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Conference: Aging in America

The 2014 Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging will be March 11-15 in San Diego, CA. Visit the website for more information.

View the announcement online. Or download a PDF.

Symposium to explore urban planning in a ‘post-racial’ society

symposium graphic

By Keith Brezius
Source: University Record

The Urban and Regional Planning program at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning is hosting a symposium and workshops that will explore the role of the urban planner and planning in a “post-racial” society.

Students and nationally recognized scholars and practitioners from around the country will converge on U-M on Friday for “Planning in a ‘Post-Racial’ Society (?): New Directions and Challenges.” They will discuss the contributions that urban planners of color have made to cities and to the field of planning.

The event, which is free and open to the public, also will examine how planning is engaging critical debates about race, ethnicity, and poverty, and suggest what will be needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century and to serve the needs of the nation’s evolving demographics.

Details, Participants and Schedule

Quantitative Text Analysis: Michael vs Jacob

Most of the data demographers use are numeric and are easily handled via statistical packages. Text data via Google NGrams or names from the Social Security Names Database are more commonly analyzed using Python.

CSCAR and ARC are sponsoring free Python training Friday, November 8th. Space is limited.

In case you miss the workshop, here’s a link to some Big Data Tutorials by Neal Caren at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

And, to get back to the title of this blog entry, below are three data visualizations on names. The first two are the most common name by state & gender from 1960 to 2010.

Click on the images to activate the gifs.

us_map_gnames us_map_bnames

Notice that for the girls, Lisa dominated the US in 1965, which means I was born 10+ years too early to have that name. And for the boys, watch the epic battle for Michael vs Jacob. Also note that Jose is the dominant male name in Texas in 1996. Arizona also has two Hispanic names (Jose and Angel) in the recent past.

The third data visualization explores unisex names:
unisex names

Finally, think of these as data. We have a link to research on black first names as well as a post on the declining popularity of Mary.

Big Data Tutorials, Neal Caren (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill).

Google NGrams Viewer

Google NGrams Data
Note, we have downloaded quite a bit of this. See Data Service before you download another copy.

Social Security Names Database

A Wondrous GIF Shows the Most Popular Baby Names for Girls Since 1960
Rebecca Rosen | The Atlantic
October 18, 2013

America’s Most Popular Boys’ Names Since 1960, in 1 Spectacular GIF
Megan Garber |The Atlantic
October 24, 2013

The most unisex names in US history
Data Underload | FlowingData Blog
September 25, 2013

International Year of Statistics [2013]

The International Year of Statistics
The International Year of Statistics is scheduled for calendar year 2013. But, there are lots of upcoming conferences and other activities associated with this celebration. You’ll need to send in abstracts in advance of 2013.

One last feature of the celebration website is the resource section. This may prove useful for teaching purposes.

Upcoming Conferences

International Federation on Ageing (IFA) 11th Global Conference on Ageing
28 May – 1 June 2012
Prague, Czech Republic

The IFA 11th Global Conference on Ageing, entitled ‘Ageing Connects’ is taking place during the greatest demographic upheaval in the world’s history – the juncture between globalisation, urbanisation and population ageing. In the twenty years since the first IFA conference in India in 1992, the average life expectancy in the Czech Republic has increased by nearly 7% with a corresponding improvement in health status of older people in this region. Notwithstanding these improvements, today there are now more people globally living in poverty; family caregivers are an essential and expected partner in the health care system; and workforce trends across generations are volatile, as are the debates around social pensions and financial protection.

National Center for Health Statistics announces its National Conference on Health Statistics, 2012
August 6-8, 2012
Washington, DC

August 6: One-day Learning Institute
Get hands-on training in accessing and analyzing NCHS survey data.

August 7-8: Main Conference
Learn about the latest developments at NCHS and hear from national leaders in the fields of health, health data, and statistics.

Gerrymandering: The Movie [October 6, 2010 at Ford School]

This is a good extra credit project for classes:

Gerrymandering: The Movie
October 6, 2010
Special Free Screening/Discussion, sponsored by Ford School

One segment of the movie discusses prison-based gerrymandering. Due to census residence rules, prisoners are counted in their institutions, not where they come from/will move back to. This can have an effect on the districts with big prison populations, often in white, rural areas. For more info see the following website:

Prisoners of the Census

In May 2011, the Census Bureau will be publishing on its FTP site the state, county, tract and block level counts for group quarters. This national file will be the same file as will later appear as Table P41 in Summary File 1. This will allow jurisdictions to remove the group quarters populations (prisoners, college students, etc.) for the purpose of redistricting.

Finally, while gerrymandering is a real issue, sometimes what looks like gerrymandering is not. Take a look at an analysis of the Florida Congressional delegation following the 2000 election.

Tobler’s Law, Urbanization, and Electoral Bias: Why Compact, Contiguous Districts are Bad for the Democrats
Jowei Chen and Jonathan Rodden
We conduct legislative districting simulations using only the apolitical criteria of drawing compact and contiguous districts. We show that the Republican party naturally wins a disproportionately large share of legislative seats in Florida, even without gerrymandering. This result emerges because Democratic voters tend to live in highly concentrated, urban cores, thus “wasting” their electoral strength on a number of landslide Democratic districts. Republican voters are geographically dispersed more evenly throughout the hinterlands, allowing the Republican party to win a disproportionate share of districts by a slight margin.

International Seminar on Social and Health Policies for Equity: Approaches and Strategies

Panel on Health Equity and Policy in the Arab World
Call for papers

International Seminar on Social and Health Policies for Equity: Approaches and Strategies

London, United Kingdom, 2-4 November 2009

Organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Health Equity and Policy in the Arab World, the Social Research Center of the American University in Cairo, and University College London

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 1 July 2009.

International Seminar on Gender and Empowerment in the 21st Century in Africa

Call for Papers

International Seminar on Gender and Empowerment in the 21st Century in Africa

Nairobi, Kenya, 24-26 August 2009

Organized by the IUSSP Scientific Panel on Gender
and the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)

Deadline for submission of abstract: 15 May 2009.

The International development and policy agenda has galvanized global attention to issues of gender inequality and women’s empowerment through various international policy platforms like the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo and the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. The importance of gender equality and women’s empowerment in achieving national and global development goals is underscored in the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), with the third goal (MDG 3) specifically addressing the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A mid-point assessment of global progress on the MDGs noted that “doors are opening slowly for women in the labor market”. However, women still account for over 60% of unpaid family workers (UN DESA, 2007); only 17% of members of single or lower houses of parliament; and more girls than boys remain out of school (UNSD, 2007).

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Understanding Inequality in China

The Rackham School of Graduate Studies and Office of the Provost are pleased to invite you to Professor Yu Xie’s Distinguished University Professorship Lecture on April 1, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. in the Amphitheatre of the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies Building. The lecture title is Understanding Inequality in China.


Drawing on past research, I advance the following propositions in this talk: (1) inequality in China has been largely mediated by collective agencies, such as locales and work units; (2) traditional Chinese political discourse promoted merit-based inequality, with merit being defined as improving the collective welfare for the masses; and (3) many Chinese people today regard inequality as an inevitable consequence of economic development. Thus, it seems unlikely that social inequality alone would lead to political and social unrest in today’s China.

ICPSR: Longitudinal Analysis of Historical Demographic Data

This is a workshop offered as part of ICPSR’s summer workshop program. It gives students an opportunity to learn advanced methods in demographic analysis:
This session is held July 20-Aug 13, 2009
Application deadline is May 4, 2009.
Course flyer
Examples of previous sessions of this historical demography workshops:
Link to summer program site.