November 23, 2021

CSDE Seminar Series *** NO SEMINAR ON NOVEMBER 26 ***

The Importance of Community-Generated Data for Urban Resilience: Reflecting on Water Stories from Cape Town, South Africa

     When:  Friday, Dec 3, 2021 (12:30-1:30 PM PT)
     Where:  Virtual on Zoom

Following the holiday, we will host Gina Ziervogel, Associate Professor of Environmental and Geographical Science at University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Ziervogel will present on a transdisciplinary project undertaken by academics, an NGO and a social movement, aimed at finding a way to integrate community-generated data on the City of Cape Town's water services and infrastructure into the government's Water Strategy.

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 Urban@UW, the Population Health Initiative and the Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE).

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CSDE Research & Highlights

CSDE Welcomes Five New External Affiliates!

Throughout the year, CSDE reviews applications from demographers working at other universities, as well as those working in the private and public sectors. These affiliates are keen to engage with CSDE’s scholarly community. As external affiliates they are able to access our computing resources (including data and software) and online seminars or workshops, consults with our scientific staff, and collaborate easily with CSDE’s UW faculty on research projects. Non-UW demographers interested in affiliating with CSDE can click here to apply. This quarter, we welcome five new external affiliates:

  • D. Mark AndersonAssociate Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics, Montana State University. Dr. Anderson's fields of study include applied microeconomics, health economics, economic history.
  • Michael EspositoAssociate Professor of Sociology, Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Esposito investigates how broad, racialized social systems – and their constituent institutions – are configured in ways that layer privileges on white populations and hazards on BIPOC populations. His research ultimately seeks to understand how these systematically-distributed privileges and penalties arrive on population health.
  • Dennis HoganProfessor Emeritus of Population Studies and Sociology, Brown University. Dr. Hogan served as Director of the Population Studies and Training Center until 2000. He is interested in the life course of American adolescents and the ways opportunities in local environments and resources of parents are converted into successful transitions to adult life.
  • Jennifer LairdAssociate Professor of Sociology, City University of New York. Dr. Laird’s research focuses on poverty and inequality. As a quantitative sociologist, Dr. Laird conducts her research using data visualization, modeling, and microsimulation methods. She has published articles that investigate the sources of poverty differences across U.S. states, employment inequality in the public sector, and unemployment among Mexican immigrants.
  • Claire RothschildSenior Technical Advisor in Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategic Evidence and Learning at Population Services International (PSI). Dr. Rothschild's research interests include sexual and reproductive health, contraceptive dynamics, person-centered quality of care, and reproductive justice.
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Pörtner Publication on Birth Spacing and Sex-Selective Abortions in India Now Available

CSDE External Affiliate Claus Pörtner's recent article has just been released on Demography's website in advance of publication. This research spans four decades of data. Since the advent of prenatal sex-determination technologies in the mid-1980s, India has experienced an increasingly male-biased sex ratio at birth, presumably from sex-selective abortions. Abortions lengthen birth intervals, and this paper shows that, although the overall length of birth intervals increased from 1970 to the mid-2010s, well-educated women with no sons had the most substantial lengthening, as well as the most male-biased sex ratios.

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Two Recent Publications from Guttmannova and Colleagues

CSDE Affiliate Katarina Guttmannova has recently published two new articles with a number of co-authors in the journals Health Promotion International and Addictive Behaviors. The first article, available in full HERE, examines whether community prevention coalitions in Chile and Colombia perceive reports of risk and protective factors—based on the results of the Communities That Care Youth Survey—to be understandable, valid, useful, and worth disseminating. The second article, available in advance of publication HERE, explores potential prevention targets among young adults who use both alcohol and marijuana.

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Rowhani-Rahbar and Co-Authors Explore Barriers to Randomized Trials Among Patients with Firearm Injuries in Recent Study

CSDE Affiliate and Executive Committee Member Ali Rowhani-Rahbar and several co-authors recently published this study in Injury Epidemiology. The paper discusses barriers to recruitment, retention, and intervention delivery in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of patients presenting with firearm injuries to a Level 1 trauma center. This study is one of the first RCTs of a hospital- and community-based intervention provided solely among patients with firearm injuries.

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Research by Fyall and Trainee Fowle Cited in The New York Times

CSDE Trainee Matthew Fowle and CSDE Affiliate Rachel Fyall's research on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on low-income housing security is cited in a recent New York Times article on the impending eviction crisis in many U.S. cities. Fowle and Fyall's report, available in full HERE, uses interview and survey data from low-income tenants to understand the effects of eviction moratoria on housing security.

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Updates from the CSDE Research & Training Cores

Population Health Initiative Re-Launches Pilot Grant Program

The Population Health Initiative has relaunched its interdisciplinary pilot grant program with expanded granting capacity in 2022 and 2023. The relaunched program now features three different tiers of grants with varying foci and awards ranging in size from $25,000 to $200,000.

Information sessions for individuals interested in learning more about the relaunched pilot program will be held via Zoom on the following days and times:

CSDE is happy to provide a letter of support indicating matching support for you application. Please contact Steve Goodreau with a request for that matching support (goodreau@uw.edu).

If CSDE's teams can be of additional 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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Call for CSDE Proposals: Population Proposal Research 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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Call for Applications: Google Research Scholar Program

The Google Research Scholar Program provides unrestricted gifts to support research at institutions around the world, and is focused on funding world-class research conducted by early-career professors. The funds granted will be up to $60,000 USD and are intended to support the advancement of the professor’s research. Read the full solicitation and details about eligibility HERE. Applications are due 12/1/2021.

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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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant Opportunities

We want to again 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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CSDE Computational Demography Working Group Hosts Abraham Flaxman

The week following Thanksgiving, CSDE's Computational Demography Working Group (CDWG) will be hosting CSDE Affiliate Abraham FlaxmanDr. Flaxman will present on a new project he's initiated to build tools for matching individuals in two or more databases. He will talk about the background of this project, it's utility for demographic research, and will open the discussion up to questions and potential directions for this work.

Join this meeting on Wednesday, 12/1/2021, 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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