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  • Human Mortality Database Project
    May 22, 2017 - May 23, 2017
    Wissenschafts Forum, Berlin
    February 19, 2017
    Empirical and methodological papers are equally welcome. Topics of the Symposium include, but are not limited to, the following research areas:
    • Data and methods for the analysis of mortality, life and health expectancies. 
    • Mortality in period and cohort dimensions. Measures and models. 
    • Frontiers of longevity. Survival and health at advanced ages. 
    • Health and survival of women and men. How to explain the paradox? 
    • Causes of death and the health transition. 
    • Mortality convergence and divergence across countries. The East-West health divide in Europe. 
    • Regional mortality variations and its determinants. Socioeconomic differences in the face of death. 
    • Use of HMD and HLD for estimating and forecasting mortality in developing countries. 
    • HMD, HLD and related online resources. New opportunities and challenges. 

    If you are interested in contributing to the 4 th HMD Symposium, please send a 300+ word abstract or draft paper to the following address (hmd@mortality.org) with Cc: to Dmitry Jdanov (Jdanov@demogr.mpg.de ) by 19 February 2017. Please make sure to include: the provisional title of your proposal, the full name(s) of each author, the affiliation (full name of organization and department), and the e-mail address(es). Applicants will be notified if their paper has been accepted by 17 March 2017.
    Date posted: 12/2/2016 | View listing
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  • July 10, 2017 - July 13, 2017
    Santa Monica, CA
    March 1, 2017
    RAND is pleased to announce the 24th annual RAND Summer Institute (RSI), which will take place in Santa Monica, CA, July 10-13, 2017. The RSI consists of two conferences addressing critical issues facing our aging population: a Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists (July 10-11) and a Workshop on the Demography, Economics, Psychology, and Epidemiology of Aging (July 12-13).  The primary aim of the RSI is to expose scholars interested in the study of aging to a wide range of research being conducted in fields beyond their own specialties.We invite all interested researchers to apply to attend the 2017 RSI. Applicants may apply for fellowship support to pay for travel and accommodations. Both the Mini-Med School and the Workshop on Aging are described more fully at our web site: http://www.rand.org/labor/aging/rsi/. The deadline to submit application and supplemental materials is March 1, 2017. For additional information, please contact Cary Greif (cgreif@rand.org).
    Date posted: 11/17/2016 | View listing
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  • January 15, 2017
    Early-Life Influences on Later Life: Innovations and ExplorationsThe articles we seek will move the field forward conceptually or methodologically or both. We are seeking original research that will further broaden our understanding of the ways that early-life conditions, including family structure and dynamics, socioeconomic background, cognitive ability, health, delinquent behaviors, exposure to trauma and violence, military service, and even in-utero experiences affect one’s life chances, including socioeconomic prospects, family formation, economic well-being, cognition, and physical and mental health. Early life may encompass infancy, childhood, adolescence, or young adulthood. We welcome articles using concepts and themes from sociology, psychology, human development, epidemiology, epigenetics, and other related disciplines. Preference is given to studies focused on mid- or later-life outcomes. Quantitative and qualitative approaches are welcome; multiwave longitudinal data sets are particularly appropriate for studying the life course prospectively. Potential topics include but are not limited to:
    • Explorations of late-life health disparities that pay serious attention to early-life selection processes.
    • The long-term impact of early socioeconomic factors on life-course trajectories, health, and well-being.
    • Explorations of race, gender, cohort, or cross-national differences in the impact of early-life factors on later-life outcomes.
    • Gene–environment interactions over the life course that shape later-life outcomes.
    • Rigorous empirical assessments of life-course theories including cumulative (dis)advantage models, resilience and vulnerability perspectives, and age-as-leveler perspectives.
    For more information about submission of abstracts or manuscripts click here.
    Date posted: 11/17/2016 | View listing
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  • National Bureau of Economic Research
    April 14, 2017 - April 15, 2017
    California Center for Population Research (UCLA)
    December 20, 2016
    The workshop will bring together scholars with a common interest in the analyses of life course events in aging; the role of cumulative exposures in aging-related outcomes; and in understanding how the economic, institutional, and demographic context has changed for different cohorts and for different racial, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic groups within cohorts. The meeting is supported in part by an NIA conference grant so submissions consistent with NIA's missions will receive higher priority. The program will be based both on invited papers and on paper submissions. Lodging and travel (coach), including international travel, will be covered for participants. Unfortunately, we cannot accept papers from graduate students, but once the program is set we will send out a call for attendance. If you wish to submit a paper for consideration, please upload a pdf file by December 20, 2016, using the following website. Late submissions will be accepted only if the committee has not yet gotten to work.
    Date posted: 11/15/2016 | View listing
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  • October 29, 2017 - November 4, 2017
    Cape Town, South Africa
    December 15, 2016
    The Call for papers  contains 19 general themes and over 100 session topics from which an expected total of 240 regular Conference oral or poster sessions will be created.  Population scholars are invited to submit abstracts to the appropriate session or theme. Abstracts, extended abstracts and papers can be submitted in English or French. Session Organisers and Theme Conveners will select papers for presentation at the Conference on the basis of the relevance and merits of the abstracts submitted to the proposed session. Abstracts not fitting a specific session topic should be submitted to the general theme topic. Theme conveners will create sessions based on the number of high quality submissions received. For more information about specific themes and requirements click here. 
    Date posted: 11/14/2016 | View listing
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  • Fels Institute of Public Policy
    October 28, 2016
    The Fels Policy Research Initiative seeks to increase the visibility and impact of Penn’s policy-relevant research. Because policy topics characteristically span the disciplinary boundaries of the academy, FPRI’s Collaborative Working Group Grants will support the formation of faculty working groups that gather a variety of perspectives around a topic. The grants will support working groups designed to stimulate deeper discussion on neglected or emerging areas, develop new research ideas and agendas, and heighten awareness of the policy implications of research. We hope to accelerate exploration and early collaboration and to identify potential projects for further development. These grants, for up to $15,000, can be used to support a series of talks, a series of related workshops, or some other new collaboration made possible with funding.
    Date posted: 10/24/2016 | View listing
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  • American Federation for Aging Research
    December 15, 2016
    The major goal of this program is to assist in the development of the careers of junior investigators committed to pursuing careers in the field of aging research. AFAR supports research projects concerned with understanding the basic mechanisms of aging. Projects investigating age-related diseases are also supported, especially if approached from the point of view of how basic aging processes may lead to these outcomes. Projects concerning mechanisms underlying common geriatric functional disorders are also encouraged, as long as these include connections to fundamental problems in the biology of aging. Projects that deal strictly with clinical problems such as the diagnosis and treatment of disease, health outcomes, or the social context of aging are not eligible. For more information about the eligibility, guidelines, and application procedures click here.
    Date posted: 10/13/2016 | View listing
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  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
    November 28, 2016
    We have an exciting opportunity for a full time Population Scientist to work as an Associate Professor for 4 years working on demography projects at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. This post is a great opportunity for a talented academic with relevant skills and a commitment to population research, which will allow the successful candidate to work with some of the world’s research leaders in the field of demography and health.
    Date posted: 10/13/2016 | View listing
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  • Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research
    December 9, 2016
    The post-doc / research scientist will carry out research within the Max Planck Research Group: Gender Gaps in Health and Survival. His/her research will focus on investigating gender differences in health and mortality by ethnic background, and on examining the respective roles of social position, civil status and reproduction in driving these differences. The research interests of the group also encompass health trends at older ages, determinants of long-term care use, cohort differences in health at older ages, and related topics. The post-doc may also be asked to help teach some courses, co-supervise PhD students, organize workshops and lectures, and assist in the daily running of the group. Knowledge of German is not a requirement.
