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 by Pop Center members, to work-in-progress sessions by junior scholars, to research methodology seminars by our staff.

Sessions are scheduled on Fridays from 12:00–1:00 at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, 9 Bow Street, Cambridge, unless otherwise noted.

All Harvard faculty, researchers and students are welcome to attend.

Winter/Spring 2021

Our winter/spring seminars will be taking place online.

Friday, January 29: Enryka Christopher, research assistant, Harvard Pop Center, and  Tasdik Hasan, MBBS MPH PGDDM MSc (GMH) PhD candidate, project director at The Johns Hopkins University, will present “Puff or pass: do social media and social interactions influence smoking behaviour of university students? A cross-sectional mixed methods study from Dhaka, Bangladesh.” Closed audience – invitees will receive an email.

Friday, February 5: Anna Grummon, PhD, MSPH, Bell Fellow at Harvard Pop Center, will present “Do calorie labeling laws spur product reformulation? A longitudinal analysis of supermarket foods.” Closed audience – invitees will receive an email.

Friday, February 12: No Seminar

Friday, February 19: Aayush Khadka, PhD candidate in population health sciences (Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) and Harvard Pop Center graduate student affiliate, will present “Prenatal air pollution exposure and pregnancy loss in the United States.” Please REGISTER.

Friday, February 26: Nidhiya Menon, PhD, professor, department of economics, International Business School, Brandeis University, will present “Impact of pollution from coal on the anemic status of children and women: Evidence from India.” Please REGISTER.

Friday, March 5: Yanyue Wang (Adelina), PhD, post-doctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), will present “The impact of alternative types of elder care providers: Stratified IV analysis with machine learning using nursing home exits.” Please REGISTER.

Friday, March  12: No Seminar

Friday, March 19: No Seminar

Friday, March 26: Holly Hummer, PhD candidate in sociology, Harvard University, will present “Pathways to non-parenthood: Insights from qualitative data.” Closed audience – invitees will receive an email.

Friday, April 2: No Seminar

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Joanna Lahey, PhD, associate professor, The Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University, will present “Age and the labor market for Hispanics in the United States.” Please REGISTER.

Friday, April 16: No Seminar

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Gwen Fisher, PhD, associate professor, director, Occupational Health Psychology Concentration, Colorado State University, will present “Job characteristics and later life cognitive functioning.” Please REGISTER.

Friday, April 30: Ben Seligman, PhD, MD, geriatrics attending/research fellow at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will present “Frailty and aging worldwide.” Please REGISTER.

If you would like to receive emails with registration information, please contact Claudette Agustin.

If you would like to present at a Friday lunch session, please contact Claudette Agustin.

Past Friday Luncheon Seminars