March 28, 2023

CSDE Seminar Series

CSDE Seminar: The Effect of COVID Infection on Infant Health: Trends over the Course of the Pandemic (3/31/2023)

     When:  Friday, Mar 31, 2023 (12:30-1:30 PM)
     Where:  Parrington 220

     1-on-1 Meetings are available with Professor Torche: Signup Here

Join us for a talk by Dr. Florencia Torche (Stanford) about “The Effect of COVID Infection on Infant Health: Trends over the Course of the Pandemic.”  Please make special note that this talk is in Parrington Hall room 220. Dr. Torche is Dunlevie Family Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. Her research and writing focus on social inequality and social mobility, educational disparities, and marriage and family dynamics. Her recent scholarship has extensively studied the influence of early-life exposures and circumstances –starting before birth– on individual health, development, and wellbeing using natural experiments and causal inference approaches.

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CSDE Research & Highlights

Welcome to Spring 2023!

We are looking forward to welcoming the cherry blossoms in a few short days.  They are starting to bloom on the quad!  While you’re visiting them, do stop by CSDE in Raitt Hall to say ‘hello’!  This spring quarter we’ll be welcoming an excellent array of lectures from UW affiliates and Visitors during our CSDE Seminar. Our first seminar will be in 220 Parrington Hall, but all others will be in 101 Hans Rowling Center. Come to the first seminar and pick up a free poster!  Meanwhile, joining us to share their outstanding research are: Dr. Florencia Torche (Stanford University) who is an expert on social inequality and mobility with particular expertise around how early-life exposures on individual health outcomes (March 31); Maria-Elena Young (UC Merced) who is an expert on the impact of immigration policy on immigrant health and well-being (April 7); Asad Islam (Monash University) whose expertise is in the field of development economics with particular foci on children, education, and women (April 21); Dr. Rawan Arar (UW Law, Society & Justice) and Dr. David Fitzgerald (UC San Diego) who are experts on refugees and will discuss with two critics their recent book – The Refugee System: A Sociological Approach (Wiley 2022) (April 28); George Galster (Wayne State University) who is an expert on neighborhood effects on young adult education (May 5); Dr. Isabelle Cohen (UW Evans School), Dr. Arjee Restar (UW Epidemiology), and Dr. Emma Riley (UW Economics) who are each experts on gender empowerment in their own fields of research (May 12); Dr. Sarah Myhre (Glaser Foundation) who is a leader on climate science communication (May 19); and, Dr. Elizabeth Roberto (Rice University) who researches social and spatial inequality, especially residential segregation (May 26).  Don’t miss out on attending our end of the year event on June 2, when we celebrate all the Trainees and their accomplishments!  Finally, we’re launching a new outreach event – A CSDE Open House – on May 5 from 3:30-5:30pm.  Join us in Raitt Hall, enjoy refreshments, and meet each other and staff, while hearing about all the research happening with CSDE support!   

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Great Research Presented During Winter Qtr Lightning Talks and Poster Session!

Congratulations to our CSDE poster presenters for their great work! We want to give extra congratulations to CSDE Fellow Lizzy Pelletier (Evans School) for winning the best poster award at our Winter 2023 Lightning Talks & Poster Session. Pelletier’s presentation, titled “How state policy design shapes eligibility for paid family leave: Evidence from Washington state,” used WA administrative data to demonstrate the differences in who is eligible various states’ family leave policies within a single population.

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Herting, Leverso, and Fernandes Publish Research on Justice-Involved Youth Transitioning to Adulthood

CSDE Affiliates John Leverso , Jerald Herting, and April Fernandes recently published a new article titled, “Life Course Statuses of Justice‑Involved Youth Transitioning to Adulthood: Differences and Change in Offending and Mental Health” in Journal of Developmental and Life-Course Criminology. The research uses data from the Northwestern Juvenile Project (a sample of 1829 youth that were incarcerated in Cook County Illinois and then followed for approximately 5 years.

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Spencer Appointed as Dean of the UW School of Social Work

CSDE Affiliate Michael Spencer has just been appointed as Dean of the School of Social Work.  Dr. Spencer has been serving as Interim Dean since January 1, 2023.  Dr. Spencer is Director of Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and Oceania Affairs at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute at the School of Social Work. Dr. Spencer focuses his research, teaching, and serve on health equity, including physical and mental health, access to services, the role of racism and discrimination, and culturally centered, community-based, participatory research.

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Taylor’s Research Findings on Dementia Care Appears in The Conversation

CSDE Affiliate Janelle Taylor (University of Toronto) recently had a summary of her team’s research findings about dementia care was published in The Conversation.  The article provides an overview of the team’s recent research.  The specific focus is on elders who are experiencing dementia but are “kinless”, which means they have no living spouse or children to care for them. Based on a review of years of medical records by her and her team, Dr. Taylor explores the surprisingly diverse paths that lead people to this situation, as well as the many forms of care they receive, and from whom. She reminds us that such forms of precariousness are both common and unpredictable.

