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There was a temporary lapse in the posting of announcements in 2018. An attempt will be made to restore these to this archive.


2018 02 - CALL FOR PAPERS, 2018 Junior Theorists Symposium

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

August 10, 2018

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 8, 2018 by 11:59PM PST February 22, 2018 by 11:59 PST (EXTENDED)

We invite submissions of extended abstracts for the 12th Junior Theorists Symposium (JTS), to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 10th, 2018, the day before the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA). The JTS is a one-day conference featuring the work of up-and-coming sociologists, sponsored in part by the Theory Section of the ASA. Since 2005, the conference has brought together early career-stage sociologists who engage in theoretical work, broadly defined. We especially welcome submissions that broaden the practice of theory beyond its traditional themes, topics, and disciplinary function.

It is our honor to announce that Alford Young (University of Michigan), Nina Eliasoph (University of Southern California), and Margaret Somers (University of Michigan), will serve as discussants for this year’s symposium.  In addition, we are pleased to announce an after-panel entitled “Getting out of our heads: Taking theory from the cognitive, into the body/space/place/time,” to feature Ellis Monk (Princeton University), Rebeca Hanson (University of Florida), Rene Almeling (Yale University), and Vanessa Ribas (University of California, San Diego). We will conclude with a talk by 2017 Junior Theorists Award winner Larissa Buchholz (Northwestern University).

We invite all ABD graduate students, postdocs, and assistant professors who received their PhDs from 2014 onwards to submit up to a three-page précis (800-1000 words). The précis should include the key theoretical contribution of the paper and a general outline of the argument. Successful précis from recent year’s symposium can be viewed at this location. Please note that the précis must be for a paper that is not under review or forthcoming at a journal.

As in previous years, in order to encourage a wide range of submissions, we do not have a pre-specified theme for the conference. Instead, papers will be grouped into sessions based on emergent themes and discussants’ areas of interest and expertise.

Please submit your précis via this Google form. Allison Ford (University of Oregon) and Linsey Edwards (Princeton University) will review the submissions. You can contact them at juniortheorists@gmail.com with any questions. The deadline is February 22, 2018 (extended). By mid-March we will extend up to 12 invitations to present at JTS 2018. Please plan to share a full paper by July 21, 2018. Presenters will be asked to attend the entire symposium and should plan accordingly.

Finally, for friends and supporters of JTS, we ask if you consider donating either on-site, or through PayPal at this link or to the juniortheorists@gmail.com account. If you are submitting a proposal to JTS 2018, we kindly ask that should you wish to donate, you only do so after the final schedule has been announced.


2018 02 - PSID Data User Training Workshop

June 11-15, 2018, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

This five-day workshop will orient participants to the content and structure of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, its special topics modules, and the PSID Child Development Supplement and PSID Transition into Adulthood Supplement. The workshop pairs morning instructional sessions led by experienced PSID researchers and staff with afternoon guided lab sessions in which users construct their own analytic data files.

Admitted graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and junior faculty or researchers may request to be considered for a stipend to help with travel and housing costs. All applications received by April 13 will be given priority for enrollment.

Learn more about the workshop and apply to participate through the ICPSR Summer Program.

Support is provided by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development.


2018 02 - 2018 Workshop on Climate-Migration-Health, focus on trapped populations

The two-day workshop is a joint project of the CU Population Center (CUPC), Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder and the IUSSP Special Emphasis Panel on Climate-Migration-Health.

The workshop will be held at CUPC in Boulder, Colorado and will bring together approximately 10 researchers and policy communicators to discuss, and move forward, research on this important intersection.  Key is that researchers need only possess expertise in at least one aspect of the workshop.  We aim to introduce scholars of migration-climate, to scholars of climate-health and to also hear from scholars on trapped populations.

We will spend much of the workshop brainstorming about knowledge gaps and beginning papers/proposals designed to fill those gaps.

Funds are available for partial reimbursement for domestic travel and lodging. Applicants must be post-PhD and we aim for an interdisciplinary mix of junior and senior scholars.

Additional information is in the attached flyer, please contact Lori.Hunter@colorado.edu with questions.


2018 02 - Linking Theory and Empirical Research

Berlin, July 16 - 26, 2018

We are delighted to announce the 8th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences. The summer school aims at supporting young researchers by strengthening their ability in linking theory and empirical research. The two-week program creates an excellent basis for the development of their current research designs.

In the first week, we address the key methodological challenges of concept-building, causation/explanation, and micro-macro linkage that occur in almost all research efforts. We strive for a clarification of the epistemological foundations underlying methodological paradigms. In the second week, these methodological considerations are applied to central empirical fields of research in political science, sociology, and other related disciplines. In this second part of the program, participants are assigned to four thematic groups according to their own research topics. The thematic areas covered are: "External Governance, Interregionalism, and Domestic Change", "Citizenship, Migration, and Identities", "Social Struggle and Globalization", and "Democracy at the Crossroads".

The program is characterized by a varied format comprising lectures, workshops, seminars, and one-to-one consultations. During the summer school, participants will also have the opportunity to present and discuss their own work extensively. Participants will be provided with hands-on advice for their research designs.

The school brings together a faculty of renowned international and Berlin-based scholars. Among the confirmed international lecturers are Donatella della Porta (Scuola Normale Superiore), Steve Fleetwood (University of the West of England, Bristol), Macartan Humphreys (Columbia University/ WZB Berlin), Nikita Dhawan (University of Innsbruck), Staffan Lindberg (University of Gothenburg), and Hendrik Wagenaar (University of Sheffield).

The Berlin Summer School was co-funded by the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. Details on the location and tuition fees can be found on our webpage www.berlinsummerschool.de.

The international summer school is open to up to 60 PhD candidates, advanced master students, and young postdocs. The call for applications is currently open. Applications can be submitted online via the application form on the summer school webpage until March 31, 2018.

The decisions of the selection committee will be announced to the applicants in April. If you have any further questions, please contact the organizing team at summerschool.bgss@hu-berlin.de


2018 02 – Call for Proposals: 2018 NCFR Annual Conference in San Diego

Submit your proposal by March 1 for the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) 2018 Annual Conference, planned for Nov. 7–10 in San Diego, California. The conference theme is “Families and Cultural Intersections in a Global Context: Innovations in Research, Practice, and Policies.”

Contemporary families live in a world that is complex, increasingly interconnected, and culturally diverse. NCFR’s 2018 conference will focus on innovative approaches, theories, research, policies, and programs that support and strengthen families in all types of Western and non-Western settings. Possible presentation formats include papers, posters, symposia, workshops, poster symposia, and lightning paper sessions.

Submit your proposal online by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Find more details about the conference and proposal submission at ncfr.org/ncfr-2018.

With questions, please email info@ncfr.org or call NCFR at 888-781-9331.


2018 01 – Call for Papers, Fannie Mae and the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) Symposium

Fannie Mae and the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) are together organizing a symposium that examines the evolving relationship between housing tenure choice, financial security, and residential stability. We invite article-length research papers on topics including wealth, foreclosures, tenure choice, financing, taxes, innovation, socioeconomics, and aging. Authors should submit a two-page abstract of their proposed paper to jchs@harvard.edu by April 13, 2018. The symposium will be held at Harvard in Spring 2019 with presented papers subject to a peer review process for inclusion in a special issue of Cityscape. For more information, visit http://www.jchs.harvard.edu/call-papers-symposium-housing-tenure-and-financial-security  


2018 01 - Call for papers: Theoretical and Methodological Advances in Environmental Decision-Making Research

Special Issue of Population and Environment

Guest Editors: Aaron M. McCright & Summer Allen, Michigan State University

Deadline for submissions: 15 May 2018

Implementing solutions to environmental problems—such as practices to reduce solid waste, decrease water use, promote biodiversity conservation, and adopt energy-efficiency measures—requires, along with more structural changes, effective environmental decision-making by individuals and households.  For several decades, social scientists have produced important insights into the causes, characteristics, and impacts of environmental decision-making.  As climate change heightens environmental concern, this literature is poised to generate valuable new knowledge about individuals’ and households’ environmentally significant decisions.

For this special issue, we seek papers that explore theoretical and conceptual developments or cutting-edge methodological and analytical advances in research on environmental decision-making.  Environmental decision-making encompasses observed and self-reported environmentally significant behaviors and behavioral intentions measured at the individual- or household-level, as well as the cognitive, attitudinal, and affective factors (e.g., worldviews, values, beliefs, identities, norms, etc.) that influence them.  Deeper understanding of these dynamics may reveal novel opportunities for behavioral interventions, further insights about causal links and the scope conditions of existing theories, and more nuanced explanations of structural constraints.

Specifically, we seek papers that offer new synthetic, integrative theoretical frameworks; more refined conceptualizations, operationalizations, and measurements; or methodological or analytical advances that more powerfully explain environmental decision-making.  We welcome research that uses non-traditional data sources such as social media or big data, and we especially encourage contributions focused in the developing world, as well as those that take an explicitly comparative, cross-national approach.  More generally, the research should improve broader understanding and theory regarding the association between population and environment.  We encourage contributions based on quantitative as well as qualitative data, as well as those that focus on policy dimensions. 


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2017 12 - Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS): Call for Submissions

Submissions are invited for the IAPHS 2018 conference, “Pushing the Boundaries of Population Health Science: Social Inequalities, Biological Processes, and Policy Implications.” This 4th annual interdisciplinary population health research conference will convene October 3-5, 2018 at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, DC.  Please see the Call for Submissions for more details and information on how to submit. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2018 and those submitting will be notified of decisions by June 15, 2018.

Registration for the October conference will open April 1, 2018 for members of IAPHS and May 15 for non-members.  Follow the links for further information about the conference and membership in IAPHS. 


2017 12 – PhD Student Funding, The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research is recruiting 1-2 PhD Students to work within the ERC-funded project “Lifespan inequalities: Why ages at death vary between countries and socioeconomic groups”. The PhD degree will be jointly supervised by Alyson van Raalte at the MPIDR and a collaborating partner from a leading European university. Please see http://www.demogr.mpg.de/en/laboratories/lifespan_inequalities_5318/default.htm for more information about the Lifespan Inequalities project and the MPIDR.

Successful candidates will have strong quantitative skills and a background in the social sciences, statistics or epidemiology. The positions are initially for 3 years with a possibility of extension. Candidates will be paid on a contract with a net salary that is typically around 1250 € per month, but can vary depending on factors such as experience and tax class. The starting date is flexible, but no later than September 2018.

Applications should be sent to apply-lifeineq@demogr.mpg.de and include, in one pdf:

  1. Letter of Interest (2 page maximum)
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Contact information for 2 academic references

Review of applications will begin on the 31st of December 2017. For inquiries about the position, please email Alyson van Raalte at vanraalte@demogr.mpg.de.

The MPIDR is a leading institute in demographic research. The LIFEINEQ group will have 4-5 dedicated researchers working on the project, and works closely with other research groups within the MPIDR. The working language of the MPIDR is English. The Max Planck Society wishes to increase the share of women in areas where they are under-represented, and strongly encourages women to apply. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing more handicapped individuals and especially encourages them to apply.


2017 12 – Pre-PAA African Population, Environment and Health Mini-Conference at CU Boulder

The CU Population Center at the Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder is pleased to host an African Population, Environment and Health Mini-Conference immediately prior to the 2018 Population Association of American conference in nearby Denver. The mini-conference will feature a keynote address, presentation sessions and small discussion workshops focused around key themes in African population and health. There will be ample time for discussion and exchange. 

The mini-conference will take place on Wednesday, April 25th from 9am-5pm. Transportation to and from the PAA hotel in Denver will be provided on Wednesday morning and evening. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for participants.  

Applications are required to ensure adequate space and to identify key thematic areas for workshops. In your submission, please indicate interest in participating in workshops and/or presenting. Participants will be selected based on the quality of the abstract and research alignment with thematic areas that emerge in the selection process.

To apply, please submit a CV and a brief statement of research interests in African population, environment and/or health. If interested in presenting, please also submit an extended abstract (2-pages) of your research manuscript.

The deadline for application is January 10, 2018. Please submit application materials to Jessica.LaRue@colorado.edu. Decisions will be made by February 1, 2018.

For additional information, contact Sara.Yeatman@ucdenver.edu.


2017 12 – Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods

From the evening of Sunday, June 17 to the morning of Thursday, June 28, 2018, the Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) will sponsor the first Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods at the University of California, Berkeley. The Summer Institute will train a new generation of U.S. migration researchers to leverage existing datasets, learn best-practices for rigorous, new data-collection projects, and apply cutting-edge methodologies for the study of mobile populations. The Institute welcomes applicants from all of the social sciences. The co-organizers and principal faculty of the Institute are Professors Irene Bloemraad (University of California, Berkeley) and Jennifer Van Hook (Pennsylvania State University). Applications are due February 23, 2018. Read more and apply.


2017 12 - Social Science Summer Institute for Journalists

From the morning of Wednesday, July 11 to the afternoon of Friday, July 13, 2018, RSF will sponsor its second Social Science Summer Institute for Journalists at the Foundation. The co-organizers and principal faculty of the Institute are Professor Nicholas Lemann and Tali Woodward (Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism). Applications are due March 30, 2018. Read more and apply.


2017 12 - The Fourth Annual Berkeley Formal Demography Workshop - Special Emphasis Topic: Mortality

To be held Monday-Friday, June 4-8, 2017 at the University of California campus.  Join us for an educational program designed to train the next generation of population researchers in the methods in formal demography. This week-long program, with funding by NICHD R25HD083136 at Berkeley consists of three days of hands-on training followed by two days of research presentations by invited faculty. Following the meeting, trainees may choose to take part in a mentored research project and a capstone presentation of projects at the 2019 Population Association of America annual meeting.  The workshop is targeted to advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, assistant professors and other early career researchers.  We are particularly interested in supporting underrepresented minorities.  Those studying aspects of mortality, health disparities, economics, sociology and/or public health will particularly benefit, but those with other interests should also apply.  Financial Support: Trainees’ expenses for materials, lodging and meals will be covered.  Need-based support for travel is available.  We regret that we cannot cover travel from outside the United States. DEADLINE:  March 5, 2017. Application materials and more information about the program and formal demography can be found on the Workshop website: http://www.populationsciences.berkeley.edu/population-center/programs/formal-demography.  For more information, contact Dr. Leora Lawton, Executive Director, Berkeley Population Center, at Popcenter@demog.berkeley.edu, or 510-643-1270.


2017 11 - Call for Papers - UC Berkeley Social Networks Study Conference

We welcome proposals for original research analyzing Wave 1 of the UCNets data. UCNets is the University of California Berkeley Social Networks Study, a longitudinal study funded by the National Institute on Aging (R01 AG041955-01), with Claude Fischer as Principal Investigator. The objective of the UCNets study is to understand how network composition changes over time as a result of life course transitions – e.g., graduation, marriage, retirement or widowhood – and how these changes are related to health status and outcomes.  Research will be presented in a conference and workshop in June 14-15, 2018.  Travel and lodging for invited speakers will be paid by the conference.  The first day of the event will be a conference featuring the research presentations, and the second will be a workshop on using the UCNets data. Proposals will be judged for contribution to theory and substantive topic, and commitment to presenting a solid research result for the conference. Proposals should be about 4 pages long, and propose a research topic, background and theory, hypotheses, operationalization and method. Please include full contact information. The deadline for proposals is December 15, 2017, and should be sent to Dr. Leora Lawton, UCNets director, llawton@berkeley.edu. Requests for data and other questions are also to be addressed to her. The survey instrument and codebook can be downloaded from the project website ((http://ucnets.berkeley.edu).  Decisions will be announced by January 1, 2018.  Please see the attached flyer for more information or visit the website.


2017 10 – Upcoming Webinars on Population Center Training Programs – Please Share with Students

Two upcoming webinars will feature Q&A sessions on several population center training programs. These webinars are directed toward undergraduates and others interested in graduate training in population studies and in the specific programs represented.  The webinars are part of an NICHD R25 Population Education Project awarded to the Social Science Data Analysis Network at the University of Michigan Population Studies Center.

The webinars will held as follows:

Friday, November 3rd 12 noon-1 pm EDT – Presentations by:

Bowling Green State University, Center for Family and Demographic Research

Cornell University, Cornell Population Center

University of Michigan, Population Studies Center

University of Wisconsin-Madison, Center for Demography and Ecology

Tuesday, November 14rd at 2pm-3pm EST – Presentations by:

UCLA, California Center for Population Research

Penn State University, Graduate Program in Demography

University of Texas at San Antonio, Department of Demography

Registration for Webinars: http://pips.ssdan.net/upcoming-webinars (select the date of the webinar for the corresponding registration form).

Related information about these and other programs are available on the Programs in Population Sciences website (http://pips.ssdan.net).

Section members are encouraged to distribute the brochure (http://ssdan.net/sites/default/files/PIPS-Webinar_GraduatePrograms.pdf) to interested faculty and students. If you have questions, please contact John DeWitt at jpdewitt@umich.edu or SSDAN at ssdan@ssdan.net.


2017 10 – Racial-Ethnic Diversity: New Data Resource

A newly expanded data portal for learning about community racial and ethnic diversity is now up and operational at the ‘Diversity and Disparities’ website of Brown’s Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences (S4) Initiative. The portal shares data from an NIH-funded study completed this summer by PI Barrett Lee and a team of eight collaborators, all currently or formerly affiliated with The Pennsylvania State University.

Census information compiled at the portal describes the racial-ethnic diversity of U.S. states, metropolitan and micropolitan areas, counties, and places (e.g., cities, suburbs, small towns) for the 1980-2010 period. This information can be accessed in three ways. A summary measure of diversity (the entropy index), panethnic group counts and proportions, and simple compositional graphics are available on a case-by-case basis via pull-down menus. The portal also features sortable lists and downloadable spreadsheet data files. While the spreadsheet files are intended for researchers, the pull-down menus and sortable lists may be useful for class assignments, fact-checking, or other purposes.

Click on https://s4.ad.brown.edu/projects/diversity/DiversityPages2/Default.aspx to go to the diversity portal’s home page. Questions can be addressed to Barrett Lee at bal6@psu.edu.


2017 10 – Ithaca College Pre-Doctoral Diversity Scholars Program 2018-19

Deadline: Mon December 4, 2017

Position Responsibilities and Terms of Fellowship: Pre-doctoral fellowships are for the academic year (August 16, 2018 to May 31, 2019) and are non-renewable. Fellows will receive a $32,000 stipend, $5,000 in travel/professional development support, relocation reimbursement, office space, health benefits and access to Ithaca College and Cornell University libraries. Fellows will teach one course in the fall semester and one course in the spring semester; will be mentored by senior faculty; will be expected to participate in one official function per semester; and must partake in an exit-interview.

Here is the link for your applications: https://ithaca.peopleadmin.com/postings/123

Please see attached, complete position listing.


2017 10 – Call for Papers: Contextualizing Productive Aging in Asia (Social Science & Medicine)

Social Science & Medicine invites submissions to a special issue devoted to examining the determinants of productive aging and the health benefits of engagement in Asia.

Population aging across East Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia is occurring on different scales and at varying speeds. Policy makers and scientists are concerned over economic sustainability with the projected shrinkage of workforce and the ability to provide sufficient social assistance to older adults. An emerging and promising developmental strategy for the aging societies is to view older adults as assets with their longer good-health expectancy and rich human capital. The concept of “productive aging” emphasizes that older adults can be more effectively integrated and engaged in activities that generate continuous contribution to family, community and society, such as working, caregiving, volunteering, engaging in educational activities, and household management. In this special issue, we stress the importance of contextualizing productive aging across Asian societies to improve scientific understandings of older adults’ social integration and to provide policy input for effective welfare and health care system in Asia.

Submit an extended abstract of about 800 words by October 31, 2017 that clearly states: 1) the main research questions and significance, 2) methodology, and 3) how the study would advance research on productive aging in Asia to arikp@nus.edu.sg.

For more details, please see:

https://www.journals.elsevier.com/social-science-and-medicine/call-for-papers/call-for-papers-contextualizing-productive-aging-in-asia


2017 10 – Four Population Section Sessions at the ASA

Exciting news: We will have four sessions at the upcoming ASA! The titles and organizers are listed below.

  • “Causes and Consequences of Changing Family Structure.”  Organizer: Sarah Hayford
  • “Geographic Inequalities.”  Organizer: Dan Lichter
  • "Trends and Disparities in American Health and Mortality.”  Organizer: Mark Hayward
  • “The Demography of Race and Racism.” Organizer: Tod Hamilton

2017 10 - PhD Scholarship in Family and Population Studies, National University of Singapore

 http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/cfpr/joinus/index.html


2017 10 - An upcoming meeting for International Sociological Association (ISA) in Singapore for family and Population research

The deadline for the Call for Papers is approaching – Nov. 1st, 2017.

 Changing Demography, Changing Families, May 17-19, 2018, Singapore

https://singaporerc0641.nus.edu.sg/


2017 10 - New paper-back book releases

Abramson, Corey M. 2017 (2015). The End Game: How Inequality Shapes Our Final Years. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. (link)

  • Winner, 2016 Outstanding Publication Award, American Sociological Association Section on Aging and the Life Course.
  • Selection, 2016 Author Meets Critic Session, American Sociological Association.
  • Reviewed in: The American Journal of Sociology, Contemporary Sociology, The London School of Economics Review of Books, Health Affairs, The Gerontologist, Choice, Organizational Theory, Soziopolis (German).
  • Featured in: The New York Times, The Atlantic and other media outlets.

Abramson, Corey M., Jaqueline Joslyn, Sarah Garrett, Katharine Rendle, and Daniel Dohan. 2018. “The Promises of Computational Ethnography: Improving Transparency, Replicability, and Validity for Realist Approaches to Ethnographic Analysis.” Ethnography (link).

Abstract

This article argues the advance of computational methods for analyzing, visualizing and disseminating social scientific data can provide substantial tools for ethnographers operating within the broadly realist ‘normal-scientific tradition’ (NST). While computation does not remove the fundamental challenges of method and measurement that are central to social research, new technologies provide resources for leveraging what NST researchers see as ethnography’s strengths (e.g. the production of in situ observations of people over time) while addressing what NST researchers see as ethnography’s weaknesses (e.g. questions of sample size, generalizability and analytical transparency). Specifically, we argue computational tools can help: (1) scale ethnography, (2) improve transparency, (3) allow basic replications, and (4) ultimately address fundamental concerns about internal and external validity. We explore these issues by illustrating the utility of three forms of ethnographic visualization enabled by computational advances – ethnographic heatmaps (ethnoarrays), a combination of participant observation data with techniques from social network analysis (SNA), and text mining. In doing so, we speak to the potential uses and challenges of nascent ‘computational ethnography.’


2017 10 - Sociology of Reproduction Mini-Conference, 81st Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society

April 4-7, 2018

New Orleans, LA

We are seeking papers for a mini-conference on the Sociology of Reproduction. The Sociology of Reproduction is a growing area of specialization that uses sociological perspectives to study human reproduction, including topics such as pregnancy, birth, abortion, contraception, prenatal testing, assisted reproductive technologies, and infertility. The sociological study of reproduction considers the ways gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, geography, religion, citizenship and other forms of inequality intersect to shape reproduction in significant ways. The mini-conference brings together scholars whose work focuses on the common topic of reproduction that might otherwise be divided across subfields such as medicine, family, work, and population.

All regular paper submissions should include: (a) the title of the paper, (b) names, affiliations, and contact information for each author, and (c) an extended abstract. Extended abstracts should be approximately 450-550 words and organized with the following three section headings: Objectives, Methods, and Findings. We acknowledge that these section headings may not apply to all submissions. We expect you to provide information that is relevant to your submission.

Please submit materials in a single Microsoft Word attachment by October 23, 2017, for consideration for inclusion in the mini-conference. Materials may be submitted via email to Emily Mann at emann@mailbox.sc.edu

Please direct any questions or ideas to the mini-conference organizers:

Shannon K. Carter, University of Central Florida, skcarter@ucf.edu

Emily S. Mann, University of South Carolina, emann@mailbox.sc.edu

Tanya Koropeckyj-Cox, University of Florida, tkcox@ufl.edu


2017 09 – Membership!

Dear Population Section Members:

 We need your help to enroll more ASA members in the Sociology of Population section! Can you persuade a colleague or student who is currently an ASA member to enroll?  Currently, our enrollment is 469 members. Membership determines the number of sessions we have at ASA. Currently, our section membership earns 3 sessions (400-599 members).

Unless we are an extraordinarily high fertility section, it seems unlikely that we can grow to over 600 members by September 30th, the ASA deadline for determining the number of sessions awarded to sections.  However, our section potentially faces “mortality” challenges due to a change in ASA policy which makes it more difficult for us to donate student memberships to the section.

To help, please go to http://www.asanet.org/membership. Click on My ASA Membership Portal and log in. Then, under Join/Renew click on Join a Section.

Many thanks for considering!

I have also been approached by a couple of sections whose membership is just short of the magical 600 number for their sections to add another session. The sections are “Aging and Life Course” and “Crime, Law, and Deviance.” 

If you are feeling community spirited, I encourage you to log into the ASA website and add a section to your roster of sections — these sections in particular given how close they are to the 600 number. I’m already a member of the aging section and I just joined the CLD section to help them out. I encourage you to consider doing this in the spirit of helping out your colleagues.

All the best,

Mark


2017 09 - Call for Papers, Sociological Focus

Sociological Perspectives would like to have a special issue on environmental sociology, calling for proposals for a guest editor.

The proposals should be sent to socpersp@pdx.edu by Oct 16, 2017. More information is found in the attached flyer, which is also available at the url below.

http://journals.sagepub.com/pb-assets/cmscontent/SPX/SPX_CFProposals_July2017.pdf


2017 09 - New Listserv Manager

I hope everyone enjoyed the ASA Montreal meetings. It was great seeing outstanding papers and high levels of attendance at the section’s sessions.

I would like to announce a change in the section’s listserv manager. Raeven Chandler, Penn State, has been handling the section’s listser and is stepping down.  Please join me in thanking her.  She has done a wonderful job keeping the section informed.

Our new listserv manager is Lucie Kalousova. Please send her any new information that you would like to see distributed via the listserv.  Lucie’s email address is:

lucie.kalousova@nuffield.ox.ac.uk

 Lucie also has a very nice website that showcases her work.  I encourage you to take a look.  She’s doing fascinating work.

 http://www.luciekalousova.com

 Thanks, Lucie, for taking over for Raeven.

 Best,

 Mark

2017 09 – Listserv Manager Search

The Sociology of Population section is seeking a new person to manage the section’s listserv. Raeven Chandler has completed her term, and she has done a truly terrific job of keeping section members up to date on the latest information.

Managing the listserv is a great way to be a hub of useful information.  It also provides visibility within the section and a chance to network.

If you are interested in managing the listserv, please contact Mark Hayward (mhayward@prc.utexas.edu). I am also sure that Raeven would be happy to answer any questions about the position.


2017 09 – Starting an ASA Section on the Sociology of Reproduction

Are you a current member of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and interested in forming an ASA Section on the Sociology of Reproduction? An increasing number of sociologists are studying reproduction by conducting research on topics such as pregnancy, labor, birth, abortion, contraception, prenatal testing, assisted reproductive technologies, and infertility. Further, the sociological study of reproduction is a critical place of feminist research. Here are a few reasons why an ASA Section on the Sociology of Reproduction is a good idea:

  • According to ASA, “Sections are great for networking with your colleagues and keeping up to date with new developments in your field. Sections write newsletters, conduct panels, receptions and sessions at the Annual Meeting, and connect their members daily through listservs, websites and social media outlets.”
  • ASA sections have official recognition as legitimate areas of sociological inquiry, which helps individuals pitch new courses to teach, request new faculty positions, and legitimate their own research agenda within the area.
  • There is a proposal before the ASA Council to increase the number of sessions controlled by the sections. Such a shift, which appears to have the support of ASA staff, would make it increasingly unlikely that we would be able to continue getting 4-5 regular ASA sessions (as we did in 2017), but also more likely that small sections, such as a section on the Sociology of Reproduction, would be able to get more than the 2 ASA sessions currently promised.

To form a new section, we need to collect 200 signatures of current ASA members on a petition in which the signer agrees, if the section is formed, to pay dues to the section for two years. Dues are typically $5-$10/year.

You can sign the petition here. Please encourage other interested ASA members, including graduate students, to sign, too!

For questions, please feel free to email any of us:

Danielle Bessett danielle.bessett@uc.edu

Shannon Carter skcarter@ucf.edu

Theresa Morris theresa.morris@tamu.edu

Louise Roth lroth@email.arizona.edu

Carrie Lee Smith Carrie.Smith@millersville.edu


2017 08 – ASA Section on Population Annual Meeting Notes

Dear ASA Population Section members,

I look forward to seeing many of you at the upcoming meetings! As we have done so for the past few years, our section reception will be held jointly with the Family section.

With the invaluable help of local section members Shelley Clark and Sarah Brauner-Otto, we have found a wonderful venue not that far from conference hotels for the reception: L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel, located at 426 rue Saint-Gabriel, Vieux-Montreal (QC) H2Y 2Z9. It's website: http://aubergesaint-gabriel.com/

The reception will take place on Monday, August 14, 6:30 - 8:30 pm. At the reception we will also honor the section's award winners. The year's winners are:

Otis Dudley Duncan Award (book award): Filiz Garip for: On the Move: Changing Mechanisms of Mexico-US Migration

Student Paper Award: Julia Behrman, for: “Educational assortative mating and into-familial gender and family dynamics: A case study of cultural lags and social change in Eastern Africa.

