Population Science News

Weekly News — September 9, 2019

Wednesday, September 11 | 12-1 p.m. Sam Clark, Sociology, Ohio State University. A General Mortality Model & Moving Verbal Autopsy from Research to Routine Use. Demography Brown Bag: | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room. Refreshments and cookies served.

To view past brown bag presentations: http://www.vimeo.com/berkeleypopscience.

Monday, September 9, 2019 • 12:00 pm–1:30pm (note corrected time). Policy Research Seminar: “Valuing the Global Mortality Consequences of Climate Change Accounting for Adaptation Costs and Benefits” with Sol Hsiang. GSPP, 2607 Hearst.

Wednesday, September 11 | 12-1 p.m. Sam Clark, Sociology, Ohio State University. A General Mortality Model & Moving Verbal Autopsy from Research to Routine Use. Demography Brown Bag: | 2232 Piedmont, Seminar Room. Refreshments and cookies served.

To view past brown bag presentations: http://www.vimeo.com/berkeleypopscience.

Monday, September 9, 2019 • 12:00 pm–1:30pm (note corrected time). Policy Research Seminar: “Valuing the Global Mortality Consequences of Climate Change Accounting for Adaptation Costs and Benefits” with Sol Hsiang. GSPP, 2607 Hearst.

Monday, September 9 | 2-3:30 p.m. “Unequal Use of Social Insurance Benefits: The Role of Employers” Maya Rossin-Slater, Stanford School of Medicine. | 648 Evans Hall.

Tuesday, September 10 | 12:30-2:00pm “Legal Passing: Navigating Undocumented Life and Local Immigration Law” Angela S. García, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago. Latinx Research Center, 2547 Channing Way. Lunch will be provided.


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!

Wednesday, September 18 | 12-1 p.m. “Life course origins of dementia for black and white Americans” with Mark Hayward, U Texas Austin. Demography Brown Bag:

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

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.


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) Announces Mid-Atlantic Regional Workshop on Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM)-Related Health Research. The Regional Workshop is being held on October 11, 2019 in collaboration with the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To register, please visit https://www.scgcorp.com/sgmroregphiladelphia. The workshop is free to attend but space is limited.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) Application Cycle this year is September 1 – November 15, 2019. Awardees can receive up to $100,000 of qualified educational debt repayment with a two-year contract.  Go to www.lrp.nih.gov to learn more and apply.

NSF – The Accountable Institutions and Behavior (AIB) Program (PD 19-120Y) supports basic scientific research that advances knowledge and understanding of issues broadly related to attitudes, behavior, and institutions connected to public policy and the provision of public services. Research proposals are expected to be theoretically motivated, conceptually precise, methodologically rigorous, and empirically oriented. Substantive areas include (but are not limited to) the study of individual and group decision-making, political institutions (appointed or elected), attitude and preference formation and expression, electoral processes and voting, public administration, and public policy. This work can focus on a single case or can be done in a comparative context, either over time or cross-sectionally. The Program does not fund applied research. The Program also supports research experiences for undergraduate students and infrastructural activities, including methodological innovations. In addition, we encourage you to examine the websites for the National Science Foundation’s Law and Science (LS) and Security and Preparedness (SAP) programs.  Due dates are January 15 2020 and annually thereafter, and August 17 2020 and annually on August 15 thereafter.  For more information, see https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505715&org=NSF&more=Y#more

NIH is serious about developing a diverse community of scholars.  Please read the NIA blog for ideas and programs that seek to develop underrepresented scholars (nb: the blog refers to the MSTEM program and we have such a program at Berkeley, Cal-ADAR): https://www.nia.nih.gov/research/blog/2019/09/supporting-best-science-means-supporting-diverse-talent.

Strategies for Successful Recruitment and Retention of Minority Elders – Full Day Workshop (Nov 13, Austin TX) Registration is open for this NIA/Resource Centers on Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) Workshop on Promoting Innovative Research in Minority Aging. It will be held as a preconference session at the 2019 Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) annual meeting located at the Austin Convention Center. The workshop provides a forum for researchers to learn about approaches to study design and implementation that maximize recruitment and retention of minority elder study participants over time. Special attention will be paid to these issues in studies related to cognitive aging. The keynote speaker is Dr. Cerise Elliot, program director for the Dementias of the Aging Branch at the National Institute on Aging. Other presenters and panelists include leading experts and community stakeholders. Visit https://rcmar.org/events/precon-2019/ for the workshop program and details or go directly to GSA’s Preconference Workshop Registration page to register.

RWJF’s Health Policy Fellows program is seeking mid-career health professionals, behavioral and social scientists, and others with a background in health and health care who want hands-on health policy and leadership experience.

Fellows reside in Washington, D.C. for 12 months and work in congressional or executive branch offices of their choosing, such as the Department of Health and Human Services or U.S. Senate and House offices and committees. Up to six awards of $165,000 each will be made in 2020. In addition to funding support, Fellows emerge from the program with leadership skills and a powerful professional network. Learn more about the application process and eligibility requirements >

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.

NIMHD is sponsoring a special issue of Ethnicity & Disease, “Structural Racism and Discrimination: Impact on Minority Health and Health Disparities,” and inviting researchers, scientists, physicians, and others to submit manuscripts. Abstracts are due by September 30, 2019. https://ethndis.org/edonline/index.php/ethndis/announcement

International Seminar on Family Demography and Family Law around the World. Montreal, Canada, 27–29 April 2020. Seminar organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Family Demography and Family Law and the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), and hosted by the Centre Urbanisation Culture Société de l’INRS (Montreal, Canada). Deadline for submission of abstracts extended to 15 September 2019. Download Call for Papers in PDF.

Getting Your First NIH Grant (Webinar, 9/10/2019). Are you thinking of developing an NIH proposal to support additional career development or a research project? Are you overwhelmed by the grant writing and submission process? Join us as we convene an interdisciplinary panel of scholars who have ongoing NIH funding and will share their advice about preparing your first NIH career-development or research project grant. Click here to register: https://iaphs.org/webinar-registration/. Date: 09/10/2019, Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM EDT.


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The application for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is now open, and the Graduate Fellowships Office is here to help applicants.  Please forward this message to graduate students in science, technology, engineering and math fields. All applicants should carefully read the GRFP Program Solicitation available with the application at: https://www.research.gov/grfp/Login.do.

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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