Monthly Archive for December, 2008

The W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship Program

The W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship Program seeks to advance knowledge regarding the confluence of crime, justice, and culture in various societal contexts. The Fellowship places particular emphasis on crime, violence, and the administration of justice in diverse cultural contexts within the United States.

Census Bureau Counts on a New Approach

Census Bureau Counts on a New Approach
LA Times
Doug Smith
December 8, 2008
This article is a good laymen’s description of the 3-year estimates American Community Survey (ACS) data that are being released by the Census Bureau on December 9, 2008.

Advice to Obama: Census Director

Two recent newspapers have noted the importance of the Census Bureau as one of the Federal Statistical agencies. Typically, the president-elect does not make this appointment quickly as it is not considered a top tier appointment. The articles below beg to differ.
Census Crunch Time
NY Times [Editorial]
January 9, 2009
Rescue the Census
NY Times [Editorial]
December 4, 2008
A More Accurate Census
NY Times [Letter]
Steve Murdock, Director of the Census Bureau
December 8, 2008
Census Tops Richardson’s Commerce To-Do List
Washington Post
Ed O’Keefe
December 3, 2008
These items were passed on to us by Ren Farley. If you have any news items, please pass them on to

Identifying Neighborhood Level Protective and Promotive Factors for Youth Violence (U01)

This funding opportunity announcement solicits applications to conduct research to: develop and test novel measures of neighborhood boundaries, develop and test innovative measures of neighborhood level protective and promotive factors, and to test the extent to which these factors are associated with youth risk for violence perpetration and victimization. The results will inform violence prevention initiatives designed to strengthen these factors within communities to achieve broad reductions in youth violence.

Funding from National Institute of Justice

Data Resources Program 2009: Funding for the Analysis of Existing Data
NIJ is requesting proposals to replicate previous findings and conduct original research extending data from the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD). NACJD houses quantitative and qualitative data from NIJ-funded research and provides online access to downloadable, machine-readable (SPSS, SAS, or ASCII) files as well as data dictionaries, study abstracts and, in limited cases, MapInfo or ESRI geographic data. The archive is maintained by the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan and is supported by NIJ. Learn more by visiting the Data Resources Program Web site at:

New Database: Global Health

The UM Health Sciences Libraries have licensed access to the database Global Health on the EBSCO platform for the UM Ann Arbor campus. Access is available at:
Global Health is a public health database that provides information on international health, biomedical life sciences, non-communicable diseases, public health nutrition, food safety and hygiene, and much more. The database provides a global perspective with coverage of publications from over 158 countries in 50 languages. Global Health contains more than 1.2 million records dating back to 1973, with coverage of more than 5,000 serials, books, book chapters, reports, conference proceedings, discussion papers, newsletters, patents, theses, and electronic publications. This resource complements the international health-related literature indexed within Medline and Embase with 60% of the indexed journals unique to the Global Health database. Also included is the Global Health Archive, consisting of 800,000 records from 1910-1973.