Population Science News

Weekly News — October 26, 2020


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

Wednesday, October 28, 12-1:15 PM. Demography Brown Bag. “. 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.

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.

CCPR Census Workshop Series
 Part 1: How the US 2020 Decennial Census Affects You and Your Research. Time: Nov 4, 2020 02:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada). The two-word goal of “count everyone” is simply stated, but difficult. In this workshop we will give a broad overview of the many moving parts connected to the US decennial operation. Although fair apportionment is the primary motivator for a complete enumeration, we highlight how the 2020 decennial also serves as an important backbone for future products such as sample surveys used in demographic research. Along the discussion, we will point out difficulties along with the demographic and statistical methods used to address them. Participants are encouraged to discuss their experiences, questions and concerns.
Join Zoom Meeting. https://ucla.zoom.us/j/91501017231?pwd=TXNhKzR1RGtGSzNkYVMvV3IyNlNhUT09

Monday, November 2, 1-2:15 pm: UCSB Broom Seminars. Jennifer Beam Dowd (University of Oxford, Demography and Population Health) “Perspectives from a Pandemic: Demographic Insights and Battling the “Infodemic” Host: Susie Cassels. To receive the zoom link, one subscribes to the mailing list: https://broomcenter.ucsb.edu/broom-center-seminar-series.  

SPO announced discussion series on expert guidance on research data security issues. This is the start of a topical research data discussion series developed in conjunction with the launch of the new Berkeley Research Data Portal. The Portal is a one-stop shop for campus research data needs. Bookmark the Berkeley Research Data Portal for quick access to the administrative offices and services that support Berkeley researchers working with data. Please send us feedback, register for a Brown Bag discussion, and recommend topics for future webinars.

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/.

Funding opportunities: See below, RCMAR pilots, below.

NIH F33 Senior Fellowships:
 Last week we had an announcement about a scholarly book grant from NIH; this week it’s what is essentially a sabbatical grant. Senior, established researchers who wish to expand their research and scientific capabilities are encouraged to apply for these grants. The purpose is “to provide fellowship support to experienced scientists who wish to make major changes in the direction of their research careers or who wish to broaden their scientific background by acquiring new research capabilities as independent research investigators in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers.” It’s for independent scientists with at least 7 years fulltime work past their doctorate. To learn more visit https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-21-047.html and of course, contact me for support if interested.

NSF Mid-Career Advancement (MCA): As with the NIH F33, this NSF grant also allows established scholars to fund research time for real productivity. The MCA offers an opportunity for scientists and engineers at the Associate Professor rank (or equivalent) to substantively enhance and advance their research program through synergistic and mutually beneficial partnerships, typically at an institution other than their home institution. Projects that envision new insights on existing problems or identify new but related problems previously inaccessible without new methodology or expertise from other fields are encouraged. Partners from outside the PI’s own sub-discipline or discipline are encouraged, but not required, to enhance interdisciplinary networking and convergence across science and engineering fields. For more information, visit HERE.

NSF Human Networks and Data Science (HNDS). The Human Networks and Data Science program (HNDS) supports research that enhances understanding of human behavior and how humans interact with and are influenced by their environments by leveraging data science and network science research across a broad range of topics. HNDS has two tracks: (a) Human Networks and Data Science – Infrastructure (HNDS-I). Infrastructure proposals will address the development of data resources and relevant analytic techniques that support fundamental Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) research. (b) Human Networks and Data Science – Core Research (HNDS-R). Core research proposals will address theoretically motivated questions about the nature, causes, and/or consequences of human behavior (broadly defined) that occurs within contexts defined by the networks that determine the human experience, from the biological networks in the human body to the sociocultural, economic and geospatial networks that comprise human societies. To read the full proposal visit: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2021/nsf21514/nsf21514.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click (nb: IRLE’s California Policy Lab was just awarded a HNDS grant.)

