January 4, 2023

CSDE Seminar Series

Predicting Individual-Level Mortality with Traditional and Machine Learning Methods

     When:  Friday, Jan 6, 2023 ((12:30-1:30 PM PT))
     Where:  101 Hans Rosling Center (Also available via zoom)

This week’s seminar lecture will be given by Nicholas Irons (Statistics).  Irons’ presentation investigates different approaches to predicting individual-level mortality.  Irons argues that individual-level mortality prediction is a fundamental challenge with implications for individuals and societies, enabling life planning, targeting of high-risk individuals, and organization of social interventions. Demographers have been primarily concerned with mortality analyses at a macro level, leveraging strong regularities in mortality rates. Besides clinical settings, individual-level mortality predictions have been largely overlooked.

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CSDE Research & Highlights

Highlights from CSDE’s December Lightning Talks!

Congratulations to CSDE poster presenters for their very good work! Extra kudos to Public Policy graduate student Rebecca Walcott for winning the best poster award during CSDE’s Autumn 2022 Lightning Talks & Poster Session. Walcott’s presentation, titled “Regulating Mobile Money for Financial Inclusion: Mobile Interest Distributions and Savings Behavior in Tanzania”, included analysis of mobile money and banking behavior as well as considerations of mobile money interest dispersal. Many thanks to our other speakers David Coomes (Epidemiology),

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CSDE Affiliates and Trainees Receive Population Health Initiative Pilot Research Awards

UW’s Population Health Initiative’s autumn awardees received Tier 1 pilot grant funding cycle, including six teams comprised of CSDE affiliates or trainees! Tier 1 grants aim to support interdisciplinary teams of researchers at the early, foundational stages of new lines of research and collaboration. Special consideration is given to projects that involve community partnerships. Collectively, the projects are expected to address three pillars of population health – human health, environmental resilience, and social and economic equity.

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Grumbach Featured on “The Ezra Klein Show” and The New York Times Regarding Research Indicating the Power Shift from National to State Level Legislative Institutions

CSDE Affiliate Jake Grumbach recently spoke on “The Ezra Klein Show” where he addressed gridlock at the national level, and how this hasn’t stopped policy making from happening. A significant change in policy making power has occurred, according to Grumbach. Increasingly effective decisions are being made at the state level, such as the ability to receive a legal abortion or use recreational marijuana, that has not been seen since before the civil rights revolution of the mid-twentieth century!

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UW Scholars Convene Homelessness Research Initiative

On November 30, researchers from the departments of Sociology, Real Estate, Psychiatry, Global Health, and more, including several Spark Grant recipients, reported on recent projects related to homelessness.

Those in attendance discussed current research collaboration, including recent initiatives surrounding vehicle residency and strategies to combat misinformation around Housing First policies.  Led by CSDE Affiliates Gregg Colburn and Rachel Fyall,

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New Research on Racial and Ethnic Inequalities in COVID-19 Mortality from Marquez

CSDE Trainee Neal Marquez recently published an article in Health Affairs entitled “Racial And Ethnic Inequalities In COVID-19 Mortality Within Carceral Settings: An Analysis Of Texas Prisons.” The authors found evidence that COVID-19 mortality was 1.61 and 2.12 times higher for Black and Hispanic populations, respectively, when compared to White population in Texas prisons. These findings have helped inform a recently released op-ed advocating for the removal of medical co-pays in prison settings to help alleviate the COVID-19 burden faced in Texas prisons by Marquez and co-authors.

