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February 28, 2012

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Kara Mochan and Steven G. Gilbert - A Toxic Tour of Gaza

Kara Mochan, MN, ARNP, Doctorate student in the School of Nursing at the University of Washington, Member of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility

Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT, Director and Founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders (INND),  Board member of Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility, Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington and Affiliate Professor, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW Bothell

“A Toxic Tour of Gaza”

Friday, March 2, 2012
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Raitt 121

Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR) medical delegates through sponsorship by Gaza Community Mental Health Programme (GCMHP) have made three trips to Gaza in the past two years. The purpose of the international partnership project between WPSR and GCMHP is to provide medical consultation to address human and environmental heath conditions due to border closure and siege in Gaza. Gaza has a population of 1.6 million living within 130 square miles and has the sixth highest population density in the world. Environmental health conditions in Gaza are reaching a critical level of toxicity unfit for healthy habitation. During WPSR January 2011 trip to Gaza several meetings were held with health officials and Dr. Eyad Sarraj, founder of the GCMHP to identify environmental factors prevalent in the community. Visual epidemiological methods of photography & video footage were utilized on guided tours of Gaza to highlight key features of "unhealthy community" of Gaza from an environmental health perspective. From this the partnership collaborated to produce a visual media presentation titled: ‘A Toxic Tour of Gaza'. Environmental containments prevalent in the region included: inadequate water infrastructure & treatment facilities for raw sewage, air pollution, use of leaded gasoline & daily use of generators during scheduled electrical outages. Lesson learned from the pilot study research will be disseminated through visual media and used to expand the collaborative partnerships between WPSR and GCMHP to the international environmental health community.

CSDE Seminar Schedule

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Matt Weathorford Out of the Office until March 26

Matt Weatherford will be out of the office starting tomorrow, on leave until March 22.
His first day back will be March 26. During this time, response to email may be delayed several days.

Please use csde_help@uw.edu if you need immediate assistance with CSDE Computing Core business.

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Andrea Geiger - Japanese Immigrant Negotiations of Race in the North American West

UW Dept. of History presents
Andrea Geiger, Simon Fraser University
"Triangulating Difference: Japanese Immigrant Negotiations of Race, Caste, and Borders in the North American West"

Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Communications 226

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Andrea Stocco – Understanding Brain Function through Neurocomputational Modeling

CSSS Seminar
Andrea Stocco
“Understanding Brain Function through Neurocomputational Modeling: The Case of the Basal Ganglia”

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
12:30 pm
Savery 409

For the abstract, please go here.

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Frieda Behets - HIV Prevention, Care, and Treatment in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

IHME Seminar
Frieda Behets, Department of Epidemiology, Gillings School of Global Public Health and Research Professor, Department of Medicine, UNC Chapel Hill
“Strengthening HIV Prevention, Care, and Treatment in The Democratic Republic of the Congo - Addressing Structural Challenges and Promoting Real-Time Data Use”

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
4:00 pm
IMHE office in Belltown
2301 Fifth Ave., Suite 600

For the abstract, please go here.

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Joelle Abramowitz – Reproductive Technology Affordability and Women’s Fertility Timing

UW Dept. of Economics Brown Bag Seminar
Joelle Abramowitz
“Increased Assisted Reproductive Technology Affordability and Women’s Marriage and Fertility Timing: Survival and Competing Risks Analyses”

Thursday, March 1, 2012
12:30 pm
Savery 410

The paper uses survival and competing risks analyses exploiting variation in the mandated insurance coverage of ART across U.S. states to investigate the effects of increased affordability of assisted reproductive technology (ART) on women’s marriage and fertility timing. Specifically, the paper uses the 1979-2009 Panel Study of Income Dynamics to analyze whether the mandates: have induced delayed first marriage and delayed first birth; have impacted out-of-wedlock child bearing; and have affected the timing between first marriage and first birth. The paper first estimates, by mandate status, survival models for women’s timing of first marriage and first birth to determine whether the mandates are inducing delay of marriage and fertility. The paper then performs a competing risks analysis to identify whether the delay in marriage is related to out-of-wedlock childbearing.

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Henry Fletcher Lyle III - Collective Action, Reputation and Social Support Networks in Peru

IPEM Seminar Series
Henry Fletcher Lyle III, Ph.D. Candidate, Biocultural Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, UW
“Collective Action, Reputation and Social Support Networks in the Highlands of Southern Peru”

Thursday, March 1, 2012
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Mary Gates Hall 271

For the abstract, please go here.

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Giovanni Parmigiani - Bayesian Effect Estimation Accounting for Adjustment Uncertainty

UW Dept. of Biostatistics Seminar
Giovanni Parmigiani, PhD, Professor of Biostatistics, Harvard School of Public Health
“Bayesian Effect Estimation Accounting for Adjustment Uncertainty”

Thursday, March 1, 2012
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Health Sciences Building, Room T-639

For the abstract, please go here.

