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Lisa Berkman streaming live on uptick in death rates of middle-aged white Americans on MPR Tues., Nov. 10

MPR_Lisa-Berkman_Nov-10_2015Join Kerri Miller of Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) on Tuesday, November 10 at 10:00 a.m. ET when she will talk with Lisa Berkman, PhD, director of the Harvard Pop Center, about the recent piece in the New York Times on the increase in deaths among middle-aged white Americans.

Lisa Berkman’s expertise on aging takes center stage as we prepare to live longer & our population grows

Berkman_Lisa_254_OFFICIAL_300x220Harvard Pop Center Director Lisa Berkman’s expertise on aging societies and healthy aging is being called on as we prepare to live longer and grow our population to 9 billion. In the piece “Can You Get Smarter?” in today’s New York Times, Lisa comments on the impact of social networks on cognitive decline; today’s Harvard Gazette headline directs readers to the piece entitled “The Aging Game” in Harvard Public Health magazine that features extensive commentary by Lisa; and she will be a featured speaker at Harvard University’s inaugural, university-wide TEDx event entitled “9 Billion: Surviving & Thriving in 2050” on November 7.

Harvard Pop Center researchers to receive award for article on innovative use of life course work-family profiles to predict mortality risk

Four-researchers-win-award_Nov_edit_2015The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) has named four researchers affiliated with the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies as the recipients of the Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Awards for their paper published in the American Journal of Public Health on the innovative use of sequence analysis as a exposure assessment tool for life course research.  Erika Sabbath, ScD, who is lead author on the study and was a visiting scientist at the Harvard Pop Center, collaborated with Pop Center research associate Iván Mejía Guevara, PhD,  faculty member M. Maria Glymour, ScD, and Director Lisa Berkman, PhD. The distinguished awards will be presented at GSA’s 68th Annual Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida in November. Learn more in this EurekAlert.

Paper by Bell Fellow Juli Simon Thomas Earns Her Status as Finalist for 2015 Kanter Award

Juli-Simon-Thomas_IMG_6895_HER-PICKHarvard Bell Fellow Juli Simon Thomas, PhD, is co-author on a paper that is one of five finalists (out of 2,500 articles published in 2014) for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research. The paper, “Job Displacement among Single Mothers: Effects on Children’s Outcomes in Young Adulthood,” was published in the American Journal of Sociology. Congratulations to Juli on being a finalist for this international award!

Harvard Pop Center faculty among top 25 most productive researchers of health inequalities

Four cited professors at HSPH

Ichiro Kawachi, SV Subramanian (Subu), Nancy Krieger, and David R. Williams are among the top 25 most productive researchers in the field of health inequalities, according to a study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine. The four Harvard Pop Center faculty members have published 462 studies, in total, on health inequalities between 1966 – 2014. In addition, the study ranked Social Science & Medicine, with co-editors-in-chief Kawachi and Subramanian, as the most productive journal in the field of health inequalities, accounting for 38% of all publications on the topic. Publications on health inequalities by Kawachi, Krieger and Williams were among the top 25 most cited.

Focused gun violence reduction program shown to be effective among gangs in Chicago

papachristos.resizedFormer Harvard RWJF Health & Society Scholar Andrew Papachristos, PhD, is lead author on a study published in Criminology & Public Policy that suggests that a focused approach, such as Chicago’s Group Violence Reduction Strategy (VRS), to reducing gun violence significantly reduced gun violence (especially gunshot victimization) among gangs. Papachristos has recently commented on the national spike in homicides in Time and

Gender norms at play in weakening female labor-force participation in India; gender quotas & training may help

Pande-2015_325-x-225Harvard Pop Center’s Executive Committee and faculty member Rohini Pande, PhD, has co-authored an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times that explores why female labor-force participation is down in India despite economic growth, increasing educational attainment for girls, and decreased fertility rates.