April 19, 2022

CSDE Seminar Series

Scrutinizing the Science of Sociogenomics

     When:  Friday, Apr 22, 2022 (12:30-1:30 PM PT)
     Where:  Hans Rosling Center (Room 101) & Virtual on Zoom

This week we are excited to hear from CSDE External Affiliate and Associate Professor in the Department Criminal Justice & Criminology at Georgia State University, Callie Burt! Dr. Burt's presentation, "Scrutinizing the Science of Sociogenomics," will take a deep-dive into the methodology of genomic-wide association studies and polygenic scores and their employment in social science.

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

After the seminar, we will facilitate and graduate student discussion with Dr. Burt. Students will have the opportunity to discuss research collaborations, professional development, academic publishing, and interdisciplinary research, among other topics.

This seminar is co-sponsored with the Population Health Initiative.

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CSDE Research & Highlights

CSDE Affiliates Awarded Tier 1 and Tier 2 Population Health Initiative Pilot Grants

Several CSDE affiliates have received Population Health Initiative Pilot Grant Funding.  In the Tier 1 category the following affiliates were part of teams that received funding: Jane Simoni and colleagues for a project seeking to extend mHealth psychological interventions in China; Marieka Klawitter and colleagues for a project seeking to understand risk taking behavior and cryptocurrency trading among young adults; and, Melanie Martin, Zack Almquist, Amy Hagopian and colleagues for a project investing sleep health among the homeless.  In the Tier 2 category the following affiliates were part of teams that received funding: Nicole Errett, Rebecca Walter, and colleagues for a project assessing public housing preparedness for disasters; Amy Hagopian, Bo Zhao, Zack Almquist, Adrian Dobra and colleagues for a project on innovating methods for better enumeration of the homeless people; Edmund Seto and colleagues on human health associated with exposure to airplane noise pollution; and Melissa Martinson, Rebecca Rebbe and colleagues for a project to build population data about child maltreatment from administrative records.

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New York Times Quotes Wakefield in New Article on WHO's COVID Death Toll Calculations

CSDE Affiliate and Executive Committee Member Jon Wakefield is cited in New York Times reporting that broke over the weekend. The article investigates the production and delays in the World Health Organization's effort to calculate the global death toll from the coronavirus pandemic. Wakefield, who played a key role in building the model used for these estimates, is quoted highlighting the rigorous sensitivity tests the team has undertaken to ensure the accuracy of estimates.

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Wagenaar, Sherr, & Co-Authors Explore the Risk Factors Involved in Road Traffic Injuries in New Study

In a new article published in PLOS Global Public Health, CSDE Affiliates Brad Wagenaar, Kenneth Sherr, and a number of colleagues use data from a central Mozambique survey to assess the risk factors involved in road traffic injuries (RTIs). The authors find that urban residence, motor bike ownership, and higher socioeconomic status were all associated with higher incidence in RTIs.

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New Research from Jones-Smith and Co-Authors Assesses Impacts of Two Programs Supporting Meal Provision to School Children During Panedemic Closures

CSDE Affiliate Jessica Jones-Smith and several co-authors recently published an evaluation of two programs designed to replace missed meals for children from low-income families during pandemic school closures. The programs compared are grab-and-go school meals and the Pandemic Electronmic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT). The nationwide study assesses the impact of these programs in terms of how many eligible children they reached, the frequency of program receipt, and costs.

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Updates from the CSDE Research & Training Cores

THIS WEEK: UW Center for Health Innovation & Policy Science Seminar

Join the UW Center for Health Innovation & Policy Science and CSDE for the third seminar in our ongoing series on homelessness. On April 20th Graham Pruss will present a talk titled “Vehicle Residency and the Nomadic Turn: How a UW Undergrad Project Drove National Research to Inform Public Policy, Social Services, and Legal Advocacy.”

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DEADLINE THIS WEEK: CSDE’s T32 Fellowship Program

CSDE’s Data Science and Demography T32 Fellowship program is accepting applications for a 12-month fellowship for AY 2022-23. This training program is ideal for pre-doctoral candidates who have strong interests in gaining methodological training in data analytics and with research interests in the social determinants or social structural factors linked to population well-being, population health, or demography. The program provides mentoring and support for trainees pursuing scientific careers in relevant academia, government, or private sector organizations. Applications are due Wednesday, 4/20/2022.

