February 12, 2024

CSDE Seminar Series

CSDE Seminar – Riding the Leviathan: Gender, Fertility, and Selfhood in Autocratic China
  • When:  Friday, Feb 16, 2024 (12:30-1:30 PM)
  • Where:  360 PAR and on Zoom (register here)
  • 1x1 meetings (sign up here)

Join CSDE and the Population Health Initiative for a seminar with Dr. Yun Zhou on Friday, Feb. 16th from 12:30-1:30 PM in 360 PAR and on Zoom (register here). Zhou is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan. Zhou’s research examines social inequality and state-market-family relations through the lens of gender, marriage, and reproduction. Intersecting the studies of population and politics, Zhou’s current project investigates the demographic, political, and gendered consequences of China’s evolving reproductive governance.

There are several opportunities to meet with Zhou on Feb. 16th, including 1x1 meetings (sign up here) and a graduate student lunch, facilitated by CSDE Trainee June Yang. Learn more about the lunch in its official event poster (here) and RSVP to June (jyang32@uw.edu) to attend.

Abstract: What does it mean to be independent and “lead a life of one’s own,” when the state holds considerable power over individuals? Drawing on the deep theoretical tradition that connects large-scale demographic changes and the “pursuit of individualism,” I approach this question by examining individuals’ fertility ideations and behavior in contemporary China. Marshaling a mixed-methods design that combines 115 in-depth interviews and six waves of national surveys, I ask: How do urban Chinese women and men formulate fertility aspirations and make decisions about parenthood, as they construct visions of selfhood? Findings demonstrate that among men, transition into parenthood is frequently viewed as integral to the making of an independent self, marking the beginning of becoming legible as an individual person with a family of his own. Women, on the other hand, largely view parenthood as the harbinger of the breaking of an independent self and the end of individual autonomy. I further elucidate how such sharp contrast is rooted in the gender and family systems of contemporary China that entangle the sometimes-contradictory scripts of authoritarian pronatalism, on the one hand, and market-centric neoliberal development, on the other.

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CSDE Research & Highlights

CSDE Welcomes 5 New Research Affiliates!

CSDE is pleased to introduce five of our new UW Research Affiliates. Jade d'Alpoim Guedes (Assistant Professor, Anthropology, UW) is an environmental archaeologist and ethnobiologist who employs an interdisciplinary research program to understand how humans adapted their foraging practices and agricultural strategies to new environments and have developed resilience in the face of climatic and social change. Jing Xu (Affiliate Assistant Professor, Anthropology, UW) is an anthropologist and a developmental scientist, whose work uses interdisciplinary and mixed methods approaches to examine child development and family wellbeing in diverse populations and cultural contexts. Aditya Ramesh (Assistant Professor, History, UW) is a historian. His work revolves largely around environmental history, agrarian history, and the history of science, technology, and medicine in South Asia. Kavita Dattani (Assistant Professor, Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies, UW) is a feminist researcher of digital technologies and data, whose work seeks to uncover the ways in which data-driven digital technologies are enabling new forms of violence and marginality and the potentials for more progressive data futures. Lesley Steinman (Research Scientist, Health Systems and Population Health, UW) has spent the past 20 years partnering with diverse stakeholders to conduct community-engaged research and practice to improve health promotion and disease prevention and management for populations facing inequities in access to quality care and health outcomes. Learn more about these new affiliates in the full story!

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On Recognition, Caring, and Dementia: Taylor’s Essay Featured on This American Life

CSDE Affiliate Dr. Janelle Taylor (Anthropology, University of Toronto) was featured on This American Life, a radio program by Chicago Public Media and hosted by Ira Glass. In Act 3 of Episode #823 "The Question Trap," Taylor reads an essay adapted from an article that she published in Medical Anthropology Quarterly in 2008, titled "On Recognition, Caring, and Dementia". In that article, she wrote about what she had learned in the course of her mother's decline into dementia, reflecting on the question people often asked: whether her mother "recognized" her. She took this question as an entry point to explore the meaning of recognition for care. Borrowing a phrase from her (by then severely impaired) mother, the article proposes that we should be asking a more compassionate question, which is "how can we best strive to 'keep the cares together'?" Learn more in the episode from This American Life (here) and in Taylor's article.

