Professor David Williams, Harvard University Department of Sociology "Race/Ethnicity and Health in the Trump Era: Evidence-based Projections and Speculations" February 17th 1:15 pm Rubenstein Library, Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room (Room 153) This talk is co-sponsored by the department of Sociology’s Jensen Lecture Series and the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research A... Read More
Professor David Williams, Harvard University Department of Sociology "Race/Ethnicity and Health in the Trump Era: Evidence-based Projections and Speculations" February 17th 1:15 pm Rubenstein Library, Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room (Room 153) This talk is co-sponsored by the department of Sociology’s Jensen Lecture Series and the Center for Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP: Valerie Duke (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jensen Speaker Series Jim House, University of Michigan “Beyond Obamacare: Life, Death, and Social Policy" Friday, September 23 329 SocPsy 1:15pm Biography: James S. House is the Angus Campbell Distinguished University Professor of Survey Research, Public Policy and Sociology. His primary appointment is in the Survey Research Center, the Institute for Social Research, with a joint retention appointment in Sociology in addition to his primary academic appointment in Public Policy. His research has focused on the role of social and psychological factors in the etiology and course of health and illness, including the role of psychosocial factors in understanding and alleviating social disparities in health and the way health changes with age. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences. At the Ford School he teaches courses in socioeconomic policy and health policy. In the last decade, Jim co-edited Making Americans Healthier: Social and Economic Policy as Health Policy (2008, with Bob Schoeni of the Ford School and others) and A Telescope on Society: Survey Research & Social Science at the University of Michigan and Beyond (2004, with others). He received his BA in History from Haverford College, his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan, and taught at Duke University before joining University of Michigan faculty in 1978 and the Ford School in January 2008.
Rodrigo Pinto, an assistant professor in UCLA’s Department of Economics, received his Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of Chicago where he worked with Professor Jim Heckman. Pinto published a series of papers on the economics of human capital accumulation of early childhood interventions, policy evaluation, and causality. His research examines a range of questions regarding social experiments: inference under compromised randomization, cost-benefit analysis, external validity, and impact evaluation. He also has worked on causal inference and identification of treatment effects. Among the experiments he has analyzed are the Perry Preschool Intervention, HighScope Curriculum Comparison Study, Abecedarian Project, Nurse-Family Partnership, Moving to Opportunity, Fast Track, Head Start, Jamaican Project, and Primeira Infancia Melhor (Brazil). Pinto holds an M.S. in economics from the Fundacao Getulio Vargas (EPGE), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a B.A. in engineering from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was a Fulbright Scholar from 2004 to 2009. Please join us for a reception after the talk. This talk is co-sponsored by the Center for Child and Family Policy’s Early Childhood Initiative (ECI) and the Duke Population Research Institute (DUPRI). *** The importance of early childhood (ages 0-8) is well established, but less is known about the educational, community, and social services interventions that can set children on successful long-term paths. The Early Childhood Initiative (ECI), established by the Center for Child and Family Policy, seeks to bring together scholars from across Duke to address these challenges and produce world-class scholarship that will help maximize the potential of all children during the early childhood years. ECI Seminar Series speakers will range across disciplines but will share an interest in bringing cutting-edge science to bear on policies affecting young children. This is the first talk in the series. RSVP's Welcome
Every office has experienced it. One person contracts a cold, and before you know it the entire group is coughing and reaching for the tissues. Our social connections have incredible implications for our health, and not just because they shape the spread of communicable diseases like the common cold, the flu or even HIV. From supporting a recovering loved one after surgery, to friendships that affect our eating or exercise habits, who we know doesn’t just shape our health, it also shapes our decision-making and health behavior. Once the domain of public health researchers, the study of social networks and health has increasingly involved social scientists in recent years. But despite the clear demand, network methods are rarely covered in the standard social-science methods taught to health and health-policy scholars. “Social network analysis is becoming an important approach in health sciences research,” said Laura Sheble, a postdoc with DNAC. “And yet, training for social network analysis is just scaling up at present. People who are in the work force currently may not have had the chance to get formal training during their graduate years.” To help bridge the gap between demand and training, an intensive weeklong training program is underway at the Duke Network Analysis Center (DNAC), an SSRI affiliate. The Social Networks and Health Scholars Training Program, a NICHD funded (R25) program, covers network methods that are rarely included in the standard social-science methods sequences taught to health and health-policy scholars. “We’re really excited about the structure of the program, which is two phases,” said James Moody, founding director of DNAC and Robert O. Keohane Professor of Sociology. “First is the coursework and workshop that’s happening this week, but we also have nine Social Network and Health Fellows, who are people we selected from across the nation to work on a particular project.” The fellows, who were chosen from a group of grad students, postdocs, and assistant professors from across the nation, have been paired with a mentor from the budding research community. “The hope,” Moody said, “is to take a basic idea from conception to completion over the course of a year and really create intense knowledge in depth with these fellows so they can present their work and then mentor the next set of fellows.” This program is an opportunity to form a national network of scholars and establish a foundation for what is sure to be an increasingly important field of research. “There are people here from all over the United States and we have people here who are crossing the Duke-UNC divide, which is terrific,” Sheble said. “It’s great for people with an interest in the field to be able to have the chance to meet, talk to each other, and share ideas and potentially find future collaboration partners or people that they can talk to about questions they have.”