Award for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship in Population: Merlin Schaeffer and Joscha Legewie for: "Contested Boundaries: Explaining Where Ethnoracial Diversity Provokes Neighborhood Conflict"

So please join us at the reception and congratulate the winners!

Finally, also note the following Section events at the ASA:

  • The Population section business meeting will take place on Monday, August 14, in  Palais des congrès de Montréal, 512H, 9:30-10:10 am
  • We have a number of sessions scheduled on Monday, August 14. For details, see the online program here: https://convention2.allacademic.com/one/asa/asa17/ (search for "sociology of population")

Safe travels to Montreal.

John


2017 08 – One-Day Conference “Global Need for Formal Child Care”

We cordially invite you to attend the upcoming one-day conference “Global Need for Formal Child Care” on Friday, August 11, 2017 at McGill University (Montreal), a multidisciplinary examination of research findings on and policy implications of the tension between women’s work and child care. We encourage you register as soon as possible, as space is limited. Please forward, as appropriate.

GLOBAL NEED FOR FORMAL CHILD CARE

One-day conference

Friday, August 11, 2017

McGill University

Conference website

The need for formal child care is becoming a pressing global challenge. Dramatic economic changes have seen unprecedented rates of women participating in paid market work across the world. However, this fundamental transition in how women organize their lives has not been met by an equally dramatic transition in how children are cared for. Consequently, women across the globe are faced with tough choices regarding the trade-offs between work, personally caring for their children and using often substandard alternative child care arrangements. With much effort focused on improving work opportunities for women, policy efforts regarding child care have lagged.

This mini-conference is bringing together stakeholders and scholars to focus on the tensions between women’s work and child care, particularly as they relate to formal child care and women’s outcomes. The event will feature the presentation of twelve (12) research papers from sociology, economics, demography, epidemiology, and policy studies, addressing three key themes:

  1. The use of day care and other child care arrangements.
  2. Child care and women’s labour force participation
  3. Child care, maternal and child well-being

The conference will also highlight policy implications of research findings through a final panel featuring policy-makers and practitioners from Canadian and international NGOs and research centres. This event will be relevant for academics as well as policy-makers and practitioners at local and international levels.

The conference will also feature a PhotoVoice exhibition entitled “Picturing Change” which captures the views of mothers on the effects and impacts of a day care intervention project in a slum community in Nairobi, Kenya.

See attached preliminary conference program. For more information, also see conference website: http://www.mcgill.ca/popcentre/research/cpd-team-research/conference-global-need-formal-child-care

Registration is mandatory but there is no conference fee. N.B. space is very limited. Please register as soon as possible and before August 2nd.

To register: http://www.mcgill.ca/popcentre/research/cpd-team-research/registration-global-need-formal-child-care

For any questions, please contact Heidi Hoernig at heidi.hoernig@mcgill.ca or 514-398-3342.

This conference is organized as part of the GrOW project Improving childcare options to create better economic opportunities for women in Nairobi slums. It is organized by Shelley Clark, Director, Centre on Population Dynamics and James McGill Professor, Department of Sociology, and Sarah Brauner-Otto, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, McGill University.

The Growth and Economic Opportunities for Women (GrOW) program is a partnered initiative funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.


2017 08 – New Book: Mothers at Work: Who Opts Out?

Author: Liana Christin Landivar

Are mothers in managerial and professional occupations more likely to leave the labor force when they have children? Using four major government surveys, Mothers at Work offers a nationally representative account of mothers’ employment in 55 occupations, while simultaneously considering race, ethnicity, and age of children. This book shows that women in managerial and professional occupations were the least likely to opt out but most likely to scale back when they had children. Scaling back typically consisted of cutting work hours by a few hours per week while maintaining a full-time schedule. By examining work-hour trends since 1970, this book shows that scaling back is taking place in a broader context of shorter work hours since the early 2000s across all groups of workers, including managers and professionals. 

More information: https://www.rienner.com/title/Mothers_at_Work_Who_Opts_Out   


2017 08 – Families and Technology - Penn State’s 25th Annual Symposium on Family Issues

October 23-24, 2017. New communication technologies such as smart phones and social media are rapidly diffusing across the globe among both children and adults. Fifteen percent of U.S. adults have used an online dating site. American teens spend an average of nine hours a day engaged in social media. Technological changes such as these are rapidly changing how couples meet and form relationships, how parents raise their children, and how family members remain connected across long distances. The 2017 National Symposium on Family Issues focuses on how these dramatic changes are shaping and changing families and family life in both positive and negative ways and is aimed at identifying novel directions for population and family research. For more information and to register visit 2017 Family Symposium


2017 08 – Population Trends in Post-Recession Rural America series new Brief

Colleagues,

We are very pleased to announce the fourth brief of the Population Trends in Post-Recession Rural America series! The brief series provides information about current trends confronting rural people and their communities in the United States. The briefs present cutting edge research in a way that is useful for and accessible to policy makers, community development practitioners, local governments, community groups and organizations, and other decision-makers.

The fourth brief in the series, Access to Services Diminishes in Rural America as Populations Age by Brian C. Thiede, David L. Brown, Scott R. Sanders, Nina Glasgow, and László J. Kulcsár, discusses how the availability of services changes as the population in nonmetropolitan counties ages and examines the spatial dimensions of those transitions.

Subsequent briefs will be released on a rolling basis and can be found on the series website Population Trends in Post-Recession Rural America series. Upcoming briefs will focus on how aging and loss of services are becoming an issue in rural communities, rural housing trends, and birth outcomes in rural counties.  All briefs will be available via the website. We will announce new contributions to the series when they are released and we also invite you to check the site often!

Current contributors are members of the W3001 project funded by WAAESD. We invite contributions from researchers examining population trends in contemporary rural America. Inquiries regarding submissions and any other questions about the series can be sent to the editorial committee at W3001@dces.wisc.edu

The Editorial Committee,

John Cromartie, USDA Economic Research Service

Katherine Curtis, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Daniel Veroff, University of Wisconsin-Extension


2017 08 – New Website: Confronting Poverty

Mark Rank has created a new website and set of tools dealing with American poverty and inequality.  The focal point of the website is a poverty risk calculator that estimates for the first time the likelihood that an individual will experience poverty at some point in the future.  The idea is similar to the heart disease risk calculators that you can find on the Internet.  In this case, the data is based on the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID).  There is also a discussion guide designed for various groups to further explore different issues around poverty and inequality.  The link to the website is: https://confrontingpoverty.org/


2017 08 - CALL FOR ARTICLES, RSF: THE RUSSELL SAGE FOUNDATION JOURNAL OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES

Issue and Conference on Using Administrative Data for Social Science and Policy

Edited by: Andrew M. Penner, University of California, Irvine and Kenneth A. Dodge, Duke University

Administrative data sources play an increasingly central role in understanding inequality, and recent initiatives like the Murray-Ryan Evidence-Based Policymaking Commission Act of 2016 suggest that administrative data infrastructure will only become more central in the future of social science and policy. Efforts to leverage administrative data in the social sciences to understand inequality and poverty are, however, uneven: In some domains, administrative data are used routinely, while they are virtually never used in others. The quality of these data has increased greatly, particularly in education and healthcare, due to accountability requirements. The potential for linking administrative data files across domains (e.g., education data and social services data) has improved with the advent of common identifiers. This issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences seeks to highlight the promise of analyzing administrative data for understanding issues around social, political, and economic inequalities, showcasing the unique insights that such data can provide in understanding the causes and consequences of these inequalities, and the effectiveness of programs and policies aimed at redressing these.

We welcome contributions from a wide-range of disciplines and perspectives using administrative data, including (but not limited to) economics, education, political science, psychology, public health, and sociology. We are also open to rigorous descriptive research using administrative data to help us understand better the contours of inequality, to integrate qualitative and quantitative data, and to advance theory. We welcome studies using administrative data from single geographical districts or organizations as well as the entire United States. Recognizing that the potential for insight grows exponentially as data are integrated, we are particularly interested in papers that link data sources that are often siloed. Note that while much important work on administrative data has a non-U.S. focus, per the Russell Sage Foundation’s charter, we consider work that focuses on “the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States.” Fortunately, the field is rich with domestic data.

Please click here for a full description of the topics covered in this call for papers.

Anticipated Timeline

Prospective contributors should submit an abstract (up to two pages in length, single or double spaced) of their study along with up to two pages of supporting material (e.g. tables, figures, pictures, etc.) no later than 5 p.m. EST on June 15, 2017, to: http://rsfjournal.onlineapplicationportal.com.

All submissions must be original work that has not been previously published in part or in full. Only abstracts submitted torsfjournal.onlineapplicationportal.com will be considered. Each paper will receive a $1,000 honorarium when the issue is published. The journal issue is being edited by Andrew M. Penner, Associate Professor of Sociology at UC Irvine; and Kenneth A. Dodge, William McDougall Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. All questions regarding this issue should be directed to Suzanne Nichols, Director of Publications, at journal@rsage.org and not to the email addresses of the editors of the issue.

A conference will take place at the foundation in New York City on January 19, 2018. The selected contributors will gather for a one-day workshop to present draft papers (due on December 17, 2017, a month prior to the conference) and receive feedback from the other contributors and editors.

Travel costs, food, and lodging will be covered by the foundation. Papers will be circulated before the conference. After the conference, the authors will submit their final drafts on or before March 15, 2018. The papers will then be sent out to three additional scholars for peer review. Having received feedback from reviewers and the RSF board, authors will revise their papers before August 16, 2018. The full and final issue will be published in spring 2019.

Papers will be published open access on the RSF website as well as in several digital repositories, including JSTOR and UPCC/Muse.

Please click here for a full description of the topics covered in this call for papers.


2017 08 – Call for Papers Special Issue on Immigration and Crime

Edited by Robert M. Adelman, Charis Kubrin, Graham Ousey, Lesley Williams Reid Migration Letters invites contributions for a special issue on crime, law, and justice studies related to immigration. A renewed interest in immigration and crime has emerged with the election of Donald Trump as U.S. President and as European countries continue to deal with immigration, generally, and refugees, specifically. As a result, many nations are re-working their immigration policies often because of a supposed link between immigration and crime. This is despite the large body of research that has shown little support for the assumption that increases in immigration are associated with increases in crime. Thus, there is a renewed imperative for research that examines the association between immigration and sociolegal processes. In this special issue, we seek to bring together a set of articles that addresses how immigration affects, and is affected by, crime and the law. For example, topics could include the victimization of immigrants, human rights issues, the impact of public policies on immigrant families and communities as they relate to crime and the law, among many others. Papers from this rapidly growing area of scholarship can be based in any discipline and can deal with any aspect of immigration, crime, and the law. Empirical (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed), theoretical, and policy-oriented papers are welcome. Migration Letters is an international peer-reviewed journal publishing short accounts of research, reviews, debates, viewpoints, and case studies on migration. It also showcases scholarship and builds connections across the distinctive field of migration studies. All submissions are subject to double-blind peer review. Migration Letters invites papers from all disciplines including Anthropology, Demography, Economics, Forced Migration Studies, Geography, History, Psychology, Political Science, Law, Public Health, International Relations, and Sociology. The journal welcomes research that is anchored in a discipline while also engaging across disciplinary boundaries with other migration researchers. Contributions to this special issue should comply with the author guidelines and respect the word limits of the Journal. Papers submitted must be original scholarly pieces and follow the submission guidelines of the journal: http://www.tplondon.com/journal/index.php/ml/about/submissions.

Submission Deadline:

30 June 2017

Anticipated schedule Submission deadline: 30 June 2017 Notification: 30 August 2017 Final revisions: September - October 2017 Publication date: May 2018 The schedule may be subject to revisions. Please forward your queries and submissions directly to one of the Special Issue Editors: Robert M. Adelman, University at Buffalo, SUNY (adelman4@buffalo.edu) Charis Kubrin, University of California Irvine (ckubrin@uci.edu) Graham Ousey, College of William & Mary (gcouse@wm.edu) Lesley Williams Reid, University of Alabama (lwreid@ua.edu)  Chief Editor: Ibrahim Sirkeci, Regent’s University London, UK (sirkecii@regents.ac.uk) Co-editors: Jeffrey H. Cohen, Ohio State University Elli Heikkila, Migration Institute of Finland Carla De Tona, Migration Letters


2017 08 – Forthcoming Funding Opportunity Announcements on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

This is a link to the videocast of the public session of the Sept 2016 meeting National Advisory Council on Aging  (previous meetings are also stored here, so do check which one you click on)

https://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?Live=19729&bhcp=1

At about minute 44 they discuss and vote on concepts for ADRD-related Funding Opportunity Announcements that will be issued soon.   At about minute 46 Council members Terrie Moffitt presents four of them that may particularly interest current BSR grantees.  

In the Working Group on Program session, we presented the concepts and there was a long discussion of many of them….this open session just mentions the titles and puts them to a vote.  But this makes it public knowledge that a Funding Opportunity Announcement is probably on the way and will appear in the NIH Guide some time in the next month or two.


2017 08 – SocArXiv beta release

SocArXiv, the open archive of social science, has just launched in beta version. Led by a steering committee of sociologists and librarians, SocArXiv is a free, open access repository for prepublication versions of papers. Created as a not-for-profit alternative to sites like Academia.edu, ResearchGate, and SSRN, SocArXiv is built in collaboration with the Center for Open Science and supported by the Open Society Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

SocArXiv’s mission is to maximize access to social science – getting it circulating earlier in the process, and getting it out from behind paywalls – and to improve its quality. Since announcing our temporary paper drop site in July, more than 500 papers have been added and downloaded over 10,000 times. We invite you to join us by uploading yours. Right now, SocArXiv offers:

  • Fast, free uploading, with access for all readers
  • Persistent identifiers & citations for every paper
  • Authors keep copyright to their work
  • Link to data & code on the free Open Science Framework
  • Easy social media sharing

More features will be added in the coming months. In the meanwhile, add yours by visiting SocArXiv.org, or learn more at SocOpen.org. Or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


There was a temporary lapse in the posting of announcements. 


2017 01 – Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting – July 27-30, 2017 – Columbus, Ohio

Call for Papers on Rural Population Health

Rural people and places face a number of enduring and new health challenges. Life expectancy is lower, and rates of several chronic diseases, obesity, disability, and mortality from the leading causes of death are higher in rural versus urban areas. Over the last three decades, rural and urban life expectancy and mortality have diverged, with rural areas seeing fewer improvements in population health compared to urban areas. Morbidity and mortality from drugs, alcohol, and suicide – the so-called ‘diseases and deaths of despair’ have been especially pronounced in rural areas over the past decade. There has been significant conjecture about the roles of rising anxiety and distress (particularly among non-Hispanic whites) on these rural population health trends. Slow-moving stressors that have manifested over the past 40 years (e.g., industrial transformation, wage stagnation, rising income inequality, population aging, climate change) and short-term economic and policy shocks (e.g., the Great Recession, safety net policy/program changes) affect the health of rural people differently than their urban peers due to greater concentrations of vulnerable groups, less diversified economies, thinner and weaker institutions, and fewer local services in rural areas.

We are interested in bringing together papers on the links between volatility, shocks, and stressors and rural population health for one or more organized sessions co-sponsored by the Population Research Interest Group (RIG) and the Community, Health, and Family RIG. Papers may be conceptual, empirical, and/or applied. Population health is conceived of broadly to include physical and mental health, health-related quality of life, and aging. Shocks and stressors may be economic, social, political, institutional, or environmental. We encourage scholars from disciplines outside of sociology, including those who do not regularly attend the RSS annual meeting, to submit abstracts. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • trends in rural population health, including variation by sex, race/ethnicity, and SES
  • relationships between economic downturn and physical and/or mental health
  • policy impacts (including the ACA) on health care access, use, and/or outcomes
  • environmental or climate issues related to health
  • consequences of poor health on other outcomes (e.g., political, social, economic)
  • community or institutional responses to population health changes and challenges
  • rural progress towards Healthy People 2020 goals (https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives)
  • strategies to improve rural population health
  • data and/or methodological developments and innovations

Please submit an abstract (350-500 words) that outlines the purpose of the paper. If applicable, include a summary of data, methods, and preliminary or expected findings. Email your abstract to Shannon Monnat at smm67@psu.edu and submit your paper directly to the RSS abstract submission system online at: http://www.ruralsociology.org/annual-meeting-call-for-papers, with a notation in the abstract that you would like the submission to be considered for the organized session on Rural Population Health. Select the topics: ‘Population’ and ‘Community, Health, and Family’ in the submission system. If you have already submitted your abstract but would like for it to be considered for this session, please email smm67@psu.edu to indicate this request. Abstracts are due by 11:59 PM Sunday, February 12.

The general Call for Papers is below. Find out more at: www.ruralsociology.org.

2017 Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting Call for Papers, Posters, and Organized Sessions

The theme of the 2017 conference is Rural Peoples in a Volatile World: Disruptive Agents and Adaptive Strategies and will be held in Columbus, Ohio - July 27-30 2017. Over the past thirty years rural peoples have had to cope with an increasing range and number of disruptive events. These events have come in a wide variety of forms: economic downturns, fires, severe storms, droughts (e.g. climate change), the arrival of outside investors, and wars. Clearly, the strategies for coping vary by class and related disadvantages, making some people more vulnerable to the deliberate machinations of elites as well as to the almost random turns of events like storms and droughts. Embedded within this larger theme would be several subthemes. One would continue last year’s focus on class and examine the special challenges facing disadvantaged rural peoples in moments of change. Another might look at the special politics of change during these crises and the ways that they affect rural peoples. We invite you to explore these topics and a wide variety of other topics at our 2017 meeting. RSS encourages a variety of rural practitioners and disciplines to attend. Please join us in Columbus! http://www.ruralsociology.org/annual- meeting-call-for-papers    


2017 01 – NLSY79 Child and Young Adult surveys

Data from the most recent round of the NLSY79 Child and Young Adult surveys will be released to the public on January 30th.


    2016 [ARCHIVED]


    2016 12 – Russell Sage Foundation Summer Institutes

    Summer Institute:                 Summer Institute in Computational Social Science (6/18 - 7/1/2017)

    Application Deadline:           February 19, 2017

    The Russell Sage Foundation will sponsor the first summer institute in Computational Social Science in June 2017 at Princeton University. The purpose of the Summer Institute is to introduce graduate students and beginning faculty in the social and data sciences (broadly conceived) to computational social science—the use of digital-age data sources and methods to conduct social research. The intensive program will involve lectures, group problem sets, and student-led research projects – topics covered will include text as data, website scraping, digital field experiments, non-probability sampling, mass collaboration, and ethics. There will also be outside speakers with relevant expertise from academia, industry, and government.

    Detailed information about the summer institute and submitting an application can be found here:

    http://www.russellsage.org/summer-institute-computational-social-science.

    Questions should be directed to Matt Salganik and/or Chris Bail at rsfcompsocsci@gmail.com.

    Summer Institute:                 Social-Science Genomics (June 11-23, 2017)

    Application Deadline:           February 13, 2017

    The Russell Sage Foundation will sponsor the second Summer Institute in Social-Science Genomics in June 2017 in Santa Barbara, California. The purpose of this two-week workshop is to introduce graduate students and beginning faculty in economics, sociology, psychology, statistics, genetics, and other disciplines to the methods of social-science genomics—the analysis of genomic data in social science research. The program will include interpretation and estimation of different concepts of heritability; the biology of genetic inheritance, gene expression, and epigenetics; design and analysis of genetic-association studies; analysis of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions; estimation and use of polygenic scores; as well as applications of genomic data in the social sciences.

    Detailed information about the summer institute and submitting an application can be found here: http://www.russellsage.org/summer-institute-social-science-genomics.

    Questions should be directed to Dan Benjamin at RSF.Genomics.School@gmail.com.


    2016 12 – SocArXiv, the open archive of social science - Beta Launch

    SocArXiv, the open archive of social science, has just launched in beta version. Led by a steering committee of sociologists and librarians, SocArXiv is a free, open access repository for prepublication versions of papers. Created as a not-for-profit alternative to sites like Academia.edu, ResearchGate, and SSRN, SocArXiv is built in collaboration with the Center for Open Science and supported by the Open Society Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

    SocArXiv’s mission is to maximize access to social science – getting it circulating earlier in the process, and getting it out from behind paywalls – and to improve its quality. Since announcing our temporary paper drop site in July, more than 500 papers have been added and downloaded over 10,000 times. We invite you to join us by uploading yours. Right now, SocArXiv offers:

    • Fast, free uploading, with access for all readers
    • Persistent identifiers & citations for every paper
    • Authors keep copyright to their work
    • Link to data & code on the free Open Science Framework
    • Easy social media sharing

    More features will be added in the coming months. In the meanwhile, add yours by visiting SocArXiv.org, or learn more at SocOpen.org. Or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


    2016 11 - The Russell Sage Foundation Call For Papers

    The Russell Sage Foundation is soliciting articles for an upcoming journal issue devoted to understanding how contact with the criminal justice system creates, maintains, and exacerbates social inequality in the United States. Proposals are due by January 15, 2017. Full details can be found here: https://www.russellsage.org/publication/request-articles-immigration-and-identities-criminal-justice-contact-and-inequality.

    2016 11 – The Third Annual Berkeley Formal Demography Workshop

    The Third Annual Berkeley Formal Demography Workshop - Special Emphasis Topic: Fertility Patterns over Time, to be held Monday-Friday, JUNE 5-9, 2017 at the University of California campus. Join us for an educational program designed to train the next generation of population researchers in the methods in formal demography. This week-long program, with funding by NICHD R25HD083136 at Berkeley consists of three days of hands-on training followed by two days of research presentations by invited faculty. Following the meeting, students may choose to take part in a mentored research project and a capstone presentation of projects at the 2018 Population Association of America annual meeting. The workshop is targeted to advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, assistant professors and other early career researchers. We are particularly interested in supporting underrepresented minorities. Those studying aspects of fertility, family, and public health will particularly benefit, but those with other interests should also apply. Financial Support: Trainees’ expenses for materials, lodging and meals will be covered. Need-based support for travel is available. We regret that we cannot cover travel from outside the United States. DEADLINE: March 1, 2017. Application materials and more information about the program and formal demography can be found on the Workshop website: http://www.populationsciences.berkeley.edu/population-center/programs/formal-demography.  For more information, contact Dr. Leora Lawton, Executive Director, Berkeley Population Center, Popcenter@demog.berkeley.edu, or 510-643-1270.


    2016 11 – CALL FOR ABSTRACTS 2017 Junior Theorists Symposium Montreal, Quebec, Canada August 11, 2017

    SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 20, 2017 We invite submissions of extended abstracts for the 11 th Junior Theorists Symposium (JTS), to be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on August 11th, 2017, the day before the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA). The JTS is a one-day conference featuring the work of up-and-coming sociologists, sponsored in part by the Theory Section of the ASA. Since 2005, the conference has brought together early career-stage sociologists who engage in theoretical work, broadly defined. It is our honour to announce that Richard Biernacki (University of California - San Diego), Julian Go (Boston University), and Joey Sprague (University of Kansas) will serve as discussants for this year’s symposium. We are also pleased to hold an after-panel entitled, “Theory, the Good Society, and Positionality.” The panel will feature Gabriel Abend (New York University), Seth Abrutyn (University of Memphis), Hae Yeon Choo (University of Toronto), and Claire Decoteau (University of Illinois at Chicago). We invite all ABD graduate students, postdocs, and assistant professors who received their PhDs from 2013 onwards to submit up to a three-page précis (800-1000 words). The précis should include the key theoretical contribution of the paper and a general outline of the argument. Successful précis from last year’s symposium can be viewed here. Please note that the précis must be for a paper that is not under review or forthcoming at a journal. As in previous years, in order to encourage a wide range of submissions, we do not have a pre-specified theme for the conference. Instead, papers will be grouped into sessions based on emergent themes and discussants’ areas of interest and expertise. Please remove all identifying information from your précis and submit it via this Google form. Shai Dromi (Harvard University) and katrina quisumbing king (University of Wisconsin - Madison) will review the anonymized submissions. You can also contact them at juniortheorists@gmail.com with any questions. The deadline is February 20. By mid-March we will extend up to 12 invitations to present at JTS 2016. Please plan to share a full paper by July 21, 2017. Presenters will be asked to attend the entire symposium and should plan accordingly. Finally, for friends and supporters of JTS, we ask if you might consider donating either on-site, or through PayPal at this link or to the juniortheorists@gmail.com account. If you are submitting a proposal to JTS 2017, we kindly ask that should you wish to donate, you only do so after the final schedule has been announced.


    2016 11 - Call for Paper Proposals - Advances in Medical Sociology - Immigration and Health

    This is a call for paper proposals for Volume 19 of Advances in Medical Sociology, which will focus broadly on immigration and health. Additional information on the aims and scope of the volume is provided below. Articles may be empirical contributions or critical commentaries, and may be between 5,000 and 10,000 words. Each volume of Advances in Medical Sociology takes a focused approach to one subject or area of research, similar to a journal special issue. All papers are rigorously peer-reviewed, and the series is abstracted and indexed by Scopus and SocINDEX. If interested in contributing, please submit a one-page proposal detailing the purpose, methodology/approach, findings, implications, and originality/value of the paper. Proposals are due no later than February 1, 2017. Please send these to Reanne Frank, Volume Editor, at frank.219@osu.edu.

    Volume 19 Aims and Scope:

    Presently, immigrants constitute over 13 percent of the total U.S. population and, together, immigrants and their U.S.-born children are projected to account for over one-third of all Americans by 2065. Alongside these growth patterns, heated debates over the costs of immigration to the nation have emerged, with a substantial number of Americans expressing the view that immigrants are a burden to the country, drain public benefit programs, and negatively impact the nation’s health and wellbeing. Given that these views run counter to much of the existing evidence, a special volume dedicated to immigrant health provides scholars with an important platform to re-orient present debates and shed new light on our understandings of population health more broadly. Too often, the topic of immigrant health fails to be grounded in core sociological concepts such as stratification and inequality. Volume 19 of Advances in Medical Sociology will leverage a population health perspective to help unravel the patterns and paradoxes of immigrant health, and in doing so, help to clarify more broadly how health disparities emerge and persist in the contemporary U.S.

    Potential topics may include, but are not limited to the immigrant health paradox, health selection, social and structural perspectives on immigrant health, the role of social ties and documentation status, residential segregation and ethnic enclaves, health care provision, discrimination and its consequences for the mental and/or physical health of immigrants, segmented assimilation and the health of children of immigrants, food insecurity and economic hardship, mixed documentation status families, and comparative cross-national perspectives.

    For more information about Advances in Medical Sociology, please visit http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/books/series.htm?id=1057-6290.

    Reanne Frank, Volume Editor

    Brea L. Perry, Series Editor


    2016 10 – 2017 Call for Papers to the SSSP Conference in Montreal, Aug 11-13

    The call for papers is now out. It has many great sessions on population and health, especially in the Division of Youth, Aging, and Life Course (YALC).

    See the call for papers here: http://www.sssp1.org/index.cfm/m/675/2017_Annual_Meeting/

    See the call for the YALC Student Paper Award and the Maggie Kuhn Scholar-Activist Award here: http://www.sssp1.org/index.cfm/pageid/1724/

    2016 10 – NIH Recruitments

    A “global” announcement for Health Scientist Administrators (used by all NIH institutes and centers) is open until Oct 12 at this site:

    http://jobs.nih.gov/globalrecruitment

    Applications that make it past the first round of screeners can be considered by NIA/BSR for the position we have in the NIA Division of Behavioral and Social Research, Population and Social Processes branch:

    https://www.nia.nih.gov/research/announcements/2016/09/job-announcement-health-scientist-administrator-division-behavioral

    If you or a colleague do apply and are interested in this NIA position, please send me an e-mail directly and a copy of your CV, so I can look for it. 

    John G. Haaga, PhD, Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research, National Institute on Aging

    https://www.nia.nih.gov/research/dbsr

    2016 10 – Forthcoming Funding Opportunity Announcements on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

    This is a link to the videocast of the public session of the Sept 2016 meeting National Advisory Council on Aging  (previous meetings are also stored here, so do check which one you click on)

    https://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?Live=19729&bhcp=1

    At about minute 44 they discuss and vote on concepts for ADRD-related Funding Opportunity Announcements that will be issued soon.   At about minute 46 Council members Terrie Moffitt presents four of them that may particularly interest current BSR grantees.  

    In the Working Group on Program session, we presented the concepts and there was a long discussion of many of them….this open session just mentions the titles and puts them to a vote.  But this makes it public knowledge that a Funding Opportunity Announcement is probably on the way and will appear in the NIH Guide some time in the next month or two.

    2016 10 – Request for Session Topics

    At the 2017 ASA meetings in Montreal, the Population Section will sponsor three standard paper sessions. The section council will work to finalize the topics of these sections. If you have an idea for a section topic and potential organizer, please send those ideas directly to John Iceland (jdi10@psu.edu) by October 12. All ideas should, of course, be related to research on population dynamics, broadly defined.

