October 20, 2020

CSDE Seminar Series

Heterogeneity in Migrant Health Selection: The Role of Immigrant Visas

     When: Friday, Oct 23, 2020 (12.30-1.30PM Pacific Time)
     Where: Virtual via Zoom

At the CSDE seminar on October 23rd, Dr. Brittany N. Morey will present “Heterogeneity in Migrant Health Selection: The Role of Immigrant Visas”. The talk will highlight the role of visa status on health among immigrants, using data from the Health of Philippine Emigrants Study. Dr. Morey is an Assistant Professor of Public Health at the University of California, Irvine. She is currently a co-investigator on a National Cancer Institute-funded grant to investigate the role of ethnic enclaves and neighborhood sociocultural institutions on health outcomes and behaviors among Asian American and Hispanic women with breast cancer.

Register for Dr. Morey's Zoom seminar here.

After the seminar, CSDE trainee Hannah Lee will facilitate a graduate student discussion with Dr. Morey. RSVP by emailing her at hwlee23@uw.edu.

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CSDE Research & Highlights

CSDE Alumni Spotlight: Maya Magarati Selected for RWJF Research Leaders Program
CSDE alumna Dr. Maya Magarati was selected to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program. Dr. Maya Magarati is a Research Scientist at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI) at the School of Social Work and an Affiliate Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology at the University of Washington. Dr. Magarati was selected to be on a small team of two researchers and one community leader, to provide research support as the teams work with their communities to design and conduct rigorous research to explore critical issues, then apply the findings in real time to advance health and equity. As a member of the program’s newest cohort, Dr. Magarati will examine how environmental injustices are impacting the health of tribes by partnering with the Akiak Native Community on Alaska's remote Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.


CSDE Trainees Spotlights: Glass and Lanfear

One of the best aspects of associating with CSDE are CSDE’s Trainees. Here we take some space to shine a spotlight on a couple of trainees and their recent accomplishments, Delaney Glass and Chuck Lanfear, but they are not alone among our trainees who are wonderful colleagues and contributors to population science.

Among our most recent trainees, Delaney Glass is a biocultural anthropologist in UW’s Department of Anthropology and advised by CSDE Affiliate and Biodemography Lab PI Melanie Martin. Her research interests include human growth and development, social and physical stress, and childhood and adolescence. Her dissertation research examines social stressors become embodied in the context of biobehavioral changes occurring throughout puberty and early adolescence. She plans fieldwork with adolescents living in Amman, Jordan and Irbid, Jordan.  She has a wide array of research skills that include R and statistics, qualitative and quantitative methods, biomarker lab assays, and science communication. Plus, she speaks and reads Arabic! Besides her research she is an Assistant Produce of the Sausage of Science Podcast and a Digital Scholarship Intern, Anthropology of Children & Youth.

Charles (Chuck) Lanfear is a sociologist whose research investigates the application of statistics and computational methods to questions at the intersection of criminology, sociology, and demography.  His current research examines how demographic and built environment characteristics of places influence social control and situational opportunity to determine the distribution of crime in time and place. He has published widely and prolifically with many colleagues, including with his advisor CSDE Affiliate Ross Matsueda. He is also an outstanding instructor and recognized with the UW’s 2020 Excellence in Teaching Award. His latest and biggest news is that he has just been awarded a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Social Investigation at Oxford’s Nuffield College to work with David Kirk and Rob Sampson. Their project will be examining gun violence over the life course using the Project on Human Development in Chicago longitudinal data files.

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CSDE Awarded NIH Training Grant for Advanced Data Analytics, Demography & Population Health

CSDE, along with partners in the Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences and the eScience Institute, is among eight awardees across the country selected to develop training programs in advanced data analytics for population health through the NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. This five-year, $1.8 million training program at the UW will fund 25 academic-year graduate fellowships, develop a new training curriculum and contribute to methodological advances in health research at the intersection of demography and data science (see UW News story). Tyler McCormick, associate professor of sociology and statistics, and Jon Wakefield, professor of statistics and biostatistics, led the grant application with support from CSDE Director Sara Curran. The new training program will be led by Zack Almquist, assistant professor of sociology, and will build on CSDE’s graduate certificate in demographic methods by integrating training in advanced statistics and computational methods.For more information, contact Curran at scurran@uw.edu or Almquist at zalmquist@uw.edu or visit the fellowship website.

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CSDE Awards Advanced Data Analytics Training Awards to Five Pre-Doctoral Candidates

A recently awarded training grant means that five pre-doctoral candidates in the social sciences have been awarded training grants for the 2020-21 Academic Year.  This inaugural cohort began the training program in October 2020 and includes Ian Kennedy (Graduate student in Sociology), Neal Marquez (Graduate student in Sociology), Emily Pollock (Graduate student in Anthropology), Aja Sutton (Graduate student in Geography), and Crystal Yu (Graduate student in Sociology). Kennedy’s research is centered on developing and applying methods of automated data collection and text analysis to better understand how race and class intersect with property advertisements on platforms such as Craigslist; Marquez’s research uses novel data made available by SafeGraph to understand mobility patterns in the United States; Pollock’s research employs novel computational methods and social network analysis to model disease transmission; Sutton’s research applies computational methods to understand how geography impacts disease spread; and Yu’s research looks to improve small area, stochastic estimation techniques through combinations of administrative data, statistics and trace data. This first cohort of trainees reflects the UW’s strengths in data science across a wide array of types of data and analytic approaches. To read more about the announcement, visit UW News or the Fellowship web page

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CSDE Director Sara Curran Discusses Census and COVID

CSDE Director Sara Curran was a panelist in the University of Washington’s “Coexisting with COVID-19” special series, aired on September 24, 2020. Panelists discussed how COVID-19 plays a role in ensuring every voice and every person is heard and counted in the election and the Census. You can view the session on Youtube here.

