Weekly News, September 19, 2022

Research on the effects of policy changes (example, the Affordable Care Act) and emerging and evolving public health crises (past and current examples include the Zika Virus, the COVID-19 pandemic, Hurricane Katrina) are now high priority research areas at NICHD. Read about it in the Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Research on the Impact of Policy Changes and Emerging and Evolving Public Health Crises on NICHD Populations of Interest (NOT-HD-22-038).

The NIA recently posted their latest cleared concepts for aging research that were approved by our National Advisory Council on Aging (NACA) earlier this month. Researchers who seek a peek over the horizon at likely future priorities for NIA-supported science may wish to take note and plan ahead in case these concepts evolve into funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). Read here.

Graduate students and postdocs in UC Berkeley’s Demography Department are invited to join the newly-formed ‘Demography Workshop,’ an informal event designed for participants to take turns sharing their works-in-progress and to receive constructive feedback, all in a supportive setting. The Workshop meets every other Thursday from 10-11am in person and over Zoom. The completion of the Workshop at the end of this semester will be marked by a larger symposium, where each participant will present their research to a broader audience. It’s not too late to join. Email organizers Maddie Duhon at mduhon@berkeley.edu or Sharon Green at sharongreen@berkeley.edu for more information.

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September 19 | 2-3:30pm | UC Berkeley Department of Sociology | Ryan Finnigan, Senior Research Associate at UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation, will give a talk entitled, “Crisis on Top of a Crisis: Homelessness and the COVID-19 Pandemic in California.” Today 2-3:30pm. In-Person: 402 Social Sciences Building. Zoom: https://berkeley.zoom.us/j/93404872623?pwd=bDBjU2ljclg2MWVGTU9BTzA4dnhyUT09

Meeting ID: 934 0487 2623

Passcode: 946373

September 20 | 10am-12pm | Institute for South Asia Studies | Virtual Panel Discussion | “Birth Controlled:  Selective Reproduction and Neoliberal Eugenics in South Africa and India.” Speakers: Amrita Pande, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Cape Town; Banu Subramaniam, Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; C Sathyamala, Visiting fellow, International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University, Rotterdam; Vasudha Mohanka, Independent Researcher; Meghna Mukherjee, PhD Candidate, Sociology, UC Berkeley; Johanna Gondouin, Assistant Professor in Gender Studies at Linköping University. Moderator: Elora Shehabuddin, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and of Global Studies, UC Berkeley. Event detail

September 21 | 12-1 pm | UC Berkeley Demography Brown Bag Colloquium | Filiz Garip, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Dr. Garip will present “Weather Fluctuations, Migration and Inequality.” Zoom Meeting ID: 934 6654 8260. Password: DEMOG_BB. Event details.   


Join the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS)/National Study of Caregiving (NSOC) 2022-2023 Webinar Series. Webinars will be held monthly from 12-1 PM (ET) on Fridays via Zoom. The first will be held on October 7th. To receive reminders with login information, please register.

New R24 Network on Education & Dementia. The Network on Education, Biosocial Pathways, and Dementia in Diverse Populations, funded by the National Institute on Aging, announces their upcoming Grant Proposal Workshop for Network members. The goal of the workshop is to provide feedback and mentoring to Network members on their planned NIA Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) grant submissions to increase their funding success and encourage sustained commitment to unpacking the education—ADRD relationship. The workshop will be virtual. Read more.

Recordings of Annual Meeting Plenary Sessions Now Available. Full recordings of the plenary sessions from the 2022 Annual Meeting are now posted in the Annual Meeting Video Archive. These include the ASA Awards Ceremony and Presidential Address; Beyond Control: Immigration Policy in an Era of Enforcement; Abortion Rights in Crisis: Reflections on Dobbs v. Jackson; and Decentering Sociology from the Global North: Going Beyond Theory and Epistemology.