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Film Based on Work by the NGO Founded by Das is Nominated for an Academy Award

A film based on work by the NGO founded by former UW Population Policy Leadership Fellow (PPLF) Dr. Abhijit Das (Clinical associate professor, Dept. of Global Health) has been nominated for the 2024 Academy Awards for the best feature documentary! The film is called “To Kill a Tiger” and is directed by Nisha Pahuja. The film draws on work by the Centre for Health and Social Justice (CHSJ), a health policy research and advocacy organization in India.  It tells the story of a young girl who, following her rape, undergoes a journey of empowerment. Watch the film's trailer here! The PPLF program was a collaborative initiative between the Evans School and CSDE during the late 1990s and early 2000s.

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New Infographic on Reducing HIV in the Southern U.S. is Developed from Research by Hamilton, Jenness, and Goodreau

Research by CSDE Scientist Dr. Deven Hamilton and CSDE Affiliates Dr. Samuel Jenness (Epidemiology, Emory University) and Dr. Steven Goodreau (Anthropology, UW), along with colleagues, was recently turned into an infographic (here), helpful for communicating their research to policy makers. Their research takes a closer look at HIV in the Southern U.S. and what efforts are needed to reach the Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) goals for reduced HIV incidence in the region. Findings dig into EHE efforts in the South, evaluating the impact of hypothetical improvements in ART as well as estimating the potential impact of expanding PrEP coverage among adults and adolescents — all with an eye toward achieving federal EHE goals. Findings have previously been released in several articles, including a first in BMC Public Health and a second in Plos One (previously featured by CSDE).

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Ramesh Examines the Case of Madras: The City “Immune” to Plague in Colonial India

CSDE Affiliate Dr. Aditya Ramesh (History) published an article in the Journal of Urban History, titled “The Plague in Madras: The Making of an ‘Immune’ City“, which examines the city of Madras, long studied for remaining largely free from the plague pandemic, which hit colonial India especially hard in the latter half of the 1890s. The absent epidemic in Madras suggests new ways to understand plague in colonial India and the relationship between the etiology of epidemics and cities more broadly. olonial officials assumed that the plague would affect Madras in a similar fashion to the deadly outbreaks in Bombay and Hong Kong. The article follows varied explanations for the absence of the plague, showing how tropical environments were hardly inherently vulnerable to disease. Rather, the disease was constituted in specific urban environments, which had implications on understanding of disease vulnerability and immunity.

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Graham, Goodreau, and Hamilton are Awarded Grant to Study STI Control Among MSM

CSDE Affiliates Dr. Susan Graham (Medicine and Global Health), Dr. Steven Goodreau (Anthropology), and CSDE Scientist Dr. Deven Hamilton recently received a grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID for their research, titled “WHO-recommended Periodic Presumptive Treatment versus Doxycycline Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for STI Control among Cisgender Men Who Have Sex with Men in Kenya“. Authors propose a randomized clinical trial with participants assigned to WHO-recommended periodic presumptive treatment (PPT) or doxycycline post-exposure prophylaxis (doxyPEP), compared to standard syndromic treatment. This work will provide critical data needed to inform guidelines and improve STI control among MSM in sub-Saharan Africa and other resource-limited settings, including modelled estimates of the health and economic impact of scaling up these two interventions on STI control among MSM and their partners in Kenya.

Other UW collaborators are Scott McClelland in Medicine, Monisha Sharma in Global Health, and S.O. Soge in Global Health. Graham's co-PI is Dr. Eduard Sanders from the Aurum Institute, who is based in Kenya. Kenyan site PIs include Dr. Fredrick Otieno with Nyanza Reproductive Health Society in Kisumu and Dr. Joshua Kimani with Partners for Health & Development in Africa.

