Pop Center Seminars
Location: Harvard Center for the Population and Development Studies, 9 Bow Street, in Harvard Square (unless noted otherwise)
Time: 4:00 – 5:30 PM.
Attendees: Open to all faculty, research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and students. No RSVP required.
Advanced Readings: Reminders and any advanced readings will be sent out before each session.
*Co-sponsored by the Program on the Global Demography of Aging
Fall 2013 Schedule
September 23 – “Beyond Taking Notice: It’s Time to Act on Preventing and Controlling Non-Communicable Diseases in Ethiopia” presented by Michelle Williams, Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Public Health, and Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
October 7 – ”Health, Education, and Income in the United States, 1820-2000″ presented by Dora L. Costa, Professor of Economics, UCLA ; Associate Director, California Center for Population Research*
October 21 – “Under Color of Authority: Terror, Intergroup Violence and the Law: A Social Dominance Perspective” presented by James H. Sidanius, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, and Professor of Africa and African American Studies, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
October 28 – “The Underclass Debate 30 Years Later” presented by Douglas Massey, Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School; Director, Office of Population Research, Princeton University*
November 18 – “A Dividing Dividend? Implications of World Demographic Change for Global Inequality” presented by Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue, Associate Professor, Department of Development Sociology, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University*
Description: Global fertility transitions are expected to boost socioeconomic development. Yet they can also foster inequality between and within countries. This seminar will present evidence of such divergence in Africa and discuss implications for the region’s sustainable development.
December 2 – “Fetal Programming, Selection Due to Infant Mortality, and Cardiovascular Risk among the Survivors,” presented by Timothy B. Gage, Director, Statistics and Computing for the Center for Social and Demographic Analysis; Professor, Department of Anthropology, and Professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York.
Description: Birth weight, a common indicator of fetal programing, is examined with respect to infant mortality, obesity at age 7 and blood pressure at age 45 among those who survive. The analysis uses finite mixtures of regression, (Covariate Density Defined mixtures of regression), which suggests the existence of two heterogeneous subpopulations. The analysis is carried out on the 1958 British Birth Cohort. The results indicate that one latent subpopulation of births is: a) at overall higher risk of infant mortality, and b) at much higher risk of obesity and high blood pressure among those who survive.
December 9 – “The Unexpected Gifts of Trauma” - Richard Tedeschi, Professor of Psychology and Clinical Community Graduate Program Coordinator, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Spring 2014 (all seminar titles are forthcoming)
February 10 – Sandro Galea, Cheskis Gelman and Murray Charles Gelman Professor and Chair of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY
February 24- Sendhil Mullainathan, Professor of Economics, Harvard
March 10 – John Casterline, Robert T. Lazarus Professor in Population Studies, Department of Sociology, and Director, Initiative in Population Research, Ohio State University
April 7 – Diego G. Bassani, Epidemiologist, Hospital for Sick Children and Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada
April 21 – James P. Smith, Distinguished Chair in Labor Markets and Demographic Studies, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA