CSDE-eNews Bulletin

March 18, 2008

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Matt Weatherford on vacation 3/24 - 4/21
CSDE eNews Spring Break
Shelly Lundberg -- Elected as a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists
Undergraduate Research Support Grants -- Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences
Bullitt Foundation's Environmental Fellowship
Dalmas A. Taylor Memorial Summer Minority Policy Fellowship
NIH -- Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (U13)
Assistant Professor -- University of Texas
Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop -- Seattle
Research Associate (Project Director) -- Penn State
Student GIS Internships -- NASA Langley Research Center
Planning and Development Specialist -- City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development
Post Doctoral Position -- Brown University
Statistician (Demographer) -- US Census Bureau
Demographic Directorate 2008 Summer Internship Program -- U.S. Census Bureau
Post Doctoral Fellow Position -- McGill University, Global Health and Social Policy
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation -- Patrick Duffy
Population Reference Bureau’s upcoming Discuss Online -- “Managing Unauthorized Migration

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Matt Weatherford on vacation 3/24 - 4/21

Matt Weatherford, Computing Core Director, will be on vacation from March 24th to April 21st. During this time, please contact the usual csde_help@u for computing support.

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CSDE eNews Spring Break

Due to the decreased number of announcements during spring break, eNews will not be published next week. eNews will return, tan and relaxed, on Tuesday April 1, 2008.

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Shelly Lundberg -- Elected as a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists

Shelly Lundberg, professor of economics, CSDE Director, and Director of the Center for Research on Families, has been elected to become a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economists. By the honorary title of Fellow, the Society recognizes labor economists who have made contributions of unusual distinction to the field. The election is open to scholars from any country.

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Undergraduate Research Support Grants -- Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences

The Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences (CSSS) announces a new funding mechanism that will support undergraduate students working on faculty research projects. The goal is to help faculty incorporate undergraduate students in meaningful ways in research at the intersection of statistics and the social sciences. Each undergraduate research support grant will provide funding for up to three undergraduate students working on research that advances the mission of CSSS. Although we encourage collaborative research across disciplines-particularly between statisticians and social scientists-such collaboration is not a formal requirement of the program.

Priority will be given to applications that:
  1. involve undergraduates in research at the cutting edge of the development of statistical methods for social scientific problems;
  2. provide undergraduates with opportunities to make meaningful and varied contributions to the research process;
  3. describe how undergraduate students will gain the training and support necessary for them to make meaningful contributions to the project.
Awards will be in the range of $3,000-5,000, with the bulk of the budget dedicated to undergraduate research support (typically hourly pay). We anticipate making up to five awards.

Deadline: The deadline for CSSS Undergraduate Research Support proposals is April 15, 2008. Awards will be announced by May 1, 2008. Submit proposals to CSSS, Box 354320, Attn: Nick Ganoulis.

Detailed instructions for submitting an application will be posted shortly at http://www.csss.washington.edu/UndergradResSupport/

Questions on preparing a proposal should be addressed to: Katherine Stovel, Associate Professor of Sociology, Associate Director of CSSS, Department of Sociology, Box 353340, 206-616-3820, Email.

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Bullitt Foundation's Environmental Fellowship

The Bullitt Environmental Fellowship is offered in memory of long-time Foundation Chair, Priscilla Bullitt Collins. In her honor, an outstanding, environmentally knowledgeable graduate student who has demonstrated exceptional capacity for leadership as well as scholarship will receive a two-year $50,000 per/year fellowship award. The Foundation encourages applications from a broad diversity of students, with a particular emphasis on students of color and others who have overcome discrimination or other significant hardships.

The mission of the Bullitt Foundation is to protect, restore, and maintain the natural physical environment of the Pacific Northwest for present and future generations. To achieve this, the Bullitt Foundation, through annual grant making programs, supports the work of nonprofit organizations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, western Montana (including the Rocky Mountain range), and coastal Alaska from Cook Inlet to the Canadian border.

Bullitt Foundation areas of focus:
Aquatic Ecosystems
Terrestrial Ecosystems
Conservation and Stewardship in Agriculture
Energy and Climate Change
Growth Management and Transportation
Toxic and Radioactive Substances
Training, Communications, and
Unique Opportunities

All required application documents described below must be received by 12:00 noon PST on Friday, April 4, 2008.

For full details, click here.

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Dalmas A. Taylor Memorial Summer Minority Policy Fellowship

The purpose of this award is to honor the memory of Dalmas Taylor, who passed away during his term as President of SPSSI. Dr. Taylor had been involved for many years with SPSSI. In addition, he was instrumental in establishing the Minority Fellowship at the American Psychological Association and in increasing the APA’s attention to inclusion of people of color. This fellowship is administered in conjunction with APA’s Minority Fellowship Office, and provides an opportunity for a graduate student of color to work on public policy issues in Washington, DC.