September 21 | 10 – 11am Eastern | Population Council | Webinar: Addressing Urban Disparities in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Engage with the Population Council and invited experts from UN-Habitat, PSI, and the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in a panel discussion regarding urban disparities in SRHR, and the challenges and opportunities for leveraging the urban context to tackle these disparities. More information and register.

September 23 | 12-1pm Eastern | The Population Association of America is pleased to sponsor this virtual briefing, “Assessing COVID Economic Relief: What Worked, What’s Next?,” on Friday, September 23, from 12 to 1pm ET featuring a panel of experts who will present findings illuminating how certain policies and programs, such as cash transfers and child tax credits, have affected the post-pandemic economy and the labor force. The briefing will also address what questions still remain as the nation recovers. Read more and register.

October 24th, 9am – October 25th, 12:30pm, Eastern | 29th Annual Symposium on Family Issues – Penn State University | State College, PA or virtual TBD. Title: Family Socialization Around Race/Ethnicity and Racism: Advancing Understanding of Racial/Ethnic Inequalities in the U.S. Description: Despite its significance for individuals, families and the larger society, research on family socialization on issues of race and racism remains limited. The goal of the 2022 Family Symposium is to draw scholars’ attention to the study of family socialization around racial/ethnic inequalities and racism in the U.S., with a focus on family programs, practices and policies to address this national challenge and its widespread implications. Toward stimulating interdisciplinary and translational research on families, the Family Symposium will examine the role of race and racism in the U.S., racial socialization in families of color, and antiracist socialization in white families. Registration is required. The Symposium on Family Issues is sponsored annually by The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R13 HD048150). More information here. Registration: redcap.ctsi.psu.edu/surveys/?s=8PLANKDJMNPPP8RD


Whether you’re looking for a bird’s eye view of the grants process or a deep dive into the details, the 2022-2023 Virtual NIH Grants Conference Center and the NIH Exhibit Hall can help you get started. Imagine walking through an exhibit hall with booths and presentation signage…but virtually. The NIH Exhibit Hall remains open for you to visit 24/7 now through the main conference in February 2023. Take advantage of the time to peruse these resources and attend monthly events on different topics in the meantime. Link: https://nexus.od.nih.gov/all/2022/09/16/its-a-great-time-to-explore-resources-at-the-nih-grants-conference-exhibit-hall/

In response to the OIG recommendations, we are reminding grant applicants and recipients again today of NIH’s Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) and Other Support grant requirements. We encourage all those involved in the NIH grants process to review this information carefully to ensure compliance. Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) and Other Support: Reminders

On October 17th, the NICHD is celebrating 60 years of NICHD research at the 60th anniversary virtual symposium. Tune in for reflections from NICHD leadership, panel discussions with researchers and health advocates, and more. Register to attend: https://web.cvent.com/event/d23ccb32-83c3-49e3-8cb1-a7c726f19e0b/summary.

NIH Request for Information (RFI) on the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR) Strategic Plan 2023-2028. The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to inform the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) in finalizing their 2023 – 2028 Strategic Plan priorities and strategic objectives for behavioral and social science research (BSSR) at NIH. OBSSR seeks feedback on the- scientific priorities and cross-cutting themes that are proposed for its next strategic plan. These were developed based on an evaluation of the previous strategic plan, a previous RFI, and listening sessions with multiple groups internal and external to the NIH.

Please note, the themes and priorities are intentionally not specific to any given diseases or conditions, as NIH’s Institutes and Centers serve as the best place for disease or condition specific research. As a Coordinating Office, OBSSR’s efforts best serve to emphasize efforts in addressing important cross-cutting gaps, and to accelerate important areas of new research. Release Date: September 16, 2022. Response Date: November 14, 2022. Read more: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-22-211.html

The NIH has posted materials from their August 11th webinar: Understanding the New NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy. Materials from the presentation are available on the Learning page of the NIH Scientific Data Sharing website, including the webinar recording and resource slide deck which includes a list of helpful links.