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Computational Demography Working Group Meeting 4/20!

Join CSDE’s Computational Demography Working Group on Wednesday, 4/20/2022, to hear from Anna Maguire, Senior Research Scientist at Amazon. Anna earned their PhD in Sociology at Vanderbilt 2017. Their research interests are focused on good and bad jobs, work’s impact on health, and the labor movement. 

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Summer Network Modeling for Epidemics Workshop: Applications Open for 2022!

Network Modeling for Epidemics (NME) is a 5-day short course at the University of Washington that provides training in stochastic network models for infectious disease transmission dynamics.

This is a ''hands-on'' course, using the EpiModel software package in R (www.epimodel.org). EpiModel provides a unified framework for statistically based modeling of dynamic networks from empirical data, and simulation of epidemic dynamics on these networks. This course will touch on the deterministic and individual-based models, but its primary focus is on the theory, methods and application of network models. The course uses a mix of lectures, tutorials, and labs with students working in small groups. Click here to apply!

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Apply for Duke's Social Networks & Health Workshop and Research Design Lab

The Duke Network Analysis Center is offering open access to all videos and files accompanying the Social Networks and Health Workshop 2022. The workshop itself will run from May 10-May 12 from 7AM-1PM (PST) every day.

***NEW THIS YEAR! SN&H Research Design Lab***  As part of the Applied Health Research track, they will be holding a live “stump the chumps” style workshop session working through the design for proposed research projects. If you have a networks & health project in the works and would like to get advice on how best to design and carry out your study, here’s your chance to ask the experts!

To apply to participate in the Design Lab, please send a 1-page project description & short CV to snh.dnac@gmail.com by May 1.  All are welcome to send in ideas, but preference for projects will be given to young investigators (PhD students, new faculty, K-awards, etc.).

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Boost Your Research Skills -- Attend One of More of CSDE's Spring Quarter Workshops

We’re excited to offer the following workshops this quarter:

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Funding Opportunity: Spencer Foundation Large Research Grants

The Large Research Grants on Education Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, with budgets ranging from $125,000 up through $500,000 for projects ranging from one to five years.

To this end, this program supports proposals from multiple disciplinary and methodological perspectives, both domestically and internationally, from scholars at various stages in their career. The Spencer Foundation anticipates that proposals will span a wide range of topics and disciplines that innovatively investigate questions central to education, including for example education, anthropology, philosophy, psychology, sociology, law, economics, history, or neuroscience, amongst others. 

To submit a full proposal through CSDE, please complete the Planning Proposal Submission FormLetters of intent are due to the funder by May 4, 2022.

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New Population Health Initiative Funding Opportunity

The Population Health Initiative, in partnership with Novo Nordisk and the University of Washington’s Engineering Innovation in Health program, is launching a pilot grant program to catalyze innovative projects that seek to develop solutions for people experiencing chronic disease(s). This program is intended to support UW researchers in testing scalable ideas that seek to better understanding at the intersections of biology, data, digital tools, behavior and financial implications. Applications are due May 31, 2022.

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Criminal Justice Administrative Records System (CJARS) Fellowship Program

The University of Michigan CJARS are excited to announce the opening of the second CJARS Fellowship Program. This program provides an amazing opportunity to receive support for research that taps into the wealth of criminal justice data held in the CJARS data infrastructure and all of the possible data linkage available through the U.S. Census Bureau's Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC) network. They will be selecting 3 fellows to receive $35,000 each to support the development of a research proposal that will be submitted to the U.S. Census Bureau. Interested candidates can download the program solicitation from the CJARS websiteApplications are due June 17, 2022.

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CSDE Early Career Grant Working Group – consider joining!

Are you an early-career (pre-promotion) faculty member who is thinking about writing a grant?  Perhaps you're just beginning to ponder the idea but don't know where to start - or maybe you're already experienced and still need some information, ideas, or moral support. If so, then you should join CSDE's Early Career Grant Working Group! We meet monthly in a hybrid (in-person in Raitt Hall and on Zoom) on third Thursdays from 1:30-2:30. Please email Steve Goodreau (goodreau@uw.edu) to be added to the mailing list and event invitation.Please note: membership is focused on CSDE affiliates (any UW campus or external) who are in any kind of faculty position prior to their first major promotion (to associate or equivalent). If you have a question about your eligibility, please email Steve Goodreau (goodreau@uw.edu).

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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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