Weekly News October 25, 2021

Somehow among all the congratulations for David Card’s Nobel prize arriving in my email box, I managed to not announce it last week in Weekly News, even though he is a Popcenter affiliate and has been serving as our Development Core lead.  While his work on wages (immigration vs native wages, and the minimum wage) are well-known (more so now!) he has also conducted research on the importance of investing in education, as well as the effects of public health programs. His research employs creative ways of utilizing data, such as linked data in his work on Medicaid and SIPP, and has developed an extensive database on local school quality and state compulsory schooling laws. So somewhat late to the party, please allow me – and the entire community of population scientists at Berkeley – to join in with our congratulations.

In other news, NIH is operating under a continuing resolution, so it means that any grants slated to be awarded this quarter (that is, already met in council) will be done so more conservatively, and noncompetitive renewals may see a (temporary) reduction.  

Finally, below is an announcement that all airfare must now be booked using the campus Connexxus DirectBill system beginning November 1.

Events and announcements follow.
Be well,


We are hosting virtual and/or hybrid talks this semester. Assume virtual unless noted otherwise. All times are Pacific unless otherwise noted. 

*The Population Sciences events calendar can be found here: https://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/popsci.html.

Wednesday, October 27, 12-1 PM. ” Xi Song, University of Pennsylvania. “Racial Differences in Exposure to Unemployment: A Kinship Perspective”| Zoom Meeting ID: 998 5935 0488 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 25, 2021, 2 – 3:30 p.m., “The Long-Run Impacts of Mexican-American School Desegregation” with Francisca Antman, University of Colorado, Boulder. Location tbd. Access Coordinator: Jacob Weber, jacob_weber@berkeley.edu,  510-643-0711

Tuesday October 26, 2021, 4:10 – 5:30 p.m.,”The Equilibrium Effects of Public Provision in Education Markets: Evidence from a Public School Expansion Program.” Michael Dinerstein, Chicago, Chou Hall N300. 

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 3:30 – 4:30pm, Pacific Time. “Double Jeopardy: Teacher Biases, Racialized Organizations, and the Production of Racial Disparities in School Discipline” with Jayanti Owens, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Brown University.  Sponsored by DASA, UC Irvine. Zoom link: https://uci.zoom.us/j/96445501520. Meeting ID: 964 4550 1520. 

Wednesday October 27th 12:15- 1:20 pm EDT. Hopkins Population Center Virtual Seminar Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, Minnesota Population Center, speaking on “The Deaths America Treats as Normal: Structural Racism and Racial Disparities in Mortality During the COVID-19 and 1918 Flu Pandemics.” RSVP.

Thursday, October 28, 2021, 12-1:15 EDT time. “Have changing family demographics narrowed the gender wage gap?” Alexandra (Sasha) Killewald, PhD, professor of sociology, Harvard University. REGISTER.

Monday, November 8th | 12:15 – 1:30 pm Central Time. Population Dynamics Branch: COVID Research and Data Barnraiser. Virtual Panel Discussion: From 12:15pm to 1:30pm join us virtually for a moderated panel discussion on “Population Causes and Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic.” | Zoom Link with Mark Bellemare, Applied Economics, University of Minnesota; Pinar Karaca-Mandic, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota; Alyssa Morris, Psychology, University of Southern California; Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, Sociology, University of Minnesota; and Moderator: Claire Kamp Dush, Sociology, University of Minnesota. Learn more and sign up on our website. 

