Friday Luncheon Seminars

The Harvard Pop Center and the Program on the Global Demography of Aging are pleased to sponsor a Friday Luncheon Seminar series focused on salient issues in population health, demography, and economics. These informal gatherings serve as opportunities for researchers to garner important feedback from others working in similar areas.

We offer a mix of presentations – from standard research dissemination from Pop Center members to work-in-progress sessions by junior scholars to research methodology seminars by our staff.

Sessions are scheduled on Fridays from 12:30 – 1:30 at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, 9 Bow Street, Cambridge, unless otherwise noted. Lunch is provided.

All faculty and students are invited to attend. If you would like to present at a Friday lunch session, please contact Panka Deo at


Fall 2014 Schedule

September 19 — “Race vs. Genetic Ancestry: Investigating the Social and Biological Contributions to Disease Etiology,” presented by Jess Marden, MPH, HSPH Doctoral Candidate

September 26 — (no seminar)

October 3 — “Innovations in Data Collection and Research Methods for Field Studies” presented by Katie Naeve, MPP, Research Manager, Harvard Center for International Development, Kennedy School of Government and the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

October 10—“Self-Reported Health: Only for Adults in Developed Countries?” presented by Laura B. Nolan, MA, MSc, PhD Candidate, Office of Population Research, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

October 17 — “Determinants of Hypertension in Dar es Salaam: Preliminary Results from a Cross-Sectional Population Survey of 2300 adults,” presented by Goodarz Danaei, MD, ScD, Asst Professor of Global Health, Depts of Epidemiology and Global Health and Population, HSPH

October 24 — “Using Gift Incentives to Identify Selection Bias: The Case of Estimating HIV Prevalence,” presented by Mark McGovern, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Program on the Global Demography of Aging, HSPH

October 31  “Using Strategic Framing Analysis to Increase Public Support for Policies that Target Obesity” presented by Selena E. Ortiz, PhD, MPH, Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

November 7  (no seminar)

November 14 — **SPECIAL EVENT – 4:30 p.m.**  “Solar Lighting and Inclusive Growth in India” presented by Ranganayakulu Bodavala (Ranga), PhD, Founder and Managing Director, Thrive Energy Technologies ** This event will take place at 4:30 p.m. – DINNER WILL BE PROVIDED.  Learn more.

November 21  “Typhoons, Child Mortality, and Excess Fertility in a Disaster-prone Country” presented by J.M. Ian Salas, PhD, David E. Bell Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

November 27 — (no seminar)

December 5 — “The Causal Effect of Age on Well-Being” – presented by Clemens Noelke Dr.rer.soc., Research Associate, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

December 12 — “Socio-Economic Variation in the Heart Rate Response to a Laboratory-Based Stressor: The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA)” presented by Cathal McCrory, PhD, Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin and Visiting Scientist, Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies