Monthly Archive for October, 2008

CDC Releases New Infant Mortality Data

CDC Releases New Infant Mortality Data
The United States ranked 29th in the world in infant mortality in 2004, compared to 27th in 2000, 23rd in 1990 and 12th in 1960, according to a new report from CDC?s National Center for Health Statistics. The U.S. infant mortality rate was 6.78 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2004, the latest year that data are available for all countries. Infant mortality rates were generally lowest (below 3.5 per 1,000) in selected Scandinavian (Sweden, Norway, Finland) and East Asian (Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore) countries. Twenty-two countries had infant mortality rates below 5.0 in 2004.

Childrearing, Family Formation and Voting

The Big Sort, a blog by Bill Bishop on, had a posting on Tuesday about the predictive nature of childrearing practices, family formation attitude and voting practices.
Spank Your Kids? You Likely Vote Republican

NCES Announces DataLab

DataLab, a new website from the Institute of Education Sciences’ National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), puts a wide range of survey data collected by NCES at your fingertips. Whether you want a quick number or an in-depth look at education data, the tools in the DataLab are designed to do both.

America’s Health Starts With Healthy Children: How Do States Compare?

Across the country and within every state, there are substantial shortfalls in the health of children based on their family’s income and education, says a new report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America. The report is the first to rank states on infant mortality and children’s health status based on key social factors, and it shows that as parent’s income and levels of education rise, children’s health improves.

NIH announces a change to resubmission of applications

NIH announces a change in the existing policy on resubmission (amended) applications. Beginning with original new applications (i.e., never submitted) and competing renewal applications submitted for the January 25, 2009 due dates and beyond, the NIH will accept only a single amendment to the original application. Failure to receive funding after two submissions (i.e., the original and the single amendment) will mean that the applicant should substantially re-design the project rather than simply change the application in response to previous reviews. It is expected that this policy will lead to funding high quality applications earlier, with fewer resubmissions.

Roadmap Transformative R01 Program (R01)

Roadmap Transformative R01 Program (R01)
As part of the NIH Roadmap for Biomedical Research, the National Institutes of Health invites transformative Research Project Grant (R01) applications from institutions/organizations proposing exceptionally innovative, high risk, original and/or unconventional research with the potential to create new or challenge existing scientific paradigms. Projects must clearly demonstrate potential to produce a major impact in a broad area of biomedical or behavioral research.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: Grand Challenges Explorations

Grand Challenges Explorations will foster early-stage innovation in global health research and expand the pipeline of ideas that merit further exploration. The program will employ a new, fast-track approach to grant making, with short two-page applications and no preliminary data required. Each round of the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative will award grants against a set of specific topics. In general, topics are chosen according to three major criteria: (1) The topic fits within the goals and disease priorities of the Grand Challenges in Global Health; (2) The topic contains a roadblock where radical, new thinking is needed for the discovery of an effective health solution; (3) Potential projects within the topic are likely to be well suited for the phased structure of the initiative. In addition, we consider whether a topic will engage the participation from scientists outside traditional global health disciplines, as well as researchers working in the developing world.

National Institutes of Health: Using Proven Factors in Risk Prevention to Promote Protection from HIV Transmission

National Institutes of Health: Using Proven Factors in Risk Prevention to Promote Protection from HIV Transmission (R01)
This funding opportunity announcement issued by NIH and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, solicits investigator initiated research applications from institutions/organizations that propose to develop, implement, and evaluate new or improved HIV prevention programs. These programs will incorporate proven factors from social and sexual development, positive youth development, sexual risk behavior, and drug prevention programs for use in high-risk, urban American minority preadolescents or early adolescents (approximate ages 9-14).

NIH Reminder Concerning Grantee Compliance with Public Access Policy

Reminder Concerning Grantee Compliance with Public Access Policy and Related NIH Monitoring Activities
This Notice describes NIH Public Access Policy compliance monitoring efforts for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009. It also provides important reminders concerning grantee demonstration of compliance and the location of citations for papers in applications, proposals and progress reports. Grantees are responsible for compliance with the Policy, including ensuring that any publishing or copyright agreements permit submission to PubMed Central in accord with the Policy.

Postdoctoral Positions

Population and Studies Training Center, Brown University
Brown University’s Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC) expects to have an opening for a two-year postdoctoral research associate position beginning January 1, 2009.

The RAND Postdoctoral Training Program
The RAND Postdoctoral Training Program in the Study of Aging enables outstanding junior scholars in demographic and aging research to sharpen their analytic skills, learn to communicate research results effectively, and advance their research agenda. Housed within the Labor and Population Program, the program blends formal and informal training and extensive collaboration with distinguished researchers in a variety of disciplines. Fellowships are for one year, renewable for a second. Each fellow receives a competitive annual stipend, travel stipend and health insurance.