Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

With over 100 Research Affiliates from various disciplines under its wing, CSDE proudly supports a broad spectrum of demographic research. Check out some of our scholars’ accomplishments and news coverage below.

CSDE Research Highlights

Computational Demography Group March 28th, 2017
When: 03/30/2017 12:00 PM
Where: University of Washington, Raitt 114

CSDE is organizing informal meetings to discuss topics related to demographic data, computational and statistical methods; to workshop research in progress of graduate students and faculty; and to share tools via demos or tutorials.

The first meeting for the Spring quarter will be this Thursday (March 30th) at 12:00 PM in Raitt 114.

Afra Mashadi wll lead the discussion about a proposal for the “data for climate action challenge (D4CA)”. General information about the data for climate action can be found here.

CSDE Co-Sponsoring Panel at PAA 2017 March 27th, 2017
When: 04/26/2017 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Where: Chicago, IL

CSDE is co-sponsoring an event at the Population Association of America’s 2017 meeting. The panel, Opportunities for Population Health Science in a Changing Context, aims to examine how a shifting political landscape could impact population health research initiatives and plans. It has been organized by the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS) and the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research.

You can learn more about the panel below. For additional information about PAA presentations,

Apply for CSDE’s Demographic Methods Certificate Program by April 1st March 27th, 2017

The Graduate Training Program of the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE) is accepting applications from students looking to train in demography and qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Demographic Methods. The certificate program is the academic pathway to advanced interdisciplinary training in population science, in addition to discipline-based courses of study.

Application Process

  1. Submit applications no later than April 1, 2017 (by 12 PM)
  2. The application is in the form of an online WebQ survey and requires a UW NetID.
Ireland Awards Adrian Raftery St. Patrick’s Day Medal for Contributions to Statistics March 27th, 2017

Adrian Raftery, CSDE Affiliate and Blumstein-Jordan Professor of Statistics and Sociology at UW, recently received the St. Patrick’s Day Medal from Science Foundation Ireland for his abundant contributions to statistics. Raftery, born in Dublin, has devoted his extensive academic career to developing new statistical methodology, paying particular attention to the social and biological sciences. According to a statement from the foundation, recipients like Raftery “have demonstrated how academic and industry based scientific research can create jobs,

Kam Wing Chan Discusses Changes to Chinese Passport System March 13th, 2017

Kam Wing Chan, CSDE Affiliate and Professor of Geography at UW, was recently interviewed by That’s PRD about the hukou, China’s internal passport. In the piece, Chan discusses current reform attempts, the state of those reforms, and the foreseeable future of the hukou system. You can read the full article below.

India Ornelas Weeds Out Cancer Risks with Garden Project March 13th, 2017

India Ornelas, CSDE Affiliate and Assistant Professor of Health Services at UW, was recently profiled for her gardening project, a seemingly unconventional approach to improving population health. The initiative–Yeego Gardening–teaches gardening to Navajo communities in hopes of weaving the practice into the community fabric. In turn, gardening will improve activity levels and diet, cutting risk factors for cancer. You can read more about the project below.

Donald Chi Discusses Impact of Dental Care on Population Health March 6th, 2017

Donald Chi, CSDE Affiliate and Associate Professor of Dentistry at UW, recently wrote an editorial for the Washington Post discussing the importance of dental care in overall population health. Chi outlines the medical importance of regular, thorough dental check-ins and treatments and makes a strong case for their continued coverage in proposed healthcare plans. You can read the full article below.

Charles Hirschman Explores the Economic Impact of Immigration March 2nd, 2017

CSDE Affiliate and UW Professor of Sociology Charles Hirschman joined other researchers and officials in studying how immigration impacts the US economy. The resulting National Academy of Sciences report, The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration, sheds light on the gap between perceived and actual costs of immigrants. The panel’s work has spread throughout media channels in the wake of recent political debates over immigration reform–the New York Times weighs in on the findings with this opinion piece,

Chris Cambron and Katarina Guttmannova Publish Evaluation of US Cannabis Law February 28th, 2017

Chris Cambron, CSDE Trainee and UW student in Social Work, and Katarina Guttmannova, CSDE Affiliate and UW Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, have published research on contexts in cannabis law throughout the US. The work examines the relationship between policy change and cannabis use, paying particular attention to Washington state because of its early adoption. Using this data, the two hope to conduct future research to estimate the impact of cannabis policies. You can read the full study below.

Hilary Wething and Heather Hill Highlighted for Work on Minimum-Wage Study February 28th, 2017

Hilary Wething, CSDE Trainee and PhD student in the UW Evans School, and Heather Hill, CSDE Affiliate and UW Associate Professor of Public Policy, were recently profiled by the UW as part of a campaign to spotlight significant policy work. The multimedia showcase discusses the contributions Wething and Hill made to UW’s minimum-wage study, a research endeavor focused on identifying the impact of Seattle’s latest minimum-wage increase. You can watch Wething’s work unfold below in the full story.