Past Other Events

October 20, 2016 - October 21, 2016
Malika Saada Saar Google's Senior Counsel on Civil and Human Rights
Location: Perry World House
Evelyn Jacobs Ortner Center on Family Violence, University of Pennsylvania
October 18, 2016 9:00 AM - October 19, 2016 5:00 PM
Location: Boston, MA
October 14, 2016 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Penn Museum
Temple University, Penn Museum
Description: Join Mayor Jim Kenney and other dignitaries as they address international guests! Celebrate the diverse cultures and talents that international college students and scholars bring to the city of Philadelphia! This signature event, (formerly known as the Welcome Reception and celebrating its 47th year), includes global cuisine, music and dance performances and networking with people around the world). Students can also view Penn Museum’s impressive collection from around the world, including our signature galleries.
October 14, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Andrew Kauffman-Berry Ph.D. Student
September 27, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
John L. Jackson Jr. Dean, School of Social Policy and Practice
Location: Houston Hall, Class of '49 Auditorium
Description: For More Information clcik here.
September 24, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2016 Annual PSC International Dinner
Description: Join us for the 2016 PSC International Dinner! Feel free to bring your nearest and dearest. Vegan and vegetarian options will be available. Please RSVP to Dawn Ryan ( If you really want to bring something, a dessert or bottle of wine would be nice. 
September 21, 2016 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Tukufu Zuberi Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies
Location: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Description: Tukufu Zuberi and Nora Chipaumire discuss new perspectives on African art and traditional perceptions of Black cultural production at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
September 19, 2016 9:00 AM - September 20, 2016 5:00 PM
January 14, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Jason Moore Edward Rose Professor of Informatics, Director of the Institute for Biomedical Informatics, and Senior Associate Dean for Informatics
Location: 251 BRB II/III
Description: Join us on Thursday, January 14th for an introduction to and overview of the role of biomedical informatics and data visualization in applied prevention research and population
health research.Dr. Moore will highlight resources that are available through the new Institute for Biomedical Informatics and potential opportunities for collaboration. (
Jason H. Moore, PhD, is the Director of the Institute for Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology, as well as Professor of Genetics and Senior Associate Dean for Informatics.A Light Lunch Will Be Served. Please RSVP by Tuesday, January 12th
September 18, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Charles Loeffler Jerry Lee Assistant Professor of Criminology
Criminology Colloquium Series | Location: The Jerry Lee Center, 3809 Walnut St.
Description: Gun violence continues to be a staggering and seemingly intractable issue in many communities. The prevalence of gun violence among the sub-population of individuals under court-ordered community supervision provides an opportunity for intervention using remote monitoring technology. Existing monitoring systems rely heavily on location-based monitoring methods, which have incomplete geographic coverage and do not provide information on illegal firearm use.
August 4, 2014 - August 8, 2014
Location: Bethesda, MD
Description: Application Deadline: March 28, 2014.
June 3, 2014 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Smoking, Obesity, and US Longevity
Samuel H. Preston Professor of Sociology - University of Pennsylvania
Seventh Annual Matilda White Riley Lecture in the Behavioral and Social Sciences | Location: Natcher Conference Center, Balcony B National Institutes of Health Bethesda, Maryland
Sponsored by the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

Since 1960, the mortality profiles of industrialized countries have been dominated by the chronic diseases of adulthood. The intensity of these diseases reflects many factors, including scientific understanding of disease etiology, access to and performance of health care systems, levels of education and income, and individual behaviors affecting health. This paper examines mortality levels in the United States and other industrialized countries since 1960 and considers the extent to which smoking and obesity are contributors to trends, international differences, and internal disparities. Following the lead of Matilda White Riley, we adopt a life cycle approach to the analysis and stress the importance of behaviors cumulated over a lifetime. While there is considerable consensus about smoking’s effects on longevity, there is a great deal of uncertainty and contention about the effects of obesity. This paper presents new findings on the impact of obesity over the life course on mortality and concludes that obesity is a greater threat to health than is sometimes asserted and considers how declining smoking and rising obesity are likely to affect future levels of longevity in the United States.