Research Mixer: Work and Later Life Course Health. Wednesday, October 27th | 10:00 – 11:00 am CST Zoom Link. Following the panel discussion, we’ll take a quick break and then there will be time to discuss potential research ideas starting at 11:15 am [same Zoom link]. The goal is to stimulate collaborative interdisciplinary research on work as a social determinant of health/well-being — and of disparities in both social inclusion and health/well-being — among older Americans. Work is defined broadly including paid work and self-employment, but also family caregiving and volunteer work. To jumpstart ideas we have invited three experts in the field to the research mixer. We will then open up the meeting for a wide-ranging conversation responding to your questions, comments and interests, as well as fruitful data sources, and possible next steps. 
We will be joined by:
* Dr. Bruce Link, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and Sociology at the University of California Riverside and Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology and Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University. He is best known for his work on the social determinants of health and is interested in policy issues. 
* Dr. Mo Wang, Lanzillotti-McKethan Eminent Scholar Chair at the Warrington College of Business at University of Florida. He is currently the editor-in-chief for the journal, Work, Aging and Retirement. He specializes in research areas of retirement and older worker employment, occupational health psychology, expatriate and newcomer adjustment, leadership and team processes, and advanced quantitative methodologies.
* Dr. Rada Dagher, Scientific Program Director at NIMHD. She helped organize an earlier NIMHD workshop on diversities in work and health (“Role of Work in Health Disparities in the US) that led to a call for proposals PAR-21-275, The Role of Work in Health Disparities in the US. Dr. Dagher manages a diverse portfolio of research, capacity building, and training grants, and is a project scientist on several cooperative agreement awards.

Mike Synar Graduate Research Fellowship: 
The Institute of Governmental Studies will award three Synar Graduate Research Fellowships of $3,000 each. The Mike Synar Graduate Research Fellowship is awarded to distinguished UC Berkeley graduate students who are writing their dissertations on an aspect of American politics, including comparative research across nations with the United States as a major case. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/igssynar. Deadline to Apply: Wednesday, November 17 by 9am

PAR-21-213, “Urgent Award: Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research on COVID-19 Consortium (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)” NICHD is now participating in this grant program.  For more information, visit https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-21-213.html. As this application is due November 8, I just want to point out that if you are planning on submitting this to another IC AND there’s a focus on children or reproductive health, then you can consider requesting NICHD participation in your application.  Ask me about this if it applies to you.

PSA 2022: April 7-10, at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento, California Theme: Telling Our Stories: Collective Memory and Narratives of Race, Gender, and Community Identity. We have decided to focus PSA resources and programming on this in-person conference, and to hold a small virtual component for those who really cannot attend and present in-person. There are so many ways that attending in-person offers benefits that presenting/watching online cannot replicate. After two years of not being able to meet in-person, we are thrilled to be able to do so. We will, of course, continue to monitor COVID conditions and planning as necessary in line with the CDC and State of California public health guidance. The deadline for submissions to present is extended—to November 30th for faculty/graduate students/applied sociologists, and December 20th for undergraduate students. You can find full information and the online submission system on the PSA website. 

Business-related airfare must be booked through Connexxus beginning November 1. UC Berkeley is updating their policy on booking business-related travel. Beginning on November 1st, employees booking flights for business travel will be required to book through the UC travel system Connexxus. This means employee travelers will also need to use the Direct Bill system to generate the identification number that will be used to pay for flights within Connexxus. The benefit of using Direct Bill is that staff and faculty don’t have to pay out of pocket upfront for their airfare, often well in advance of the travel, then having to wait until travel is completed before being able to get reimbursed. With Direct Bill they can charge their airfare directly to the university. With this change, travelers or their delegates will include the payment chartstring when they make the Direct Bill request, rather than providing it in the reimbursement request. Booking through Connexxus means travelers will automatically get travel insurance, ticket protection, and agent support for their trip. Other potential benefits include preferred seat options, priority standby, and additional mileage. Additionally, if you find a lower fare somewhere else, send it to the travel team at travel@berkeley.edu and they’ll find you the rate in Connexxus or potentially grant an exception to book outside the Connexxus system. More information about how to use Connexxus is available on the Travel website and we will post frequently asked questions as they become available. If you have questions about this change, email the travel team at travel@berkeley.edu.

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. Be sure to check the D-lab calendar at the website, dlab.berkeley.edu.

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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