Fall 2007 Population News Archive

The University of Colorado Population Center (CUPC) recently funded six outstanding developmental grants, which total over $40,000. These awards represent an invaluable way to support junior and senior faculty, fund graduate students, bridge programs, and encourage interdisciplinary research. These proposals were remarkably competitive, grapple with central demographic issues, and are likely to result in cutting-edge and significant research contributions. The CUPC Developmental Grant Review Committee – which consisted of Jason Boardman, Andrei Rogers, and Richard Rogers – made the following awards to center affiliates (with their project titles in parentheses): Paula Fomby, Sociology, CU-Denver, and Stefanie Mollborn, Sociology, (Explaining Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Effect of Family Instability on Adolescents’ Behavior), John Hewitt, IBG, and Zygmunt Frajzyngier, Linguistics (Northern Cameroon Language and Genetics Project), David Leblang, Political Science (Social Networks and International Immigration 1960-2004), Ying Lu, Political Science and Sociology (De-convolution Methods with an Application in Verbal Autopsy), Georges Reniers, Population Program, IBS (Partner Selection in Times of HIV/AIDS in Rural South Africa), and Fernando Riosmena, Geography (Evaluating the SES Health Gradients of Mexicans, Migration Selection and Acculturation Hypotheses Using Clinically-Reported Measures).

The Center expects to make similar annual awards over the next several years.


Population Program graduate students actively participated in this year’s Southern Demographic Association’s annual meeting held from October 11-13, 2007 in Birmingham, Alabama. Justin Denney presented “Forecasting Adult Survival;” Jeff Dennis presented “Characteristics of Health Care Use and Delay of Medical Care: The Effects of Sex, Race, Ethnicity, and Marital Status;” and Bethany Everett presented “Trends in Educational Attainment by Sex, Race/Ethnicity, and Nativity in the United States, 1989-2005.” The presentations were as insightful as they were well received. Importantly, the Graduate School, Population Program, and individual grants generously provided travel support.


Rick Rogers presented “Social Disparities and Health: Sex Differentials in Mortality” to Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health at the Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University, October 29, 2007. The presentation was also videocast live to the Northwestern Medical School and the Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Research Institute. This presentation was based on research conducted with Bethany Everett, Jarron Saint Onge, Patrick Krueger, and Bob Hummer. It was especially useful for Rick to visit Northwestern to find ways to bridge activities between our University of Colorado Population Center and their new NICHD-funded C2S center.


Rick Rogers presented “Health Disparities in the United States: The Effects of Socioeconomic Status and Race/Ethnicity on Health and Mortality” to Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, November 29, 2007.