Fall 2004 Population News Archive

The Population Program, with additional financial support from NICHD,NIA, and IBS, is convened its 4th Colorado Conference on the Estimation of Migration at the Aspen Lodge Conference Center, Estes Park, Colorado, on September 24 -26, 2004. This time the conference focused on the indirect estimation of migration. It brought together an international network of collaborating scholars in order to launch a multinational comparative study of new methods for inferring place-to-place migration flows in settings where such data are inadequate, incomplete, or unavailable. With the elimination of the "long form" questionnaire from U.S. decennial censuses and its replacement by a smaller continuous monthly sample survey, students of territorial mobility will at times find it necessary to deal with inadequate, missing, or possibly inaccurate data on migration and will need to adopt indirect methods of estimation. The countries to be represented at the conference were: Brazil, Canada, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, and the United States.


Jarron Saint Onge and Rick Rogers presented “The Effects of Pulse Pressure on Mortality” at the Southern Demographic Association meetings at Hilton Head, South Carolina, October 14-16, 2004. Pulse pressure – the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure – has received increased interest in the current medical literature. Elevated blood pressure contributes to increased chronic conditions, functional limitations, and risk of death. Yet the association between pulse pressure and mortality in the general population is under-examined in current demographic research. We linked the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey II (NHANES II) to the National Death Index (NDI) to examine the influence of pulse pressure on mortality. These results highlight the importance of incorporating a biodemographic perspective to underscore the relationship between pulse pressure and mortality in the U.S. population.


Rachel Silvey recently received CU Boulder's Community Builder Brick Award. This award can be given to students, faculty, staff, or campus groups that have made a positive contribution to campus. Recipients receive an engraved sandstone award (like the bricks used to build our buildings on campus) to symbolize the contribution that they have made to building community on campus.