    2016 10 – 2020 CENSUS ISSUES AND ACTIVITIES: Collection of race and ethnicity data: 2015 NCT results

    2020 CENSUS ISSUES AND ACTIVITIES: Collection of race and ethnicity data: 2015 NCT results  — The Census Bureau will release preliminary results from the 2015 National Content Test (NCT) within the next week, highlighting major research findings on question format for collecting race and ethnicity data in the 2020 Census and American Community Survey (ACS), including whether the bureau will use a combined race and national origin question and add a new Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) category. Census Bureau staff will brief the agency’s National Advisory Committee on October 3 (1:00-3:00pm) and Scientific Advisory Committee on October 6 (2:00-4:00pm ET) on the NCT findings; stakeholders can view and/or listen to the virtual public meetings. The NCT, a national sample of 1.2 million households in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, took place a year ago (September 1, 2015 “Census Day”). In addition to evaluating different versions of questions on race and national origin, the self-response-only test included new versions of the census household relationship question and probes for determining who should be counted as part of each household, an important factor in ensuring an accurate enumeration.
 
In related news, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, which sets the federal race and ethnicity categories and provides guidance to federal agencies on data collection and tabulation methods, is expected to issue a Federal Register notice in October that will begin the process of revising the Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity, based in part on the Census Bureau’s research and testing this decade, although the extent of possible revisions is not yet known. The last significant changes to the race and ethnicity categories occurred before the 2000 Census, when OMB oversaw a multi-year process of public comment and discussion with stakeholders, including Congress, before finalizing the new policy in 1997.


    2016 10 – IAPHS Open for Membership

    The Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science (IAPHS) is a new scientific organization dedicated to connecting population health scientists across disciplines and sectors, advancing the development of population health science, and promoting its application.  IAPHS will fill a unique niche among population and health organizations.  It will bring together population health scientists who belong to a diverse set of disciplinary and health-related organizations, promote and support interdisciplinary science, and build connections between scientists and the practitioners and policy-makers who depend on science to improve health.

    After two years in planning and the contributions of many donors and volunteers, IAPHS is now a membership organization.  Individual members receive benefits such as reduced conference registration fees, mentoring programs, tools for creating interdisciplinary partnerships, and visibility on the Website. Institutional members can join at several levels and receive free memberships and conference registrations for students.  You can join online at https://ia4phs.z2systems.com/np/clients/ia4phs/membershipJoin.jsp. IAPHS is offering a 10% discount on dues for the first 100 members to sign up.

    Read more about the organization and its membership benefits and dues on the IAPHS website.

    IAPHS welcomes individuals and organizations interested in population health from the local to the global level, basic and applied research, and specific health outcomes or overall measures of health.  It also welcomes population health practitioners and policy-makers who want to learn about the latest scientific advances, engage in the process of bridging science and application, and help to educate scientists about information needs.

    Please join - and help us spread the word!  Let your colleagues know about IAPHS and encourage them to join.

    2016 10 – Launch of Population Trends in Post-Recession Rural America Series

    We are pleased to announce the launch of  Population Trends in Post-Recession Rural America series! The briefs provide information about current trends confronting rural people and their communities in the United States. The briefs present cutting edge research in a way that is useful for and accessible to policy makers, community development practitioners, local governments, community groups and organizations, and other decision-makers. 

    The inaugural brief, How the Great Recession Changed U.S. Migration Patterns by Kenneth M. Johnson, Katherine J. Curtis, and David Egan-Robertson, discusses how the economic shocks of the housing-market crisis and Great Recession were associated with striking changes in net migration patterns in both rural and urban America.

    The second brief in the series, Hispanic Health Insurance Rates Differ between Established and New Hispanic Destinations by Shannon M. Monnat, discusses how health insurance rates for Hispanics have changed over time and vary when comparing different types of counties.

    Subsequent briefs will be released on a rolling basis and can be found on the series website Population Trends in Post-Recession Rural America series. The next upcoming brief will cover trends in age-specific migration have impacted rural areas. We will announce new contributions to the series when they are released and we invite you to check the series site often!

    Current contributors are members of the W3001 project funded by WAAESD. We invite contributions from researchers examining population trends in contemporary rural America. Inquiries regarding submissions and any other questions about the series can be sent to the editorial committee at W3001@dces.wisc.edu

    2016 10 - Call for Section Topics

    At the 2017 ASA meetings in Montreal, the Population Section will sponsor three standard paper sessions. The section council will work to finalize the topics of these sections. If you have an idea for a section topic and potential organizer, please send those ideas directly to John Iceland (jdi10@psu.edu) by October 12. All ideas should, of course, be related to research on population dynamics, broadly defined. Thanks in advance for your ideas!


    2016 09 – Call for Papers, Miniconference on the Sociology of Reproduction

    Deadline for abstracts: October 15, 2016

    Eastern Sociological Society

    Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, February 23-26, 2017

    The Sociology of Reproduction is a thriving area of research within our discipline and over the past several years, the Eastern Sociological Society has sponsored miniconferences on the topic in conjunction with its annual meeting. Such sessions bring together scholars with a common area of research that might otherwise be divided across the subfields of medicine, family, population, reproductive rights, politics, organizations, and communications. Sharing a panel challenges traditional thinking within subfields and promotes cross-cutting conversations that lead to new, cutting-edge insights.

    We are soliciting papers for the 2017 Miniconference on the Sociology of Reproduction to take place at the annual meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, February 23-26, in Philadelphia, Pa. We welcome papers on such topics as contraception, fertility intentions, fertility decision-making, pregnancy, abortion, infertility, reproductive technology, birth, ideologies of motherhood, breastfeeding, genetic counseling, reproduction and the media, male involvement in reproduction, reproduction politics, etc.

    Those wishing to present papers should submit their papers through the regular ESS submission process at http://www.meetingsavvy.org/ess   

    Please use the keyword “Miniconference: Reproduction” to ensure that your submission will be considered for the mini-conference.  The deadline for abstracts is October 15, 2016.

    Organizers:

    Tanya Koropeckyj-Cox, University of Florida

    Carrie Smith, Millersville University of Pennsylvania

    Arthur L. Greil, Alfred University


    2016 08 – Call for Papers – Conference “Contextualizing Productive Aging in Asia”

    Proposal Deadline: 15 September 2016

    "Productive Aging” emphasizes older adults’ engagement in productive activities, including working, care giving, volunteering or helping in later life. Asian countries (especially in East Asia, Southeast Asia and South Asia) face demographic aging in different scales and speeds. In this conference, we aim to address determinants of productive aging in Asia from a multilevel perspective to understand how communities, families and individual factors can facilitate engagement of older adults in Asia.

    Theoretically informed empirical studies, especially those with cross-national and cross-temporal comparisons are welcome.

    Website: https://ari.nus.edu.sg/Event/Detail/f52ccabf-32f5-4a9f-9b28-73bc5172266a


    2016 08 – IPUMS-Time Use data

    With funding from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, an exciting new suite of web sites is available for accessing American and international time use data.   A newly released component of IPUMS (https://www.ipums.org/timeuse.html), IPUMS-Time Use consists of three integrated web sites: the American Time Use Survey (ATUS-X), the American Heritage Time Use Study (AHTUS-X), and the Multinational Time Use Study (MTUS-X). Researchers can access and analyze time diary data through a powerful web-based interface that makes customized, easy-to-use data extracts and enables the creation of measures of time use in user-defined activity aggregations.  In contrast to other data sets that may contain some information on how individuals spend time, these data sets contain episode-level files based upon time-diary-formatted questionnaires so that users can define activities as they choose and aggregate them in a variety of ways, including by time of day, location of activity, and with whom time is spent.   Each data archive provides internally consistent data; variables are harmonized across data sets and activity categories are comparable so that the user can access and merge comparable files with a simple point and click.  User-defined data files can be downloaded and easily transformed into SAS, SPSS, and STATA formats. Documentation can be automatically produced for each file.  Materials from a three-day training workshop held on the University of Maryland campus at the end of June are posted on the web site and available for download (https://www.atusdata.org/atus/2016_workshop.shtml). For more information contact Sandra Hofferth, hofferth@umd.edu or Sarah Flood, floo0017@umn.edu.


    2016 09 – Urban Homelessness and Underserved Communities 1/2 day Workshop

    Proposals due: October 1, 2016

    Eighth International Conference on Social Informatics (SocInfo 2016), http://urban.uw.edu/index.php/events/details/urban-homelessness-and-wise-cities-workshop   

    Seattle, Washington, USA November 14 – 17

    Submissions:

    Proposal for presentations should include Name, Position, title of presentation, and 250 word description/ abstract.

    Please submit proposals to Urbanuw@uw.edu with the subject "SOCINFO2016 proposal" by October 1, 2016.

    Call for Participation:

    This workshop aims into bringing together researchers and practitioners to explore how we can apply urban data science to the challenges of urban homelessness in cities across the nation. If smart cities emphasize infrastructure and efficiency, wise cities emphasize improving services to in turn improve the lives of citizens. We aim to shift the discussion from smart to wise cities. The interdisciplinary focus aims to welcome diverse researchers from across the computational, urban, and social sciences.

     We are seeking multi-disciplinary contributions that reveal interesting aspects that advance our understanding of homelessness and efforts to address this critical challenge in cities across the nation and the world. We welcome a broad range of contributions, including insights gained from new data sources, new applications of computational methods to existing data sources, new applications of social science methodologies to understand the effectiveness of socio-technical systems, or new use of social concepts in the design of relevant information systems.

     For questions or other inquiries, contact Thaisa Way, tway@uw.edu, Bill Howe, billhowe@cs.washington.edu, or Mahesh Somashekhar, msoma@uw.edu


    2016 08 – Save the Date for Penn State’s 11th Annual De Jong Lecture in Social Demography, November 11, 2016.

    How are social and environmental experiences during the transition from adolescence into young adulthood associated with health in adulthood? Presented by Dr. Kathleen M. Harris, James Haar Distinguished Professor of Sociology at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Discussants: Dr. H. Harrington (Bo) Cleveland, Associate Professor of Human Development & Family Studies at Penn State and Dr. Bridget J. Goosby, Happold Associate Professor of Sociology at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

    Please register for this free conference. http://www.ssri.psu.edu/event/957/11th-annual-de-jong-lecture-social-demography


    2016 08 – Population Research and Policy Review, Call For Proposals: Special Issue 2018

    Deadline: December 16, 2016

    Population Research and Policy Review (PRPR) welcomes proposals for its Special Issue 2018. PRPR intends to publish one Special Issue (SI) each year. This SI will include around five empirical papers together with an introductory editorial that provides a more overarching (theoretical) synthesis of the individual contributions.

    Submission of proposals

    The proposal for the SI should be made by the expected guest editor(s) and submitted to the editors-in-chief of PRPR (Lynne Cossman: Lynne.Cossman@mail.wvu.edu and Jennifer Glick: jeg115@psu.edu). The proposal must include:

    • the title of the special issue
    • the names and affiliations of the guest editor(s)
    • the names and affiliations of the contributing authors
    • a one page summary of the theme, overarching aim, timeliness and innovativeness of the SI for publication in PRPR. It should be shown that the different papers fit together as a coherent SI.
    • all titles and (half page) abstracts of the SI paper contributions

    Procedure and responsibilities of the guest editor:

    The SI proposals will be evaluated by the editorial team of PRPR. If the proposal is selected, the process of evaluating the contributions will follow the regular review procedure of PRPR while the guest editor(s) will take the responsibility of editor(s) of the SI manuscripts. Depending on number and quality of the SI proposals that are submitted in this call, the editorial team may decide to accept one proposal (for 2018), and up to two more for the two sequential years to come. However, in case the editorial team judges that none of the proposals meet the quality standards of the journal, it can also be decided that none of the suggested proposals will be accepted for further development and production.

    Once the editorial team of PRPR approves the proposal, the guest editor(s) will be informed of the time line for the production process. The guest editor(s) will from then on be the primary contact person(s) for the contributors to the SI and should inform them about deadlines for submission and further procedures. The full papers for the SI should be uploaded in Editorial Manager (the online submission system) and handled from there by the guest editor(s) who is(are) expected to manage the review process. The editorial office of PRPR will assist if needed.

    Each paper for the SI will be evaluated by three anonymous reviewers. The guest editorial will not be sent out to external reviewers, but will be evaluated by the editorial team of PRPR. After the reviewers’ reports have been received, the guest editor(s) decide(s) on the manuscript and inform(s) the authors as well as sets the deadlines for the revised papers to be received. It may occur that one or more of the papers is rejected based on reviewer reports. At this stage the editors-in-chief will be informed about the outcome and, if necessary, make a joint decision on how to proceed. The guest editor is responsible for ensuring that all papers are of sufficiently high quality and form a coherent set of papers for the SI.

    If you have any further queries, please contact PRPR editors-in-chief Jennifer Glick and Lynne Cossman.


    2016 07 – 2016 International Conference on Aging in the Americas: Registration Now Open!

    Registration is now open for the 2016 International Conference on Aging in the Americas, Sept. 14-16, 2016.  This conference, hosted by the UTSA College of Public Policy and in partnership with UT Austin, UTMB, USC, and UCLA, is aimed at utilizing research to augment knowledge about dimensions of healthful aging for people of Hispanic and Latin American descent and fostering emerging scholars in the field, as this topic rapidly develops as a major policy and national budget issue. Past installments examined the social and economic causes and consequences of health problems among older Mexican-origin individuals in the United States and in Mexico.  An overview of what was accomplished at the bridging workshop in Mexico, DF, and in past ICAA meetings is available at http://lbjschool.austin.utexas.edu/caa.  Future symposia will be an indispensable means for assembling multidisciplinary contributors who can disseminate state-of-the-art research, inform public policy from a bi-national perspective, and consider the best course for ensuring productive aging in the Hispanic population.

    Below are a few things you'll have access to by participating in this year's conference:

    • National and dynamic content from experts in the field of Hispanic health and aging.
    • Networking with national and international peers from Mexico and cities and towns along the U.S./Mexico border.
    • Panel sessions offering new insights on the consequences of impending growth and impact of the older segment of aging communities on local economies.

    Register Today!

    You will gain an understanding of how characteristics of physical, social, and economic environments gives rise to disparities in Latino health in older adults.  Papers will employ different methodologies to address cross-cutting issues related to immigration processes, family and household structure, and macroeconomic changes on the quality of community life.

    Visit http://copp.utsa.edu/ICAA2016 for details related to the conference.  The conference will take place on Sept. 14-16, 2016 at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

    You can contact either Dr. Rogelio Saenz at rogelio.saenz@utsa.edu or Michelle Skidmore at michelle.skidmore@utsa.edu for questions or concerns.  Thank you.


    2016 07 – ASA Population Section Mentor/Mentee Lunch (Sunday August 21, 2016, 12 p.m.)

    On August 21 at 12 o'clock (noon) the section will host a mentor/mentee lunch at The Daily Grill restaurant located in the Sheraton Seattle Hotel (629 Pike St.) As the restaurant will be able to accommodate up to 40 people, we would like to host 20 mentees whose meals will be paid for by by 20 mentors. The lunch-- costing just under $50.00 per mentor--is a light lunch with dessert. If you are interested in participating either as a mentor or mentee please contact Jim Raymo (jraymo@ssc.wisc.edu) or Anna Zajacova (azajacov@uwyo.edu). This event usually fills up fast so please contact Jim or Anna soon if you would like to participate. We look forward to seeing you in Seattle.


    2016 07 – Reframing Immigration and Immigration Reform: A Workshop on Strategic Communications, presented by The Frameworks Institute, August 19, 2016 in Seattle

    We wanted to make sure you were aware that The Frameworks Institute was giving a course on Friday, August 19 in Seattle. Below is the information on the course. It will be offered twice; 10:00am and 2:00pm. You can register for it here https://asa.enoah.com/Home/My-ASA/Login?returnurl=%2fdefault.aspx. If you are having trouble registering for the course, please contact customer@asanet.org. Please be sure to pass this along to the members of your section so that they are aware of this opportunity.

    Reframing Immigration and Immigration Reform: A Workshop on Strategic Communications (presented by The Frameworks Institute)

    The American Immigration Council has noted, “study after study has shown that commonsense immigration reform will strengthen the economy, spur innovation, reduce the deficit and increase U.S. trade and exports.” Yet, current public discourse is highly divisive, policy change elusive and expert knowledge about immigration is drowned out or ignored. To address the need for meaningful, productive conversations that lead to strong public support for immigration and immigration reform, immigration experts joined forces with communications experts to explore what Americans know about immigration, how this knowledge base differs from what experts would like them to know, and what communications techniques can be leveraged to build support for adopting and implementing meaningful solutions. With funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the FrameWorks Institute conducted a series of studies to develop communications strategies, tools, and techniques that researchers can use to translate the growing body of research on immigration and immigration reform to members of the public and policymakers.

    In this interactive workshop, participants will learn the research base that informs the framing recommendations and will include ample opportunities for participants to begin to apply them to translate their own research to non-academic audiences. Through this workshop, participants will learn to recognize problematic and optimal framing strategies, get practice in deconstructing and reconstructing communications around an important social issue, and explore the potential of a shared communications strategy in building issue coalitions and informing public policy.


    2016 07 - Special issue of Sociology of Development:  “International Migration and Development in the 21st Century"

    We are very pleased to announce the publication of the latest issue of Sociology of Development. This is a special issue on “International Migration and Development in the 21st Century,” guest edited by Matthew Sanderson (Kansas State University). The Table of Contents is provided below, and you should be able to access these articles free of charge for the rest of 2016, directly from this email or from our website: http://socdev.ucpress.edu/content/2/2?current-issue=y

    Sociology of Development (Vol. 2 No. 2, Summer 2016)

    • Matthew R. Sanderson, "Migration and Development in the Twenty-First Century"
    • Alejandro Portes, "International Migration and National Development: From Orthodox Equilibrium to Transnationalism"
    •  Emilio A. Parrado, Edith Y. Gutierrez, "The Changing Nature of Return Migration to Mexico, 1990–2010: Implications for Labor Market Incorporation and Development"
    • Sara R. Curran, Jacqueline Meijer-Irons, Filiz Garip, "Economic Shock and Migration: Differential Economics Effects, Migrant Responses, and Migrant Cumulative Causation in Thailand."
    • Min Zhou, Xiangyi Li, "Cross-space Consumption among Undocumented Chinese Immigrants in the United States."
    • Russell King, Aija Lulle, Laura Buzinska, "Beyond Remittances: Knowledge Transfer among Highly Educated Latvian Youth Abroad."
    • Saskia Sassen, "A Massive Loss of Habitat: New Drivers for Migration."

    2016 07 – Call for Submissions - ASA Rose Series in Sociology

    ASA Rose Series in Sociology, A book series published by the Russell Sage Foundation, is seeking book proposals. The Rose Series publishes cutting-edge, highly visible, and accessible books that offer synthetic analyses of existing fields, challenge prevailing paradigms, and/or offer fresh views on enduring controversies. Books published in the Series reach a broad audience of sociologists, other social scientists, and policymakers. Please submit a 1-page summary and CV to: Lee Clarke, rose.series@sociology.rutgers.edu. For more information, visit http://www.asanet.org/research-publications/rose-series-sociology.


    2016 07 – Call for Papers: Methodological Advances in the Study of Health and Health Care of LGBT Populations

    Deadline: December 31, 2016

    New, open access journal, Social Sciences, has a call for papers on a special issue on the methodological advances in the study of health and health care of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations. For the past ten years, large, representative health surveys in the United States have included sexual orientation and gender identity questions. Consequently, survey samples are larger and more representative of LGBT populations. In addition, these improved samples allow for investigations of different measures of sexual orientation and gender identity.

    This Special Issue focuses on empirical and methodological papers that use LGBT samples from large, representative health surveys. Manuscripts that are appropriate for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

    • Replication of previous studies by using improved samples to obtain more accurate estimates of health and health care outcomes of LGBT populations.
    • Methodological studies that examine associations between different measures of LGBT populations and health-related outcomes.
    • Studies that demonstrate statistically significant sexual orientation and gender identity disparities in health and health care outcomes that were not obtainable in previous studies.
    • Studies that examine specific subgroups within these improved LGBT samples such as specific racial, ethnic, social class, gender, sexual identity, and gender identity groups.
    • Studies on health and health care outcomes of LGBT populations that have not received adequate attention.
    • Studies that examine contributors to health-related outcomes of LGBT populations.

    Studies using representative samples of LGBT populations from local and national health surveys are welcomed. Papers can be of any length and should be written in a nontechnical style that can be read by a broad audience. The deadline for this special issue is December 31st, 2016. Open access publication fees are waived for papers submitted by the deadline. Information on manuscript submission is at http://www.mdpi.com/journal/socsci/special_issues/LGBT_populations  

    Any questions can be directed to the guest editor, Dr. Elbert P. Almazan (Central Michigan University, USA) at  almaz1ep@cmich.edu


    2016 06 – Annual Meeting of the Southern Demographic Association, October 12-14, 2016

    Proposals due by July 15, 2016

    The Annual Meeting of the Southern Demographic Association will be held October 12-14 in Athens, Georgia.  Contributors are encouraged to send abstracts for individual research papers and posters, as well as proposals for complete paper and poster sessions, thematic sessions, panel discussions, and software demonstrations by July 15.  Papers accepted for the program are eligible to be considered for the Everett S. Lee Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award, the Outstanding Undergraduate Paper Award, and the Walt Terrie Award (for the best paper on an applied topic, especially as it relates to state and local demography).  For more information, see  http://sda-demography.org/docs/SDA_2016_Call_for_Papers.pdf


    2016 06 – Call for Papers, Mellon Emerging Scholars Conference, “Creating Diverse and Inclusive Communities”

    Deadline: August 1, 2016

    Thanks to generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Queens College has undertaken a three-year project led by faculty and students to advance understanding and formulate plans of action that foster diversity and inclusion in urban communities and higher education.  As part of this, the College will host a two-day conference to showcase research by emerging scholars in the humanities and social sciences.

    The two-day conference will be held on November 10-11, 2016, on the Queens College campus located in the heart of the world’s most diverse urban place.  Our students hail from 150 different countries and speak 70 different languages.  The conference will afford ample opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange and contribute to the professional development of the emerging scholars who participate as well as for students and faculty from across CUNY. A special reception for undergraduates, held on the first evening of the conference, will provide them a chance to meet and talk with conference presenters and attendees to learn more about shared fields of interest and careers in higher education.  Conference proceedings will be broadcast via the web and also captured for later podcasts, thus amplifying their impact.  Publication of selected papers as a book is also planned.  Finally, time will be set aside for interviews arranged in advance of the conference for open faculty positions at Queens College and other CUNY campuses to take advantage of this recruitment opportunity to enhance faculty diversity.

    Scholars, especially those in the early stage of their career, are invited to propose papers no more than 30 minutes in length. While limited travel and accommodation support will be provided, participants are encouraged to solicit funding support from their home institutions.  Learn more about Queens College by going to:  http://www.qc.cuny.edu/Pages/home.aspx

     Please send a 250-word proposal and CV to:

     Mellon Conference Program Committee

    c/o Michael Wolfe, Dean of Social Sciences

    Michael.Wolfe@qc.cuny.edu


    2016 06 – Congratulations to the Sociology of Population Section’s newly-elected officers!

    Chair-Elect:

    Mark Hayward (University of Texas at Austin). Mark’s 1-year term as Chair-elect will begin in August, 2016 and his 1-year term as Chair begins in August, 2017.

    Council Members:

    Sarah R. Hayford (The Ohio State University) and Shannon Cavanagh (University of Texas at Austin). Sarah and Shannon will serve 3-year terms beginning in August, 2016.

    Student Representative to the Council:

    Eliza Brown (New York University). Eliza’s 2-year term also begins in August, 2016.


    2016 06 – Congratulations also to the Population Section award winners!

    Otis Dudley Duncan Book Award:

    Frank D. Bean, Susan K. Brown, and James D. Bachmeier, Parents without Papers

    Distinguished Paper Award:

    Christine R. Schwartz and Hongyun Han, "The Reversal of the Gender Gap in Education and Trends in Marital Dissolution" [American Sociological Review 79(4):605-629.]

    Best Graduate Student Paper Award:

    Peter Rich (New York University; newly-hired faculty member at Cornell University), “White Parental Flight and Avoidance: Neighborhood Choices in the Era of School District Desegregation.”

    Best Graduate Student Paper Award Honorable Mention:

    Jo Mhairi Hale (Ph.D. candidate at UC Davis), “Alzheimer’s Disease Disparities: The Impact of the Great Depression and Cumulative Inequality on Cognitive Decline.”


    2016 05 – BLS Data Users’ Conference

    June 6, 2016, New York City

    http://www.bls.gov/regions/new-york-new-jersey/notices/2016/datausersconferencenyc2016.htm


    2016 05 – Population-Related events at ASA Annual Meeting in Seattle

    For anyone making travel plans to ASA in Seattle in August, please note the following events on the ASA program:

    • Population Section reception (held jointly with Sociology of the Family:  Monday, August 22, 2016, 7:30 p.m.-9:10 p.m., Bullitt Cabaret, ACT Theatre, 700 Union Street.
    • Population Section business meeting: Sunday, August 21, 2016, 11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m.
    • There are several Sociology of Population paper sessions, and the roundtables session, on Sunday, August 21, 2016.

    2016 05 – Social Service Review, Announcement of Special Issue and Call for Papers: Household Economic Instability and Social Policy

    Manuscript Submission Deadline: September 15, 2016

    Guest editors: Heather Hill, Marybeth Mattingly, and Jennie Romich

    Social Service Review announces a special issue dedicated to studies of household economic instability and social policy. We invite submissions from scholars studying household economic instability in multiple disciplines and research fields. We will consider studies that provide new empirical evidence or a major theoretical contribution. More information about the special issue and instructions for submission can be found at http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/pb-assets/docs/journals/ssr-cfp-2016.pdf or can be accessed by clicking the link in the right bar at http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/ssr/current. Email ssr@uchicago.edu with any questions.


    2016 05 – PIAAC Training Event for Sociology Researchers Attending the ASA Conference

    Applications Due: July 5, 2016

    When:  Friday August 19, 2016; 8:30 – 5pm

    Where:  Seattle, WA (specific location TBA)

    We invite you to apply to a free 1-day PIAAC Research Training event funded by the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) and organized by Portland State University, the American Institutes for Research (AIR), and Educational Testing Service (ETS). Visit PIAAC Research Training Events for more information.

    Description

    PIAAC data provide researchers with opportunities to examine critical questions that may contribute to sociological knowledge in areas such as education, health, work and occupations, race/ethnicity, gender, migration, political sociology, and more, from both a U.S. and international perspective. The goal of the events is to build the capacity of the U.S. research community to use the PIAAC dataset for basic, policy, and applied research.  This unique event will provide valuable opportunities to explore the PIAAC data set, learn data analysis techniques, ask questions, make connections, and learn from other sociologists using PIAAC.

    Designed for individual researchers, this 1-day training will focus on the use of PIAAC data to examine critical questions in sociological research.  The training offers foundational knowledge that will help you launch your own PIAAC research. Follow-up online activities will provide ongoing support throughout your research process.  Following several PIAAC training events, a culminating conference will be held where researchers will share their work and make connections with a network of other PIAAC researchers. 

    Eligibility

    The project team has an overarching priority to support researchers from diverse racial/ethnic backgrounds. Training events are open to researchers at all stages of their career; applications from research analysts, doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows are strongly encouraged.

    International scholars or graduate students with visas are welcome to apply; however, priority will be given to applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  

    Applicants should be familiar with commonly used statistical methods and either SPSS, Stata or SAS statistical software. Participants must bring their own laptop equipped with statistical software to the training event.  Completion of advanced preparatory activities will be required to make these face-to-face events most effective.

    Application Procedures

    Visit PIAAC1-Day Sociology Training Event for application procedures.  Applications for the August 19, 2016 training event are due on July 5, 2016 with acceptances sent out on July 8, 2016.  For questions or more information contact Dr. Jill Castek at  jcastek@pdx.edu or 503-725-8720.


    2016 05 – Abstract Submission and Registration Now Open, Conference on Geospatial Approaches to Cancer Control and Population Sciences

    Abstracts Due: Friday June 17th, 2016

    September 12-14, 2016

    Natcher Conference Center, NIH Main Campus, Bethesda, MD

    http://www.scgcorp.com/geospatial2016

    Growing technological capacity in mapping and spatial technology along with increasing sophistication in spatial thinking related to health has resulted in the emergence of a growing research community using geospatial approaches on diverse aspects of cancer prevention and control.

    The purpose of this conference is to bring together a community of researchers using geospatial tools, models and approaches to address cancer prevention and control in order to 1) support and build this research community, 2) accelerate the integration of state of the art tools and theories from spatial research into cancer control and population sciences and 3) identify future directions for data, resource, training and research funding in cancer control. This conference will address spatial and contextual aspects of cancer across the entire cancer control continuum including etiology, prevention, detection, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.