RCMAR Call for Pilot Proposals Request for Applications:
**The UCLA RCMAR/CHIME and UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) announce their call for pilot proposals request for applications. Support will be given to pilot research projects that are consistent with the goal of RCMAR/CHIME. Ideally, pilot projects should demonstrate effective inter-institutional and/or academic-community partnerships and lead to the publication of at least one authored, peer-reviewed manuscript plus subsequent funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), particularly the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Deadline to submit an online application, Dec 7. Learn more: https://rcmar.org/rcmar-chime-call-for-pilot-project-proposals/.
**The Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research Asian RCMAR announces their call for pilot proposals request for applications. Pilot Project Awards will support collaborative projects conducting innovative research that focuses on the intersection of trauma, resilience and health outcomes involving U.S. Asian older adults. Submission of LOI by Nov 1, Application submission deadline is December 1. Learn more: https://rcmar.org/asian-rcmar-call-for-pilot-proposals/.
**The USC RCMAR Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center announces their 2021 request for letters of intent and research proposals and invites applications from both USC and non-USC applicants in the early stages of their research career. Proposals with a special interest in cognitive decline and/or Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are encouraged. LOI deadline February 26, 2021. Proposal submission date, April 9, 2021. Learn more: https://rcmar.org/usc-rcmars-call-for-proposals/.

Surviving and Responding to the NIH Grant Review,
 Friday, November 13th, 9 am PST / 12 pm EST, with Joseph J. Gallo MD MPH, Johns Hopkins University. Register HERE.

Call for Papers for the 
BITSS Annual Meeting, which will take place online on Jan. 7-8, 2021. Would you be able to forward the CfP to faculty and researchers at your department? The general scope of the CfP is meta-scientific research, including but not limited to work that assesses scientific practice, evaluates the credibility of bodies of social science literature, presents new tools or strategies to improve research transparency and reproducibility, or evaluates the effectiveness of existing tools. The deadline to submit is November 15, 2020. Feel free to share the message below, this event page, and/or this tweet.

Call for Papers. The Eleventh International Conference on The Constructed Environment, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada, 12–14 May 2021. The Constructed Environment Research Network is brought together by a common shared interest in human configurations of the environment and the interactions among the constructed, social and natural environments. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions. The Eleventh International Conference on the Constructed Environment features research addressing the following annual “Building the Anthropocene.”

Call for Papers for the Aging & Social Change: Eleventh Interdisciplinary Conference, UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada, 23–24 September 2021. Aging & Social Change: Eleventh Interdisciplinary Conference is a forum for discussion of challenges and opportunities for a rapidly growing segment of the population worldwide. The process of aging is a concern for individuals, families, communities, and nations. The social context of aging provides a rich background for community dialogue on this, one of the critical questions of our time. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions. Aging & Social Change: Eleventh Interdisciplinary Conference features research addressing the following annual themes and special focus: Aging Societies: Extended Working Lives and Discrimination Against Older Workers. For more information visit: https://agingandsocialchange.com/2021-conference.

The Pacific Sociological Association’s 92nd Annual Conference, Deadline extended. March 18-21st, 2021 in San Diego, California (or virtual, COVID-pending). The New Normal and the Redefinition of Deviance. PSA has decided to extend the deadline for submissions to present at the PSA 2021 conference to Novermber 15th. We know this is an especially busy and stressful time for many, and we hope that extending the time for submissions will allow more people to present. For full information, start here: https://www.pacificsoc.org/2021-conference-call-for-papers-sessions. If you encounter any problem with the submission system, or have a question about it, please email executivedirector@pacificsoc.org. Full instructions, with screenshots, are posted on the PSA website. We are working on some special fun events as well as special sessions on the conference theme. If you have questions or ideas for the conference program, email 2021 Program Chair Marcia Marx, mmarx@csusb.edu.

GSR Position: The UC Berkeley Labor Center, Low-Wage Work Program is searching for a graduate student researcher to support our research on the intersection of race & gender equity and workplace technology rights. More information: https://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/about/work-at-the-labor-center/.

IPUMS MLP – LINKED FULL COUNT U.S. CENSUS DATA. IPUMS Multigenerational Longitudinal Panel (MLP) has released a set of crosswalks to link individual records in full count historical census data between adjacent censuses from 1900 to 1940. This release includes more than 165 million linked records, and future releases will build on this work and extend chronological depth. Keep an eye on your inbox for information about an upcoming webinar on our linking strategy and tips for using these new data.

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.

Migration Mailing List
Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI.berkeley.edu) is a research center for the study of immigrants and immigration. BIMI has a mailing list which is where a good deal of immigration and migration announcements are posted, and only some of that material is posted on the PopSciences Weekly News. Sign up for it with this link

School of Public Health Mailing List
Tue$day Top Tip$ for SPH Research is a listserv with research funding opportunities and other information pertinent to public health researchers who are not necessarily population researchers. To subscribe, write to Dr. Lauren Goldstein, lhg@berkeley.edu.

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