    Date posted: 10/13/2016 | View listing
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  • Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research
    December 9, 2016
    The Statistical Analyst will support the research carried out by the Max Planck Research Group: Gender Gaps in Health and Survival (GGHS) by performing statistical programming and by analyzing large datasets, particularly register datasets and population-based survey datasets. The analyst will also be responsible for cleaning and preparing datasets for analysis, and for providing assistance as needed with other data management activities.
    Date posted: 10/13/2016 | View listing
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  • Washington State University
    Pullman, Washington
    Date posted: 10/12/2016 | View listing
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  • Temple University
    Philadelphia, PA
    The Department of Sociology at Temple University seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Population Health for Fall 2017. We seek a scholar who studies health and illness and their interrelationships with the social determinants of health at and across local, national, or global levels. We are particularly interested in researchers who also address urban processes, race and ethnicity, or gender. This faculty member is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in medical sociology, the social determinants of health, and urban and/or global health, as well as specialized and advanced courses in their area(s) of interest. We welcome scholars who use qualitative or quantitative methodological approaches. Our department offers a major, a minor, and a research certificate in the sociology of health. We are in a great and diverse city, well situated on the east coast, and Temple is a wonderful place to practice sociology. Applicants should submit a letter of intent, a curriculum vitae, samples of written work, and a statement of teaching interests, experience, and philosophy. Three confidential letters of reference are also required. E-mail materials as attachments to healthsearch@temple.edu. If necessary, they may also be sent by mail to the department chair, Professor Kim Goyette c/o Cathy Staples, Coordinator, Department of Sociology, Gladfelter Hall, 7th floor, 1115 Polett Walk, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122. Applications must be received by November 15 to receive full consideration. The candidate is expected to have a PhD upon appointment. Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, and we welcome applicants from underrepresented groups.
    Date posted: 10/12/2016 | View listing
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  • University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    The ICPSR Summer Program provides rigorous, hands-on training in statistical techniques and research methodologies used in the social, behavioral, and medical sciences. With more than 80 courses, our curriculum is designed to fulfill the needs of researchers throughout their careers. First Session: June 26-July 21, 2017Second Session: July 24-August 18, 2017For more information about past and future program click here.
    Date posted: 10/12/2016 | View listing
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  • January 31, 2017
    The RAND Postdoctoral Training Program in the Study of Aging enables outstanding junior scholars in demographic and aging research to sharpen their analytic skills, learn to communicate research results effectively, and advance their research agenda. Housed within RAND Labor and Population, the program blends formal and informal training and extensive collaboration with distinguished researchers in a variety of disciplines. Fellowships are for one year, renewable for a second. Each fellow receives an annual stipend, travel stipend and health insurance.Fellows must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and must have completed a Ph.D. (or its equivalent) in a relevant discipline before they begin the program. The RAND Fellows program is open to new scholars in the field of demographic and aging research, as well as individuals who already have research experience on these topics. For example, in some cases, fellows are on leave from an academic position so they can engage in research and writing full time, and extend their research agenda and funding base.The Program gives Fellows a great opportunity to jump-start their research careers. After completing the program, RAND Fellows have taken positions at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Minnesota, Johns Hopkins University, SUNY Stony Brook, the World Bank, and CDC, for example.
    Date posted: 10/4/2016 | View listing
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  • University of California Berkeley Center on the Economics and Demography of Aging-CEDA USC/UCLA Center for Biodemography and Population Health
    February 27, 2017 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
    University of California at Berkeley
    October 21, 2016
    This workshop is designed to share leading research methods and findings on comparative patterns of adult mortality risk factors in low and middle income countries (LMIC), following-up on an inaugural workshop held on this topic at USC in February 2016. The goal is to build a robust evidence base for understanding the drivers of cross-national mortality and health expectancy patterns, especially in populations with unusually high or low adult mortality. The newly expanded availability of longitudinal HRS-type surveys in LMIC make this an opportune time to gather a network of researchers using such data to study mortality patterns, in order to share innovative methods, new results, and ideas for the most promising research agenda going forward. We solicit presentations of papers using longitudinal data from one or more LMIC, particularly from harmonized HRS family studies (see https://g2aging.org/) in China (CHARLS), Costa Rica (CRELES), Ghana (SAGE), Korea (KLOSA), Indonesia (IFLS), Mexico (MHAS), and South Africa (SAGE). We also encourage use of other LMIC micro-data with mortality follow-ups, e.g. from Taiwan (SEBAS), China (CLHLS), South Africa (HAALSI), and elsewhere, as well as comparisons with data from higher income countries such as the US (HRS), Japan (JSTAR or NUJLSOA), England (ELSA), and Europe (SHARE). The sponsors will cover hotel accommodations and meals during the workshop. Participants should be prepared to bear other costs associated with travel to the conference. This will be a small meeting of about 30 people. We invite one-page abstracts, which should be submitted by October 21st to evasile@berkeley.edu. For inquiries about topical areas please contact Will Dow wdow@berkeley.edu and Eileen Crimmins Crimmin@usc.edu. For further information please contact CEDA Executive Director Elizabeth Vasile (evasile@berkeley.edu).
    Date posted: 10/4/2016 | View listing
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  • Eastern Sociological Society
    February 23, 2017 - 9:00am - February 26, 2017 - 5:00pm
    Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown, Philadelphia, PA
    October 15, 2016
    The Digital Sociology Mini-Conference seeks papers that address the many ways digital media technologies are “revolutionizing” everyday life.  Suggested topics, include, but are not limited to, the following themes:
    • Critical Theories of Everyday Digital Life: How have we theorized everyday life, and how are these theories being challenged by digital transformations? What challenges does the digital pose to epistemologies underlying sociological theories of the everyday? 
    • Digital Labor: How is the “gig economy” shifting the means of production, alienation from labor, and wages? How is creating online content a form of labor and who benefits from this? What are the consequences for social life of temporary labor done primarily online? 
    • Digital Citizenship: Given the changing landscapes of public and private life, what does it mean to be a citizen in the digital era? Do the affordances of ditigal technologies changes our responsibilities as citizens? How do citizens respond to moves toward “open government” in an era of pervasive government surveillance?
    • Digital Structures, Digital Institutions: The datafication of everyday life is posing unique challenges to the composition of social institutions and giving rise to new instantiations of education, finance, labor, and governance. How do we theorize, study, and conceptualize the re-composition of these institutions?
    • Digital Sociological Methods: How do traditional, analog sociological methods become digital? Are there new, “born digital” sociological methods? Is knowledge production different now? Will big data replace survey methodology?
    • Identity, Community, and Networks: How do sociological concepts of micro and macro, personal and public, “front stage” and “back stage,” evolve as digital and mobile technologies increasingly blur these boundaries? How do digital environments shape identities of race, gender, sexuality and queerness?
    • Social Movements, Digital Technologies: Given the increasing attention to social media as a tool used by both political and social movements and campaigns in the U.S. and abroad, we invite papers that address the connections between movements and media. Topics may include but are not limited to comparisons of online and offline activism, risks and costs associated with online activism, comparisons of traditional and social media, online activist identity, and ways in which social media platforms transmit movement content such as frames.
    • Digital Pedagogy: How are educators using digital tools to teach in innovative ways?
