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2015 01 – Call for Applicants – Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop

The Columbia Population Research Center is now accepting applications for the Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop 2015 to be held June 17th – 19th, 2015, at the Columbia School of Social Work in New York City. The Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study is a national study following a birth cohort of (mostly) unmarried parents and their children, providing information about the capabilities, circumstances, and relationships of unwed parents, the wellbeing of their children, and the role of public policy in family and child wellbeing. The workshop is designed to familiarize participants with the data available in the study. The 2015 workshop will include special sections on the newly available genetic data in the Fragile Families Study, and the use of Fragile Families in examining gene-environment interactions in the child development and adult wellbeing. The workshop is targeted toward early-career scholars from social and biomedical science disciplines. We particularly encourage applications for junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students using the Fragile Families data in their dissertation and minority scholars. Applicants must possess basic quantitative data analysis skills. About 25-30 applicants will be selected. Support for travel costs will be available for out-of-town participants. Lodging arrangements will be taken care by Columbia.

The Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop 2015 is made possible by Grant Number 5 R25 HDO74544-02 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD). Additional information about the Fragile Families study is available at: Additional information, including application submission details, is available at:


2015 01 – Call for Applicants – Columbia Population Research Center Visiting Scholars Program

The Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC) welcomes visitors whose research fits into one or more of its primary research areas and who make a compelling case that their presence at the Center will advance their own scholarship as well as the scholarship of CPRC members. Visitors will be expected to participate in the life of the Center by mentoring, guest lecturing, facilitating seminars, etc. In selecting visiting scholars, priority will be given to applicants who: 1) are currently participants in a funded research project of the Center as a co-investigator, consultant or a related position; 2) have arranged with a CPRC member to write a grant proposal during their visit; 3) have prior experience working with CPRC members and propose to continue such activities during their visit; 4) possess special expertise or access to particular datasets that would assist Center faculty and/or doctoral students in grant acquisition and publication activities. CPRC is currently accepting applications for 2015 – 2016 academic year. The deadline for applications is Friday, January 30th, 2015. Decisions will be announced by Monday, March 2nd, 2015. For additional information including submission instructions, please visit:


2015 01 – Call for Papers – Journal of Marriage and Family Special Issue


The Journal of Marriage and Family invites submissions for its August 2016 special issue celebrating 50 years of the National Longitudinal Surveys. This issue will be guest edited by Elizabeth Cooksey and focus on family research undertaken using any of the NLS datasets: The Young Men’s Survey; the Young Women’s Survey; the Older Men’s Survey; the Mature Women’s Survey; the NLSY79; the NLSY79 Child and/or Young Adult Surveys, and the NLSY97.  We welcome original research utilizing a single NLS dataset or multiple NLS datasets, as well as national or international comparative work where NLS data are employed.  An introduction to the issue will be provided giving background information on each of the NLS datasets used in selected papers so there is no need for authors to provide in-depth information on dataset history or data collection methods used, although explanations of variable choice and sample restrictions should be given.  Papers are due April 1, 2015 for publication in Volume 78 of Journal of Marriage and Family, August 2016. Submissions will undergo a peer review process just as regular submissions to the journal. Complete instructions for preparing and submitting manuscripts online are provided at  In your submission letter, please indicate your desire for the manuscript to be considered for the “Special issue Celebrating 50 Years of the National Longitudinal Surveys”. A $25 processing fee will be collected at the time of submission. If you need further assistance, please contact the editorial office at


2015 01 - ASA Annual Meeting Submissions due this Wednesday by 3:00 EST

This is a reminder that submissions for the 2015 Annual Meeting are due this Wednesday, Jan 7 by 3:00 EST! Here are the Population Section sponsored sessions:

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 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 For all other aspects of the conference, contact

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:


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

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