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Arar and Colleagues Highlight Culture as Key to Biopyschosocial Development for Arab Americans

CSDE Affiliate Dr. Rawan Arar (Law, Societies, and Justice) authored a chapter with Dr. Kristine J. Ajrouch and Dr. Sylvia C. Nassar, titled “Contexts of Immigration and Diversity: Biopsychosocial Implications for Arab Americans” in the edited volume, Biopsychosocial Perspectives on Arab AmericansTheir chapter focuses on contexts of emigration and reception to interrogate the refugee-migrant binary in a unique way, shifting scholarly attention away from a focus on state logics, discrimination at border crossings, or the impact of public opinion on the potential for reception. They argue that scholars and practitioners who are interested in examining health outcomes among Arab newcomers and Arab Americans should consider lived experiences beyond state-ascribed labels (i.e., “refugee,” “asylum seeker,” or “immigrant”).

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Hiramori and Colleagues Develop a Measure of Community Cultural Wealth

CSDE Affiliate Dr. Daiki Hiramori (Global and Interdisciplinary Studies, Hosei University) recently published an article with colleagues in the Race Ethnicity and Education, titled “Critically quantitative: measuring community cultural wealth on surveys“. Their study explores the quantitative measurement of Community Cultural Wealth (CCW), an asset-based approach to understanding the experiences of students from systemically marginalized racial/ethnic groups. Grounded in critical race theory, CCW focuses on forms of capital utilized by marginalized populations that are often unrecognized/undervalued by traditional social science research. Most previous studies on CCW have relied on qualitative methods; authors argue that quantitative critical race theory, or ‘QuantCrit’, can complement those studies by statistically specifying assets possessed by students from marginalized populations as a step toward reimagining institutions that elevate their importance. This paper aims to develop a CCW scale to quantitatively explore the concept.

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Research Co-authored by Shapiro, Gray, Taylor, and Freitag Discusses Expanding the Ethnographic Toolkit to Include Kinless Older Adults Living with Dementia

CSDE Affiliates Dr. Marlaine Figueroa Gray (Anthropology, UW), Dr. Janelle Taylor (Anthropology, University of Toronto), and CSDE Trainee Callie Freitag (Public Policy & Governance, UW) authored new research in the Journal of Aging Studies, titled “Expanding the ethnographic toolkit: Using medical documents to include kinless older adults living with dementia in qualitative research“. The article was lead-authored by Dr. Lily Shapiro (Anthropology, UW). Ethnographic research often excludes cognitively impaired older adults without close kin, in part because cognitive impairment raises questions about the ability to provide informed consent. This study used data from a longitudinal study to qualitatively examine the experience of people without close kin at dementia onset. Authors detail their methodology and discuss its limitations and potential. In conclusion, they argue that collaborative interdisciplinary research using existing, longitudinal research data and text from medical records deserves to be considered as a potentially useful addition to the ethnographic toolkit. This article is one of several from this study which sought to examine the circumstances and needs of older adults who participated in the Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute. The study was supported by a grant through the National Institute on Aging (NIA) (Grant no. R21AG058056-01), administered through CSDE.

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Sederbaum, Restar, Martin, and Fyall Awarded Grant to Study the Psychological Costs of Citizen-State Interactions for Trans People

CSDE Trainee Isaac Sederbaum (Public Policy & Governance) and CSDE Affiliates, Dr. Arjee Restar (Epidemiology), Dr. Karin Martin (Public Policy & Governance), and Dr. Rachel Fyall (Public Policy & Governance) received a Tier 1 Population Health Initiative grant “to develop a detailed portrait of how stigma, stress and loss of autonomy impact transgender people and investigate whether these impacts have later-term outcomes that affect overall well-being. The team launched an online survey this fall and has a total of 488 validated survey responses. This survey is the first step in a mixed-method sequential design, where the team will conduct in-depth interviews with a sample of the survey participants."

