Past Other Events

December 8, 2017 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: William H. Natcher Conference Center, Building 45 NIH Campus 45 Center Drive Bethesda, MD 20894
The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and the NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Coordinating Committee invite you to attend the “NIH Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Festival: Connecting People to Advance Health,” on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the NIH main campus in Bethesda, MD. This annual festival brings together behavioral and social scientists within the NIH extramural and intramural communities to network and collaborate with each other and share scientific ideas; highlight recently funded behavioral and social sciences research that the NIH supports; and explore ways to advance behavioral and social sciences research (Agenda- PDF). For more details and registration click here.
December 6, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Roberts J. Sampson Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences - Harvard University
Penn Sociology Colloquium Series | Location: 103 McNeil
December 5, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Amy Carroll-Scott Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Prevention - Drexel Dornsife School of Public Health
Location: Temple University, Howard Gittis Student Center, 1755 N. 13th St, Room 200 A & B
Community-Driven Research Day (CDRD) encourages collaboration between researchers and community-based organizations (CBOs)/community groups who have research questions that they are interested in answering, specifically in ways that address local solutions to health challenges. Through an interactive poster session, CBOs and community groups will highlight their research questions to program participants who will include area non-profits, community groups, public sector partners, and researchers from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, and Thomas Jefferson University. CBOs, community groups, academic researchers, and students will be able to meet and discuss potential, mutually-beneficial collaborations. We are committed to community-based participatory research, which includes the basic tenet that both community partners and research partners are involved in all phases of research, allowing community capacity and related opportunities to be developed and sustained.
Call for Submissions- CBOs and Community Groups CBOs and community groups interested in developing partnerships to conduct research are urged to participate in an interactive poster presentation that will highlight the organization/group's mission, goals, and major accomplishments, as well as display questions that they are interested in answering about local solutions to health challenges. Submission forms are due by November 28th. Click here for the submission form. Register to Attend- Non-Presenting Participants All non-presenting individuals interested in attending CDRD should register by December 1st. Click here to register online.
November 13, 2017 - November 14, 2017
Location: Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Georgetown University, Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Description: Join researchers and experts from government, academia, and business to share approaches and foster collaborative opportunities in advancing the use of administrative data in social science research. Registration opens September 5th!
November 8, 2017 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Households or Banks: Who to Bail Out?
David Zaaruck Valencia Graduate Student - Penn Economics
Penn Fels Policy Research Initiative Doctoral Student Seminar Series | Location: Kleinman Center Classroom, 3rd flr, Fischer Fine Arts Library
October 29, 2017 - November 4, 2017
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Description: The IUSSP International Population Conference is a major international event drawing over 2,000 scientists, policy makers and practitioners in the global population community to meet and address issues of common concern.  The Conference takes place once every four years, providing a unique forum for population experts to take stock of recent research on population trends and issues and to debate possible actions and policy responses to the challenges posed by population phenomena. The Conference will include invited plenary debates and panel discussions on population and sustainable development issues as well as over 240 scientific sessions featuring the results of recent research from around the globe. Sessions will cover a wide range of topics including international migration, sexual and reproductive health, poverty and inequality, population and environment interactions, the consequences of population ageing and issues related to children and youth, education, the labour force, and gender and human rights. There will also be a set of sessions on Population and Policy Challenges in Africa. Attention to advances in methods and data measuring population phenomena and evaluating progress towards health and development goals such as the SDGs will be a key concern cutting across all sessions.  In addition, there will be exhibits, side meetings and training sessions. The Conference is open to all members of the population community and draws in experts working in research, teaching, governmental and non-governmental organizations, as well as the private sector including publishing companies and the media. Institutions working in the population field are encouraged to organise exhibits, side meetings, and training workshops or become an institutional sponsor. Further information on these opportunities will be posted on this website.
October 25, 2017 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Adjunct Attrition: How Public Colleges and Universities Can Support and Maintain their Non-tenure Track Faculty
Chad Evans Graduate Student - Department of Sociology
Penn Fels Policy Research Initiative Doctoral Student Seminar Series | Location: Kleinman Center Classroom, 3rd flr, Fischer Fine Arts Library
October 23, 2017 - October 24, 2017
Location: Nittany Lion Inn, Boardroom, University Park, PA
Penn State Population Research Institute
Description: New communication technologies such as smart phones and social media are rapidly diffusing across the globe among both children and adults.  Fifteen percent of U.S. adults have used an online dating site. American teens spend an average of nine hours a day engaged in social media such as online videos or music. Ninety-one percent of U.S. adults own a cell phone, as do 89% of adults in Nigeria, 83% in Ghana, 76% in Bangladesh and 65% in Uganda.  As of the fourth quarter of 2016, Facebook had 1.86 billion monthly active users worldwide. Technological changes such as these are rapidly changing how couples meet and form relationships, how parents raise their children, and how family members remain connected across long distances. The 2017 National Symposium on Family Issues focuses on how these dramatic changes are shaping and changing families and family life in both positive and negative ways and is aimed at identifying novel directions for population and family research.
