Weekly News, October 2, 2023

Please join us Wednesday, October 4, at 12pm PST, for our next presentation of the Fall 2023 semester Demography Brown Bag Seminar Series, with Andrew Penner, Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine, who will give a talk entitled, “The Academic and Socioemotional Effects of Advanced Mathematics Coursetaking.” This seminar will be 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.

On September 7, 8, 2023, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a two-day, public workshop on “Developing an Agenda for Population Aging and Social Research in Low-and Middle-Income Countries.” The materials from this workshop are now available and may be accessed here.

See further announcements and opportunities below.


October 3  | 12:30pm | UC Berkeley Health Policy Colloquium Series | Olivia Jung, Assistant Professor, Health Policy & Management, UCLA, will give a talk on “Using Innovation Contests to Increase Employee Voice: A Field Experiment in Community Health Centers.” Berkeley Way West Building, 5th Floor, Room 5401. Event details are here.

October 4  | 12-1:05pm | UC Berkeley Demography Brown Bag Colloquium | Andrew Penner, Professor, Department of Sociology, UC Irvine, will present “The Academic and Socioemotional Effects of Advanced Mathematics Coursetaking.” This talk is in-person, 12pm, 310 Social Sciences Building. Zoom option: Meeting ID: 985 2901 0198. Password: DEMOG_BB. Event details are here


Call for Sessions. 9th Annual African Population Conference. The Union for African Population Studies (UAPS) Council is seeking suggestions from members for sessions to appear in the Call for Papers for the 9th African Population Conference (APC), which will take place in Lilongwe, Malawi on May 20-24, 2024. Members are encouraged to propose broad topics as they may attract a large number of papers. Sessions that address new research and innovative methodologies or contribute to theory and policy are strongly encouraged. To contribute to the scientific program of the 9th APC, please submit your suggestions by completing this form. Read the full call here. The deadline for submission for session suggestions is October 31, 2023. 


Interventions to Address HIV-Related Comorbidities among Highly Affected Populations Experiencing Health Disparities (R01 – Clinical Trial Required). 


National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Office of Research on Women’s Health

The objective of this initiative is to support multilevel and multidisciplinary interventions to improve QoL and promote successful aging among PWH who are from racial and ethnic minority populations and from lower SES who are at high risk or currently experiencing comorbidities despite adequate control of HIV infection. Projects must include a focus on populations experiencing health disparities as defined above. Much of this population identify as SGM persons. NIMHD encourages proposals with an intersectional perspective on SGM persons or underserved rural populations with race and ethnicity and/or low SES who are living with HIV.  Projects focusing on groups with multiple marginalized identities are encouraged (e.g., racial and ethnic minority groups living in rural areas, SGM persons from racial and ethnic minority groups). Earliest submission is November 11, 2023. See the full RFA

Notice of NICHD Participation in PAR-23-298 Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health (R01 Clinical Trial Optional). 

Notice Number: NOT-HD-23-030. 

The purpose of this notice is to inform potential applicants that the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) will participate, effective immediately, in PAR-23-298, “Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health (R01 Clinical Trial Optional).” NICHD seeks applications that will address questions relevant to the NICHD mission and align with the NICHD Strategic Plan. Applications to NICHD that address the mission and priorities of other institutes that are not participating in this NOFO will not be prioritized for funding by NICHD. Read the notice here.


Call for Papers for the Journal of Elder Policy. As the global population grows older, attention is often placed on the potential for rising rates of disability. While it is important to call attention to this future issue, it is also vital to focus on the obstacles faced right now by older adults with disabilities—those aging with disability and those aging into disability.

While disability can lead to challenges for many older adults, it should not be assumed that those aging with or into disability cannot live meaningful and proactive lives. The aim of this issue of the Journal of Elder Policy is to explore the complex relationships between aging, disability, and policy. We welcome both empirical and conceptual papers from diverse disciplines and have a preference for pieces that employ policy approaches. Abstracts are due by October 6, 2023. Full papers are due by December 15, 2023.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

Assistive technology

Built environment

Attitudinal environment

Intergenerational relationships

Medical care for disabilities

Cultural influences

Disability and the labor market

Proactive responses to living with disability

Experiences of aging with disability

Experiences of becoming disabled

Authors should send a 500 word abstract related to their paper by October 6 to Managing Editor, Kaitlyn Langendoerfer, PhD (kxb289@case.edu). All articles will be peer reviewed. More information about the aims and scope of the journal can be found here: www.journalofelderpolicy.org/about.html



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