Population Science News

Weekly News – October 29, 2017

Wednesday, Oct 31, 12-1:15 PM.  “Early Life Environment and Later Life Cognition, Dementia Onset, and Neuropathology” with Sarah Tom, Columbia University. 2232 Piedmont Ave.  Cookies and refreshments served.  

To view past brown bag presentations: http://www.vimeo.com/berkeleypopscience
For the fall 2018 brown bag schedule: https://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/popsci.html

Wednesday, October 31 | 12-1 p.m. “Early Life Environment and Later Life Cognition, Dementia Onset, and Neuropathology” Sarah Tom, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room. 

Wednesday, Oct 31, 12-1:15 PM.  “Early Life Environment and Later Life Cognition, Dementia Onset, and Neuropathology” with Sarah Tom, Columbia University. 2232 Piedmont Ave.  Cookies and refreshments served.  

To view past brown bag presentations: http://www.vimeo.com/berkeleypopscience
For the fall 2018 brown bag schedule: https://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/popsci.html

Wednesday, October 31 | 12-1 p.m. “Early Life Environment and Later Life Cognition, Dementia Onset, and Neuropathology” Sarah Tom, Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room. 

Thursday, November 1, 2018 | 12-1:30pm. GSPP Brown Bag Series: “The California Housing Crisis & How to Fix It“ with Susannah Parsons, Chief of Staff, President’s Office; moderator: David Garcia, Policy Director of the UC Berkeley Terner Center for Housing Innovation. SPUR Pre-election discussion: Local housing initiatives in the Bay Area. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Room 250. Light lunch and refreshments served. https://gspp.berkeley.edu/centers/bifya/news-events.

November 1, 2018, 2 – 3:30 p.m. “The Local and Aggregate Effect of Agglomeration on Innovation: Evidence from High Tech Clusters“ with Enrico Moretti, UCB. Evans Hall, room 648.

Thursday November 1, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. “Race and Network in the Job Search Process” David Pedulla, Stanford University. IRLE Director’s Room, 2521 Channing Way

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 6:00pm to 7:30pm. “Movie Night at the IGS Library: Immigration, Imprisonment & Deportation” IGS Library – 109 Moses Hall 

November 2, 2018, 12 – 1 p.m. “Outside Options, Bargaining and Wages: Evidence from Coworker Networks“ Sydnee Caldwell, MIT, Evans Hall, room 648.

Friday November 02, 2018, 12-1:30 PM.  Hannes Schwandt – University of Zurich, “Diesel Emissions, Pollution, and Health Outcomes” 248 Giannini Hall

Thursday, November 1, 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm Evidence to Action: The Reality & Future of Work.  Featuring Paul Romer, Danny Schneider, Ted Miguel, and others, Google Community Space, San Francisco. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/evidence-to-action-the-reality-future-of-work-tickets-50456962132.

Wednesday November 7, 12-1:15 p.m. “Ethnic Neighborhood Segregation and Residential Mobility Dynamics in Norway, 1993–2013” Torkild Lyngstad, Professor, Department of Sociology and Human Geography at the University of Oslo | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room

Wednesday, November 7, from 12:00 – 1:30 pm. Please join the Bixby Center, the Goldman School for Public Policy, and Population Institute for short presentations followed by discussion with Prof. Malcolm Potts, Bob Walker of Population Institute, and Alisha Graves of the OASIS Initiative. The Sahel region of Africa is home to the fastest growing population in all of human history. The talks will be discussing the demographic implications for food security, stability in the region and unprecedented levels of migration. Learn how evidence-based family planning and girls education policies and programs can help shape the future of the Sahel. The talk will be held on in room 5101 of Berkeley Way West. Refreshments provided. 

