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Welcome Back!  Autumn Qtr 2022 is Here!

Posted: 9/25/2022 ()

We’re looking forward to the new year with great anticipation.  We’ll be enjoying more on-campus opportunities to engage with all of you.  We do have good news to celebrate and there will be several opportunities to do so.  Our NICHD center grant was renewed for another five years!  We’ll be celebrating that event on November 4 from 3:30-5pm – details to follow, but meanwhile put the date and time in your calendar!  Our annual opening reception will be held Friday, September 30 from 12:30-1:30pm on the brick patio between Raitt and Savery Halls. We’ll have light refreshments and a few introductions, as well as the seminar series poster to adorn your door or office wall!  See you there!


We have many new CSDE staffing updates.

  • Our new Evans School RA, also known as the person behind, is Isaiah Wright who is an Evans School PhD student working with Scott Allard. We’re so happy to have him in our midst and don’t hesitate to send him a news announcement about a paper, an award, a media mention, or anything else that will be of interest to CSDE scholars.
  • Joining us in the Science Core are Dr. Tiffany Pan, the new biodemography lab director ( and Professor Dan Eisenberg (Anthropology) and CSDE’s new Science Core PI (
  • Joining us in the Administrative Core are CSDE Administrator Clint Kruchoski and CSDE Program Coordinator Shea Thompson ( Clint joins us from research administration at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Shea joins as from having taught and managed programs in Japan.  Shea received his bachelor’s degree from UW Sociology and knows many of our faculty!
  • Joining us in the Computing Core is Gary Yuen ( who will be the person behind our help desk services!


Welcome to all!  As we welcome them, we also want to say thank you to Michael Kummer (Physics Administrator) who stepped into the breach to help provide advice and HR support throughout spring and summer.  Similarly, Elisha Wilson has been serving as a very helpful, temporary program coordinator and we’ve been grateful for her great attitude and super support.  Thanks most of all to Angie Thai and Belinda Sachs who both took on extra work to keep the CSDE trains running on time!


We are looking forward to a lively Seminar and Lecture Series this year and many thanks to Professor Peter Catron for organizing these events.  Click here to access our poster or pick one up at our opening reception or visit the CSDE seminar page.  This fall our speakers and talks include: Panel on the Washington 2022 Climate and Health Report (Oct. 7); Dr. A.R. Siders (Oct. 14) on the ethical dimensions of climate-related adaptations; Dr. Andres Villareal (Oct. 21) on earnings assimilation across immigrant generations; Dr. Tod Hamilton (Oct. 28) on “Lessons from a Century of Black Migration”; Dr. Zach Ward (Nov. 4) on multigenerational mobility in the U.S.; a panel on applied demography insights from Washington State (Nov. 18); Dr. Liying Luong (Dec. 2) on [insert]; and our famed lightning talks and poster session (Dec. 9).  If you want to share your research with a thoughtful community of scholars, don’t hesitate to reach out to Professor Peter Catron ( – there are still dates available for winter and spring and we’d love to showcase your work.


Also, please make note of the UW Graduate School’s Public Lectures which will feature distinguished scholars with strong ties to demography.  On October 18, Dr. Ann Morning (NYU) will speak about how the idea of the social construction of race is widely accepted in most domains, yet it remains stubbornly absent in two fields – biomedicine and sports – where race is still viewed in terms of an 18th century notion of objective physical reality. On November 2, CSDE Affiliate Jake Grumbach (UW Political Science) will be speaking about democracy and the 2022 midterm elections.  Speaking of CSSS, they offer an excellent seminar series – visit here for details. On October 26, CSSS is hosting a talk by CSDE Affiliate Yuan Hsiao (visit here for more details).