    We encourage submissions from scholars at all levels, and are particularly enthusiastic to support the work of graduate students and early career researchers. We welcome submissions for individual papers and for entirely constituted sessions. The organizers share a commitment to creating a field that honors diverse voices, and as such are excited to see scholars from groups that are typically underrepresented in sociology. When proposing entirely constituted panels, please keep this commitment to diverse voices in mind.If you have any questions about proposals, topics, or session ideas please contact one of the organizers: Leslie Jones (lesjones@sas.upenn.edu), Rachel Durso (rdurso2@washcoll.edu)  or Jessie Daniels (jdaniels@hunter.cuny.edu). For individual presentations, please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words, as well as the title of the paper, name of presenter, institutional affiliation and contact details. Please email your submissions to ESSDigitalSociology@gmail.com.  
    Date posted: 10/4/2016 | View listing
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  • Population Association of America
    April 27, 2017 - 9:00am - April 29, 2017 - 5:00pm
    Chicago, IL
    September 29, 2016
    For more information about submitting a paper click here.
    Date posted: 9/23/2016 | View listing
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  • Russel Sage Foundation
    November 30, 2016
    Social science research on many topics has often been hampered by the limitations associated with survey data. However, the digital age has rapidly increased access to large and comprehensive data sources such as public and private administrative databases, and unique new sources of information from online transactions, social-media interactions, and internet searches. New computational tools also allow for the extraction, coding, and analysis of large volumes of text. Advances in analytical methods for exploiting and analyzing data have accompanied the rise of these data. The emergence of these new data also raises questions about access, privacy and confidentiality.The Russell Sage Foundation’s initiative on Computational Social Science (CSS) supports innovative social science research that brings new data and methods to bear on questions of interest in its core programs in Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Social Inequality. Limited consideration will be given to questions that pertain to core methodologies, such as causal inference and innovations in data collection. Examples of research (some recently funded by RSF) that are of interest include, but are not restricted to, the following:
    • Linked Administrative Data
    • Private Administrative Data
    • Machine-Learning
    • Online Surveys and Experiments
    • Text Analysis
    • Social Media
    For more information about RSF funding click here.
    Date posted: 9/20/2016 | View listing
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  • National Institute of Aging and Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging
    November 18, 2016
    With financial support from NIA, we seek proposals for manuscripts assessing various aspects of population level trends in dementia. The authors will present the manuscripts at a conference in the Washington DC area in May or June 2017. We anticipate that the manuscripts will be published as part of a supplemental issue of a peer-reviewed journal, and we are currently in discussions with Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences.Four priority areas have been identified:
    1. latest data on population-level trends in dementia from the US and abroad;
    2. disparities in trends in dementia;
    3. causes of population-level trends in dementia;
    4. consequences of population-level trends in dementia for individuals, families, and societies.
    Authors of each of the 10 manuscripts that are selected will receive a $3000 honorarium. Travel expenses associated with participation in the conference will also be covered.The 2-3 page proposal should describe the aim of the manuscript as well as data and methods to be used. If initial findings exist, they may be described. Please include CVs of the authors along with the proposal.The deadline for proposals is Friday, November 18, 2016. Please submit proposals to Rhonda Moats at rmoats@umich.edu. Authors will be notified by December 9, 2016. Questions about the call for proposals should be directed to Bob Schoeni (bschoeni@umich.edu).Bob Schoeni, Vicki Freeman, Ken Langa University of Michigan Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging Disability TRENDS Network Find more information here.
    Date posted: 9/20/2016 | View listing
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  • University of Pennsylvania Career Services
    September 20, 2016 - November 8, 2016
    University of Pennsylvania
    This conference is a series of workshops, talks, and sessions throughout the Fall 2016 semester catered specifically to Penn graduates. To learn more about specific events click here.
    Date posted: 9/14/2016 | View listing
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  • Gerontological Society of America
    November 16, 2016 - 9:00am - November 20, 2016 - 5:00pm
    New Orleans, LA
    Discover what’s new in aging. GSA’s Annual Scientific Meeting brings together 4,000 international experts and partners from academia, industry, government, and beyond to exchange information and to discuss the broader role of aging science. This meeting is the premier gathering of gerontologists from both the United States and around the world. They participate in over 450 scientific sessions including symposia, paper, and poster presentations.GSA President Nancy Morrow-Howell, MSW, PhD, has choosen "New Lens on Aging: Changing Attitudes, Expanding Possibilities” as the 2016 meeting theme. She wrote, "This theme reflects my scholarly interest on productive engagement in later life as well as my on-going concern about ageism. Research has demonstrated that ageism is still alive and well in our attitudes, behaviors, programs, and policies; and it affects employment, health care practices, psychological well-being, family dynamics, and more. I hope you will think about how our work can contribute to changing ageist attitudes that limit the potential of late life, that undermine our efforts to promote healthy aging and that thwart the development of age-inclusive communities." Where Y'at? New Orleans! A timeless city with a unique way of life that is steeped in European Traditions and Caribbean influences. The restaurants, the music, the people, the soul – they all have something intangibly wonderful. There are countless reasons to love this city and everyone has a different way of making it their own.
    Date posted: 8/26/2016 | View listing
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  • Effective 1 July, Penn PSC Research Associates Dirk Krueger and John MacDonald step down from, respectively, Economics and Criminology, where they have completed outstanding tenures as departmental chairs.  John, who is Professor of Criminology and Sociology, will continue in his role as Penny and Robert A. Fox Faculty Director of the Fels Institute.  He is replaced as Chair of Criminology by PSC Research Associate Richard Berk, Professor of Criminology and Professor of Statistics.  
    Date posted: 6/30/2016 | View listing
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  • Hans-Peter Kohler, who is the Frederick Warren Professor of Demography and Professor of Sociology--as well as the most recent Past-Director of the GGD, will stand in for Michel Guillot, Professor of Sociology and PSC Associate Director for Training, while Michel takes a well-earned sabbatical at INED, the French national demography institute and an international partner of Penn's PSC.
    Date posted: 6/30/2016 | View listing
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  • Emily Hannum is Professor of Sociology and Education.  She takes on the new role of Associate Director for a three-year period, and replaces Emilio Parrado, who has served tirelessly and faithfully and constructively in that role for the past seven years.  Emilio, who is Professor of Sociology, continues as Chair of Sociology and as Director of the Latin America and Latino Studies Program.
    Date posted: 6/30/2016 | View listing
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  • Dorothy Roberts is the George A. Weiss Professor of Law and Sociology, the Raymond Pace & Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, and Professor of Africana Studies. She is also the founding director of the Program on Race, Science, and Society (PRSS) in the School of Arts and Sciences.  She is an expert on race, gender, inequality, and reproductive health and reproductive rights.  Her February 2016 paper in Science (with Sarah Tischkoff and others) takes issue with the so-called genetic basis of race, and suggests that we distinguish populations, not races.  The July/August issue of the Pennsylvania Gazette contains a terrific article on Professor Roberts, summarizing this and related research.  In November, she will receive the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Family Planning.
    Date posted: 6/30/2016 | View listing
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  • The Census Bureau
    The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia will be the location for a new Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC).   The new center will join the network of 23 FSRDCs located around the country.   The FSRDCs provide qualified researchers a secure environment in which to access restricted-use microdata from the Census Bureau, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Center for Health Statistics, and Bureau of Labor Statistics.   Four research institutions, The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, and The Pennsylvania State University have formed a consortium to operate and fund the Philadelphia center together with the existing FSRDC on the Pennsylvania State University campus.  The Philadelphia FSRDC is planned to open in 2017.  Read more about the new data centers: http://www.census.gov/about/adrm/fsrdc/updates/update201602_01.html. Information about the FSRDC network is available at http://www.census.gov/fsrdc.
    Date posted: 6/23/2016 | View listing
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  • Industrial Alliance Research Chair on the Economics of Demographic Change, Quebec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS), Center for Inter-University Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO)
    December 5, 2016 - December 6, 2016
    Montreal, Quebec
    September 1, 2016