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Updates from the CSDE Research & Training Cores

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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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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*Revised date* CSDE Computational Demography Working Group (CDWG) Hosts Elizabeth Pelletier on the Effects of WA’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Policy on Maternal Employment (2/21/24)

On February 7th from 3-4pm, Elizabeth Pelletier, PhD candidate at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, and CSDE T32 fellow, will present at the CDWG on Feb. 21st from 3:00-4:00pm. CDWG Will be Hybrid in Winter Quarter 2024. Attend in-person in Raitt 223 (The Demography Lab) or on Zoom (register here). Pelletier will present research, titled “The Effects of Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave Policy on Maternal Employment”. Read more in the full story!

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*New* CSDE Computational Demography Working Group (CDWG) Hosts Connor Gilroy on Methods of Political Forecasting and Career Development (02/28/24)

Connor Gilroy, a UW Sociology PhD and machine learning data scientist at Blue Rose Research, will give a general overview of some of the methods and tools he uses in his current political forecasting work. He will also share some background on his recent transition from academia to industry, including the computational research involved in his dissertation on LGBTQ community, his internships and consulting work with Meta and the World Bank, and his experiences navigating the job market. CDWG Will be Hybrid in Winter Quarter 2024. Attend in-person in 223 Raitt or on Zoom (register here). 

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*New* Applications open for the Population Health Applied Research Fellowship Program (Info session on 3/4, Applications due 3/29)

Applications are now open for the Population Health Applied Research Fellowship Program. This program is run in partnership between the Population Health Initiative and CSDE. The 10-week program is open to graduate and professional students from all UW schools and colleges. The program supports multidisciplinary teams of UW graduate and undergraduate students to work on real-world population health challenges. Projects are sourced from external clients who play an important role in structuring project deliverables. The project team receives training in research skills and data collection, analysis and presentation to deliver a work product that meets the external client’s needs. An informational session will be held for interested applicants from 12 – 1 p.m. on March 4, 2024, in the Hans Rosling Center for Population Health. A virtual option is available. Please RSVP via the following link: https://forms.gle/fDwjLLwYVQXWdDYG8.

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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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*New* IPUMS Data (updates to IPUMS USA, CDOH, and CPS)

IPUMS recently announced the release of the 5-year ACS microdata from IPUMS USA, topical supplement data from IPUMS CPS, extended coverage of IPUMS Contextual Determinants of Health measures. Learn more in the full story.

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*New* Issue of Demography

Read the latest issue here!

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*New* Issue of Journal of Demographic Economics

Check out the most recent issue here.

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*New* Issue of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Read the new issue here.

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*New* Registration Now Open for ICPSR’s Summer Program (sessions available May-Aug. 2024)

Registration for the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods is now open for their topical workshops and general session. Their general sessions run from June 10-July 5, and from July 8-August 2. Topical Workshops cover a single subject and run for either 20 or 40 hours in just three, five, or ten days, and run from May through August. Sessions and workshops are available online and in-person at the University of Michigan.

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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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EarthLab and PHI Host Event on Fostering Climate Connections (2/13/24)

The Population Health Initiative and EarthLab will co-host a winter quarter climate change-focused Open Space-style event in the University of Washington wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House on Tuesday, February 13, 2024. The goal of this quarterly gathering is to help facilitate the development of new interdisciplinary collaborations between UW researchers who are seeking to take on pressing challenges related to the current climate crisis. Learn more about the event and RSVP in the full story!

