CSDE-news Bulletin

May 29, 2007

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Information Core Director, Molly McNees, leaving CSDE
CSDE End of Year Reception & 60th Anniversary Event
Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences Seminar -- Claudia Tarantola
13th Annual Global Trade, Transportation, and Logistics Studies Conference
2007 Gloyd Lecture -- Nina Wallerstein
NIH K Award Grant Writing Workshop
National Endowment for the Humanities: Summer Stipends
Wellcome Trust Training and Career Schemes in Global Health Research
NIH Symposia Series on Systems Science and Health
Penn State Work-Life Family Symposium
19th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education
Research Analyst I & II (Demography), California Department of Finance
Summer Program on Global Health Diplomacy
Summary of Center for Scientific Review Open House on Behavioral and Social Sciences
APC Announcement: Gearing Up For Appropriations

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CSDE Information Core Director, Molly McNees, has accepted a new position at Public Health Seattle & King County as a qualitative epidemiologist in the Epidemiology, Planning and Evaluation unit and will be leaving CSDE on May 31. We are very sorry to see her go, but are grateful for her important contributions to CSDE during the past year. Molly was instrumental in putting together the center grant proposal and has provided leadership on key issues such as the CSDE Library move. We wish her well in her new position and hope to see her at future CSDE seminars.

Well-qualified candidates for the Information Core Director position are currently being sought. The position is posted on UWHires (Req # 32811).

Shelly Lundberg

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CSDE End of Year Reception & 60th Anniversary Event

CSDE affiliates, students, staff, and friends are invited to attend our end-of-the-year reception in Parrington Hall Forum from 12:30-2:00 pm on Friday, June 1. We'll be celebrating the accomplishments of the past year and the 60th anniversary of CSDE. Refreshments will be available.

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Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences Seminar

"Bayesian Clustering for Row Effects Models"
Claudia Tarantola, Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods, University of Pavia, Italy

Wednesday, May 30
12:30 - 1:20pm
Savery 209

13th Annual Global Trade, Transportation, and Logistics Studies Conference

"Regional Prosperity, Sustainability, and Global Competitiveness"

Wednesday, June 6
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm (with reception)
University of Washington, Seattle Campus Bank of America Executive Education Center – Douglas Forum

Featuring Guest Speakers:
Bob Drewel, Executive Director, Puget Sound Regional Council; Jack Faris, President, Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association
Lee Huntsman, UW President Emeritus, and Professor, UW Bioengineering
Dr.Brian Nattrass, Managing Partner, Sustainability Partners, Inc.

The conference is free and open to the public, but due to limited seating registration is necessary. To register please contact GTTL Studies at gttl@u.washington.edu, or (206) 616-5778.

Include your name, organizational affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and email address.

Registration deadline is June 4, 2007.

Please visit our GTTL 13th Annual Conference web page for additional information: http://depts.washington.edu/gttl/conference07.htm

2007 Gloyd Lecture -- Nina Wallerstein

Power and Sustainability within Health Promotion Initiatives: A Cross-National Research Project
Nina Wallerstein, MPH, DrPH, Professor and Director, Masters in Public Health Program, School of Medicine, University of New Mexico

Friday, June 1
12:30-1:45pm (reception at noon)
T-625 Health Sciences Center

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NIH K Award Grant Writing Workshop

Is a Career Development Award in your future? Research Funding Service is offering a grant writing workshop

June 12th 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This workshop is targeted toward medical residents or fellows as well as Ph.D. postdoctoral fellows who are planning to write an NIH career development grant (K series), such as K01, K08, or K23. In this workshop, we will review a funded NIH K award, critiquing both the research plan and the career development plan.

To register for this workshop, please follow the link to the RFS website: http://healthlinks.washington.edu/rfs/gw/index.html. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation along with the location and room information.

If you can't attend this session, there will be additional grant writing workshops this year. For questions, please email rfs@u.washington.edu or call 206.685.8036. Workshops are open to current faculty, staff, and students.

The National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends competition supports two- and four-year college and university teachers and other humanists in their research and teaching by providing a stipend for two consecutive months of full-time study or research during the summer. The maximum stipend is $6,000. Each institution will be permitted to nominate two members of its faculty. Each nominee can be either a senior or a junior faculty member (junior nominees are defined as Assistant Professor, Instructor or Lecturer). Nominees will be selected by a faculty committee.

