April 29, 2024

CSDE Seminar Series

CSDE Seminar – Patchwork Apartheid: Private Restriction, Racial Segregation, and Urban Inequality
  • When:  Friday, May 3, 2024 (12:30-1:30 PM)
  • Where:  360 PAR and on Zoom (register here)
  • 1x1 sign-ups here

Please join CSDE for a seminar with Colin Gordon on Friday, May 3rd from 12:30-1:30 in 360 PAR and on Zoom (register here). Colin Gordon is Professor and Chair of History at the University of Iowa, where he has taught since 1994. Gordon will be available for 1×1 meetings throughout the day. Sign up for a 1×1 meeting here

After the seminar, Evans PhD student Isaiah Wright will facilitate a graduate student discussion with Dr.Gordon in 221 Raitt from 1:30-2:30. Students can discuss research collaborations, professional development, academic publishing, and interdisciplinary research, among other topics. Learn more in the event poster here. RSVP to Isaiah Wright (iwrig@uw.edu) to join the student discussion.

Abstract: Drawing on a unique record of property restrictions excavated from local property records in five Midwestern counties, this research documents the prevalence of private property restriction in the era before zoning and building codes were widely employed and before federal redlining sanctioned the segregation of American cities and suburbs. This record of private restriction—documented and mapped to the parcel level in Greater Minneapolis, Greater St. Louis, and two Iowa counties—reveals the racial segregation process both on the ground, in the strategic deployment of restrictions throughout transitional central city neighborhoods and suburbs, and in the broader social and legal construction of racial categories and racial boundaries. Enforcement of private racial restrictions was held unconstitutional in 1948, and such agreements were prohibited outright in 1968. But their premises and assumptions, and the segregation they had accomplished, were carried forward by an array of private practices and public policies—including local zoning and federal redlining. Private race restriction was thus a key element in the original segregation of American cities and a source of durable inequalities in housing wealth, housing opportunity, and economic mobility.

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CSDE Research & Highlights

McElroy Authors New Book on Technocapitalism in the San Francisco Bay Area and Romania

CSDE Affiliate Erin McElroy (Geography) published a new book, entitled Silicon Valley Imperialism. Erin McElroy maps the processes of gentrification, racial dispossession, and economic predation that drove the development of Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area and how that logic has become manifest in postsocialist Romania. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork and archival research in Romania and the United States, McElroy exposes the mechanisms through which the appeal of Silicon Valley technocapitalism devours space and societies, displaces residents, and generates extreme income inequality in order to expand its reach.

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Johfre and Colleagues Study the Social Construction of Age in the Context of Healthcare

CSDE Affiliate Sasha Johfre (Sociology) co-authored new research in the American Journal of Sociology, entitled “Galvanizing the ‘Missing Revolution’: Processes and Meanings of the Child/Adult Binary in the Social Construction of Age“. Sociologists understand that seemingly innate characteristics like race and gender are social constructs, yet a similar appreciation of age has failed to take hold. Using ethnographic, interview, and population-based survey experiment data, authors interrogate the child/adult binary in the context of healthcare to illuminate processes through which age categories are essentialized and legitimated and thereby how age is socially constructed.

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Bratman and Co-authors Use an RCT to Examine Susceptibility to Stress and Nature Exposure

CSDE Affiliate Gregory Bratman (College of the Environment) released research with colleagues in Plos One, entitled “Susceptibility to stress and nature exposure: Unveiling differential susceptibility to physical environments; a randomized controlled trial“. Emerging epidemiological evidence indicates nature exposure could be associated with greater health benefits among groups in lower versus higher socioeconomic positions. One possible mechanism underpinning this evidence is described by our framework: (susceptibility) adults in low socioeconomic positions face higher exposure to persistent psychosocial stressors in early life, inducing a pro-inflammatory phenotype as a lifelong susceptibility to stress; (differential susceptibility) susceptible adults are more sensitive to the health risks of adverse (stress-promoting) environments, but also to the health benefits of protective (stress-buffering) environments. This study serves as an experimental investigation of a pro-inflammatory phenotype as a mechanism facilitating greater stress recovery from nature exposure.

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Xu Examines the Expatriation Act of 1907, Marital Assimilation, and Citizen-based Intermarriage in the U.S.

CSDE Affiliate Dafeng Xu (Evans School of Public Policy & Governance) authored new research in The History of the Family, entitled “The expatriation act of 1907, marital assimilation, and citizenship-based intermarriage in the U.S.“. As both a marriage act and an immigration act, the Expatriation Act of 1907 restricted U.S. women’s freedom of marriage by stating that marrying aliens would lead to loss of U.S. citizenship. To study the effects of the Expatriation Act, Xu conducts a statistical analysis using 1910 full-count U.S. census data. Xu finds that the Expatriation Act of 1907 generated significantly negative effects on intermarriage between American women and foreign-born men, particularly noncitizens.

