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March 6, 2012

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CSDE WEEKLY SEMINAR
CSDE AFFILIATE & TRAINEE NEWS
CAMPUS SEMINARS & EVENTS OF INTEREST
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
CALLS FOR PAPERS
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

CSDE WEEKLY SEMINAR

Natasha Rivers - Assessing State In- & Out-migration for Blacks in the U.S.

Natasha Rivers, UW, CSDE Post Doctoral Research Associate
“Assessing State In- & Out-migration for Blacks in the U.S.”

March 9, 2012
12:30 - 1:30 pm
Raitt 121

CSDE Seminar Schedule

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CSDE AFFILIATE & TRAINEE NEWS

Betty Bekemeier Research Featured in UW Today

Betty Bekemeier and her team of public health practice-oriented researchers will  investigate the types of budget cuts made to local health departments and their effect on community health.

Read the full UW Today article here.

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Kam Wing Chan Appears in Eurasian Geography and Economics and The Atlantic

An interview with Kam Wing Chan highlighting his latest research and findings appears in The Atlantic. Read the article here.

Chan’s latest paper was published in Eurasian Geography and Economics. UW Today describes the research here.

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CAMPUS SEMINARS & EVENTS OF INTEREST

Susan L. Cassels - Human Mobility and HIV Infection

Department of Epidemiology Seminar Series
Susan L. Cassels,  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
 
Abstract:
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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Marina Meila - Building a Job Landscape from Directional Transition Data

CSSS Seminar
Marina Meila, Associate Professor, Statistics, UW
"Building a Job Landscape from Directional Transition Data"

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
12:30 pm
Savery 409

For the abstract, please go here.

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Kyung Sup Chang - Encountering Foreign Brides as Cosmopolitan Others

Center for Korea Studies at the Jackson School Presents
Kyung Sup Chang, Professor of Sociology, Director of the Political Economy and Social Policy Research Center, Seoul National University
“Encountering Foreign Brides as Cosmopolitan Others: A Citizenship Perspective on
Transnational Marriages in Rural Korea”

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
3:00 pm
Thomson Hall 317

For the abstract, please go here.

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D. R. Mani - Machine Learning Methods for Pattern-Based Disease Marker Discovery

IMHE Seminar
D. R. Mani, Senior Computational Biologist, Proteomics and Biomarker Discovery, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA
“Machine Learning Methods for Pattern-Based Disease Marker Discovery”

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
4:00 pm
IMHE office in Belltown
2301 Fifth Ave., Suite 600

For the abstract, please go here.

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Shamma Alam - Agricultural Shocks and Family Planning

UW Dept. of Economics Brown Bag Seminar
Shamma Alam
“Agricultural Shocks and Family Planning”

Thursday, March 8, 2012
12:30 pm
Savery 410

Abstract:
This paper examines the relationship between household income shocks and fertility decisions. Using panel data from Tanzania we estimate the impact of agricultural shocks on contraception use, pregnancy, and the likelihood of childbirth. To account for potential endogeneity in fertility decisions and shocks, and unobservable household characteristics we use an individual fixed effects model. We find that households significantly increase their contraception use (both traditional and modern contraceptives) in response to income shocks from crop loss. The increase in contraceptive use leads to significant delay in pregnancies and childbirth for households experiencing a crop shock. On average, crops lost over the last year have an impact on current contraception use, whereas crop lost 6-12 months ago leads to a reduced likelihood of pregnancy. Finally, we find that the likelihood of childbirth significantly decreases for households following the income shock. For contraceptive use, pregnancies, and childbirths the impact of shocks is significantly larger for the poorer households. (This is a joint paper with Claus Portner).

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Dan T. A. Eisenberg - Transgenerational Maternal and Paternal Effects

IPEM Seminar
Dan T. A. Eisenberg, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, Northwestern University
“Transgenerational Maternal and Paternal Effects: Adaptive Phenotypic Plasticity?”

Thursday, March 8, 2012
3:30 - 5:00 pm
Mary Gates Hall 271

For the abstract, please go here.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Grant Opportunities from the Gates Foundation and its Partners

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its funding partners in the Grand Challenges family of grant programs are inviting innovators to apply for three new grant opportunities:

Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to encourage innovative and unconventional global health and development solutions, is now accepting grant proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for profit companies.

Proposals are being accepted online until May 15, 2012 on the following topics:

New Approaches for the Interrogation of Anti-malarial Compounds
Aid is Working. Tell the World
Design New Approaches to Optimize Immunization Systems
Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas
Protect Crop Plants from Biotic Stresses from Field to Market

Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million. Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions are available here.

 Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development has launched its second call for innovative prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the world. In this round, the Saving Lives at Birth partners will fund transformative approaches that cut across three main domains: (i) science & technology; (ii) service delivery; and (iii) demand-side innovation.

The deadline is April 2, 2012. Details on how to apply for a grant can be found here.

Grand Challenges Canada is seeking proposals for Rising Stars in Global Health, a program looking for emerging innovators from developing countries with bold ideas with big impact to address real-world global health challenges.

The deadline is March 23, 2012. Details and application instructions are available here.

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Understanding the Acquisition, Interpretation, and Use of Research Evidence in Policy and Practice

The William T. Grant Foundation
Letters of inquiry deadline: April 3, 2012

The William T. Grant Foundation has a longstanding interest in supporting research that can inform policy and practice. Our particular focus is on policies and practices that affect youth ages 8 to 25 in the United States. In this area, there are significant gaps between research and policy, and between research and practice. Researchers express frustration that policymakers and practitioners do not use, or misuse, research findings. Policymakers and practitioners suggest that research is often not relevant to their work or is not easily accessible or understood. Many researchers, research funders, and intermediary organizations have sought to address these gaps by encouraging the production of more rigorous research evidence, better research syntheses, and improved approaches to disseminating research evidence. Policymakers have also tried to improve the connection between research and practice by mandating the use of research findings through law or regulation.