November 9, 2018 — 4:10 PM. Shaping a 21st Century Workforce – Is AI Friend or Foe? Jennifer Granholm. International House, Chevron Auditorium

Thursday, November 15, 2018 • 3:30pm–5:30 pm. GSPP Critical Theory Speaker Series: Human Trafficking” with Cecilia Mo. GSPP 250. To learn more and rsvp, https://gspp.berkeley.edu/calendar/event/critical-theory-speaker-series-human-trafficking

November 29th, 2018: Mini-Conference on Inequality in Life and Death. A half-day mini-conference, exploring social, economic, and policy dimensions of Inequality in Life and Death, featuring a keynote by Peter Orszag, and presentations from UC Berkeley faculty in Economics, Demography and Public Policy. Co-sponsored by CEDA together with the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance, the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), and the UC Berkeley Opportunity Lab (O-Lab). Registration is free. To learn more and register, visit https://inequality-policy.eventbrite.com. See the attached flyer, too.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs: Applications Accepted September 1 – November 15. By the time many researchers have completed their education and training, they have amassed on average $160,000 in student loan debt. The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are a set of programs established by Congress and designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. The LRPs counteract early-career researchers’ financial pressure by repaying up to $35,000 annually ($70,000 over a two-year contract) of a researcher’s qualifying educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in research areas important to the mission of NIH. For background, read here.

5th Human Mortality Database Symposium – Recent Trends and Future Uncertainties in Longevity, 13-14 May 2019, Harnack Haus, Berlin. The Human Mortality Database Project team invites contributions to the 5th HMD Symposium. The Symposium is devoted to demographic, epidemiologic, and public health research on mortality, longevity, and health across national and sub-national populations. The purpose of the Symposium is to present and promote research on mortality and survival. Analyses based on data from the Human Mortality Database (HMD) and the Human Life table Database (HLD) are particularly encouraged. The Symposium aims at addressing major themes and challenges of substantive research as well as methodological and data issues. In addition to contributing to the scientific program, participants are invited to provide feedback and suggestions on the currently available contents and on the methods used as well as to propose future developments for the Human Mortality Database Project. For more information see the flyer.

Social Psychology Quarterly Special Issue – “Social Networks and Social Psychology”. Interest in social network analysis has exploded in the past decade or so, partly triggered by the rapid development in new statistical methods for analyzing social networks and partly fueled by the increasing availability of social network data through popular social media sites. Recent advancements in social network analysis, however, have been largely structural and statistical. Social network analysis has been a central topic for Social Psychology Quarterly since the journal was still Sociometry when it aspired to focus on studying inter-personal relations. This special issue calls for papers that re-visit this root of social network analysis by studying thesocial psychological foundations of social networks and the interplay between social networks and social psychological processes. We expect the new research to advance both social network analysis and sociological social psychology in substantive or methodological terms. Selected topics include but are not limited to the following.
• Nature of social ties: meaning, strength, and multiplexity
• Network formation processes based on reciprocity, transitivity, preferential attachment,
and group processes
• Belonging/identity/trust/emotion and social networks
• Perception and knowledge of social networks
• Interplay between personality and social networks
• Network positions, status, and power processes
• Social influence network and social creation/contagion of norms
• Co-evolution of attitudes/beliefs and social networks
• Perceived inequality/redistributive justice and social networks
• Online network dynamics and social media bias
Full papers should be submitted at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/spq by June 1, 2019. See ‘‘Notice for Contributors’’ for the submission requirements. Please indicate in a cover letter that the paper is submitted for the special issue on “Social Networks and Social Psychology”. For more information on the special issue, please feel free to contact the SPQ Co-Editor Brent Simpson (bts@mailbox.sc.edu) or the special issue editors Weihua An (weihua.an@emory.edu), Matthew E. Brashears (brasheam@mailbox.sc.edu), and Cathryn Johnson (cjohns@emory.edu). 

