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

Jennifer Stuber Spreads Awareness on Suicide Prevention Education Day February 21st, 2017

Jennifer Stuber, CSDE Affiliate and Associate Professor of Social Work at UW, recently went on air to discuss her suicide-prevention work with KUOW. With February 16 marking National Suicide Prevention Education Day, Stuber’s eager to speak about her legislative efforts in Washington state. She’s even earned the support of an unlikely ally: the NRA. Listen to the full story below to see how they’ve managed to work together.

Mike Esposito, Savannah Larimore, Madison Leia, and ManChui Leung Awarded Annual IAPHS Memberships February 16th, 2017

After reviewing applications, CSDE has awarded four Trainees with annual memberships to the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS)! All recipients are graduate students in the Department of Sociology at UW, but they encapsulate a wide range of research interests:

  • Mike Esposito focuses on identifying if/how the ways in which social conditions (e.g., education; incarceration; marital status) operate as health inputs are contingent upon one’s social location (e.g., race,
Eric Waithaka Takes Position at George Mason University February 14th, 2017

Eric Waithaka, former CSDE Fellow and UW Social Work graduate, accepted a faculty position at George Mason University. He’ll be starting this fall as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work. He’ll bring a wealth of experience to the role from his graduate studies, which focused on intergenerational social and economic mobility during young adults’ transition to adulthood, specifically the role of family capital (resources) on young adults’ life outcomes. More information is available here in his dissertation.

Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen Publishes Research on Aging in LGBT Populations February 13th, 2017

Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen, CSDE Affiliate and Professor of Sociology at UW, recently published a variety of findings in The Gerontologist about elderly LGBT individuals and the issues they deal with as they age. The study is the first national survey of its kind, and it sheds important light on the unique health disparities the LGBT population faces.

“These articles provide the opportunity to consider how social, historical, and environmental contexts influence the health and well-being of LGBT older adults as we more forward in age-related research,

Jacob Vigdor on Immigration Trends and the Border Wall February 7th, 2017

Jacob Vigdor, CSDE Affiliate and Professor of Public Policy and Governance at UW, recently examined immigration patterns in an opinion piece he penned for the Seattle Times. Vigdor’s article highlights the slowing of cross-border movement between the United States and Mexico, reasons for the decline, and the implications of these trends for the president’s proposed border wall. The full article is available below.

Trainee Lightning Talks and Poster Session: Submit Your Work! January 31st, 2017
When: 03/10/2017 12:30 - 1:30 PM PT
Where: University of Washington, Allen Library South Research Commons

CSDE invites its trainees to submit a project abstract for this quarter’s Trainee Lightning Talks and Poster Session, as part of the CSDE Seminar series “Next Population Science Insights.” Selected trainees will introduce their project via lightning talks and continue the conversation over posters.

This is a great opportunity to showcase your research to an excitingly diverse set of colleagues from across the university, make new connections with scholars working in similar areas,

Dan Eisenberg Publishes Study on DNA and Disease Links January 30th, 2017

Dan Eisenberg, CSDE Affiliate and assistant professor of Anthropology at UW, recently published a study examining DNA telomere length in relation to early childhood illnesses and breastfeeding. The study, compiled in the American Journal of Human Biology, found that telomeres–“caps” on chromosomes–are shorter in adults with sickly childhoods but are unaffected by breastfeeding practices. Telomeres are important factors in the body’s ability to combat disease later in life, making the findings particularly relevant for public health.

Bettina Shell-Duncan and Eleanor Brindle Publish Research on Allergic Diseases in Children January 23rd, 2017

Bettina Shell-Duncan, CSDE Affiliate and UW professor of anthropology, and Eleanor Brindle, Director of Biodemography at CSDE, recently published their research on hay fever, asthma, eczema, and infectious diseases in children of rural Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Their study found that allergic diseases were common among children from the area and turned up results consistent with existing hypotheses on household animals and allergy incidence. The positive associations they discovered between allergic disease and earth housing materials, however,

Anna Zamora-Kapoor Publishes Research on Breastfeeding and BMI January 17th, 2017

Anna Zamora-Kapoor–CSDE Affiliate, Assistant Research Professor at IREACH, and Affiliate Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at UW–recently published work on breastfeeding and its link to BMI in adolescence across racial divides. The study found that the length of breastfeeding was inversely associated with BMI in adolescence in American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and non-Hispanic Whites. This newly uncovered link between breastfeeding and lower mean BMI has significant implications for those attempting to reduce BMI in various ethnic groups.

Bob Plotnick Talks Carbon Taxes with KIRO News January 17th, 2017

Bob Plotnick, UW professor of public policy and governance and former CSDE Director, was recently featured in a discussion about Washington Governor Jay Inslee’s proposed carbon tax. The tax aims to reduce the region’s environmental impact by taxing gasoline and use of other fossil fuels, although such taxes often have additional effects. Plotnick observes that the plan will disproportionately affect the poor, given the demographic group’s heavier reliance on private transportation. The governor’s office acknowledged this unintended impact and is currently brainstorming ways to counteract it.