American Sociological Association

Section on Population

News and Announcements

Section on Population News and Announcements

The list below duplicates the listings sent to the section listserv in the order they appear there. To have an Announcement added here, please contact the Section Chair or Secretary.

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:  or


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 


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


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


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 Information about our previous conference,  Connecting Population Health Scientists; Building Bridges to Improve Population Health is available at


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:  For more information,  contact Dr. Leora Lawton, Executive Director, Berkeley Population Center,, 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 To see the full program, visit


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 (  Submitted manuscripts should be formatted in accordance with Population and Environment guidelines available in the journal or at


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:

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:


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  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



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 ( 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


 With questions, please email 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.

If interested please get in touch ASAP with ASA webmaster Redante Asuncion-Reed at 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.


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.


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 ( 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


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.


  • 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.


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 - 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


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,

Eileen Crimmins, University of Southern California,

Mark Hayward, University of Texas at Austin,

Robert Hummer, University of North Carolina,

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

Barbara Strane, – 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

Please submit papers to


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: and  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 at  For more information contact Sandra Hofferth, University of Maryland,


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:

(From Liana Sayer



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 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

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 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 ( or James P. Ziliak, Center for Poverty Research and Department of Economics, University of Kentucky (

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.



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.



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 [or visit the Awards page]



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 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

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