    Around the world, the economic conditions of the elderly are changing rapidly. On one hand, we are seeing the new elderly reach retirement with significant financial assets, in particular among households where both spouses have extensive labor market experience. On the other hand, transformations in the workplace imply that employer pension plans are vastly different from what they were in the past, leading retirees to face potentially more risks – and more complex decisions – than they did. Adding to these factors, trends in population health are mixed, some forces indicating that the future elderly will be healthier while others would suggest more years spent in worse health. With governments beginning to feel the heat from these mounting pressures, and societies – including employers offering retirement saving programs – looking to adapt, this conference aims to shed further light on various dimensions of the well-being of the future elderly population.

    Conference organizers are seeking communications that focus on the following dimensions:

    1. Economic conditions of the elderly (e.g. poverty, wealth, income, subjective well-being)
    2. Health and cognitive status of the elderly
    3. Consumption, expenditures and time use of the elderly
    4. Value of insurance against various risks faced at older ages
    5. Informal and formal care for the elderly
    6. Relationship between retiree well-being and earlier economic and life conditions

    In particular, the conference seeks to present applied research that exploits longitudinal data from various countries or that is comparative in nature. Organizers are also interested more generally in quantitative research that helps to better understand the behaviour and well-being of the elderly; such research may be rooted in economics, demography, sociology, epidemiology, or in other social and health disciplines. Organizers are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers for the event: • Axel Börsch-Supan, Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy • Arie Kapteyn, Center for Economic and Social Research, University of Southern California Approximately 10 papers will be presented over these two days in a format convenient for feedback and discussions. Take a look at the PDF for more information. Those interested in presenting at the conference should send a complete draft of their paper to David Boisclair (boisclad@gmail.com), coordinator of the Industrial Alliance Research Chair on the Economics of Demographic Change, no later than September 1st, 2016. Authors whose paper is accepted for presentation at the conference will have their travel expenses covered by the organizers.

