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United Nations Demographic Manuals On-line

23 manuals and guides of demographic methods and techniques issued by the United Nations over a long period of time are now online.
The pages for particular manuals include a short introduction, reproduction of the cover page, chapter-level table of contents hyperlinked to respective files in the portable document format and links to thematically related manuals.

NIH Opportunity Network to Expand Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences Research

NIH Director Francis Collins recently announced the launch of the Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet), a trans-NIH initiative to expand the agency’s funding of basic behavioral and social sciences research (b-BSSR).

More at
http://www.nih.gov/news/health/nov2009/od-18.htm

Google Scholar Adds Full-text Case Law

When you are at Google Scholar page, click on the “Legal opinions and journals” radio button. You can find legal opinions by searching for cases or by topics.

“As you read an opinion, you can follow citations to the opinions to which it refers. You can also see how individual cases have been quoted or discussed in other opinions and in articles from law journals. Browse these by clicking on the “How Cited” link next to the case title.”

More at
Finding the laws that govern us

World Bank public data now in Google Search

Google first began integrating data from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Census Bureau’s Population Division in April of this year. Now it has added 17 World Development Indicators in Google search. To see the new data, try queries like [gdp of indonesia], [life expectancy brazil], [rwanda's population growth], [energy use of iceland], [co2 emissions of iceland] and [gdp growth rate argentina].

You can create interactive charts with link buttons to allow you embed the charts in your websites or blogs like the one below.

Postdoc positions at Princeton

Post Doctoral Research Associate

The Office of Population Research at Princeton University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to work on a project that examines the biological pathways linking social and economic factors to health among older cohorts in Taiwan. The candidate should have strong methodological skills and experience in working with large survey data sets. Appointment is for one year, with possible renewal, to begin as early as July 2010. Ph.D. in related discipline required. To apply, link to http://jobs.princeton.edu to complete an application. Please include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, samples of original work, and appropriate supporting material. Applications will be considered starting March 15, 2010. Screening of applicants will continue until position is filled. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations. For information about how to voluntarily self-identify, please link to http://www.princeton.edu/dof/ApplicantsInfo.htm

NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Office of Population Research at Princeton University invites applications for an NIH postdoctoral fellowship. Candidates must have completed an MD or a PhD in demography, sociology, statistics, or other relevant field before appointment. Holders of NIH fellowships must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Appointment is for one year, with possibility of renewal, and a start date of September 2010. To apply, link to http://jobs.princeton.edu to complete an application. Please, include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, 1-3 page projected research plan, writing samples, and appropriate supporting material. Screening of applicants will start on February 1, 2010 and continue until position is filled. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations. For information about how to voluntarily self-identify, please link to http://www.princeton.edu/dof/ApplicantsInfo.htm

RAND Graduate Student Summer Associate Program

Applications for summer of 2010 are now being accepted.
RAND’s Graduate Student Summer Associate Program introduces outstanding graduate students to RAND, an institution that conducts research on a wide range of national security problems and domestic and international social policy issues. Students receive a stipend and are given the opportunity to conduct research that can be completed during the three months they are at RAND.

Special Issue on Data Sharing from Nature

“Research cannot flourish if data are not preserved and made accessible. All concerned must act accordingly.
More and more often these days, a research project’s success is measured not just by the publications it produces, but also by the data it makes available to the wider community.”
Nature 461, 145 (10 September 2009)

Articles on Fertility from the Economist

The move to replacement-level fertility is one of the most dramatic social changes in history, according to an article in the Economist.

Falling fertility
“Today’s fall in fertility is both very large and very fast. Poor countries are racing through the same demographic transition as rich ones, starting at an earlier stage of development and moving more quickly.”

Women and health: today’s evidence tomorrow’s agenda

The WHO report provides the latest and most comprehensive evidence available to date on women’s specific needs and health challenges over their entire life-course. The report includes the latest global and regional figures on the health and leading causes of death in women from birth, through childhood, adolescence and adulthood, to older age.

Trends in Sexual Experience, Contraceptive Use, and Teenage Childbearing: 1992

Trends in Sexual Experience, Contraceptive Use, and Teenage Childbearing: 1992