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CSSS Seminar with Lizzy Pelletier: Imputing Race and Ethnicity in State Administrative Data: Challenges and Future Directions (2/14/24)

CSSS will be hosting CSDE Trainee Lizzy Pelletier for a seminar titled “Imputing Race and Ethnicity in State Administrative Data: Challenges and Future Directions“. The seminar will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 14th at 12:30 in 409 Savery Hall and on Zoom (register here). Lizzy Pelletier is a PhD candidate studying public policy at the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington, and an NIH-supported Data Science and Demography trainee through the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology at UW. Her research examines how public policy shapes economic inequality, instability, and wellbeing, with a current focus on paid leave policies. Her work with large administrative microdata also explores how tools from data science and computational demography can be used to make these records more useful to social scientists.

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Call for Papers: Migration and Organizations Conference (Due 2/15/24)

This conference hosted by The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania seeks to advance rigorous research and strengthen the community of scholars at the intersection of migration and organizations. Scholars from all fields, disciplines, and career stages are encouraged to submit papers or applications to attend. There will be a half-day consortium focused on career development for PhD students including small group mentoring meetings with faculty and early research development workshops. The conference will take place from May 8-9.

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US Treasury is Seeking Research Partners to Understand Impact of State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (Submit form by 2/15/24)

The US Treasury has issued a call for research partners to help understand the impact of State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLRF).  They are specifically interested in answering: What is the short-term and long-term impact on households, organizations, communities, and governments from specific State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) projects in priority policy areas such as affordable housing, workforce, and public safety? To learn more about the call visit this page.

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Hiring 1-2 Graduate Research Assistants at CERSE (Due 2/15/24)

The Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) at the University of Washington is seeking 1-2 graduate research assistants to assist with multiple ongoing evaluation and research projects. The projects vary in specific focus related to broadening participation in STEM fields. CERSE conducts research, evaluation, and consulting on diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM. We are a community-oriented team committed to increasing the participation of people from systemically marginalized groups in STEM education and careers.

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Apply for the 2025 Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship (Due 2/15/24)

The program is open to graduate students and sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program. It enables fellows to work for one year on congressional staff or in a federal agency, where the fellows study, implement, and even create marine policy. More than 40 agency positions and 12 congressional positions are available each year. A virtual information session will be held on Dec. 11th at 12pm (register here).

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Attend the Film Screening of the Journeys of Black Mathematicians: Forging Resilience (2/15/24)

The Department of Statistics, in partnership with the Department of Mathematics, the Department of Applied Mathematics and the Simons Laufer Mathematical Sciences Institute, will be hosting a free public screening of the movie Journeys of Black Mathematicians: Forging Resilience in 110 Kane Hall on Thursday, February 15th from 6:00-8:30 PM. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Director George Csicsery and a reception at Kane Hall’s Walker-Ames room.

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Seminar by UW Moris Women’s Center: Safety Across Genders (2/15/24)

Join the UW Moris Women’s Center for its seminar on Thursday, Feb. 15th from 3:30-5:00 PM in the Allen Library auditorium, co-sponsored by CSDE. Seminar speakers will include nikkita oliver, Ebo Barton, Randy Ford, Akoth Ombaka, whose conversation will establish a shared understanding of the threats to gender diverse and intersex communities, along with ways that campus leaders can support them. Learn more about the event in the full story and on the event page.

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Global Mental Health Speaker Series: Global Mental Health and Climate Change (2/15/24)

Join the UW Consortium for Global Mental Health and the Population Health Initiative on Thursday, February 15 from 3:00-4:30pm in the Hans Rosling Center (HRC) room 101 as part of our 2023-24 speaker series on Global Mental Health. This event features a panel discussion with five experts on the mental health impacts of climate change, including CSDE Affiliate Gregory Bratman and CSDE Director Sara Curran alongside Kristie EbiSherilee Harperand Susan ClaytonThe panel will be moderated by CSDE Trainee and sociology doctoral candidate, Victoria Sass. Staff, faculty, and students of all disciplines are welcome to attend this hybrid event. Reception to follow event from 4:00-4:30pm. Learn more about the event here and register at this link.