    Date posted: 6/21/2016 | View listing
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  • International Union for the Scientific Study of Population
    October 11, 2016 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
    Paris, France
    July 11, 2016
    While the dichotomous sex variable (male/female) is central to all analyses of mortality, fertility and migration, its meaning is complex and rarely discussed. What are demographers talking about when they use the words male and female? Does the sex variable refer to biological characteristics, a perceived identity, membership to a social group? The way in which the sex variable is interpreted is of key importance, given that fertility behaviours and mortality risks are closely linked to both the biological and social conditions of each individual. Yet many demographic indicators are different for males and females (life expectancy at birth, age at first childbirth, etc.). What hypotheses have been put forward to explain sexually differentiated demographic behaviours? To what extent do these explanations incorporate the question of gender relations, i.e. the power relations between men and women, and of gender differences in social status? More generally, how do demographic and quantitative approaches reveal inequalities between men and women? The question of sexually differentiated demographic and social behaviours (fertility, mortality, migration, health, education, professional life, etc.) is closely linked to that of gender inequality. One recent publication1 describes social progress regarding gender in France, and the persisting gender inequalities . More women are getting an education and have a stronger presence in the labour force, yet compared with men, they less frequently opt for the most "lucrative" fields in the job market and remain at a disadvantage in terms of salaries and promotions. They still perform the majority of domestic and parenting tasks, and are the main victims of domestic and sexual violence. But demography also provides examples of "reverse inequality", since women have a longer life expectancy than men (though a shorter healthy life expectancy). THE FOUR WORKSHOP THEMES Young researchers (Master's and PhD students, young researchers who defended their PhD after 2009) are invited to present their research findings and explain how gender issues are addressed in their work. The workshop will be organized around the 4 main demographic themes. Contributions with an international comparative dimension are especially welcome.
    • Births, fertility and family
    How have gender equality movements contributed to change in family structures? How is birth control negotiated between partners (contraception, abortion, desired number of children)? What do we know about men’s fertility?
    • Marriage, conjugal life and sexuality
    How do gender norms affect interactions in a couple? How do men and women experience their sexualities at different stages of their relationship (beginning of the relationship, divorce or separation)? Has the diversification of types of couple (unmarried cohabiting couples, non cohabiting couples, etc.) allowed for a greater equality between partners?
    • Migration, mobility and minorities
    How do migration theories take into account the concept of gender? Do men and women have different reasons to migrate, or different ways of migrating? How can research on intersectionality improve our understanding of migration dynamics?
    • Mortality, ageing and health
    Ageing is a major feature of developed countries’ populations, and it implies different challenges for men and women. How can the gap in life expectancy between men and women (biological condition, social behaviours) be explained? What are the living conditions of older men and women (in terms of health, social support, standard of living, etc.)?Proposals (between 300 and 500 words, in English or French) should include your name, the name and address of your institution, the title of the paper and keywords. Please send them by email to the address colloque.cridup@gmail.com before July 11th, 2016 (format .doc or .pdf). Authors whose papers have been selected will be informed at the end of July and will be invited to send the text of their paper before September 20th.
    Date posted: 6/20/2016 | View listing
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  • International Union for the Scientific Study of Population
    July 11, 2017 - July 12, 2017
    Cambridge, UK
    September 30, 2016
    Health in urban areas has played a major role in determining trajectories of demographic growth, economic success and individual and community well-being across time. However the relationship between health and urban space has not been constant over either time or place. Before the early twentieth century, towns and cities suffered a probably universal urban mortality penalty, and in some periods acted as ‘demographic sinks’, characterized by high death rates largely due to air and water-borne infections. The improvement of urban environments, together with the development of better preventive and curative medical services which tend to be based in cities, means that urban areas today have lower mortality than their surrounding areas. Although the decline of mortality in urban areas has been studied, there is little consensus about how urban spaces were transformed from unhealthy to healthy places. Such changes are unlikely to have happened at the same time or stage of industrial, economic or infrastructural development in every place, but it has not been established whether there are any key developments which are necessary or sufficient for such transformations to occur. Attempts have been made to link declines in mortality to the introduction of sanitation and water supply, but with mixed success. The roles of housing, street paving, air pollution, and animal keeping in fostering a hostile disease environment have been addressed less often. Municipal governance and institutions have been linked variously to poorer and to better health. How migration contributes to observed mortality rates is also poorly understood: migrants seeking work or a better life are often selected for better health, but may lack immunities to specific urban diseases. Chronic conditions such as tuberculosis may be linked to return or health-seeking migration, and such factors make it hard to disentangle the ways that migration, as other possible influences, might be linked to health outcomes.
    We invite any paper which investigates the transformation of urban health or demographic regimes and we hope to gather a programme which will allow comparisons of a range of places which experienced urban growth of different speeds and characters, or with different disease environments. We welcome papers addressing a wide spectrum of historical eras from the earliest cities up to the present day, and from all continents. We invite contributions from a variety of aspects including: the demographic risks of mortality and ill-health for individuals, groups and places, and the development of institutions and infrastructure and the health environment. Studies focusing on particular components of mortality (e.g. by age or cause) are encouraged as well as those which investigate less easily measured aspects of health. We welcome those who can examine the spatial details of urban health using GIS, and those who aim to shed light on the role of migration.
    Online Submissions:The IUSSP Panel on Historical Demography invites researchers to submit online by 30 September 2016 a short 200-word abstract AND an extended abstract (2 to 4 pages, including tables) or a full unpublished paper for consideration. To submit an abstract please fill out the online submission form here: ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM.Both short and detailed abstracts must be submitted in English. The working language of the meeting is English, and presentations and final papers must be in English. The seminar will be limited to about 20 contributed papers. Submission should be made by the author who will attend the seminar. If the paper is co-authored, please include the names of your co-authors in your submission form (in the appropriate order). Applicants will be informed whether their paper is accepted by 1 November 2016. Participants must submit their complete paper by 31 May 2017. 
    In addition to dissemination through posting on the member-restricted portion of the IUSSP website, seminar organizers will explore possibilities for publishing the papers as an edited volume or a special issue of a journal. Papers submitted should be unpublished and, as for a journal or an edited book, authors, by submitting a paper, agree they will not propose it for publication to another editor until the committee makes a decision with regard to its possible publication. Current funding for the seminar is very limited. All participants will need to cover their own travel costs. If available, funding would pay only for meals and accommodation, and would be restricted to IUSSP members in good standing with priority for participants from less wealthy nations. Funding would also be contingent upon submission of a complete paper of acceptable quality by the deadline for papers.For further information, please contact Seminar Organizers: Alice Reid (amr1001@cam.ac.uk), Diego Ramiro (diego.ramiro@cchs.csic.es), and Romola Davenport (rjd23@cam.ac.uk).
