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July 27, 2010

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Charlie Hirschman Discusses Immigration on PRB’s Website

PRB president Bill Butz talks with Charles Hirschman about how immigration becomes a controversial issue in times of economic difficulty, the changing nature of immigrant communities and assimilation among immigrants and their children, the impact of immigrants on the U.S. economy, and the role of immigrants in the creation of American identity.  To watch the video, click here.

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Elizabeth Fussell’s Analysis of Post-Katrina New Orleans is Spotlighted by PRB

An overview of Elizabeth Fussell’s article, “Who Returned to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina?” now appears on the Population Reference Bureau website. Her co-authors are Narayan Sastry and Mark Van Landingham. The article was published in Population and Environment earlier this year, and examines how the inhabitants’ pace of return to the city varied by race and socioeconomic status.

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Public Conversation – Washington to Washington: Advancing Global Health

Thursday, July 29, 2010
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
PATH Headquarters: 2201 Westlake Avenue, Suite 200, Seattle 98121

This public conversation brings together leaders from Washington State, Washington DC, and the recent high-level CSIS Commission on Smart Global Health Policy. The discussion will center on how to build a long-term strategic U.S. approach to global health.

For more information, go here.

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Diana Scearce – Social Change with a Network Mindset

Philanthropy Northwest “Reflections on Philanthropy from Today’s Leaders” speaker series
Diana Searce, the Monitor Institute on Social Change with a Network Mindset
Co-sponsored by the Nancy Bell Evans Center, Social Venture Partners and Washington Women’s Foundation

Wednesday, August 4, 2010
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
The 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave S, WA 98144
Advance Registration Required

Social media is transforming the way we build,  access and work with networks – with the potential for powerful results. Networks help strengthen community ties, spur collective action, coordinate services, and foster breakthrough innovation. However, using networks to effect social change requires new ways of working, like distributing leadership, increasing transparency and experimenting with new funding models.

For more information, and to register, please go here.

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New Publication for Taryn Lindhorst, Erin Casey, and Marcia Meyers in Social Work

Taryn Lindhorst, Erin Casey, and Marcia Meyers’ article, “Frontline worker responses to domestic violence disclosure in public welfare offices,” appears in the July issue of the journal Social Work v55 n3 (2010): 235-243.

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Mark Handcock has a New Publication in Demographic Research

Mark Handcock and co-author Gail Potter have published an article in Demographic Research, v23 (2010): 117-152,  titled “A description of within-family resource exchange networks in a Malawian village.”  To read the full text of this article, please visit the journal website.

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2011 NIH Directors New Innovator Award Program (DP2)

NIH Roadmap Initiatives
Application Receipt Date(s): September 20, 2010

The NIH Director’s New Innovator (DP2) Award program was created in 2007 to support a small number of early stage investigators of exceptional creativity who propose bold and highly innovative new research approaches that have the potential to produce a major impact on broad, important problems in biomedical and behavioral research. The New Innovator Awards complement ongoing efforts by NIH and its Institutes and Centers to fund early stage investigators through R01 grants, which continue to be the major sources of NIH support for early stage investigators.

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NCMHD Health Disparities Research (R01)

National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities
Application Receipt Date(s): September 29, 2010

The overarching goal of this FOA is to solicit innovative research addressing elements of health disparities.  Research focused on disease and/or conditions that disproportionately affect racial/ethnic minorities and other underserved populations is a growing field and has been employed lately in understanding the dynamics contributing to health disparities.  Funding for this FOA will support investigators who propose to conduct health disparities research using its principles to improve health.  The research should take into account the characteristics of health systems and health seeking behaviors that propagate disparities.  The focus of the targeted research is diverse and may include racial/ethnic minorities and other health disparity populations (such as, rural and low-income populations).  Several approaches could be used when designing the specific project.  Research aims may include but are not limited to biological, behavioral change strategies, lifestyle factors, environmental, social and structural barriers, economics, institutional and cultural, family influences, delivery system interventions, medical procedures and regimens (including alternative therapy), medical assistive devices and technologies.

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Health Promotion Among Racial and Ethnic Minority Males (R01)

National Institute of Nursing Research
National Cancer Institute
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages  Research Project (R01) grant applications from applicants that propose to stimulate and expand research in the health of minority men. Specifically, this initiative is intended to: 1) enhance our understanding of the numerous factors (e.g., sociodemographic, community, societal, personal) influencing the health promoting behaviors of racial and ethnic minority males and their subpopulations across the life cycle, and 2) encourage applications focusing on the development and testing of culturally and linguistically appropriate health-promoting interventions designed to reduce health disparities among racially and ethnically diverse males and their subpopulations age 21 and older.