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Hurvitz Presents Research at Big Data Forum in Seoul

CSDE Research Scientist Phil Hurvitz presented at the 2022 Seoul Big Data Forum, November 28-29, 2022. The Forum’s theme was “Inclusive Smartcity Seoul with Big data and AI” with attendees and presenters including government officials, practitioners, and academic researchers mostly from South Korea but with several international speakers. Phil’s presentation was titled “Built Environment and Walkability: Data Driven Approaches for Measurement and Analysis.” He also presented to a group of students,

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Updates from the CSDE Research & Training Cores

*NEW* Data Resource from Federal Government: Standard Application Process (SAP) Portal

If you are looking to find out more about which federal data might be available for social science research, there is good news!  In a new memo from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the White House, the federal government approves the establishment of the Standard Application Process Portal.  This will be a portal to learn more about and facilitate accessing use of secure, federal data. As a part of the 2018 Evidence for Policy Act,

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NSF Re-Issues Call for Research Coordinating Networks (RCN)

The National Science Foundation has reissued its call for Research Coordinating Networks (here). The goal of the RCN program is to advance a field or create new directions in research or education by supporting groups of investigators to communicate and coordinate their research, training and educational activities across disciplinary, organizational, geographic, and international boundaries. The RCN program provides opportunities to foster new collaborations, including international partnerships where appropriate, and address interdisciplinary topics.

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Request for Proposals- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Grand Challenges Initiative

There is a request for proposals for several grants through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Grand Challenges Initiative. The request for proposals include grants for Interventions to Enhance Epidemic Intelligence, Surveillance, and Outbreak Response; Strengthening Modeling and Analytics Capacity and Ecosystem for Women’s Health; Pathogen Genomic Surveillance and Immunology in Asian; African Agriculture Climate Adaptation Research System; Strengthening the Contraceptive Research and Development Ecosystem in Africa: Accelerating Innovations in Non- Hormonal Contraception for Women.

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Call for Papers for 2023 Pacific Conference for Development Economics (Due 1/6/2023)

The 2023 Pacific Conference for Development Economics (PacDev 2023) will be held in-person at the University of Washington on Saturday, March 18, 2023. As details are finalized, they will be available on the CEGA event page.  Paper proposals are due on January 6, 2023.  The conference welcomes submissions in all research topics in development economics. While priority will be given to full papers, extended abstracts will also be considered. They encourage submissions from junior researchers,

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Request for Information (RFI): Developing Strategies to Strengthen Research on Stillbirth Prevention (Due 1/6/23)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) have issued an RFI related to stillbirth. The NIH seeks to address research gaps by developing and expanding approaches to scientific research on stillbirth. Of particular interest is information on how to improve the evidence base for prevention, including data on the causes of stillbirth; the impact of a wide range of biomedical, social, and environmental risk factors; improving clinical practice related to stillbirth prevention and so on. For more information visit the RFI here.

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NAtional Institutes of Health

*New* Call for Papers: International Institute for Population Sciences National Seminar 2023 on “75 years of India’s Demographic Changes: Processes and Consequences” (Due 1/8/2023)

A Call for Papers has been issued by the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC), for the National Seminar on “75 years of India’s Demographic Changes: Processes and Consequences”. The last date to submit an abstract is January 8th, 2023, where the seminar will be hosted in Bengaluru from the 23rd-25th of February 2023. More information and a poster can be found here.

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Attend the UAA Economic Inclusion Research Network (EIRN) Workshop (Due 1/9/2023)

Apply to attend the Urban Affairs Association Conference in Nashville, Tennessee on April 26th, 2023! The conference will be focused on Economic Inclusion, details follow below and application can be found here.

The concept of economic inclusion has been articulated in several ways, but essentially means to create equitable access to resources and opportunities that support self-sufficiency and economic security. Research on economic inclusion covers a broad range of subtopics focused on:

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Population and Social Data Science Summer Program (Due 1/15/2023)

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) is inviting applications for a summer research visit opportunity! The goal of the program is to enable discovery by bringing together data scientists and population scientists interested in projects of broad societal relevance. The program takes place over three months will students will be expected to work in small teams towards a common research goal alongside experienced mentors. The primary research goal this summer is focused on forecasting,

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*New* Request for Proposals EarthLab Innovation Grants (Due 1/26/2023)

The 2023 Cohort Request for Proposals (RFP) process is seeking proposals from teams of community members, researchers, and students across the University of Washington to co-produce actionable science and knowledge at the intersection of climate change and social justice. The maximum funding request is $75,000 over 17 months.

