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Weekly News — September 16, 2019

Wednesday, September 18 | 12-1 p.m. “Life course origins of dementia for black and white Americans” Mark Hayward, Sociology, University of Texas, Austin. Demography Brown Bag: | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room. Refreshments and cookies served.

NEW!! We are migrating 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: Click here to view

Monday, September 16, 2019, 2 – 3:30 p.m. “Intergenerational Mobility of Immigrants in the US over Two Centuries” Ran Abramitzky, Stanford University. , Evans Hall, room 597

Monday, September 16, 2019, 2 – 3:30 p.m. “Who is tested for heart attack and who should be: Predicting patient risk and physician error” Ziad Obermeyer, Berkeley School of Public Health

Evans Hall, room 648.

Tuesday, September 17 8:30 am to 6 pm. 2019 UC Berkeley Aging, Research & Technology Summit (ART): Disrupting Neurodegenerative Diseases. Announcing distinguished speakers for the UC Berkeley ART Summit Randy Schekman, Nobel Laureate Carol Christ, UC Berkeley Chancellor David Baltimore, Nobel Laureate (invited) Ehud Isacoff, Rauch Professor of Neuroscience Miyoung Chun, CEO Alzheimer’s X Join global leaders in the field of aging, neuroscience, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias who are developing the next generation of research, technology and services to disrupt neurodegenerative diseases. To register and see the updated program, see the information here. The program will specifically focus on sharing information with students and older adults engaged in the UC learning environment. The Summit will provide an opportunity to address innovative research, interventions and technology solutions that are emerging to address the challenges of a wide array of neurodegenerative diseases. . We expect the Summit to foster the cross-pollination of interdisciplinary ideas and help forge new collaborations between invited leaders in industry, government, and the not-for-profit sectors, while exposing students and key stakeholders alike to innovative research. The Summit will be attended by representatives from State of California government, Governor’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention and Preparedness, health technology start-ups and investors, and companies engaged in neuroscience and health care. The Summit is hosted by a group of UC Berkeley’s premier research and education programs: Center for Research and Education in Aging (CREA), Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Banatao Institute (CITRIS), OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Fung Fellowship for Wellness and Technology Innovations, the Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging (CEDA), and the Berkeley Brain Initiative. Location: Pauley Ballroom 2495 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94720.

September 19 | 2-3:30 p.m “Gender Differences in Job Search: Trading off Commute Against Wage” Alexandra Roulet, INSEAD. | 648 Evans Hall

September 16-23: National Postdoc Appreciation Week. The UC Berkeley Visiting Scholars & Postdoc Affairs program has many fun NPAW events planned: Postdocs, UC Berkeley loves you a latte. Kick off NPAW with coffee and pastry amongst peers and faculty mentors. First 100 postdocs will receive a free NPAW coffee mug! Let’s chill: postdoc ice cream social. Come and celebrate postdocs while enjoying delicious ice cream, shaved ice, and gelato. PostdocFest co-sponsored with Berkeley PDA (BPA). Live music, BBQ, & kid-friendly activities. 2019 Faculty Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring & Postdoc Achievement Award presented by vice chancellor of research Randy Katz, Ph.D. First 250 postdocs get free shirt. Also taking place: How to Make Stress your Friend, presented by Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., lecturer, Stanford University and author of The Upside of Stress and The Willpower Instinct. McGonigal is a health psychologist whose mission is to translate insights from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies that support personal well-being and strengthen communities. Say cheese! Professional photography session Co-sponsored by BPA. Event links: https://bit.ly/2kqsLKo and https://bit.ly/2lAPt2E. Get a free professional portrait taken by a professional photographer. Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your LinkedIn profile, Twitter handle, professional blog or whatever tools you use to project your professional image. On two days of NPAW!

Monday, September 23, 2019 • 12:30pm–1:30pm Policy Research Seminar: When Dad Can Stay Home: Fathers’ Workplace Flexibility and Maternal Health, With Maya Rossin-Slater (Stanford University). GSPP.

Wednesday, September 25 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM “Unbound: How Inequality Constricts Our Economy and What We Can Do about It” by Heather Boushey, PhD. CEO of Washington Center for Equitable Growth. IRLE, 2534 Channing Avenue.