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Lee Publishes Two New Papers Applying Network Analyses to Explain Health Outcomes

CSDE Affiliate Chiyoung Lee recently published two papers that employed network analyses to explain health outcomes. The first paper, “Network Analysis of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Cardiovascular Diseases“, was published in SSM-Population Health. It demonstrates how network analysis, a statistical method that estimates complex patterns of associations between variables, can be used to model adverse childhood experiences and cardiovascular diseases. In the second paper,”Racial Differences in C-reactive Protein, Depression Symptoms, and Social Relationships in Older Adults: A Moderated Network Analysis.”, published in Biological Research For Nursing, Lee introduces moderated network analysis as an integrative approach to assess the moderation effects of race on the relationship between C-reactive protein and depression symptoms in older adults.

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Dr. Karina Walters to Join the NIH’s Tribal Health Research Office

CSDE Affiliate Karina Walters has been selected to direct the Tribal Health Research Office at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this role, Dr. Walters will oversee Indigenous health research funded by the NIH across the nation. This is a huge recognition of Dr. Walters’ outstanding efforts to grow research capacities amongst indigenous communities and to conduct excellent research about indigenous health and well being.

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Curran Quoted in Seattle Times on Proposed Race and Ethnicity Categories Under Consideration by Federal Government

CSDE Director Sara Curran was recently quoted in a Seattle Times article concerning the proposed minimum race and ethnic categories being considered for adoption by the US federal government.  Curran notes how the gathering of race and ethnic data about the US population has been a feature of the US Census and other federal data collection efforts since the founding of the country.  Furthermore, those minimum set of categories have also evolved over the decades, as the composition of the US population shifts and meaningfully new and different identities emerge among US residents.

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(Correction) Amazing Collaborations Yields Impactful Research Among CSDE Affiliates!

We published this story several weeks ago and failed to acknowledge the lead author of the article (and CSDE alum) – James Buszkiewicz.  Here is the corrected story.

In a productive collaboration, CSDE alum James Buszkiewicz along with CSDE Affiliates Heather HillJennifer Otten, and Anjum Hajat and CSDE Trainee Andrew Drewnowski recently published their article “Racial, ethnic, and gender differences in the association between higher state minimum wages and health and mental well-being in US adults with low educational attainment” in Social Science & Medicine.  This paper utilizes a triple difference-in-difference strategy to evaluate the associations between minimum wage and obesity, hypertension, fair or poor general health, and moderate psychological distress in 25-64 year old adults with a high school education/GED or less.

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Please share your accomplishments with CSDE!

CSDE would love to celebrate your accomplishments. If you have a new grant, award, paper, book, editorial, or media coverage, please email csde@uw.edu. We can feature your achievements in our weekly newsletter, and share select items with the Center for Public Information on Population Research to broadcast to a larger audience. This publicity broadens awareness of your work and can facilitate collaborations and other synergies.

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Updates from the CSDE Research & Training Cores

Join CSDE at the PAA for Reception on Thursday 6-8pm (4/13/23)

Following on a pre-pandemic tradition, CSDE will host a reception for affiliates, trainees, alumni, friends of CSDE on April 13, 2023 from 6-8pm at Rosie’s on the Roof in the Higgins Hotel in NOLA. The Higgins Hotel is located in the Arts & Warehouse District of NOLA.  We’ll provide the food and you provide the good energy and fun times!  We look forward to seeing you there.

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CSDE Population Research Planning Grants (PRPGs): Open for Applications

Population Research Planning Grants (PRPGs) are designed to provide in-kind support and/or funds of up to $25k* to support a wide array of activity types throughout the development of a research project. As part of our mission to complement, rather than duplicate, other campus opportunities, we will consider funding many more small and large types of activities that will lead to research products (publications, grants, data access sites and data documentation, code repositories, etc.).

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CSDE Matching Support: Open for Applications

CSDE is available to provide matching in-kind or monetary support to accompany a submission to other on-campus funding mechanism, such as Earthlab, Population Health Initiative, Royalty Research FUnd, or Urban@UW

All projects inquiring about matching funds, must have a CSDE affiliate who is a UW faculty and will be listed as a PI or co-PI.

Note that we strongly suggest contacting either Development Core Director (Steven Goodreau) or CSDE Director (Sara Curran) to discuss possibilities for your specific proposal before submission.

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CSDE Science Core – Upcoming Workshops

Each quarter, CSDE offers 3-5 workshops on data sources, statistical and biomarker methodology, introductions to analysis programs, and more, all given by CSDE staff and faculty affiliates. These workshops can include hands-on training in novel methods and programming, lectures on innovative data sources, and discussions of important issues in research and data collection. Over the course of the academic year, CSDE will offer a diverse and exciting set of workshops, some of which will be offered in person and others remotely via Zoom.

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CSDE Workshop: Introduction to Bayesian Statistics – Inference (3/30/2023 @11AM)

This Thursday, March 30, from 11:00AM-12:30PM, CSDE Training Director Jessica Godwin will be teaching the second installment of our 3-part Bayesian Workshop Series — Introduction to Bayesian Statistics: Inference.  The workshop will be in-person in Savery 121. Please register here.

