, 12-1:15 PM. Demography Brown Bag. “Elective Deliveries and Child Development” Julien Teitler, School of Social Work, Columbia University.  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 19. 1-2:15 PM. Alexandra Killewald (Harvard University, Sociology) “Have Changing Family Demographics Narrowed the Gender Wage Gap?” Host: Maria Charles

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

Wednesday, October 21, 12-1:15 PM. Demography Brown Bag. “Elective Deliveries and Child Development” Julien Teitler, School of Social Work, Columbia University.  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 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.

Tuesday October 20, 11:40am. SPH BrownBag: Jaspal Sandhu and Catherine Newman. Making Space for Human-Centered Design and Equity in an Emergency: A COVID-19 Case Study. Zoom info is on the website: https://publichealth.berkeley.edu/events/category/events/brown-bag-talks/

October 20, 2020, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Labor Lunch: “Reducing Racial Wage Gaps: Can Minimum Wages Still Help?” with Michael Reich, IRLE. Event Contact: camillen@berkeley.edu


Tuesday, October 27, 11:40am. SPH BrownBag. “Policies to expand coverage and use of paid family and sick leave” Will Dow. Zoom info is on the website: https://publichealth.berkeley.edu/events/category/events/brown-bag-talks/

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.

Mon, Oct 19 2020 12:00pm EDT. Webinar: “Sociology Speaks: Experts Explain the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping.” (A free ASA webinar). Have you read the recent Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping?  It fundamentally misrepresents what sociologists understand about issues of power, prejudice, and status, yet it is already prompting some U.S. institutions to amend their activities. At this crucial moment of reckoning with injustice in America, let’s make sure we know the facts. Sociology provides not “divisive concepts” but tools for understanding and improving our society. Join us for a discussion with three sociologists about the ideas articulated in the executive order. [Closed Captioning Provided]. Register HERELink: Webinar Registration

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Fall 2020 Dickson Lecture by Jonathan H. Turner. “On Human Nature: The Biology and Sociology of What Made Us Human” Presenter: Dickson awardee Jonathan H. Turner. How to Register: Please contact UCR Osher’s Student Services at (951) 827-4105, Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and mention section: 202CCS127.

Monday, October 19, 1:00pm to 2:00pm UCSB Broom Center: “Have Changing Family Demographics Narrowed the Gender Wage Gap?” with Alexandra (Sasha) Killewald, Harvard, Sociology. Register in advance for this seminar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a personal link and password for joining the seminar.

Wednesday October 21, 2020 12:00 – 1:30pm PT. California Center for Population Research Seminar Series Presents: “Challenges with Using Simulation Models to Plan and Refine COVID Testing for High-risk Populations” with Sanjay Basu, Harvard University. Zoom Link: CCPR Seminar, Meeting ID: 929 7663 3063, Passcode: ccpr2021 Dial in Passcode: 90663639. 

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 12:00–1:00 p.m. EST Harvard University Population Health presents, “Healthcare chauvinism during the COVID-19 pandemic,” presented by Merlin Schaeffer, PhD, associate professor, University of Copenhagen. 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

2020 NIA/RCMAR Preconference Webinar at GSA
, November 2 (all day). “Access to Care and Improved Outcomes for Diverse Populations With Cognitive Impairments” – will look at individual, provider, and systems factors that result in disparities of access and outcomes for people with dementia. For more information visit https://rcmar.org/events/2020-rcmar-preconference-webinar/              

NIH: Funding for writing a scholarly book
.  This uncommon grant opportunity solicits grant applications for the preparation of book-length manuscripts and other works of academic and/or public health policy value to U.S. health professionals, public health officials, biomedical researchers and historians of the health sciences. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-21-046.html for more information about acceptable and unacceptable (e.g. textbooks) publications. 

NIH Administrative Supplement.  This is one of the easiest ways to NIH funding for limited projects that are related but beyond the scope of a parent project.  https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-20-272.html.  For an existing project (e.g., an R01) that has generally at least 2 years left, one works with the PI to get a letter, a specific aims, budget and short proposal.  That’s it.  Decisions are made often a 2-3 months rather than 6-9 months. You must speak with the parent project’s program officer for approval before submitting. 

