CSDE-eNews Bulletin

December 13, 2011

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CSDE Seminars Will Resume Next Quarter

There will be no CSDE seminar this week or during winter break.  The seminar series will resume on January 6th, 2012.

CSDE Seminar Schedule

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PLANNED OUTAGE: All UNIX & Windows systems OFFLINE: 12/21/11 - 12/23/11

Dear CSDE Affiliates & Staff members,
Please put the following CSDE Computing outage later this month (dec 21-23) on your calendars - the CSDE computing systems will be powered off for our semi-annual server room cleanup.

We hope that this advanced notice will give you sufficient time to plan around the inconvenience of not having access to the terminal servers,  your H: drive, files, etc.

Thank you,
Matt Weatherford

ACTIVITY TYPE:  All CSDE Computing Outage
SCOPE:  CSDE Windows Network file servers FS1 and FS2
        CSDE Terminal Servers TS1, TS2, TS3, TS4, TS5, TS6, TS7
        VPN Server, Print Server, ADDHEALTH, NLAAS
        CSDE SIM cluster, CSDE MOSIX2 cluster
        All Windows and UNIX systems will be unavailable

START TIME:     Wednesday, December 21, 2011 @ 6:00 am PDT
RECOVERY TIME:  Friday,  December 23, 2011   @ 5:00 pm PDT
DURATION:       3 working days

        All CSDE UNIX and Windows users will be unable to access
        any files or servers during this outage.

COMMENTS:       Log in to all servers and desktop machines on the CSDE
         domain will be disabled.  It is recommended that you
         power off your desktop systems on Tues evening to
         insure your files are closed/saved.

        We hope to have the file and terminal servers back
        online sooner (Thursday afternoon??), but cannot
        guarantee the sequence of events will allow it.
        We apologize for the interruption of your ability to
        work on the CSDE systems, but please understand that
        we are running a 7/24/365 datacenter with just 2 people
        and we have to be able to shut things down at this scale
        in order to keep the system clean and healthy.  Our aim
        is to trade a 3 day outage now for multiple unplanned
        outages for the next 6 months.

Please direct any concerns to csde_help@u.washington.edu

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CSDE eNews Holiday Break

Due to the decreased number of announcements during the holiday break, eNews will be laying low the next two weeks. Our next publication will be on Tuesday January 3rd.

Wishing you and yours a Joyous Holiday and a Happy New Year!

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Nick Pharris-Ciurej Discusses his Educational Attainment Research on CSDE Out Loud

Nick Pharris-Ciurej discusses race and ethnic group differences in college participation and completion on CSDE Out Loud, an audio podcast produced by the CSDE Information Core.

More info about the podcast is here.

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Katrina Leupp Quoted in Time Article on Well-being of Working Moms

Katrina Leupp comments on a recent study showing that moms who work are healthier and happier than moms who stay at home when their kids are babies and preschoolers.

Read the 12/13/2011 Time article is here.

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Jennifer Romich Quoted in News Article about Poverty in Yakima County

Nearly one-quarter of people in Yakima County are living below the federal poverty level, an increase from 19.7% in 2000. As bad as this sounds, Jennifer Romich notes that the federal poverty threshold is set too low to adequately capture those living in poverty.  

Read the 12/6/2011 Yakima Herald-Republic article here.

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Sayan Mukherjee - Inference of Higher-order Interactions in Social Networks

IHME Seminar
Sayan Mukherjee, Associate Professor, Department of Statistical Science, Computer Science, and Mathematics, Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, Duke University
“Inference of higher-order interactions in social networks and the role of peer-influence effects on health-related behaviors within a network of high-risk individuals”

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
4:00 pm
IMHE office in Belltown
2301 5th Avenue, Suite 600

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Notice of Termination of PAR-10-278, Global Research Initiative Program, Basic/Biomedical Sciences (R01)

John E. Fogarty International Center
and others

The purpose of this Notice is to inform prospective applicants that the Fogarty International Center (FIC) will terminate Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) PAR-10-278  effective March 9, 2012, for both AIDS and non-AIDS applications.