Applicants must be a graduate student in good standing who is a member of an ethnic minority group (including, but not limited to, African American, Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic, and Pacific Islander) and/or has demonstrated a commitment to a career in psychology or a related field with a focus on ethnic minority issues.

The summer stipend will be $3000 plus housing and travel funds. We will also assist the successful candidate in finding housing in Washington.

The application should include:
  1. A cover page stating your name, institution, address, telephone number, fax number (if applicable), and email address.
  2. A 3-page statement with detailed information that includes:
    • reason for your interest in this fellowship
    • your previous and current research experiences
    • indication of your interest in ethnic minority psychological issues
    • statement of how this fellowship would contribute to your career goals
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Current curriculum vitae
APPLY ONLINE NOW! Online submissions are the preferred method. Please limit the number and size of files uploaded when applying online. At the time you submit the application, please also send an email to Central Office at awards@spssi.org. As the subject of the email write "Taylor application". In the body of the email include the information from your cover page.

Applications must reach SPSSI Central Office by March 31, 2008. Announcements will be made by May 1st, 2008.

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NIH -- Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (U13)

Program Announcement (PA) Number: PAR-08-106

NOTICE: Applications submitted in response to this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Federal assistance must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov) using the SF424 Research and Related (R&R) forms and the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

  • Purpose. This limited competition solicits NIH Cooperative Agreement Conference (U13) applications from current Extramural Associates Research Development Award (EARDA) awardees to conduct health disparities-related meetings, workshops and symposia. The objectives of these meetings will be to establish academic-community partnerships, identify community research priorities, and develop long-term research agenda. Areas of focus for these partnerships may include one or more of the following community health issues: infant mortality; violence prevention; childhood, adolescent, and/or adult obesity; literacy; fibroid tumors; pediatric and maternal HIV/AIDS prevention; and/or techniques for outreach and information dissemination. Applicants for this U13 program are expected to propose a series of meetings/workshops/symposia designed to: (1) define the targeted community; (2) establish partnerships between academic institutions and the local community, including but not limited to schools and school communities; (3) identify the community’s views of its health problems; and (4) develop a research agenda aligning the community’s identified health problems and the EARDA institution’s research priorities.
  • Mechanism of Support. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will use the NIH Cooperative Agreement Conference (U13) award mechanism.
  • Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. Although the financial plans of the NICHD provide support for this program, awards pursuant to this funding opportunity are contingent upon the availability of funds and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
  • Budget and Project Period. An applicant may request a project period of up to three years and a budget for direct costs of up to $30,000 per year.
  • Eligible Institutions/Organizations. Institutions/organizations listed in Section III, 1.A. are eligible to apply. Applicants must have a current EARDA award from NICHD and an established Office of Research Development or equivalent.
  • Eligible Project Directors/Principal Investigators (PDs/PIs). Include Individuals with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research are invited to work with their institution/organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support. An eligible Project Director/Principal Investigator may be any individual from an eligible EARDA Institution with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed project. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.
Key Dates
Release/Posted Date: March 13, 2008
Opening Date: May 17, 2008 (Earliest date an application may be submitted to Grants.gov)
Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): May 17, 2008
NOTE: On time submission requires that applications be successfully submitted to Grants.gov no later than 5:00 p.m. local time (of the applicant institution/organization).
Application Submission/Receipt Date(s): June 17, 2008

For full details, visit the NIH website: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-08-106.html

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Assistant Professor -- University of Texas

The Department of Sociology at the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) invites applicants for an Assistant Professor (tenure Track) beginning in the fall of 2008. Teaching areas and research specialization are open, but preference will be given to candidates whose research interest includes demography with an emphasis on immigration. Other areas may include, but are not limited to, sociological theory, family, and/or border/Latino studies.

For a complete description, please visit the Human Resources Web site at: http://www.utpa.edu/humanresources/employment/faculty.html

Candidates should have strong promise of teaching effectiveness and scholarly achievement. Review of materials will begin on April 1, 2008 and continue until the position is filled. For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Guang-shen Eang Search Committee Chair at 956-381-3322.

Submit applications to:
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences - Office of the Dean
ATTN: Monica Denny, Administrative Services Officer
1201 West University Drive
Edinburg, Texas 78539-2999

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Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop -- Seattle

The Grant Institute's Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop will be held in Seattle, June 18-20, 2008. Interested development professionals, researchers, faculty, and graduate students should register as soon as possible, as demand means that seats will fill up quickly.