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Jean, Errett, and Co-authors Release New Study on Connecting Underrepresented Disaster Scholars to NSF-Funded Resources

CSDE Affiliate Nicole Errett (Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences) released an article with co-authors in Natural Hazards, titled “Bridging underrepresented disaster scholars and national science foundation-funded resources“. The article was lead-authored by Cassandra Jean, a recent postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences. The intentional inclusion of various perspectives is critical in disaster and hazard research to advance science and promote equitable resilience in a rapidly changing climate. However, historically underrepresented scholars like Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQIA2S + community members, and women are frequently absent from these efforts. Such exclusions exist as disparities in obtaining grant support, the disproportionate validation of their research or skills, limited training or mentorship opportunities, and implicit biases towards faculty members and students. As a result, many of these scholars, who frequently study communities living in precarious conditions, are absent from utilizing equipment or have limited access to resources that can ultimately assist them in their research efforts. This paper examined the experiences of such underrepresented scholars involved in disaster and environmental-related work to understand the needs, barriers, and opportunities to accessing National Science Foundation (NSF) supported resources.

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Updates from the CSDE Research & Training Cores

Spring Schedule for CSDE Workshops and Working Groups

In spring quarter, CSDE will be hosting a workshop series and several working groups. Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to register and we welcome registrants from outside the University of Washington for our remote workshops as well.

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. View the schedule as a pdf here.

CSDE Workshops

No remaining workshops this quarter.

CSDE Working Groups

  • Computational Demography Working Group
    • Date: Wednesdays @ 9AM-10AM
    • Location: Raitt 223/Zoom
    • Contact: June Yang (jyang32@uw.edu) and Ihsan Kahveci (ikahveci@uw.edu)
  • Biomarker Working Group
    • Date: 1st Thursdaysof each month (4/4, 5/2, 6/6) @ 12:30PM-1:30PM
    • Location: Raitt 223
    • Contact: Tiffany Pan (tpan@uw.edu)
  • Migration & Settlements Working Group
    • Date: Every other Friday @ 9:00AM starting March 29th
    • Location: Raitt 114/Zoom (meeting link)
    • Contact: Aryaa Rajouria (rajouria@uw.edu)
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*New* Have an idea for an NIH application? Here is when/what/who to email about your idea!

At a recent meeting, Rebecca Clark, chief of the Population Dynamics Bureau (PDB) at NICHD, provided useful insights on how researchers developing new proposals should contact officials at NIH. Her remarks were focused on PDB at NICHD, but the advice seems broadly generalizable to other institutes as well. She states: If you have specific aims, please send them to just one PDB Program Officers in one email. (NB: Do not send separate emails to each program officer within a branch, since they all confer and collaborate on any incoming inquiries.)

All potential applicants, including those who have prepared specific aims, should send responses to the following items and attach to the email inquiry:

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Grant Writing Summer Program (GWSP) (Due 5/10/24)

Applications are now open for this program, which assists scholars in preparing applications to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). More info here, and application page here. Past participants report great success, and lots of support and even fun along the way. Applying to the GWSP is open to CSDE affiliates (UW and external) as well as to local post-docs writing K awards with one or more CSDE affiliates on their mentoring team.

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*New* Issue of Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

Read Volume 50, Issue 10 here!

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*New* Issue of Journal of Population Economics

Read Volume 37, Issue 1 here!

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*New* Journal of Marriage and Family

Read Volume 86, Issue 3 here!

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*New* IPUMS Data

IPUMS released new data and updated several datasets, including IPUMS International, IPUMS CPS, and IPUMS USA. There are also several opportunities to give feedback, including on proposed changes to the American Community Survey and Puerto Rico Community Survey. Read more in the full story!

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*New* Evans School Seminar with James M. Thomas (5/1/24)

The Evans School invites you to a seminar with Dr. James M. Thomas (Department of Sociology, University of Mississippi) on Wednesday, May 1st from 11:30-12:30 PM in 360 PAR. Dr. Thomas’s research has been driven by questions within two interrelated fields of inquiry: histories of race and racism, and contemporary practices of race and racism. He employs a variety of interpretive methods to illuminate how meanings of race and racism arise within certain socio-cultural contexts, and how social actors reproduce and contest those meanings in everyday practices and encounters. Dr. Thomas has examined how institutions of higher learning implement diversity initiatives and where these efforts fall short. His most recent project examines whiteness amongst individuals in the American South. This new project seeks to bring into sharp relief the ambivalence, discomfort, and reflections around whiteness that are broadly missing in the sociological study of whiteness. This session is co-sponsored with the Department of Sociology. There will be opportunities to meet with Dr. Thomas during his visit.

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*New* Invitation to the Horizon Europe Presentation: Research Opportunities in the EU (5/1/24)

Please join Dr. Florent Bernard, Counselor for Research and Innovation at the EU Delegation to the US for a presentation of the Horizon Europe program and EU opportunities for US researchers. Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding program for research and innovation. Horizon Europe tackles climate change, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth. The event will take place on Wednesday, May 1st from 2:00-3:00 in room 202 (The Simpson Center Room) in the Communications Building at UW.