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

NIH Grant writing workshop, Thursday September 19, 10 AM to 12 noon, 356 Barrows Hall (D-Lab). Register at Dlab.berkeley.edu. Even if you are only waitlisted, you should attend.

Questionnaire Design workshop. Tuesday September 17, 10 am to 12 noon, 356 Barrows Hall (D-Lab). Register at dlab.berkeley.edu. Even if you are only waitlisted, you should attend.

Secondary Analyses of Strengthening Families Datasets Grant

The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recently published a discretionary research funding announcements titled “Secondary Analyses of Strengthening Families Datasets.” Plans to award up to ten cooperative agreements to fund research to conduct secondary data analysis of archived data. These datasets are from large-scale federal evaluation impact studies, which addressed questions related to healthy marriage and/or responsible fatherhood. Letters of intent are due by September 11, 2019 and applications are due by October 11, 2019. Read the full announcement.

Early Career Work and Family Fellowship Program. The Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN) is seeking applicants for its 2020-2021 Early Career Work and Family Fellowships. The goal of the program is to help promising young scholars establish career successes, integrate them within the WFRN research community, and guide translation of their research to inform the work of decision-makers. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2019. Read more.

Research!America Call for Proposals for Science Student Groups Civic Engagement Projects. Proposals requested from graduate student- and postdoc-led science policy groups for the alliance’s civic engagement initiative. Program supports activities developed by students to connect directly with public officials and community leaders regarding the importance of scientific discovery and research. Applicants can apply for $1,000 to $3,000 in grants. Proposals are due by Friday, September 20, 2019 and more information can be found here.

Social Epigenomics Research Focused on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01-Clinical Trial Not Allowed): to support and accelerate human epigenomic investigations focused on identifying and characterizing the mechanisms by which social experiences at various stages in life, both positive and negative, affect gene function and thereby influence health trajectories or modify disease risk in racial/ethnic minority and other health disparity populations. For more information, visit https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-19-372.html.

Mobile Health: Technology and Outcomes in Low and Middle Income Countries (R21/R33 – Clinical Trial Optional) to encourage exploratory/developmental research applications that propose to study the development, validation, feasibility, and effectiveness of innovative mobile health (mHealth) interventions or tools specifically suited for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) that utilize new or emerging technology, platforms, systems, or analytics. The overall goal of the program is to catalyze innovation through multidisciplinary research that addresses global health problems, develop an evidence base for the use of mHealth technology to improve clinical and public health outcomes, and strengthen mHealth research capacity in LMICs. Applicants are required to propose partnerships between at least one U.S. institution and one LMIC institution. For more information, visit: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-19-376.html.

FCSM Research and Policy Conference,   April 14 – 16, 2020, Washington DC Convention Center. Submission Deadline:  Friday, September 20, 2019. The 2020 FCSM Research and Policy Conference will focus on the Federal Statistical System’s role in helping agencies and the public meet the demands of evidence-based policymaking. The conference provides a forum for experts and practitioners from around the world to discuss and exchange current methodological knowledge and policy insights about topics of current and critical importance to the Federal Statistical System. We seek abstracts that address the following topics from a research and/or policy perspective:
*Implications of the Foundations for Evidenced-Based Policymaking Act of 2018, including with implementation of the Federal Data Strategy, approaches to interagency data sharing, and encouraging program evaluators and analysts to use statistical data in their evidence building
*Data quality, including evaluating or communicating the quality of administrative or blended data
*Data access, open data, disclosure avoidance, or disclosure risk mitigation
*Advances in survey and statistical methodology on a variety of topics of importance to the Federal Statistical System such as:
*Survey design and data collection
*Estimation and analysis methods
*Measurement issues
*Geospatial statistics
*Economic measurement concepts, techniques
*Statistical literacy and communication of results
*Use of multiple data sources, including linkage and coverage
Policy Submissions: Abstracts should discuss a statistical policy topic listed above from the authors’ or agencies’ perspective. Submissions can discuss the implications or impacts observed thus far, and may raise questions or issues without having a definitive answer.
Research Submissions: Abstracts should present research studies and findings related to the topics listed above. Submissions should not simply describe a data collection program or be highly specialized.
Organized Session SubmissionsAdditionally, we seek submissions for organized sessions. An organized session submission should include 3 or 4 papers, a discussant and a chair. Organized sessions with both research and policy presentations will be given priority when the program is assembled.
Instructions: Submission instructions can be found at https://nces.ed.gov/FCSM