    Registration Deadline: Wednesday Aug 31st, 2016

    Sample Topic Areas

    • Geospatial Approaches to Cancer Risk Factors
    • Defining Personal Environments for Cancer Risk
    • Spatial Analysis of Physical Environment Cancer Risk Factors
    • Spatial Energetics
    • Neighborhood and Social Environment and Cancer Risk
    • Geospatial Aspects of Exposure Assessment
    • Biologic and Mechanistic Effects in the Multilevel Etiology of Cancer
    • Spatial and Multilevel Determinants of Cancer Screening
    • Spatial Aspects of HPV Vaccination
    • Geography of Health Care Resources
    • Geospatial Research Based on Electronic Health Records (EHRs)
    • Spatial Analyses Using HMO Data
    • Confidentiality, Data Privacy and Humans Subjects Concerns with Spatial Data
    • Small Area Estimation of Cancer Incidence and Mortality and Risk Factor Prevalence
    • Geo-Surveillance of Cancer: Tools and Examples
    • Spatio-Temporal Analysis and Other Deep Statistical Methods
    • Neighborhood and Spatial Aspects of Cancer Control Planning
    • Geographic and Spatial Communication
    • Geoinformatics for Cancer Control

    Bookmark our Conference Website and register/submit abstracts here: http://www.scgcorp.com/geospatial2016


    2016 05 – Population and Society: An Introduction

    Gregg Lee Carter

    ISBN: 978-0-7456-6837-6

    298 pages

    March 2016, Polity

    http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0745668372.html

    Description

    This exciting new book presents the field of social demography, animating the study of population with a vibrant sociological imagination. Gregg Lee Carter provides multiple demonstrations of how taking a demographic perspective can give us a better understanding of social phenomena once thought to be largely the products of culture, politics, or the economy.

    Five key chapters concentrate on (1) the social and individual determinants of fertility, mortality, and migration; (2) the social and individual impacts of changing levels of fertility, mortality, and migration; and (3) the impacts of overpopulation on the environment, and how changes in the environment, in turn, impact the human condition, especially regarding migration. What gives these analyses coherence is how each emphasizes the ways in which demographic forces both reflect and limit individual choices.

    Written in a straightforward and engaging style, and without getting bogged down in academic debates, this concise book is the ideal introduction and primer for courses in social demography and population and society.

    Table of Contents

    Introduction

    1. Overview of Population Study

    Classic Demography—Population Size, Distribution, Composition, and Change

    Social Demography—The Interplay between Population Dynamics and

    Culture, Economy, Polity, Society, and Individual Choice

    The Importance of the Demographic Perspective in Understanding the World

    We Live In

    Sources of Population Data

    Main Points and Key Terms

    Review Questions

    Suggested Readings and Online Sources

    2. World Population Growth and Distribution

    The History of Population Growth

    The Demographic Transition

    The Contemporary Era and the Effects of Longevity on Population Size

    Contemporary Population Distribution by Major World Regions

    Contemporary Population Distribution by Urbanity

    The Future—Population Implosions in an Increasing Number of Countries, But

    In the Context of Significant Worldwide Growth

    Main Points and Key Terms

    Review Questions

    Suggested Readings and Online Sources

    3. Mortality

    Measuring Mortality

    Explaining Differences in Death (Who Lives a Long Life and Why)— Macro

    and Micro Perspectives

    Future Trends – Will Millennium Development Goals Continue to Be Realized?

    Main Points and Key Terms

    Review Questions

    Suggested Readings and Online Sources

    4. Fertility

    Measuring Fertility

    Explaining Differences in Fertility (Who Has Many Children and Why)— Macro

    and Micro Perspectives

    Selected Consequences of Declining Fertility and Rising Life Expectancy

    Main Points and Key Terms

    Review Questions

    Suggested Readings and Online Sources

    5. Migration

    Types of Migration

    The Demographic Balancing Equation

    The Push and Pull Forces Explaining Why People Move

    Migration and Its Impacts, Including the Problem of Assimilation

    Main Points and Key Terms

    Review Questions

    Suggested Readings and Online Sources

    Notes

    References

    Index

    Author Information

    Gregg Lee Carter is Professor of Sociology at Bryant University (http://web.bryant.edu/~gcarter)

    Reviews

    “Anyone wanting to learn the basics of demography and the ways it relates to broader social forces will profit from reading this book. Carter provides an overview of the field that is informative and wide-ranging.”

    William H. Frey, The Brookings Institution

     

    “Carter offers a comprehensive yet concise overview of the major concepts, theories, and data sources in the fields of classic and social demography. Written in an accessible style and leveraging the most recent data from countries around the world, the book highlights the salience of the demographic perspective in understanding all contemporary social problems and provides multiple examples of how demographic forces both reflect and constrain individual choices.”

    Shannon Monnat, Pennsylvania State University

     

    “Population and Society does an outstanding job of bringing to life demographic processes such as fertility, mortality, and migration by illustrating their impact using a range of student-engaging, in-depth examples and easy-to-understand data. The book applies demographic events to a range of critical social issues, from environmental degradation, overpopulation, and gender inequality, to the everyday choices we make in our own lives. In short, this book is an outstanding accomplishment!”

    Sharlene Hesse-Biber, Boston College


    2016 04 – Population Review, Call for Papers For A Special Collection On Demography Of Sexuality

    Population Review, published since 1957, is excited to invite submissions for high-quality quantitative research papers on the broad theme of the Demography of Sexuality. Papers may include a variety of topics focused on the quantitative examination of the LGBTQ population, including but not limited to issues concerning measurement, prevalence, segregation, migration, families, labor market, and health. Guest Editor: Dr. Amanda Baumle, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Houston, akbaumle@uh.edu. For submissions: Please email hpals@tamu.edu. Submission guidelines: http://populationreview.com/submission-guideline/ Population Review: http://populationreview.com/


    2016 04 – Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Special Issue: The Social and Economic Costs of Gender-Based Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa: Causes, Implications, and Policy Directions

    Submission Deadline: 11/1/2016

    This Special Issue aims to publish original empirical research on topics that deal with social and economic costs of GBV in Sub-Saharan Africa. These costs may include, but not be limited to, loss of revenue to individuals and the larger economy, physical/mental health costs, negative psychological effects on children, etc. We seek contributions from across disciplines that will appeal to an international audience of researchers, educators, victim advocates, policy makers, and other stakeholders. Topics that fit the general scope of this Special Issue are welcome but we wish to illustrate potential themes and the sorts of economic costs or contexts that would be of potential interest. For instance, papers may address one or more of the following:

    • Physical, sexual, and psychological violence occurring in the family (including battering, sexual abuse of female children in the household, dowry-related violence, early/child marriage, marital rape, female genital mutilation and other traditional practices harmful to women, non-spousal violence and violence related to exploitation);
    • Physical, sexual, and psychological violence occurring within the general community (including rape; sexual abuse; sexual harassment and intimidation at work, in educational institutions and elsewhere; trafficking of women and forced prostitution);
    • Physical, sexual and psychological violence perpetrated or condoned by the State, wherever it occurs;
    • Prevalence and experiences of physical and sexual violence and their economic costs;
    • Health costs (reduced mobility; morbidity and mortality; maternal and perinatal health outcomes; reduced life expectancy; and sexual and reproductive health outcomes including the spread of HIV and AIDS);
    • Economic costs (reduced productivity and negative influence on GNP and national economic well-being) due to GBV;
    • GBV and poverty;
    • Social Services (such as applied research related to the delivery, refinement, and standards for batterer treatment; victim support and assistance programs; assessment, diagnostic protocols, and interventions for physical injury, psychological, and emotional trauma; impacts and risks to children from direct and indirect exposure to violence and abuse; and
    • National policies on GBV.

    Submission guidelines:

    Authors should submit their manuscripts for peer review to JIV at www.jiv.sagepub.com with an email to the managing editor (jiv@u.washington.edu) indicating that the submission is for the Special Issue. The submission deadline is 11/1/2016.


    2016 04 – Double issue in Marriage and Family Review

    New double issue in Marriage and Family Review edited by Wei-Jun Jean Yeung  and Hyunjooon Park. The two issues contain 10 papers examining one-parent families in different countries in East Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia, including several papers by our section members.

    Growing Up in One-Parent Families in Asia

    Wei-Jun Jean Yeunga* & Hyunjoon Parkb

    The papers can be downloaded from this site: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wmfr20/52/1-2

    A summary of the double-issue (as well as other recent research) can be found here: http://www.fas.nus.edu.sg/cfpr/aboutus/attachments/research_update_mar2016.pdf


    2016 04 – Contribute to HUD’s update of their “Research Roadmap.”

    Suggestions due by May 27

    HUD is currently reaching out to researchers to identify emerging research questions to update its Research Roadmap.  I’ve attached a handout on the Roadmap.  There are a number of places where you can share ideas:


    2016 03 – SSDAN PiPS Webinar: “Using Social Explorer to Engage Students with Data.”

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    March 24, 2016 | 2PM Eastern Time

    As part of an NICHD funded project, the Social Science Data Analysis Network at the University of Michigan hosts a series of webinars aimed at exposing college and university students to quantitative data throughout a wide range of disciplines. Many webinars will feature tools and topics related to the American Community Survey, the US census, and other demographic data. The materials in these webinars will be relevant for many of those teaching population, social stratification, gender studies, racial/ethnic studies, population-based healthcare, poverty, immigration, family, urban studies, and much more.

    Audience (recommended): University and College Faculty, Graduate Student Instructors, high school teachers, librarians

    About the webinar: Learn how to create custom visualizations and open up demographic research with the award-winning website Social Explorer. Co-founder and president Andrew Beveridge and content editor Sydney Beveridge will guide participants through the site’s vast data resources and interactive tools, focused on dynamic maps. They will discuss the development of Social Explorer and demonstrate how to examine, customize, and download local and national census data from 1790 to the present, as well as other datasets including election results and crime statistics.

    Social Explorer is easy enough for high school students and powerful enough for advanced researchers. No special raining or software is required. Save time and turn data into visualizations with impact.

    Distributed by Oxford University Press, Social Explorer is in use at over 250 academic institutions, and users created over 25 million maps last year. Social Explorer develops online materials for several textbooks and disciplines for Pearson Publishing, and also collaborates with the Census Bureau on the interactive data visualizer Census Explorer.

    Social Explorer is regularly featured in the news, including data and analysis for the New York Times. The Ellis Island Museum recently opened an exhibit featuring interactive maps created by Social Explorer.

    Social Explorer has been awarded two Webby Award honorees, a Gold Medal Modern Library Award and an Outstanding Reference Source award from the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association. To Register: https://umich.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3Pis4ux8WZcOgJL  or http://pips.ssdan.net


    2016 03 – PSID Data User Training Workshop

    June 13-17, 2016, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    This five-day workshop will orient participants to the content and structure of the core PSID interview, its special topics modules, and its supplemental studies. The workshop pairs morning instructional sessions led by experienced PSID researchers and staff with afternoon guided lab sessions in which users construct their own analytic data files.

    A limited number of stipends are available to graduate students and junior researchers who apply by April 15 to help with travel and lodging costs. All applications received by April 15 will be given priority for enrollment.

    Learn more about the workshop and apply to participate through the ICPSR Summer Program.

    Support is provided by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development.


    2016 03 – PSID Annual User Conference

    September 15-16, 2016, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

    PSID announces a call for papers for the first PSID Annual Data User Conference. We invite submissions on any topic that use data from PSID or one of its major supplements, such as the Child Development Supplement, the Transition into Adulthood Supplement, the Disability and Use of Time supplement, the Family Rosters and Transfers Module, or the Childhood Retrospective Circumstances Study. Scholars from all disciplines are welcome.

    Between 15 and 25 papers and posters will be accepted for the conference. Travel and lodging expenses will be available for one author per accepted paper or poster. Meals will be provided for all participants.

    Submissions will be accepted until June 17, 2016 through the online application portal.

    Support for this event is provided by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute on Aging, and the National Science Foundation.


    2016 ICAA Call For Abstracts

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    The CAA iteration will be held in San Antonio on September 14-16 in San Antonio, Texas with a simulcast at The University of Texas at Austin. The submission deadline is May 31, 2016. Email abstract submission to: Dr. Terrence Hill at tdhill@email.arizona.edu. 


    2016 03 – SSDAN Faculty Workshop: Using the American Community Survey in Undergraduate Courses

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    June 16-18, 2016 (Thu-Sat) | Ann Arbor, Michigan

    As part of an NICHD funded project, the Social Science Data Analysis Network at the University of Michigan will host a workshop to enable college and university professors to develop class modules using topics from the American Community Survey for courses they will teach during the 2016-2017 academic year. The workshop will be held Thursday through Saturday, June 16-18, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

    Why American Community Survey Data?: The Census Bureau’s annual American Community Survey (ACS) provides national and localized social, economic, and demographic information that can provide instructors with fresh statistics to support key concepts in such courses as Intro Sociology, Social Problems, Stratification, Gerontology and Aging, Population-Focused Healthcare, and more. The ACS sample of 3 million households annually offers usable statistics that can be tailored to courses at all levels ranging from trend analyses to more analytic approaches, for specific population groups and geographic areas.

    Program Details: Workshop participants should come prepared to develop one or more class modules to enrich a course they already teach. At the workshop, participants will be introduced to the resources of SSDAN in “hands on” training sessions and work with SSDAN staff to develop easy-to-use classroom exercises specific to their own courses. Workshop time will be divided between seminar discussions, practice exploring the SSDAN materials, and working with staff to develop individual exercises. The faculty will include sociologist-demographer William Frey of the Brookings Institution and University of Michigan’s Population Studies Center, Dr. Jill Bouma of Berea College, Dr. Esther Wilder of Lehman College, and Dr. Kathy Rowell of Sinclair Community College.

    Instructors from all disciplines who teach undergraduate courses in four-year colleges, two-year colleges, or universities, both public and private, are encouraged to apply. Graduate student instructors are also welcome. Primary consideration will be given to applicants who are prepared to develop class exercises from the SSDAN materials and use them in their courses during the academic year subsequent to the workshop.

    Schedule: Participants are expected to attend the full workshop at the University of Michigan campus in Ann Arbor from 10AM-6PM on June 16th, 9AM-6PM on June 17th, and 9AM-2PM on June 18th though exact times are subject to change. A certificate of completion will be provided.

    Expenses & Requirements: Travel support, including housing, will be available for out-of-town participants. Additionally, as a requirement of participating, attendees agree to provide feedback in the subsequent year and to create and share through SSDAN a learning exercise using ACS data. For completing these requirements, participants will receive a modest honorarium of $300.

    To Apply: Complete and submit application found at http://pips.ssdan.net/pips-2016-summer-workshop-application by March 31, 2016. The application takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes for most to complete. Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance by April 15, 2016.

    About SSDAN: Since 1994, SSDAN has undertaken a number of projects funded by FIPSE, NSF, NIH, and other sources to reduce the “quantitative reasoning gap.” SSDAN resources are designed to provide instructors with courseware, tools and online support that enable them to introduce data analysis modules into early and middle level substantive courses. By collaborating with individuals SSDAN has demonstrated that classroom friendly course modules can infuse quantitative reasoning across the curriculum. It has popularized the use of US Census data for this purpose. Located within the Population Studies Center of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, SSDAN is known for its expertise in creating resources that simplify analyses of large collections of data from the decennial US Census and American Community Survey, providing descriptions of demographic groups and geographic areas that are relevant to a variety of courses and disciplines.

    ssdan@ssdan.net | (734) 763-4064 | 426 Thompson St., Suite 2049 Ann Arbor, MI 48106

    http://pips.ssdan.net


    2016 03 – New Journal Issue Honors Robert M. and Taissa S. Hauser

    The January 2016 issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science is dedicated to Robert M. Hauser and his late wife, Taissa S. Hauser, for their work on a variety of important social issues, including social stratification and mobility, social and economic inequality, education practices, and adolescent development. The journal issue, titled “Living in a High-Inequality Regime,” contains articles analyzing inequality amongst groups based on socioeconomic status, race, gender, and other characteristics and examining the impacts of inequality in such domains as health, the economy, criminal justice, politics, and social mobility. Most of the authors of the articles were students or close colleagues of Bob and Tess.

    The articles are available for free online and can be downloaded at the SAGE website.


    2016 03 – Using the NLSY: A Workshop for New and Returning Users

    PAA 2016 annual meetings, DC: Wednesday, March 30, 2016  03:00 PM - 05:00 PM Washington Marriott Wardman Park - WILSON A

    If you have never used the National Longitudinal Surveys before or feel a little rusty, then this is the workshop for you!  Elizabeth Cooksey (Director of the Center for Human Resource Research and PI of the NLSY79 Child and Young Adult studies), and Steve McClaskie (head of User Services for the NLSY) will give a brief overview of the various NLS datasets, bring you up to date on new developments, and provide hands on instruction for how to search for information and download data.

     Please join us on Wednesday, March 30, 3-5pm at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Room WILSON A.  It is not necessary to pre-register but if you do plan to come, it would be helpful to the organizers if you would email cooksey.1@osu.edu.


    2016 03 – Global Health & Innovation Conference (GHIC) at Yale on April 16-17, 2016

    Attend or present at the upcoming 13th annual Global Health & Innovation Conference (GHIC) at Yale on April 16-17, 2016.   With more than 2,000 participants, the Global Health & Innovation Conference is the world’s largest and leading global health and social entrepreneurship conference. Please feel free to forward this announcement to others who may also be interested in attending or presenting.  Register by February 20 for a highly reduced registration rate.

    Interested in presenting? Social Impact Pitches and Innovation Prize applications are currently being accepted. February 12 is the final 250-word abstract submission deadline.

    Learn about the GHIC experience: Watch a new short video about the conference here.


    2016 03 – *Deadline Extended* Call for Submissions: 2nd annual interdisciplinary population health research conference, Persistent & Emerging Issues in Population Health Science

    The Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State University, University Park, PA

    Sept 19 – 21, 2016

    IAPHS and the 2016 Program Committee are pleased to announce the Call for Submissions for the 2nd annual interdisciplinary population health research conference, Persistent & Emerging Issues in Population Health Science.

    Next September, this conference will bring together a wide range of scholars and practitioners to share and discuss the science, practice and policy of population health. The conference is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is organized by the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science, the Population Research Institute of Penn State University and the Institute for Policy and Social Research at the University of Kansas.

    The Program Committee encourages submissions that highlight the promise of interdisciplinary population health science in addressing persistent and emerging population health challenges. Three submission formats are invited: interdisciplinary panels, individual papers, and “you tell us” sessions that use a format of your choosing. Submissions from students and other trainees are especially encouraged.

    Click Here for the Call for Submissions and Submission Guidelines.  The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2016. Information on this conference is also available at http://ipsr.ku.edu/pophealth. Information about our previous conference,  Connecting Population Health Scientists; Building Bridges to Improve Population Health is available at http://ipsr.ku.edu/pophealth/about.shtml.


    2016 03 – The Second Annual Berkeley Formal Demography Workshop - Special Emphasis Topic: Mortality and Fertility Patterns over Time

    Monday-Friday, August 15-19, 2016 at the University of California campus.

    Join us for an educational program designed to train the next generation of population  researchers in the methods in formal demography. This week-long program,  with funding by NICHD R25HD083136 at Berkeley consists of three days of  hands-on training followed by two days of research presentations by invited faculty. Following the meeting, students may choose to take part in a  mentored research project and a capstone presentation of projects at the  2017 Population Association of America annual meeting.  The workshop is  targeted to advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, assistant  professors and other early career researchers.  We are particularly  interested in supporting underrepresented minorities.  Those studying  aspects of fertility, mortality and public health will particularly benefit, but those with other interests should also apply.  Financial Support:  Trainees’ expenses for materials, lodging and meals will be covered.  Need-based support for travel is available.  We regret that we cannot cover travel from outside the United States. DEADLINE:  May 1, 2016. Application materials and more information about the program and formal demography can be found on the Workshop website: www.popcenter.berkeley.edu/events/formaldemog.shtml.  For more information,  contact Dr. Leora Lawton, Executive Director, Berkeley Population Center, Popcenter@demog.berkeley.edu, or 510-643-1270.

    We will also be hosting a reception and poster session at the PAA on as a member-initiated event on Thursday, March 31, from 6 to 8 PM.


    2016 03 – Member-initiated meeting at the 2016 PAA Conference:  "The Human Mortality Database: Expanding research opportunities"

    The Human Mortality Database (HMD) is sponsoring a member-initiated meeting at the 2016 PAA conference: Wednesday March 30, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm.

    The meeting will briefly introduce the motivation for the database, its goals and its organizing principles, highlighting its specificities compared with other existing mortality data sources. Some of the less conventional techniques implemented to produce, standardize and organize the data will be presented as well as forthcoming changes in the Methods Protocol. Most of the session will be dedicated to presenting examples of research using the HMD data,  emphasizing new research opportunities, as well as discussing potential  pitfalls and drawbacks in analyses based on HMD data. The hope is to  generate a lively exchange of ideas and information between HMD users and  developers. Future expansion plans and specific user’s needs will also be debated. For more information about HMD, visit www.mortality.org. To see the full program, visit http://popcenter.berkeley.edu/events/conferences.shtml.


    2016 03 – Call for Papers: The Environmental Dimensions of Fertility Decision-Making

    Special Issue of Population and Environment: The Environmental Dimensions of Fertility Decision-Making

    Deadline:  May 30, 2016

    For this special issue, we seek a range of empirical papers that examine the reciprocal elements of this association including the potential influences of environmental context on fertility decision-making and the implications of fertility decision-making for local environmental context. We are primarily interested in research examining these processes at the household- or local scales.  Papers should be theoretically sophisticated and methodologically rigorous and may include considerations of gender, social inequalities, environmental security, food security, among other social and environmental processes.

    More generally, the research should improve broader understanding and theory regarding the association between population and environment.  We encourage contributions based on quantitative as well as qualitative data, as well as those that focus on policy dimensions.

    Population and Environment publishes research articles (both full-length and research briefs), commentary and reviews related to the reciprocal links between population, natural resources, and the natural environment, with the purpose of deepening scientific and policy dialogue in this often complex area. The coverage is multidisciplinary, spanning a range of social, policy, life, and natural sciences.

    Submission Deadline:  May 30, 2016.  Please submit questions prior to this deadline to Lori Hunter, Editor-in-Chief (Lori.Hunter@colorado.edu).  Submitted manuscripts should be formatted in accordance with Population and Environment guidelines available in the journal or at www.springer.com.


    2016 03 – Call for Papers on the Health of Women and Men for a Special Issue of Biodemography and Social Biology

    Because it is clear that sex differences in health depend on social, behavioral and environmental context as well as biology, and because societies, behaviors, and environment are changing rapidly around the world, we invite the submission of papers that further our understanding of how and why women and men differ in health outcomes.

    The desire to focus a journal issue on the Health of Women and Men is timely for a number of reasons.  Recent trends in the health status of American women indicate recent trends are worse than those of peers in other countries, and worse than those for men in the United States. For example, since 1980, U.S. women have lost 1-6 years of life expectancy relative to women in comparably wealthy nations, and 2-3 years of life expectancy relative to American males.  In addition, we have rapidly increasing data resources to study health differentials between women and men and their causes, including change over time and with age.  Comparative analyses of sex differences in international settings as well as studies from individual countries using relatively newly available rich data may lead to better understanding of the biological versus social or environmental factors causing men and women to differ in health. Changes in female/male differentials with age, time or cohort could also lead to increased insight.

    Our expectation is that papers will be based on empirical analysis.  Papers should also help clarify our understanding of differences between women and men which generally requires a comparative analysis. Papers from multiple disciplines and methodological approaches are welcome.

    Submit papers for the Special Issue on the Health of Men and Women by June 1, 2016

    Biodemography and Social Biology accepts manuscript submissions electronically via the journal's ScholarOne Manuscripts site located at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bdsb.

    When submitting your manuscript, please Indicate that the paper is for the Special Issue on the Health of Women and Men.

    Research manuscripts should not exceed 4,500 words in length and 5 tables and figures (excluding references, tables, and figures; however Appendices are included in the length). Brief reports, not exceeding 2,500 words, are also acceptable.

    View the full Instructions for Authors here: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=hsbi20&page=instructions&#.VgVLAstViko


    2016 02 – Sociological Perspectives Special Issue: New Frontiers in the Study of Colorblind Racism

    Call for Papers:

    Guest Editor: Meghan A. Burke (Illinois Wesleyan University). 

    Co-Editors of Sociological Perspectives: Matthew Carlson, Lindsey Wilkinson,

    Hyeyoung Woo (Portland State University)

    Managing Editor: Elizabeth Withers (Portland State University)

    Sociological Perspectives is seeking articles for a special issue: New Frontiers in the Study of Colorblind Racism.

    The central ideology that sustains contemporary racial inequality is that of colorblindness- the notion that individual or cultural differences best explain racial inequality, rather than ongoing racism and its legacy from the past.  While identifying the framework of colorblind racism and its central frames (Bonilla-Silva 2003) has been a crucial project, much of the literature has become stagnant, repeatedly identifying the presence of its discursive frames without adding new insights. It is time for a breakthrough. Stimulating new lines of research around colorblind ideology and discourses will allow us to delve deeper into the structure of racial domination, and gain new insights into the ways that it may be changing or challenged. 

    We call for scholarship that extends our sociological understanding of contemporary racism and its relationship to colorblind ideology beyond mere identification of its frames.  This includes, but is not limited to,

    The ways that colorblindness is connected to institutional and organizational logics or frameworks, and other materialist approaches.

    The appeal of colorblindness for individuals embedded in concrete social settings, when other discursive frameworks may also be available. 

    How colorblindness is negotiated or contested, or may change over time, and what that reveals about changing social structures.

    Sites of resistance or coalition that a solitary focus on the ideology may  miss.

    Alternate racial logics or discourses that may relate to, but remain distinct from, colorblindness.

    Examinations of colorblindness using an intersectional or feminist lens.

    Innovative methodologies that extend our understanding of ideology and contemporary racism.

    Please submit abstracts as Microsoft Word documents no longer than 500 words to mburke@iwu.edu  by April 1, 2016 for feedback and further submission information.  Full papers will be submitted by June 15, 2016 and be subject to blind peer review consistent with the standards established by the journal.  As such, submitted papers must be based on original material, not under review or consideration by any other journal or publisher.

    The special issue will be one of four issues in Volume 60, which will publish in 2017.

    Please feel free to contact any of the editors about submission details or with any questions.  Guest Editor information is provided below:

    Meghan A. Burke      

    Associate Professor of Sociology

    Illinois Wesleyan University

    Box 2900

    Bloomington, IL 61702-2900

    mburke@iwu.edu

    309.556.3671


    2016 02 – Rural Sociological Society Population Research Interest Group Graduate Student Paper Award

    The Population Research Interest Group of the Rural Sociological Society is soliciting submissions for a graduate student paper award in the areas of rural demography and population studies. The paper should be related to the broad interests of the Population Research Interest Group. Current graduate students and recent graduates (who receive their degrees no earlier than May 2015) may apply. Coauthored papers are acceptable as long as all of the authors were students at the time the paper was written and submitted. The recipient will receive a monetary prize of at least $200 (final budget is still TBD) that will help to defray part of the cost of registering for and attending the 2016 RSS Annual Meeting in Toronto, Canada (August 7-10, 2016). The recipient will also be recognized at the Population Research Interest Group business meeting. To be considered for this award, there is a two-step process:

    1) Submit an abstract to present the paper at the annual meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (online registration is open and will continue until Feb 5, 2016); 2) Send an electronic copy of the full paper with contact information to the RIG co-chair Jessica Ulrich-Schad (jessica.schad@sdstate.edu) by May 1, 2016.  The paper submission should not exceed 35 double-spaced pages (including all tables, graphs, and references) in a standard font (12 point).  The winner we be selected by a committee of RIG members and receive their award at the annual meeting.  The winner will be notified via email by July 1, 2016.


    2016 02 – NCFR Call for Proposals

    “Families and Human Rights: Promise and Vulnerability in the 21st Century.”

    The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is accepting proposals for its 2016 Annual Conference, planned for Nov. 2-5 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference theme is “Families and Human Rights: Promise and Vulnerability in the 21st Century.”

    Using the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, the purpose of this conference is to showcase research, teaching, and practices that address human rights and diverse families; provide networking opportunities for those with an interest in these topics; and engage and inspire conference attendees in the pursuit of equality and justice for all families. Possible formats include papers, posters, roundtables, symposia, workshops, poster symposia, and lightning paper sessions.

     Submit your proposal online by 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Find more details about the conference and proposal submission at https://www.ncfr.org/ncfr-2016.

     With questions, please email info@ncfr.org or call NCFR at 888-781-9331.


    2016 01 – ASA needs your help!

    ASA is conducting usability testing as part of the effort to redesign its website. We are recruiting sociologists: teaching or research faculty, practitioners and graduate/undergraduate students, for one on one testing sessions with our User Experience (UX) consultant.

    Each test session will last about one hour. The user needs to have access to both a phone and computer with an internet connection. Our UX consultant will ask the user to share his or her screen during the testing session. No special software is required.

    Available slots are:

    • Wed., Jan. 20, 3:30- 4:30 PM
    • Thurs., Jan. 21, 11 AM - 5 PM
    • Fri., Jan. 22, 2 PM - 5 PM

    As a token of our appreciation, test participants will receive a retro tote bag courtesy of ASA.

    http://asa.enoah.com/Bookstore/ASA-Retro/BKctl/ViewDetails/SKU/ASAOEQUOTEBAG

    If interested please get in touch ASAP with ASA webmaster Redante Asuncion-Reed at rasuncion-reed@asanet.org with your preferred time slot.


    2016 01 – Request for Pilot Proposals from the Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America

    Due Date: April 14, 2016 @ 5 p.m.

    REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS 

    The Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities invites interested investigators to submit pilot proposals for research that address socioeconomic disparities in US population health and mortality. Projects will begin in summer of 2016 and must be completed by June 30th, 2017.

    Please share this announcement with researchers who might be interested.