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*Reminder* Fostering Connections in AI and Health (5/8/24)

This is a friendly reminder that the Population Health Initiative is co-hosting a spring quarter Open Space-style event, “Fostering Connections in AI and Health,” on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. in the UW Husky Union Building (HUB), room 145. The goal of this gathering is to help facilitate new collaborations between UW faculty researchers who are interested in applying generative AI and large language models to pressing health challenges. Those who attend 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. Please RSVP to help us count you in.  

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*New* Register for the Climate Solutions Symposium (Posters due 5/8/24, Occurring on 5/23/24)

Join the College of Built Environments for our inaugural Community of Practice Climate Solutions Symposium on May 23rd from 5:00-7:00pm. Register here! Students, faculty, and other experts will engage in exciting discussions about climate research, teaching, and learning initiatives currently underway. They invite poster presentations and welcome submissions that showcase noteworthy contributions in teaching, research, and university initiatives concerning the climate crisis, climate solutions, and technologies within the field of climate studies.

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*New* CSSS Seminar – Project NEXUS: Methodology and Results from a Survey of Underrepresented People Who Use Drugs: 9 U.S. Syringe Services Programs (5/8/24)

CSSS welcomes you to attend a seminar with Sarah Glick on Wednesday, May 8th from 12:30-1:30 PM in 409 Savery and on Zoom. Dr. Sara Glick is an Associate Professor in the University of Washington’s School of Medicine and an epidemiologist in the HIV/STI/HCV Program at Public Health – Seattle & King County (PHSKC). Her research focuses on health outcomes related to injection drug use and harm reduction interventions. Read more about Glick’s talk on the event page here.

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*New* Funding Opportunity from the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center: 2025 Faculty Fellowship Program, Consortium-Directed Funding (Info Session on 5/8/24, Due 7/15/24)

The NW CASC is now accepting proposals for our 2025 Faculty Fellowship Program. This last-mile program aims to support efforts to make existing research more usable for natural and cultural resource managers facing climate-related risks and challenges. To achieve this aim, the program supports research involving faculty at NW CASC Consortium institutions and provides skills-building opportunities around the co-production of decision-relevant (i.e., “actionable”) science. Applications are due July 15, 2024. Learn more, see the RFP and register for our info session on Wednesday, May 8 at 1:00 p.m. PT.

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*New* Call for Submissions for the Wittgenstein Centre Conference 2024 on “Delayed Reproduction: Challenges and Prospects” (Due 5/15/24)

The Wittgenstein Centre Conference 2024 (WIC2024) will take place from 21-22 November 2024 in Vienna, Austria and invites for submissions. This year’s conference on “Delayed Reproduction: Challenges and Prospects” will focus on shifting trends, drivers and consequences of delayed reproduction, paying special attention to biological constraints as well as to the impact of assisted reproduction technologies and their potential role in shaping future fertility trends. 

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*New* Call for Applications: UW RDRC And IRP Extramural Mentored Fellowships On Poverty, Retirement, And Disability Research (Due 5/15/24)

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Retirement and Disability Research Center (UW RDRC) and Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) have funding to support the study of economically vulnerable populations related to poverty, retirement, and disability policy. Studies may be quantitative or qualitative in nature and may employ a mix of research designs and analytic methods. Proposals are invited from U.S.-based non-tenured junior faculty, postdoctoral researchers, or those in dissertator status. Junior faculty are particularly encouraged to apply.

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*New* The Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS) Celebrates 25 years! (5/16/23-5/17/23)

The Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS) will be recognizing its 25th anniversary this academic year. In addition to highlighting special themes during the seminar series, CSSS will hold a celebratory event on campus on May 16th & 17th, 2024 that will bring alums, friends, and campus partners together with workshops, poster sessions, scientific sessions, and ample opportunities for socializing. Please note these dates in your calendar and keep your eyes posted for more details. 

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*New* Applications Open for the Washington Sea Grant Keystone Fellowship (Due 5/17/24)

The Washington Sea Grant (WSG) Keystone Fellowship is an exciting opportunity for recent master’s or doctoral students in ocean, coastal or policy studies to collaborate on science and policy initiatives, prioritizing environmental justice, equity, and inclusion in their work. With mentorship and professional development at its core, the fellowship program offers hands-on involvement in projects shaping Washington’s marine ecosystems and fostering pathways for underrepresented individuals into related careers. Applications are due May 17th.

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*New* JSDE Seminar to Host Matt Lowe (5/20/24)

JSDE (Joint Seminar in Development Economics) is excited to host Matt Lowe on May 20th from 11:00-12:30 in 410 Savery. Lowe is an assistant professor in economics at the Unversity of British Columbia. More details on this talk to come!

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*New* Request for Proposals: How Effective Was the Fiscal Response to the COVID-19 Recession for U.S. Workers? (Due 5/20/24)

The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is pleased to announce the launch of its latest Request for Proposals: How effective was the fiscal response to the COVID-19 recession for U.S. workers? This RFP aims to equip federal policymakers with evidence of the effectiveness of the fiscal response to the COVID-19 recession in generating better macroeconomic outcomes and in generating better and more equitable outcomes for working-age individuals in the United States.

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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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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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