June 9, 2023

CSDE Seminar Series

Accomplishments, Awards, A Year’s Worth of Plenty! And, Happy Summer, too!

Last Friday, CSDE hosted its annual end of the year event to celebrate the accomplishments of the wonderful graduate students who comprise a vital aspect of our community. CSDE’s graduate students enroll in the Certificate in Demographic Methods (~50 graduate students), receive travel funding for professional conferences, work as RAs on affiliates’ research projects, and can receive CSDE fellowship support from NICHD or CSDE’s Shanahan Endowment, enabling them to join the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research.  They are the future of demography and doing great things!  Big thank you to Jessica Godwin, Jill Fulmore and Mike Renz for organizing and hosting the event so well!  What follows is a quick review, but for more details, please review the end of the year slide show here.

Three Trainees successfully defended their dissertations, including Aja Sutton(Geography - "Modeling the social and political contexts of United States health protective interventions during the COVID-19 pandemic”), Colin Baynes(Global Health - “Bridging Implementation Science and Demography to Understand the Dynamics of Child Survival in Tanzania between 2000-2015”), and Neal Marquez (Sociology - “The Impact of Environmental, Social, and Institutional Factors on Geographic Mobility in the United States”). Each have exciting postdoctoral opportunities. Aja will be a postdoc at Stanford University in the Human Evolutionary Ecology and Health in the Doerr School of Sustainability. Colin will be a postdoc at the University of North Carolina's Carolina Population Center. Neal is a postdoc at Portland State University's Population Research Center.

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CSDE Research & Highlights

McCormick Receives New NICHD Grant for Improving Age- and Cause-Specific Under-Five Mortality Rates

CSDE Affiliate Tyler McCormick has been awarded a R01 grant from NICHD for his project, “Improving Age- and Cause-Specific Under-Five Mortality Rates (ACSU5MR) by Systematically Accounting Measurement Errors to Inform Child Survival Decision Making in Low Income Countries.” The project involves collaboration with Li Liu in Maternal/Child Health at Johns Hopkins University and builds on work started by McCormick as part of his earlier K01 award from NICHD. Congratulations, Tyler!

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Colburn Appears on NPR’s Marketplace Morning Report to Speak About His Recent Book

CSDE Affiliate Gregg Colburn recently appeared on the Market Morning Report to speak about his co-authored book “Homelessness Is a Housing Problem: How Structural Factors Explain U.S. Patterns.” The interview between Colburn and Marketplace’s host David Brancaccio can be found here!

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Swanson Publishes New Article on Small-Area Population Forecasting

New research by CSDE External Affiliate David Swanson entitled, “Boosted Regression Trees for Small-Area Population Forecasting” has been published in Population Research and Policy Review. Swanson and co-authors point to some issues within Small-Area Populatin forecasting and the lack of current research utilizing machine learning techniques. Using 1990 and 2000 census data, the authors develop 10-year age/gender-structured 2010 population forecasts for 50,965 census tracts in the U.S.

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Updates from the CSDE Research & Training Cores

*New* RWJF Applications for Research on Structural Barriers to Economic Inclusion for Children & Families (due 6/21/23)

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is seeking applications for research on how to address the structural barriers to economic inclusion for children and families.  Awards are up to $750,000.  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has a vision of a Culture of Health rooted in equity where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to reach their best health and well-being, no matter their race, ethnicity, or social class. Economic inclusion for family well-being is one of RWJF’s central goals and the heartbeat of the Healthy Children and Families (HCF) theme.

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*New* Graduate Students – Application Open for CSDE’s Demographic Methods Certificate Program (Due 6/30/23)

Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE) is accepting applications to its Graduate Certificate Program in Demographic Methodsfor the Autumn enrollment in the 2023-2024 Trainee Cohort. Students looking to gain demographic skills and population research experience may choose to apply to the Certificate Program, which is the academic pathway at UW to advanced interdisciplinary training in demography and population research. Upon completion, certificate students will receive official recognition of the Demographic Methods certificate on their transcript. 