Part II of the August 11th webinar, Diving Deeper into the New NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy, will be held September 22nd. In this webinar, specialists will expand on the information provided in Part 1 and dive deeper into topics like privacy protections for data from human participants and justifiable limitations on sharing data.


New funding opportunity: RWJF Health Policy Fellows. Gain unmatched health policy leadership experience in Washington, D.C. The RWJF Health Policy Fellows program is offering up to six awards of up to $165,000 each, along with a 12-month residential placement in Washington, D.C., for motivated mid-career professionals. Through pairings with congressional and executive offices, the program offers an unmatched opportunity for fellows to gain hands-on experience at the nexus of public health, science, and policy.  Do you qualify? Apply by November 7. Join an informational conference call on September 27, October 12, or October 25 for an overview and answers to frequently asked questions.

Apply for 2023 Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants. We’re accepting applications for the 2023 ASA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (ASA DDRIG). Applications are due November 1, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. Eastern. The ASA DDRIG program supports theoretically grounded empirical investigations to advance understanding of fundamental social processes. Up to 25 awards of a maximum of $16,000 are given each year. For proposal submission guidelines, FAQs, resources, and the application link, please visit the DDRIG webpage

Pilot grants from the Social, Behavioral, and Economic COVID Coordinating Center foster innovative measurement of social, behavioral, and economic indicators that are important correlates and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pilot grants address COVID-19 impact on health disparities and vulnerable populations, foster new collaborations across research teams, and engage researchers from underrepresented groups in the consortium. Learn more and view the full RFP.


Census Bureau requests input regarding 2030 Census Preparations. On August 17th, the Census Bureau issued a Federal Register Notice seeking comments on the 2030 Census. Specifically, the Bureau is seeking input regarding five major topics:  Reaching and Motivating Everyone to Respond to the Census; Technology; New Data Sources; How We Contact Respondents; and Respondent Support. PAA will be sending a survey to all members requesting input to help inform comments that the organization submits. We also want to make individual members aware of the opportunity to submit their own comments as well. Comments are due November 15. Read more.

Attention users and potential users of Survey on Income and Program Participation (SIPP) data. Please complete a 10-minute anonymous questionnaire about your experiences in working with (or trying to work with) the SIPP data. This information will help towards providing SIPP data that are both usable and confidential. For more information and to complete the questionnaire. Please complete it by Sept. 30.

Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize in Social Science and Public Policy. The American Academy of Political and Social Science is accepting nominations for the annual Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize in Social Science and Public Policy. The winner receives a $20,000 cash award and will be honored at a public event in 2023, where they will be asked to deliver a public lecture.

Call for Proposals: Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America. The Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America (NLCHDD), funded by the National Institute on Aging, invites interested researchers to submit pilot proposals that have the potential to better understand how US adult health and mortality outcomes are shaped by multiple (e.g., state and local) contexts simultaneously. Now in its ninth year of operation, the NLCHDD is a research network funded by the National Institute on Aging that promotes population research dedicated to understanding health dynamics and disparities in the United States. The network is led by Jennifer Ailshire (University of Southern California), Sarah Burgard (University of Michigan), Robert Hummer (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill), and Jennifer Karas Montez (Syracuse University). It includes seasoned and emerging investigators from universities around the country. This coming year, our focus will be on how multiple geographic contexts jointly influence disparities and trends in adult health and mortality. We are soliciting pilot projects in that area of focus. Submission Instructions: Please submit proposals as a single PDF file by Friday, October 14th to Kathy Forrest at agingnetwork@syr.edu.

For more information about scientific issues, please contact: 

Jennifer Ailshire, University of Southern California (email: ailshire@usc.edu)

Sarah Burgard, University of Michigan (email: burgards@umich.edu

Robert Hummer, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (email: rhummer@email.unc.edu)

Jennifer Karas Montez, Syracuse University (email: jmontez@syr.edu

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