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Aging Across UW – Third Thursdays

Under the leadership of CSDE Trainee Callie Freitag (doctoral student at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance), Third Thursdays is a monthly gathering of researchers to talk informally about their work in the context of the ongoing pandemic. Each month, the group focuses on a particular dimension of aging research with a particular focus on how the pandemic is influencing all of it. You can also talk about how doing aging research during the pandemic is affecting you as a person. Last week's discussion covered the social ecological model of health and how social forces shape genetic expression and experiences of Alzheimer's Disease. If you’d like to participate in the future please email Callie Freitag (freitagc@uw.edu) and look for upcoming announcements in CSDE’s demography events calendar. 

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*New* Grant Opportunities Through Gates Foundation Grand Challenges

The Gates Foundation has announced new opportunities for grand challenges and grand challenge explorations for researchers studying malaria control, maternal nutrition, and smart farming innovations for small-scale producers.  The deadlines for these programs are December 2, 2020; January 6, 2021; and February 25, 2021. Each is listed below in separate funding announcements. As always, be sure to reach out to CSDE if you would like support with your application.

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*NEW* Two NIH and NSF Grant Opportunities!

The NIH and NSF recently announced two new exciting grant opportunities. NIH’s  “Interventions to Reduce the Impact of COVID-19 on Health Disparity and Other Vulnerable Populations” will support projects related to COVID-19 mitigation strategies in the United States. Projects must include a focus on one or more NIH-designated populations that experience health disparities in the United States, or a population identified as vulnerable to COVID-19 infection, hospitalization, or mortality. The grant will support a maximum budget of $250,000 per year. Project proposals should be submitted no later than December 15, 2020.

NSF's Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet) grant will support development of networks to share information and ideas, coordinate ongoing or planned research activities, foster synthesis and integration through new collaborations on theory building and innovative development of methods and tools. The grants will support 10 -14 projects with a total budget of $10 million. Project proposals should be submitted no later than January 4, 2021.

If you’re considering these funding opportunities, please consider filling out a proposal planning form and you will receive high quality and timely pre-award support for your application from our team!

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*New* Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for MD-PhD Training Linking Alzheimer with Social and Behavioral Sciences

UW’s Office of Research invites letters of intent for NIA's MD-PhD Training Program in Alzheimer's Disease and Its Related Dementias and the Behavioral and Social Sciences. The program is designed to help strengthen the pipeline of physician-scientist leaders dedicated to using social and behavioral science approaches to addressing the nation's challenges posed by Alzheimer's disease and its related dementias (AD/ADRD). If you are interested, you should send a one page set of specific aims and your C.V. to research@uw.edu by November 19.  The call is due to NIA  2/3/21, so you will need to have your materials in to the Office of Sponsored Programs by 1/25/21 for processing, if you are given the go ahead by the Proposal Review Committee.

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CSDE Affiliates Plan NOW for an NIH Population Dynamics Branch Research Application!
Calling all UW demographers, population scientists, and population health scientists. CSDE strongly encourages you to consider preparing applications (larger ones (R01) or smaller ones (R21/R03) or career awards (K’s) or conference grants (R13s) or small training workshops (R25)) to the Population Dynamics Branch! The Population Dynamics Branch has a broad social science mandate that includes research, data collection, and research training in demography, reproductive health, and population health. Any research captured by CSDE’s Primary Research Areas is eligible, including: Population and Environment, Migrations and Settlements, Health of People and Populations, Demographic Methods and Measurements, Wellbeing of Families and Households. Upcoming due dates are the standard ones for NIH, which are primarily in early to mid February. The scientific review panels for PDB are comprised of social scientists, demographers, and reproductive health scientists.  There are typically two panels where your research proposal will be sent, including SSPA and SSPB.  Contact CSDE for more details about your applications.  We’re happy to support your applications, including offering mock reviews!

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UW Statistics Consulting Services Now Available!

The UW Statistical Consulting Service is now available for Fall quarter. Appointments will be held online via Zoom. Faculty and graduate students in the Consulting Program of the Department of Statistics offer free statistical advice to the UW community through scheduled 50-minute consulting appointments during the academic year when classes are in session. For more information and to schedule an appointment, click on the following link.

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Call for Graduate Student Proposals: Scholars’ Studio

Are you a graduate student who wants to communicate your capstone, research or pedagogy to a wider audience? Would you like to get feedback about your virtual presentation style from a group of supportive and interdisciplinary people? Then submit a proposal by Monday, October 26 for an opportunity to present at the virtual Scholars’ Studio—a fun, low stakes way to give a 5 minute lightning talk! This virtual event on Thursday, November 19 is a collaboration between the UW Libraries Research Commons and Core Programs—Office of Graduate Student Affairs in The Graduate School. Send questions to mundtm@uw.edu.

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