November 15, 2021

CSDE Seminar Series

Small Area Estimation in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

      When:  Friday, Nov 19, 2021 (12:30-1:30 PM PT)
      Where:  Virtual on Zoom

This week CSDE Affiliate and Professor of Statistics Jon Wakefield will present his research on measuring the under-five mortality rate (U5MR) in low- and middle-income countries. In this talk, he will describe models that have been developed to produce the official United Nations (UN) subnational U5MR estimates in 22 countries. He will also discuss strategies for dealing with data sparsity and time and space, discrete and continuous spatial models, and a number of other modeling topics.

You can register for the seminar HERE, and check out all the upcoming topics and register for future seminars on our website.

This seminar is co-sponsored with the Population Health Initiative

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CSDE Research & Highlights

UW is Selected as Next Editorial Home for Demography, 2022-2025

The Population Association of America has selected Sara Curran and a team of 25 editorial board members to lead the association’s flagship journal, Demography, for the next three years - from May 2022 through April 2025. Curran, CSDE Director, will be joined by an editorial board of UW faculty in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Public Policy, Sociology, and Statistics, along with an equal number of faculty from Duke University, Emory University, the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, National University of Singapore, Princeton University, Stanford University, the University of British Columbia, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of California at Riverside, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Minnesota. Demography has just moved to an open access platform with Duke University Press and this new organization presents good opportunities for further growing the impact of population research more broadly.

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CSDE Welcomes Five Faculty Affiliates!

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

  • Roberto OrellanoProfessor, School of Social Work. Dr. Orellana's current work involves some of the most challenging public-health issues of the day including developing culturally tailored training for Latinx social workers who are providing COVID-19 contact tracing and vaccine promotion among Latinx communities in the Pacific Northwest; a national HIV behavioral surveillance project focused on high-risk populations; and an international indigenous health research training program serving Peru, Guatemala, Nepal and Hawaii.
  • Emma RileyAssistant Professor, Economics. Dr. Riley's research has a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, and primarily utilizes large-scale randomized field experiments. She has on-going research looking at the impact of digital financial technologies on female enterprises and studying the effects of a village-level poverty alleviation program on household welfare.
  • Mienah SharifAssistant Professor, Epidemiology. Dr. Sharif takes a social justice, global and intersectional approach towards examining the nature and determinants of health inequities among racial and ethnic minority groups across the lifecourse. She is especially interested in addressing questions about the influence of structural factors, differential exposure to adverse social conditions and psychosocial factors on indicators of health and wellbeing across various life stages.
  • LaTonya TrotterAssociate Professor, Department of Bioethics and Humanities. Dr. Trotter is a sociologist of medicine whose scholarship is motivated by three things: an empirical commitment to health care as a site of inquiry; a theoretical commitment to understanding the social processes that reproduce inequality in health care; and a methodological commitment to attending to how those processes are reproduced by interactions within the medical workplace.
  • Jevin WestAssociate Professor & Director, Information School. Dr. West builds models, algorithms and interactive visualizations for understanding the flow of information in large knowledge networks. Two particular areas of interest are scholarly communication and intellectual property.
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CSDE Trainee Laphan Presents at IAPHS

This year’s Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science Conference, held October 19-21, 2021, focused on “Racism, Power and Justice: Achieving Population Health Equity”. CSDE Trainee Jessica Lapham attended and gave a poster presentation that focused on the intersection of welfare stigma, state contexts and the health of mothers receiving public assistance benefits. The poster (P94) was featured in the Health Equity poster forum.

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Phipps and Co-Authors Explore the Molecular and Pathology Features of Colorectal Tumors in New Publication

CSDE Affiliate Amanda Phipps and a team of co-authors published this work in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention. The study was exploring the associations between Fusobacterium nucleatum, tumor characteristics, and colorectal cancer survival. The authors highlight that the subspecies of these bacteria negatively impact mortality of colorectal cancer patients and note that effects are particularly driven during tumor stage shifts.

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Amanda Phipps

Flaxman Joins Panel on COVID-19 Experience in Israel

On Thursday, November 18 at 8pm, CSDE Affiliate Abraham Flaxman will join Dr. Nadav Davidovitch, Professor of Health Systems Management at Ben-Gurion University, to discuss Israel’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can register for the event here.

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Abraham Flaxman

Updates from the CSDE Research & Training Cores

CSDE Computational Demography Working Group Hosts Peter D. Smits

This week, Peter D. Smits will join the CDWG Meeting to speak about his work as a Senior Applied Scientist at Truveta, a healthcare data startup based in Seattle. He was previously at Amazon’s Advertising division (2020-2021). He holds a PhD from the Committee on Evolutionary Biology, University of Chicago (2017), and was a postdoc at UC Berkeley in Integrative Biology (2017-2019). His training is in paleobiology and macroevolutionary biology; his academic work focused on analyzing macroevolutionary and macroecological patterns in the fossil record. His primary interests are Bayesian statistics; multilevel/hierarchical modeling; working with longitudinal, survival and count data; data science (especially working in R); and tabletop role-playing games.

Join this meeting on Wednesday, 11/17/2021, from 2:00 - 3:00 PM PT via THIS Zoom link.

CDWG meets via Zoom; its calendar of events can be found here.

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Updates for CSDE's Demography Certificate Posted on November 12

The training program team recently provided new information about upcoming changes to the certificate program and new courses that may be of interest to students.

Visit the training site here to read the full update and learn more.


Call for CSDE Proposals: Population Research Planning Grants

CSDE has funds available to provide a variety of forms of support for affiliates submitting grants from now through this summer. This might include funding for hiring an RA (quarterly or hourly), hosting or hiring consultants from inside or outside UW, hiring CSDE scientific staff, acquiring data sets, organizing a mini-workshop or writing retreat, or many other possibilities!  One key restriction, however, is that funds cannot be used for faculty salary support or course buyout.

Applications are rolling, and CSDE's core leadership will review proposals every two weeks until the funds are exhausted. Early applications are encouraged!

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant Opportunities

We want to highlight several outstanding grant opportunities that may be of particular interest to our public health research community:

If CSDE's teams can be of help with your research planning or an application, please let us know. You can submit your interest and plans to the proposal planning form or contact Steve Goodreau with a request for advice (goodreau@uw.edu).

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