January 21, 2024

CSDE Seminar Series

CSDE Seminar – Panel: Demographic Methods for Estimating Mortality During Armed Conflict

     When:  Friday, Jan 26, 2024 (12:30-1:30 PM)
     Where:  360 Parrington Hall and on Zoom (register here)

This week’s CSDE seminar features a panel on using demographic methods to estimate mortality from armed conflict. This event is co-sponsored by the Population Health Initiative and will take place from 12:30-1:30 PM in 360 Parrington Hall and on Zoom (register here). This panel features experts housed in UW and elsewhere, including Dr. Amy Hagopian (UW, Public Health), Dr. Abraham D. Flaxman (UW, Global Health, Health Metrics Sciences), Dr. Patrick Heuveline (UCLA, Sociology), and Dr. Orsola Torrisi (NYU Abu Dhabi, Social Sciences Division). Dr. Nathalie Williams (UW, Department of Sociology, Jackson School of International Studies) will serve as moderator. Read more about each speaker in the full story!

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CSDE Research & Highlights

Bennett Authors Research on the Growing Threat of Illicit Activities in the Arctic

CSDE Affiliate Dr. Mia Bennett (Geography) authored research in Current History, titled “The Dark Arctic” on how illicit activities are a growing threat to the region. The snow-white Arctic is darkening physically and economically. Climate change is turning frozen seas into open water and blackening snow and ice as soot spreads and algae propagates. At the same time, the region’s shadow economy is expanding. Illicit activities like human trafficking and fishing have long thrived in northern peripheries beyond state reach, while Russia’s transition to capitalism in the 1990s institutionalized the black market. The invasion of Ukraine further tightened ties between Russian Arctic resource development and criminal underworlds. With the Kremlin continuing northern extraction to fund the war and circumpolar diplomacy fracturing, the entire region is at risk of environmental and geopolitical degradation.

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Housing Cost Burden is Focus of New Research by Colburn, Hess, and Crowder

CSDE Affiliates Dr. Gregg Colburn (Real Estate, UW), Dr. Chris Hess (Sociology, Kennesaw State University), Dr. Kyle Crowder (Sociology, UW), and their co-author Dr. Ryan Allen (Public Affairs, University of Minnesota)  published research in the Journal of Urban Affairs, titled “The dynamics of housing cost burden among renters in the United States“.  Housing cost burden—defined as paying more than 30% of household income for housing—has become a central feature of the American stratification system with dire consequences for the health and well-being of adults and children living in burdened households. To understand the dynamics of housing cost burden among renter households in the United States including the frequency and duration of spells, authors use 50 years of longitudinal data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). The analysis reveals that, in contrast to the episodic nature of poverty, housing cost burden is deep, frequent, and persistent for a growing share of American households.

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Brown, Prusynski, and Mroz Examine Speech-Language Pathology Services in Skilled Nursing Facilities

CSDE Affiliates Dr. Rachel Prusynski (Rehabilitation Medicine) and Dr. Tracy Mroz (Rehabilitation Medicine) published research with co-authors in the American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, titled “Patient Characteristics and Treatment Patterns for Speech-Language Pathology Services in Skilled Nursing Facilities“. The article was first authored by UW PhD student Cait Brown (Rehabilitation Medicine). Skilled nursing facility (SNF) care has historically been influenced by systemic issues that could impact speech-language pathology (SLP) service provision. However, there has been little study specifically on factors associated with SLP service provision in SNFs. Large administrative data sets are rarely analyzed in SLP research but can be used to understand real-world SLP services. This study investigated associations between patient and facility characteristics and SLP services using data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. This data is housed at the UW Data Collaborative.

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Research by Williams Considers Liver Clinics as a Site to Provide Alcohol-Related Care

CSDE Affiliate Dr. Emily Williams (Health Systems and Population Health) published research with co-authors in Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, titled “Perspectives of clinical stakeholders and patients from four VA liver clinics to tailor practice facilitation for implementing evidence-based alcohol-related care“. Unhealthy alcohol use (UAU) is particularly dangerous for people with chronic liver disease. Liver clinics may be an important setting in which to provide effective alcohol-related care by integrating evidence-based strategies, such as brief intervention and medications for alcohol use disorder. Authors conducted qualitative interviews with clinical stakeholders and patients at liver clinics in four Veterans Health Administration (VA) medical centers to understand barriers and facilitators of integrating alcohol-related care and to support tailoring of a practice facilitation implementation intervention.