    RESEARCH FOCUS

    The NIA supported research network promotes population research dedicated to understanding health dynamics and disparities in the United States. The network is led by James House (University of Michigan), Eileen Crimmins (University of Southern California), Mark Hayward (University of Texas at Austin), and Robert Hummer (University of North Carolina) and includes seasoned and emerging investigators from a number of universities around the country (http://isr.umich.edu/nlchdd/). This coming year, our focus will be on socioeconomic disparities and trends in health and mortality. We are soliciting pilot projects in that area.

    Despite spending far more on health care and insurance, the U.S. is falling further behind comparably high-income nations, and even some middle-income countries, on major indicators of population health. The relative declining level of health of the U.S. population has been most clearly documented for mortality, but has also been observed for many indicators of morbidity and functional health limitations. Reasons for the declining level of U.S. population health relative to other countries are not well understood. Better understanding trends in, and explanations of, disparities in health across major population subgroups constitutes a critical step in understanding and alleviating the increasing health disadvantage of America’s population relative to comparably wealthy nations.

    This year’s pilot project theme focuses on the widening SES differences in US adult health and mortality. At present, for example, there is clear consensus that educational differences in adult health and mortality widened between 1980 and the mid-2000s. Over this time, levels of health and mortality rates among those with less than a high school education stagnated or even worsened among some demographic groups, while health and mortality among those with higher levels of education improved and, among some population groups with high education, improved rather precipitously. Combined with the well-documented widening in health outcomes by educational attainment between 1960 and 1980-1990, the US is now characterized bywider educational differences in adult health and mortality than at any time since 1960 and perhaps at any time in our nation's history. Why is this the case?Will such a trend continue? A recent report by the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the educational trend is echoed in income differences in adult mortality over time, yet the overlap and origins of these trends in income and educational differences in mortality remain unclear. How relevant are these trends with regard to the poor relative US position in overall population health?

    The issue of widening SES differences in health and mortality is particularly critical given that poor health and longevity among US subpopulations (e.g., the low educated and those with low income) may impede the entire country from making adequate progress relative to other developed nations. The significance of this set of questions is heightened when other simultaneous social and demographic trends are considered. Indeed, the substantial widening of educational differences in adult health and mortality over the past 50 years has occurred in an era characterized by very rapid social and technological change, substantially increased population diversity, overall decreases in mortality rates and increases in life expectancy, and overall increases in educational attainment. Growing health and mortality gaps by educational attainment and other dimensions of SES must be understood in the context of profound demographic, social, and economic change.

    Key potential questions to be addressed by pilot projects in this area of study include, but are not limited to, the following. How is the changing composition of educational attainment influencing the selectivity of persons at the low end of the educational continuum? How is the changing socioeconomic concentration of “at risk” health behaviors at the low end of the SES continuum and better health behaviors at the high end of the continuum contributing to health disparity trends. How have the economic shifts associated with the loss of manufacturing jobs and the growth of the financial and information sectors, resulting in a tighter coupling of educational attainment with stable income and wealth accumulation, influenced trends in SES disparities in health. Has the meaning of educational attainment for negotiating adulthood in healthy ways been shifting such that educational attainment is becoming increasingly important as a determinant of adult health across birth cohorts in an increasingly technological, networked, and complex world and health care system? What other factors help to explain growing socioeconomic disparities and how do they contribute to America’s relative, and for some absolute, worsening of population health

    BUDGET

    Investigators may request total (direct + indirect) costs in the range of $10,000-$15,000 for pilot projects, with a limit of 8% on IDC which is comparable to the rate allowed on Research Career Development awards. Funds can be used for research assistance, salaries, travel, data acquisition, etc.

    TIMETABLE

    • April 14, 2016, 5 p.m. local time: Proposals are due in an NIH format that includes no more than three single-spaced pages including Specific Aims, Significance, Innovation, and Research Design. In addition, an NIH detailed Budget Page and Justification, and NIH Biosketch must be included. Please submit the text and additionally requested materials in one PDF file (see Format of Proposals below)
    • Week of April 25, 2016: Notification of decisions, request for budget revisions and human subjects approvals.
    • Start Date: After notification of approval from NIA and Submission of IRB approvals. Optimistically, a finalized award can be expected by September 1, 2016; however, an official start date of July 1, 2016 will be allowed.
    • Duration of Pilot Projects: Until June 30, 2017.

    EXPECTED OUTCOMES: (1) Presentation of preliminary findings must be given at the next full Network Meeting to be held on April 30, 2017 (on the Sunday directly following the annual meeting of the Population Association of America), in Chicago, IL. (2) Participation in future Network activities. (3) Written report upon completion of the project. Subsequent outcomes such as resulting proposals, research funding, and publications must be reported to the Network. All research resulting from the pilot work must credit NIA grant R24 AG045061. All publications must be submitted to PubMed Central.

    FORMAT OF PROPOSALS

    Cover page with title and investigator’s name and an abstract that clarifies the value of the research; NIH Face-Page (Form Page 1); NIH biosketch for all key-personnel; a PHS 398 budget page (Form Page 4 - http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html) and budget justification; plus 3-page proposal covering specific aims, significance, innovation, and research design/methods. Proposals using human subjects will need institutional IRB approval before funding is awarded. Note: When calculating total requested budget, IDC amount is part of the total budget and should be included on the budget form on the line that says “Consortium/Contractual Costs – Facilities and Administrative Costs.”

    SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: Please submit proposals to Barbara Strane as a single PDF file by Thursday, April 14, 2016 by 5 p.m. local time atbstrane@umich.edu.

    SELECTION CRITERIA

    Proposals will be evaluated for: (a) the quality of the proposed research; (b) relatedness of research to the Network topic for the year; (c) likelihood that proposed work will result in R01 funding within 2 years; (d) likelihood the research will result in important publications with insights into population health; (e) credentials of investigators. Early career investigators are especially encouraged to apply.

    For more information about scientific issues, please contact:

    James House, University of Michigan, jimhouse@umich.edu

    Eileen Crimmins, University of Southern California, crimmin@usc.edu

    Mark Hayward, University of Texas at Austin, mhayward@prc.utexas.edu

    Robert Hummer, University of North Carolina, rhummer@email.unc.edu

    For more information about administrative and budget issues, please contact:

    Barbara Strane, bstrane@umich.edu – 734-936-0546


    2016 01 – Climate, Migration & Health in Latin America: Connections through Urbanization

    University of Colorado Population Center

    Boulder, Colorado

    May 26-27, 2016

     With support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, the Institute of Behavioral Science and University of Colorado Population Center are hosting the 2nd annual workshop on Climate, Migration and Health.  This year's sub-theme is "Connections through Urbanization" with a geographic focus on Latin America.

    The two-day workshop, held in Boulder, Colorado, will bring together approximately 10 researchers and policy communicators to showcase innovative research on urbanization, climate and health.

    Key is that researchers need only possess expertise in two aspects of the 3-topic workshop.  We aim to introduce scholars of urbanization-climate, to scholars of climate-health, and to scholars of urbanization-health.  

    Applicants must have a current research project in Latin America and should aim to come to the workshop to present ongoing work.  We will also spend time brainstorming broader knowledge gaps and specific research projects or proposals designed to fill those gaps. 

    Researchers from social and natural sciences are encouraged to apply.  Funds are available for partial reimbursement for domestic travel and lodging.

    Applicants must be post-PhD and we aim for an interdisciplinary mix of junior and senior scholars.

    To be considered for this workshop, please send a CV and a complete paper, working draft, or an extended abstract (including data description, methods, and preliminary results) February 12, 2016.  Decisions will be made by March 4th.

    The conference organizers are Lori Hunter and Fernando Riosmena from CU-Boulder and Paty Romero-Lankao from NCAR.

    Please address questions to Lori.Hunter@colorado.edu.

    Please submit papers to Cheryl.Graham@colorado.edu.


    2016 01 – Call for Applications for Workshop on 1965-2014 American and European Time Use Surveys, June 2016

    Applications are solicited for a three-day workshop that will introduce researchers to the American Time Use Survey (ATUS), the American Heritage Time Use Survey (AHTUS), the Multinational Time Use Survey (MTUS), and the Time Use Data Extract Builder for accessing all three data series. Additional information about the surveys and the data extract builder may be found at: www.atusdata.org and www.ahtusdata.org.  The Time Use Workshop will be held on the University of Maryland campus on June 29-July 1, 2016. The workshop is designed for researchers, graduate students, and junior faculty who are new to the analysis of time use data. Applicants are asked to submit a one-paragraph professional biographical sketch, a one-page statement regarding their time use research interest areas, and a letter of support from an advisor or senior colleague.  For best consideration applications should be submitted by February 15, 2016; those completing their application by this date will be notified by March 1, 2016 whether they have been selected to participate. Domestic airfare, local transportation costs and hotel accommodations for the time use workshop will be covered for all workshop participants.  An online application form is available athttps://www.popcenter.umd.edu/research/sponsored-events/timeuse-2016/tu2016_workshop_cfa.  For more information contact Sandra Hofferth, University of Maryland, hofferth@umd.edu


    2016 01 – Call for Submissions, Time Use Across the Life Course Conference

    Papers invited for submission to the Time Use Across the Life Course Conference, coordinated by The Maryland Time Use Lab and the Maryland Population Research Center, University of Maryland, June 27-28, 2016, College Park, MD. Time is one of our most valuable resources making it essential to understand individual decisions about how they spend their time and the consequences of those time use decisions. Researchers are invited to submit abstracts for papers that address any question related to the collection or analysis of time use data. The deadline for submission of paper abstracts is February 1, 2016. Authors chosen to present papers will be notified by March 15, 2016. Submit abstracts to: timeuse-2016@umd.edu.

    (From Liana Sayer lsayer@umd.edu)


     2016 01 – SUMMER INSTITUTE IN SOCIAL-SCIENCE GENOMICS, June 19 to July 1, 2016

    Sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation’s Working Group in Biosocial Science

    From the evening of Sunday, June 19, to the morning of Friday, July 1, 2016, the Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) will sponsor a new Summer Institute in Social-Science Genomics, to be held at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

    The purpose of this two-week workshop is to introduce graduate students and beginning faculty in economics, sociology, psychology, statistics, genetics, and other disciplines to the methods of social-science genomics—the analysis of genomic data in social science research. The program will include interpretation and estimation of different concepts of heritability; the biology of genetic inheritance, gene expression, and epigenetics; design and analysis of genetic-association studies; analysis of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions; estimation and use of polygenic scores; as well as applications of genomic data in the social sciences.

    The co-organizers and principal faculty of the Summer Institute are Daniel Benjamin (USC) and David Cesarini (NYU), who will be in attendance for the full program. Visiting faculty include Dalton Conley (NYU), James Lee (University of Minnesota), Chris Dawes (NYU), Michelle Meyer (Union Graduate College), Colter Mitchell (University of Michigan), Tõnu Esko (Harvard-MIT Broad Institute), and Kevin Thom (NYU).

    The instructional program will be highly quantitative. Participants will be expected to learn relevant software packages and solve problem sets throughout the workshop. The schedule is designed to provide opportunities for students to discuss their ideas and research with the organizers, visiting faculty, and other participants. Participation is restricted to Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and untenured faculty within 10 years of the Ph.D. Most participant costs during the workshop, including housing and most meals, will be covered, and a capped travel stipend (covering most, but not all, of anticipated travel costs) will also be provided. No more than thirty applicants will be invited to participate. Participants will be required to complete one problem set in advance, and to fully attend and participate in all sessions of the program.

    There is no application form or program information beyond this announcement.

     To apply, send (i) a curriculum vitae, (ii) a statement (maximum three pages, single spaced, 11 point font) describing both any current research,

    and your interest in social-science genomics, especially as it relates to RSF research priorities (e.g., behavioral economics, social inequality, future of work; immigration), (iii) an (unofficial) course/grade transcript for doctoral students, (iv) two letters of recommendation from faculty advisors for Ph.D. student and postdoctoral researcher applicants, and (v) one writing sample of no more than 35 pages. Letters of recommendation should be as informative as possible about your standing in the program (i.e., approximate rank in your doctoral class), general ability, research potential, and (if applicable) special interest in social-science genomics.

    All applications must include an e-mail address and an alternative means of contact (e.g., phone number). Send your curriculum vitae, statement, course/grade transcript, and writing sample (all collapsed into a single pdf file) to RSF.Genomics.School@gmail.com. Ask your recommenders to send their letters to the same email address, with the following subject line: RSF recommendation letter for APPLICANT NAME. We anticipate a large pool of highly qualified applicants – applications and letters must be received by the deadline in order to make final decisions quickly. Complete applications, including letters of recommendation, must be received by Friday, February 12, 2pm Eastern Standard Time. We will notify applicants solely through email, by Monday March 14, and will ask participants to confirm their participation very soon thereafter.

     Inquiries can be sent to RSF.Genomics.School@gmail.com.

    The Summer Institute in Social-Science Genomics is an initiative of the Russell Sage Foundation and its Biosocial Science Working Group.


    2016 01 – Call for Abstracts, The New Rural-Urban Interface

    Submission deadline: February 15, 2016

    Conference Date: September 29-30, 2016

    University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Abstracts are being accepted for a multidisciplinary social science conference on the rural-urban interface in the United States. The “new” rural America is marked by growing spatial interdependence with major urban centers, and by the blurring of historical spatial and symbolic boundaries that often separate the city from the countryside. The rural-urban interface has been given new meaning and shape by the increasing back and forth flows of population, labor and capital, information and ideas, and material goods in a globalizing urban economy. See conference details and reading materials.

    Goals. The conference provides a forum for research on the cultural, economic, demographic, and political dimensions of changing social and spatial boundaries that both separate and link urban and rural America. The goal is to bring together leading social scientists in sociology, economics, political science, and geography to address common challenges facing rural and urban areas in key research domains: environment, health, housing, immigration, food systems, the labor market, and politics and civic engagement, among others. Contributions may be theoretical or empirical, but should include policy discussions and prescriptions. Papers that offer a comparative perspective on rural and urban processes, or that emphasize variations in key spatial and social interactions are especially welcome. The expectation is that outstanding conference papers will be published in July 2017 as a special issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 

    Submission guidelines. E-mail a 2-page abstract or completed paper to socialsciences@cornell.edu by February 15, 2016. Acceptance decisions will be made no later than March 30, 2016. The conference is scheduled for September 29-30, 2016 on the University of Pennsylvania campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Complete papers are expected at least two weeks in advance of the conference. Hotel and travel expenses for each conference presenter (one per paper) will be covered by the conference organizers and, budget permitting, a nominal speaking fee will be provided. 

    Contact information. For more information, see conference details, along with reading materials or contact Daniel T. Lichter, Departments of Policy Analysis and Management and Sociology, Cornell University (dtl28@cornell.edu) or James P. Ziliak, Center for Poverty Research and Department of Economics, University of Kentucky (jziliak@uky.edu).

    The conference is supported by the American Association of Political and Social Science, Cornell’s Institute for the Social Sciences, the Cornell Population Center, the Scholars Strategy Network (Finger Lakes Branch), and the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research.


    2016 01 – SUBMIT WORK FOR 2016 MEETING

    As you all know, tomorrow (1/6/2016) is the deadline to submit your work for possible presentation at the 2016 ASA meeting in Seattle.  Please consider submitting your work to one of the great sessions sponsored by our section:

    Demography and Inequality. Session Organizer: Chenoa Flippen, University of Pennsylvania

    Immigration, Nativity, and Family Dynamics. Session Organizer: Nancy S. Landale, Pennsylvania State University

    Social Movements, Conflict, and Population Dynamics. Session Organizer: Nathalie Williams, University of Washington

    We will also have a series of Sociology of Population Refereed Roundtables organized by Anna Zajacova, University of Wyoming.


    2016 01 – AWARD NOMINATIONS

    Please nominate the work you love (including your own!) for one of the Population Section’s three awards: Otis Dudley Duncan Award (best book); Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship in Population (best paper); and the Student Paper Award.  The nomination deadline for all awards is February 15!

    More information on nomination processes is available at http://www.asanet.org/sections/population_awards.cfm. [or visit the Awards page]


    2016 01 – RENEW YOURSELF AND A FRIEND

    When you renew your ASA membership, please make sure to renew your membership in the Sociology of Population Section.  This is your opportunity to directly impact the number of population-related sessions at the annual meetings, mechanisms to advance population research, and opportunities to bring new scholars to the table of social demography.

    Speaking of which, please consider sponsoring section membership for your graduate students.  The cost is low and the impact large.  You can sponsor your students’ membership by logging in at http://asa.enoah.com/Home/My-ASA/Gift-Section. Select “Population, Sociology of” from the list of sections, and click on “To search for or add a new individual, please click here.” Search for, and select, the student(s) you’d like to add to the section and then click “Proceed to Check Out.” Your student will be automatically notified of the gift via email.


    2016 01 - Happy New Year

    New Population Section Announcements will start appearing here as they arrive. You can find all the past news and announcements in one of the archives below.


    2015 [ARCHIVED]


    2015 12 – First Trans-Atlantic IMISCOE PhD Summer School

    IMISCOE and Princeton University are proud to announce the first transatlantic IMISCOE PhD Summer school. The PhD Summer school will take place between 7th -13th of August 2016 in Princeton on campus. The application procedure for PhD students from Europe is now closed. The deadline for applicants from the US was extended until the 9th of December 2015. Further information and application procedures are available at:  https://www.imiscoe.org/news/network-news/483-call-for-applications-imiscoe-phd-summer-school-2016-princeton-university.


    2015 12 – International Sociological Association, RC28 (Social Stratification and Mobility) conference

    Theme: Intergenerational Transfer, Human Capital, and Inequality

    Dates: May 26-28, 2016

    Location: Singapore

    Deadline for submission of the abstract: Dec. 10, 2015


    2015 11 – Call for Papers: The Environmental Dimensions of Fertility Decision-Making

    Special Issue of Population and Environment

    Deadline:  May 30, 2016

    For this special issue, we seek a range of empirical papers that examine the reciprocal elements of this association including the potential influences of environmental context on fertility decision-making and the implications of fertility decision-making for local environmental context. We are primarily interested in research examining these processes at the household- or local scales.  Papers should be theoretically sophisticated and methodologically rigorous and may include considerations of gender, social inequalities, environmental security, food security, among other social and environmental processes.

    More generally, the research should improve broader understanding and theory regarding the association between population and environment.  We encourage contributions based on quantitative as well as qualitative data, as well as those that focus on policy dimensions.

    Population and Environment publishes research articles (both full-length and research briefs), commentary and reviews related to the reciprocal links between population, natural resources, and the

    Submission Deadline:  May 30, 2016.  Please submit questions prior to this deadline to Lori Hunter, Editor-in-Chief (Lori.Hunter@colorado.edu).  Submitted manuscripts should be formatted in accordance with Population and Environment guidelines available in the journal or at www.springer.com.


    2015 11 – ASA 2016 Annual Meeting Call For Papers (Deadline is January 6, 2016, 3:00pm EST.)

    http://www.asanet.org/AM2016/callforpapers.cfm

     The ASA Population Section has the following section-sponsored sessions:

    1. Demography and Inequality. Session Organizer: Chenoa Flippen, University of Pennsylvania

    2. Immigration, Nativity, and Family Dynamics. Session Organizer: Nancy S. Landale, Pennsylvania State University

    3. Social Movements, Conflict, and Population Dynamics. Session Organizer: Nathalie Williams, University of Washington

    4. Section on Sociology of Population Refereed Roundtables (one-hour). Session Organizer: Anna Zajacova, University of Wyoming


    2015 11 – ASA 2016 Annual Meeting Population-Related Session Information

    The ASA section on the Sociology of Development announces the following population-related session at next summer’s ASA meeting in Seattle. Population Section members are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration.

    Population and Development: Beyond Malthus; Beyond Modernization.

    This session examines the interrelationships between population dynamics and national, regional and/or local development. Population change is conceptualized in an inclusive manner, as is development. The goal is to advance social demographic theory and research beyond conventional neo-Malthusian and modernization approaches.

    Session Organizer: David L. Brown, Cornell University, dlb17@cornell.edu


    2015 11 - Call for Nominations – Population Section

    The Population Section Nominating Committee (Kyle Crowder, Irma Elo, Margot Jackson) is preparing a slate of candidates for next year's section elections.  The following positions are available: Chair-elect, 2 Council members, and a Student Representative on the Council.  Please send nominations, including self-nominations, to Margot Jackson (margotj@brown.edu), the Chair of the Nominating Committee, by November 23, 2015.


    2015 11 - A New Tool for Using Demographic & Health Survey Data

    Check out the new free IPUMS Demographic and Health Surveys at www.idhsdata.org. IPUMS-DHS is a consistently coded and fully documented version of Demographic and Health Survey data It allows users to see at a glance the variables available in each survey, to explore variable-specific documentation highlighting comparability issues (such as different universes or question wording), and to create a customized dataset with only the samples and variables relevant to a research project, in the format (SAS, SPSS, Stata, CSV, or ASCII) chosen by the user.  It facilitates analysis across time and countries, much like IPUMS and other MPC integrated-microdata projects. It includes over 2,000 variables pertaining to women of childbearing age and their children under age 5. The database incorporates 76 samples from the following countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. The variables cover a broad range of topics relating to women's and children's health, with recent material added on household decision-making, attitudes toward intimate partner violence, beliefs about child health treatment, access to healthcare, child nutrition, diarrheal and respiratory illnesses and their treatment, and vaccinations. IPUMS-DHS is made possible with funding from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development. It is updated with new surveys, variables, and units of analysis once a year.


    2015 11 - ASA 2016 Annual Meeting Call For Papers

    (Deadline is January 6, 2016, 3:00pm EST)

    http://www.asanet.org/AM2016/callforpapers.cfm


    2015 11 - Call for Papers on the Health of Women and Men

    for a Special Issue of Biodemography and Social Biology

    Because it is clear that sex differences in health depend on social, behavioral and environmental context as well as biology, and because societies, behaviors, and environment are changing rapidly around the world, we invite the submission of papers that further our understanding of how and why women and men differ in health outcomes.

    The desire to focus a journal issue on the Health of Women and Men is timely for a number of reasons.  Recent trends in the health status of American women indicate recent trends are worse than those of peers in other countries, and worse than those for men in the United States. For example, since 1980, U.S. women have lost 1-6 years of life expectancy relative to women in comparably wealthy nations, and 2-3 years of life expectancy relative to American males.  In addition, we have rapidly increasing data resources to study health differentials between women and men and their causes, including change over time and with age.  Comparative analyses of sex differences in international settings as well as studies from individual countries using relatively newly available rich data may lead to better understanding of the biological versus social or environmental factors causing men and women to differ in health. Changes in female/male differentials with age, time or cohort could also lead to increased insight.

    Our expectation is that papers will be based on empirical analysis.  Papers should also help clarify our understanding of differences between women and men which generally requires a comparative analysis. Papers from multiple disciplines and methodological approaches are welcome.

    Eileen Crimmins

    Editor, Biodemography and Social Biology

    Submit papers for the Special Issue on the Health of Men and Women by June 1, 2016

    Biodemography and Social Biology accepts manuscript submissions electronically via the journal's ScholarOne Manuscripts site located at:

    http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bdsb


    2015 10 - Demographers’ Research Cited in Supreme Court Amicus Brief!

    Douglas Massey's and Sarah Cowan's research are cited in this Supreme Court amicus brief about population size and voting reapportionment (http://www.scotusblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Evenwel-DNCbrief092515.pdf). The case has population studies at its core and depending on how the court decides, it could transform US politics. You can read more about it in this NY Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/27/us/supreme-court-to-weigh-meaning-of-one-person-one-vote.html?_r=0.


    2015 10 - Call for Abstracts – 2016 Annual Meeting of the International Sociological Association RC28 (Stratification and Mobility)

    The ISA RC28 invites researchers to contribute to its 2016 spring conference to be held in Singapore, May 26-28, 2016. Abstract deadline is Dec 10. RC28's general objectives are to promote high quality research on social stratification and social mobility and the international exchange of scientific information in this field.  The theme of this conference is: "INTERGENERATIONAL TRANSFER, HUMAN CAPITAL, AND INEQUALITY". For more information and to submit an abstract, please visit: http://www.singaporerc28.com/call-for-proposal.html


    2015 10 - Call for Fellows – Demographic and Health Surveys Program

    2016 DHS FELLOWS PROGRAM FOR UNIVERSITY FACULTY FROM GHANA, KENYA, LESOTHO, MALAWI, NAMIBIA, NIGERIA, AND ZAMBIA -

    ICF International is now accepting applications for the 2016 round of The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) Fellows Program. The DHS Fellows Program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is designed to increase the capacity of countries to conduct further analysis of DHS data. The primary objectives of the program are:

    To teach Fellows to analyze and conduct research with DHS data;

    To strengthen skills that Fellows will use to integrate DHS data into their teaching;

    To increase the ability of Fellows to build the capacity of others to use DHS data at their home universities

    ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS

    Applications for 2016 are only being accepted from faculty members at universities in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, and Zambia. All team members must be based full-time at the home university. Applications must be from teams comprised of three faculty members from the same university who teach in departments of demography, public health, economics, sociology, geography, or other social sciences. Individuals who have already participated in a DHS data analysis workshop conducted by ICF International are not eligible. However, individuals who have only participated in a Service Provision Assessment (SPA) or Geographic Information Systems (GIS) workshop facilitated by ICF International are still eligible to apply.

    Teams must include one senior faculty member. All three team members must be available to attend two workshops organized by ICF International (see anticipated timeline below). Each fellow must bring a laptop loaded with Stata and/or SPSS for the duration of each workshop. The language for the program is English. Each team will be expected to jointly complete a publishable-quality manuscript in English on policy-relevant questions that are primarily related to one or more of the following topic areas: HIV/AIDS, sexual behavior, family planning, fertility, reproductive health, maternal and child health, or gender issues. Papers must primarily use data from DHS, SPA, or AIDS Indicator Surveys. Completed manuscripts that meet the required standards will be published by ICF International in their Working Paper series [2]. Fellows will be encouraged to submit their completed papers to peer-reviewed journals for publication.

    In addition, each team will be expected to design a plan for building capacity in the use of DHS data for teaching and research to be implemented at their home universities. Teams are required to report back on the implementation of capacity-building activities prior to completion of the program. See more at: http://dhsprogram.com/Who-We-Are/News-Room/2016-DHS-Fellows-Program-accepting-applications-until-December-1-2015.cfm


    2015 10 - Participate in the Healthy People 2020 Process

    Healthy People 2020 is seeking participation in its public comment period, open from Oct. 15-Nov. 13. The public comment period allows participants to comment on proposed new objectives to be added to the topic areas of family planning; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health; preparedness; and social determinants of health. Participants may also propose new objectives to be included in the 42 existing Healthy People 2020 topic areas. To take part in the public comment period, visit HealthyPeople.gov beginning Oct. 15. Comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. EST on Nov. 13.

    When submitting your manuscript, please Indicate that the paper is for the Special Issue on the Health of Women and Men.

    Research manuscripts should not exceed 4,500 words in length and 5 tables and figures (excluding references, tables, and figures; however Appendices are included in the length). Brief reports, not exceeding 2,500 words, are also acceptable.

    View the full Instructions for Authors here.

    http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=hsbi20&page=instructions&#.VgVLAstViko


    2015 09 – American Community Survey 2014 Planned Release

    The 2014 ACS 1-year estimates are planned for release on Thursday, September 17, 2015.

    The American Community Survey (ACS) produces statistics on numerous social, economic and housing characteristics, including language, education, the commute to work, employment, mortgage status and rent, as well as income, poverty and health insurance. The 2014 ACS 1-year estimates will be available for the nation, all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district, every metropolitan area, and all counties and places with populations of 65,000 or more. Embargo subscribers will have access to these statistics beginning noon EST Wednesday, September 16 for release at 12:01a.m. Thursday, September 17. Please note that this is a 12-hour embargo.

    The 2010-2014 ACS 5-year estimates are planned for release on Thursday, December 10, 2015. The 2010-2014 ACS 5-year estimates will be available for all geographic areas including census tracts, ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs), and block groups. For the first time, users will be able to compare two non-overlapping 5-year datasets (2005-2009 and 2010-2014). Embargo subscribers will have access to these statistics beginning Tuesday, December 8. Please note that the ACS 3-year estimates have been discontinued. Every community in the nation will continue to receive a detailed statistical portrait of its social, economic, housing and demographic characteristics through 1-year and 5-year ACS products. Please call the U.S. Census Bureau's Customer Services Center on 1 (800) 923-8282 with any questions. 


    2015 09 – Call for Proposals – Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality New Scholars Grant Competition

    The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality (CPI), a National Poverty Research Center funded by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, seeks to support research that will expand our knowledge of key trends in poverty and inequality. The CPI anticipates funding up to 3 proposals with a maximum award of $20,000 each. The awards will be made to “New Scholars” (i.e., scholars who have received their Ph.D. no earlier than 2008) who will then work collaboratively with one of the CPI’s Research Groups to carry out the proposed research project. See this PDF for more information about the program and for details about how to apply.


