September 7, 2022

CSDE Affiliate Spotlight

CSDE Welcomes Four New UW & External Affiliates!

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

  • Afra Mashhadi--Assistant Professor, Computing & Software Systems, UW Bothell. Dr. Mashhadi is a research scientist in the domain of Ubiquitous Computing. She is interested in developing mathematical and computational models that leverage the proliferation of sensors and breakthroughs in machine learning to (1) understand societies and social phenomena at different spatial scales and (2) model social dynamics of human behavior.
  • Leo Morales--Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Health Services, UW Seattle. Dr. Morales’s research has focused on measurement of patient reported outcomes in diverse populations, and minority health and health disparities including immigrant and Latino Health. He serves as Chief Diversity Officer for the School of Medicine.
  • Rebecca Rebbe--Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Southern California. Dr. Rebbe's research examines the measurement of and community responses to child maltreatment. She has training using demographic methods and specializes in using population-based linked administrative datasets to better understand child maltreatment.
  • Eric Waithaka--Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, George Mason University. Dr. Waithanka's research focuses on intergenerational social and economic mobility during young adults’ transitions to adulthood, with a particular focus on the role of family capital (resources & processes) and public policies influence on young adults’ life outcomes.
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CSDE Research & Highlights

CSDE Affiliates Knox and Jones-Smith Awarded Grant from the Royalty Research Fund!

CSDE Affiliates Mellisa Knox and Jessica Jones-Smith have recently been awarded a research grant from the UW RRF as co-PIs. Taxes on sweetened beverages have become an important policy response to growing obesity rates and the prevalence of type 2 diabetes in the U.S. and other nations. Since 2015, eight U.S. cities have implemented these taxes, but so far direct evidence of their impacts on household purchasing behavior is scarce. This project will investigate the income-stratified household response to sweetened beverage taxes using a data set containing the purchasing behavior of approximately 500 households in the cities of Seattle, San Francisco, Oakland, and Philadelphia.

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Wilson & Wakefield Analyze Summary and Birth History Data through Modeling Advancements in New Research

Katie Wilson (UW Biostatistics) and CSDE Affiliate and Executive Committee Member Jon Wakefield recently published their methodological research in Demographic Research. Their work is motivated by the tension between demand for high-quality subnational estimates of under-5 mortality and data limitations in lower- and middle-income countries. In the paper, Wilson & Wakefield describe a computationally efficient, model-based approach that allows summary birth history and full birth history data to be combined into analyses of under-5 mortality in a natural way.

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Mooney, Hill, Rowhani-Rabhar, and Co-Authors Continue Exploring the Connection Between EITC and Firearm Violence in New Publication

CSDE Affiliates Stephen Mooney, Heather Hill, and Ali Rowhani-Rabhar, with co-authors Kimberly Dalve, Caitlin Moe, Nicole Kovski, and Frederick Rivara, recently published research in Prevention Science, extending their collective work on the relationship between the earned income tax credit (EITC) and youth firearm violence. To estimate the association between state EITC and youth violence, the authors conducted a repeated cross-sectional analysis using the variation in state EITC generosity over time by state and self-reported data in the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) from 2005 to 2019, with additional association estimates stratified by sex and race.

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Zhao & Co-Authors Publish New Exploration of Black-Owned Restaurant Patronage During the Pandemic

CSDE Affiliate Bo Zhao along with co-authors Xiao Huang, Xiaoqi Bao (a past recipient of the CSDE Applied Research Fellowship), Zhenlong Li, and Shaozeng Zhang recently published an article in the Annals of the American Association of Geographers which has also been covered in Seattle's King 5 news. In this article, the authors assess the circumstances of Black-owned restaurants during the entire year of 2020 through a longitudinal quantitative analysis of restaurant patronage. Using multiple sources of geospatial big data, the analysis reveals that most Black-owned restaurants in this study are disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic among different cities in the United States over time.

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Grover Awarded Research Grant from the National Science Foundation!

CSDE Affiliate Himanshu Grover has been awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation. The project is titled, "Assessing the Expectations Gap – Impact on Critical Infrastructure Service Providers’ and Consumers’ Preparedness, and Response." While community lifeline service providers and local emergency managers must maintain coordinated response and recovery plans, their timelines may not match expectations of local consumers of lifeline services. This project will provide government agencies, lifeline providers, and consumers with strong evidence to address the expectations gap and, in turn, promote appropriate preparedness actions that will increase community resilience. 

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Rebbe, Sattler, and Mienko Consider Associations Between Demographics and Child Maltreatment in New Publication

CSDE External Affiliate Rebecca Rebbe, Affiliate Joseph Mienko, and co-author Kierra Sattler recently published new research in Pediatrics. The article aims to determine the role of race/ethnicity and poverty in the likelihood of children younger than age 3 years hospitalized because of child abuse and neglect-related injuries being reported to child protective services (CPS) and being assigned a specific maltreatment diagnostic code. The authors used population-based linked administrative data from Washington state comprising of birth, hospitalization, and CPS records to explore these associations.

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Curran and Co-Authors Redefine “Abandoned” Agricultural Land in New Publication

CSDE Director Sara Curran, along with a number of co-authors, recently penned a perspective article in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change. Global mapping efforts to date have relied on vague and oversimplified definitions of “abandoned” agricultural land which results in overestimates of the land area that is likely to support persistent increases in forest cover and associated carbon sequestration. The authors propose a new conceptualization of abandoned agricultural land that incorporates changes in landholding status over time into determining whether land should be considered as abandoned.

