August 20, 2020

CSDE Research & Highlights

CSDE Spotlight: Matthew Dunbar, Spatial Research Scientist

CSDE is launching its regular spotlight series with a profile about CSDE Research Scientist Dr. Matthew Dunbar. Dr. Dunbar joined CSDE’s Methods and Data Core in 2008 to establish a research infrastructure for spatial analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Dunbar received a PhD in Geography from the University of Kansas in 2010 and has extensive research and methods expertise in GIS, visualization, spatial data, modeling, and data collection. He provides both short term research consultations and long-term research support services to students and faculty. Dr. Dunbar also directs CSDE’s Science Core, ensuring that CSDE affiliates and trainees receive the consultations they need to move their research forward. For over ten years, Dr. Dunbar has worked with numerous affiliates on many different projects.

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CSDE Workshop: PAA Extended Abstract Workshop

Are you considering submitting a paper to the Population Association of America (PAA) meetings? Believe it or not, there are some tricks of the trade in preparing a submission and increasing your chance of acceptance! The PAA deadline for abstract submissions is September 25 and the call for papers is here. To help you get ready, on September 1st, CSDE will hold a virtual workshop about writing extended abstracts for PAA, led by CSDE Training Director Christine Leibbrand. Attendees will have the opportunity to have their extended abstract reviewed by a peer and a faculty member, as well as to review one of their peers’ manuscripts.

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CSDE Trainees Glass and Pan join colleagues to launch Data Science Working Group

Are you interested in Git and Github? Looking for more opportunities to learn, present or discuss important data science tools? CSDE Trainees Delaney Glass and Anwesha Pan along with colleagues in UW Anthropology will host the new informal Data Science Working Group’s inaugural workshop on “Introduction to Git and Github” on August 26th, 2020 9am-11am PST.

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Affiliates Jones-Smith, Knox, Oddo and CSDE Scientist Hurvitz co-author Study on Seattle’s Sweetened Beverage Tax

CSDE Affiliates Jessica Jones-Smith, Melissa Knox, and Vanessa Oddo, along with CSDE Research Scientist Philip Hurvitz recently published an article in Economics & Human Biology examining the impact of a sweetened beverage tax on beverage prices. Employing a regression-based difference-in-differences approach, they assess how Seattle’s Sweetened Beverage Tax affects beverage prices, stratified by beverage and store type. In secondary analyses, they also assess the effect of the tax on the price of non-taxed beverages and foods. They find the largest price increases on taxed beverages in smaller grocery stores and drug stores, as well as increases in prices of some untaxed beverages. 

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CSDE Scientist Hamilton leads Study on PrEP Programs for Adolescent Sexual Minority Males

CSDE Research Scientist Deven Hamilton and CSDE Development Core Director Steven Goodreau and co-authors’ recent article in the Journal of Adolescent Health models the potential impact of Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)—an effective and safe intervention to prevent HIV transmission— on at-risk adolescent sexual minority males. Using an agent-based network simulation, they compare the number of incident HIV infections (impact) and changes in HIV prevalence over 10 years among men who have sex with men (MSM), when PrEP was and was not available to the adolescent population at-risk. They also report the number of person-years on PrEP per HIV infection averted (efficiency) when PrEP was used. Their modeled findings suggest that continued expansion of PrEP programs for adolescents can substantially reduce HIV incidence among adolescent sexual minority males.

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*NEW* Mellon Foundation “Just Futures Initiative” RFA

Applications are open for UW researchers to submit proposals to the Mellon Foundation’s newly launched “Just Futures Initiative”. The program aims to support multi-disciplinary teams that include scholars from the humanities, arts, and humanities-inflected social sciences whose work focuses specifically on racial inequality. Awards of a maximum of $5 million each with a 2-3 year duration are available. More information about the award can be found at this link. Faculty members who are PIs on, or are otherwise involved in current Mellon grants, are welcome to apply for this new opportunity. 

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*NEW* UW Royalty Research Fund Grants

Applications are open for the Fall 2020 round of the UW Royalty Research Fund (RRF) grant program. This program aims to support new directions in research, particularly in disciplines for which external funding opportunities are minimal, for faculty who are junior in rank, or in cases where funding may provide unique opportunities to increase applicants’ competitiveness for subsequent funding. Proposals from all disciplines are welcome, with budgets up to $40,000. Application instructions can be found at the Office of Research web site: http://www.washington.edu/research/or/royalty-research-fund-rrf/

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PAA2020 Webinar Recording and Slides Available For: Data Collection during the Pandemic

A webinar recording and slides are now available for PAA’s August 18 webinar “Data Collection during the Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities”. Part of PAA’s ongoing 2020 programming, this webinar focused on COVID-19 data collection challenges in countries of the Global South. A diverse panel of researchers working in different geographies discussed new modes of data collection, the opportunities they offer and the ethical challenges they pose, as researchers try to work with respondents living under highly stressful conditions.

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UW Updates Human Subjects Research Policy
Effective August 12th, 2020 the Human Subjects Division (HSD) has made changes to human subjects research that is allowed during the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes draw upon improved knowledge about how to effectively manage the risk of COVID-19 infection. This includes the addition of a COVID Relative Risk self-assessment tool.

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