    2015 09 – Call for Papers – Special Issue on Methodological Innovations in Gerontology: Advances in Psychosocial Research

    Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences invites papers for an upcoming joint special issue  on methodological innovations in psychosocial research on aging. Authors are encouraged to apply innovative methods and data resources to both emerging or core questions in social gerontology. Authors also are encouraged to conclude with a brief assessment of the value of the innovative method or data source used; that is, how might innovative methods advance our substantive knowledge above and beyond what we would learn using “traditional” methods? Further details on the mission of the special issue and submission procedures can be found at the following link: http://www.oxfordjournals.org//our_journals/geronb/series%20b_methodological%20innovations%20in%20gerontology%20advances%20in%20psychosocial%20research%20(3).pdf


    2015 09 – Penn State 23rd Annual National Symposium on Family Issues – Boys and Men in African American Families

    The place and potential of Black boys and men in the U.S. was the focus of an initiative launched in the early 1990s by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s National Task Force on African American Men and Boys.  The Task Force focused its attention on “African-American men and boys who are not a part of either the recognized economic structure, or the body politic, of the country. Nor are they in community with their own ethnic group . . .”   The Task Force’s influential report, Repairing the breach: Key Ways to Support Family Life, Reclaim Our Streets and Rebuild Civil Society in America’s Communities, (Austin, 1996) noted that the health and development of Black boys and men has emerged within a larger system of forces ranging from macro-level political and economic structures and influences, to those at the community and family levels, and to the individual activities and behaviors of Black males themselves. The report also recognized that violence and disaffection toward and by Black men and boys are symptoms of this larger, multi-layered system of influences. Almost two decades after publication of Repairing the Breach, the 2015 Annual Symposium on Family Issues is aimed at contributing to the continuing dialogue on promoting the potential of Black boys and men-- with a focus on the role of family.  In developing this year’s Symposium, the Penn State team is joined by experts from Duke University and from the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School.  After opening remarks that set the stage for understanding Black male achievement in contemporary U.S. society, sessions will focus on Black males at different points across the life course, including boyhood, adolescence and young adulthood, and adulthood, with speakers and discussants providing perspectives on policy and practice and from academic disciplines ranging from sociology and demography, to public health, and clinical, social, and developmental psychology.  Within each session, presentations will delineate some of the challenges facing Black males in the U.S. and highlight family resources and supports that can foster resilience in the face of challenge. Throughout, we consider how larger social structural forces, as well as the individual behaviors and activities of boys and men, can challenge - or enhance – the impacts of family resilience processes.  Closing remarks will direct attention to the implications of family research for policy and practice. The Symposium’s larger goals are to showcase the current evidence base on family influences and family experiences of Black males within the larger context of U.S. social, economic and political structures and forces, and to provide a roadmap for interdisciplinary and translational research that advances knowledge, policy and practice—pertaining to a group that has been relatively neglected by family scholars. For more information and to register, please visit the link: http://www.pop.psu.edu/event/672/23rd-annual-national-symposium-family-issues-%E2%80%93-boys-and-men-african-american-families


    2015 09 – Help Us Get another ASA Annual Meeting Session!

    As of 9/15/2015, the Population Section of ASA has reached a new high with 538 members!  Thanks to all who have joined us! If we add 62 members by October 1 we’ll get another session at the 2016 meeting, increasing our opportunities to present and hear about population-related research in Seattle next year.

    You can help us reach that goal and, more importantly, help your students enjoy the professional benefits of membership in the Population Section by sponsoring your students’ membership in the section.  If you have a student that is already an ASA member, you can give the gift of membership in our section for only $6.  For the price of a good coffee, your student will gain access to our annual reception, Mentors’ Lunch, and other valuable professional opportunities, and will be tied into a strong network of sociologists involved in cutting-edge population research.  For only $12 you can sponsor membership for a colleague.

    Visit http://asa.enoah.com/Home/My-ASA/Gift-Section and select “Population, Sociology of” from the list of sections, then click on “To search for or add a new individual, please click here.” Search for, and select, the person you’d like to add to the section and then click “Proceed to Check Out.” Your recipient will be automatically notified of the gift via email.


    2015 09 – Call for Book Chapter Proposals – The Costs of School Closure: Contexts and Consequences

    CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS

    WORKING TITLE: The Costs of School Closure: Context and Consequences

    EDITOR: Ebony M. Duncan, Sociologist of Education at Washington University in St. Louis

    Abstract Deadline: December 1, 2015

    Chapter Deadline:  June 1, 2016

    Schools are key social organizations that allocate status and facilitate opportunities for upward social mobility. They are also sites where competing and contradictory public policies perpetuate deleterious educational and social outcomes—especially for underserved groups. In recent years, municipal governments across the United States have closed increasing numbers of public schools—particularly in high poverty, predominately African American neighborhoods. Recent reports on school closings in major cities like Chicago and Philadelphia suggest that the rise in school closings in the last two decades is associated with increasing charter school enrollment, municipal budget deficits, and a host of other political and contextual factors. The causes and consequences of school closings are certainly relevant to immediate neighborhoods, but they are also emblematic of inequities in educational access on a global scale.

    The book series, Research on African American Education, is accepting manuscripts for an upcoming title, The Costs of School Closure: Context and Consequences. The editor of The Costs of School Closure seeks original, robust manuscripts on the contexts and consequences of recent primary and secondary school closures in the United States and elsewhere. The purpose of this interdisciplinary volume is to identify how recent school closures are associated with shifts in social, economic, legal, and political contexts, as well as the implications of closures for students, their families, their teachers, and their communities. Key points to consider include: school district characteristics; historical contexts of school closures; changes in education policy; reasons for closure; how social, political, and economic contexts influence closure; and implications of school closures for students, teachers, and neighborhoods (etc.).

    SUBMISSIONS

    Authors are invited to submit abstracts (up to 250 words) by December 1, 2015. Formal invitations for submission will be extended by February 1, 2016. Accepted manuscripts are due June 1, 2016.

    Please submit abstracts to: duncane@wustl.edu  with “School Closure Abstract” in the subject line.

    Please direct any inquiries to:  Dr. Ebony M. Duncan at duncane@wustl.edu.


    2015 08 – Call for Proposals – FOA for Small Grants on Research and Methods in Health Statistics from NCHS/CDC

    This initiative invites investigator-initiated research grant applications for projects involving the development and testing of statistical and survey methodology relevant to the conduct, analysis and reporting of health surveys and vital records. Existing NCHS data sets alone or in conjunction with other data sets may be used to develop and test new survey methodology, statistical analytical approaches or methods of displaying data. Individual stand-alone projects relevant to the collection, analysis, or display of data are acceptable under this announcement. The R03 mechanism is intended to support small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. It can be used to support different types of projects including: secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; pilot and feasibility studies; development and testing of statistical and survey methodology; and the development and testing of new survey technology. http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=278051. Questions? Contact Virginia Cain at vcain@cdc.gov   


    2015 08 – New Research Brief from Asia Research Institute Changing Family in Asia Research Cluster

    Economic Stress in Asia and Policy Implications


    2015 08 – Special Issue of the Research in Political Sociology devoted to Enabling Gender Equality: Future Generations of the Global World

    Enabling Gender Equality: Future Generations of the Global World. Volume 23, Research in Political Sociology, October 2015. The volume edited by Eunice Rodriquez and Barbara Wejnert, consist of 17 papers first presented at the 1st Annual Conference on Women’s Studies in March 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The volume stemmed from the persistent need to address the key question of whether, after prolonged discussions undertaken for almost half of the century by major world-scale institutions and numerous governments and scholars, gender equality is found in todays’ countries, communities, and families across the world. The volume looks at a broad range of gender equality issues from women’s health and status in families, opportunities at work, girls’ education, health and status of widows in developing countries, girls’ health, to political participation, community involvement and global migration. As the volume concludes, to challenge gender discrimination and to secure world’s prosperity and peace, we urgently need pro-girls and pro-women policies in the contemporary, globally developing world. The issues are address by leading scholars representing various discipline from economics, political science, sociology, health science and family studies; and representing vast domain of countries in Europe, America, Middle East, Australia, Asia and Africa. Ground-breaking material, innovative topics of studies, broad range of methodological approaches, and important policy findings enhances volume’s significance. More information on the volume can be found at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/series/rps.  


    2015 08 – ASA Population Section Day Events with Room Information

    See Attached Document


    2015 08 – Special Issue of the Research in Political Sociology devoted to Enabling Gender Equality: Future Generations of the Global World

    Enabling Gender Equality: Future Generations of the Global World. Volume 23, Research in Political Sociology, October 2015. The volume edited by Eunice Rodriquez and Barbara Wejnert, consist of 17 papers first presented at the 1st Annual Conference on Women’s Studies in March 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka. The volume stemmed from the persistent need to address the key question of whether, after prolonged discussions undertaken for almost half of the century by major world-scale institutions and numerous governments and scholars, gender equality is found in todays’ countries, communities, and families across the world. The volume looks at a broad range of gender equality issues from women’s health and status in families, opportunities at work, girls’ education, health and status of widows in developing countries, girls’ health, to political participation, community involvement and global migration. As the volume concludes, to challenge gender discrimination and to secure world’s prosperity and peace, we urgently need pro-girls and pro-women policies in the contemporary, globally developing world. The issues are address by leading scholars representing various discipline from economics, political science, sociology, health science and family studies; and representing vast domain of countries in Europe, America, Middle East, Australia, Asia and Africa. Ground-breaking material, innovative topics of studies, broad range of methodological approaches, and important policy findings enhances volume’s significance. More information on the volume can be found at http://www.emeraldinsight.com/series/rps.


    2015 08 – Call for Proposals – FOA for Small Grants on Research and Methods in Health Statistics from NCHS/CDC

    This initiative invites investigator-initiated research grant applications for projects involving the development and testing of statistical and survey methodology relevant to the conduct, analysis and reporting of health surveys and vital records. Existing NCHS data sets alone or in conjunction with other data sets may be used to develop and test new survey methodology, statistical analytical approaches or methods of displaying data. Individual stand-alone projects relevant to the collection, analysis, or display of data are acceptable under this announcement. The R03 mechanism is intended to support small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. It can be used to support different types of projects including: secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; pilot and feasibility studies; development and testing of statistical and survey methodology; and the development and testing of new survey technology. http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=278051. Questions? Contact Virginia Cain at vcain@cdc.gov


    2015 08 – New Research Brief from Asia Research Institute Changing Family in Asia Research Cluster

    Economic Stress in Asia and Policy Implications


    2015 07 – New on the NICHD website: Exploring Population Dynamics

     NICHD’s Population Dynamics Branch supports research on a range of topics, including the factors that make populations rise and fall, such as fertility and mortality. Here’s what branch chief Rebecca Clark had to say http://www.nichd.nih.gov/news/resources/spotlight/Pages/072115-pop-dynamics.aspx


    2015 07 – Webinar – Demography, the Health Care Workforce, and the Impact of Innovation

    As more and more baby boomers close in on retirement, the country’s aging population poses new and difficult policy choices. No industry sector is more affected by this demographic shift than the health care field, where increased demand for services could result in shortages of skilled workers. Technology may offer ways to close the gap in skilled labor by boosting productivity. For this webinar, we will examine the demographic trends of the graying of America and its economic implications. We will also look at how these changes affect consumption of goods and services, as well as demand for particular occupations. We will also show how to simulate changes in the demand for labor based on productivity increases due to technological innovations. This presentation will be approximately one hour in length, and we offer it at no charge via the Citrix GotoWebinar web conferencing platform. Advanced registration is required

    Register here: http://www.remi.com/events/demography-the-health-care-workforce-and-the-impact-of-innovation


    2015 07 – Call for Proposals – NCFR Innovations Grants

    NCFR will support up to two $10,000 innovation grants over the next year. The grants program is designed to enhance interdisciplinary collaborations around issues of importance to family well-being. To that end, applicants must make a strong case that their proposed activities foster interdisciplinary collaborations, preferably among NCFR members, and support the Global Ends of NCFR. Proposals should explicitly describe how the project promotes collaborations across disciplines including but not limited to: family science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, child development, religious studies, economics, political science, and health. We encourage projects that aim to bridge the areas of research and practice and that build on a strong theoretical framework or advance theory. The call for proposals is intentionally broad to encourage a variety of innovative proposals that meet these objectives. Note, however, that funding will not be granted for supporting conferences or workshops. Proposals must be emailed to Jeanne Strand by 11:59 p.m. CT on Sept. 1, 2015. https://www.ncfr.org/awards/ncfr-innovation-grants


    2015 07 – Special Issue of the Annals Devoted to Residential Inequality in American Neighborhoods and Communities

    Residential Inequality in American Neighborhoods and Communities. Volume 660, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, July 2015. This volume, edited by Barrett Lee, Glenn Firebaugh, John Iceland, and Stephen Matthews, consists of 17 papers first presented at the Penn State Stratification Conference last fall. Motivating the volume is the dogged persistence of residential inequality in the United States. Although many people pursue the American Dream, seeking desirable homes and neighborhoods, their progress has been slowed by rising income disparities, natural disasters, the Great Recession, mortgage foreclosures, and dramatic swings in housing prices. Whether immigrants and their children are able to achieve their residential goals is another current concern. At the same time, longstanding spatial divides along race and class lines have been sustained through discriminatory practices and individuals’ preferences to live near those similar to themselves.

    The contributors to the volume, who include leading scholars from multiple disciplines, explore how stratification intersects with the residential landscape. Their research highlights linkages between socioeconomic and ethnoracial statuses and four spatial sorting processes: segregation, housing and locational attainment, residential mobility, and neighborhood change. State-of-the-art substantive work is featured, with many of the papers employing innovative methods or data to speak to issues of both theoretical and policy importance. More information about the volume can be found at http://ann.sagepub.com/.


    2015 07 – Preview of New ACS Website

    A preview version of the U.S. Census Bureau's newly designed website for the American Community Survey (ACS) is now available. The website has a look and feel and contains terminology consistent withcensus.gov, allowing users to quickly find information thanks to an easy to understand hierarchical structure. We hope that you will enjoy browsing our new site and find more options and information each time.

    While you get used to our new website, please use the links below to find the new versions of some of our most popular pages.

    ACS Homepage

    About the Survey

    Respond to the Survey

    Data Releases

    Data

    Guidance for Data Users

    Geography & ACS

    Technical Documentation

    (Once you locate your favorite page, press CTRL+D to create a new bookmark. Please plan to update your bookmarks soon, as the current live site will be unavailable after June 23.)


    2015 07 –Special Issue of the Annals Devoted to Residential Inequality in American Neighborhoods and Communities

    This special issue is edited by Barrett Lee, Glenn Firebaugh, John Iceland, and Stephen Matthews and features papers written by several Pop section members. http://ann.sagepub.com/content/current


    2015 07 – Call for Applications – Work and Family Researchers Network 2016 Early Career Work and Family Fellowship

    The Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN) is seeking applicants for 20

    16 Early Career Work and Family Fellowships. The goal of the program is to help promising young scholars establish career successes, as well as connect them to the WFRN community. Fifteen scholars will be selected for the program. Fellows receive a one-year membership in the WFRN, conference registration, and $500 to help defer expenses to attend the 2016 WFRN Conference (to be held June 23-25, 2016 in Washington, D.C.). At the conference, special events will be targeted to serve the interests of fellows, including networking opportunities with senior scholars and teaching/research workshops. In addition, fellows will be connected with one another in periodic encounters beyond the conference, intended to facilitate collaboration and peer-mentorship. To be eligible, candidates must have received their doctorate in 2013 or later and have yet to progress into tenured or secure senior-level positions. Eligibility is not restricted on the basis of national location. Information about the program and application materials can be found here. The deadline for receipt of applications is September 15, 2015. Questions about the program can be addressed to Stephen Sweet, the program director, at ssweet@ithaca.edu.


    2015 06 – FREE WORKSHOP – Introductory Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

    Introductory Geographic Information Systems (GIS) workshop. Dr. Georgiana Bostean, Assistant Professor at Chapman University, will be leading a free two-day, hands-on introduction to GIS (using ArcMap) workshop at the University of Melbourne, July 23-24, 2015.

    TOPICS TO BE COVERED INCLUDE:

    ·         EXAMPLES OF GIS USES IN VARIOUS DISCIPLINES

    ·         BASICS OF GIS

    ·         GETTING STARTED IN ARCMAP

    ·         USING US CENSUS DATA IN GIS

    For information, contact Dr. Leah Ruppanner of the University of Melbourne (leah.ruppanner@unimelb.edu.au).


    2015 06 – Call for Proposals – Population Association of America Initiatives Committee

    The Initiatives Committee (IC) of the Population Association of America (PAA) is soliciting proposals from PAA standing committees and members for activities that promote the strategic goals of the Association. Funding for this effort comes from PAA member contributions to the PAA Fund. The IC is charged with soliciting and evaluating proposals from PAA Committees and/or the PAA membership which are aimed at:

    • Increasing the PAA’s effective public profile
    • Increasing PAA diversity along multiple dimensions
    • Cultivating sustained engagement among PAA’s early career membership
    • Holding workshops or conferences at the annual meeting or at other times which would benefit a significant fraction of the membership
    • Supporting other types of activities which would be of value to the PAA in other ways

    The IC will present to the Board at its fall meeting a ranking of the proposals it has received, using its own judgment on which proposals have the highest merit. Requests will be considered that continue ongoing activities not funded in the PAA operating budget or that propose new activities. Proposed activities must benefit the organization/membership broadly – not a select group of people, and activities should provide a benefit in the near term, rather than requiring sustained funding over the long term. The size of awards will vary depending on the needs and goals of the proposal. For member proposals, priority will be given to initiatives for which matching funds are available or are being sought by the applicant. As a general guideline, the range of awards will be $2,000 to $15,000. The PAA Board has allocated approximately $50,000 from the PAA Fund for this initiative for 2015 awards. For information on how to apply, please see the attached PDF announcement.


    2015 06 – Call for Applications – Workshop and Training on Formal Demography

    The Berkeley Population Center and the Center on Economics and Demography of Aging are pleased to announce a summer workshop and conference on formal demography, to take place August 16-21. The special emphasis topic will be economic demography.  It will feature 3 days of training in formal demographic methods for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, assistant professors and other early career researchers.  This portion will be followed by a two-day conference of presentations on applications of these methods to be presented by a panel of senior researchers from Cal as well as others invited from around the country.  Out of town trainees will be provided lodging and limited reimbursement for travel expenses.  For more information about the program, applying and formal demography, visit the program website,

    http://popcenter.berkeley.edu/events/formaldemog.shtml. Applications that wish to be considered with travel funds are due June 1, 2015. We will accept applications through June 30, 2015. For any questions, please write to Dr. Leora Lawton, Executive Director, Berkeley Population Center, popcenter@demog.berkeley.edu


    2015 06 – Call for Applications – Social Science Research Council Abe Fellowship

    Now Accepting Applications - Deadline: Sept. 1, 5PM (EST)

    Please note the new research agenda for 2015!

    OVERVIEW

    The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership (CGP) announce the annual Abe Fellowship competition. The Abe Fellowship is designed to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The Abe Fellowship Program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant topics of long-range importance and who are willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network built around such topics. Click here for information on our most recent Abe Fellows.

    The goal of the Abe Fellowship Program is to encourage international multidisciplinary research on topics of pressing global concern. The program seeks to foster the development of a new generation of researchers who are interested in policy-relevant topics of long-range importance and who are willing to become key members of a bilateral and global research network built around such topics. It strives especially to promote a new level of intellectual cooperation between the Japanese and American academic and professional communities committed to and trained for advancing global understanding and problem solving. Here is a link if you’d like to learn more: http://www.ssrc.org/programs/abe-fellowship-program/

    RESEARCH AGENDA

    Applicants are invited to submit proposals for research in the social sciences and related fields relevant to any of the following four themes:

    • Threats to Personal, Societal, and International Security
    • Social, Scientific, and Cultural Trends and Transformations
    • Growth and Sustainable Development
    • Governance, Empowerment, and Participation

    Research projects should be policy relevant, contemporary, and comparative or transnational.

    FELLOWSHIP TERMS

    Terms of the fellowship are flexible and are designed to meet the needs of Japanese and American researchers at different stages in their careers.

    The program provides Abe Fellows with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 12 months of full-time support over a 24-month period.

    Part-time residence abroad in the United States or Japan is required.

    ELIGIBILITY

    Applicants must:

    • be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Japan. (Nationals of other countries MUST demonstrate a serious, long-term affiliation with research communities in the United States or Japan.)
    • hold a PhD or the terminal degree in their field, or equivalent professional experience at the time of application.

    Applications from researchers in professions other than academia are encouraged.

    CONTACT

    For further information and to apply, go to:

    http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/abe-fellowship/

    Contact SSRC staff at abe@ssrc.org.


    2015 06 – Congratulations to Jessica Ulrich-Schad, Purdue University

    Jessica is the 2015 winner of the Rural Sociological Society Population Research Interest Group Graduate Student Paper Award for her paper: “Recreational Amenities, Rural Migration Patterns, and the Great Recession”. The competition was open to current graduate students and recent graduates who received their degrees no earlier than May 2014 and who submitted a paper in the areas of rural demography and population studies.  The winner of the award receives a cash prize to defray part of the cost of attending the 2015 RSS meeting. Congrats, Jessica!


    2015 06 – Information about Population Section Day at ASA Annual Meeting

    Join Us for the Population Day at ASA - Saturday, August 22, 2015

    Section on Sociology of Population Roundtables - 8:30 to 9:30am

    Table 01. Health and Education among Hispanics

    Table 02. Predictors of Fertility in Low Fertility Contexts

    Table 03. Making the Most of a Multidisciplinary Postdoctoral Experience

    Table 04. How to Prepare Yourself for the Job Market

    Table 05. Demographic and Socioeconomic Associations with Physical and Mental Health

    Table 06. Life Course Events and Health in China

    Table 07. Abortion, Pregnancy and Childbearing Preferences

    Table 08. Health Outcomes in Less Developed Countries

    Table 09. Family and Population Studies in Asia

    Table 10. Strategies for Demographers at Colleges and Universities without a Population Research Center

    Section on Sociology of Population Business Meeting - 9:30 to 10:10am

    Section on Sociology of Population Paper Sessions

    LGBT Health Disparities - 10:30am to 12:10pm

    Spatial Stratification - 2:30 to 4:10pm

    Race/Ethnicity and Population Dynamics - 4:30 to 6:10pm

    Joint Reception: Section on the Sociology of the Family and Section on Sociology of Population - 6:30 to 8:30pm

    Population Section Mentor/Mentee Lunch – 12:00pm

    On August 22 at noon the section will host a mentor/mentee lunch at the Terzo Piano restaurant located on the third floor of the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago.  Terzo Piano is about a 10 minute walk from the conference hotels.  As the “semi-private” room in the restaurant can comfortably accommodate up to 30 people, we would like to host 15 mentees whose meals will be picked up by 15 mentors.  The lunch--possibly costing $67.00 per mentor--is a light lunch with refreshments.  Those interested in attending the event should contact Peter Brandon (pbrandon@albany.edu), Kathleen Cagney (kacagney@uchicago.edu), or James Raymo (jraymo@ssc.wisc.edu).  Mentors can pay Peter on the day.  The section is delighted to host this networking lunch. 

     Population Section Reception - 6:30pm-8:30pm

    Population Section Reception held jointly with the Family Section

    Saturday, August 22, 2015 6:30pm-8:30pm

    Location:      The Gage: Theodore Ascher Room and Bar

    24 South Michigan Avenue - located between Madison and       Monroe Streets.

    http://www.opentable.com/rest_profile_privatedining.aspx?rid=10315

    Thematic Session - Counting the LGBT Population in Federal Statistical Systems

    The Pop Section chair also organized the following invited thematic session that will be on Sunday, August 23, 10:30am to 12:10pm

    Thematic Session - Counting the LGBT Population in Federal Statistical Systems. For further detail, see http://www.asanet.org/AM2015/am_2015.cfm


    2015 06 – Special Journal Issues of Interest

    Yeung, W.J. and Cheung, A. (2015) Guest Editors. Living Alone: One Person Households in Asia, A special collection in Demographic Research, V.32. 2015.

    Yeung, W. J. and Jones G. (2014) Guest Editors. Marriage in Asia, A special issue in Journal of Family Issues, 35(12).


    2015 06 – ASA Population Section Election Results

    Chair-Elect (1-year term begins in 2015):

    John Iceland, Penn State University

    Secretary/Treasurer (3-year term begins in 2015):

    Philip Cohen, University of Maryland

    Council Members (3-year term begins in 2015:

    Margot Jackson, Brown University

    Anna Zajacova, University of Wyoming

    Student Member (2-year term begins in 2015)

    Raeven Faye Chandler, Penn State University


    2015 06 – Call for Applications – The Data Sharing for Demographic Research Project, Meeting

    The Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR) project, funded by NICHD, is seeking interested PHD candidates and/or post-docs to attend the upcoming meeting in August in DC with NICHD to discuss data sharing. The purpose of the meeting is to bring together a group of researchers to discuss topics that continue to be of great interest in the demography and population science communities (e.g. genomic data, deductive disclosure risk, data harmonization, big data) and to reach consensus in terms of program activities that could be developed by the DSDR project which would make a relevant and positive contribution in these areas. Please see DSDR's website for more information about the project (www.icpsr.umich.edu/icpsrweb/DSDR/) or contact Dr. Mary McEniry at mmceniry@umich.edu.  All travel expenses will be covered for attendees.


    2015 06 – Call for Applications – Workshop and Training on Formal Demography

    The Berkeley Population Center and the Center on Economics and Demography of Aging are pleased to announce a summer workshop and conference on formal demography, to take place August 16-21. The special emphasis topic will be economic demography.  It will feature 3 days of training in formal demographic methods for advanced graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, assistant professors and other early career researchers.  This portion will be followed by a two-day conference of presentations on applications of these methods to be presented by a panel of senior researchers from Cal as well as others invited from around the country.  Out of town trainees will be provided lodging and limited reimbursement for travel expenses.  For more information about the program, applying and formal demography, visit the program website,

    http://popcenter.berkeley.edu/events/formaldemog.shtml. Applications that wish to be considered with travel funds are due June 1, 2015. We will accept applications through June 30, 2015. For any questions, please write to Dr. Leora Lawton, Executive Director, Berkeley Population Center, popcenter@demog.berkeley.edu


    2015 06 – Call for Applications – Editor of Journal of Marriage and Family

    The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is seeking nominations and applications for the position of editor of the Journal of Marriage and Family (JMF). The term of the current editor, R. Kelly Raley, University of Texas at Austin, will be completed with the publication of the December 2016 issue.

    The four-year term of the new editor will begin with the publication of the February 2017 issue. Editorial responsibilities, however, will begin to transfer to the new editor beginning January 2016. The JMF search committee anticipates selecting the new editor at the annual NCFR conference in November 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

    Nominees and applicants must be members of NCFR. The search committee will begin reviewing nominations and applications on September 1, 2015.

    The search committee members include: Alan J. Hawkins, chair (Brigham Young University), Marilyn Coleman (University of Missouri), Frank Fincham, (Florida State University), Daphne Hernandez (University of Houston), David R. Johnson (Penn State University), and Kei Nomaguchi (Bowling Green State University).

    For a detailed description of the editor’s responsibilities, please email Jeanne Strand at NCFR office at jeannestrand@ncfr.org.

    Nominations and applications, including a letter of application and a curriculum vitae, should be emailed to Jeanne Strand at jeannestrand@ncfr.org or mailed to her at:

    Search Committee for Editor of Journal of Marriage and Family

    National Council on Family Relations

    1201 West River Parkway, Suite 200

    Minneapolis, MN, USA 55454

    Phone 888-781-9331

    Fax: 763-781-9348


    2015 06 – Request for Pilot Proposals from the Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities

    The Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities invites interested investigators to submit pilot proposals for research that address racial/ethnic disparities in US population health and mortality. Projects will begin in summer of 2015 and must be completed by June 30th, 2016. See attached announcement for more information. Deadline is June 12.


    2015 06 – Call for Abstracts, Social Observatories Coordinating Network Conference on New Data Linkages

    The Social Observatories Coordinating Network (https://socialobservatories.org) is planning to hold a conference in the Washington DC area in March 2016. The conference will highlight research programs that demonstrate novel linkages between at least two distinct data sources, types, or modalities and which answer an important social scientific question. Examples of novel data linkages include—but are by no means limited to—new combinations of survey and administrative data; psychometrics and air quality; community indicators and individual observational data; social analytics and voting data; and social media and economic indicators. Papers must relate empirical results from a study that addresses a specific research question (i.e. mere description of data resources is not sufficient). Themes are equally open. Of particular interest are social mobility; social change and adaptation; social inequality; and other key social and behavioral science topics. Paper drafts will be presented at a conference on March 24-25, 2016. Revised papers will be submitted for an edited volume of a journal. Selected participants will have conference expenses paid and will receive a modest honorarium upon the successful acceptance of their article. Interested researchers should submit a 3-5 page paper prospectus or abstract to Sandra Hofferth at hofferth@umd.edu by August 20, 2015. Submitters will be notified by October 15, 2015.

