Spotlight Research Brief from the Population Research Institute at Penn State

The most recent issue of the Spotlight research brief series of the Population Research Institute (PRI) at the Pennsylvania State University is available. Spotlight features research conducted by Penn State faculty.

In this issue, the highlighted research brief is entitled "Are Obese Young Women Less Likely to Have Children?" by Michelle L. Frisco with PRI at Penn State. The full brief can be read here. To read previous issues, please visit the PRI website.


Population Reference Bureau WebUpdate, June 27, 2014

The Population Reference Bureau has released a new edition of their newsletter, WebUpdate, which contains new web content from PRB.

Features of this current issue of WebUpdate include articles on challenges to retirement that older Americans face, HIV and AIDS in the Middle East and North Africa, the decline of teen births in the U.S., and much more. The issue is available here.


Postdocs available in LGBT health research

The IMPACT LGBT Health and Development Program at Northwestern University is offering postdoctoral positions that will be involved with LGBT health research. One opportunity will focus on an HIV prevention program, while the other will focus on social network influences on HIV.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the positions are filled.  

Summer 2014 Edition of PAA Affairs Newsletter is Available Now

The Summer 2014 edition of the Population Association of America (PAA) newsletter, PAA Affairs, is available now online.

Highlights in this issue include information from the annual meeting in Boston, which was attended by members of the DSDR team, developments in government funding, and announcements about conferences, datasets, and other news.

Update on Add Health Restricted-use and Public-use Studies at DSDR

This is just a reminder that Add Health Restricted-use Data Agreements with DSDR will be transferred to the Carolina Population Center (CPC) on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 and these data will no longer be disseminated by DSDR after the close of business on Monday, June 30, 2014.  Information on securing restricted-use Add Health data through CPC can be found on their Web site at: http://www.cpc.unc.edu/projects/addhealth/dataThe public-use version of Add Health data will continue to be disseminated by DSDR. Please direct questions to DSDR Staff at DSDR@icpsr.umich.edu.


Free Data Training Workshop at Head Start's 12th National Research Conference

Space is still available! Slots are available on a first-come/first-serve basis.

Workshop: Introducing The Third Grade Follow-up to the Head Start Impact Study

Date: July 7, 2014

Time: 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

This training workshop will provide an overview of the Third Grade Follow-up to the Head Start Impact Study (HSIS). Along with a discussion of the unique characteristics of this newest HSIS cohort, the workshop will provide an overview of the study design, methodology, key findings and introduce potential data users to technical issues associated with using the Third Grade Follow-up data for secondary analysis.

The Head Start Impact Study (HSIS) is a large, longitudinal, nationally representative study of the Head Start Population, aimed at determining how Head Start affects their school readiness. The Third Grade Follow-up examines the longer-term impact of the Head Start program on the well-being of children and families through the end of third grade. Both studies, for different grade levels, examined differences in outcomes in several domains related to school readiness: children's cognitive, social-emotional, health, and parenting outcomes. They also examined whether impacts differed based on characteristics of the children and their families.

The HSIS Third Grade Follow-up data is currently available for secondary analysis through *Research Connections* (www.researchconnections.org). HSIS data are well-suited for use by graduate students exploring research opportunities, instructors interested in bringing large datasets of national scope into the classroom, and researchers analyzing the development of young children and their early childhood experiences.

REGISTRATION: There is no fee to attend this workshop, but space is limited and advance registration is required. You must be registered for the Head Start National Research conference to participate. Workshop slots will be awarded on a first-come/first-serve basis. To register, email: contact@researchconnections.org A follow-up message will be sent with additional information/instructions.

This training is sponsored by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), and the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE).


Research paper competition winners announced

ICPSR is pleased to announce the winners of our 2014 Research Paper Competitions.