    Date posted: 6/20/2016 | View listing
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  • Cumberland Lodge
    September 26, 2016 - 9:00am - 9:00pm
    Windsor, UK
    July 3, 2016
    Undoubtedly, many of the most pressing challenges of our age relate to changes in human population. Many people believe that the world is overpopulated and that population growth is causing significant social, economic and environmental harm. However, countries with low rates of population growth are struggling to cope with an ageing population and a shrinking workforce. Yet these issues receive little attention from academics, and public debate is often led by unconsidered opinion and ideological divides about the ethics of birth and death. This presents opportunities for interdisciplinary researchers to break new ground and make significant contributions to contemporary policy decisions.This colloquium will explore different perspectives on moral issues relating to human population.  Topics covered throughout the day will include: the morality of procreative decision-making, the shifting contours of individual lives, the relationship between human populations and the environment and the effect of demographic changes on human wellbeing. Our goal is to bring together scholars with an interest in these interrelated issues from theoretical and scientific perspectives with practitioners and policy makers, to spark debates and to stimulate collaborations. We hope to draw on a growing body of research on population and ethics in philosophy, demography, political science, anthropology, geography, sociology, ecology and reproductive health. We are seeking to select up to 8 presentations, with a preference for work from early career researchers and postgraduates, that explore the following topics:
    1. The morality of birth: Are procreative decisions moral decisions, and if so what norms and values govern then? How do these decisions interact with wider moral and political debates, or are they essentially private?
    2. The changing shape of society: Shifting age demographics and family structures are altering the structure of our communities. How are these changes affecting the balance of responsibilities between generations and how should societies react?
    3. Human populations and the environment: Are population controls an appropriate response to environmental change, or are consumption, technology and behaviour more important? Is it right to give priority to expanding human populations, when populations of other species are collapsing?
    4. Optimum demographics: Is there such a thing as an optimum population size, and how should this be determined? Are there optimum levels for other demographic features, such as growth rate or age structure, that promote wellbeing and human development?
     In order to maximise the impact of this emerging field of interdisciplinary research, participants will be able to contribute their ideas to a video on population ethics that we will be producing in collaboration with the Westminster think tank Common Vision. Successful applicants will have their registration fee and travel costs provided free of charge.To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of 500 words or less outlining the content of your proposed presentation to populationethics@cumberlandlodge.ac.uk. Deadline for submission: 3rd July 2016 Notification of acceptance: 22nd July 2016
    Date posted: 6/20/2016 | View listing
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  • February 16, 2017 - February 19, 2017
    London, UK
    October 1, 2016
    LSE Health & Social Care and the LSE’s Department of Social Policy announces a call for papers for the inaugural International Health Policy Conference, to be held at the LSE from 16th -19th February 2017. This unique conference seeks to bring together academics and policy-makers from a wide range of disciplines to take a multi-disciplinary approach to key health and social care issues.Papers are invited for submission to any of the five themes outlined below. It is envisaged that a range of disciplines will be represented within these themes, including, but not limited to, health economics, political science, law, demography, epidemiology, sociology, and psychology.
    • Theme 1: International health systems: Health systems financing; international health reforms; global health and sustainable development; performance measurement; and health inequalities.
    • Theme 2: Social care and mental health: Economic aspects of community care, residential and nursing home provision, long-term care finance, and mental health policy.
    • Theme 3: Regulation and assessment of health technologies: Assessment of pharmaceuticals and medical devices; sustainability of health care financing; economic access to health technologies; and pharmaceutical policy.
    • Theme 4: Behaviour: Understanding and changing behaviour at the individual and population level; role of behavioural insights in public policy making.
    • Theme 5: Population Studies: Aging; life course, socio-economic and intergenerational influences on individual and population health.
    Papers on topics that fall outside of these specified themes will also be considered for presentation at the conference.Abstracts should be submitted by email to ihpc2017@lse.ac.uk. Please include details of your full name, organisational affiliation and email address. Authors of accepted abstracts will be invited to give an oral or poster presentation at the conference. Authors are welcome to make more than one submission, but only one paper per first-named author will be accepted for oral presentation. The best papers, including the best PhD paper (see below) will be invited to submit for consideration in a special issue of the journal, Health, Economics, Policy and Law.Key dates:
    October 1, 2016 – deadline for submission of abstracts
    October 31, 2016 – notification of acceptance of successful papers
    November 30, 2016 – deadline for early-bird registration
    January 15, 2017 – submission of completed papers
    Date posted: 6/20/2016 | View listing
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  • American Economic Association
    January 6, 2017 - January 8, 2017
    Chicago, IL
    The 2017 Annual Meeting will take place in Chicago, IL on January 6-8, 2017 (Friday, Saturday, & Sunday). The headquarters hotel will be the Hyatt Regency Chicago; the co-headquarters hotel will be the Sheraton Grand Chicago Hotel & Towers. The AEA, in conjunction with 56 associations in related disciplines known as the Allied Social Sciences Associations (ASSA), holds a three-day meeting each January to present papers on general economics topics. Over 13,300 of the best minds in economics are assembled to network and celebrate new achievements in economic research:
    • Program: Offers in-depth coverage of economics topics across many disciplines via hundreds of speakers and panels.
    • Job Interviews: The concurrent economics job fair brings together thousands of job-seekers and recruiting companies in pre-registered interview sessions.
    • Special Events: The Presidential Address, award presentations, lectures, and many networking opportunities are also part of the experience.
    • Proceedings: The American Economic Review publishes a Papers and Proceedings edition in May highlighting selected papers from the meeting, and a limited number of sessions are featured on webcasts.
    • Exhibit Hall: Meet representatives offering specialized products and services serving economists and those in related disciplines. 
    ASSA is the premiere event to expose your work with colleagues and hear about the latest research emerging in the field. Economists from around the world take advantage of this unique opportunity to share, collaborate, and learn…all in one place.
    Date posted: 6/20/2016 | View listing
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  • January 6, 2017 - January 8, 2017
    Houston, TX
    September 30, 2016
    You are cordially invited to submit abstracts for papers, discussion topics, and posters for the 2017 Population and Public Policy Conference which will be held in Houston Texas from January 6-8. A reception will be held the evening of Friday January 6th, with a full day of sessions on Saturday, January 7th and a half day session on Sunday, January 8th. The conference is sponsored by the Hobby Center of Public Policy, University of Houston, Center for Geospatial and Population Studies, University of New Mexico and the International Applied Demography Association. The main aim of the conference is to bring together educators and policy makers from the U.S. and around the world to network, educate and share their experience with students. We would also like encourage graduate students to submit their research for presentation.   Please feel free to distribute this call for abstracts to anyone who might be interested in presenting their research at the 2017 Population and Public Policy Conference. The deadline for abstract submission is September 30, 2016. However, we encourage you to submit your abstract at your earliest convenience. Please submit your abstract to Nazrul Hoque at mnhoque@uh.edu. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting. Sincerely,Nazrul HoqueDely AlcantaraDavid A. Swanson 
    Date posted: 6/14/2016 | View listing
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Aging

