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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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Thank You for Your Action

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Thank you, PAA Members, for your action on COVID relief funding and Census issues. This summer PAA issued three action alerts and more than 1,100 PAA members responded with action sending over 2,456 messages (these alerts only targeted members of the Senate). The most recent alert focused on the President’s memorandum on Census operations and attracted nearly 1,000 advocates. California Senators Feinstein and Harris received the most messages. And among key Republican Senators, the most messages were directed to Senators Toomey (PA), Cruz and Cornyn (TX), and Thillis and Burr (NC). These are great response rates given the size of PAA. Your efforts are ...
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PAA flagship journal joins Duke University Press for new model Demography , the flagship journal of the Population Association of America (PAA), will become a platinum open access journal in 2021 as it joins the Duke University Press (DUP) journals publishing program. DUP was selected because of their proposal to move Demography to a platinum open access journal. Eileen Crimmins, PAA President and Professor at  the University of Southern California, notes, “PAA’s mission is to promote and support high-quality population research. Converting Demography to a platinum open-access journal dovetails perfectly with that mission. We are excited to work with ...
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Thank you to those of you who responded to our recent action alerts, urging Congress, specifically members of the U.S. Senate, to include language in the next COVID relief package that would extend the 2020 Census statutory reporting deadlines and not allow the Census Bureau to rush completion of the 2020 Census! As of Aug. 28, negotiations over the next COVID relief package are on hold, and the Administration remains determined to stick to a revised 2020 Census operational plan that could potentially miss counting millions of U.S. households and result in the delivery of flawed apportionment data. Thus, it is imperative that census stakeholders make some ...
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Virtual Applied Demography Conference February 2 ‐ 4, 2021 Deadline for Submissions: October 12, 2020 We are excited about providing applied demographers with a unique opportunity to participate in a conference built to showcase their work, strengthen their personal network, and to bring the applied demography community together. We welcome your submissions for the PAA 2021 Applied Demography Conference. Submitting an Abstract Fill out the form . You can edit your form until submissions close. All submissions must include a short abstract of 500 words or less. Submissions without a short abstract will not be considered. You are required to ...
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August has arrived and, as is our custom, we want to update you on the latest policy and legislative developments in Washington D.C., and, most importantly, provide you with suggested requests in the event you have an opportunity to engage with members of your congressional delegation when they are back in their states and districts this month and in the fall leading up to the November 3 general election. In sum, if you have the chance to meet or speak with your U.S. Representative and/or Senators before the beginning of November, we encourage you to communicate these messages: Support Extension of the 2020 Census Provide the National Institutes ...
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There has been a dizzying amount of information about the 2020 Census in the news lately--new political appointees at the Census Bureau, a presidential memorandum excluding undocumented immigrants from apportionment, changes to key field operations, and contradictory Administration positions on whether to extend or not extend the statutory reporting deadlines for apportionment and redistricting data. Believe it or not, these events are closely intertwined.   On April 13, 2020, in a joint statement, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Census Director Steven Dillingham announced that, “[i]n order to ensure the completeness and accuracy of the 2020 Census, the ...
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Network on Life Course Health Dynamics and Disparities in 21 st  Century America (NLCHDD) Due Date: Monday, October 12, 2020 @ 5:00pm Request for Pilot Proposals The NLCHDD, funded by the National Institute on Aging, invites researchers to submit pilot proposals that have potential to better understand how US adult health and mortality outcomes are shaped by meso-level contexts. By meso-level, we mean the county, metro area, city, carceral apparatus, commuting zone, housing or labor market, hospital catchment area, and other contextual levels of influence that are not state-level but are also broader than local contexts such as neighborhoods.  See more ...
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The upcoming volume of CPFR will focus on the topic of "Facing Death: Familial Responses to Illness and Death." Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research (CPFR), an annual series focusing on cutting-edge topics in family research around the globe, seeks manuscripts for a special volume: Facing Death: Familial Responses to Illness and Death . Although this volume is not limited to submissions related to the current health crisis, it does come at a time when illness and death are at the forefront of global discussions. Social processes surrounding illness and death vary greatly around the world and evolve with time—which has been made evident by the current ...
