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May 13, 2008

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ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE DIRECTOR
CSDE Retreat Promotes Thoughtful Discussions
CSDE WEEKLY SEMINAR
Samuel Preston -- Recent Portraits of American Mortality
CSDE ANNOUNCEMENTS
Nathan Cosgray is Leaving CSDE
CSDE Position Open -- Work-Study Computing Assistant
CSDE AFFILIATE & FELLOW NEWS
Colloquium Series in Anthropology -- Bettina Shell-Duncan
Statnet, developed by Mark Handcock, Steven Goodreau and Martina Morris, is featured in the Journal of Statistical Software
Stevan Harrell is Interviewed About China's Earthquake
CAMPUS SEMINARS & EVENTS OF INTEREST
Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences Seminar -- Mara Tableman
Critical Medical Humanities Seminar -- Jerome Bickenbach
Roundtable on the International Phenomenon of Women’s Studies -- Qiqi Shen
World Health Cinema -- The Price of Sugar
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Support for Projects Using Systems Science Methodologies to Protect and Improve Population Health
CONFERENCES
2008 Add Health Users Conference
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Strategic Advisor -- Seattle City Light, Integrated Resource Planning
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Macroeconomic Literacy Training -- Health Alliance International
Post Doc Position -- Univ of WI-Madison, Center for Demography & Ecology
OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST
Human Subjects? It's Yes or No
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation -- Joseph Campo
Population Reference Bureau Discuss Online -- The Middle East Youth Bulge: Causes and Consequences

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ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE DIRECTOR

CSDE Retreat Promotes Thoughtful Discussions

On May 2nd, about 45 of CSDE's faculty affiliates, graduate students, and staff members gathered at the HUB for lunch with Dean Ana Mari Cauce and Divisional Dean Judy Howard before moving on to the UW Club for our first annual retreat. Dean Cauce spoke of the College's enthusiasm and support for CSDE's research support and training mission, and acknowledged CSDE as a leader in promoting interdisciplinary collaborations.

During the first session, CSDE in 2012, a brief presentation by David Hyllegard, CSDE Information Core Director, and Anne Zald, UW Libraries, was followed by a discussion of the changing role of information services at population centers. The issues raised included a need for improved guidance and training for finding and using demography resources on the web, the possibility of using existing resources at the UW and beyond to increase dissemination of research results, and a desire for more information about CSDE staff, services, and activities, provided through e-news and the website. Charlie Hirschman introduced a set of issues concerning future directions for CSDE's graduate training program, including the possibility of establishing a broader group of CSDE-affiliated students and opportunities for improving recruiting, advising, and mentoring. Considerable support was expressed for an expanded, more active role for CSDE in graduate training.

The second session of the afternoon examined some emerging research areas in demography and current opportunities for external funding. Research trends and funding agency priorities were introduced by David Takeuchi (health disparities), Bob Plotnick (aging), Kathy O'Connor (biodemography) and me (family change and variation), and a discussion followed that highlighted the connections between these areas and possible opportunities for collaboration and effective hiring initiatives. I expect to see some working group proposals to CSDE's seed grant program emerging from the subsequent conversations.

It seems to be a good idea for us to occasionally get together as a community to discuss broader issues, in addition to the smaller groups in which we usually discuss CSDE policies and activities. There is some sentiment for scheduling future retreats in the fall, rather than the spring. Please let me know what you think. My thanks to those who attended and made this such a successful event.

Shelly

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CSDE WEEKLY SEMINAR

Samuel Preston -- Recent Portraits of American Mortality

Friday, May 16
12:30 - 2:00 PM
Parrington Hall Forum

CSDE Seminar Schedule

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CSDE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Nathan Cosgray is Leaving CSDE

After nearly 5 years of great service to CSDE, Nathan Cosgray has accepted a position at the Seattle Public Library downtown. His last day will be May 23rd.

His contributions to the CSDE Computing Core have been legendary. Through his efforts, CSDE has secured the funding and built out the Windows system infrastructure that we all enjoy and rely on for our daily work. He has also been managing the CSDE Web Server, Database, Backup system, Firewall, VPN server, and many more... In fact, there is not one computing system at CSDE that Nathan hasn't been a big part of.