There is also R21 funding: (PA-10-237).

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Climate Change and Health: Population Vulnerability to Climate Change (R21)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
John E. Fogarty International Center
National Cancer Institute
National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institute on Aging
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Library of Medicine
Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): September 28, 2010; May 24, 2011; May 24, 2012

This FOA encourages research applications to examine the differential risk factors of populations that lead to or are associated with increased vulnerability to exposures, diseases and other adverse health outcomes related to climate change. Applications may involve either applied research studies that address specific hypotheses about risk factors or population characteristics associated with increased vulnerability, or research projects to develop general models or methods for identifying and characterizing population vulnerability to climate change.  The ultimate goal of this research program is to help inform climate change adaptation and public health interventions to reduce current and future vulnerability of various populations to the health effects of climate change.  Applications are anticipated to involve a multidisciplinary research team, including experts in health sciences and climatology as well as geography, modeling, statistics, demography, and social and behavioral sciences as appropriate.  In addition, partnerships with community-based or advocacy organizations, public health officials, urban planners and others are encouraged.

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NIAAA Collaborative Centers for HIV/AIDS and Alcohol Outcomes Research (U01, U24)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), intends to promote a new initiative by publishing a Request for Applications (RFA) to solicit applications for research to support one or more consortia of researchers across different institutions to 1) measure both short-term and long-term outcomes among HIV+  alcohol using, abusing, and dependent populations and 2)  develop and strategically test interventions to reduce alcohol use and alcohol-related consequences in these populations in a coordinated way to prevent  morbidity and mortality in the impacted population. In addition, this research seeks to develop a new framework for sustainable implementation research among HIV+ alcohol users with the goal of high impact on health care systems. This initiative may build on existing cohorts of patients or HIV+ individuals in the process of entering or continuing treatment. The current FOA will fund two or more consortia to conduct alcohol-related outcomes and comparative effectiveness research -- natural experiments, quasi-experimental research, and practice-based strategic interventions -- that focuses on patient and clinician-relevant outcomes of healthcare and the determinants of these outcomes.  Overall the goal of this research activity is to advance operations or implementation research in the context of alcohol and HIV/AIDS.

This notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects.

The RFA is expected to be published in the fall of 2010.

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Enhancing Peer Review: New NIH Policy on Post-Submission Application Materials

National Institutes of Health

This Notice serves to announce that the new NIH policy on post-submission grant application materials will be effective for applications submitted for the September 25, 2010 receipt date and thereafter.  The NIH Best Practice Guidelines for Accepting Additional Grant Application Materials (Revised 03/19/2010) will be rescinded at that time.  This policy does not modify the existing Just-In-Time requirements or any other requests for additional information after the initial peer review.

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RAND Corporation Bing Center For Health Economics Visiting Scholars Program

RAND’s Bing Center for Health Economics invites applications to its Visiting Scholars Program. Visiting scholars will spend a minimum of 1 and up to 4 weeks in residence at RAND in either Santa Monica or Washington D.C. During their stay, the scholar will present a seminar on a health economics topic. The Program will cover travel and housing expenses, and will provide an honorarium of $1,000 per week. It will also facilitate interactions between the scholar and health economists throughout the organization. The program is targeted towards economists at the associate and full professor levels but promising junior scholars are also encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and the period of the stay will be decided in collaboration with accepted applicants. To apply, please submit a CV along with a cover letter that includes (a) a one paragraph description of the work that will be presented and (b) a proposed period of stay. Applications and related questions can be e-mailed to Nancee Inouye at inouye@rand.org

For more details on the program, please e-mail Mireille Jacobson at mjacobso@rand.org

For more information on the Bing Center click here.

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Burroughs Wellcome Career Awards at the Scientific Interface

Burroughs Wellcome Career Awards at the Scientific Interface provide $500,000 to bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first three years of faculty service.  These awards are intended to foster the early career development of researchers with backgrounds in the Physical/mathematical/computational sciences and engineers whose work addresses biological questions.

In previous years, candidates for this award had to be nominated by a North American degree-granting institution.  This year, eligible candidates for this award may self-nominate by submitting a preproposal by September 1, 2010. Preproposals will be reviewed by the Interfaces in Science Advisory Committee and selected candidates will be invited to submit a full application.  Full invited applications must be submitted by January 12, 2011.

