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Applied Demography C...

Event Date(s): Jan 8 - 10, 2014 Short description of News or Event Announcement (150 Words): The Applied Demography Conference is sponsored by the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research and Department of Demography at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Call for Papers: deadline extended to Oct 18th, 2013 Registration Deadline: Jan 2nd, 2014   Website Link for more information: https://idserportal.utsa.edu/ADC/Index.aspx Read more

HealthGIS 2013 - 5 N...

Event Date(s): 5 November 2013 The HealthGIS 2013 Workshop will provide a forum for researchers and practitioners to share new ideas and techniques for health-related GIS applications. We invite submission of original research related to all aspects of GIS usage and applications in medical and in healthcare systems. The will be the second ACM SIGSpatial international Workshop on the Use of GIS in Public Health.   Website Link for more information: http://healthgis.tamu.edu Read more

Special collection o...

This Special Collection—edited by Stephen A. Matthews—focuses on uses of geospatial data and spatial analytical tools to examine demographic and health related questions (e.g., teenage pregnancy, child mortality, segregation and health, migration and rural livelihoods, simulation of population distribution, and demography and crime).  The collection's manuscripts were prepared by participants in summer workshops (2008-2011) sponsored by the Advanced Spatial Analysis Training Program. This program was supported by a grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) – R25 HD057002. This collection may be accessed online or downloaded as a pdf file at http://www.demographic-research.org/special/13/. Read more

New journal Spatial ...

Website Link: Visit http://spatialdemography.org to learn more about the journal. Start Date: 04/24/2013 End Date:  09/04/2013 Short Project Description (150 words): A new journal Spatial Demography was launched in April 2013. This online journal focuses "on the spatial analysis of demographic processes based on modern demographic data visualization, enhanced geo-referenced data availability, and spatial statistics. The journal features full color graphics, motion video tools, and a quick time-to-publication. It publishes research articles, essays, research reports, data sources, computing software, teaching notes, and book reviews on a wide range of topics of interest to the social demographer." The editors of Spatial Demography are Frank M. Howell (Mississippi State University) and Jeremy R. Porter (City University of New York). Read more

Future Directions in...

The Final Report on Future Directions in Spatial Demography Specialist Meeting (Santa Barbara, Dec 2011) features the perspectives of nearly four dozen spatial demographers on the opportunities and challenges facing the field. Special attention is given to the training needs for education and research. View presentations, position papers, and the final report at http://gispopsci.org/future-directions-in-spatial-demography/ Read more

Welcome to the Advan...

Start Date: 04/03/2013 End Date: 12/31/2013 Short Project Description (150 words): Welcome to the new website for the GISPopSci program of Penn State University and UC Santa Barbara. The site, launched for public access in June 2013, features learning and instructional resources of value to researchers and students interested in spatial demography. Many of the resources have been re-purposed from our prior NIH-supported training programs in spatial analysis for the population sciences. The original site is still accessible at http://csiss.org/gispopsci. You can contribute to the community of spatial demographers by sharing information through the News and Events Registry and the Project Registry. Click on the Research-in-Action tab. Read more

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ESRI Health GIS Conf...

Event Date(s): October 14-16, 2013 Short description of News or Event Announcement (150 Words): "Come to the Esri Health GIS Conference in Cambridge, Mass. October 14-16 and be at the absolute cutting edge of geomedicine, community health, and human services. You will learn the latest applications and tips in GIS from seasoned Esri experts as well as share your insights, technical skills and enthusiasm with health and human services peers from across the nation and the world." This conference will also include paper presentations about the use of GIS in the following categories: Health Policy Health Delivery Disease Surveillance Environmental Health Tracking Leveraging your GIS as a collaborative platform GIS for Facilities Management Managing Population Health Use of GIS in Relief and Development Projects Healthcare Facilities Submissions for presentation will be Read more

2nd Symposium on Adv...