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NIH NOSI: Administrative Supplements to Recognize Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Mentorship (Due 2/17/24)

This opportunity supports administrative supplements to existing NIH awards to support scientists who have demonstrated compelling commitments and contributions to mentorship and enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) in the biomedical sciences. Funds will support ongoing and future efforts.

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Attend the 2024 Future of Families Summer Data Workshop (Due 2/19/24)
The 2024 Future of Families Summer Data Workshop application form is now available and is due on Monday, Feb 19, 2024. The workshop will be held in-person from Wednesday, June 12, 2024 to Friday, June 14, 2024. Travel and hotel costs will be covered for successful applicants. The workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the data available in the Future of Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) (formerly Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study), a national study following a birth cohort of (mostly) unmarried parents and their children, providing information about the capabilities, circumstances, and relationships of unwed parents, the wellbeing of their children, and the role of public policy in family and child wellbeing. 

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Call for Applications: Time Use Data for Health and Well-Being Workshop (Due 2/19/24)

The Maryland Population Research Center is accepting applications for the 2024 Time Use Data for Health and Well-Being Summer Workshop to be held June 12, 2024, the day before the June 13 and 14 University of Maryland 2024 Time Use Conference.  This workshop aims to promote awareness of and expertise in the IPUMS Time Use data archive, particularly the 2010-2012 and 2021 ATUS Well-being Module data. About 20 applicants will be selected. Travel support will be available for accepted non-local candidates.

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Urban@UW Requests Applications for the Research to Action Collaboratory (Due 2/20/24)

Urban@UW is excited to announce the second round of Request for Applications (RFA) for the Research to Action Collaboratory (RAC). The RFA invites teams of community members, researchers and students across the University of Washington who are excited to co-produce actionable, community-centered research and knowledge for persistent urban-focused problems. The deadline for submitting an application is Monday, February 20, 2024, at 5:00 pm PST. 

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Accepting Applications for an NIH-funded short course @ UCI: Systems Biology Foundations (2/20-3/15/24)

The Systems Biology – Foundations short course is an NIH-sponsored, didactic and practical educational experience devoted to training in systems biology. The Systems Biology – Foundations course also includes teaching of collaborative skills and mentoring activities for career development. Participants may attend the online and/or the in-person course.  The “Online Course” is held entirely online over the first two weeks (2/20-3/1) (off on Presidents’ Day), and the “In-person Course” is held in person, on the UC Irvine campus for the following two weeks (3/4-3/15).

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CSSS Seminar with Peter Catron: The Endurance of Mexico-U.S. Migration Flows (2/21/24)

Join CSSS for a seminar with CSDE Affiliate Peter Catron on Wednesday, Feb. 21st at 12:30 in 409 Savery Hall and on Zoom (register here). Peter Catron is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. Read more about the talk here!

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BIRCH Methods Core Seminar: Measuring Disparity and an Analytic Approach for Informing Interventions to Reduce Disparity (2/22/24)

UW BIRCH (Behavioral Research Center for HIV) will be hosting their Methods Core Seminar on Thursday, Feb. 22nd from 9:00-10:00 on Zoom. During this session, their outside speaker John W. Jackson, ScD, will be focusing on the following topics:

  1. Outlining how to incorporate equity value judgements in analytic approaches to measure and identify leverage points for reducing disparities (Dr. John W. Jackson calls this “causal decomposition analysis”).
  2. How covariate adjustments in defining disparities and in equalizing potential determinants of disparities (decompositions) ultimately convey value judgements about what is fair and equitable in the distribution of health and its determinants.
  3. Various principles to guide the choice of covariates for meaningfully defining disparities and decompositions while adjusting for other covariates to account for confounding.
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NIH Funding: Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity (U01 Clinical Trial Optional) (LOI due 2/22/24)

The Transformative Research to Address Health Disparities and Advance Health Equity initiative is soliciting applications to support unusually innovative intervention research addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) which, if successful, would have a major impact on preventing, reducing, or eliminating health disparities and advancing health equity. Projects should clearly demonstrate, based on the strength of the logic, a compelling potential to produce a major impact on advancing NIH’s commitment to addressing SDOH to accelerate progress in improving health for all.