Lorraine Blatt (B.A., Psychology) of the Grinnell College earned first-place in the ICPSR Undergraduate Competition with her paper "Cultural mismatch in the achievement gap: Self-construal as a mediator between socioeconomic status and academic achievement." The paper used the Gates Millennium Scholars Program (GMS) Cohort 5, 2004-2009 to examine the differences in the effect of interdependent and independent self-construal on college students' success as measured by their GPA. While an undergraduate, Blatt received the Jacob L. and Lewis Fox Foundation Scholarship, Bernard H. McCusker Memorial Scholarship, and the H. B. Paul Lowenberg Lions Scholarship. She served internships with Education and Child Care Archive at ICPSR, Ann Arbor, MI in 2013, Cardboard Citizens in London, UK in 2012 and Early Head Start at the Venice Family Clinic in Los Angeles, CA also in 2012. She was named to the Dean's List in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She is a member of Psi Chi an international psychology honor society and her research was accepted for presentation at the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA) Conference in Chicago in 2013. Blatt will join the Urban Institute in the Income and Benefits Policy Center in Washington, DC as a Research Assistant after graduation.

Peter Lista (M.A., Sociology) of Indiana University - Bloomington won the ICPSR Master's Competition for his paper "Organization Decision-Making and the Market Environment: Examining Contingency in Organizational Behavior." The paper uses the National Organizations Survey (NOS), 1996-1997 to analyze whether reading test results and teacher assessments of language and literacy skills predict a range of parental investment in the later grades. Lista is beginning his work on a PhD with a departmental fellowship and will continue teaching and researching with a focus on organizational and historical sociology.

Jian Li (Statistics) of Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, China won the first-place award in the Resource Center for Minority Data (RCMD) Research Paper Competition for his paper "Identify the Young Adults with Serious Suicidal Ideation: A Population-Based Study." The paper used National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2011 to identify potential risk factors of suicidal ideation among young adults and propose intervention strategies. In 2012, Li received the "Outstanding Scholarship of Academic Research and Innovation Award" and was named the "Excellent Volunteer of China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation." In 2013, he won Honorable Mention in the Interdisciplinary Contest in Modeling (ICM). When his undergraduate degree is complete, Li plans to pursue a PhD in Statistics.

Raphael Small (Economics) of Haverford College won the second-place award in the ICPSR Undergraduate contest for his paper "The Impact of Student Background and Academic Performance on Future Income." The paper used the National Longitudinal Study of the Class of 1972 to examine the impact of affluence and privilege on students' academic performance. Presently a junior concentrating on mathematical economics, Small spent the year at the London School of Economics. His academic interests lie in the intersection of economics, mathematics, and computing. This summer he will intern at Ernst & Young in the Complex Securities Valuation Practice and previously has served as a researcher in the Haverford College archives for Emma Lapsansky-Werner, Emeritus Professor of History. When his undergraduate degree is complete, Small plans to pursue a PhD in Economics and hopes to earn a Marshall or Fulbright Scholarship.

Jane E. Oliphant (Social Work) of Washington University won second-place in the ICPSR Master’s Student contest for her paper "Social Capital for Adolescents from Low-income Families: A Means to improve Academic Achievement and Mental Health?." The paper used Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three-City Study to examine the impact of social capital in the school and home environment of low income adolescents on their academic achievement and psychological well-being. Oliphant earned the "Outstanding Psychology/Sociology Double Major Award" and the "Recognition of Service: Be the Change Advocacy Awards," and was an ICPSR Summer Intern in 2012. This summer, she will be an intern at Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in the Housing Policy program in Washington, DC. After graduation in December 2014, she hopes to continue her work in policy research and advocacy in an anti-poverty program.

The first-place winners received $1,000; the second-place prize is $750. Winning papers are published on the ICPSR website and first place winning papers are published in a special edition of the ICPSR Bulletin.

We are also pleased to announce the 2015 ICPSR Research Paper Competitions for Undergraduates and
Graduate Students and invites submissions from students and recent graduates at member institutions. The purpose of the competitions is to highlight exemplary research papers based on quantitative analysis. The awards are $1,000 for first place and $750 for second place in each category and publication on the ICPSR Research Paper Competition Winners website and in a special edition of the ICPSR Bulletin for the first place winners. See the competitions website for details. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2015.