The International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Working Group on Health (WG VIII/2) is organizing its 2nd Symposium on Advances in Geospatial Technologies for Health in collaboration with the 5th International Conference on Medical Geology (MEDGEO-2013). The symposium will take place in Arlington, Virginia, 24-30 August 2013. Abstract Submission Deadline: June 30, 2013. Travel Scholarships supported by NASA for students and young professionals—apply by June 30, 2013. Symposium Information: http://www2.isprs.org/commissions/comm8/wg2/symposium.html Read more

The VII World Confer...

Event Date(s): 07/10/2013–07/12/2013 Join economists, econometricians, and regional scientists to review accomplishments and challenges in spatial data analysis. The 2013 SEA World Conference will explore empirical, theoretical and methodological themes, including: Economic Growth, Knowledge Diffusion, Labor Market and Migration, Explanatory Spatial Data Analysis, Bayesian Methods, Health, Criminology, Environmental Economics and Energy, Spatial Data Mining, Spatial and Social Networks, and Spatial Concentration. The Conference will take place 10-12 July, 2013 in the Key Bridge Marriott Hotel, Washington, DC. For more information, http://www.spatialeconometricsassociation.org/2013/. Read more

projects

Mapping Du Bois

Website Link:  http://www.mappingdubois.org Institution Affiliation:  University of Pennsylvania Principal Investigators:  Amy Hillier Short Project Description (150 words): "Using new technology and archival data to recreate the survey W.E.B. Du Bois conducted of Philadelphia's Seventh Ward for his 1899 classic book, The Philadelphia Negro. In addition to introducing students to the power of geographic information systems (GIS) mapping and the fun of analyzing primary historical documents, we aim to draw attention to the history of the vibrant African American community that once lived in Center City. We also hope that, by engaging people in this fascinating story about Du Bois' research and the people he studied, we can facilitate an honest dialog about how race has shaped cities like Philadelphia and continues to shapes our lives. Read more

Nutrition, Cognition...

Website Link: Institution Affiliation:  Harvard University Principal Investigators:  Plamen Nikolov (Harvard), David Cutler (Harvard) Short Project Description (150 words): Large estimated market returns to education in developing countries have stimulated policy interest in improving investments in schooling. Though many factors influence individual schooling decisions, an important and unstudied alternative mechanism influences learning and educational attainment -- poor in utero environment biologically constrains cognitive development, learning capacity and therefore subsequent demand for schooling. Using a field experiment, this project examines (1) the causal impact of micronutrient deficiency (specifically for folic acid, B6 and B12) in utero on cognition and children's schooling, and (2) whether parents allocate resources so as to compensate for or to reinforce inequalities in initial endowments across children. To address these two questions, Read more

Chitwan Valley Famil...

Website Link: http://perl.psc.isr.umich.edu/chitwanvalleyfamilystudy1.html Institution Affiliation: Population and Ecology Research Laboratory, University of Michigan Principal Investigators: Axinn, William Short Project Description (150 words): The Chitwan Valley Family Study (CVFS) is a comprehensive mixed method panel study of individuals, families, and communities in the Chitwan Valley of Nepal. The study investigates the influence of social contexts on population processes and the relationships between the environment and population processes. Read more

Spatiotemporal Dimen...

Website Link:  http://www.pop.psu.edu/research/projects/aoc-orkney Institution Affiliation:  The Pennsylvania State University Principal Investigators:  Wood, Jim; Johnson, Patricia; Matthews, Stephen; Murtha, Timothy Short Project Description (150 words): The goal of the study is to analyze these inter-related changes to learn how a sustainable, preindustrial demographic system was dismantled and turned into one at high risk of ultimate extinction.  The project is unusual in focusing on changes in the spatial organization of settlement and production as an integral part of the processes resulting in demographic destabilization. Read more

The Philadelphia Mig...

Website Link:  http://www.history.upenn.edu/philamigrationproject/ Institution Affiliation:  University of Pennsylvania Principal Investigators:  Katz, Michael Short Project Description (150 words): The Philadelphia Migration Project studies migration to Philadelphia since World War II. Located at the University of Pennsylvania, the project's participants include faculty and graduate students from History, Sociology, Demography, Urban Studies, City and Regional Planning, Law, and Education. The project's goals are (1) to provide the public, planners, and policymakers with objective data on immigration to the region and (2) to advance scholarship on a number of issues, including immigrant suburbanization, immigrant-African American relations, ethnic community development, and relations among immigration, race, and urban inequality. Read more

Urban Transition His...