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Leila Harris – TBA

UW Dept. of Geography Colloquium
Leila Harris, UBC Department of Geography

Friday, March 2, 2012
3:30 pm
Smith 304

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Alex King - Indices of Performance through Ethnopoetic Analysis of Century-old Wax Cylinders

UW Dept. of Anthropology Sociocultural Colloquium
Alex King, Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen
"The Patterning of Style: Indices of Performance through Ethnopoetic
Analysis of Century-old Wax Cylinders"

Monday, March 5, 2012
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Denny Hall 401

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Joel Beinin - Where Does Democracy Come From? Popular Movements in Egypt

Jackson School of International Studies presents
Joel Beinin, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History and Professor of Middle East History, Stanford University
“Where Does Democracy Come From? Popular Movements, Civil Society, and Parliaments in Egypt”

Monday, March 5, 2012
7:00 pm
Kane Hall 120

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Susan L. Cassels - Human Mobility and HIV Infection

Department of Epidemiology Seminar Series
Susan L. Cassels, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Global Health, CSDE Affiliate
"Human Mobility and HIV Infection: What Can We Learn From Network Epidemiology?"

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
3:30 - 4:50 pm
Health Sciences K-069
While HIV occurs throughout the globe, the intensity of the epidemic varies substantially across populations and the determinants of the disparities in HIV prevalence and trends among populations remains an area of debate and intense scientific research. Recently, progress has been made in incorporating and understanding the importance of sexual networks, particularly partnership concurrency, as a key aspect of the transmission system and therefore an important target in HIV prevention. Thus far, work on sexual networks and HIV has largely ignored the question of migration, even though “periods of multiple partnerships”, an essential building block for concurrency, may be mediated by migration patterns. We will consider some of the methodological challenges of studying mobility, HIV, and sexual networks, and will present preliminary findings from Zimbabwe and Ghana.

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Kam Wing Chan’s Work in the Current Issue of The Economist

Kam Wing Chan’s research on the impact of Chinese migration is featured in an article in the current issue of The Economist.

Read the February 25th article here.

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Research on the Health of LGBTI Populations [R01]

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research
Office of Research on Women's Health
and others
Application Receipt/Submission Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is committed to supporting research that will increase scientific understanding of the health status of various population groups and improve the effectiveness of health interventions and services for individuals within those groups.  High priority is placed on research on populations that appear to have distinctive health risk profiles but have received insufficient attention from investigators.  This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) highlights a particular community:  lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and related populations (designated here as LGBTI populations).  Basic, social, behavioral, clinical, and services research relevant to the missions of the sponsoring Institutes and Centers may be proposed.

There is also an R03 (PA-12-112) and an R21 (PA-12-113).

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Building Community and Capacity for Data-Intensive Research in Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (NSF)

NSF 12-538
National Science Foundation
Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences
Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences
Division of Social and Economic Sciences
Directorate for Education & Human Resources
Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings
Office of Cyberinfrastructure

Proposal Deadline: May 22, 2012

Full title: Building Community and Capacity for Data-Intensive Research in the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences and in Education and Human Resources (BCC-SBE/EHR)

As part of NSF's Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) activity, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), and the Office of Cyberinfrastructure seek to enable research communities to develop visions, teams, and capabilities dedicated to creating new, large-scale, next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research for the SBE and EHR sciences. Successful proposals will outline activities that will have significant impacts across multiple fields by enabling new types of data-intensive research. Investigators should think broadly and create a vision that extends intellectually across multiple disciplines and that includes--but is not limited to--the SBE or EHR sciences.

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UW Deadline for NSF IGERT Limited Submission is March 22, 2012

The integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program has been developed to meet the challenges of educating U.S. Ph.D. scientists and engineers with interdisciplinary backgrounds, deep knowledge in chosen disciplines, and technical, professional, and personal skills. The program is intended to establish new models for graduate education and training in a fertile environment for collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. It is also intended to facilitate diversity in student participation and preparation, and to contribute to a world-class, broadly inclusive, and globally engaged science and engineering workforce.

Building upon the IGERT platform, the purpose of this IGERT solicitation is to support new models in graduate education in which students are engaged in an environment that supports innovation to learn through hands-on experience how their own research may contribute in new ways to benefit society and to learn the processes for the successful implementation of such contributions.

In this competition it is required that the training program explicitly propose new models in graduate education in which students are engaged in an environment that supports innovation; learn through hands-on experience how their own research may contribute in new ways to benefit society; and to learn the processes for the successful implementation of such contributions.

The IGERT budget now includes a Competitive Incentive Fund for trainees in the amount of up to $200,000, for integrated interdisciplinary research and innovation activities. The IGERT budget now allows for 6 faculty months of salary to be used for IGERT curricular development. While IGERT projects must have the capability to communicate with each other and the NSF through videoconferencing, no specific system is required. Costs for developing a collaboration conference audio and video capability are no longer allowed. A data management plan is required.

