May 16, 2017

CSDE Seminar Series

CSDE Fellow Presentation: Hilary Bethancourt

     When:  Friday, May 19, 2017 (12:30 - 1:30 PM)
     Where:  University of Washington, Raitt 121

Bacon v. Broccoli: A Nuanced Look at the Contradictory Research on the Health Effects of Omniverous Versus Plant-based Diets

Though it is widely recognized that diet and nutrition play pivotal roles in health and disease processes throughout the life course, there is limited agreement on what constitutes an optimal, health-promoting diet. A particularly contentious topic in the diet and nutrition realm revolves around the effect of meat and animal fat on cardiovascular and metabolic health,

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CSDE Workshops

Introduction to R

     When:  Friday, Jun 2, 2017 (12:00 - 2:30 PM)
     Where:  University of Washington, Savery 121

This workshop is a 2 hour introduction to the free, open-source statistical programming language R. It assumes no prior experience with R. You can register for the workshop at the link below.

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CSDE Research & Highlights

Lisa Jones-Engel and Amy Klegarth Investigate Urban Primate Ranging Patterns

Lisa Jones-Engel, CSDE Affiliate and UW Affiliate Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Amy Klegarth, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Anthropology at UW, recently published a study on the ranging patterns of urban primates. The team placed GPS collars on two species of macaques in order to better understand how urbanization has affected mobility in Singapore and Gibraltar. The study’s findings highlight how macaques’ behavioral plasticity is represented in their ranging patterns and preferences. You can read the full study below.

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Betty Bekemeier Publishes Research on Physical Activity in Local Health Jurisdictions

Betty Bekemeier, CSDE Affiliate and Assistant Professor of Psychosocial and Community Health at UW, recently published a study on local areas’ efforts in promoting physical activity among residents. This cluster analysis examines practices in six states and discovered that coordinated community health plans can lead to clear reductions in obesity incidence. The study also highlighted the importance of data tracking and storage, practices that made this research possible. The full report is available below.

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Tim Thomas Spots Seattle’s Alarming Racial Migration Trend

Tim Thomas, CSDE Trainee and UW graduate student in Sociology, recently spoke with KUOW about a demographic movement pattern he observed: black migration out of Seattle. Thomas explains that rising rent prices are shifting the city’s makeup by racial background as well as economic status. This movement has accelerated in recent years, and the data suggest the trend will continue as long as inner-city rent remains high. You can read the full story below.

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Kam Wing Chan Featured in Discussion of Beijing’s Barriers to Migrant Schooling

Kam Wing Chan, CSDE Affiliate and UW Professor of Geography, spoke with Toronto Star about how China’s population problems are affecting the availability of education. China’s hukou, an internal passport system based on heredity, is geared toward population control. Children of migrant parents, however, exist outside that system—as a result, they face near-insurmountable barriers to a Beijing education and are often forced away from the city. You can read the full article below.

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