July 8, 2020

CSDE Research & Highlights

Williams co-authors Study Examining Migration and Climate Change

CSDE Affiliate Nathalie Williams and co-authors Barbara Entwisle and Ashton Verdery recently published an article in the American Journal of Sociology  examining the dynamic relationship between migration and climate change. Employing an agent based modeling (ABM) approach they assess how floods and drought variably impact out migration and return migration from a rural, agricultural setting in Northeastern Thailand.  They conclude that popular accounts about climate refugees are too simple. Instead, they find that climate change operates on already established migration processes that are part and parcel of life course, embedded in dynamic social networks, and incorporated in larger interactive systems where out-migration and return migration are integrally connected.

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15 CSDE Affiliates Part of 9 Teams Receiving UW Population Health Initiative Awards 

The UW Population Health Initiative recently awarded approximately $333,000 in COVID-19 Economic Recovery Research Grants to 18 different faculty-led teams, nine of whom include CSDE Affiliates.

Brandon Born (Urban Design and Planning) and CSDE Affiliate Jennifer Otten (Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences) will examine local and sectoral economic impacts of COVID-19 on small cities in rural areas, communities of color threatened by gentrification and displacement, and agricultural producers in the Puget Sound region.

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Eleanor Brindle Quoted in Reuters Article on Covid Immunity Research

In a recent Reuters article, CSDE Research Scientist and Biodemography Lab Director Eleanor Brindle provides insights on the difficulties of obtaining resources, including both funding and supplies, for research using anti-coronavirus antibody tests to understand the spread of COVID-19 in the US.  The article explains that the challenges in developing laboratory methods can slow progress on understanding how risk of transmission varies between population subgroups, and highlights the need for funding for these efforts.

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Swanson Receives Emeritus Professor Award and Continues Applied Demography Research Agenda

CSDE Affiliate David Swanson recently received the Edward A. Dickson award from the University of California at Riverside, where he will hold the title “Edward A. Dickson Emeritus Professor” from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. Swanson remains research active. Recently, Swanson and colleagues continue to analyze county-level COVID-19 data for Washington State. In a recent NW Citizen article, they show how political leanings at the county level are associated with per capita case rates.

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*NEW* COVID-19 Population Health Equity Research Grants

Applications are open for the Population Health Initiative’s COVID-19 Population Health Equity Research Grants. The program aims at supporting University of Washington researchers to build partnerships with communities of color and develop COVID-19 research projects that address community-identified needs. Awards of a maximum of $20,000 each are available.  More information about the award can be found at this link.

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*NEW* Funding Opportunities for COVID-19 and the Behavioral and Social Sciences

Recently, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a list of NOSIs for Urgent Competitive Revisions and Administrative Supplements for COVID-19 behavioral and social sciences research. There are many on the list that speak to the research programs of CSDE affiliates and trainees.

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COVID-19 Specific Survey Items on PhenX and the NIH Disaster Research Response (DR2) Platforms

A trans-NIH working group co-led by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) have made a survey repository with existing COVID-19 survey items and investigator contact information available. This effort intends to reduce the proliferation of one-off survey items, encourage comparisons across samples, and facilitate data integration and collaboration across researchers fielding new survey items to assess various COVID-19 specific domains.

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