All participants will receive certification in professional grant writing from the Institute. For more information call (213) 817 - 5308 or visit The Grant Institute at www.thegrantinstitute.com.

Please find the program description below:

The Grant Institute
Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop
Seattle, Washington
June 18 - 20, 2008
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Grant Institute's Grants 101 course is an intensive and detailed introduction to the process, structure, and skill of professional proposal writing. This course is characterized by its ability to act as a thorough overview, introduction, and refresher at the same time. In this course, participants will learn the entire proposal writing process and complete the course with a solid understanding of not only the ideal proposal structure, but a holistic understanding of the essential factors, which determine whether or not a program gets funded. Through the completion of interactive exercises and activities, participants will complement expert lectures by putting proven techniques into practice. This course is designed for both the beginner looking for a thorough introduction and the intermediate looking for a refresher course that will strengthen their grant acquisition skills. This class, simply put, is designed to get results by creating professional grant proposal writers.

Participants will become competent program planning and proposal writing professionals after successful completion of the Grants 101 course. In three active and informative days, students will be exposed to the art of successful grant writing practices, and led on a journey that ends with a masterful grant proposal.

Grants 101 consists of three (3) courses that will be completed during the three-day workshop.

(1) Fundamentals of Program Planning
This course is centered on the belief that "it's all about the program." This intensive course will teach professional program development essentials and program evaluation. While most grant writing "workshops" treat program development and evaluation as separate from the writing of a proposal, this class will teach students the relationship between overall program planning and grant writing.

(2) Professional Grant Writing
Designed for both the novice and experienced grant writer, this course will make each student an overall proposal writing specialist. In addition to teaching the basic components of a grant proposal, successful approaches, and the do's and don'ts of grant writing, this course is infused with expert principles that will lead to a mastery of the process. Strategy resides at the forefront of this course's intent to illustrate grant writing as an integrated, multidimensional, and dynamic endeavor. Each student will learn to stop writing the grant and to start writing the story. Ultimately, this class will illustrate how each component of the grant proposal represents an opportunity to use proven techniques for generating support.

(3) Grant Research
At its foundation, this course will address the basics of foundation, corporation, and government grant research. However, this course will teach a strategic funding research approach that encourages students to see research not as something they do before they write a proposal, but as an integrated part of the grant seeking process. Students will be exposed to online and database research tools, as well as publications and directories that contain information about foundation, corporation, and government grant opportunities. Focusing on funding sources and basic social science research, this course teaches students how to use research as part of a strategic grant acquisition effort.

$597.00 USD tuition includes all materials and certificates.

Each student will receive:
The Grant Institute Certificate in Professional Grant Writing
The Grant Institute's Guide to Successful Grant Writing
The Grant Institute Grant Writer's Workbook with sample proposals, forms, and outlines

Registration Methods
  1. On-Line: Complete the online registration form at www.thegrantinstitute.com under Register Now. We'll send your confirmation by e-mail.
  2. By Phone: Call (213) 817-5308 to register by phone. Our friendly Program Coordinators will be happy to assist you and answer your questions.
  3. By E-mail: Send an e-mail with your name, organization, and basic contact information to info@thegrantinstitute.com and we will reserve your slot and send your Confirmation Packet.

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Research Associate (Project Director) -- Penn State

College of Health and Human Development, Family Life Project

The Prevention Research Center seeks a Project Director to provide leadership in managing the Family Life Project (FLP), a large longitudinal study focused on the growth and development of young children living in low-income, rural environments. The project, funded by NIMH and NIDA, follows a birth cohort of children born in 2003-2004 and is a comprehensive and in-depth examination of the multiple levels (community, neighborhood, family, parent, and child) that the influence the developmental processes and outcomes of children in non-urban America. FLP involves interdisciplinary investigators from Univ. of North Carolina and Penn State Univ. (PSU). The current phase of the study is focused on the transition to school and will involve data collection in home, preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school settings. Responsibilities of the Project Director, under the direction of the PSU Principal Investigator (Mark Greenberg) and in conjunction with UNC site, will include supervision of administrative staff, the field coordinator, and the field staff; supervising graduate research assistants; assisting the PI with budget planning and monitoring; developing research protocols for data collection and supervising piloting for data collection; working closely with investigators at the North Carolina site; analyzing project data, and producing publications relevant to the project.

The successful candidate will have completed or be near completion of a doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies, Developmental Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or a related social science field; strong research experience preferably on longitudinal studies related to human development, and ideally, with young children; the ability to work collaboratively and constructively in a research team; managerial experience; and excellent oral and written communication skills. This is an excellent position for an early career researcher who is motivated to conceptualize and develop papers using FLP data; opportunities and support for writing collateral grants are also provided.