  • January 15, 2017
    Early-Life Influences on Later Life: Innovations and ExplorationsThe articles we seek will move the field forward conceptually or methodologically or both. We are seeking original research that will further broaden our understanding of the ways that early-life conditions, including family structure and dynamics, socioeconomic background, cognitive ability, health, delinquent behaviors, exposure to trauma and violence, military service, and even in-utero experiences affect one’s life chances, including socioeconomic prospects, family formation, economic well-being, cognition, and physical and mental health. Early life may encompass infancy, childhood, adolescence, or young adulthood. We welcome articles using concepts and themes from sociology, psychology, human development, epidemiology, epigenetics, and other related disciplines. Preference is given to studies focused on mid- or later-life outcomes. Quantitative and qualitative approaches are welcome; multiwave longitudinal data sets are particularly appropriate for studying the life course prospectively. Potential topics include but are not limited to:
    • Explorations of late-life health disparities that pay serious attention to early-life selection processes.
    • The long-term impact of early socioeconomic factors on life-course trajectories, health, and well-being.
    • Explorations of race, gender, cohort, or cross-national differences in the impact of early-life factors on later-life outcomes.
    • Gene–environment interactions over the life course that shape later-life outcomes.
    • Rigorous empirical assessments of life-course theories including cumulative (dis)advantage models, resilience and vulnerability perspectives, and age-as-leveler perspectives.
    For more information about submission of abstracts or manuscripts click here.
    Date posted: 11/17/2016 | View listing
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  • The Census Bureau
    The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia will be the location for a new Federal Statistical Research Data Center (FSRDC).   The new center will join the network of 23 FSRDCs located around the country.   The FSRDCs provide qualified researchers a secure environment in which to access restricted-use microdata from the Census Bureau, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Center for Health Statistics, and Bureau of Labor Statistics.   Four research institutions, The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, and The Pennsylvania State University have formed a consortium to operate and fund the Philadelphia center together with the existing FSRDC on the Pennsylvania State University campus.  The Philadelphia FSRDC is planned to open in 2017.  Read more about the new data centers: http://www.census.gov/about/adrm/fsrdc/updates/update201602_01.html. Information about the FSRDC network is available at http://www.census.gov/fsrdc.
    Date posted: 6/23/2016 | View listing
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  • January 6, 2017 - January 8, 2017
    Houston, TX
    September 30, 2016
    You are cordially invited to submit abstracts for papers, discussion topics, and posters for the 2017 Population and Public Policy Conference which will be held in Houston Texas from January 6-8. A reception will be held the evening of Friday January 6th, with a full day of sessions on Saturday, January 7th and a half day session on Sunday, January 8th. The conference is sponsored by the Hobby Center of Public Policy, University of Houston, Center for Geospatial and Population Studies, University of New Mexico and the International Applied Demography Association. The main aim of the conference is to bring together educators and policy makers from the U.S. and around the world to network, educate and share their experience with students. We would also like encourage graduate students to submit their research for presentation.   Please feel free to distribute this call for abstracts to anyone who might be interested in presenting their research at the 2017 Population and Public Policy Conference. The deadline for abstract submission is September 30, 2016. However, we encourage you to submit your abstract at your earliest convenience. Please submit your abstract to Nazrul Hoque at mnhoque@uh.edu. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting. Sincerely,Nazrul HoqueDely AlcantaraDavid A. Swanson 
    Date posted: 6/14/2016 | View listing
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  • Penn Center for Research on Sex and Gender in Health and the Penn Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) Program
    May 23, 2016 - May 26, 2016
    Inn at Penn

