January 19, 2021

CSDE Seminar Series

Understanding Breast Cancer as a Complex System

     When: Friday, Jan 22, 2021 (12.30 - 1.30 PM)
     Where: Virtual via Zoom

At the CSDE seminar on January 22nd, Dr. Robert Hiatt will present “Understanding Breast Cancer as a Complex System”. The talk will discuss the “Paradigm Model”,  an agent-based model of breast cancer that assesses the theoretical impact of population-level policy interventions on obesity, environmental toxins, income redistribution and other factors on breast cancer incidence. Dr. Hiatt is Professor and immediate past Chair of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF and also the Associate Director of Population Sciences for the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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

After the seminar, UW Epidemiology PhD student Taylor Riley will facilitate a graduate student discussion with Dr. Hiatt. RSVP by emailing her at striley@uw.edu.

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CSDE Research & Highlights

CSDE Welcomes Four More Faculty Affiliates!

CSDE’s Executive Committee is pleased to introduce four of our new UW Faculty Affiliates:

  • Raphael MondesirAssistant Professor, Sociology, Seattle Pacific University. Mondesir’s research agenda stands at the crossroads of economic sociology, the sociology of religion, global development studies, and political sociology. He is currently investigating how civic participation affects rural development in the absence of a central state and the role of religion in the structuration of civic networks.
  • Steve Mooney – Acting Assistant Professor, Epidemiology, University of Washington. Mooney's core expertise is in developing and analyzing contextual influences on health. As a part of his National Library of Medicine funded K99/R00 project, he is currently developing software to automatically compile measures of neighborhood context for any location in the United States.
  • Deborah Nadal Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Nadal is a cultural and medical anthropologist specialized in South Asia, with extensive fieldwork experience in Jharkhand, Odisha, Rajasthan and Delhi. Currently, she is working on a 3-year post-doctoral project on dog-mediated rabies in rural Gujarat and Maharashtra, India, that draws from medical anthropology, epidemiology and Indology to investigate the social, cultural and religious determinants of this complex public health issue.
  • Lindsay White– Postdoctoral Fellow, Health Sciences, University of Washington. White is a health services researcher focused on quality and costs of care for medically complex patients. She is particularly interested in understanding how features of the health care delivery system and payment policies affect the quality and efficiency of care received by older adults with multimorbidity, with dementia, and people at the end of life. (read more)

CSDE Fellow Fiorio and CSDE Regional Affiliate Zagheni Co-author Study On Measuring Migration With Digital Trace Data

CSDE Fellow Lee Fiorio and CSDE Regional Affiliate Emilio Zagheni, along with co-authors, recently published an article in Demography that provides a general framework for converting digital trace data into estimates of migration transitions and for systematically analyzing their variation along a quasi-continuous time scale, analogous to a survival function. The authors develop two hypotheses regarding the behavior of their estimated migration transition functions, and test these using U.S. data from geotagged Tweets and from Gowalla check-ins, as well as for cell-phone call records in Senegal. They conclude that the common patterns across these three empirical data sets point to an emergent research agenda using digital trace data to study the specific functional relationship between estimates of migration in relation to time and how this relationship varies by geography and population characteristics. They also conclude that there is a need for evaluating the internal consistency of migration estimates derived from digital trace data before using them in substantive research. To read the article click here. (read more)

Call for Applications: CSDE’s Winter 2021 Lightning Talks and Poster Session

CSDE welcomes and encourages graduate students to submit abstracts for the CSDE Lightning Talks and Poster Session! This is a wonderful, low-stakes opportunity to present your research, receive feedback, and practice your presentation skills. Submit a brief abstract and information about yourself and your collaborators here by January 25th. The session will take place on Friday, March 12 on Zoom. Each presenter will have an opportunity present to the entire group and then share their results in breakout rooms to smaller numbers of participants. (read more)

CSDE Trainees Participating in Upcoming 2021 Applied Demography Conference

The 2021 Applied Demography Conference will be held on February 2 - 4 and will feature several CSDE trainees, alum and faculty. On Feb 2, Crystal Yu will be presenting on new techniques for forecasting aging populations in Washington State. On Feb 4, CSDE Alum Chris Hess will present on scraping techniques for generating housing market data. Also on Feb 4, and in the same session, CSDE Affiliate Nathalie Williams will present on innovative methods for locating and estimating COVID-19 asymptomatic cases. And on Feb 4, CSDE Trainee Jessica Lapham will present results from a new method for estimating diverse populations at the tract level for King County


*New* Population Health Initiative Call for Proposals [Due 1-29-2021]

The Population Health Initiative has launched its call for pilot grants due to PHI by January 29, 2021. These pilot grants are intended to encourage the development of new interdisciplinary collaborations among investigators for projects that address critical challenges to population health. CSDE is always happy to help you in the preparation of your applications – whether that is with scientific consultations or pre-award proposal support, which includes budget preparation, all ancillary materials, management of submission, and experienced reviewers for providing feedback on your narrative. Contact Sara Curran, Steve Goodreau or Scott Kelly with any questions. (read more)

*New* UW Royalty Research Fund Grants [Due 3-1-2021]