The expected beginning date is June 1, 2008. This is a full time, benefits elegible position funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Letters of application, including a complete resume and the names, addresses, email and telephone numbers of three professional references should be sent to: Mark Greenberg Ph.D. 112 Henderson South, Penn State University, University Park, PA 16802-6507 or via email.

For more details, click here.

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Student GIS Internships -- NASA Langley Research Center

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) in partnership with NASA Langley Research Center is offering the NASA Langley-VSGC Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Internship program. This program will place student interns at NASA Langley to support the NASA GIS team. Positions are open to high school, undergraduate and graduate students and are available in summer and fall 2008 and spring 2009.

This is a great opportunity for any student majoring in civil engineering, technology, geography or other major and interested in developing and improving their skills and experience in GIS. Prior experience in GIS is not required as training will be provided. Students will work 20 hours per week and be paid a stipend based on their academic level.

Deadline for summer applications is March 24 and the deadline for fall internships is July 1.

Please visit http://www.vsgc.odu.edu/gisintern/ for more information and to apply.

The NASA Langley GIS team site can be viewed at http://gis.larc.nasa.gov/

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Chris Carter (cxcarter@odu.edu), Assistant Director of VSGC, at 757-766-5210.

More info available at http://www.vsgc.odu.edu/

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Planning and Development Specialist -- City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development

The City of Seattle, Department of Planning and Development, is pleased to announce the availability of a Planning and Development Specialist, Sr. (Senior Planner/Demographer) position.

Salary: Starts at $32.80 / $38.22/hour ($68,486 to $79,803 annual)

The senior planner/demographer will report to the Executive Director of the Seattle Planning Commission, and will work as a member of the Seattle Planning Commission staff to provide independent analysis to policymakers on population characteristics related to the City’s physical development plans and projects and plans for provision of City services; the senior planner/demographer will track and monitor specific planning policies, trends and benchmarks and conduct independent policy research and analysis; and will prepare Commission reports that will assist executive staff, elected officials and others in making decisions about services, housing, and physical development.

Demonstrated ability to design and conduct survey research, develop models, and use existing data to characterize existing and future population trends and provide policy analysis in support of plans for the city’s physical development, including land use, transportation, growth management, housing and open space goals, policies, and programs. Demonstrated ability to identify and analyze data in the context of practical planning applications. Excellent communications and interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work with a broad variety of people with differing levels of knowledge and different perspectives.

Required Qualifications:
Requires three years of experience in planning and research related to land use, urban economics, human services, environmental issues, conservation or other work related to City planning and development activities; and a bachelors degree in planning, urban design, environmental studies or public administration.

Desired Qualifications:
A degree or related professional experience in demography, geography, urban planning. Exceptional and directly related experience is more important than the duration of the experience.

Progressively responsible experience in applying demographic information and data in a public setting and demonstrated ability in designing and conducting survey research, developing models, and utilizing existing data to characterize trends affecting population. Working knowledge in computer applications appropriate to the position such as statistical and GIS software among others. Demonstrated ability to use graphics to clearly present quantitative information. Knowledge and understanding of local, state and federal statutes governing land use and the urban environment and current local and neighborhood planning is preferred.

Application deadline: April 15, 2008

For more details, click here.

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Post Doctoral Position -- Brown University

The PSTC expects to have an opening for a two-year NICHD-funded postdoctoral position starting as early as July 1, 2008.The PSTC is an interdisciplinary research and training unit of Brown University that provides an environment for intellectual exchange, infrastructure support services, and project development support for a very productive, interdisciplinary group of population-related faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.

Research at the PSTC is innovative and interdisciplinary. It is distinguished by its commitment to collaboration across disciplinary and institutional boundaries as well as its strong portfolio of research in developing country settings. The scope of PSTC research encompasses both traditional topics of interest to demographers, such as fertility, mortality, and migration, as well as a much broader range of issues, including environmental change, health (including living with disability and studies of nutrition), gender, family structure, schooling, segregation, and the consequences of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Screening of applications will begin on April 1, 2008, and will continue until the position is filled. Send letter of application with CV, information about research interests and plans, anticipated postdoctoral faculty mentor(s), future employment goals, and examples of written work. It is preferred that all application materials be sent as a single pdf document to Thomas_Alarie@brown.edu; applications via regular mail will be accepted. In addition, please have three letters of recommendation sent.

Submit all materials to:
Thomas Alarie
Population Studies and Training Center
Box 1836
Brown University
68 Waterman Street
Providence RI 02912

Questions and requests for additional information should be directed to Dennis Hogan.

