March 3, 2020

CSDE Seminar Series

Life Expectancy and Health Expectancy in the 21st Century: The Inconceivable, the Unthinkable, and the Unknowable

     When:  Friday, Mar 6, 2020 (12:30 - 1:30PM)
     Where:  121 Raitt Hall

This Friday, Eileen Crimmins, president of the Population Association of America (PAA), will present “Life Expectancy and Health in the 21st Century: the Inconceivable, the Unthinkable, and the Unknowable,” a dress rehearsal for the PAA Presidential Address she will deliver in April. This seminar will touch on contemporary problems in the United States and how to deal with uncertainty. 

Click here to schedule a meeting with Eileen Crimmins!

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CSDE Research & Highlights

Ann Bostrom and Nicole Errett Co-Author Opinion Piece on Coronavirus Perceptions for The Guardian

COVID-19 appears to be more contagious than the flu, but big uncertainties about it remain. Early misinformation and diagnostic testing deficits may have protracted these uncertainties. Therefore, policy makers and publics are vulnerable to misperceptions of and faulty solutions to the outbreak. This is why CSDE Affiliates Ann Bostrom and Nicole Errett co-authored an opinion piece for The Guardian on COVID-19 perceptions and their consequences. In their piece, Bostrom and Errett explain how the uncertainties can amplify misperceptions—people may accept established policies and familiar remedies for illusory certainty, unwittingly helping the virus spread. 

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The Stranger Highlights Donald Chi in Article on Dental Therapy

A recent article in The Stranger claims that 37 of Washington’s 39 counties are short on dental health care professionals—this shortage especially affects the well-being of low-income and rural populations of Washington. This article highlights CSDE Affiliate Donald Chi’s research to describe a solution for the shortage: dental therapy. According Chi’s 2018 study on dental therapy, featured in the article and co-authored by CSDE Science Lead Matt Dunbar, increases in dental therapists within Alaska Native communities have led to improved preventative care practices and fewer extractions.

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Spring Course Announcement: Advanced Spatial Statistics for Public and Global Health (BIOST/STAT 578 A)

Calling all demography students! In Spring 2020, CSDE Affiliate and Training Core Director Jon Wakefield, Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics, and Bobby Reiner, Associate Professor of Health Metrics Sciences, are offering Advanced Spatial Statistics for Public and Global Health (BIOST/STAT 578 A). Wakefield and Reiner will cover Gaussian process (GP) models and Model-Based Geostatistics, methods for point process data, and space-time-age models among many other topics of spatial statistics. Preerequisites for this course include STAT 554 or BIOST 555, or permission from the instructors.

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Second Annual UW Multidisciplinary Family Planning Symposium

Mark your calendars! The Second Annual UW Multidisciplinary Family Planning Symposium titled “Global Family Planning, Fertility, and Abortion: Innovations in Research, Programs, and Policy” is coming up on Friday, May 19, 8:30-3:30PM in HUB Room 145. This symposium is a multidisciplinary opportunity for the exchange of ideas and innovations in global family planning to generate connections between research, program, and policy work internal and external to the University. It is co-sponsored by the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Global Health, Medicine, and the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology.

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