NEW! The Simpson Center will supplement in the amount of $4000 a successful NEH research proposal for a summer stipend in 2008, which will be funded at the level of $6000 by NEH, bringing the stipend up to the level of $10,000. The Simpson Center also pledges to award the proposals selected for submission by the College and submitted to the NEH an award of $6000 each in the event that they are not selected by NEH for support.

Detailed information about the awards can be found on the NEH website at: http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/stipends.html

Local Nomination Process: Instructions for Faculty

By Friday, August 10th, please submit a draft to Divisional Dean Ellen Kaisse of a detailed description for the proposed study, not to exceed three single-spaced pages or six double-spaced pages. Include a two-page C.V. and an endorsement by your department chair. Although it is not required, you are encouraged to send these documents electronically as MS Word or pdf files to Dean Kaisse's assistant, Kai Fujita, at fujitak@u.washington.edu. Your chair's endorsement should come directly from the chair to Kai.

By Monday, August 20th, Dean Kaisse will notify the two faculty selected to submit full proposals. The nominees must enter their applications on-line directly to NEH by the final deadline of October 1, 2007. (Please send a copy of the final proposal to this office also). The nominees will be asked to enter two people who will provide letters of reference, and should enter Ellen Kaisse, Divisional Dean of Arts and Humanities, as the institution’s nominating official. NEH will then send Dean Kaisse an email asking her to confirm the UW nominations.

For further information, please contact Vicky Palm in the A&S Dean’s Office (phone: 543-4134, email: palm@u.washington.edu.

cc: Kathleen Woodward, Director, Simpson Center for the Humanities

Training and Career Schemes in Global Health Research: Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust offers fellowships in public health or tropical medicine for developing country scientists at a range of career stages, from Master's research trainees to senior research leaders. These fellowships are open to researchers with appropriate experience working in fields relevant to health in developing countries, including biomedical or social sciences, public health, human or veterinary medicine and mathematical modelling. Applications are considered two or three times a year and the next deadline for preliminary applications is 16 July 2007.

Fellowships are also available for researchers from the European Economic Area who have an academic base in the UK and who wish to carry out research in a developing country. See the international funding pages on our website for further information on these schemes, research areas of interest and how to apply.


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NIH Symposia Series on Systems Science and Health

Katherine Faust, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Irvine
Thomas W. Valente, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Institute for Prevention Research, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Southern California

Network Analysis: Using Connections and Structures to Understand and Change Health Behaviors

Tuesday, June 12
10:00am - 12:00pm
Natcher Center, Bethesda, MD

Webcast at: http://videocast.nih.gov

Dr. Faust will present a non-technical overview of methods used to analyze networks, with an emphasis on social networks. Topics include: formal representations of social networks (graphs and sociomatrices), social network data considerations, and methods for analyzing social networks (connectivity, centrality, cohesive subgroups, equivalences and blockmodels, subgraphs, and structural hypotheses). Dr. Valente will describe methods for using network analysis to elucidate the antecedents and consequences of health-related behaviors. To do this, he will draw from a number of examples of his applied work in the areas of substance abuse prevention and treatment, contraceptive choices, and community coalitions among others. He will also describe how applied research utilizing network analysis methods can be used to stimulate improvement in individual, community and organizational behavior change programs. Prior experience with or exposure to network methods is not assumed.

This series is sponsored by the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and CDC?S Syndemics Prevention Network with support from the following NIH components: Division of Nutrition Research Coordination, Fogarty International Center, National Institute for Childhood Health and Human Development, National Institute for General Medical Sciences, and the National Cancer Institute.

Penn State Work-Life Family Symposium

"Work-Life Policies that Make a Real Difference for Individuals, Families, and Organizations" is the title of Penn State's 15th annual Symposium on Family Issues

October 8-9, 2007

Lead speakers will be Ellen Ernst Kossek, (Michigan State University School of Labor & Industrial Relations), Erin Kelly and Phyllis Moen (both of University of Minnesota), Susan Lambert (School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago), and Jennifer Glass (University of Iowa).

