Monthly Archive for July, 2008

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Accelerated Human Population Growth at Protected Area Edges

Contrary to expectations, human populations living near protected areas in 45 countries in Africa and Latin America are increasing nearly twice as fast as other rural ones.
According to an article in Science, “higher population growth on PA edges is evident across ecoregions, countries, and continents and is correlated positively with international donor investment in national conservation programs and an index of park-related funding. These findings provide insight on the value of PAs for local people, but also highlight a looming threat to PA effectiveness and biodiversity conservation.”

Survey Finds Citations Growing Narrower as Journals Move Online

New research shows that as more scholarly and research journals are available online, researchers cite fewer, newer papers. Findings appear in the July 18 issue of Science magazine.
Related article in the same issue.

NCHS Data Users Conference 2008

Registration is open for the NCHS Data Users Conference to be held August 11-13, 2008 in Washington, DC. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required:

Penn State’s 16th Annual Symposium on Family Issues

“Development of Hispanic Children in Immigrant Families” Challenges and Prospects” is the topic of Penn State’s Symposium on Family Issues. The conference will be held October 23-24, 2008.
Information and registration information below:

American Time Use Survey (ATUS) in jeopardy

The President’s proposed FY 2009 budget eliminates funding for the American Time Use Survey (ATUS) at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Eliminating the ATUS would result in the loss of informative data on the full range of non-market activities Americans conduct. BLS needs $6.0 million in the FY 2009 budget to fully fund the ATUS and its other key surveys.
See PAA testimony in support of BLS operations:

Spatially referenced HIV data

The HIVmapper is an interactive GIS mapping tool which allows users to quickly create maps based on MEASURE DHS data found in the HIV/AIDS Survey Indicators Database.
Related to this is an HIV Spatial Data Repository:
Both of these links can be found from the main DHS website:

Social Neuroscience of Aging grant from NIA

Social Neuroscience of Aging
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) invites R01 applications for research examining the neurobiological and genetic foundations and correlates of social behaviors and social relationships of relevance to aging, with particular emphasis on the mechanisms and pathways linking social behaviors and social relationships to the physical health, functionality, and psychological well-being of middle-aged and older adults.

Fellowships Opportunities

Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program
Radcliffe Institute fellowships are designed to support scholars, scientists, artists, and writers of exceptional promise and demonstrated accomplishments who wish to pursue work in academic and professional fields and in the creative arts.
Newton International Fellowships
The Newton International Fellowship scheme will select the very best early stage post-doctoral researchers from all over the world, and offer support for two years at UK research institutions.

American Time Use Survey: 2007 Results

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) of the U.S. Department of Labor reports that in 2007:
* Twenty percent of employed persons did some or all of their work at home on days that they worked, and 87 percent did some or all of their work at their workplace.
* On an average day (which includes all 7 days of the week), 83 percent of women and 66 percent of men spent some time doing household activities, such as housework, cooking, lawn care, or financial and other household management.
* Watching TV was the leisure activity that occupied the most time, accounting for about half of leisure time, on average, for both men and women.

Full report (PDF)

Social Science Research Council Fellowships

Current Funding Opportunities at SSRC
Abe Fellowship
Application Deadline: September 1, 2008
The Abe Fellowship supports professional research in the social sciences and related disciplines on contemporary policy-relevant issues, especially those which promote a new level of intellectual cooperation between Japan and America. Applicants must be citizens of the U.S. or Japan (or be able to demonstrate serious affiliations with research communities in the U.S. or Japan) and hold the terminal degree in their field by the start of their fellowship term.
Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship – Faculty Opportunities
Application Deadline: October 3, 2008
The DPDF Program, which supports early-stage graduate students in formulating successful doctoral dissertation proposals, invites applications from faculty teams for research fields. Proposed research fields should be subdisciplinary and interdisciplinary domains with common intellectual questions and styles of research. Applications have to be submitted by two tenured faculty from different US universities and, as relevant, different disciplines. Awardees serve as research directors for a group of 12 students that meet in two workshops in late spring and early fall 2009. The stipend is $10,000; the five research fields will be announced early November 2008.