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*New* Population Health Initiative is Hiring a Temp Research Scientist for Vaccine Disparities Research

The Population Health Initiative has an outstanding opportunity for a Temporary Research Scientist to join our team. This position is full-time and anticipated to be 11 months in duration. The Research Scientist will be a core member of a mixed-methods study to compare resilient immunization programs in the United States and Canada to reduce racial gaps in vaccination levels. Key activities include measuring and reviewing changes in vaccine equity in Canada over time

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*New* Gates Foundation Seeks Postdoc-equivalent Opportunity in Family Planning Research

The Gates Foundation is seeking to hire for a postdoc-equivalent position in family planning analyses and modeling.  They are seeking someone with a PhD (or planned to complete this spring/summer) and a set of longitudinal and statistical modeling skills.  For more information visit: Careers (myworkdayjobs.com)

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*New* Content Published in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Check out the most recent work published in the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies! You can view the articles here.

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*New* Check Out this New Issue from Journal of Family History

The Journal of Family History has released a new issue, Volume 48, Number 3. This issue contains research on Birth Control as a National Challenge: Nationalizing Concepts of Families in Eastern Europe, 1914–1939. Feel free to check it out here!

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Deadline Extension for the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) Data User Workshop! (6/12-6/16/23)

There is still time to apply to this year’s workshop on the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Please see the information below and contact Noura Insolera (nehamid@umich.edu) with any questions.

Join the ICPSR waitlist: https://cvent.me/ZLQP91
Upload application materials (CV and cover letter): https://forms.gle/sG4h9Aoix79theY9A

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Introduction to Vocabularies in Population Research (6/12/23)

On June 12, 2023 @5am, the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) is hosting a webinar to discuss a recent report of the IUSSP-CODATA Working Group on FAIR Vocabularies in Population Research.  The working group is proposing to build a new system for finding, integrating, and harmonizing data in the field of population research.  The first step is to create a dictionary for creating metadata categories for datasets. 

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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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NIH Announces Call for Research on Biopsychsocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation on Health, Wellbeing, Illness and Recovery (Due 6/21/23, 6/21/24, 6/21/25)

NIH has announced PAR-21-350 an R01 Mechanism to investigate biopsychsocial factors of social connectedness and isolation on health, well-being, illness and recovery.  Research areas of interest include understanding differences and similarities between objective social isolation and loneliness, how complex biopsychosocial processes are regulated in the body, what occurs in response to dysregulation, and antecedent processes that influence responses to the trajectories of social relationships. Studies that involve neurobiological approaches—for example, how social or isolated settings influence neurobiological systems,

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NAtional Institutes of Health

NSF Announces Cultural Anthropology Program Senior Research Awards (Due 8/15/23)

The National Science Foundation recently providing guidelines for submitting Cultural Anthropology Senior Research Award proposals. The Cultural Anthropology Program supports research aimed at understanding patterns, causes and consequences of human social and cultural variation, including research that has implications for confronting anthropogenic problems.

See the guidelines in PDF format

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Call for Abstracts: 23rd Annual IGSC Conference (Due 9/15/23)

The East-West Center International Graduate Student Conference (IGSC) is accepting abstracts from current graduate students, as well as from scholars, practitioners, artists, and scientists, who have completed a graduate degree within the past three years. IGSC welcomes abstracts globally and from any discipline related to the US and Asia-Pacific region.

This year’s theme is Elucidating the Periphery: Rethinking Neglected Narratives and Novel Approaches. This student organized conference provides an opportunity to venture beyond one’s own boundaries to interface with neglected narratives from peripheral perspectives as well as novel techniques in a transdisciplinary context.

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*New* RFAs from NIH on Social Networks and Health (due 11/3/23)

Two new calls seek basic observational or experimental behavioral and/or social science R01 applications that test how intrapersonal and interpersonal mechanisms of behavior change interact with, influence, or are influenced by characteristics of social networks, with implications for health. Research supported through this NOFO will examine at least two levels of analysis: interpersonal processes and social network characteristics. Projects will identify targets for future social network health behavior change interventions across the lifespan, especially in populations in which they are currently largely underdeveloped and untested

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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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