Seminar Series

Relationships between genes and social behavior have historically been viewed as a one-way street, with genes in control. Research in social genomics has begun to challenge this view by discovering broad alterations in the expression of genes across differing socio-environmental conditions. UCLA's Steve Cole summarizes the emerging field of social genomics and its efforts to identify the types of genes subject to social regulation, the psychological and biological signaling pathways mediating such effects, and the genetic polymorphisms that modify their impact across individuals.
Date
4/21/2016
Venue
Gross Hall - 270
The impact of technological change on family and fertility has focused on contraceptives (the pill), household appliances, medical progress. It is important to understand whether digitalization, and the spread of the Internet in particular, has an effect. Earlier evidence points to a potential effect on teenage fertility (and younger age fertility). Oxford University's Francesco Billari discusses how access to high-speed Internet has affected fertility at all ages.
Date
4/14/2016
Venue
Gross Hall - 270
Duke's Jessica Ho discusses whether demographic, socioeconomic, labor force/industrial conditions, public assistance and income inequality are related to county-level drug overdose death rates in 1999-2010.
Date
4/07/2016
Venue
Gross Hall - 270
Migration theories posit that processes selecting people into voluntary and involuntary migration differ, but without data sets that include measures of the causes of mobility there is little evidence demonstrating these selection effects. Brown's Elizabeth Fussell discusses how using The American Housing Survey, 1997-2013 provides a unique opportunity to examine selection effects associated with a variety of reported reasons for changing residences, and in doing so, to unify disparate fields of migration research. She reviews five mover types (employment related, housing-related, family-related, disaster-related, and other forced moves) and the residential outcomes for each of these mover types.
Date
3/10/2016
Venue
Gross Hall - 270

National health insurance is one means to provide health care. This paper describes the financing and receipt of the Ghana National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) implemented in 2005.

Date
3/02/2016
Venue
Gross Hall - 270

The economic crisis of 2008 called attention to the risks associated with rising household and consumer debt. Over the last forty years, inflation adjusted household debt has increased dramatically, and debt has become more difficult for American families to repay.

Date
2/24/2016
Venue
Gross Hall - 270

Residents of distressed urban areas suffer early aging-related disease and excess mortality.

Date
2/03/2016
Venue
Gross Hall - 270

Residents of distressed urban areas suffer early aging-related disease and excess mortality.

Date
2/03/2016
Venue
Gross Hall - 270