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PAA 2021 is Going Virtual!

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With all the uncertainty in the world, there is one thing we are sure about: PAA 2021 is happening! We will have a full scientific meeting next spring and look forward to reconnecting with the PAA community and learning about all of the exciting new population research underway. Please mark the dates of May 5-8 on your calendar, if you haven’t already. While we had very much hoped to gather in person in St. Louis, the COVID-19 pandemic has unfortunately continued to get worse, with rising caseloads across most of the U.S. We are hopeful about the promising vaccine trials underway, but the production and distribution of a vaccine will certainly take time. ...
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Agency President’s Request House Recommendation Senate Recommendation PAA Recommendation National Institutes of Health $38 billion $46.9 billion $43.6 billion $44.7 billion National Center for Health Statistics $155 million $174.4 million $176.4 million $189 million Bureau of Labor Statistics $658 million $655 million $641 million $658 million Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality N/A $343 million $256.6 million $471 million Institute of Education Sciences ...
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The Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan-Institute for Social Research expects to have three openings for Postdoctoral Fellowships beginning on or about September 1, 2021. These fellowships are sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), focused on supporting research on aging and the health and well-being of older people. Fellows devote most of their time to independent research, but may also take selected courses and/or teach on a light-load basis. Positions offer exceptional opportunity for collaboration with faculty of the Population Studies Center and Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research on major projects ...
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On September 22, President Trump issued an executive order  (EO) to “combat offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating.” The order expands on a recent memorandum from the White House Office of Management and Budget that required federal agencies to cease funding for training that addresses “critical race theory” and “white privilege.” The most recent EO applies the prohibition to federal contractors and grant recipients and also precludes the use of federal funds to promote concepts that, for example, suggest one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex. While most of the order went into effect immediately, it contained ...
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The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College announces the 2021 Sandell Grant and Dissertation Fellowship programs for research on retirement and disability policy. These programs are funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration.   2021 Steven H. Sandell Grant Program  Provides the opportunity for junior or non-tenured scholars to pursue projects on retirement and disability policy. The program is open to scholars in all academic disciplines. Awards up to three grants of $45,000 for one-year projects. The submission deadline for grant proposals is January 31, 2021. Grant award recipients will be announced in April 2021. Proposal guidelines ...
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Guest editors Daniela Ghio,  Joint Research Center European Commission Enrique Acosta,  Max Plank Institute for Demographic Research Andrew Noymer,   University of California, Irvine David Fisman,   Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto Globally, COVID-19 is having an unprecedented impact on population health. Demographers are playing a crucial role in increasing our understanding of the factors contributing to the spread of COVID-19, and of morbidity and mortality associated with the disease. Yet population-based studies on the correlates and outcomes of the disease remain scarce. How and why is the pandemic unfolding differently ...
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PAA and APC wrote a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement regarding our concerns over a proposed rule recently issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), “Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admission and an Extension of Stay Procedure for Nonimmigrant Academic Students, Exchange Visitors, and Representatives of Foreign Information Media.” The proposed rule would make sweeping, and we believe, unnecessary changes to the current methods of “duration of status” student visas by instituting a maximum period of admission of two to four years for individuals granted F and J visas, and 240 days for individuals granted I visas. The two-year ...
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Applications for Fall 2021 are now open. Please see application info and supporting materials details below. Applications close on January 31, 2021. Apply now. Overview 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. 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 a competitive annual stipend, ...
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The Vienna Yearbook of Population Research (VYPR) is seeking submissions for a Special Issue entitled “Demographic Aspects of the COVID-19 Pandemic and its Consequences” , which will be guest edited by (in alphabetical order) Paola Di Giulio, Joshua Goldstein, Anne Goujon and Guillaume Marois. Examples of topics include: What factors explain regional and country differentials in population vulnerability to the COVID-19 pandemic? What are the contributions of demographic factors such as age structure, spatial distribution, social stratification and migration, and social factors such as norms in explaining the vulnerability and responses to COVID-19? What ...
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Deadline: November 4 th , 2020 at 2 PM ET RSF has launched a new pipeline grants competition  for early- and mid-career researchers in collaboration with the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The competition seeks to promote diversity in the social sciences broadly, including racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity. Early and mid-career faculty who have not previously received support from RSF in the form of a Trustee or Presidential research grant or a visiting fellowship from RSF are eligible to apply. Tenure track assistant professors can apply for grants of ...
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Deadline: November 11, 2020 at 2 PM ET: Future of Work ; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration ; Social, Political and Economic Inequality ; Immigration and Immigrant Integration The Russell Sage Foundation was established by Mrs. Margaret Olivia Sage in 1907 for “the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States.” The foundation now focuses exclusively on supporting social science research in its core program areas as a means of examining social issues and improving policies. Grants are available for research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results. Budget requests ...