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Updates from the CSDE Research & Training Cores

*New* Many CSDE-Relevant Grant Opportunities at NICHD!

The NICHD has listed many grant opportunities that should be of interest to CSDE affiliates. Check out the list here. If you are interested, CSDE can help you with providing ‘eyes’ for feedback on the narrative, contacting a program officer, more formalized mock review panel of experts to provide feedback on a penultimate draft, a summer grant writing program, or scientific methods consultations. We’re happy to support your science! Just ask!

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CSDE Science Core – Upcoming Workshops: Biomarkers, Statistics & R, Online Surveys & REDCap, Accessing Federal Data

In the upcoming quarter, CSDE will be hosting four workshops and one ‘lunch and learn’ event to facilitate researchers’ adoption of new methods and data to accelerate research programs. These workshops include an overview of portable biomarker data collection in the field, accessing federal statistical data, developing online surveys using REDCap, conducting statistical analysis with R, and an introduction to data options for research on older adults.

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. Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to register for our workshops and we welcome registrants from outside the University of Washington for our remote workshops as well.

You can find our workshop website and register for our Winter 2024 workshops in the links below. We will be filling in our schedule for Spring workshops soon, so stay tuned!

Please reach out to CSDE’s Training Director, Jessica Godwin (jlg0003@uw.edu), if you have additional workshops you would like to see offered in the future and we will do our best to accommodate those requests.

Winter Workshops

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Applications Open for the Winter 2024 CSDE Lightning Talks and Poster Session! (Due 1/26/24)

Calling all graduate students to submit abstracts for the Winter 2024 CSDE Lightning Talks and Poster Session! The Lightning Talks and Poster Session will be held Friday, March 8th from 12:30-1:30 and will include two sections, a lighting talk and poster session. This is an excellent, low-stakes opportunity to practice your presentation skills and grow your network. To apply, submit a brief abstract and information about yourself and your collaborators here by COB Friday, January 26th. Learn more details about this opportunity in the full story!

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Register now for PAA 2024! (Apply for CSDE funding by 1/26/24)

Registration is now open for PAA 2024 in Columbus, OH!

Important Dates and Deadlines:

  • February 11, 2024: Deadline for all presenters to register
  • February 16, 2024: Last day the early-bird rate is available
  • February 17 – March 29, 2024: Regular registration rates will be in effect.

CSDE students who are presenting at PAA 2024 can apply here for registration and/or travel support. 

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CSDE Computational Demography Working Group (CDWG) Hosts Yiwei Xu on Digital and computational approaches to public health communication research (01/31/2024)

On January 31st from 3:00 – 4:00 pm, CDWG will host Dr. Yiwei Xu. Yiwei Xu is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the UW Center for an Informed Public and Information School, she’s also a Data Science Postdoctoral Fellow at the UW eScience Institute. She will share her work on using digital and computational approaches to conduct public health communication research. She will share two studies; Study 1 was published in Health Communication titled “Collective Information Seeking During a Health Crisis: Predictors of Google Trends During COVID-19”; Study 2 is work in progress titled “Community Characteristics Predict Local News Agenda Building about Racial Health Disparities”. CDWG Will be Hybrid in Winter Quarter 2024. Attend in-person in 223 Raitt Hall (The Demography Lab) or on Zoom (register here).

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CSDE Population Research Planning Grants (PRPGs) (Rolling deadline)

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 such as the Population Health Initiative seed grants, we will consider funding a variety of activities. See a list of example activities in the full story!  

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CSDE Matching Support to Supplement On-campus Funding (Rolling deadline)

CSDE Matching Support includes in-kind or monetary support to accompany a submission to other on-campus funding mechanism, such as PHI, EarthLab, or Urban@UW. All projects must have a CSDE affiliate who is UW faculty and is listed as a PI or co-PI, with any number of other collaborators. Note that we require (PRPGs) or strongly suggest (matching funds) 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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IPUMS Launches New *Cool* Data Products!
The University of Minnesota’s IPUMS program (Integrated Public Use Microdata Series) has new and *cool* data products that would be of interest to many CSDE affiliates. Here is a summary: (read more)

*New* Issue of Population Research and Policy Review

Check out the latest issue here!