October 19, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Bruce Herdman Chief of Medical Operations - Philadelphia Department of Prisons
Location: John Morgan Reunion Auditorium, 3620 Hamilton Walk
Description: Each year 30,000 citizens receive state of the art health care while they are incarcerated in the Philadelphia Department of Prisons [“PDP”]. The illness burden that these citizens suffer is described as three times that of the general population, including exceptionally high rates of HIV, STDs, seizure disorders, chronic physical illnesses and drug addiction, most of which are largely untreated prior to arrest. In addition, PDP is in effect the largest psychiatric care provider in the region. 350 full-time health care staff make medical services available to inmates all day, every day. In a year, PDP delivers 300,000 visits of medical care, and a full range of specialty services. Aspects of PDP’s healthcare program have received national recognition as best practices. What happens when inmates leave prison – or even return – is a different story. Join Dr. Herdman in an eye-opening talk exploring the medical needs, challenges and opportunities for this extremely vulnerable population. In his talk, he will describe the Philadelphia Department of Prisons while outlining the burden of illness of the inmate population. Dr. Herdman will discuss what services are, or aren’t, provided, related ethical issues, why jails are an opportunity to radically improve public health, and will explain current efforts to improve the health of inmates both within and beyond the prison system.
October 5, 2017 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description: For an advanced data workshop using Harmonized aging data, we would like to invite you and your colleagues to join our upcoming advanced webinar. This webinar offers a more advanced training for researchers looking to conduct cross-national and longitudinal research using the international family of Health and Retirement surveys and in particular using the Harmonized MHAS. Using the Gateway to Global Aging Data (, this webinar will provide hands-on examples of cross-national and longitudinal analysis using Harmonized datasets. To register for the webinar please use the following link:
October 5, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Talking About Your Teaching in Your Interviews
Ian Petrie Senior Associate Director - Center for Teaching and Learning
Location: Griski Room 311, Houston Hall
Description: “Tell us about your teaching” is a question many candidates on the academic job market will hear.  Ian Petrie, Senior Associate Director, Center for Teaching and Learning will discuss ways to answer this question and strategies for talking about your teaching during interviews with enthusiasm and thoughtfulness. In this session, attendees will prepare for the sorts of questions about teaching they might face in screening interviews and practice answering them with colleagues. Interviews with a variety of types of institutions and across different fields will be considered. Join this event on Handshake to receive updates and reminders about this program:
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October 5, 2017 7:30 AM - October 6, 2017 2:30 PM
Location: The Inn at Penn, 3600 Sansom Street
Description: Join in a collaborative exchange of ideas on novel solutions to today’s health care challenges, together with leaders in health care policy and practice from academia, government, and the private sector. Penn LDI is taking a moment to celebrate its 50 years of health policy leadership with a symposium focused on ideas to improve health and health care over the next 50 years. Click Here for more information.
September 29, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Kenneth Shores Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Penn GSE
Location: 169 McNeil Building
Description: The Geography of Black White Educational Inequality: Linking Disproportionality across Multiple Educational Domains
Using district level data that cover 75 percent of the black public school population, we characterize the extent to which black white gaps in achievement, rates of school disciplinary policy, Advanced Placement (AP) course taking and classification into special education and Gifted and Talented courses are linked across school districts in the United States. We show that gaps in each of these domains are large in magnitude and correlated; districts with large gaps in one area are likely to have large gaps in other areas. Socioeconomic inequality and segregation are strikingly consistent predictors of achievement, discipline, AP course taking and classification gaps. While socioeconomic and segregation variables consistently predict achievement and non-achievement gaps, there is much more unexplained variance for non-achievement outcomes; depending on the outcome, socioeconomic and segregation variables explain  between 1.5 to 3 times as much of the variation in achievement gaps as they do for the other educational outcomes. These findings reveal that underlying and systemic patterns of inequality drive inequalities across multiple educational outcomes; however, unobserved discretionary policies at the district and school levels are more influential for gaps in non-achievement outcomes.
September 27, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Amada Armenta Assistant Professor of Sociology - University of Pennsylvania
Location: 103 McNeil Building
September 27, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: PSC Conference Room, 5th floor, McNeil Building
September 26, 2017
Location: Perry World House, 3803 Locust Walk
Description: Can the Global order survive an era of nationalism? Will International alliances overcome national retrenchment? When is electoral democracy a pathway to populism? What key forces will shape the world's economic future?
Explore these questions with world leaders, diplomats, military officials, journalists, and industry experts at Perry World House. Also featuring the inaugural Penn Biden Leaders Dialogue, co-hosted with the Penn Biden Center. Registration will open on Tuesday September 5th.
September 22, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Sandra Florian Postdoctoral Fellow - University of Pennsylvania
Location: 169 McNeil Building
September 21, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Jeffrey Hom Policy Advisor - Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Location: Bodek Lounge, Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street
Center for Public Health Initiatives
Drug overdoses killed 907 people in Philadelphia in 2016, three times the number of homicides. Eighty percent of these involved an opioid, including heroin and fentanyl. Thousands of non-fatal overdoses also occurred, burdening the city’s first responders and emergency departments. And still thousands more have a substance use disorder or are at risk from their ongoing use. This talk will discuss the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia, focusing on the epidemiology of opioid use and overdose, the recommendations from the Mayor’s Task Force, and the public health opportunities to overcome the many challenges in this crisis.
September 20, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: PSC Conference Room, 5th floor, McNeil Building