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CSDE Computational Demography Working Group Hosts Fritz on Combining Statistical and Machine Learning Thinking (4/5/23)

On April 5 from 3-4pm Cornelius Fritz (Penn State) will join CDWG to discuss his approach to novel data techniques that combine statistical and machine learning thinking.  Dr. Fritz is an interim professor in statistics and data science at LMU Munich. In this context, his research mainly revolves around analyzing dynamic networks to answer questions posed within substantive sciences, e.g., Political Science and Sociology, through novel data analysis techniques that combine statistical and machine learning thinking.

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Calling All UW Researchers Who Use Administrative Microdata from Washington State or Local Public Agencies (4/27/2023)

On April 27, 2023, CSDE Affiliate and West Coast Poverty Center Director Jennifer Romich and the UW Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology will host a convening for UW-affiliated researchers who use or have used Washington state or local administrative microdata from Washington State agencies. The event will take place in 101 Hans Rosling Center with lunch provided for registered participants. We will overview current efforts to create a data repository and an accessible integrated state administrative dataset for population and policy research.

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Berkeley Seminar on New Approaches for Extrapolation Using AI (@noon on 3/31/23)

Virtually join UC Berkeley colleagues for a talk by Dr. Anqi Liu (UC Berkeley) for a seminar entitled “A Conservative Extrapolation Approach to Trustworthy AI”.

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Call for applications: Barcelona Summer School of Demography-BSSD 2023 (Due 3/31/23)

The Barcelona Summer School of Demography (BSSD), offers a four-week course in R. The course is divided into four modules -one per week- covering three major strengths of R: statistical and demographic analysis, data visualization and spatial analysis. Each module consists of 20 hours of teaching, combining theoretical lectures and practical exercises.

More information can be found here.

New ARPA-H Competition Aims to Accelerate Health Outcomes (Due 4/7/23)

The ARPA-H Dash to Accelerate Health Outcomes, or “ARPA-H Dash,” launched on March 15, 2023 to help identify revolutionary evidence-based ideas to transform health. The ARPA-H Dash is a collaborative online competition open to bold thinkers across health, scientific, and technology communities, as well as the general public. The ARPA-H Dash will use a bracket format and online discussion, debate, and voting to narrow submissions to quarterfinalists, semifinalists, finalists, and a champion idea during March and April 2023.

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EarthLab and The Population Health Initiative Co-host Networking Event (4/11/23)

On April 11, EarthLab and The Population Health Initiative will cohost an Open Space-style event to help to support UW researchers in laying the groundwork for new, interdisciplinary partnerships that address key facets of climate change. Attendees of the event will set the agenda for discussion, offering to convene discussions on possible topics or projects where collaboration is sought. The formal program will be followed by a more informal networking lunch.

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*New* NIA Joins NIH P20 Call for Exploratory Grants for Climate Change and Health Research Center Development (Due 5/1/23)

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has joined the NIH call for P20 exploratory grants for climate change and health research. NIA is specifically interested in understanding the biological, behavioral, and socioecological processes related to climate change and extreme weather that affect the health and wellbeing of older individuals, including those living with Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease related dementias (AD/ADRD), as examined in human and/or other animals.

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NAtional Institutes of Health

Global Innovation Fund Award Open: Global Engagement Fellows (Due 5/5/23)

Consider applying to this new opportunity!

The Office of Global Affairs (OGA) offers awards up to $3,000 to convene new cross-disciplinary groups of faculty and staff (referred to as “communities”) that share a common interest in:

  • a region or country
  • a research theme
  • good practice/innovation in inclusive globally engaged teaching, including study abroad
  • other topics relating to global engagement

Communities will meet during Fall 2023 – Spring 2024.

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The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies Request Proposals for Washington State Labor Research Grants (Due 5/22/23)

The Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies is requesting proposals for the Washington State Labor Research Grants. 

The deadline for funding for the 2023-2024 academic year is May 22nd. Priority is given to proposals by University of Washington faculty, both full-time and lecturer. University of Washington graduate students may also apply if their project is sponsored by a faculty member.

Please review additional information in the above link for further information and reach out to Rachel at rerstad@uw.edu with any questions.

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Workshop Alert! ICPSR Panel Study of Income Dynamics (6/12 – 6/19/23)

This five-day workshop will orient participants to the content and structure of the core PSID interview, its special topics modules, and its supplemental studies, including the Child Development Supplement (CDS), the Transition into Adulthood Supplement (TAS), and the 2013 Rosters and Transfers Module. In addition we will discuss topics including the recently-released genomics data collected from children and primary caregivers in CDS as well as new data files which explain family relationships and demographic characteristics over time.

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2023 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods (Registration Due 06/19/23)

Apply for the 2023 ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods! They will be offering over 90 courses and lectures in research methods. Nearly all of which will be offered both in person and online live with recordings available. On campus housing is available for the 3-Week Sessions and Intersession! For more information, look here!

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