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*New* Request for Proposal: Research on Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs (Due 1/30/2023)

The Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics (RIDGE) Partnership has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for research on federal nutrition assistance programs. Funding will support innovative research on nutrition assistance programs and looks to broaden the network of researchers applying their expertise to USDA topics. This grant program seeks applications from a diverse community of experienced nutrition assistance researchers, early career scholars, and established researchers who are new to nutrition assistance research. Proposals are due Jan. 30th

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Scholarships Available for ICPSR for Statistics, Methods, and Data Analysis Training (Due 2/1/23)

The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) is offering a summer program in quantitative methods with more than $150,000 in student scholarships every year! These scholarships provide fee waivers to attend their 2023 summer sessions that take place over three weeks where students can be expected to learn foundational training in research methods, including computation, formal theory, basic stats, regression analysis, and specialized training in a diverse array of cutting-edge methodological techniques.

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Call for Applications to the Graduate Student Research Workshop on Poverty and Economic Mobility (Due 2/1/23)

Howard University’s Center on Race and Wealth and the Institute for Research on Poverty at UW-Madison seek applications for their Graduate Student Research Workshop on Poverty and Economic Mobility. This week-long workshop, held at Howard University in Washington, D.C., is aimed at pre-proposal doctoral students in the social sciences studying topics related to poverty or inequality in the United States who are from groups that are underrepresented in academia. 

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*New* Call for Applications: NextGenPop Undergraduate Program in Population Research (2/1/2023)

Consider this great opportunity with NextGenPop!

NextGenPop is an undergraduate program in population research that aims to increase the diversity of the population field and nurture the next generation of population scholars. The program includes a 2-week, in-person, on-campus summer experience and subsequent virtual components focused on research and professional development. This summer 2023, 15 undergraduate students will be hosted by Cornell University in Ithaca, NY,

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*New* Apply for UWRA Scholarships and Fellowships in Aging! (Due 2/15/2023)

UW students are invited to apply for the 2022-2023 cycle of UWRA Scholarships and Fellowships in Aging.


These awards are available to students in any field who are pursuing research or preparing for careers related to aging. More information can be found here: http://www.washington.edu/uwra/about/scholarships-fellowships-in-aging/


-Applications for the UWRA Scholarship in Aging must be submitted by February 15. The application form can be both found and submitted here: http://uw.edu/uwra/scholarship-application/

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NIH Notice of Special Interest Grant: Research and Capacity Building Efforts Related to Bioethical Issues (Due 2/17/2023)

The NIH Office of Science Policy (OSP) within the Office of the Director (OD) announces the availability of administrative supplements to support 1) research on bioethical issues to develop or support the development of an evidence base that may inform future policy directions, and/or 2) certain efforts to develop or augment bioethics research capacity. Applicants may propose to supplement parent awards focused on bioethics or to address a component related to bioethics in a biomedical and/or health-related behavioral research study.

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NAtional Institutes of Health

Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods at UC Berkeley (Due 3/1/2023)

The 2023 Berkeley Interdisciplinary Migration Institute is hosting its fifth summer institute.  Next summer it will focus on interviewing for migration research.  Several UW faculty and students have participated over the years and it has proven to be an important and productive program.  Here is a link to the program details.

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Call for Panel Submissions for IAPHS Fall Conference (Due 3/6/2023)

The Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS) will be hosting it’s Fall conference on “Gender, Sexuality, and Health Across the Life Course: Current Challenges and Opportunities for Population Health and Health Equity”. Groups of individuals are invited to submit panels that will present original research or engage in innovative discussions that push the boundaries of population health science, practice, theory, methods, student training, or technological innovations (or a combination of these) around a significant issue related to population health.

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*New* Buillitt Environmental Fellowship Opportunity! (Due 4/1/2023)

The application for graduate students attending school in British Columbia, Washington State, and Oregon to apply for the 2023 Bullitt Environmental Fellowship will open on January 1st.

The Foundation awards this two-year, $100,000 Fellowship annually to one graduate student who has overcome adversity, can demonstrate strong leadership potential, and is focused on work to safeguard the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Emerald Corridor,

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