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Updates from the CSDE Research & Training Cores

Call for faculty and staff: Join a new UW community focused on engaging in global environmental change

Are you interested in learning more about how to connect with international organizations and processes focused on global environmental change? Curious about Future Earth, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and others?

The UW Office of Global Affairs seeking faculty and staff interested in learning more about how to engage in global environmental change through international treaty processes, committees, and organizations.

Join the OGA for a Zoom meeting on September 15th from 10:00 - 10:30 AM (UW authentication required). Contact Dr. Kristie L. Ebi (krisebie@uw.edu) at the Center for Health and Global Development with questions.

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What the heck is the Royalty Research Fund (RRF)?

You’ve seen the announcements of RRF funding opportunities (next deadline is September 26th), and perhaps you have visions of the Queen of England. Nope! The “Royalty” in RRF is the royalty and licensing fee income generated by the University’s technology transfer program. These funds are awarded as small grants to advance new directions in research, particularly:

  1. In disciplines for which external funding opportunities are minimal, and/or
  2. For faculty who are junior in rank, and/or
  3. In cases where funding may provide unique opportunities to increase applicants’ competitiveness for subsequent funding.

It is competitive process, and proposals must demonstrate a high probability of generating important new creative activities or scholarly understandings, new scholarly materials or resources, significant data or information, or essential instrumentation resources that are likely to significantly advance the reputation of the university, lead to external funding, or lead to the development of a new technology.

If you are interested in applying for an RRF award through CSDE, please complete a Planning Proposal Submission Form.

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CSDE Recommends: New Special Issue of Spatial Demography

Spatial Demography has recently released a 10-article special issue on ‘Population Dynamics in Africa! The line-up includes two open-access articles, exploring (1) “The Geography of Women’s Empowerment in West Africa” and (2) a cross-national comparative analysis of “Conflict and Climate Factors and the Risk of Child Acute Malnutrition.” The issue features a wide variety of methods, geographies, and social issues.

The journal is also soliciting manuscripts for a forthcoming special issue entitled “The Applications of Nighttime Lights in Population Studies.” Manuscripts are due on Halloween!

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NSF Waterman Lectures of Interest to CSDE Community: Aging and Falling, Inequality in Academia, and Lessons from the Historic Record of Climate Changes

Join the National Science Foundation for a three-part lecture series featuring the laureates of the 2022 Alan T. Waterman award, the nation's highest honor for early-career scientists and engineers.  See the links below to learn more and register!

The events will be held on Zoom and are free and open to the public. Registration is required.

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Upcoming UW Provost Bridge Funding Application Deadline: November 1, 2022

The Provost's Office provides bridge funding to support faculty to span a gap in critical research programs.

  • Faculty with a track record of extramural funding who have lost all of their research support at the time of the Bridge application, or who will lose all of their research support within six months of the Bridge application deadline.
  • Junior faculty with a record of productivity who have exhausted their startup funds, but who have not yet obtained their first research funding (including an RRF award) either as a PI or as a co-investigator.
  • A facility providing a key resource to multiple faculty that has lost extramural support. One faculty member should submit the proposal on behalf of the team.
  • Awards are a maximum of $50,000 for one year from the Provost, and a 1:1 matching commitment is required from the department.
  • Please see the Bridge Funding webpage for complete eligibility requirements, directions for the application and submission process, budget information, the notification of award, and the post-award process.
At the time funding is established or re-established, unspent funds will be returned to the Bridge program so that others can benefit. These programs are not intended to initiate new research projects. For those needs, researchers should apply to the Royalty Research Fund. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Luetjen at luetjen@uw.edu or visit our web site for guidance and FAQs. Please forward this announcement as appropriate.

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Consult for the International Organization for Migration

The International Organization for Migration is looking for a (home-based) consultant to produce the '6th knowledge bite.'

The EU-IOM Knowledge Management Hub (KMH)  launched in 2020 the Sustainable Reintegration Knowledge Bites series, which aims to present findings pertaining to sustainable reintegration outcomes emerging from the analyses of Reintegration Sustainability Survey (RSS) data and other monitoring and evaluation (M&E) data available. The Knowledge Bites are designed to bring these findings to the attention of reintegration practitioners and policymakers worldwide, as well as to inform and disseminate good practices, lessons learned and recommendations. In an ongoing effort to expand the knowledge on reintegration outcomes and the factors contributing to sustainable reintegration, the sixth Knowledge Bite will use data collected through the Returnee Longitudinal Survey (RLS) in four countries of return, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq and Pakistan, over the course of three years. The RLS was developed under the EU funded project “Displacement Tracking Matrix Regional Evidence for Migration Analysis and Policy (DTM REMAP)”.

  • Duration of Consultancy: 45 working days, 19 September - 2 December 2022
  • Nature of the consultancy: Category B - To produce the sixth Knowledge Bite, based on the in-depth quantitative analysis of the Returnee Longitudinal Survey (RLS) data.
  • Deadline: 11 September 2022

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Invitation to Present your Research to UW Grant & Contract Accounting

Grant & Contract Accounting (GCA) is inviting PIs to give a 30-to-45 minute Zoom presentation to its staff, in order to connect GCA to the fantastic work done at the UW.

GCA is an invaluable partner to anyone performing sponsored research at the UW. GCA manages the post award life of a budget from setup in the financial system through invoicing and reporting all the way to closeout. We literally could not work without them.

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Resources & Upcoming Webinars from the NIH

The National Institute for Health has several updated about previous and upcoming webinars:

We encourage your to take advantage of these informational resources! As always, 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 Belinda Sachs (belindab@uw.edu).

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