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CSSS Seminar with Trey Causey on Data Science, Machine Learning, and Responsible AI: CSSS and Careers in Tech (1/24/24)

CSSS will be hosting Trey Causey for a seminar on Wednesday, Jan. 24th at 12:30 in 409 Savery Hall and on Zoom (register here). Trey Causey completed his concentration in social statistics at CSSS while a PhD student in Sociology at UW. He currently is the Head of Responsible AI and Senior Director of Data Science at Indeed, the world’s #1 job site in the world and has worked at the intersection of statistics,

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2025 NOAA NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship in Fisheries Science (Due 1/25/24)

The NMFS-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program in Population and Ecosystem Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics places PhD students studying in one of two priority areas in three-year, research-based fellowships. The program is designed to fulfill workforce development needs identified by the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and since 1990 has provided opportunities for 126 PhD students. The fellowship period will occur between Aug 1st of 2024 to July 31st of 2027 and applications are due on Jan 25th of 2024.

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Seminar by South Asia Center – Boats in a Storm: Law, Migration, and Decolonization in South and Southeast Asia (1/25/24)

Join UW South Asia Center and UW Center for Southeast Asia and Its Diasporas for a seminar by Kalyani Ramnath (University of Georgia) on Thursday, Jan 25th from 3:30-5:00 PM in 317 Thompson Hall. For more than a century before World War II, traders, merchants, financiers, and laborers steadily moved between places on the Indian Ocean, trading goods, supplying credit, and seeking work. This all changed with the war and as India, Burma, Ceylon, and Malaya wrested independence from the British empire. Set against the tumult of the postwar period, Boats in a Storm centers on the legal struggles of migrants to retain their traditional rhythms and patterns of life, illustrating how they experienced citizenship and decolonization.

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Apply for the Future Rivers Graduate Training Program (Due 1/26/24)

Applications are now open for the University of Washington Future Rivers graduate training program beginning Autumn quarter 2024! Any prospective (incoming fall quarter 2024) or current PhD or Masters students in any discipline at the University of Washington are encouraged to apply. Future Rivers is a graduate training program building skills in data science, science communication, and social justice to bridge work across all fields to better solve today’s freshwater sustainability challenges.

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Washington Center for Equitable Growth Announces Research Grants for Early Career Scholars (Due 1/29/24)

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth (WCEG) announced an RFP for research grants for early career scholars. Through this new competitive grant program, Equitable Growth seeks to invest in early career scholars whose research agendas are policy relevant, related to how inequality affects economic growth, and who are interested in engaging with nonacademic audiences. Early career scholars are defined as graduate students currently in the dissertation stage of their graduate career and scholars at a U.S.

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Webinar: Introduction to IPUMS MICS (1/30/24)

IPUMS MICS, the harmonized version of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys by UNICEF, is the newest addition to the IPUMS Global Health data collections. The UNICEF MICS surveys collect individual- and household-level data, with a strong focus on children’s health and well-being. IPUMS MICS harmonizes and integrates MICS survey data from 88 countries in Sub-Saharan and North Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Central and South Asia from 2005 to the present. 

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CSSS Seminar with Hana Sevcikova: Probabilistic Subnational Population Projections (1/31/24)

Join CSSS for a seminar by Hana Sevcikova, titled “Probabilistic Subnational Population Projections“. The seminar will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 31st at 12:30 in 409 Savery Hall and on Zoom (register here). Hana Sevcikova is a senior research scientist at the CSSS. She works on developing methods for probabilistic population projection, national and subnational. She has developed various demographic R packages that the United Nations Population Division has been using to produce the World Population Prospects.