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PAA Election Results

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Congratulations to the new PAA officers and board and committee members. Thank you to the 57% of total electors who voted in this election, and a tremendous thank you to all candidates who were willing to participate. All terms begin January 1, 2021, except for the Nominations Committee (terms begin immediately). President-elect    Sonalde Desai, University of Maryland Vice President-elect Jennifer Van Hook, Pennsylvania State University Board of Directors Jennifer Barber, Indiana University Tyson Brown, Duke University Elizabeth Cooksey, Ohio State University Jennifer Karas Montez, Syracuse University Nominations Committee Jennifer ...
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August 2020 -- As the presidents of the Population Association of America (PAA) and the Association of Population Centers (APC), we strongly oppose the Administration’s ill-conceived decision to abandon a proposed extension of the 2020 Census statutory deadlines and to curtail the decennial count’s crucial Non-Response Follow Up (NRFU) operations. Taken together, these actions jeopardize the very credibility of the 2020 Census. PAA and APC were pleased when the Census Bureau initially announced it would be requesting Congress authorize a four-month extension of the Bureau’s statutorily required deadlines to deliver apportionment and redistricting data—necessary ...
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Gender, Work & Organization is seeking manuscripts for a special issue on gender and employment during COVID-19. The contributions to this special issue aim to give a clear overview of women’s current labor market position, with attention to short and long-term changes brought about by global experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic. The special issue also aims to contribute specifically to theory advancement by relating findings from the COVID-19 pandemic to existing theoretical knowledge about gendered labor markets, gendered workplaces, and/or the gendered distribution of paid work, care tasks, household tasks, and leisure. Contributions should therefore ...
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July 27, 2020 As the presidents of the Population Association of America and the Association of Population Centers, we strongly oppose President Trump’s recent Presidential Memorandum that would exclude undocumented immigrants from the apportionment count. The memorandum is not only an attempt to discourage undocumented immigrants from participating in the 2020 Census, but also an unconstitutional assault on the decennial census. The Constitution mandates that every person living in the United States should be counted in the decennial census, regardless of citizenship status. Legal rulings have consistently affirmed this principle. With the Census Bureau ...
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Thank you to all authors and poster judges, too! As with all things PAA 2020, the experience continues with submissions still available for viewing and ongoing webinars throughout this year.  The poster sessions are no different; the are still available for viewing; and we are now awarding poster winners! During May and June, a panel of thirteen judges reviewed 190 posters submitted for the PAA2020. One to two winners were selected for each session by two to three judges per session. Judges reviewed between 32 to 44 posters. Winners were selected when two or more judges scored a poster at the highest level. Considerations for highest scores met three criteria ...
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We are excited to announce a new Applied Demography Conference hosted by PAA, in conjunction with the Committee on Applied Demography. As a member of the PAA Applied Demography Group, we want you to be the first to know the details and offer opportunities for your involvement. During these challenging times, the work of applied demographers is more important than ever! PAA agrees and is providing this tremendous opportunity to more effectively engage our applied demography community. We are planning on the first Applied Demography Conference to take place   virtually February 2-4, 2021 . The conference will cover a wide range of topics, such as: Estimates, ...
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As the presidents of the Population Association of America and the Association of Population Centers, we are alarmed by recent guidance issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that removes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from the hospital data (testing, capacity and utilization, and patient flows) reporting chain. Population scientists, including demographers, economists, sociologists, and statisticians, in the private, public, and academic sectors rely on public data to conduct their scientific research and research training activities. Our members depend on federal statistical agencies to collect, disseminate, and ...
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On July 13, the House Appropriations Committee approved its version of the Fiscal Year 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations bill, which funds the National Institutes of Health and other federal agencies that directly and indirectly support the population sciences. In a   report   accompanying the bill, the Committee praised population research programs at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and National Institute on Aging. PAA and APC thank Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Ranking Member Tom Cole (R-OK), for their leadership and for including this language in the subcommittee’s report. Read more. ...
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July 9, 2020—Disruptions stemming from the coronavirus pandemic have forced the Census Bureau to adapt to rapidly changing conditions, making counting certain segments of the population more challenging, including college students and American Indians/Alaska Natives.  This was the central take-away of a recent webinar briefing sponsored by PAA entitled,   Lost Our Census? Getting an Accurate 2020 Count during the COVID Pandemic . Albert Fontenot Jr., Associate Director of Decennial Census Programs at the U.S. Census Bureau, led off the briefing with a comprehensive overview of the impact of the delays brought on by the pandemic, steps taken by the Bureau ...
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