Spring 2006 Population News Archive

Bryan Jones, Junwei Liu, Jani Little, and Andrei Rogers presented papers at a special session on the indirect estimation of migration held at the 45th Annual Meeting of the Western Regional Science Association in Santa Fe, New Mexico, February 22-25, 2006. The session was devoted to reports on work being carried out on that topic in the Program and supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Several Program members attended the Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers, held in Chicago, IL March 7-11, 2006. Rachel Silvey presented a paper "Governing Bodies: The Regulation of Indonesian Migrants at 'Terminal 3,'" and was a discussant for two sessions: Southeast Asian Migrations and Identities and Temporary Labor Migration. Monica Smith presented a paper "Unsilenced Voices: Agency and Self Empowerment Among Women Migrant Workers." Yaffa Truelove presented a paper "The Theoretical Contributions of a Feminist Political Ecology Framework," and was panelist for a Panel on Gender and Water.

Congratulations to Lisa Jordan, who received first place from the Population Geography Specialty Group at the Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers, held in Chicago, IL March 7-11, 2006. The title of her paper, which she presented at the meetings, was: "Religion and Mortality in the United States: A Geographic Analysis."

Jani Little and Jarron Saint Onge presented at poster sessions of the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America in Los Angeles, California, March 30-April 1. Jani Little presented "What Can the Age Composition of a Population Tell Us about the Age Composition of Its Out- Migrants?" and Jarron Saint Onge presented "Baseball Career Length in the Twentieth-Centruy: The Effects of Age, Performance and Era."

Richard Rogers, Director of the Population Program, was a recipient of the Excellence in Research, Scholarly, and Creative Work Award from the Boulder Faculty Assembly, April 17, 2006. Emphasis for the award is placed on work of high quality that does not receive recognition through the usual channels such as interdisciplinary research, work accomplished with undergraduate students, or an integrated long-term achievement.

Several faculty from IBS participated in the 4th Annual "Wits-Brown-Colorado-APHRC colloquium on Emerging Population Issues" held May 21-25 in Nairobi, Kenya. Funded by the Hewlett Foundation, the colloquium is designed to foster collaboration across participating institutions through the sharing of information on ongoing research, recent findings and plans for the future. The network also aims to strengthen advanced academic training in population studies within sub-Saharan Africa and a special session was held on the topic. This year's colloquium was hosted by the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), and prior to the meeting, participants had the opportunity to learn about APHRC's research on population-health issues in sub-Saharan Africa, and also make field site visits to APHRC's demographic surveillance sites in 2 Nairobi slums. Participating in the colloquium were Jane Menken, Jason Boardman, Lori Hunter, Randall Kuhn, Richard Rogers, Enid Schatz, and Georges Reniers. Jill Williams and Steve Graham also served important roles on the organizing committee.

Jane Menken with APHRC director Alex Ezeh.

As part of the African Population Studies Research and Training Program Jani Little, Jane Menken, Enid Schatz, and Jill Williams delivered a short course on Longitudinal Data Management and Analysis to twelve students from the University of Colorado, Brown University, the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa), and five interns from the African Population and Health Research Center (Nairobi, Kenya). The course took place June 12-23 at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Students learned and used STATA to analyze a sub-sample of the Agincourt Demographic and Health Surveillance System, which has been collected since 1992 in a small rural area of South Africa. Benjamin Clark, data manager for the Agincourt Demographic and Health Surveilance System (ADHSS), assisted instructors and participants as they analyzed the ADHSS for research projects developed during the short course. Lori Hunter, Randall Kuhn, and Jarron Saint Onge also contributed to the course and many of the faculty from IBS consulted with the students during their stay.