Population Science News

Weekly News — October 8, 2019

Wednesday, October 9 | 12-1 p.m. Demography Brown Bag: Margot Jackson (Sociology, Brown University) will present, “Public Investments and Class Gaps in Parents’ Educational Expenditures.”| 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room. Refreshments and cookies served.

NEW!! We migrated our videos to a Population Sciences channel–they are easier to organize and find there and will get much more traffic than on Vimeo. The Brown Bag talks have been organized into playlists: http://bit.ly/2kZvaME.

Wednesday, October 9 | 12-1 p.m. Demography Brown Bag: Margot Jackson (Sociology, Brown University) will present, “Public Investments and Class Gaps in Parents’ Educational Expenditures.”| 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room. Refreshments and cookies served.

NEW!! We migrated our videos to a Population Sciences channel–they are easier to organize and find there and will get much more traffic than on Vimeo. The Brown Bag talks have been organized into playlists: http://bit.ly/2kZvaME.

Monday, October 7 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. “A Glimpse at the Vulnerable Population’s Access to Sexual Health Service in China” Rebekah Gong.  Berkeley Way West: Conference Room, 6122, 2121 Berkeley Way.

Tuesday October 8 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. “From the Inside Out: (Some of) What I have learned in 23 years of Research with Youth Experiencing Homelessness” with Colette (Coco) Auerswald. | 5101 Berkeley Way West.

October 9, 2019 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. “The Bargaining Power of Older Workers and the US Labor Market” with Teresa Ghilarducci, New School for Social Research. IRLE 2521 Channing Way.

Friday, October 11 | 4 p.m. “Human Mobility and Urban Resilience in America’s Cities” Ryan Qi Wang, Northeastern University. | 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Sept. 16, 2019, through March 2, 2020 “Power and the People: The Census and Who Counts.”  An exhibit at the Brown Gallery in Doe Library. Read more here: https://news.lib.berkeley.edu/census.

Monday, October 14, 2019 • 12:30pm–1:30pm. “Administrative Burden: Policymaking By Any Other Means” With Pamela Herd, Professor (Georgetown, McCourt School). Goldman School of Public Policy, 2607 Hearst Avenue.

Friday, October 18, 12 – 1:30 PM. Brown Bag Presentation and Discussion: Is Home Gardening An Effective Entry Point For Reducing Vulnerability and Improving Household Welfare?  With MDP student Guillaume, Hansen, Rebecca Gerny and supervisor Dr. Robin Marsh. A Population Health and Environment project. 311 Wellman Hall.

BIMI will be hosting a public research symposium on October 11 regarding the release of three new research projects on immigrant services, focusing on the upcoming public charge rule changes, local Bay Area barriers, and a spatial mismatch between where services are provided and where they are most needed. The event will also feature discussion with policymakers, service organizations, and other stakeholders. There’s more information and a link to register below, and on the event website. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions (cplant@berkeley.edu).

RAND Summer Institute 2020.  The Workshop on Aging is targeted to pre- and post-doctoral students and junior faculty, and to more senior researchers new to aging research. Topics will be drawn from research areas in the social sciences, including discussions of savings, retirement, disability, demography, psychology, and quality of life issues. In each session, leading experts will discuss the state of the literature, integrating results from their own research and supplementing these overviews with more detailed analyses of specific topics.  See attached flyer for more information.