NICHD is now funding research regarding gun violence.  https://obssr.od.nih.gov/nih-awards-grants-for-firearm-injury-and-mortality-prevention-research/.

The Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer’s Disease (MCCFAD), a National Institute on Aging funded Alzheimer’s Disease-related Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (AD-RCMAR), announces the 2021 research career enrichment program involving seminar participation and mentoring in AD-relevant research. We invite applications from those interested in enhancing their knowledge of contextual factors in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). Funds are available for investigator-initiated research projects that support the development of independent NIH-funded projects. Proposals with high likelihood of advancing research on ADRD disparities, especially among Arab Americans and Latinos, are particularly encouraged.  Three proposals will be selected to receive funds of up to $30,000 for one year with the grant period beginning on July 1, 2021. It would be greatly appreciated if you could please distribute this announcement within your department and/or program. Please see the attached  announcement for full details. Completed applications, and budget (template attached) should be emailed as a single pdf attachment to mccfad.isr@umich.edu by 11:59pm on January 11, 2021. If you have questions, please email mccfad.isr@umich.edu.

The Federal Computer Assisted Survey Information Collection (FedCASIC) Workshops
 is pleased to announce that abstract submission is now open for the 2021 FedCASIC Workshops, to be held April 13-14, 2021. Please read through the Call for Participation and go to www.census.gov/fedCASIC to submit an abstract.  For any questions, please contact the FedCASIC planning committee at FedCASIC@bls.gov.

Genomics for Social Scientists: New Epigenetic Data Course. Researchers from the University of Michigan invite you to apply to the first ever Genomics for Social Scientists-Epigenetics workshop, which due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, will be held remotely January 11-14, 2021 (Monday through Thursday). The purpose of this NIA-sponsored workshop on epigenetic research is to familiarize researchers with epigenetic data and to provide instruction on best practices for incorporating these data with social science analyses. Applications for the course include a recent CV and a 1-page statement of training and interest. It is expected that students have some introductory background in genomics and computing (e.g. completed the GeSS or RSF introductory courses or something comparable). Applications are due November 1, 2020. Questions? Contact genomicsworkshop@umich.edu for more information. See their website for more information.

A special issue in The Gerontologist titled “Social Determinants of Health in the Context of Age and Race”; abstract submissions are due January 15, 2021. See https://academic.oup.com/gsa/pages/calls_for_papers for more information.

RICS-IVR Surveying: When it is “Fit for Purpose?”  The webinar will be held at two times.  Please register in advance for your preferred meeting, by choosing the following links:
1.     Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 3:30 PM Eastern Time    
2.     Thursday, October 22, 2020, 12:00 PM Eastern Time   

Instructor: Paul J. Lavrakas, Ph.D., Sponsored by: Reconnect Research.  As described by Levine, Krotki, and Lavrakas in a 2019 Public Opinion Quarterly article, Redirected-Inbound Call Sampling (RICS) is a new and highly cost-effective survey research method that is being used in the USA and that appears to be quite useful for many research purposes.  The presentation will last approximately one hour with an additional 30 minutes of Q&A. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. For more information, visit https://lnkd.in/gXiFchH

NCHS Webinar: An Overview of the NCHS Data Linkage Program: Leveraging the nation’s health data for evidence-based decision making. Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 2 – 3pm, Registration Information NCHS is actively working to expand the utility of its national health survey data by linking information collected in health surveys with other health related sources of data, including Medicare & Medicaid data, death certificates, and information on receipt of federal housing assistance.  This webinar will include a discussion of the Data Linkage Program including the data sources that have been linked and examples of how these linked data can help answer critical health policy questions.  NCHS will discuss the program’s data modernization initiatives as a part of the broader effort to expand current and relevant data to inform evidence-based decisions.  

NCHS released the 2019 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) in September.  These NHIS data are the first from the redesigned survey.  The NHIS collects information on a broad range of health topics including health insurance coverage, mental health, chronic pain, and health care access, among others.  These data are collected through personal household interviews. In addition to releasing data for 2019, estimates for selected indicators including health insurance were released for the first quarter of 2020.

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.

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