Nathan is one of those rare individuals we are somehow fortunate enough to meet in our lifetime: Easy to work with, considerate and sensitive, a great listener, a can-do attitude, and the technical chops to get stuff done both quickly and well. Cori Mar sums him up best when she says "Nathan is highly competent and everybody loves him."

Please join us in wishing Nathan all the best in his new projects, challenges, and endeavors!

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CSDE Position Open -- Work-Study Computing Assistant

Available: 5/12/2008
Contact: Email, 218H Raitt Hall, (206) 616-6169

General Description:
This position will assist in the day to day operation of the computing infrastructure. UP TO 19 hours per week. This is a great opportunity to gain experience working in an IT organization and providing technical assistance in a friendly, interdisciplinary center on the Quad.

The Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology serves faculty and students working in the field of population research. Our computing serves the day to day operations of the center, affiliates research, and student classwork and projects. CSDE’s mission is the support of research and training in the field of demography. Learn more at http://csde.washington.edu/

We are seeking a person who enjoys working with a variety of people (faculty, students, & staff) and is detail oriented.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Provide end-user support for the CSDE computing community
  • Respond to walk-up and email requests for assistance
  • Work with Computing Core staff on other computing projects as needed
Other Duties (training provided):
  • Assist with computer account management
  • Assist with Center Core projects as needed
  • Provide some basic technology support
  • Assist Statistics Core with AddHealth paperwork
  • Monitor CSDE Computer Lab, change toner, etc
  • For all three Cores: as requested / special assignments
  • Other duties as necessary
Required:
  • Experience with Microsoft Windows
  • Willingness to help users with occasional questions / problems a must!
Desirable:
  • Experience with Publishing software: (such as) Acrobat, PowerPoint,
  • Word, Excel, Windows 95 - XP Pro, Microsoft Office
Not required but useful skills or interests:
  • Remote Desktop
  • HTML
  • Experience with hardware and software installation a plus
  • UNIX / Linux – interested in working with or learning
Educational Benefits:
  • Develop skills in teamwork, communication, and working with clients
  • Experience in working in an IT organization

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CSDE AFFILIATE & FELLOW NEWS

Colloquium Series in Anthropology -- Bettina Shell-Duncan

Bettina Shell-Duncan, Professor, UW Anthropology
"Settlement, Development and Dietary Change: The Ecology of Iron Deficiency in Northern Kenya"

Friday, May 16
3:30 - 5:00 PM
Denny 401

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Statnet, developed by Mark Handcock, Steven Goodreau and Martina Morris, is featured in the Journal of Statistical Software

The Journal of Statistical Software has published a special issued devoted to statnet. Developed by CSDE affiliates Handcock, Goodreau, and Morris, and Carter T. Butts and David R. Hunter, statnet is a statistical software package used for modeling network data. Handcock, Goodreau, and Morris are authors of seven of the nine articles.

See the volume here: http://www.jstatsoft.org/v24

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Stevan Harrell is Interviewed About China's Earthquake

Stevan Harrell discussed the earthquake in China on KMYQ Fox News yesterday. Click on the image titled "Local Ties to Earthquake in China" to see the news video.

http://q13.trb.com/news/kcpq-051208-chinaearthquake,0,7014714.story

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CAMPUS SEMINARS & EVENTS OF INTEREST

Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences Seminar -- Mara Tableman

Mara Tableman, Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Portland State University
"Analysis of Employment Termination Time Data with Competing Risks"

Wednesday, May 14
12:30 - 1:20 PM
Denny 401

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Critical Medical Humanities Seminar -- Jerome Bickenbach

Jerome Bickenbach, Professor, Queen's Research Chair, Professor Queen's University
"'Not Dead Yet': Measuring Health and Allocating Resources"

Wednesday, May 14
4:00 PM
Communications 120

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Roundtable on the International Phenomenon of Women’s Studies -- Qiqi Shen

Qiqi Shen is professor at the Center for Gender Studies, Dalian University, China
Other participants include: Lynn Thomas, History, Sabine Lang, International Studies, and Priti Ramamurthy, Women Studies. Roundtable moderated by Tani Barlow of Women Studies

Wednesday, May 14
1:00 PM
Padelford B110G

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World Health Cinema -- The Price of Sugar