Website Link:  http://www.s4.brown.edu/utp/ Institution Affiliation:  Brown University Principal Investigators:  John Logan Short Project Description (150 words): The Urban Transition Historical GIS Project uses historical census data to document the state of U.S. cities from the end of the 19th Century into the early 20th Century.  These were the decades of America’s urban transition, fed by rapid growth of industry and large scale immigration from Eastern and Southern Europe that was directed primarily into cities. Read more

Spatial Segregation ...

Website Link:  http://gesg.gmu.edu/seg/ Institution Affiliation:  George Mason University Principal Investigators:  David Wong Short Project Description (150 words): Read more

Enhancements to GIS ...

Website Link:  http://gesg.gmu.edu/census/ Institution Affiliation:  George Mason University Principal Investigators:  David Wong Short Project Description (150 words): Read more

National Historical ...

Website Link:  https://www.nhgis.org/ Institution Affiliation:  Minnesota Population Center Principal Investigators:  John S. Adams Mark Lindberg Robert McMaster Steven Ruggles Wendy Thomas Short Project Description (150 words): The National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) provides, free of charge, aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2011. Read more

Chitwan Healthy Agin...

Website: <http://perl.psc.isr.umich.edu/chitwanhealthyagingproject1.html> Institution: University of Michigan Population and Ecology Research Laboratory Description: In fall 1999, Amy Pienta and Jennifer Barber conducted a pilot study which interviewed 103 older adults residing in the Chitwan Valley. This pilot study was undertaken in preparation for a new, large-scale project to collect data on mental and physical health from the elderly residents in the 171 neighborhoods sampled by the Chitwan Valley Family Study. Measures of physical functioning, chronic health conditions, lifestyle behaviors, health care utilization, barriers to health care utilization, depression, personal control, and cognition were pretested. This pilot study was an outstanding success. Locating and interviewing elderly respondents proved straightforward. Furthermore, virtually all of the survey questions proved feasible to ask and responses varied in Read more

Developmental Ideali...

Website Link: http://perl.psc.isr.umich.edu/developmentalidealism1.html Institution: University of Michigan Population and Ecology Research Laboratory Description: This is a pilot project including both training and research, led by Arland Thornton. The research component of this project is a collaborative endeavor that will create and test research instruments for measuring developmental idealism, a concept developed by Thornton in his 2001 Population Association of America Presidential address. The pilot project will collect data from approximately 500 respondents, and will evaluate the effectiveness and usefulness of the research protocols and data. The training component will provide Nepali students and collaborators information concerning developmental idealism and its relationship to family and population dynamics, knowledge of questionnaire design, and practice in translating theoretical concepts into questions for survey administration. Read more

Population and Envir...

Website: http://perl.psc.isr.umich.edu/populationandenvironmentstudy1.html Institution: University of Michigan Population and Ecology Research Laboratory Description: This study was originally funded through a Request for Applications (RFA) from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD R01 HD-33551) for a five year period, 1995 through 2000. The study builds directly on the CVFS and uses the same study area, population, and sampling frame. The Population and Environment Study was designed to answer the following specific questions regarding the relationships between population change and environmental change: (1) To what extent do changes in marriage timing, household fission, childbearing, and migration influence changes in land use, water quality, and flora diversity? (2) To what extent do variations in land use, water quality, and flora diversity produce Read more

Texas Higher Educati...

