Spring 2004 Population News Archive

Congratulations to James Raymer who has accepted a position as lecturer at the University of Southampton, England in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Statistics starting in January 2004.

Enid Schatz attended a workshop on qualitative research methods, organized by the University of Arizona and Arizona State University, in Tempe, AZ, in January 2004.

Jill Williams is spending a year teaching and conducting post-doctoral research at the Universtiy of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, beginning January 2004.

Jane Menken and Randall Kuhn travelled to Dhaka, Bangladesh from January 14-27, 2004 for collaborator meetings and research presentations at the International Centre for Health and Population Research and the Independent University of Bangladesh.

Congratulations to Fred Pampel who has been appointed Associate Vice Chancellor for Research of the Graduate School at the University of Colorado. Fred is Professor of Sociology and a member of the Population Program in the Institute of Behavioral Science. He brings a distinguished record of research and teaching to this position. Fred is the author of 6 books and the co-author of 3 books, as well as author of approximately 50 articles. He has been PI on numerous grants and is currently supported by both NIH and NSF to study patterns of cigarette use around the globe. Last year he received the BFA award for Research Excellence.

Rachel Silvey has been selected in March, 2004 to join The Social Science Research Council's Working Group on Gender and Migration. According to the SSRC website, "The International Migration Program established the Working Group on Gender and Migration in 2002 with funding from the Mellon Foundation. Headed initially by Donna Gabaccia, Katharine Donato and Martin Manalansan, the group will assess the contributions of current scholarship on gender to the study of international migration and promote scholarly attention to gender both as a topic of research and as an analytical concept within the field of migration studies." More information is available on the Social Science Research Council's website.

Rachel Silvey has been selected as a Fulbright New Century Scholar for 2004-2005. According to the program's website: "The New Century Scholars Program (NCS) will play a vital role in forging new links among scholars and professionals from around the world who will work together to seek solutions to issues and concerns that affect all humankind. Each year 25-30 outstanding research scholars and professionals from the U.S. and abroad will be selected as NCS Fellows through an open competition. Under the leadership of an appointed Distinguished Scholar Leader, NCS Fellows engage in multidisciplinary collaboration of the highest quality on a topic of global significance and universal concern. Research Theme for 2004-2005: Toward Equality: The Global Empowerment of Women. For more information: http://www.cies.org/NCS/

The Research Program on Population Process was again well represented at the Population Association of America Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts April 1-3, 2004. The participants are listed below with their program contributions.

Jill Williams, Erin Trapp, Jane Menken, Shannon Fisher: Disappearing Sex Bias in Child Health in Bangladesh

Richard G. Rogers, Justin T. Denney, and Patrick M. Krueger: Adult Suicide Mortality in the United States: Individual and Contextual Covariates

Richard G. Rogers: Religious Attendance, Age, and U.S. Adult Mortality

Samuel J. Clark: Survival of Orphans: An Example from Southern Zambia

Patrick M. Krueger: The Social, Cultural, and Economic Dimensions of Socioeconomic Status, and Investment in Health

Nizam Khan: Spouse Differential in Fertility and Contraceptive Intentions in Three Culturally Contrasting States of India

Randall Kuhn: A Longitudinal Analysis of Health and Mortality in a Migrant- Sending Region of Bangladesh.

In addition, Jane Menken chaired a session, HIV and Reproductive Health Behavior; Sam Clark chaired a session, Social Determinants of HIV Dynamics; and Randall Kuhn was a discussant in the session Non-Economic Consequences of Migration for Origin Communities.

Richard Jessor, Jane Menken and Sam Clark attended the 4th INDEPTH Network Annual General and Scientific Meeting in Hanoi May 2-8, 2004, hosted by the Hanoi Medical University and its INDEPTH member site, Filabavi (Field Laboratory at Bavi). The Network consists of 36 demographic surveillance sites in 19 developing countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Menken chairs the Scientific Advisory Committee, which held several meetings in Hanoi. She also presented a paper by Randall Kuhn, Menken, and Omar Rahman entitled "A Longitudinal Analysis of Health and Mortality in a Migrant-Sending Region of Bangladesh."

Jessor was invited to speak on "Protective Factors in Adolescent Risk Behavior & Development: Theoretical Framework and Research Findings from China and the U.S." Clark heads the Zambia INDEPTH site and is a member of the steering committee of the Data Systems Working Group, which met in Hanoi to plan its work for the coming year. Kuhn is a member of the Advisory Committee for the INDEPTH Migration Working Group.

Micheline vanRiemsdijk was just awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. The title of her project is: "Immigration, Belonging, and the (In-)Visibility of Difference: The Case of Polish Immigrants in Norway"