Therefore, NIH will not accept applications submitted after March 9, 2012 in response to the Limited Competition: Global Research Initiative Program, Basic/Biomedical Sciences (R01) which originally had the final submission date of March 8, 2013.

Please note that this NOTICE only pertains to the Basic Biomedical program and not to the GRIP Behavioral Social Sciences program.

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Notice of Termination of PAR-11-037, Basic Biomedical (FIRCA-BB) Research Award (R03)

John E. Fogarty International Center
and others

The purpose of this Notice is to inform prospective applicants that the Fogarty International Center (FIC) will terminate Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) PAR-11-037 effective January 11, 2012.

Therefore, NIH will not accept applications submitted after January 10, 2012 in response to the Limited Competition: Fogarty International Research Collaboration - Basic Biomedical (FIRCA-BB) Research Award (R03) which originally had the final submission date of January 10, 2013.

Please note that this NOTICE only pertains to the Basic Biomedical program and not to the FIRCA Behavioral Social Sciences program.

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Associate Director for Extramural Research, NICHD

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), seeks Associate Director for Extramural Research. This is a senior leadership position within the NICHD, involving the management of scientific, policy and administrative matters of the extramural research programs of the Institute.

To read the full announcement, please go here.

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Assistant Professor, California College of the Arts

Assistant Professor, Critical Studies (Focus In Anthropology, Sociology, Or Geography)
California College of the Arts
Oakland, CA
California College of the Arts is seeking candidates for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in Critical Studies in the fields of anthropology, sociology, or geography, to begin August 2012. Scholarship should be contemporary and cultural in focus; interdisciplinary interests are highly desirable. Successful candidates' scholarship and teaching interests will focus on one or more of the following:

* analyses of racial formations as these intersect class, gender, and/or sexuality
* capital formation and flow;
* environmental studies;
* globalization, migration, and/or diaspora studies;
* science and technology studies;
* urban ethnography.

To read the full announcement, please go here.

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Research Assistant, West Coast Poverty Research Center

The WCPC is seeking to hire a GSR for the Winter Quarter 2012 to support training and research activities under the joint supervision of Marcia K. Meyers, Professor of Social Work and Public Affairs and Faculty Director for the Center, and the Administrative and Research Directors of the Center.

Read the full announcement here.

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Summer 2012 Research Experience for Undergraduates at UT-Austin

REU Summer 2012 Program
Immigration, Geography, and Race/Ethnicity in the United States
Population Research Center and Department of Sociology

The Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin, in collaboration with the Department of Sociology, is hosting the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in Immigration, Geography, and Race/Ethnicity in the U.S. for the summer of 2012. This eight-week summer program offers eight very selective upper-division undergraduate students from both UT-Austin and from around the country the opportunity to study social demography through course work and a mentored research experience with senior PRC graduate students.

The 2012 summer REU Program application deadline is February 17, 2012.

For the application and more details, go here.

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2012 AERA Faculty Institute for the Teaching of Statistics

The AERA Grants Program announces the 2012 AERA Faculty Institute for the Teaching of Statistics with Large-Scale Data Sets to be held on July 5-8, 2012 at Stanford University. The Faculty Institute’s goal is to expand the critical mass of U.S. education researchers using large scale federal data sets, especially those sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), NSF, and other federal agencies, through preparing faculty to incorporate use of such data in doctoral-level courses. The Institute is for faculty members at U.S. universities who teach basic introductory doctoral-level statistics or methodology courses and who seek to integrate large-scale federal education data sets into these courses. We are seeking your assistance in sharing this information with colleagues and potential applicants. The application deadline is January 17, 2012.

For more information please go here.