Website: http://theop.princeton.edu/index.html Institution: Princeton University The Office of Population Research at Princeton University Description: The Texas Higher Education Opportunity Project i(THEOP) is a multi-year study that began in fall, 2000, which investigates college planning and enrollment behavior under a policy that guarantees admission to any Texas public college or university to high school seniors who graduate in the top decile of their class. The investigators have collected administrative data from 10 colleges and universities in Texas that differ in the selectivity of their admissions. The centerpiece of the study is a two-cohort longitudinal survey of sophomores and seniors who were enrolled in Texas public schools as of spring, 2002. Read more

TeachSpatial

Website: http://teachspatial.org Affiliation: Center for Spatial Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara Principal Investigators: Donald G. Janelle and Karl Grossner Project Description: http://teachspatial.org is a web portal to promote the discussion of spatial literacy among researchers and educators. It provides access to digital teaching and learning resources that support the integration of spatial thinking into course curricula. With funding from NSF (small-grant NSDL Pathways project) the Resources section of the website is a managed Collection within the National Science Digital Library. It is organized according to a concept-based framework that transcends disciplinary boundaries. Linkage to NSDL leverages advanced aspects of  a data repository and content model that allows users to discover and navigate among related spatial concepts and provides guided access to National Science Read more

Urbanization, Health...

Website Link: http://www.brown.edu/academics/population-studies/research/projects/urbanization-ghana-and-kenya Institution: Population Studies and Training Center, Brown University University of Cape Coast, Ghana Description: This project draws upon existing links between Brown University, the University of Rhode Island, and the University of Cape Coast in Cape Coast, Ghana, to examine the social and demographic processes that are closely linked to health and environmental health risks, and how these in turn influence local thinking about environmental issues. The project includes such studies as the relationship between population concentration and water pollution in coastal lagoons; the determinants of environmental attitudes; knowledge of disease etiology, and the relationship between urbanization and fertility. The setting for this research is coastal Ghana, chosen for the ecological sensitivity of its coastal zone. Related Publications: White, M.J., E. Read more

The Public Health Di...

Website Link: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/thegeocodingproject/ Institution: Harvard School of Public Health Description: The problem: A lack of socioeconomic data in most US public health surveillance systems. Absent these data, we cannot: (a) monitor socioeconomic inequalities in US health; (b) ascertain their contribution to racial/ethnic and gender inequalities in health; and (c) galvanize public concern, debate, and action concerning how we, as a nation, can achieve the vital goal of eliminating social disparities in health. We accordingly launched the Public Health Disparities Geocoding Project to ascertain which area-based socioeconomic measures [ABSMs], at which geographic level (census block group [BG], census tract [CT], or ZIP Code [ZC]), would be suitable for monitoring US socioeconomic inequalities in the health. Drawing on 1990 census data and public health Read more

Integrated Urban Mal...

Website Link: http://www.ajtmh.org/content/71/2_suppl/103.full.pdf+htmlInstitution: The Office of Population Research at Princeton University Read more

Demographic Dynamics...

Website Link: http://geography.sdsu.edu/Research/Projects/IPC/research/border.html Institution: San Diego State University International Population Center Description: The website link gives access to a series of funded projects (noted below) and listings of related publications. John R. Weeks, Principal Investigator, "Determining the Costs of Illegal Immigrant Criminal Activity and Use of Emergency Medical Services in San Diego and Imperial Counties," Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, through the United States/Mexico Border Counties Coalition, 2000-2001.  . John R. Weeks, Co-Investigator (Douglas Stow, PI); Spatial Decision Support for Border Security, Grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), 2003-2007. John R. Weeks, Co-Principal Investigator (with Rubén G. Rumbaut), “Perinatal Risks and Outcomes Among Low-Income Immigrants,” grant from the U.S. Public Health Service, Bureau of Maternal and Child Health and Resource Read more

Intra-Urban Health I...

Website Link: http://geography.sdsu.edu/Research/Projects/IPC/ipc2_research.html Institution: San Diego State University International Population Center Description: This project explores the use of remotely sensed imagery and GIS to enhance our understanding of intra-urban inequalities in health, using data for the metropolitan area of Accra, Ghana as a study site. The specific aims are as follows: (1) to derive local (neighborhood) measures of health by combining spatially referenced census data, survey data, and vital statistics into a geographic information system (GIS) for metropolitan Accra; (2) to derive local (neighborhood) measures of the built and natural environment through the classification and analysis of data from remotely sensed imagery; (3) to test the hypothesis that health levels in urban places are importantly influenced by the local neighborhood environmental context, including Read more