Please see the upcoming World Health Cinema screening organized by Casey Hastings, MD/MPH student in the Department of Global Health
"The Price of Sugar," directed by Bill Haney

Friday, May 16
3:30 PM
Turner Auditorium, Health Sciences Building, Room D-209, University of Washington

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Support for Projects Using Systems Science Methodologies to Protect and Improve Population Health

The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) intends to publish an R21 Program Announcement in June 2008 to address public health problems using a systems science methodology. Systems science applies methods in the behavioral and social sciences to examine the dynamic interrelationships of variables at multiple levels of analysis simultaneously (often through causal feedback processes), while also studying the impact on the behavior of the system as a whole over time. Systems dynamics modeling, agent based modeling, discrete event simulation, and network analysis are a few of the specific methods. The subject of proposed projects should be relevant to real-world problems facing public health policy decision makers. Projects will require transdisciplinary teams comprised of scientists with expertise in systems methodologies as well as health and medical sciences to articulate the health-related outcome of interest and to formulate the methodological approach.

More information on the notice is here:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-08-068.html

If you have any questions about this notice, you may contact:

Patricia L. Mabry, Ph.D. (Patty)
Health Scientist Administrator/Behavioral Scientist
Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
Office of the Director, NIH
31 Center Drive, Building 31, Room B1-C19; MSC 2027
Bethesda, MD 20892-2027
Phone: (301) 402-1753
Email

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CONFERENCES

2008 Add Health Users Conference

You are invited to register for the 2008 Add Health Users Conference, to be held July 24-25, 2008, in the Natcher Conference Center on the main campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland.

The conference program will feature approximately 50 presentations by investigators who are conducting research on the health and well-being of adolescents and young adults using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). The principal goal of the conference is to give researchers who are working with the data an opportunity to share research goals, experiences, and results. It will also provide an opportunity for those interested in working with the data to learn how they are being used by others. Special presentations by Add Health investigators will focus on unique data collected in Add Health, made possible by its design, including genetic and new biological data, environmental data, and the educational supplement.

Registration will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additional information and on-line registration are available at http://www.cpc.unc.edu/projects/addhealth/news.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Strategic Advisor -- Seattle City Light, Integrated Resource Planning

The role of the Strategic Advisor for Integrated Resource Planning is to work on all aspects of the utility’s bi-annual Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) from concept to preparing for implementation. The IRP determines and guides the utility’s strategies on long-term power resources in order to meet customer loads reliably while maintaining low costs, mitigating risks and minimizing adverse environmental and societal impacts. The Strategic Advisor for IRP is a member of the IRP team that is comprised of employees from across the utility and the public. The IRP team works with other utilities on policy and program development.

Duties may include: Performing analytical work on the supply, demand, and pricing of power resources. Assisting with long-term forecasts of electricity demand. Analyzing local, regional, and national energy policies. Working with other staff and consultants to implement and operate models to screen potential resource portfolios on the basis of costs, risks, environmental impacts and other criteria selected by the IRP team. Performing financial analysis and risk evaluation of long-term resource strategies and other programs. Performing statistical modeling of resource portfolios and other quantitative analyses. Planning, writing, and discussing analysis of specified topics. Advising and/or making recommendations that help shape decisions or policies regarding long-term utility resource strategy and other utility issues. Making presentations to other staff, upper management, the Advisory Board, and the public. This position reports to the Integrated Resource Planning Director.

Applications due: Tuesday, May 20, 2008

For full details, click here.

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TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

Macroeconomic Literacy Training -- Health Alliance International

June 19 and 20, 2008
Health Alliance International office, 4534 11th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105

Inspired by a training organized by ActionAid International USA in Washington DC, Health Alliance International will host a training to increase macroeconomic policy literacy on June 19-20, 2008. The training will provide a basic understanding of the effect of International Monetary Fund (IMF) policies on health and social sector budgets in low income countries. In particular, HAI has been concerned about the limited investment in health workforce which is a major impediment to the expansion of new public health programs such as the Ministry of Health’s national HAART program in Mozambique.