    OSSD 2016 Annual Meeting, May 23 - 26, 2016: The 10th annual meeting of the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences: "The Causes and Consequences of Sex Differences"

    The 2016 OSSD meeting will be held at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, PA. Join us in Philadelphia for an exciting and diverse scientific program that will provide an opportunity for you to stay informed about the most recent advances in research and policy regarding sex differences in physiology and disease. The 2016 Program Committee is chaired by Kathryn Sandberg. The local hosts of the meeting are Tracy Bale and Neill Epperson.

    Opening Plenary Lecture and Reception: May 23rd, 5:00 - 7:30 pm (14th floor Penn Biomedical Research Building) Eric J. Nestler, M.D. Ph.D. 'Sex differences in the molecular basis of depression.'

    Keynote Speakers: Rhonda Voskuhl, M.D. 'Protective effects of estrogen in multiple sclerosis' & James L. Kirkland, M.D. Ph.D. 'Sex and aging'

    Presidential Symposium: 'Getting Basic Scientists to Think About Sex' with Janine Clayton, M.D. and Cara Tannenbaum, M.D.

    OSSD 2016 Workshop: (May 24th, 9:10 am - 12:00 pm) "Variability in Response to Drugs and Devices: Influence of sex" with Naomi Lowy, M.D. and Marjorie Jenkins, M.D., MEHP

    Invited Sessions Include:

    • Sex Differences in Developmental Origins of Metabolic Disease
    • Sex Differences in Sensorimotor Control
    • Sex Differences in the Gut Microbiome
    • Sex Differences in Bones and Joints from Puberty to Adulthood
    • Sex Differences in Multiple Sclerosis
    • Sex Differences in Stress Responses
    • Sex, Inflammation and Stroke
    • Sex Differences in Memory Decline
    • Sex Differences in Cardiovascular Disease
    • Sex Differences in Addiction
    • Sex Chromosomes and Sex-Linked Genes in Cancer
    • Thinking about Gender in Preclinical Models: Examples of models and best practices (lunch time discussion)

    The Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) is a scientific membership organization that seeks to enhance knowledge of sex/gender differences by facilitating interdisciplinary communication and collaboration among scientists and clinicians of diverse backgrounds.   Most diseases differ in males and females. Often, one sex is partially protected from a disease because of biological or environmental factors. It is important to understand these sex differences, to discover and enhance sex-biasing factors that protect from disease, and to develop optimal therapies for women and men.

    Date posted: 3/22/2016 | View listing
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