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As the presidents of the Population Association of America (PAA) and the Association of Population Centers (APC), which together represent over 3,000 population scientists (i.e. demographers, economists, and sociologists), in the private, public, and academic sectors, we are disheartened by yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling which has hastened an abrupt end to the 2020 Census enumeration. Population scientists rely on decennial census data to conduct their research and research training activities. Census data are the seminal source of data informing the breadth of these population research activities. Therefore, population scientists are heavily vested in the ...
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On October 8, PAA member Dr. William Frey , Brookings Institution and University of Michigan, presented a webinar, “America’s Rising Diversity and The Changing Demographics of Presidential Politics,” to staff at the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The webinar was attended by 242 GAO employees from the agency’s DC headquarters and five of the agency’s field offices. Using data from the Census Bureau, including the Current Population Survey and American Community Survey and other sources, Bill presented on the changing demographics of the U.S. voting age population. He used data to illustrate how the nation’s changing demography has influenced the outcome ...
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The Florence Nightingale David Award and Lectureship is presented in odd-numbered years to a female statistician to honor David’s contributions to the profession: her active support of women in statistics, her excellence in research in areas like combinatorial probability theory and advanced statistical methods, and her notable work in education as an effective lecturer, through her lucid and engaging books, and as an academic administrator. It is sponsored by the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies (COPSS). The award consists of a plaque and a cash honorarium of $2,000, as well as the opportunity to deliver the Florence Nightingale David lecture ...
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The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), Office on Women’s Health (OWH) is seeking innovative ways to increase breastfeeding initiation and/or continuation rates and decrease disparities among breastfeeding mothers in the United States through the HHS Reducing Disparities in Breastfeeding Innovation Challenge. Subject and Scope of Prize Competition The program must demonstrate evidence-based interventions to target gaps in breastfeeding education, instruction, and/or support for breastfeeding mothers in the United States. The program will be shared with the general public. The competition has three phases. All eligible submissions will be ...
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Population Young Author Prize

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Young author’s prize The   Population Young Author Prize is open to students or young researchers working in the field of population studies and will be awarded to the most outstanding original paper submitted to the competition jury Who is eligible to compete? Students enrolled in PhD or Master’s programs Young researchers who have defended their PhD thesis in the last seven years What papers are eligible to compete? Papers written under the researcher’s own name Papers co-authored by two or more young researchers Papers that comply with the journal’s editorial rules Papers written in English or in French What are the key ...
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On September 29, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched its new Implementing a Maternal Health and Pregnancy Outcomes Vision for  Everyone (IMPROVE) initiative by awarding approximately $7.2 million in grants through a  Notice of Special Interest on Maternal Mortality . This initiative is supported by multiple NIH institutes and co-led by the  Eunice Kennedy Shriver  National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the NIH Office of the Director (OD), and the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH).  Areas of research include leading causes of maternal deaths in the U.S., heart disease, hemorrhage or bleeding, and infection, ...
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The presidents of PAA, American Statistical Association, and Association of Population have sent the US Department of Commerce Secretary Ross the following letter about the concerns regarding the recent installation of political appointees in the Office of the Director at the U.S. Census Bureau. Dear Secretary Ross, Our organizations represent thousands of scientists and data users in the private, public, non-profit, and academic sectors who rely on data produced by the U.S. Census Bureau to conduct a wide range of research, survey, and planning activities. Our members share a common need for access to accurate, timely data about the nation’s changing socio-economic ...
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The stereotypical conception of the suburbs is one of cookie cutter single-family homes, manicured lawns, and residents who commute to the nearest city, but this image captures only a small portion of suburban life today. Scholars and policy makers have long explored the challenges faced by city residents and governments and the role that cities play in shaping contemporary American society, but similar issues in the suburbs have been less well studied. Recent changes in who lives in suburbs, particularly their racial and ethnic diversification and the suburbanization of poverty, have focused attention on suburbs. Still, the topic demands much more exploration, ...
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CALL FOR ARTICLES ISSUE ON: The Social and Political Impact of COVID-19 in the United States Edited by Beth Redbird , Assistant Professor of Sociology, Northwestern University; Laurel Harbridge-Yong , Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University; Rachel Davis Mersey , Associate Dean for Research and Jesse H. Jones Centennial Professor, University of Texas at Austin   Note: This will be the first of three COVID-19 related calls. The second call, in spring 2021, will focus on socio-economic impacts and will be edited by Steven Raphael (University of California, Berkeley) and Daniel Schneider (John F. Kennedy School). ...
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