Discussants include Cynthia Thompson (Baruch College, City University of New York), Forrest Briscoe (Penn State), Netsy Firestein, (Labor Project for Working Families), Shelly M. MacDermid (Center for Families, Purdue University), Jeffrey Greenhaus (LeBow College of Business, Drexel University), Anisa M. Zvonkovic (Texas Tech University), Ruth Milkman (UCLA), Maureen Perry-Jenkins (University of Massachusetts), Noemí Enchautegui de Jesús (Syracuse University), Michael A. Smyer (Boston College), Chai Feldblum (Georgetown University Law Center), Ellen Galinsky (The Families and Work Institute).

The topic will be addressed by 16 top scholars from major universities and work-family research centers. The symposium is innovative for the integration of perspectives from multiple social sciences as well as for addressing policy implications. In an era of soaring health care costs, reducing work-life stress is a potential win-win proposition for employers, employees, and their families. Workplace policies that provide employees with more autonomy and flexibility in matters such as where and when they work, time off to deal with family concerns, and assistance with child care, offer opportunities for employers to support employees' lives outside of work. Such policies may result in bottom-line pay-offs in terms of enhanced recruitment, retention, productivity, and lower health care costs. The state of research knowledge in this area is sparse, however. Work-family researchers are just beginning to move beyond correlational, descriptive studies into exciting intervention research that evaluates the consequences of changes in workplace policies. These new investigations pay attention not only to the effects of formal policies, but to the implications of changes in the informal culture of the workplace, for employers, employees, and employees' families. As this new wave of research gets off the ground, it is timely to ask how the research community can inform workplace policy in this important area.

Symposium sponsors include the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Information and registration available at http://www.pop.psu.edu/events/symposium/2007.htm or contact Carolyn Scott (814)863-6806, css7@psu.edu.

19th IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion and Health Education

Health Promotion Comes of Age: Research, Policy & Practice for the 21st Century
Conference Theme--Reducing Health Inequities Assets for Health and Development: Enabling System Transformations Assessing the Effectiveness of Health Promotion

June 10th -15th
Vancouver , BC Canada

Confirmed Speakers:
Stephen Lewis; Marcia Hills; David McQueen; Ilona Kickbusch; Jeff Reading; Vivian Labrie; Paulo Buss; Esau Keukebata; Stephen Matlin; Nadarajah Sivarajah; David Butler-Jones; Maurice B. Mittelmark; Monique Bégin; Michael Marmot; Maria Dolores Fernós; Mary Amuyunzu-Nyamongo; Michel Autés

Invited Speakers:
Carlos Gaviria; Aminata Traore; Catherine Frazee

Website: http://www.iuhpeconference.org/

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Research Analyst I & II (Demography), California Department of Finance

The Demographic Research Unit in the California Department of Finance is encouraging applied demographers to submit applications for our examinations.


Summer Program on Global Health Diplomacy

Graduate Institute of International Studies June 18 - 23, 2007 Geneva , Switzerland "……Diplomacy is undergoing profound changes in the 21st century – and global health is one of the areas in which this is most manifest. The negotiation processes that shape and manage the global policy environment for health are increasingly not only conducted between public health experts representing governments. They now include many other major players at the national level and in the global arena, such as new philanthropies and public-private partnerships.

As health moves beyond its purely technical realm to become an ever more critical element in foreign policy, security policy and trade agreements, new skills are needed to negotiate international agreements and to maintain relations with a wide range of actors.

Website: http://hei.unige.ch/summer/healthindex.html

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Below is a link to a summary of the CSR Open House that was held on April 25. There is an opportunity to comment on the proceedings and recommendations developed at the Open House. Comments are due June 11.



Mark up of the House Labor-HHS-Education bill expected soon after Memorial Day. Please urge subcommittee members to increase funding for NCHS.

The State & Territorial Injury Prevention Directors Association issued a resolution to support funding for NCHS and vital statistics which they are circulating to key Members of Congress.

Research! America's new "Your Congress-Your Health" initiative is designed to increase the dialogue between Congress and the public about health research.

The data collected through this unique survey of Members of Congress will be very useful to the health community and the public. Please visit www.yourcongressyourhealth.org and send a message to your Representative and Senators requesting that they complete the Your Congress-Your Health questionnaire.

Alternatively, you may choose to copy the initiative's promotional advertisement at http://www.researchamerica.org/publications/ads/yourcongressMay07.pdf and fax it to your Representative and Senators.

The questionnaire can be viewed by the public at www.yourcongressyourhealth.org/about_questions.php.

For more information, please contact Bill Leinweber at 703-739-2577, ext. 11, or via e-mail at bill@researchamerica.org.

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