Internal Review:

1. Letter of Intent, limited to 3 pages, should explain how the proposal will address all key areas required for an IGERT proposal. Clearly indicate: 1) if this is a new first time submission; a resubmission from last year, or renewal of an existing program; 2) the P1 and all co-investigators, 3) any collaborators from other institutions and the lead institution if others are involved; 4) the most relevant NSF Directorate; and 5) approximate number of graduate students and their departmental/graduate program affiliations. Be sure that the letter of intent illustrates how the proposal will be “integrative and research-based”, and has an “interdisciplinary theme” in an emerging area of science and engineering.

2. 1-2 page CV on each investigator

3. Please email these materials to research@uw.edu by 5:00 pm on Thursday March 22, 2012.

The internal Proposal Review Committee review and selection process is outlined here.

The full announcement can be found here.

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Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development (Round II)

The Government of Norway
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Grand Challenges Canada

USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and DFID invite applications to respond to Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development (Round II). This request for applications describes this Challenge targeting maternal and neonatal health and the types of activities covered; funding available and the process and requirements for submitting applications; criteria for evaluating applications; and refers prospective applicants to relevant documentation on the internet. Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development anticipates awarding up to 30 grants as a result of this RFA, with a maximum of $18 million USD in funding for Fiscal Year 2012. We are particularly interested in investing in approaches that incorporate the latest scientific, technological, behavior change, and information and communication advances into radical solutions.

Applications are due on April 2, 2012.

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Intent to Publish Multidisciplinary Studies in HIV/AIDS and Aging (R01)

National Institute on Aging

Full title: Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on Multidisciplinary Studies in HIV/AIDS and Aging (R01)

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) announces a trans-NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on Multidisciplinary Studies in HIV/AIDS and Aging. This FOA will encourage applications proposing to study HIV infection, HIV-associated conditions, HIV treatment, or biobehavioral or social factors associated with HIV/AIDS in the context of aging and/or in older adults. The research areas encouraged in this FOA are based, in part, on the recommendations of the Working Group on HIV and Aging convened by the NIH Office of AIDS Research. These areas include, but are not limited, to the following:

    Cellular and molecular mechanisms of HIV in aging
    Biomarkers or clinical indices of HIV-associated pathology
    HIV-Associated Non-AIDS (HANA) conditions / Co-morbidities
    HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders (HAND)
    Intervention studies (prevention or treatment)
    Social, behavioral, and mental health studies

The FOA is expected to be published in Spring 2012 with non-standard receipt dates beginning in Summer 2012. Multiple other NIH Institutes and Centers are expected to participate.

There is also a Notice of Intent to Publish an R03 and an R21.

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2012 Washington GIS Conference

WAURISA (the Washington State Chapter of Urban and Regional Information Systems Association) has begun accepting presentation proposals for the 2012 Washington GIS Conference to be held May 7-9 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center at Tacoma, Washington. The conference theme for 2012 is Communicating Spatial Knowledge.

For the full announcement, please go here.

The deadline is March 26, 2012.

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Assistant, Associate or Full Professor Social Work – UW School of Social Work

The University of Washington School of Social Work and the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (iwri.org) invite nominations and applications for one full-time, tenure-track Assistant/Associate/or Full Professor position in the School of Social Work, effective September 16, 2012.

For the full announcement, please go here.

The application deadline is March 1, 2012.

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University of Colorado Population Center Announces Summer Course in Spatial Demography

The course, “Introduction To Spatial Demography: Geospatial Data and Spatial Regression,” will be offered May 23 - 25, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado and will provide an overview of spatial analysis in population and health, with an emphasis on spatial statistics and regression.

Read the full announcement here.

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Drop-In Clinic Helps Researchers Make Better Visualizations of Their Data

A group of University of Washington researchers has launched a unique experiment matching science students with those in design. The new Design Help Desk, similar to a writing help desk, offers scientists a chance to meet with someone who can help them create more effective figures, tables and graphs. The free service runs Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Center for Nanotechnology offices in Fluke Hall.

For the full UW Today article, please go here.

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Bachelor’s Degree Attainment Tops 30 Percent for the First Time, Census Bureau Reports

In March 2011, for the first time ever, more than 30 percent of U.S. adults 25 and older had at least a bachelor’s degree, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. As recently as 1998, less than one-quarter of people this age had this level of education.

 This information comes from Educational Attainment in the United States: 2011, a collection of national-level tables from the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC). These tables present statistics on the levels of education achieved by various demographic characteristics, as well as changes over time. Historical tables go back to the late 1940s, when the CPS first began collecting data on attainment. This table package is one of five education-related statistical products released today.

Below are listed the other four:

Educational Attainment in the United States: 2009, a report that shows the monthly employment rates by educational attainment from January 2008 to December 2010, along with other information on education from the American Community Survey (ACS), the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC) and the monthly Current Population Survey.

Field of Bachelor’s Degree in the United States: 2009, the first report to examine results from the ACS question that asked respondents who held a bachelor’s degree or above to indicate their major. The question was added to the ACS in 2009.

What It’s Worth: Field of Training and Economic Status in 2009, a report that examines the relationship between educational attainment, fields of study, and eventual occupation and earnings. The statistics were collected between January and April 2009 from the Survey of Income and Program Participation.

Measurement of High School Equivalency Credentials in Census Bureau Surveys

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