If you have questions, please e-mail us at grantsprogram@aera.net

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Postdoctoral Fellow Position on Climate Adaptation

Professor Rosina Bierbaum, University of Michigan, is looking for a 1-year postdoctoral fellow to work on adaptation issues and options across multiple sectors, with a focus on the United States. A key focus of this work is to examine the intersection of mitigation and adaptation, and how choices in one domain may affect options available in the other.  The competing demands for land, water, and energy will be central to the analysis.  The position is open immediately.

Familiarity with the potential impacts of climate change on various sectors and regional adaptation activities are highly desirable.  Strong analytic capabilities and writing skills will make the candidate more competitive. The post-doc may be required to travel for 1-3 conferences/workshops. The postdoc will also assist Professor Bierbaum in her work as the lead author on the adaptation/mitigation chapter for the ongoing National Assessment.

Potential topics to be included in the assessment are:

Mitigation – tracking efficacy (indicators), intended and unintended consequences, cost of alternative approaches, etc.
Adaptation – appropriate scale, tracking efficacy, unintended consequences
Links between mitigation and adaptation (case studies?)
Develop inventories of activity and risk based approaches
Linkages with disaster preparedness
Initiate assessments of effectiveness, e.g. design alternative approaches to data gathering and analysis
International linkages and priorities for the ongoing Assessment

The salary and benefits package is competitive and commensurate with record and experience. Your application package should comprise your CV, names of three letter writers, and a writing sample. Please submit your application materials electronically as a single .pdf file before December 23, 2011 to the following address:


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Course of Interest to CSDE Trainees - Introduction to Epidemic Modeling for Infectious Diseases

EPI 590: Introduction to Epidemic Modeling for Infectious Diseases.
Winter 2012
Instructor: Prof. Susan Cassels
South Campus Center 308, Mon & Thurs 3:00 – 4:20
(Lab days in Health Sciences Library Computer Lab C)

This course is designed to provide students with the basic tools for building and analyzing mathematical models of disease epidemics. Dynamical systems, such as those that represent infectious disease transmission dynamics, are fundamentally different than traditional statistical models, and this course will provide insight into the fun, complex, and sometimes unexpected world of modeling these systems. This course seeks to prepare public health graduate students to build and analyze the mathematical models of disease that they will encounter in the scientific literature and use in their work as public health professionals. We will use Excel and Stella, a user-friendly modeling package, to run simple disease models. The hands-on lab experience will demystify mathematical modeling and lead to a clear understanding of the various types, characteristics, and qualities of models. By the end of the course, students should be able to:

•    Describe the philosophy of model-building and the relationships between modeling and other forms of scientific inquiry
•    Identify research questions that can be addressed with epidemic modeling methods
•     Discuss the role of epidemic modeling in public health policy and resource allocation
•     Interpret and critique mathematical models published in the scientific literature
•     Demonstrate proficient use of Excel, and Stella for building simple disease models

The course combines a number of approaches to achieve these aims.  Course time will be a mixture of lecture, seminar-style discussion of readings, in which we dissect a series of modeling papers, and time in the computer lab where you will recreate, manipulate, build your own mathematical models.

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Mindel C. Sheps Award 2012 Call For Nominations

Nominations are invited for the 2012 Mindel C. Sheps Award for outstanding contributions to mathematical demography, demographic methodology, and the modeling and analysis of population data.

This biennial award is jointly sponsored by the PAA and the UNC School of Public Health. Individuals should be nominated on the basis of important contributions to knowledge either in the form of a single piece of work or a continuing record of high accomplishment. The Award consists of a cash prize and a certificate, to be presented at the PAA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, May 4, 2012.

Nominations should be submitted via email by December 31, 2011, to Maxine Weinstein, Chair, Sheps Award Committee (Georgetown University).


Other committee members are Joshua Goldstein (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research);  Lingxin Hao (Johns Hopkins University); Kenneth Hill (Harvard University); Ted Mouw (University of North Carolina); T. Paul Schultz (Yale University) and James Vaupel (Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research).

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