For more information, click here.

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2011 Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for Research Related to Education

Applications must be submitted electronically by October 27, 2010

The Spencer Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2011 Spencer Dissertation Fellowship for Research Related to Education.  Approximately 20 Fellowships of $25,000 are awarded each year by the Spencer Foundation to support doctoral candidates in a variety of fields whose dissertations promise to contribute fresh perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of education.

Please read the attached announcement for more information

Please visit the website for more information about the Fellowship as well as when and how to apply online.

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eRA Enhancements: New Features and Fixes Took Effect Last Week for eRA Commons

eSNAP (electronic Streamlined Non-competing Award Process)

  • The Publications section of the Upload Science screen now features data columns that can be sorted, including “Valid NIHMSID,” “Associate with this eSNAP,” and “Citation Source.” Users can click the arrows on the columns to sort or reverse the displayed data. 
  •  The Upload Science and Edit Business – SNAP and Other Progress Report Questions & Checklist screens now will only accept PDF files for uploading. If a user attempts to upload file in a different format, an error message will display.
  • Because the use of the eSNAP feature is now mandatory for all SNAP-eligible awards, the Institutional Profile screen now will display all institutions as eSNAP Eligible.
  • Previously, the Save & New button on the Edit Business – All Personnel screen would save the information but would not clear the data to prepare for new data entry. This issue has been resolved.
  • Previously, when a user entered information into an editable field on the Inclusion Enrollment Form, the Total of All Subjects fields did not reflect the new information and automatically calculate new totals. This issue has been resolved.
  • PD/PIs now can submit more than one appointment to the Agency in a batch. If any errors or warnings occur, the PD/PI will be able to review the errors and warnings for each appointment. PD/PIs can view their pending submissions by clicking the new “View Pending Submissions” link on the My Grants screen.
  • All prior Kirschstein-NRSA support (paper and electronic) that a trainee had prior to the current award, including fellowship grants F30, F31, F32, and F33, now will be displayed on the PHS 2271 form.
  •  xTrain now accepts appointments for the KM1 activity code (institutional career development awards funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act). xTrain will treat KM1 awards the same way it treats K12 and KL2 awards.
  •  xTrain’s early termination process has been modified. Now, if a trainee terminates an appointment early, only that appointment, as well as all previous ones, will be terminated with the early termination date. All future appointments, including those in the same budget period, will not be terminated.
  •  If there is an existing work-in-progress appointment for a trainee, the “Initiate TN” link in the Action column of the Trainee Roster will not display for that trainee.
  • On the Trainee Roster screen, xTrain will no longer display “Initiate TN” and “Amend 2271” links when an amendment to an original appointment is in work-in-progress status, or when the termination process has been initiated and is in work-in-progress status.
Personal Profile
  •  The following columns on the List of Publications screen now can be sorted by users: “Valid NIHMSID,” “Citation Source,” “Grant Number,” and “Paper-Grant Association.” Users can click the arrows on the columns to sort or reverse the displayed data.
  • The ability to enter citations manually into Commons has been removed. If a PD/PI wants a new citation to appear in Commons, he or she must now link his Commons account to a new or existing My NCBI account. Within My NCBI, the PD/PI can add the new citation to the My Bibliography tool, and it will automatically appear in Commons.
FSR (Financial Status Report)
  • Users can now submit one FSR when both the parent grant and supplement(s) are funded by ARRA. Only when the parent grant is completed will the supplement and the parent grant show up in a search for FSRs that are due.
  • A database upgrade is scheduled for July 29 – August 1. eRA Commons will be unavailable during this upgrade, which is part of eRA’s initiative, titled ‘Evergreening,’ to modernize NIH’s core grants administration systems.

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Tenure-Track Position in Demography – Bowling Green State University

The Department of Sociology invites applications for a tenure-track position in the area of demography starting in August 2011.  The position will be filled at the beginning assistant professor level.  Area of specialization within demography is open.  BGSU has a growing and active doctoral program in demography that is buttressed by two federally funded research centers. The NICHD-funded Center for Family and Demographic Research provides a multidisciplinary academic environment dedicated to innovative research on the well-being of children, youth, and families. See the website here.