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Evans Seminar: Pelletier on the Effects of WA’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Policy on Maternal Employment (1/31/24)

CSDE Trainee Elizabeth Pelletier (Evans School of Public Policy & Governance) will present her research at the Evans School seminar on Wednesday, Jan. 31st from 11:30-12:30PM in 360 Parrington Hall. Pelletier’s talk is titled “The Effects of Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Policy on Maternal Employment”. Parents often experience unstable employment and volatile earnings around the time a child is born. Consequently, household income frequently falls at precisely the time families need increased resources to support a new child’s needs.

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Call for Papers: Human Rights in Migration Societies (Due 1/31/24)

The research group “Human Rights Discourse in Migration Societies” (MeDiMi) seeks contributions for their conference that address the intersection of human rights and migration. They are particularly interested in empirical and doctrinal case studies that analyze how human rights are made relevant in different contexts (from grassroot activism to the UN level), but also welcome theoretical reflections on the contested role of human rights in migration societies. 

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Call for Applications: Climate, Aging, and Health in Rural America: An Interdisciplinary Mini-Conference & Workshop (Due 1/31/24)

The Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging (INRPHA) along with the CU Population Center, hosted by University of Colorado Boulder, will hold “Climate, Aging, and Health in Rural America: An Interdisciplinary Mini-Conference & Workshop”, April 11-12, 2024. A brief application is due by January 31, 2024. Details can be found here.

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Call for abstracts: 2024 Data-Intensive Research Conference (Due 2/1/24)

Abstract submissions are now open for the 2024 Data-Intensive Research Conference. The conference will be held July 31-August 1 in Minneapolis, MN and is sponsored by the The Network for Data-Intensive Research on Aging (NDIRA). The 2024 conference theme is Harnessing the Power of Linked Data to Study Aging. They will showcase research that leverage large-scale linked population data to examine aging and life course processes in the U.S.

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NSF-NIH joint funding opportunity on Incorporating Human Behavior in Epidemiological Models (Due Feb 1-14, 2024)

The NSF and NIH is offering awards as part of the The Incorporating Human Behavior in Epidemiological Models (IHBEM) Program. The IHBEM Program supports research that incorporates research on social and behavioral processes in mathematical epidemiological models. The program provides support for projects that involve balanced participation from the mathematical sciences and from the social, behavioral, and economic sciences. They are interested in interdisciplinary collaborations integrating research on behavioral and/or social processes in mathematical epidemiological models.

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*New* Apply for a Summer Fellowship in AI Alignment (Due 2/4/24)

Apply for a summer fellowship with PIBBSS (Principles of Intelligent Behavior in Biological and Social Systems)! The PIBBSS Fellowship is a 3-month fully-funded program in AI alignment. They accept PhDs and postdocs from a wide range of fields such as “such as evolutionary bio, neuroscience, dynamical systems theory, economic/political/legal theory, and more. Fellows are invited to work on a project at the intersection of their own field and AI safety, under the mentorship of experienced AI alignment researchers.

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*New* NSF Offers Funding for International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) (Due 2/5/24)

The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. The IRES program contributes to development of a diverse, globally engaged workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate and/or graduate students in high quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas.

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*New* Opportunity for Funding – Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research to Address Systemic Racism (Due 2/7/24)

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation invites faculty and PIs to apply for this funding opportunity with a deadline of 2/7/24. This opportunity will provide funding for a new cohort of research studies to produce new, actionable evidence about how to help medical, social, and public health systems work together to address forms of systemic racism. Learn more in the full story.

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*New* Seminar: Dr. Supreet Kaur from UC Berkeley’s Department of Economics (2/12/24)

The Evans School will host Dr. Supreet Kaur with co-sponsor, the Joint Seminar on Development Economics on Monday, Feb 12th from 11:00-12:30PM in 410 Savory Hall. Dr. Kaur is a development economist with research overlap in behavioral and labor economics. Dr. Kaur’s research focuses on the functioning of labor markets in poor countries by documenting frictions in labor markets, the causes of unemployment, and examining the impact of inequality on labor productivity. A second line of research explores how psychological forces--such as the limits of human cognition and social norms--can affect individual behavior and market equilibria. By applying insights from psychology into economics, Dr. Kaur's goal is to deepen our understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty. Specific talk information will be shared closer to Dr. Kaur's visit. 

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