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    2015 06 – Call for Papers, Alp-Pop 2016

    Alp-Pop brings together scholars interested in population issues across several disciplines, including demography, economics, epidemiology, political science, sociology, and psychology. The conference emphasizes empirical rigor and innovation over a given topic or geographical area, and meets the challenges of interdisciplinary and international audiences. We welcome submissions on all population issues (e.g., population and health, migration, families and the welfare state, population and economic development/institutions, well-being, etc.). We particularly encourage submissions that take a life-course perspective and/or address social inequalities. Submissions of original papers or extended abstracts are invited by August 15, 2015, and submitters will be notified of acceptance within a couple of weeks. Submissions and inquiries should be addressed via e-mail to: alp.pop@unibocconi.it. The confirmed Ski-note speakers for the 2016 Conference are Daniel Hamermesh (Royal Holloway—University of London and University of Texas at Austin) and Elizabeth Thomson (SUDA, Stockholm University and University of Wisconsin–Madison). Alp-Pop scholars confer both formally and informally. A traditional conference program (paper and poster presentations) mixes with group activities in a world-class winter resort. The conference location, Hotel du Golf, is very close to the ski slopes of Villars and was chosen strategically for its proximity to both Geneva and Torino/Milano. If there is demand, we will also aim to organize childcare. Please indicate in your application if you intend to bring children along to the conference, as well as their ages.

    Organizing committee: Arnstein Aassve (Bocconi University), Laura Bernardi (University of Laussanne), Michele Pellizzari (University of Geneva), and Domenico Tabasso (University of Geneva). Alp-Pop is organized by the Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics and Public Policy at Bocconi University and the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES: Overcoming vulnerability: Life course perspectives.


    2015 06 – Penn State’s 23rd Annual Symposium on Family Issues, Oct 26-27, 2015

    BOYS AND MEN IN AMERICAN FAMILIES: The 2015 Symposium is aimed at contributing to the continuing dialogue on promoting the potential of Black boys and men, with a focus on the role of family. The annual Symposium gathers distinguished researchers, young scholars and students, policy makers, and health and human service providers.

    Featured Topics:

    • Challenges facing Black males in the U.S. across the lifecourse
    • The role of families in the wel

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    2014 12 – Request for Pilot Proposals – Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21st Century America

    The Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities invites interested investigators to submit proposals that address women’s health for seven-month pilot research projects. Proposals must be submitted by January 18, 2015. Projects must be completed by August 31st, 2015.

    The new NIA supported research network promotes research dedicated to understanding health dynamics and disparities in the United States.

    Please click here to read the Request for Pilot Proposals.


    2014 12 – Call for Papers – International Conference on Population Geographies

    We are delighted to announce that the 8th International Conference on Population Geographies will be held at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, from 30th June to 3rd July 2015. The call for papers is now open. The deadline for submissions is Monday 16th February 2015.

    We invite papers from all fields of population geography and allied disciplines, especially contributions around the following themes:

    • Spatial demography
    • Migration and development
    • Ethnicity and segregation
    • Migration and the environment
    • Households and housing
    • Demography of the life course
    • Fertility and the family
    • Towards the end: death and dying
    • Ageing and morbidity
    • Indigenous populations
    • Official statistics
    • Exploiting big data
    • Data visualisation and communication
    • Demographic projections
    • Applications of demography
    • Population health

    We also welcome proposals for other sessions and offers to organise or convene sessions.

    Abstracts for papers and posters should be around 250 words and include the title, authors, affiliations, and contact email, and be sent to icpg2015@uq.edu.au. For all other aspects of the conference, contact icpg2015@absoluteevents.com.au.

    Key dates:

    • Monday 16th February 2015 - Deadline for submitting abstracts
    • Monday 9th March 2015 – Notification of acceptance. 
    • Monday 16th March – Registration opens.
    • Monday 4th May – Deadline for Early bird Registration.

    Other essential details of the conference including venue, accommodation, and travel will be made available progressively on the Conference website at: http://www.icpg2015.org


    2014 12 – Population Reference Bureau – Policy Communication Training

    The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is pleased to announce the 2015-2016 U.S. Policy Communication Training Program!

    Through the generous support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), we are able to offer an in-depth policy communication training to U.S. citizens and permanent residents studying demography, population health, and reproductive health in doctoral programs at U.S. academic institutions.

    This training program builds on PRB’s 40-year legacy of training researchers to communicate their findings for policy change.   We are pleased to be able to offer a program designed to develop skills that U.S. researchers need to communicate with U.S. policy audiences, including decision makers and the media.

    We hope you will join us in spreading the word about this new opportunity.  Please see this announcement for eligibility criteria and instructions on how to apply.


    2014 12 – Call for Proposals – Small Grants for Research Using PSID Data

    The Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID), with support from the National Institute on Aging, announces a small grant competition.  The competition will fund 4-8 scholars in the range of $10,000-$20,000 each to use PSID to conduct research using new data on intergenerational transfers, extended family connections, and time use.  Funded projects will generate papers that will be presented, along with other invited posters and presentations, at a two-day conference to be held June 9-10, 2016.  Proposals may request support to analyze either PSID’s 2013 Family Roster and Transfer Module or the 2009 / 2013 Disability and Use of Time (DUST) supplements or both.  Applications are due March 2, 2015.  For details see the full announcement here. Questions may be directed to Bob Schoeni bschoeni@umich.edu.


    2014 11 - ASA Population Section Call for Nominations and Award Announcements

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    2014 11 – Climate, Migration and Health Workshop Announcement

    Climate, Migration & Health: Connections through Natural Disasters and Displacement

    University of Colorado Population Center (CUPC)

    Boulder, Colorado, April 9-10, 2015

    With support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, the Institute of Behavioral Science and University of Colorado Population Center (CUPC) are hosting the 1st annual workshop on Climate, Migration and Health.  This year's sub-theme is natural disasters and displacement. The two-day workshop, held in Boulder, Colorado, will bring together 10 researchers and 2 policy communicators to showcase innovative research on natural disasters, displacement and health, as well as to identify gaps and develop collaborations.

    Researchers from social and natural sciences are encouraged to apply.  Funds are available for partial reimbursement of domestic travel and lodging. Applicants must be post-PhD and we aim for an interdisciplinary mix of junior and senior scholars. To be considered for this workshop, please send a CV and a complete paper, working draft, or an extended abstract (including data description, methods, and preliminary results) by January 9th, 2015.  Decisions will be made by January 23rd.

    Please address questions to Lori.Hunter@colorado.edu

    Please submit papers to Cheryl.Graham@colorado.edu


    2014 11 – Call for Abstracts – 2nd Annual ACS Data Users Conference

    May 11-13, 2015

    College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, College Park, MD

    Deadline: Jan. 14, 2015

    Acceptance Notification Date: Feb. 20, 2015

    The second annual American Community Survey (ACS) Data Users Conference will bring together ACS data users and staff from the U.S. Census Bureau to increase understanding of the value and utility of ACS data and to promote information sharing among data users about key ACS data issues and applications. The conference will include contributed presentations by ACS data users, invited sessions, hands-on training, and opportunities for networking.

    We are inviting abstracts on any topic relating to ACS data issues and applications, but we are especially interested in new and innovative uses of ACS data, and ACS applications that inform policy and business decisions. For examples of presentation topics from the May 2014 inaugural ACS Data Users Conference, review the program.

    To submit an abstract, visit www.acsdatausers.org. Registration for the conference will open in early 2015 and will be free for all conference presenters and participants.

    Please forward this announcement to others who may be interested.


    2014 11 – ASA Members – Comment on Census Bureau Proposal to Remove Marriage and Degree Field Questions on ACS

    On October 31, the Census Bureau announced a proposal to remove seven questions from the American Community Survey (ACS), including marital history and field of undergraduate degree. If you rely on these data, you have an opportunity to comment on and influence possible modifications to the Census Bureau’s proposed actions by December 30, 2014.

    https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/10/31/2014-25912/proposed-information-collection-comment-request-the-american-community-survey-content-review-results


    2014 11 – ASA Annual Meeting Call for Papers

    The online submission system will open on Dec 5. The deadline for submissions is Jan 7 at 3:00 pm EST. Here are the sessions sponsored by the Pop Section this year:

    1. Spatial Stratification. The session is devoted to patterns, processes, and repercussions of spatial inequality, broadly defined. Papers may focus on: shifting patterns of residential segregation by race/ethnicity, nativity, gender, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics; mobility or migration patterns and other forces that shape patterns of residential stratification; and/or effects of residence on health, educational attainment, earnings, crime exposure, or other individual- or group-level outcomes.

    Session Organizer: Kyle Crowder, University of Washington

    2. Race/Ethnicity and Population Dynamics. The U.S. population has become increasingly racially diverse over the last few decades, raising hopes for integration but also introducing concerns about the emergence of new forms of racial stratification. This session seeks to highlight work exploring the interrelationships between population and race/ethnicity, including topics such as how population processes influence racial/ethnic identity, inequality, and segregation, and how racial/ethnic disparities transform demographic change.

    Session Organizer: Matthew Hall, Cornell University

    3. LGBT Health Disparities. The 2011 Institute of Medicine report on LGBT Health and the new goals in Healthy People 2020 to significantly reduce LGBT health disparities have increased scholarly interest in the determinants of LGBT physical and mental health. This session will feature papers that draw on sociological theory to help understand and explain LGBT health disparities, broadly defined (physical, emotional, mental). Papers in both the U.S. and international contexts will be considered.

    Session Organizer: Kyler J. Sherman-Wilkins, Pennsylvania State University

    4. *Section on Sociology of Population Roundtables (one-hour).

    Session Organizer: Irma T. Elo, University of Pennsylvania

    *Session will be 1 hour followed by the section’s 40 minute business meeting


    2014 11 – New ASA Committee on Revising the Code of Ethics

    At the annual meeting in San Francisco, the Executive Officer, Sally Hillsman, met with the Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE) and suggested that it was time to revisit the Code of Ethics.  It has been more than fifteen years since any revisions have been made to the Code, and a great deal of change has taken place.  At the very least, social, regulatory, and technological advances have had striking impacts on the field.  Moreover, it is anticipated that the federal Department of Health and Human Services will soon announce changes to The Common Rule, which governs the vast majority of human subjects research efforts. To that end, an ASA committee has been formed to consider possible revisions.  All members are either current or former members of COPE.  It is chaired by Tom Van Valey, and the other members are Earl Babbie, Guillermina Jasso, John Kennedy, and Roberta Lessor.

    The committee is completely open to considering any topic or issue that might affect the Code.  In addition, we welcome suggestions of other members who could serve as resources with regard to specific issues.  To this end, the ASA has set up an email account for members and others to communicate with the committee.  It is COPE@asanet.org.  If your organization has a concern, a suggestion of a topic or a resource person, or even if someone wants to volunteer to help, simply send a message to that address.  You will be contacted by a committee member.

    The ASA’s Code of Ethics

    Starting in 1971, the ASA has had a working Code of Ethics approved by its membership.  Since then, the ASA Code has been revised several times, most recently in 1997. Both the Code and the procedures for COPE - the ASA Committee on Professional Ethics (which is responsible for enforcing the Code) - can be found on the ASA website at www.asanet.org/about/ethics.cfm


    2014 11 - Section Nominations

    The Population Section Nominating Committee is beginning to prepare a slate of candidates for next year's section elections for the following positions: Chair elect, 2 council members, secretary treasurer, and a student member. Please send your suggestions to the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Professor Christopher Browning, Ohio State University, email: browning.90@osu.edu by November 15, 2014. 


    2014 11 - New Book by Population Section Member, Sanyu A. Mojola

    Love, Money and HIV: Becoming a Modern African Woman in the Age of AIDS, University of California Press

    http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520280946

    How do modern women in developing countries experience sexuality and love? Drawing on a rich array of interview, ethnographic, and survey data from her native country of Kenya, Sanyu A. Mojola examines how young African women, who suffer disproportionate rates of HIV infection compared to young African men, navigate their relationships, schooling, employment, and finances in the context of economic inequality and a devastating HIV epidemic. Writing from a unique outsider-insider perspective, Mojola argues that the entanglement of love, money, and the transformation of girls into “consuming women” lies at the heart of women’s coming-of-age and health crises. At once engaging and compassionate, this text is an incisive analysis of gender, sexuality, and health in Africa.


    2014 10 - Call for Applications to the NLSY 1997 Postsecondary Research Network, Deadline December 19, 2014

    The University of Texas Population Research Center is now accepting proposals for talented researchers (at any career stage) to join a year-long research network using the newly available National Longitudinal Study of Youth 1997 (NLSY97) Postsecondary Transcript Data. The goal is to support outstanding scholars using the data to publish peer-reviewed journal articles. Early career scholars may request assignment to a senior mentor for the year. Successful proposals will receive up to $5000 in research support in the form of a stipend or research assistance, plus travel support to attend a culminating meeting to be held January 14-15, 2016 in Austin, TX.  The workshop is designed to present analyses of these data, to receive and exchange feedback on findings from other data users, and to provide advice to the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth Postsecondary Transcript Study (NLSY-PTS) on variable construction.

    The NLSY 1997 Postsecondary Transcript (and Survey) data contain detailed information on timing of enrollment in two and four-year institutions, credits earned, failures, remedial coursework, transfer credits, degree attainment, GPA, major, and CCM course codes. In addition, restricted-use data files contain IPEDS codes allowing researchers to link to databases describing institutional characteristics. More broadly, the NLSY is a national study with information on employment, earnings, occupation, family background, family formation (fertility, marriage, and cohabitation), health, and health behaviors. These data are well suited to exploring research questions about the transition from schooling into the labor force, as well as the implications of postsecondary experiences on later health and family outcomes.

    To apply, send proposals (2 single-spaced pages maximum) describing the aims of the study and providing basic information on your planned approach to Elizabeth Johnson (ejohnson@prc.utexas.edu) no later than 5 pm CST December 19 2014. In the proposal you should identify the sample that you plan to use, information on your key independent and dependent variables (including timing of measurement), and your modeling approach. Decisions will be made by January 30, 2015. A first draft of the paper is due August 28, with feedback returned within a month if requested. A final draft to be distributed to the full working group is due December 18, 2015.


    2014 10 - New Book by Population Section Member, Loretta E. Bass

    African Immigrant Families in Another France, by Loretta E. Bass, University of Oklahoma. 

    The incorporation of Sub-Saharan African immigrant families is a key issue for France and Europe at large. Using the voices of first and second-generation immigrants, this book illustrates how racial and immigrant statuses are assigned simultaneously and inseparably for those of African-descent in France, and in turn limit employment and social cohesion, often irrespective of an individual’s qualifications or citizenship documents. First- and second-generation African youth report being, “French on the inside, African on the out,” because they hold a French mentality but are continually treated as outsiders. At the same time, this research connects individual-level cultural and religious factors that shape varied levels of resilience and immigrant outcomes. This book explains how the practices of French universalism and secularism together have become a straightjacket and ostrich policy for France, as the difficulties of incorporation are obfuscated by data regulations that limit the ability to measure social inequalities patterned by ethnic or immigrant descent. 

    To read chapter one for free, visit:  http://www.palgrave.com/resources/sample-chapters/9780230361959_sample.pdf.

    Use the promotional code PM14THIRTY to get 30% off the price until Dec. 31, 2014. The US and Canada use: http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/?sf1=id_product&st1=544985&loc=us. Outside the US and Canada use http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/?sf1=id_product&st1=544985&loc=uk. For a review copy, send request on letterhead to: Fax: 212-674-6132 or St. Martin's Press, Publicity Dept., 175 5th Ave., NY, NY 10010.


    2014 10 - Proposals Invited for 3 ASA Editorships

    The ASA Committee on Publications encourages applications for the editorships of American Sociological Review, Sociological Methodology, and Sociological Theory. The official term for the new editors (or co-editors) will begin in January 2016 (the editorial transition will start in August 2015) and is for a minimum of three years (until December 2018), with a possible reappointment of up to an additional two years. See complete application procedures and samples of previous successful proposals.


    2014 10 - Call for Papers – Special Issue of American Behavioral Scientist

    Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the American Behavioral Scientist “Measuring the Diverging Components of Race in Multiracial America.”

    We invite article submissions to be considered for a special issue of American Behavioral Scientist on the theme “Measuring the Diverging Components of Race in Multiracial America."

    For increasing numbers of people, the lived reality of “race” is not a single, consistent identity but experiences with many conflicting components. Major demographic trends in the last 50 years have spurred this racial complexity in the United States. High rates of immigration and intermarriage have increased the size of populations that may not self-identify in the same way that they are perceived by others. Different components of race – such as how people self-identify, how they are seen by others, their phenotype, or their ancestry – have different implications for the types of inequality and social processes we measure in social science, but not all of these components are measured in surveys or other empirical research. There are problems with using measures of one component of race as a proxy for another, making it especially important for social science measures to catch up with the increasing complexity of these individuals’ lived experience of race.

    If you would like to submit an article to the special issue, please email an extended abstract (up to 2 double spaced pages) by November 1, 2014 to Mary Campbell at m-campbell@tamu.edu, with “Special Issue Submission” in the subject line. We will invite authors that best meet the themes above to submit a full paper for peer-review. Full submissions of no more than 25 double spaced pages for quantitative papers and 30 double spaced pages for qualitative papers would be due by January 20, 2015. Please direct any questions to Mary Campbell at m-campbell@tamu.edu, Jenifer Bratter at jbratter@rice.edu, or Wendy Roth at wroth@mail.ubc.ca.


    2014 09 - Membership Appeal

    Dear Pop Section Members,

    The Population Section of ASA is within striking distance of the threshold of 600 members, which would entitle us to an additional session at the ASA meeting. We need to acquire more members before the September 30 deadline. If you have colleagues or graduate students who are currently members of ASA but are not yet members of the Pop Section, please encourage them to join. Graduate student membership is only $5, and regular membership is only $12. Sponsoring a student's section membership is a great way to help us get to the goal of 600 members.

    Folks who are already members of ASA can simply go to the membership portal http://asa.enoah.com/Home/My-ASA/Member-Portal, and then click "Join a Section" and add Sociology of Population.


    2014 09 - New Resource

    We are pleased to announce that the “Measuring the Diverging Components of Race in a Multiracial America” conference website (http://kinder.rice.edu/measuringraceconference/) now includes many resources that may be of interest to your section members, including video recordings of the conference presentations, information on datasets that include complex measures of race and ethnicity, a selected bibliography of publications focused on the topic, and other resources that we hope will be useful to everyone interested in questions of how different components of “race” and “ethnicity” are measured, lived and experienced in today’s evolving racial landscape. Please check out the resources we have assembled, share them with colleagues and students who might find them useful, and provide comments on any of the resources that would help us improve them for future users (you can submit comments at http://kinder.rice.edu/racedatasets/). Thank you, and we hope you are having a wonderful week!

    Sincerely,

    Mary Campbell (Texas A&M University), Jenifer Bratter (Rice University) & Wendy Roth (University of British Columbia)


    2014 09 - ASA Award Nominations

    From now and until January 31, 2015, ASA is accepting nominations for its nine major awards. Each August the American Sociological Association proudly presents awards to individuals and groups deserving of recognition.

    ASA members are encouraged to submit nominations for the following ASA awards. The deadline for nominations is provided with each award criteria. Award selection committees, appointed by ASA Council, are constituted to review nominations. These awards are presented at the ASA Annual Meeting each August. Again, the deadline for submission of nominations is January 31st, 2015. Currently, the ASA presents the following awards:

    Distinguished Book ASA  Major Award

    Dissertation ASA Major Award

    Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues ASA Major Award

    Jessie Bernard ASA Major Award

    Cox-Johnson-Frazier ASA Major Award

    Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology ASA Major Award

    Distinguished Career ASA Major Award for the Practice of Sociology

    Distinguished Contributions to Teaching ASA Major Award

    W.E.B. DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award

    Any questions or concerns should be sent to Governance at governance@asanet.org. We hope you will help us find those special sociologists who disserve this kind of recognition. Spread the word!

    Best,

    ASA Governance


    2014 08 – American Community Survey 2013 Data Release

    We are pleased to announce that the 2013 ACS 1-year estimates will be released on Thursday, September 18, 2014. The 2013 ACS 1-year estimates will be available for the nation, all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district, every metropolitan area, and all counties and places with populations of 65,000 or more. The 2011-2013 ACS 3-year estimates are scheduled for release on October 23, 2014. The statistics are derived from three years of data collection cover all geographic areas with populations of 20,000 or more.  The 2009-2013 ACS 5-year estimates are scheduled for release on December 4, 2014. The statistics are derived from five years of data collection cover all geographic areas regardless of size, down to the block group level. The Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) files for each ACS release will be posted one to two months after each public release.

    For more information, please visit the 2013 American Community Survey Release Schedule.

    If you have questions about this survey, please call our Customer Services Center on 1 (800) 923-8282.


    2014 08 – ASA Population Section Sessions at the Annual Meeting

    Dear Pop Section Members, here is the listing of Sociology of Population Section sessions. There are also a bunch of other demography-related sessions that you can find via this link.If the link does not work, simply use the search tool to do a search by topic, and select 'Demography'.

    Section on Sociology of Population Reception

    • Monday, August 18, 6:30-8:30 (offsite)

    Session 450: Immigrant Integration and Inequality around the World

    • Monday, August 18, 2:30-4:10 pm
    • Organizer: Loretta Bass
    • Presider: Patricia McManus
    • Presenters:
    1. Discrimination in the Irish Labour Market: Nationality, Ethnicity, and the Recession – Philip J. O’Connell, Gillian Kingston, and Frances McGinnity
    2. Immigration Integration and Multiculturalism Policy of South Korea – In-Jin Yoon
    3. Is Co-Ethnic Concentration a Barrier to the Successful Civic Integration of Migrants and Minorities in Britain – Neil Demierev and Anthony Heath
    4. Settling in Spain: Integration and the Influence of Immigrant and Domestic Organizations – Christopher Scott Inkpen
    • Discussant: Susan K. Brown

    Session 516: The Demography of Family Inequality

    • Tues, August 19, 8:30-10:10 am
    • Organizer and Presider: Paula Fomby
    • Presenters:
    1. Childhood Risk of Parental Absence in Tanzania – Lauren Gaydosh
    2. Testing Pathways of Influence from Education to Fertility: Educational Enrollment and Attitudinal Change – Emily Ann Marshall
    3. Maternal Education and the Link between Birth Timing and Children’s School Readiness – Jennifer March Augustine, Kate Prickett, Sarah M. Kendig, and Robert Crosnoe
    4. Unequal Marriage: The Incidence of Marriage among Black and White Women across Marriage Markets, 2009-2011 – Philip Cohen and Joanna Pepin

    Session 546: Sociology of Population Roundtables

    • Tues, August 19, 10:30-11:30 am
    • Organizer: Kelly Raley

    Section on Sociology of Population Business Meeting

    • Tues, August 19, 11:30-12:10
    • Hilton, Imperial A, Ballroom Level

    Session 574: Demographic Consequences of Economic Crises

    • Tues, August 19, 12:30-2:10 pm
    • Organizer and Presider: Shannon Monnat
    • Presenters:
    1. The American Foreclosure Crisis, Racial/Ethnic Transition, and Residential Segregation – Matt Hall, Kyle Crowder, and Amy Spring
    2. The Great Recession and Labor Market Inequality across Counties, States, and the Metropolitan/Non-Metropolitan Divide – Brian Thiede
    3. Pregnancy during the Great Recession: Variations among U.S. women by Partnership Status – Christine Percheski and Rachel Tolbert Kimbro
    4. Healthcare Utilization during the Great Recession: Findings from a Panel of U.S. Workers and Families – Rita Hamad, Sepideh Modrek and Mark Cullen
    5. Weathering the Storm? Employment Transitions of Low-Skill Mexican Immigrants, 2005-2011 – Blake Sisk (WITHDRAWN)

    Session 599: Economic Inequality and Population Health

    • Tues, August 19, 2:30-4:10 pm
    • Organizer: Irma Elo
    • Presenters:
    1. The Material Level: Disentangling the Association between Income Inequality, Poverty, Welfare Policy and Health Outcomes – Kathryn Freeman Anderson, Eric Bjorklund, and Simone Rambotti
    2. Would the U.S. Population Look Different had States Decided not to Offer Medicaid? – Heeju Sohn
    3. aternal and Child Health Outcomes and Community Socioeconomic Characteristics in Peru – Heeju Shin and Marcus Britton

    Session 169. Thematic Session. Accounting for Intergenerational Relations around the World: The National Transfer Accounts Project

    • Sunday, August 17, 8:30-10:10 am
    • Organizer: Ronald Lee
    • Presenters:
    1. Overview of NTA - Ronald Lee
    2. Is Low Fertility Really a Problem? – Andrew Mason
    3. Gender/Time Use in NTA, An International Comparison – Gretchen Donehower
    4. Socioeconomic Status and Intergenerational Relations in Latin America – Luis Rosero-Bixby

    Session 371 - Thematic Session. Hard Times and Families in the Past: Lessons from the Eurasia Project

    • Mon, August 18, 10:30am to 12:10pm
    • EAP Presenters:
    1. Cameron Campbell (HKUST)
    2. Satomi Kurosu (Reitaku)
    3. James Lee (HKUST)
    • Panelists:

     

    1. Jason Beckfield (Harvard)
    2. Jack Goldstone (George Mason)
    3. Daniel Little (UM Dearborn)
    4. Andreas Wimmer (Princeton)

    2014 08 – The Alpine Population Conference – Call for Papers

    La Thuile, Aosta Valley, Italy, January 25–28, 2015. Alp-Pop brings together scholars interested in population issues across several disciplines, including demography, economics, epidemiology, political science, sociology, and psychology. The conference emphasizes empirical rigor and innovation over a given topic or geographical area, and meets the challenges of interdisciplinary and international audiences. We welcome submissions on all population issues (e.g., population dynamics, population health, migration, families and fertility, the welfare state and population policy, economic development, institutions and population, decision-making, well-being, and social dynamics, etc.), but we particularly encourage submis- sions that take a life-course perspective. Submissions of original papers or extended abstracts are invited by November 1, 2014, and submitters will be notified of acceptance within the week. Submissions and inquiries should be addressed via email to: alp.pop@unibocconi.it.

    The 2015 Conference will feature Ski-note presentations from Francesco Billari of Oxford University, Kelly Musick from Cornell University, and John Ermisch from Oxford University. Alp-Pop scholars confer both formally and informally. A traditional conference program (paper and poster presentations) mixes with group activities in a world-class winter resort. The conference location, the Planibel Hotel, is on the well-known ski slopes of La Thuile and was chosen strategically for its proximity to both Geneva and Torino/Milano. Participants are expected to seek their own funding; although, the organizers can provide some support for Ph.D. students, and such applications should indicate a request for support in their submissions. Special-rate rooms have been reserved at the conference hotel with arrival on January 24 and departure on January 28 (the conference will end late morning). Participants will receive information on how to reach La Thuile and updates on the conference. If there is demand, we will also aim to organize child care. Please indicate whether you intend to bring children along to the conference, as well as their ages.

    Organizing committee: Arnstein Aassve (Bocconi University), Laura Bernardi (Lausanne University), Ross Macmillan (Bocconi University), Michele Pellizzari (University of Geneva), and Domenico Tabasso (University of Geneva). Alp-Pop is organized by the Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics at Bocconi University and the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research – LIVES: Overcoming vulnerability: Life course perspectives.


    2014 06 – Special Issue of Journal of Family Issues

    A special Issue in the Journal of Family Issues, 35(12), 2014 October, published on line first June, 2014. Marriage in Asia, Gavin Jones, WJ Jean Yeung (Eds.), National University of Singapore http://jfi.sagepub.com.libproxy1


    2014 06 – ASA Annual Meeting - Informal discussion

    Researchers Working with Children and Youth: Managing IRBs and Other Institutional Gatekeepers. Meeting time: 6:30-8:15 p.m. Saturday, August 16. Meeting place: Hilton SF, Union Square 17-18, Fourth Level. This discussion is for those who conduct research involving children/youth, to discuss challenges that scholars increasingly face in dealing with Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and other institutional gatekeepers.  IRBs are sometimes leery of permitting such research on the grounds that children are "vulnerable subjects." These bodies thus (sometimes unintentionally) impede children's participation in research, even that which is ethically constructed, and thereby inhibit the contribution of children's perspectives to knowledge. We will exchange information about our experiences, common justifications that IRBs have used for their actions, any strategies that have worked and actions that the scholarly community might take to ameliorate the situation. This meeting is a continuation of a discussion launched at the Eastern Sociological Society's meeting this spring. We will try and keep it to one hour so that participants can attend other meetings/receptions. Questions/comments please send to Allison Pugh, University of Virginia, at apugh@virginia.edu.


    2014 06 – 9th Annual De Jong Lecture on Social Demography, November 5th, Penn State

    “Well-Being in Same Sex Relationships.” Learn more at this link: http://www.pop.psu.edu/9th-annual-de-jong-lecture-social-demography


    2014 06 – ASA Annual Meeting Reminders from Chair Kelly Raley

    Our reception, where we will announce and honor the winners of the student paper award, the Otis Dudley Duncan Book award, and the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship in Population award, is on Monday, August 18 6-7:30 at the Tradition Bar. This venue is only one block from the Hilton at 441 Jones St. Please drop by. The section is also planning a mentor/mentee lunch earlier that day. Limited slots remain, but if you are a junior scholar and interested participating please contact Kate Cagney (kacagney@uchicago.edu).

    The roundtable session (Tuesday, August 19 from 10:30-11:20) will include tables on “Grant Writing” (Roz King, Bridget Goosby), “Publishing” (Sarah Burgard), and “Job Search Process and Advice” (David Lindstrom). This session will also feature 10 tables of research on a wide variety of population-relevant topics. Each table is chaired by a prominent scholar with expertise in the field. The business meeting follows the roundtables (11:30-12:10). Here’s where you’ll learn more about section activities and have an opportunity to volunteer or give feedback to the chair, secretary-treasurer, and council. Be sure to come if you would like to become more involved in the section or if you have suggestions on topics for next year’s section sessions.

