November 10, 2020

CSDE Seminar Series

Gender, Race, and Intersectionality in Campaign Finance

     When: Friday, Nov 13, 2020 (12.30 - 1.30PM)
     Where: Virtual via Zoom

One of CSDE’s newest affiliates, Dr. Jake Grumbach, will present “Gender, Race, and Intersectionality in Campaign Finance” on November 13. The talk will discuss the ethnorace-gender distribution of campaign contributions, using new data on the ethnoracial and gender backgrounds of contributors. CSDE Affiliate Grumbach is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington and a Faculty Associate with the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies. His research focuses broadly on the political economy of the United States, with an emphasis on public policy, racial and economic inequality, American federalism, and statistical methods.

Register for Dr. Grumbach's Zoom seminar here. This quarter, CSDE is recording the seminar series and posting the links on its website. Visit our site here.

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CSDE Workshops

CSDE Workshop: Intro to Visualization in R with ggplot

     When: Wednesday, Nov 18, 2020 (10 – 11:30 a.m.)
     Where: Zoom

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CSDE Research & Highlights

CSDE Scholars Are Invited to Sign-up for PAA President Eileen Crimmins’ Talk on the Future of Aging

Dr. Eileen Crimmins, the president of the Population Association of America and a prominent scholar in the field of health and mortality, aging, and biodemography, will be giving a presentation on the “Future of Aging” on Tuesday (11/10) from 1.30 – 3pm. Dr. Crimmins’ work has been on the leading edge of integrating biomarkers into population studies and identifying the long-lasting impacts of early life health experiences.

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Graduate Students Invited to meet PAA President Eileen Crimmins and Discuss Research on Aging

Dr. Eileen Crimmins will be giving a public talk at 1:30pm (see above) about the Future of Aging. If you’re a graduate student interested in aging research, then Dr. Crimmins is a must-know in aging research! Following her public talk, graduate students are invited at 4pm for special discussion with Dr. Crimmins. CSDE Trainee Callie Freitag will facilitate the graduate student discussion about pursuing an academic career in demography, multidisciplinarity, directing large research efforts, and finding the edges of existing research. RSVP by emailing Callie at freitagc@uw.edu.This will be wonderful opportunity to meet Dr. Crimmins.

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CSDE Alum Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz’s Study On Firearms And Covid-19 Makes News!

CSDE Alum Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz, along with coauthors at UC Davis, recently published an article on MedRxiv examining gun sales and violence during the Covid-19 pandemic. The article received significant attention in the media. Using cross-sectional data from the California Safety and Wellbeing Survey, the authors estimate that 110,000 people in California bought guns this year because they were worried about the destabilizing effects of the pandemic. Their findings suggest that roughly 55,000 additional households in California now have a loaded firearm within reach of unauthorized users. About half of those who acknowledged such a switch lived in homes with children or teens. The study concludes that by aggravating “poverty, unemployment, lack of resources, isolation, hopelessness and loss” the pandemic has worsened many of the underlying conditions contributing to violence.

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CSDE Affiliate Gugerty and Nancy Bell Evans Center Issue New Report About Nonprofits & COVID Responses

CSDE Affiliate Mary Kay Gugerty, Director of the Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, along with CSDE Trainee Emily Finchum-Mason and Evans School colleagues Kelly Husted and Erica Mills Barnhart have just released a new report on how Washington state nonprofits have fared during the COVID pandemic and responded to the COVID challenges. The research was conducted during June to August 2020 and critical findings include:

  • Demand for services is up, but funding is down with the average decline in total revenue experienced across nonprofits approximately 30%.
  • 62% of nonprofits have had to pause one or more programs.
  • 14% have had to end one or more programs.
  • The number of individuals volunteering was reportedly down by 30-50%, likely due to social distancing and the expense of having sufficient PPE. This makes it challenging, and at times impossible, for nonprofits to operate at full capacity.
  • 56% of the sample have successfully accessed CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program loans to support their employees. Nearly 30% reported some difficulties in applying, but 95% that did apply were approved for their loans. Confusion about the repayment terms remains an issue.
  • When asked what they needed most right now, nonprofits said more funding and more flexibility in terms of reporting requirements for current funding.
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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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