January 14th 270 Gross Hall Dr. Daniel Schneider (bio and abstract below) will be the inaugural speaker in the new Triangle RDC Sponsored Speaker Program, co-hosted by SSRI and DUPRI. This new speaker program invites researchers using confidential micro-data from the RDC network to present their research, in conjunction with a (short) workshop/Q&A session on access to these types of data here at Duke. From 12-1 Dr. Gale Boyd, Director of the Triangle RDC will be available to answer questions from researchers interested in accessing confidential micro-data at Duke. Dr. Schneider will also be available after the talk to describe his experiences with using these data for research. Lunch will be served. BIOGRAPHY: Daniel Schneider is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. After receiving his Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University in 2012, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at UC Berkeley from 2012-2014. Schneider’s research is focused on the family and social inequality. His work has examined economic influences on family formation, including work on labor union membership and marriage and asset ownership and marriage. His current research examines how the economic shocks of the Great Recession have affected relationship quality, marriage, and fertility. A second line of research focuses on household finances and particularly on household financial fragility. He has been using the non-public versions of data from NCHS, available in the RDC network, to support his research. RDC MICRO DATA PROJECT ABSTRACT: AMERICAN FERTILITY IN THE GREAT RECESSION (NCHS) The effects of the Great Recession on the fertility of American women are examined to understand an array of economic conditions that may affect the likelihood of birth in a given month. This project investigates whether macro-economic conditions affect fertility, for whom these effects are most pronounced, and the pathways by which any such effects might operate. The National Survey of Family Growth, 2006-2010 calendar-month data, and other data sources will be used to determine how unemployment, mortgage delinquency and foreclosure, and consumer confidence as well as media coverage of the recession are linked to the likelihood of birth in a given month. Data on birth intentions will be employed to provide some insight into whether the recession has reduced plans for future births, suggesting lasting effects, or not, suggesting more temporary effects. A set of socio-demographic individual characteristics and data on attitudes and family background are used to examine variation in the effects of the recession on fertility. Calendar months of conceptions, contraceptive use, sexual inactivity, and romantic relationship status derived from the public-use file are used to examine the mechanisms connecting the macro-economy to fertility. The use of restricted variables (region, state, county, and CBSA) for Place of Residence at Interview, combined with macro-economic data at several levels of aggregation to the individual level NSFG data, will allow for examination of exogenous variation in economic condition on both spatial and temporal dimensions.
Now is the time to examine the critical factors that contribute to healthy aging. Older Americans are a key part of our urban, rural and tribal communities as they have spent a lifetime contributing. Estimates of the U.S. population in 2010, revealed more than 40 million adults age 65 and older. By 2030, this figure is projected to increase to 72 million. Health care expenditures (both out-of-pocket costs and those covered by insurance) for Medicare beneficiaries over time are expected to rise for persons over 65 years of age. Encouraging healthy lifestyles, along with improving the delivery of preventive services, can help older Americans stay healthier longer and improve quality of life in later years.
CAROLINA POPULATION CENTER 400 MEADOWMONT VILLAGE CIRCLE, ROOM 200 SEMINAR: 1:00PM – 5:15PM RECEPTION: 5:15 - 6:00PM Demography (“Days”) Daze is a collaboration between the Carolina Population Center (CPC) and the Duke Population Research Institute (DuPRI). This is the fourth annual afternoon workshop where we will share ideas across our centers and highlight collaborative research. More info and registration can be found at: http://www.cpc.unc.edu/events/demography-daze-2015/ We look forward to seeing you there.
This year, the Population Association of America’s annual meeting is taking place in San Diego, California. Expect to see a lot of familiar faces, as our presence at this year’s conference is greater than ever before. In addition to the remarkable DuPRI faculty who continue to represent Duke at PAA year after year, we are extremely proud of the large contingent of DuPRI students who will be making the trek to San Diego to actively participate at this year’s conference – many of them for the first time.PAA 2015 Conference Site
Demography (“Days”) Daze is a collaboration between the Carolina Population Center (CPC) and the Duke Population Research Institute (DuPRI). This is the third annual afternoon workshop where we will share ideas across our centers and highlight collaborative research. This year’s program features new faculty members from both CPC and DuPRI. The sessions and reception will be at Gross Hall on Duke University's West Campus. For more information, please visit this website.