Sign Language Interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this lecture should contact Ms. Dana Sampson, OBSSR/OD/NIH, 301.451.9514 and/or the Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339.

The lecture is open to all NIH staff and the general public without prior registration. A government-issued photo-identification card is required to enter the NIH Campus. Limited public parking is available at a nominal fee. Shuttle bus service is available to NIH staff to the NIH Main Campus. The Medical Center Metro Station on the Red Line is located at the NIH.

The lecture will be video-recorded and available on the BSSR Lecture Series videocast page at  The videocast is available to NIH staff as well as to the general public. It will be archived only, meaning the videocast will be posted within one week following the lecture.

Should you have questions about the Lecture, please contact: Erica L. Spotts, Ph.D., Health Scientist Administrator, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health, 31 Center Drive, B1-C19, Bethesda, MD 20892-2027, 301.594.2105,,

April 2, 2014 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Donald B. Rubin Professor of Statistics - Harvard University
Wharton Statistics Department Seminars | Location: F60 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
Description: The effects of a job training program, Job Corps, on both employment and wages are evaluated using data from a randomized study. Principal stratification is used to address, simultaneously, the complications of noncompliance, wages that are only partially defined because of nonemployment, and unintended missing outcomes. The first two complications are of substantive interest, whereas the third is a nuisance. The objective is to find a parsimonious model that can be used to inform public policy. We conduct a likelihood-based analysis using finite mixture models estimated by the expectation-maximization (EM) algorithm. We maintain an exclusion restriction assumption for the effect of assignment on employment and wages for noncompliers, but not on missingness. We provide estimates under the “missing at random” assumption, and assess the robustness of our results to deviations from it. The plausibility of meaningful restrictions is investigated by means of scaled log-likelihood ratio statistics. Substantive conclusions include the following. For compliers, the effect on employment is negative in the short term; it becomes positive in the long term, but these effects are small at best. For always employed compliers, that is, compliers who are employed whether trained or not trained, positive effects on wages are found at all time periods. Our analysis reveals that background characteristics of individuals differ markedly across the principal strata. We found evidence that the program should have been better targeted, in the sense of being designed differently for different groups of people, and specific suggestions are offered. Previous analyses of this dataset, which did not address all complications in a principled manner, led to less nuanced conclusions about Job Corps. This is joint work with Paolo Frumento, Fabrizia Mealli, and Barbara Pacini.
November 20, 2013 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery, 210 S. 34th St.
November 15, 2013 9:00 AM - November 16, 2013 5:00 PM
The UM Language and Rhetorical Studies Interdisciplinary Workshop: Graduate Student Conference
Shirley Brice Heath Professor Emeritus - Stanford University
Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Description: Proposals should be submitted to no later than midnight of Monday, September 16, 2013.
November 12, 2013 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Christine Murray Presenter - University of Pennsylvania
Location: Goldstein Electronic Classroom, 1st Floor, Library: Van Pelt-Dietrich
November 7, 2013 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
ACC: Trends in Higher Education: How Current Changes May Affect Your Academic Career
Dr. Laura Perna Professor of Education - University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education
Location: Stiteler Hall, B21
Description: register to attendDoctoral students and postdocs in all disciplines are encouraged to attend this upcoming Academic Career Conference (ACC) speaker event
October 15, 2013 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Vincent J. Cristofalo, PhD Annual Lectureship: "Towards Productive Aging: The Systemic Regulatory Network for Mammalian Aging and Longevity”
Dr. Shin-ichiro Imai Professor - The Penn Institute on Aging (IOA)
Location: BRB 2/3 Auditorium - 421 Curie Boulevard
Description: Kindly RSVP via email to or via phone to 215-898-3163. Reception To Follow Lecture
October 10, 2013 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Wu & Chen Auditorium, Levine Hall

Reception, 5:00 - 6:30pm, Singh Center for Nanotechnology.

Registration is free, but required.