Relatively little research attention has been devoted to understanding the user side—that is, studying what affects policymakers’ and practitioners’ acquisition, interpretation, and use of research evidence. At the Foundation, we believe stronger theory and empirical work on this topic will increase understanding of how to improve the production of research and its use in policy and practice.

For more information, please go here.

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Economic Research Partnership

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USAID
Agency for International Development

Current Closing Date for Applications: April 8, 2012  

USAID is looking to support research in economic development that is in line with Agency priorities in economic growth. Research proposals must focus on economic growth topics in the areas of Enabling Environments, Fiscal Policy, Trade and Investment Capacity, the Implications of International and Domestic Macroeconomic Policies and Trends on Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction in Low-income Countries, and Project/Policy Analysis. Priority will be given to proposals that take a cross-country approach. While all proposals must have an economic problem as its main focus, proposals are encouraged that also touch on other Agency priorities. For example, a proposal might look at the economic topics that impact farmers, the environment, or women and thereby touch on initiatives such as Feed the Future, Global Climate Change and Gender, respectively. All research must be applied rather than theoretical, and research must be on topics that focus on USAID economic growth priorities. In general, this research should be related to countries where USAID has field Missions and should fit within the strategic objectives of these missions and/or the appropriate Washington Operating Unit (WOU). However, broad, multi-country research activities that include some countries where USAID does not have a field mission will also be considered.

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NSF Accelerated ARRA Spending Deadlines and FAQs

On March 1st NSF posted FAQs regarding the accelerated spending memo (M-11-34) that OMB released on September 15th, 2011.

Key impacts:

Waiver requests for all grants, except for CAREER awards, need to be submitted by March 2, 2012.

This includes awards whose expiration date is beyond 9/30/13. If a waiver request is not submitted for such an award, “NSF will amend your award to modify the expiration so that your project cannot continue past September 30, 2013.”

Waiver requests for cooperative agreements need to be submitted by March 9, 2012.

For CAREER awards, all of which were issued with expiration dates in 2014, “NSF is working to develop a strategy for a programmatic waiver request to cover all CAREER PIs.” Waiver requests for CAREER awards do not need to be submitted at this time, but recipients are reminded that there is no guarantee that OMB will approve the waiver request.

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CALLS FOR PAPERS

New Journal on Spatial Demography Seeks Papers

Spatial Demography is a new interdisciplinary journal offering publication opportunities for those using spatial technologies in their research. For the full masthead and more information about submissions, please go here.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Senior Demographer, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population - Washington D.C.

The Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at The Urban Institute in Washington D.C. is seeking experienced social science researchers with expertise in demography.  Areas of particular interest include family demography; urban demography; population health and aging; the demography of poverty and inequality; migration; and immigration. 

For the full posting, please go here.

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Professor and Director of Center for Health & Learning Sciences – UT Austin

The College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin seeks a dynamic senior professor and scientist to create and lead a Center for Health and Learning Sciences.  The Center would serve as a synergistic unit to attract and facilitate research development, funding, and translational sciences related to understanding and promoting health and learning-related outcomes, as well as health disparities. 

For the full announcement, please go here.

The position is open until filled; however, candidates are encouraged to submit materials by April 2, 2012.

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TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES

UW South Asia Center Offers Opportunity to Study Abroad in the Indian Himalayas

In partnership with the Central Himalayan Rural Action Group (CHIRAG), based in village Simayal, Nainital District, Uttarakhand state, students examine the political economy of development in India and critically reflect on the dynamics of formal and informal labor, environmental change and integrated rural development. The Kumaun Himalayan region provides a unique perspective to examine accelerated economic and environmental change in relation to the regional, national and international contexts driving this change. Each week eminent scholars and practitioners in natural resource management, economic development, health, education, cultural studies and the arts will present seminars and/or lead hands-on field study. The program will run from June 15 to August 17, 2012.

The application deadline is March 15, 2012.

For details and links to application materials, please go here.

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Postdoctoral Fellow and PhD Scholarship at Deakin University

Dr. Santosh Jatrana from Deakin University is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a PhD candidate to work on a project titled, “Investigating the Dynamics of Migration and Health in Australia: A Longitudinal Study.” This project is funded by an ARC (Australian Research Council) Discovery grant.

For more information about the Postdoctoral Research Fellow (job# 120098), please go here. This position closes on March 18, 2012.

For more information about the PhD Scholarship, please go here. The application deadline is March 19, 2012.
 

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OTHER NEWS OF INTEREST

Census Bureau Publishes Data on US Women in Observance of Women’s History Month

The US Census Bureau released a report compiling census data on American women, including employment, education, and earnings. Read the full report here.

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Census Bureau Releases New Race and Ethnic Demographic Information

The U.S. Census Bureau released new, detailed demographic information from the 2010 Census for up to 331 different race and ethnic groups down to the census tract level for Arkansas, Hawaii, Iowa and Maryland. Find the full report here.

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Office of Extramural Research Publishes New Issue of Extramural Nexus

The National Institute of Health Office of Extramural Research has released its latest newsletter. Articles include an examination of the President’s 2013 Budget and NIH Research Grants, and a breakdown of NIH funding by specific research category.

Read the full issue here.

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