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Center for Demographic and Social Analysis (C-DASA)

The Campus Center for Demographic and Social Analysis formalizes a decade of highly productive collaboration between researchers in a dozen departments. With nearly 50 faculty affiliates and 30 associated graduate students, C-DASA is the focal point for a host of population-related research activities at UCI. Expertise in child and youth outcomes; demographic, spatial and social network methodologies; social inequality; and health and well-being make C-DASA a leading center for research on the well-being of local, national, and global populations. C-DASA provides small seed grants to encourage multi-disciplinary projects, collaborative studies, grant proposals, and research by junior faculty. Support for C-DASA comes from the Office of Research. The weekly Population, Society and Inequality Seminar Series fosters dialogue on current research, funding opportunities, analytic approaches, and new data sets.

--Judith Treas, Director


Spring Quarter, 2013

Unless otherwise indicated, seminars are held Tuesdays, 12:30-1:30, in Social Science Plaza B 4206. The Population, Society, and Inequality Series is held in cooperation with the Center for Economics of Public Policy, the Center for Research on Immigration, and the Sociology Department Gender-Work-Family Group.

February 19 (International Studies Forum, Co-sponsor)
Monica Das Gupta (University of Maryland)
China's Bride Shortage

February 26
Andrew Penner (UCI)
Refusing to fail: Over-persistence, Under-persistence, and the Gender Gap in Science

March 5
Leora Lawton (Berkeley)
NIH Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Funding for Graduate Students

March 12
Mieke Eeckhaut (UCLA)
The Perplexing Links Between Sterilization and Disadvantage in the United States: A Comparative Perspective

April 2
Muriel Niederle (Stanford University)
Gender, Competitiveness and Career Choices

April 9 (CEEP co-sponsor)
Luca Fumarco (Linnæus University, Sweden)
Workers' Competition Effects on Ethnic Discrimination in Hiring

April 16
Suzanne Bianchi (UCLA)
Updating What We Know About Intergenerational Time and Money Transfers

April 23
Hulda Thorisdottir (University of Iceland)
The Social Psychology of an Economic Collapse: The Icelandic Case

April 30
Allen Kim (UCI)
Changing Gender Relations in South Korea

May 7
Sarah Thebaud (UCSB)
Business as Plan B? Work-Family Policies and Gender Gaps in Entrepreneurship across 24 Industrialized Countries

May 14
Katherine Donato (Vanderbilt University)
Weathering the Storm: Employment Transitions of Low-Skill Mexican Immigrants, 2005-2011

May 21
Zoya Gubernskaya, Georgiana Bostean (UCI)
Academic Job Market Tips for Graduate Students

May 28
Cheng Wang (Health Sciences/Public Health)
Network-behavior Dynamics in a Medium Size Mobile Phone Network


Research Data Center coming soon! Analyze confidential federal data on campus at center to open summer, 2014, under the leadership of Marianne Bitler (Economics).

Greg Duncan, Distinguished Professor of Education, and an interdisciplinary team of 10 UCI faculty won a $4.7 million grant from the National Institute on Child Health and Development to investigate why programs and policies directed at children and adolescents have the effects, non-effects and, in some cases, perverse effects that they do. Focusing on programs ranging from Head Start to state-mandated health education curricula to high-stakes testing for graduation, the Irvine Network on Interventions in Development advances cutting edge methods to study the “fit” between programs to raise children’s competencies, the child’s developmental stage, and other factors (e.g., socio-economic disadvantage) that determine program impact. Participating in the project are C-DASA affiliates George Farkas, Deborah Vandell, Thad Domina, Anne-Marie Conley (Education); Marianne Bitler (Economics); Kitt Carpenter (Business); Sara Wakefield (Criminology, Law & Society), Andrew Penner (Sociology), Tim Bruckner (PPD & Public Health), and Candice Odgers (Psychology & Social Behavior).

Andrew Penner(Assistant Professor of Sociology) was awarded a $592K Mentored Research Scientist Development (K-01) Award from NICHD to study “Why are boys faltering in school?” With his five-year award, Penner will use data from 71 countries to examine the international variations in boys’ academic disengagement. He hopes to determine how countries might help both boys and girls succeed in school.

Graduate Student Placements, 2012-13

Congratulations in order! Four students, all alumni of the DASA M.A. program, move to new jobs.

Zack Almquist takes up a job as Assistant Professor of Sociology and Statistics at the University of Minnesota.

Georgiana Bostean will be Assistant Professor of Environmental Science, Health, and Policy at Chapman University.

Zoya Gubernskaya begins this fall as Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Albany.

Chris Marcum moved to Washington, DC, where he now works at the National Institutes of Health as a Staff Scientist with the Human Genome Project. Chris also won the Student Paper Award from the Section on Aging & the Life Course from the American Sociological Association.

Statistics Reading Group

Graduate students and faculty meet weekly to discuss specialized topics in statistics. Organizers are Yader Lanuza and Bonnie Bui. For further information, contact Bonnie.