Announcing the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Evolutionary Demography Society to be held January 10-12 in Miami, FL at the University of Miami, Coral Gables. For more information about registration and the conference hotel, please visit: https://evodemovi.weebly.com/. The Evolutionary Demography Society, founded in 2013, is focused on conceptual integration across disciplines, most notably human demography and evolutionary biology (but also ecology, sociology, anthropology, epidemiology, public health). Both demography and evolutionary biology are quantitative studies of population processes. Human populations are currently undergoing profound changes in age-structure, age-patterns of mortality and life expectancy with significant societal and public health consequences.  We are dedicated to hosting a mix of early/late career participants and to providing novel organizational techniques to promote scientific interactions at our conferences across a breadth of fields. Our goal at the meetings is to maximize participation and interactions among researchers.

Population Association of America seeks nominees for annual awards.  
All awards will be presented on April 12, 2019 at the PAA Annual Meeting in Austin, TX. Each award includes a plaque and a cash prize. All Nominations are due by January 31, 2019. Nominations are invited for the following:
•          Robert J. Lapham Award: This award recognizes members of PAA who contributed to the population profession through the application of demographic knowledge to policy issues. Send nominations to laphamaward@popassoc.org
•          Harriet B. Presser Award: A biennial award award that honors a record of sustained research contributions to the study of gender and demography. Send nominations to presseraward@popassoc.org
•          Irene B. Taeuber: This award is presented in recognition of an unusually original or important contribution to the scientific study of population or for an accumulated record of exceptionally sound and innovative research. Send nominations to taeuberaward@popassoc.org
•          Dorothy S. Thomas Award: Presented annually for the best graduate student paper on the interrelationships among social, economic and demographic variables. Send nominations to thomasaward@popassoc.org

The Berman Jewish DataBank is very pleased to announce that we have launched a new website. The new DataBank has a cleaner and more consistent look across the site, and it organizes our materials neatly into six major categories: U.S. NationalU.S. LocalU.S. TopicalCanadaGlobal and Resources. The new site also provides a robust search function, and it has the capacity to grow seamlessly as our holdings and functionality expand. The DataBank continues to be linked to the Berman Jewish Policy Archive and the Jewish Survey Question Bank, providing users with the resources of three sites in one. We also want to highlight several recent additions to our holdings, including:
*reports on the 2017 U.S.Canadian and global Jewish populations
*materials from local Jewish community studies in Detroit, the San Francisco Bay AreaBuffaloNashvilleSeattleWashington, DCPittsburgh and Naples
*the 2018 American Jewish Committee survey of U.S. and Israeli Jews
We hope the new DataBank website and our ever-growing collection of materials serve you well, and we are eager to hear your feedback.  We welcome comments, questions and suggestions at info@jewishdatabank.org.

GeoFLASHE Data Set Now Available for Free Download. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is pleased to announce the availability of a data set of neighborhood and contextual variables pulled from the Family Life, Activity, Sun, Health, and Eating (FLASHE) Study. FLASHE is a survey of psychosocial, generational (parent-adolescent), and environmental correlates of cancer-preventive behaviors from adolescents and their parents. The GeoFLASHE data set includes variables on neighborhood socioeconomic status; UV exposure; and neighborhood characteristics associated with walkability. Interested in learning more? Register for a webinar on how to use GeoFLASHE data on Monday, November 5, 2018, 11 a.m. – noon ET.

D-Lab offers training in Data Science
 this fall for students as well as pedagogical training for instructors. Visit the D-lab website for more information. D-lab regularly offers workshops and training in courses, one-on-one consulting for faculty, grad students and undergraduates, and working groups of focuses topics. One-on-one consulting also available. For more information and registration, visit http://dlab.berkeley.edu. You can now add D-Lab workshops to your bcalendar directly from D-Lab workshop description. 

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.

Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Initiative (BIMI.berkeley.edu) is a research center for the study of immigrants and immigration. BIMI has a mailing list (immigration_group@lists.berkeley.edu), which is where a good deal of immigration and migration announcements are posted, and not all of that material is posted on the PopSciences Weekly News.

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