A special issue on “Advancements in Online and Mobile Survey Methods” in Survey Methods: Insights from the Field (https://surveyinsights.org/) sponsored by German Society for Online Research (DGOF). Guest editors: Bella Struminskaya (Utrecht University and DGOF) & Florian Keusch (University of Mannheim and DGOF). Over the past 15 years online and mobile surveys have evolved into an established data collection method in academic and applied social sciences and market research. Recent technological advancements further drive innovation and enable new measurement capabilities that potentially allow new and deeper insights into human interactions, attitudes, and behaviors. The aim of this special issue is to disseminate knowledge about the current state of online and mobile survey methods, focusing on the components of the Total Survey Error framework for cross-sectional and panel surveys as well as augmenting survey data with other data types. This special issue invites research articles of about 4,000 words. Topics on the advancement of the methodology of online and mobile surveys include, but are not limited to:

Coverage, sampling, nonresponse, measurement, adjustment, and weighting in online and mobile web surveys

Online panel quality and panel research

Survey design and survey gamification

Comparing online and mobile web surveys to traditional approaches (face to face, telephone, paper)

Use of paradata and passive measurement, including but not limited to, the research on consent and privacy

Combining self-reports from online and mobile surveys with data from other sources (e.g., passive mobile data collection through apps and sensors, social media data, administrative records)

Emergent forms of data collection, including chat-bots and survey messengers, voice recordings, photo and video upload, and others

Submissions to the special issue are welcome until 15 January 2020. Upon submission manuscripts will be peer-reviewed in accordance with standard journal practice and will be published online soon after acceptance. Timeline: January 15, 2020: Manuscript submission
April 30, 2020: Feedback from the reviewers and editors. June 30, 2020: Revisions due
July 30, 2020: Final feedback from the editors. September 15, 2020: Final draft due. October/November, 2020: Publication of the special issue.
Electronic copies of the manuscripts should be uploaded at https://surveyinsights.org following the guidelines of the Survey Methods: Insights from the Field (https://surveyinsights.org/?page_id=531). You may want to use the template of the Survey Methods: Insights from the Field (https://surveyinsights.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/SMIF-artticle-template.docx). To ensure consideration in the special issue, please check the category box “Advancements in Online and Mobile Survey Methods” on the right-hand column when creating a new article on the journal platform. Queries about this special issue should be directed to Bella Struminskaya at b.struminskaya@uu.nl. The authors submitting to this special issue are invited to submit their work to the GOR 2020 conference (paper abstracts due 15 November 2019; poster abstracts due 24 January 2020): https://www.gor.de/about/call-for-papers.html

IPUMS Health SurveysNHIS news: 2018 NHIS imputed income data are now available along with more than 100 variables from the 2018 cancer, asthma, immunization, and disability supplements.

National Academies #ReproducibilityChat. Join the National Academies on September 16 from 1 to 2 pm ET. In advance of the 9/24 symposium and 9/25-26 workshop on issues of reproducibility and replication in scientific research, the National Academies would like to hear your thoughts on ways that stakeholders can promote and encourage reproducibility in science. Read more.

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) will be offering a ten-day intensive course on “Fundamentals of Digital and Computational Demography” from December 2 to 13, 2019. The course will held at the MPIDR in Rostock, Germany. The application deadline is October 15, 2019. For more information and application instructions please see the attachment or visit https://tinyurl.com/y5j6ud7l. There is no tuition fee for this course. Students are expected to pay their own transportation and living costs. However, a limited number of travel grants will be available on a competitive basis for outstanding candidates who would visit the Lab of Digital and Computational Demography at MPIDR while taking the course.

NIH Grant Writing Workshop 
– back by popular demand! On Thursday, September 19, from 10 AM to 12 noon. Also, Introduction to Questionnaire Design, Tuesday, September 17, 10 AM – 12 noon. Both workshops taught by Dr. Leora Lawton. The fall D-lab intensives and short courses are starting in R, Python and much much more. 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 not all 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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