October 10, 2017

CSDE Seminar Series

Neither Here nor There: How the New Geography of Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship Disadvantages African Americans

     When:  Friday, Oct 13, 2017 (12:30-1:30 PM)
     Where:  121 Raitt Hall

Mahesh Somashekhar, Department of Sociology, UW

Recent research shows that the foreign born utilize both local and long-distance social relationships to become entrepreneurs, affecting immigrants’ chances at upward mobility and their contributions to economic development. Scholars have yet to assess how African-American entrepreneurs take part in similar types of geographically dispersed business communities. 

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CSDE Research & Highlights

CSDE Seed Grant Application Now Available

The CSDE Seed Grant page is now live. The main portal, including a link to the full set of guidelines and instructions, is https://csde.washington.edu/seedgrants

There are three award types. Applications for Tiers 1 and 2 are accepted on a rolling basis and applications for Tier 3 accepted quarterly. The first deadline for Tier 3 grants is November 15, 2017.

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CSDE Workshop and Training Opportunities for Autumn 2017

Training & research workshops for faculty, staff and students include CSDE’s methodology workshops, as well as the ongoing working groups developing research techniques and programs.  The Computational Demography Working Group is an example of the latter. They have just announced their working group lineup. Finally, CSDE trainees have professional development opportunities through regular presentation of their research. Trainees should apply to present their research at the Lightning Talks and Poster Session. 

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Paula Nurius Explores Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Adult Health

In a paper published in the Journal of Aging and Health, affiliate and Professor of Social Work Paula Nurius explores the connection between adverse childhood experiences and physical health through pathways including health risk behaviors, social support, lower income, and adult adversity. The results demonstrate that adverse childhood experiences are both directly and indirectly associated with poor health outcomes, and align with the theory that facing challenges early in life can lead stress to accumulate and subsequently impair physical health and well-being.

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Eleanor Brindle Examines Reproducibility of Tests for Salivary Cortisol Across Labs

Eleanor Brindle, CSDE Biodemography Lab Manager, co-authored a recent study that examines variability of measurements produced by tests for salivary cortisol among established international academic laboratories. There were nine laboratories included in the study, located in the US, Canada, UK, and Germany. The authors’ findings suggest that measurement error is minimal in established-qualified laboratories, and that lab to lab differences in testing outcomes are not likely to significantly impact the determined salivary cortisol values. 

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Victoria Sass, Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz, and Affiliates Investigate the Relationship Between Air Pollution and Psychological Distress

CSDE trainee Victoria Sass, alumni fellow Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz, and colleagues (including CSDE affiliates Anjum Hajat and Kyle Crowder) recently authored a study that investigates the impacts of air pollution on psychological distress. The study, published in Health & Place, used nationally representative panel data to examine the connection between psychological stress and exposure to polluted air during the 1999-2011 period. 

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Noah Snyder-Mackler Involved in Relief Efforts at Research Center Impacted by Hurricane Maria

Affiliate Noah Snyder-Mackler, Assistant Professor of Psychology, is helping with efforts to aid the surrounding community and restore a research station on Cayo Santiago, an island to the southeast of the main island of Puerto Rico that saw major destruction following Hurricane Maria. The research station houses over 1,000 monkeys that are studied by faculty in various disciplines from eight universities, – including UW—and is aptly called Monkey Island. 

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