Applications are open for the Spring 2021 round of the UW Royalty Research Fund (RRF) grant program. Proposals are due Monday, March 1, by 5:00 PM. 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 website. CSDE is always happy to help you in the preparation of your applications – whether that is with scientific consultations or pre-award proposal support, which includes budget preparation, all ancillary materials, management of submission, and experienced reviewers for providing feedback on your narrative. Contact Sara Curran, Steve Goodreau or Scott Kelly with any questions. Acting Faculty and faculty with temporary appointments may be paid for up to 2 months on RRF grants even though they are not eligible to be PI or Co-I. Please see the updated instructions here. Contact the RRF administrative staff with questions about the program; new applicants should contact Peter Wilsnack, doogieh@uw.edu206-685-9316. (read more)

*New* NSF Research Solicitation: ‘Future of Work’ [Due 3-23-2021]

The U.S. National Science Foundation’s “Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier”  is one of ten transformative “big ideas” supporting bold, long-term research at the frontiers of science and engineering. The effort takes a multidisciplinary approach by supporting research at the intersection of people, society and technology, while aiming to increase opportunities for workers and spur innovations that benefit the U.S. economy. It is a collaborative effort with NSF’s directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Education and Human Resources, Engineering, and the Office of Integrative Activities. Proposals [due March 23, 2021], to the new solicitation should describe multidisciplinary research investigating the evolving technological, human and societal aspects of work. Researchers from the social, behavioral and economic sciences should collaborate with researchers in computer science, engineering and learning sciences to investigate the potential impacts of technological innovations and disruptions. The solicitation invites proposals for planning grants and research grants, as well as new and larger transition-to-scale awards that can create a novel and extended knowledge base applicable to future workplaces. Proposals must also address inclusion and equity in a meaningful way, including potential inequalities in future workplaces or occupations. Proposals should include methods to mitigate those inequalities, such as new approaches to learning or technologies that support accessibility and inclusion. (read more)

*New* Apply Now for Summer Institutes in Computational Social Science!

The 2021 Summer Institutes in Computational Social Science are now accepting applications. The Summer Institutes bring together social scientists and data scientists interested in computational social science for 1-2 weeks of intensive study and collaborative research.  They are for grad students, post-docs, and beginning faculty. The central SICSS location in 2021 will be held at Princeton University from June 14-25, 2021 and will be organized by Matt Salganik and Chris Bail. In addition to SICSS-Princeton, there will be 19 partner locations organized by SICSS alumni and the broader SICSS community. There is no cost to participate, and in 2021 all locations will be online only because of COVID. (read more)

*New* Training Opportunities Through INSPIRE for Indigenous Health Research

The 2021 INSPIRE International Indigenous Health Research Training Program is accepting applications for its training program. The Indigenous Substance Use and Addictions Prevention Interdisciplinary Research Education program (INSPIRE) offers a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary training in Indigenous health and health disparities research, with access to scientific mentors across fields. The two-year-long research training program features individualized mentorship, research and writing retreats, grant development workshops, and seed funding to attend conferences, meet with mentors and mentorship teams, and conduct pilot studies ($22,000 in pilot funds for postdoctoral/early career scientists and $10,800 for doctoral students). Applications close February 7, 2021. Please see the program website for more details. (read more)

*New* Limited Submission NIH R25: Research Experience in Genomic Research for Master’s Students in Data Science Training Programs

There is a new FOA from NIH to encourage encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in research. To accomplish the stated over-arching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on: Research Experiences for students currently enrolled in master’s degree programs in data science (including programs in statistics/biostatistics, mathematics, computer science or equivalent fields) to provide hands-on exposure to genomics data sets as a substrate for their analytical skills. Through this announcement, NHGRI hopes to attract such students to the genomics workforce. NHGRI also seeks to both encourage data scientists who plan to opt for a terminal master’s degree to join genomics research, as well as reinforce the intent of current master’s degree students who are considering entering a doctoral program with an eventual dissertation focused on genomic data science. This FOA is explicitly intended to support the entry of master’s degree students in data science into the genomics workforce. Applications are due to NIH on May 25, 2021. For more details click here. (read more)

*New* Call for Abstracts “2021 Managed Retreat Conference”

Building on the success of the 2019 conference on Managed Retreat, the 2021 conference will address a range of scientific, social, policy and governance issues around managed retreat (also known as strategic realignment and planned relocation). The conference, a major initiative of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, will bring together stakeholders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, together with academics, scientists, and community representatives, to help develop a common understanding of this complex issue, and move the needle toward equitable solutions. A major emphasis will be on issues of environmental justice, in recognition that the people most impacted by decisions around retreat have a key role in these conversations. Abstracts can be submitted here until January 31, 2021. (read more)

Register Now for PAA 2021!

PAA 2021 Registration is now open. Important Dates and Deadlines:

  • February 19, 2021: Deadline for all presenters to register.
  • February 28, 2021: Last day the early-bird rate is available.
  • March 1, 2021: Regular registration rates will be in effect.

For those who must self-pay, a hardship rate, a 30% discount off a student or regular registration fee, is available. Simply submit a request via this form and PAA will update the registration system to allow access to the hardship rate. To request the hardship rate, you must already have an account set up in the PAA registration system. (read more)

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! (read more)


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