For more details, click here.

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Statistician (Demographer) -- US Census Bureau

This vacancy announcement is for a Statistician (Demographer) position in the Office of the Division Chief, Population Division at the U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters located in Suitland, Maryland.

Come join the Census Team, where every one counts. The Census Bureau produces quality data that helps Americans better understand our country - its population, resources, economy, society and culture. We offer competitive salaries, flexible hours and work arrangements, developmental opportunities, recognition for a job well done, a variety of benefits and health insurance plans, and a host of other employment incentives. If working in an environment that values your individuality and diversity and allows you to innovate, engage in problem solving, and achieve your professional goals appeals to you, then the Census Bureau is the place for you. Come join the Census Team and be responsible for contributing to the fabric of our nation - where every one counts.

For more details, click here.

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Demographic Directorate 2008 Summer Internship Program -- U.S. Census Bureau

Internships are available throughout the Census Bureau including the demographic Directorate. Consists of a paid, ten-week core program. The program consists of a combination of substantive work and a series of technical and substantive training seminars.

Candidates should be individuals at all levels (BA, MA, PhD) that are self starters and highly motivated with excellent analytic, quantitative, computer, and communication skills. Candidates selected for participation in the Demographic Directorate Summer Internship Program will begin their employment on or about June 1, 2008.

For more information about the opportunities with the Demographic Directorate, please contact:
Tallese Johnson at 301-763-2449, or via E-Mail

Applicants who submit materials prior to May 1, will have a better chance of employment.

To apply directly, visit the Census Bureaus website: http://www.census.gov/hrd/www/jobs/stu_temp.html

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Post Doctoral Fellow Position -- McGill University, Global Health and Social Policy

The Global Health and Social Policy fellowship is a fulltime residential fellowship for up to two full years starting in summer 2008. The fellow will have access to the full range of resources offered by McGill University. THe fellow will be provided with an office, library privileges, health benefits, a research budget, and stipend.

Key Opportunities and Responsibilities:
  • Contribute to project conceptualization and building of a unique global data centre of household surveys linked to public and social policies for over 180 countries
  • Undertake quantitative analysis and statistical modeling in order to analyze and present key data findings on the impact of social policy on health and human development.
  • Participate in dissemination and translation of findings to policymakers.
  • Prepare research reports and manuscripts for submission and publication.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in demography, geography, sociology, political science, public health or related discipline. A strong background in quantitative analysis of social science data is required. Experience using SAS, Stata, or other software for manipulating and analyzing large household surveys. Training and demonstrated experience in multilevel modeling is desirable. English language proficiency required. French and/or other language proficiency an asset.

Send cover letter, CV, all academic transcripts, 2 writing samples, and 3 letters of recommendation to:
WoRLD Search Committee, Institute for Health and Social Policy
1130 Pine Avenue West
Montreal, QC, H3A1A3

Electronic submission is encouraged to: applicants.ihsp@mcgill.ca. Please specify "WoRLD Post-doc" in the subject heading.

Review of complete applications will begin April 7, 2008 and will continue until position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered and only candidates selected for an interview or to gather additional information will be contacted.

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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation -- Patrick Duffy

Patrick Duffy, Affiliate Associate Professor, UW Department of Global Health, Director of the Malaria Program at Seattle Biomedical Research Institute
"Measuring Disease Burden Due to Malaria: The Devil is in the Details"

Thursday, March 20
4:00 - 5:30 PM
2301 5th Avenue, Suite 600

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Population Reference Bureau’s upcoming Discuss Online: "Managing Unauthorized Migration"

Philip Martin, professor of agricultural economics at the University of California, Davis
"Managing Unauthorized Migration"

Tuesday, March 25, 2008, 1-2 p.m. (EDT)
You may submit questions in advance and during the discussion. A full transcript of the questions and answers will be posted after the discussion.

Unauthorized migration is a major issue in the United States and many other countries, sometimes generating intense publicity and debate. How can leaders minimize the "push" factors that encourage this type of migration? Trade, investment, and foreign aid, for example, might help create jobs and opportunities in the sending countries that would keep potential migrants home. But do these strategies help slow unauthorized migration?

Join Phil Martin in a discussion of these and other questions related to international migration. He is a professor of agricultural economics at the University of California, Davis, and a noted expert on international labor migration. He is the co-author of the just-published PRB Population Bulletin, "Managing Migration: The Global Challenge." Access the full report at: www.prb.org/bulletins/63.1migration.pdf (PDF: 875KB)

Phil Martin will respond to your questions about this important topic on March 25, 2008, from 1-2 p.m. EDT.


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