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ICPSR Summer Program Now Accepting Scholarship Applications (Due 2/26/24)

The ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods is now accepting scholarship applications for its 2024 Program, which will take place throughout summer 2024. These scholarships provide registration fee waivers for their General Sessions, a comprehensive methods training program comprising more than 40 courses and lectures, including intro stats, MLE, machine learning, SEM, longitudinal and panel data analysis, theoretical modeling, Bayes, and more. All General Session courses are offered in-person (on the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor) and online.

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*New* CSSS Seminar with Donald Chi: Sugared fruit drinks as a sociobehavioral determinant of health in Alaska Native communities (2/28/24)

CSSS will host CSDE Affiliate Donald Chi on Wednesday, Feb. 28th at 12:30 in 409 Savery Hall and on Zoom (register here). Donald L. Chi is professor and the Lloyd and Kay Chapman Endowed Chair of Oral Health at the University of Washington School of Dentistry (Seattle, USA) and is Associate Dean for Research. Dr. Chi is Co-Director of the NIH-funded T90/R90 training grant. He is dual board-certified in pediatric dentistry and dental public health. Learn more in the full story!

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*New* Evans Seminar: Dr. LaTonya Trotter on Reimagining Care from Nurses’ Perspective (2/28/24)

CSDE Affiliate Dr. LaTonya Trotter (Department of Bioethics and Humanities) will present at the Evans seminar on Wednesday, Feb 28th from 11:30-12:30pm in 360 Parrington Hall. Dr. Trotter’s talk is titled “Reimagining Care: The Pandemic’s Impact on What it Means to be a ‘Good Nurse'”. While many have documented the pandemic’s impact on worker turnover and labor shortages, few have considered the change it may engender for providers and their practices. In this talk, Dr. Trotter will use the experiences of registered nurses to consider the ways in which pandemic experiences were more than an acute stressor, but may portend changed understandings of what it means to be a nurse in terms of crafting a nursing a career and balancing competing obligations in the pursuit of being “a good nurse.”

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*New* Opportunity for funding: French-American Research Collaborations Related to the SDGs (Due 2/29/24)

The Transatlantic Research Partnership aims to encourage innovative research and new collaborations that enrich French-American collaborations, with a view to supporting projects involving young researchers (post-docs, PhDs). Designed to foster forward-looking collaborative research that addresses pressing global challenges, the program supports projects related to one or more United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Selected projects will receive a $20,000 grant, to be shared equally between the French and the American partners over 2 years.

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*New* Call for Abstracts: The 2024 Add Health Users Conference (Due 2/29/24)
Add Health is now accepting abstracts for the 2024 Add Health Users Conference on Monday, June 17th, and Tuesday June 18th 2024. Any papers using Add Health data are welcome, including those with substantive or methodological topics. Abstracts must be submitted by Thursday, February 29, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Please use the abstract submission form on the conference website to submit your abstract. For more information, view the full Call for Papers.

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*New* Announcing the next round of the Royalty Research Fund (RRF) (Due 3/4/24)

The Office of Research invites applications to the next round of the Royalty Research Fund (RRF) grant program. Proposals are due to RRF Monday, March 4, by 5:00 PM. Departments and Colleges/Schools may have earlier deadlines, so all applicants are advised to check with their program’s administrative staff. Awards will be announced by June 15, 2024. The purpose of the RRF is to advance new directions in research, particularly:
  1. In disciplines for which external funding opportunities are minimal.
  2. For faculty who are junior in rank.
  3. In cases where RRF funding may provide unique opportunities to increase applicants’ competitiveness for subsequent funding.
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