    This year the section organized four paper sessions Immigrant Integration and Inequality around the World (organized by Loretta Bass), The Demography of Family Inequality (organized by Paula Fomby), Demographic Consequences of Economic Crises (organized by Shannon Monnat), Economic Inequality and Population Health (organized by Irma Elo).  More details on each are available in the program and will also appear in the forthcoming section newsletter. All of these look excellent and I look forward to hearing about the research.

    Note: The population section has an exceptionally low percentage of student members. Specifically, at last update section membership was 480, only 104 (22%) of whom are students.  This is substantially below the mean across all sections (30 %). In fact, ASA has 52 sections and the population section is in the bottom 10% as far as percent student membership goes. If we increased student membership to the mean across all sections we would be approaching the 600 member threshold that would give us another session. Many of our students will get a first job and work to earn tenure in a sociology department. Some of these departments do not have strong ties to PAA. The ASA population section can be a good resource to help these scholars launch and develop their careers. Student memberships are inexpensive and the section gets resources from ASA for every member. Social demographers are leaving resources on the table that could be invested in the next generation.  Please consider encouraging your students to join the section, perhaps by buying them a section membership. ASA makes this easy:  http://www.asanet.org/members/StudentGiftMembership.cfm.

    Kelly Raley, Section Chair


    2014 06 – Southern Demographic Association 2014 Conference in Memphis

    You are invited to submit abstracts for posters and/or papers for the 2014 annual meeting of the Southern Demographic Association (SDA). You are also invited to suggest topics for panels and poster sessions. For the first time since 1996, the SDA conference will return to Memphis, with the local arrangements organized by Wesley James from The University of Memphis. The 2014 conference will hold the opening reception on Wednesday, 10/15 and conduct the two main days of scientific sessions on Thursday, 10/16 and Friday, 10/17. Presentations of research in both applied and academic demography are welcome as are related topics in economics, sociology, geography, political science, public health, epidemiology, and psychology. Though SDA is known for regional emphases and membership, the Association encourages the membership and participation of individuals from any region of the country or world. The structure of presentations is flexible; potential contributors are encouraged to not only send abstracts for individual research papers, but also for posters, complete sessions, thematic sessions, panel discussions, software demonstrations, and more! Presentations by (or co-authored with) students are especially welcome; they can offer a student a significant first professional meeting experience. SDA also awards cash prizes to the best under-graduate and to the best graduate student paper (see SDA website for details). All proposals and abstracts should be submitted by Monday, June 30, 2014, through the SDA web site http://sda-demography.org/SDA2014.php. The SDA web site will ask you for your name, the name(s) of any co-authors (or other presenters if you are proposing a session), descriptions of pa-per(s) or poster(s)/topics of proposed session(s), institutional affiliation(s), and complete contact information (email address, telephone number, fax number, and mailing address).

    Ronald E. Cossman, Ph.D., President, Southern Demographic Association


    2014 06 - Penn State Stratification Conference

    "Residential Inequality in American Neighborhoods and Communities." The 20 papers to be presented by leading researchers highlight how stratification intersects with the residential landscape of the United States. Thematic sessions examine the linkages between socioeconomic and ethnoracial statuses and four spatial sorting processes: segregation, locational attainment, residential mobility, and neighborhood change. State-of-the-art substantive work is featured, with many of the papers employing innovative methods or data to speak to issues of both theoretical and policy importance. The program format is designed to encourage interaction among attendees.

    Authors and titles can be viewed at http://sociology.la.psu.edu/about/psu-stratcon/papers. For more information and to register, visit http://sociology.la.psu.edu/about/psu-stratcon. Registration is free but required for planning purposes.

    Co-sponsors include the American Academy of Political and Social Science and PSU’s College of the Liberal Arts, Population Research Institute, Social Science Research Institute, and Department of Sociology and Criminology.

    Date: September 12, 2014 - 3:00pm to Saturday, September 13, 2014 - 3:30pm

    Location: Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State University

    For more information: http://www.pop.psu.edu/penn-state-stratification-conference-residential-inequality-american-neighborhoods-and-communities

    Register: http://sociology.la.psu.edu/about/psu-stratcon


    2014 06 - Digitizing Demography Conference Getting Media Attention

    The Digitizing Demography Conference, being held right before the ASA Annual Meeting in San Francisco is getting some online attention. See the links below. The event was planned by Peter Brandon and Michael Corey. Information about the event is available here: https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDemography2014

    http://www.nbcbayarea.com/blogs/press-here/Facebooks-Secret-Sociology--262329711.html#

    http://venturebeat.com/2014/06/07/exclusive-to-sell-ads-in-the-developing-world-facebook-is-hiring-sociologists/


    2014 06 - ASA Election Results

    The ASA election results are in. Kyle Crowder (University of Washington) was elected to Population Section Chair. James Raymo (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Sarah Burgard (University of Michigan) have been elected to Population Section Council. Jennifer Melvin (University of Texas) and Jennifer Laird (University of Washington) will serve as student members of the council.  Thank you to all who agreed to be on the ballot for your willingness to serve the section.


    2014 05 – Penn State Stratification Conference

    Residential Inequality in American Neighborhoods and Communities, September 12-13, 2014.

    The 20 papers to be presented at this conference by leading researchers highlight how stratification intersects with the residential landscape of the United States. Thematic sessions examine the linkages between socioeconomic and ethnoracial statuses and four spatial sorting processes: segregation, locational attainment, residential mobility, and neighborhood change. State-of-the-art substantive work is featured, with many of the papers employing innovative methods or data to speak to issues of both theoretical and policy importance. The program format is designed to encourage interaction among attendees. Authors and titles can be viewed at http://sociology.la.psu.edu/about/psu-stratcon/papers. For more information and to register, visit http://sociology.la.psu.edu/about/psu-stratcon. Conference co-sponsors: The American Academy of Political and Social Science and The Pennsylvania State University.


    2014 05 – Digitizing Demography Conference

    There will be a one-day "Digitizing Demography" conference, which will precede the ASA Annual Meeting on Friday, August 15, 2014. Information about this event is available by clicking on either of these links:

    http://www.eventbrite.com/e/digitizing-demography-conference-tickets-11533303421

    https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDemography2014


    2014 04 - Exhibition of the China Family Panel Studies at the PAA 2014 Annual Meeting

    The Institute of Social Science Survey (ISSS) from Peking University will be exhibiting the China Family Panel Studies (CFPS) at the Population Association of America 2014 Annual Meeting from April 30 (afternoon) to May 3 (morning) in Boston, MA.

    The CFPS is a national longitudinal multidisciplinary survey launched by ISSS at Peking University in 2010. In order to document China's social, economic and demographic changes, the CFPS collects a wide range of information on 33,600 adults and 8,990 children from 14,798 families living in 635 communities across 25 provinces in China. The first full-scale follow-up survey has been accomplished in 2012.  We are in preparation to collect the third round data in this summer.

    Please visit booth # 233 and find out more about the study and application for data access.


    2014 04 – Wendy D. Manning to give 2014 De Jong Lecture in Social Demography

    The 9th annual De Jong Lecture in Social Demography will be held on November 5, 2014 at the Nittany Lion Inn starting at 9am. Everyone is invited to a reception at 11:45am.

    Well-being in Same-Sex Relationships

    Wendy D. Manning, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Sociology

    Co-Director, National Center for Family and Marriage Research

    Bowling Green State University

    Discussants include Abbie Goldberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Clark University, and Tim Biblarz, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, University of Southern California. Our web site is under construction but registration is open at https://redcap.ctsi.psu.edu/redcap/surveys/?s=f2h5CtMZmH

    The Lecture is sponsored by the Caroline M. and Gordon F. De Jong Lectureship in Social Demography Endowment and the Department of Sociology and Criminology and the Population Research Institute at Penn State.


    2014 04 – Athens Institute for Education and Research

    The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), will hold its 1st Annual International Conference on Demography and Population, 16-19 June 2014, Athens, Greece. The conference website is http://www.atiner.gr/demography.htm. The registration fee is €300 (euro), covering access to all sessions, two lunches, coffee breaks and conference material. Special arrangements will be made with a local luxury hotel for a limited number of rooms at a special conference rate. In addition, a number of special events will be organized: A Greek night of entertainment with dinner, a special one-day cruise to the Greek islands, an archaeological tour of Athens and a one-day visit to Delphi. The conference will address themes (in English only) on all areas of Demography and Population and other related disciplines. Selected (peer-reviewed) papers will be published in a Special Volume of ATINER's book series. If you think that you can contribute, please submit a 300-word abstract by 28 April 2014, by email, atiner@atiner.gr to: Dr. Barbara Zagaglia, Academic Member, ATINER & Assistant Professor, Polytechnic University of Marche, Italy. Please include: Title of Paper, Full Name (s), Current Position, Institutional Affiliation, an email address and at least 3 keywords that best describe the subject of your submission. Please use the abstract submitting form available at http://www.atiner.gr/2014/FORM-DEM.doc. Announcement of the decision is made within 4 weeks after submission, which includes information on registration deadlines and paper submission requirements. If you want to participate without presenting a paper, i.e. chair a session, evaluate papers to be included in the conference proceedings or books, contribute to the editing of a book, or any other contribution, please send an email to Dr. Gregory T. Papanikos (gtp@atiner.gr), President, ATINER.

    The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) was established in 1995 as an independent academic association with the mission to become a forum, where academics and researchers - from all over the world - could meet in Athens and exchange ideas on their research and discuss the future developments of their discipline. Since 1995, ATINER has organized about 250 international conferences and other events. It has also published about 200 books. Academically, the Institute consists of five research divisions and twenty-three research units. Each research unit organizes at least an annual conference and undertakes various small and large research projects. Academics and researchers are more than welcome to become members and to contribute to ATINER's objectives. Members can undertake a number of academic activities. You are more than welcome to propose new events and research projects.


    2014 04 - Penn State’s 22nd Annual Symposium on Family Issues, Gender, and Couple Relationships

    October 13-14, 2014 – Nittany Lion Inn.

    In her 1972 book, The Future of Marriage, Jesse Bernard argued that, within each relationship, there exist two marriages, namely his marriage and her marriage. In other words, Bernard explained, women and men have fundamentally different experiences in their shared relationship. Bernard’s review of the literature revealed that marriage had positive implications for men in domains ranging from employment and income to health and longevity, but that married women fared more poorly than both married men and single women. The institution of marriage would have a future, Bernard argued, but only if marriage relationships changed in ways that also supported women’s health and well-being.

    Fifty years after Bernard’s volume was published we take stock of couple relationships—including how they have changed over this period of time. We also consider contemporary issues pertaining to gender in couple relationships, ranging from their structure—married, cohabiting, heterosexual and same sex unions—and their dynamics, including couple dynamics and parenting roles and their implications for men’s and women’s health and well-being. An issue we ponder throughout is the future of marriage, including whether and how social scientists can contribute to women’s and men’s ability to flourish in the context of what has been a fundamental social institution.

    A complete program and registration is available at http://www.pop.psu.edu/events/2014/22nd-annual-symposium-on-family-issues  For more information, contact Carolyn Scott css7@psu.edu

    The Symposium is generously sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the following departments and institutes at Penn State: Population Research Institute, Children, Youth, & Families Consortium, the Prevention Research Center, Social Science Research Institute, and the departments of Sociology and Crime, Law & Justice, Human Development & Family Studies, Psychology, Anthropology, Biobehavioral Health, and Labor Studies & Employment Relations.


    2014 03 - New Sociology Open Access Journal

    The American Sociological Association (ASA) is pleased to announce that it will launch a new sociology open access journal in 2014. The journal, which will be free to all readers, will welcome scholarly articles in any area of sociology, with authors retaining copyright, and will be freely available to all interested readers. For more information, visit http://www.asanet.org/journals/asa_open_access.cfm.


    2014 03 - Environmental Demography Graduate Student Workshop 

    University of Colorado Population Center, May 12-13, 2014

    With support from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute for Child Health and Development, the University of Colorado Population Center is offering a 2-day research workshop in Environmental Demography for current graduate students.

    Environmental Demography represents a dynamic area of demographic research and includes topics of tremendous policy importance particularly in the context of contemporary environmental change.

    The workshop’s primary goal is to assist students in moving research papers toward completion and, eventually, publication. We aim to provide encouragement and mentoring for this emerging generation of population-environment scholars.

    The workshop, led by 3 University of Colorado Boulder faculty, will include an overview of the sub-discipline, but will be focused on student research through presentations, discussion, brainstorming and feedback.  We will also spend time discussing future directions and possibilities for new collaborative research.  Lori Hunter – Editor-in-Chief of Population & Environment – will lead a discussion on the peer-review process and strategies for publication.

    A maximum of 10 students will be selected for participation.

    To apply, please submit a letter of application describing your research interests, experience, professional ambitions and year in your graduate program.  A complete, nearly complete, or preliminary research manuscript is also required – and will form the basis of your contribution to the research workshop. Very early research ideas are not appropriate for the workshop as we aim to grapple with projects at least partially underway, for example with preliminary data analyses.

    Please also include the names and contact information for two individuals that could act as references.

    Selected students will receive $500 toward travel and accommodation.

    Decisions will be based on application letters, manuscripts and the desire to create a group of participants with shared interests and the ability to complement each other’s strengths.

    Complete application materials are due Friday, March 14th and decisions will be made by Tuesday, March 25th.

    Please submit application materials to Rajshree.Shrestha@colorado.edu.

    Questions regarding the workshop can be directed to Lori.Hunter@colorado.edu.


    2014 02 - Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies International Conference 

    October 9-11, 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland. Abstracts are due by March 31, 2014. See the PDF Announcement for more information.


    2014 02 - New Journal: Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

    On December 31, the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, the American Sociological Association (ASA), along with Sage, opened the submission portal for the new journal, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, which will publish its first issue in January 2015! Please share this news widely with colleagues and students. This is an exciting new venture!

    The official journal of ASA’s Section for Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity will publish the highest quality, cutting-edge sociological research on race and ethnicity regardless of epistemological, methodological, or theoretical orientation. While the study of race and ethnicity has derived from a broad and deep tradition of interdisciplinarity, sociology indeed has often been at the forefront of scholarly understanding of the dynamics of race and ethnicity; yet, there exists no journal in sociology devoted to bringing together this important theoretical, empirical, and critical work. Sociology of Race and Ethnicity will provide a fulcrum upon which sociologically-centered work will swing as it also seeks to provide new linkages between the discipline of sociology and other disciplines and areas where race and ethnicity are central components. Our submission portal can be found at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sre. We look forward to receiving your submissions!

    Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, published four times per year, is devoted to publishing the finest cutting-edge, critical, and engaged public sociological scholarship on race and ethnicity. Each issue will be organized around a core group of original research articles. Depending on the length of the articles, each issue will have approximately three or four of these articles. Original articles, of 8,000 to 10,000 words, will represent rigorous sociological research in the sociology of race and ethnicity, broadly conceptualized, methodologically varied, and theoretically important pieces. The journal will also include a section that will feature original research and pedagogical application pieces devoted to the teaching of race and ethnicity – “Race and Ethnicity Pedagogy” – as well as Book Reviews and a section on Books of Note.

    We are currently welcoming submissions of:

    1.) Regular length journal articles (8,000-10,000 words)

    2.) Shorter pieces on race and ethnicity pedagogy (1,500 words)

    The journal’s co-editors, associate editors, and editorial board members are committed creating a high quality outlet for the most important work in the sociology of race and ethnicity, through t


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    2013-12 - Annual Meeting Submission Site Now Open

    The ASA Annual Meeting submission site is now open. The Pop Section has five sessions this year. The deadline for submission is January 8 at 3:00 PM EST. Please consider submitting to one of these exciting sessions:

    1) Demographic Consequences of Economic Crises (Organizer: Shannon Monnat)

    Economic crises, including the US Great Recession, have led to major demographic changes in the US and across the world. Papers in this session describe and analyze the demographic consequences of economic crises, including population growth and decline; shifts in employment, educational attainment, poverty, and safety net use; housing market dynamics; family structure; and health and well-being.

    2) Economic Inequality and Population Health (Organizer: Irma Elo)

    The theme covers both cross-national and within country differences in health and mortality. We encourage papers that focus on either developed or developing countries.

    3) Immigrant Integration (Organizer: Loretta E. Bass)

    This session engages the 2014 ASA Meeting's general theme, economic inequality, with a focus on immigrant integration. One goal of this session is to expand what is known based on North American experiences to a global perspective, providing new insights into how social institutions shape these processes. Papers examining immigrant integration and its relationship to inequality across the globe are encouraged.

    4) The Demography of Family Inequality (Organizer: Paula Fomby)

    Demographic processes including childbearing, union formation and dissolution, residential mobility and labor migration, morbidity, and mortality shape inequalities in the distribution of resources within and between families in the United States and internationally. This session considers how the timing and context of demographic events and statuses influence family structure and family process to contribute to child and adult status attainment and well-being.

    5) Section on Sociology of Population Roundtables (Organizer: Kelly Raley)


    2013-12 - 6th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights

    6th Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights Eliminating Women and Girls Sexual and Reproductive Health Vulnerabilities in Africa. February 3-7, 2014, Yaoundé, Cameroon. Deadline of submission of abstract on 13th December 2013. For more information: http://www.africasexuality.org/#nav-abstracts   :


    2013-11 - Call for Papers – Penn State Stratification Conference

    “Residential Inequality in American Neighborhoods and Communities.” Nittany Lion Inn, September 12-14, 2014.

    Penn State is hosting a small conference that highlights how stratification intersects with the residential landscape of the United States.  Approximately 15 innovative papers are sought for sessions on the interrelated phenomena of segregation, housing and neighborhood attainment, residential mobility, and community change.  Contributions may be theoretical, empirical, or policy-oriented and can focus on trends or current circumstances.  We also welcome research representing a variety of methodological styles and set in contexts ranging from metropolitan to rural.  The conference format will provide ample opportunities for interaction among attendees.

    Scholars interested in presenting their work should email a 2-page abstract or completed paper to psustratcon@psu.edu by January 31, 2014.  Acceptance decisions will be made no later than February 15.  Please visit http://sociology.la.psu.edu/about/psu-stratcon for additional details about the conference, which is being organized by Glenn Firebaugh, John Iceland, Barrett Lee, and Stephen Matthews.


    2013-11 - IPUMS Research Award

    This is the sixth annual award competition for research using the IPUMS microdata collection. Papers or publications submitted should utilize IPUMS-USA, IPUMS-CPS, IPUMS-International or IHIS data to study social, economic, and/or demographic processes. Cash prizes will be awarded for:

    Best published work

    Best work by a graduate student, published or unpublished

    Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2014. To submit your work, go to: https://www.pop.umn.edu/data-user-resources/award.


    2013-11 - New IPUMS and other Minnesota Population Center Data

    The IPUMS-CPS project released data from the Education, Fertility, Food Security, Tobacco Use, Veterans, Volunteer and Voter Supplements. Data from the 2013 CPS Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) are also available. The Integrated Health Interview Survey (IHIS) added data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey. The American Time Use Survey Extract Builder (ATUS-X) added 2012 ATUS data.


    2013-10 - Nominations Needed for ASA’s Major Awards

    From now until January 31, 2014, ASA is accepting nominations for its nine major awards. Each August the American Sociological Association proudly presents awards to individuals and groups deserving of recognition.  ASA members are encouraged to submit nominations for the following ASA awards. The deadline for nominations is provided with each award criteria. Award selection committees, appointed by ASA Council, are constituted to review nominations. These awards are presented at the ASA Annual Meeting each August.

    Distinguished Book ASA  Major Award

    Dissertation ASA Major Award

    Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues ASA Major Award

    Jessie Bernard ASA Major Award

    Cox-Johnson-Frazier ASA Major Award

    Award for the Public Understanding of Sociology ASA Major Award

    Distinguished Career ASA Major Award for the Practice of Sociology

    Distinguished Contributions to Teaching ASA Major Award

    W.E.B. DuBois Career of Distinguished Scholarship Award

    Any questions or concerns should be sent to Governance at governance@asanet.org. It would be great to see some ASA Population Section members represented in these awards!


    2013-10 - 8th Annual De Jong Lecture in Social Demography

    De-mystifying the Hispanic paradox: Toward a better understanding of health and mortality patterns among Mexican Origin adults in the United States. By Robert A. Hummer, Ph.D.,Professor of Sociology, University of Texas, Austin

    There continues to be substantial interest and debate regarding the relatively favorable health and mortality patterns of the Mexican Origin population in the United States. Dr. Hummer takes a fresh look at the older adult health and mortality patterns of the Mexican Origin population of the United States and makes comparisons with the health and mortality patterns of similarly-aged individuals in Mexico. Plan to attend the presentation at Penn State’s 8th annual De Jong Lecture in Social Demography, November 14. Dr. Irma Elo, Professor of Sociology at University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Patricia Miranda, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Administration and Demography at Penn State will act as discussants. For more information and to register for the free conference, visit http://www.pop.psu.edu/events/2013/djl/2013-deJong-lecture/view The Lecture is sponsored by the Caroline M. and Gordon F. De Jong Lectureship in Social Demography Endowment and Department of Sociology and Population Research Institute at Penn State.


    2013-10 - Request for Nominations: 2014 Section on Population Awards

    Please visit the Awards Page for complete information about the ASA Section on Population's annual awards, which are currently open for nominations. Information for submitting nominations can be found on this page as well.


    2013-10 - Call for Papers and Applications: Perspectives on Time Use in the U.S.

    Time is arguably the most valuable resource available to the human population. It is, therefore, important to understand why individuals allocate their time in the way they do and the consequences of those time use decisions. This conference, to be held June 23-24 at the University of Maryland Inn and Conference Center, will give members of the growing U.S. time use research community the opportunity to interact with one another and share ideas. Researchers are invited to submit abstracts for papers that address any question related to the collection or analysis of time use data. Although submissions on any time use topic are appropriate, papers that make use of data from the ATUS or American Heritage Time Use Data are especially encouraged.  The deadline for submission of paper abstracts is January 15, 2014. Authors chosen to present papers will be notified by February 14, 2014.

    Immediately following the conference there will be a three-day training workshop for researchers new to the ATUS data entitled "ATUS Workshop 2014," on June 25-26-27. The deadline for submission of applications to the Workshop is March 1, 2014 and workshop applicants will be notified by March 15.  These two events are designed to provide a comprehensive view of the state of research in the field and provide junior scholars or those just entering the time use arena with essential tools.  Detailed information is contained in the call for papers and call for applications documents, which you can access using the link below.

    http://www.popcenter.umd.edu/research/sponsored-events/timeuse-2014

    For more information, contact Sandra Hofferth, University of Maryland, hofferth@umd.edu.


    2013-10 - Call for Papers: The 3rd Ruppin International Conference on Immigration and Social Integration

    Submissions due by November 30, 2013 (see the full announcement here).


    2013-10 - Congratulations

    Frances Goldscheider, Professor Emerita Brown University, was awarded an honorary doctor degree from the University of Stockholm in recognition of her contribution to social science research and her lengthy collaboration with that institution. She is one of three social scientists thus honored. Stockholm University noted that, 'Her research in demography, with a gender based perspective, has focused on family issues such as family formation and dissolution, childbearing and parenting as well as structural factors and new family roles. Her scientific production is extensive, comprising several key books for the demography discipline. For many years, Goldscheider has collaborated with researchers at Stockholm University in several research projects, resulting in recurring periods as a visiting researcher at the University.'


    2013-09 - Section on Population Sessions and Roundtables at the 2014 ASAs in San Francisco

    The Population Section will have four paper sessions plus a roundtable session at the 2014 Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The four paper sessions, all open, are described below. Please keep an eye out for the call for papers.

    1.) “Demographic Consequences of Economic Crises” organized by Shannon Monnat at Penn State University

    Economic crises, including the US Great Recession, have led to major demographic changes in the US and across the world. Papers in this session should describe and analyze the demographic consequences of economic crises, including population growth and decline; shifts in employment, educational attainment, poverty, and safety net use; housing market dynamics; family structure; and health and well-being.

    2.)“Immigrant Integration” organized by Loretta E Bass at the University of Oklahoma

    This session engages the 2014 ASA Meeting's general theme, economic inequality, with a focus on immigrant integration. One goal of this session is to expand what is known based on North American experiences to a global perspective, providing new insights into how social institutions shape these processes. Papers examining immigrant integration and its relationship to inequality across the globe are encouraged.

    3.) “Demography of Family Inequality” by Paula Fomby at the University of Michigan

    Demographic processes including childbearing, union formation and dissolution, residential mobility and labor migration, morbidity, and mortality shape inequalities in the distribution of resources within and between families in the United States and internationally. This session considers how the timing and context of demographic events and statuses influence family structure and family process to contribute to child and adult status attainment and well-being.

    4.) “Economic Inequality and Population Health” by Irma Elo at the University of Pennsylvania

    The theme covers both cross-national and within country differences in health and mortality. We encourage papers that focus on either developed or developing countries.


    2013-09 - Announcing A Special Issue of Population Research and Policy Review

    From Stephanie A. Bohon, Editor of Population Research and Policy Review: The October issue of Population Research and Policy Review is a special issue on new findings from the 2010 Census, guest edited by William P. O'Hare. This issue features ground-breaking new research as well as several research notes on Census data collection issues that are appropriate for classroom and other use. PRPR is the journal of the Southern Demographic Association. 

    Quality and the 2010 Census 

    Howard Hogan, Patrick J. Cantwell , Jason Devine , Vincent T. Mule & Victoria Velkoff

    White Residential Segregation in U.S. Metropolitan Areas: Conceptual Issues, Patterns, and Trends from the U.S. Census, 1980 to 2010 

    John Iceland & Gregory Sharp 

    Declining Segregation of Same-Sex Partners: Evidence from Census 2000 and 2010 

    Amy L. Spring 

    Research Note: Segregated by Age: Are We Becoming More Divided? 

    Richelle Winkler 

    Misclassifying New York’s Hidden Units as Vacant in 2010: Lessons Gleaned for the 2020 Census 

    Joseph J. Salvo & Arun Peter Lobo 

    Research Note: What Counts as a House? Comparing 2010 Census Counts and Administrative Records 

    Beth Jarosz & John Hofmockel

    What Data from the 2010 Census Tell Us about the Changing Child Population of the United States 

    William P. O’Hare 

    Research Note: Babies Born After Census Day: How the Census Bureau Addressed Dates of Birth After Census Day in the 2010 Census 

    Lindsay M. Howden


    2013-09 - Call for Papers:  Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers

    The journal Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers invites submissions for a special issue on “Men’s Family Involvement Across Industrial Nations.”  The goal is to understand similarities and differences between recent family trends in father involvement across industrialized societies and to provide a national context for father involvement in families.  The focus of this special issue will be the time men spend with their families either across historical time, across family members, across space, or compared with alternative activities. The corresponding guest editor for this issue is Sandra Hofferth, University of Maryland.  To facilitate the review process, manuscripts should be submitted electronically to hofferth@umd.edu.  In addition, an electronic copy should be submitted via the Fathering website (https://falkcollegeofsporthumandynamics.submittable.com/submit) under special issues. For more information about the journal go to http://www.mensstudies.info/journals/fathering/


    2013-09 - Call for Papers: The New Demography of Development

    The International Sociological Association XVIII World Congress of Sociology is soliciting abstracts for its annual conference with the theme: The New Demography of Development. The conference will be held in Yokohama, Japan July 13-19, 2014. The description is as follows: Development, a complex and contested concept, often refers to notions of progress and improvement that are conditioned by class, culture, geography, history, relations of power, and demography.  Population composition and change are central to development processes.  This session will explore the role of demography in a changing, and increasingly global, context of development.  We welcome papers that investigate new, multiple and variegated interactions between development, population change, mortality, fertility, and migration. Papers using qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods are welcome, and papers employing a comparative, or multi-sited, framework are especially encouraged. Abstract submission deadline is September 30, 2013.  Abstracts must be submitted online here. For more information please contact Brendan Mullan (mullan@msu.edu) or Matthew Sanderson (mattrs@ksu.edu).


    2013-09 - Call for Papers: Alpine Population Conference

    The Al-Pop (Alpine Population Conference) is soliciting papers for their annual conference to be held in Aosta Valley, Italy January 13-15, 2014. See the announcement for more information. 


    2013-08 - Announcing the 2013 Section on Population Award Winners

    We will honor these authors and their achievements at the Population section's reception (co-sponsored with the Family section) on Monday August 12th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Croton Reservoir Tavern. Please join us to celebrate!!! 

    Dennis Hogan (Brown University) for his book, "Family Consequences of Children’s Disabilities,” is this year's winner of the Otis Dudley Duncan Book Award.

    Lincoln Quillian’s (Northwestern University) article, "Segregation and Poverty Concentration: The Role of Three Segregations," published in the American Sociological Review, is this year's winner of the award for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship in Population.

    Abigail Weitzman’s (New York University) article, "The Daughter Tax: The Effects of Daughters on Maternal Outcomes in the Developing World," is this year’s winner of the Section on Population Student Paper Award.

    Christopher Muller and Deirdre Bloome’s (Harvard University) article, "Slavery and African-American Marriage in the Postbellum South, 1860-1880," received honorable mention for the Section on Population Student Paper Award.


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