The Russell Sage Foundation (RSF), in partnership with the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), seeks to advance innovative research on economic mobility and access to opportunity in the United States. We are particularly interested in research focused on diagnosing and addressing structural barriers to economic mobility in this country. This initiative is designed to support early- and mid-career tenure-track scholars, and to promote diversity by prioritizing applications from scholars who are underrepresented in the social sciences. This includes racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity. RSF has a long-standing goal of encouraging methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration. We are interested in novel uses of new or under-utilized data, and creative uses of administrative data. Proposals might include exploratory fieldwork, a pilot study, field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, ethnographies, or the analysis of existing data. The full RFP includes examples of the kinds of research topics and questions that are relevant to this competition. This list is not all-encompassing and is only intended to suggest a sample range of eligible topics and questions. For all topics, research at the intersection of demographic characteristics or intersectional analyses that include race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, immigration status, socio-economic status, and/or others, is encouraged. The research topics and questions listed in the RFP illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of economic mobility research. On their own they are not indicative of the programmatic priorities and advocacy objectives of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The sample research questions are listed under these broad topic areas: Income & Wealth, Neighborhood Characteristics and Place-Based Interventions, Gentrification, Segregation, and Housing Policy, Education, Social Capital, Youth and Young Adults of Color, Criminal Justice & the Legal System, Accessing the Safety Net, Labor Markets. The deadline for proposals is December 3, 2019, for funding starting by June 1, 2020. Eligibility is limited to faculty who have not previously received a research grant or a visiting fellowship from RSF. Funding can be used for investigator salary, course buyouts, research assistance, data access, data collection, conference travel, and other research costs on a case by case basis. Questions should be sent to programs@rsage.orgPlease click here for the full RFP, including example research questions.

Secondary Analyses of Strengthening Families Datasets HHS-2020-ACF-OPRE-PR-1565The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to award up to ten cooperative agreements to fund research to conduct secondary data analysis of archived data, specifically the Building Strong Families (BSF), Supporting Healthy Marriage (SHM), and Parents and Children Together (PACT) datasets. These datasets are from large-scale federal evaluation impact studies, which addressed questions related to healthy marriage and/or responsible fatherhood.  Successful applicants will demonstrate a familiarity with the proposed data for their analysis and an adequate understanding of the variables, sampling, methodology, etc. used to construct the dataset necessary for completion of the work proposed in the application. Proposed research should address topics relevant to strengthening families to improve the lives of children and parents, as well as promote economic stability. Topics of interest include, but may not be limited to the following: mediators of healthy marriage, relationship education, and/or fatherhood programs; measurement issues related to healthy marriage, relationship education, and/or fatherhood programs with low-income families; or father involvement in low-income families. Letter of Intent Due Date: 10/25/2019; Application Due Date: 11/25/2019.

Campus Winter Curtailment for Research Administration and Compliance (including SPO) this year is from 12 noon on Friday, December 20, 2019 through Friday, January 3, 2020 during the campus energy curtailment. All offices will reopen on Monday, January 6, 2020.  That means that proposals due to funders in late December and early January must be submitted to SPO in mid-December. Please see details here: https://rac.berkeley.edu/winter_curtailment.html.

Pacific Sociology Association (PSA): Submissions to present at the PSA 2020 conference are open now, closing on Oct. 15. You can find lots of information in the Fall PSA newsletter, including the Call for Papers and information about submitting to present at PSA 2020.

European Social Survey
 – Call for teams to develop a module to be included in Round 11 of ESS is now open. We wish to attract social scientists from across Europe who are interested in comparative survey data to apply for the opportunity to design a module of 30 items. Teams can also include members from outside of Europe too as long as certain conditions are met.  Applications are invited from multinational teams with a minimum of three and up to five subject specialists. Team members should be based in at least three different ESS countries with at least one team member from an ESS ERIC Member or Observer country. Applications are invited for both ‘new’ rotating modules and for ‘repeats’ of prior modules. This is a rare opportunity for teams of social scientists to field theoretically-driven questionnaire modules on a high quality comparative social survey completed by the rich data captured in the ESS core questionnaire. Successful teams will work closely with the Core Scientific Team on the design and testing of the module prior to it being fielded in ESS participating countries.  There is a 2-stage selection process and the deadline for stage 1 applications is 17 January 2020. Successful teams will be selected by the Scientific Advisory Board of the ESS. For further details and information on how to apply please click here.

An upcoming workshop is introduction to Qualtrics to be held on October 10.  Be sure to check their calendar by visiting 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.

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 only some of that material is posted on the PopSciences Weekly News.

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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