 The National Center for Family & Marriage Research, the sole ASPE/HHS-funded center in the nation, supports scholarship by BGSU faculty as well as researchers around the country on the linkages between family structure and the well-being of children, adults, families, and communities. The Sociology Department’s doctoral specializations are demography, family, social psychology, and criminology.  Candidates must demonstrate excellence in research and a strong commitment to teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  A Ph.D. in Sociology or related field is required at time of employment.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference (under separate cover) to:

Professor Susan Brown
Chair, Demography Search Committee
Department of Sociology
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio, 43403-0222.

Applications must be postmarked by September 15, 2010.  Please visit the website for more information.

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Post-Graduate Fellowship – Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

Application Deadline: November 1, 2010

The Post-Graduate Fellowship is an intensive training program that provides opportunities both for self-directed research and interdisciplinary collaboration in health metrics. Strong candidates for this program have graduate-level training in quantitative methodology from one of the following areas: health policy, economics, mathematics, computer science, statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, health services, demography, engineering, physics, medical sciences, or other related fields.

For full announcement and application instructions, go here or to the IHME website.

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Ten Appointments – Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital

Deadline for the first round of recruiting: 25 August 2010

Applications are invited for up to ten new appointments (pre-doc, post-doc to senior scientist) as part of launching the new "Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global Human Capital" which is being made possible by the substantial research funding associated with the Wittgenstein Prize (the highest Austrian science prize - also called the "Austro Nobel") which was recently won by Wolfgang Lutz as the first social scientist in the history of this award. The new centre will rest on three pillars (the Vienna Institute of Demography, the World Population Program of IIASA and the WU - Vienna University of Economics) and aims at merging the existing strengths in the Vienna area in the fields of demography, human capital formation and analysis of the returns to education in order to establish a globally leading centre in this field.

The main goal of the Centre is to improve the analytical toolbox and the empirical data base for our understanding of the role of human capital (people and their changing structure by age, gender, place of residence, level of education, health status and cognitive skills) vis a vis financial and natural capital in our strive for sustainable development. The focus of the new Centre is global and the working language is English. Anybody with academic credentials and/or serious aspirations in this field is encouraged to apply. Appointments will be made through one of the three "pillar" institutions (doctoral students will receive their degree from the WU-Vienna).  First interviews will be held during the European Population Conference (1-3 September in Vienna).

To apply, please send your CV, personal statement as well as names and contact details of two referees to Heike Barakat (heike.barakat@oeaw.ac.at).

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Two DPhil. Studentships – International Migration Institute, University of Oxford

Closing date: 30 September 2010

The International Migration Institute at the University of Oxford seeks to award two fully-funded DPhil studentships commencing 1 October 2011 for the ‘Determinants of International Migration’ (DEMIG) research project.

To download full details on the studentships, click here.
To download application form, click here.

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Alan Guttmacher Appointed as Director of NICHD

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins M.D., Ph.D., announced the appointment of Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D as director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health.  Dr. Guttmacher had been serving as NICHD’s acting director

 Read the full release and accompanying NICHD spotlight here.

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Head of Statistics Canada Resigns over Change in Census Policy

Munir Sheikh, the head of Statistics Canada, resigned last week over their federal government's decision to scrap the mandatory long-form census.

To read the full news account, go here.

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Demopaedia – The Wiki-Based Multilingual Demographic Dictionary Is Now Online

The Multilingual Demographic Dictionary is now available online in 14 language modules at www.demopaedia.org.

Demopaedia has completed the first phase of its project to develop wiki-based versions of the demographic dictionaries, whose original versions in English and French were produced by the IUSSP in collaboration with the United Nations Population Division. Modules in different languages have been updated or checked by volunteers in a number of institutions or with financial support of the United Nations Population Division. The project also received support from the IUSSP, the Comité National Français de l’UIESP (CNF) and the French Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques (INED). Nicolas Brouard (INED/CNF) conceptualized the project and has been the main developer of the Demopaedia website.

Members of the IUSSP are invited to use the dictionaries and to post links to the Demopaedia website in the websites of their respective institutions.  Demopaedia is already attracting significant traffic and we hope that it will become a basic tool for population specialists. We would appreciate your supporting this project by making use of its products and raising awareness about its existence. Please send your comments and suggestions for improvement to: comments-suggestions@lists.demopaedia.org

The 14 languages covered are: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

Demopaedia now appears as a resource through the CSDE website here.

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PRB Website Has New Content

The Population Reference Bureau has added new content to its website. The new content includes many resources on the topic of immigration in America and an article on low wages in India's manufacturing industry.

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