Three great presenters are confirmed to facilitate the training: Rick Rowden, Senior Policy Analyst with Action Aid International USA based in Washington, DC; Brook Baker, Professor of Law at Northeastern University in Boston and member and policy advisor of the Health GAP Coalition; and James Heintz, Associate Director and Assistant Research Professor at Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

The first day of the training will provide an overview of the IMF, World Bank, and their monetary and fiscal policies. The second day builds on the first day and will cover background philosophy of the policies, possible policy alternatives for expanded public sector spending, and the role that organizations can play in working for change.

For more information or to sign up to attend the training, contact Meredith Fort or 206-543-8382. Space for the training is limited so if you would like to attend, please confirm as soon as possible.

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Post Doc Position -- Univ of WI-Madison, Center for Demography & Ecology

Available September 1, 2008

The Center for Demography and Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, announces an NICHD/NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Demography beginning in September 2008. We welcome applicants with training in demography and ecology whose specialized needs would be served by residence at the Center; or scholars trained in social sciences, such as history, economics, sociology, anthropology, etc., who seek advanced training and research experience in demography and ecology. Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and must have completed all requirements for the doctorate by the time of the initial appointment. The position carries a stipend varying by years of relevant postdoctoral experience, beginning at $36,996, some travel expenses, and full health and insurance benefits.

Postdoctoral researchers at the Center for Demography and Ecology have access to the Center's excellent collective resources in computing, geographic information analysis, print/data libraries, and administrative services. Established almost 45 years ago, the Center for Demography and Ecology is dedicated to the study of population issues, both domestic and international. Faculty affiliated with the Center come from departments across campus, including Sociology, Economics, Rural Sociology, Social Work, Population Health Sciences, Statistics, and Human Development and Family Studies. A Population Research Infrastructure Grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development supports general Center operations. For more information about the Center and its research faculty, please visit our website at www.ssc.wisc.edu/cde/

To apply, send curriculum vitae, a short description of a research project to be conducted at the Center, three letters of recommendation, and copies of publications or papers to: James Walker, Director, Center for Demography and Ecology, University of Wisconsin, 1180 Observatory Drive, Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1393 (or inquiries by E-mail).

Applications should be submitted by June 15, 2008, but the review committee will continue to consider applications beyond that date until an award is made.

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OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Human Subjects? It's Yes or No

From the May 7, 2008, edition of NIAID funding news

We have been seeing applications that are incorrectly marked human subjects, which slows the processing of applications and awards.

Since the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) clarified what it considers as human subjects research, the six human subjects exemptions rarely apply to NIAID. Almost all research supported by NIAID is either "human subjects" or "not human subjects." See OHRP's Guidance on Research Involving Coded Private Information or Biological Specimens for more information.

So are you conducting human subjects research? Mark your application as "No Human Subjects Research" if your research involves human specimens or data from subjects and it meets all of the following conditions:
  • You are using coded private information, data, or specimens.
  • You are not collecting samples by interacting or intervening with living people.
  • None of the investigators or collaborators can identify subjects through coded private information or specimens (e.g., an investigator's access to identity is prohibited by a written agreement).
Follow the instructions for Scenario A: No Human Subjects Research in Part II of the Grant Application Guide. In the Protection of Human Subjects section of the Research Plan, remember to justify your claim that no human subjects are involved.

If you're not sure if your application proposes human subjects research, follow the decision tree for Research Involving Private Information or Biological Specimens or talk to your institutional review board.

For more information, see Are You Conducting Human Subjects Research? in our How to Write a Human Subjects Application tutorial and the Human Subjects in Research Requirements SOP.

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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation -- Joseph Campo

Joseph Campo, MPH, Manager, Research Section in the Washington State Department of Health's Center for Health Statistics
"Research Activities in the Washington State Department of Health's Center for Health Statistics"

Thursday, May 15
4-5:30pm
2301 5th Ave. Suite 600

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Population Reference Bureau Discuss Online -- The Middle East Youth Bulge: Causes and Consequences

Ragui Assaad, Regional Director for West Asia and North Africa, Population Council
"The Middle East Youth Bulge: Causes and Consequences"

Tuesday, May 13
1:00 - 2:00 PM (EDT)
http://discuss.prb.org

You may submit questions in advance and during the discussion. A full transcript of the questions and answers will be posted after the discussion.

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