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Centre for Population, Aging and Health

Latest News and Recent Announcements

Recent Publication by Jinette Comeau and William Avison

PhD candidate Jinette Comeau and Professor William Avison publish "Social Disparities in Family and Health." Pp. 68-82 in Joyce Arditti (Ed.), Family Problems: Stress, Risk and Resilience. New York: Wiley/Blackwell.

Post-Doc Position in Life Course Research at the University of Lausanne (NCCR LIVES)

The Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research "LIVES - Overcoming Vulnerability: Life Course Perspectives" (NCCR LIVES) announces:

ONE 100% POST-DOC POSITION IN LIFE COURSE RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LAUSANNE

The NCCR LIVES offers a one-year post-doctoral position for a promising early career researcher in disciplines from the social sciences (social psychology, sociology, social demography, etc.).

The candidate will join a research group already working in the framework of the NCCR LIVES (www.nccr-lives.ch). The NCCR LIVES is a very stimulating interdisciplinary and international scientific research environment. It analyses vulnerability across the life course from different perspectives and disciplines, notably on the basis of longitudinal data. Our aim is also to combine advanced interdisciplinary basic research with efficient social policy interventions in order to contribute to a sustainable societal environment for human development.

The position will have two parts. A 50% will be devoted to theoretical developments on the multilevel definition of vulnerability within the core of the NCCR LIVES. The other 50% will be devoted to empirical research of the candidate, preferably in collaboration with one of the individual research projects of the NCCR LIVES in which the supervisor is involved (IP1 and IP12).

Languages: Proficiency in English is necessary, communication skills in more than one Swiss national language (French, German, Italian) are an asset.

Contractual period: possibly from the 1st January 2015

Contract duration: 12 months

Deadline for application: 20th November 2014

Please send a curriculum vitae and a motivation letter specifying your main theoretical interests to Mrs. Christelle Burri by e-mail: Christelle.Burri@unil.ch.

For additional information please contact Prof. Dario Spini (Dario.Spini@unil.ch) who is responsible for this position.

The NCCR LIVES strongly encourages women to apply.

https://applicationsinter.unil.ch/inter/noauth/php/Po/pooffres.php?poid=3432&langage=8

http://www.lives-nccr.ch/en/page/jobs-n36

Rachel Margolis and Colleagues Publish Articles

Professor Rachel Margolis and Colleague Mikko Myrskylä publish "Happiness: before and after the kids" in Demography.  The publication has received an abundance of positive press coverage, including coverage in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Science Daily, London Free Press, and CTV.

Professor Rachel Margolis and PhD Candidate Scott Mandich publish "Changes in Disability-Free Life Expectancy in Canada between 1994 and 2007" in Canadian Studies in Population.

Professor Rachel Margolis recently published "Siblings, Friends, Course-Mates, Club-Mates: How adolescent health behavior homophily varies by race, class, gender, and health status" in the Journal of Social Science & Medicine.  

Quebec Inter-University Center for Social Statistics Summer School

"The Quebec Inter-University Center for Social Statistics (QICSS) is designed for professors, university or public sector researchers, postdoctoral and postgraduate students, and, occasionally, for undergraduates who need training in methods of analysis for large-scale complex surveys, such as those of Statistics Canada and l'Institut de la statistique du Québec in order to conduct research in the context of their work or studies."

For more information please visit http://www.ciqss.umontreal.ca/en/summerSchool.html

Student Graduate Conference on "Mobility & Immobility: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Migration and Settlement" on April 3, 2014 at Western University

Western University's Collaborative Graduate Program in Migration and Ethnic Relations and the Graduate Program in Immigration and Settlement Studies at Ryerson University are hosting the 1st student graduate conference on "Mobility & Immobility: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Migration and Settlement" on April 3, 2014 at Western University.  The conference will feature Dr. Sedef Arat-Koç's keynote address "Exaltation of a Shrinking Citizenship: Depolotocizing Disciplining Citizenship in the New Hard Times."

For more information and to register for the free event please visit http://mobility-immobility.eventbrite.com.

Recent Graduate Student Achievements 

Congratulations to three graduate students who have been accepted to part take in the LIVES Life Course Winter School in Les Diablerets, Switzerland.  Graduate Students Melissa Jackson, Eunjeong Eugena Kwon and Laura Wright will participate in the Lives winter school where they will be immersed in a one week intensive program geared towards life course research.  The program utilizes a multidisciplinary approach, integrating various academic fields of research.  The goal of the program is to aid students in the development of collaborative research articles while facilitating learning by doing.

Several students have received travel grants to present papers and to attend workshops, congratulations to the following graduate student recipients of travel awards:

Laura Wright - Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America (PAA), Boston, USA
Eunjeong Eugena Kwon - LIVES Life Course Winter School 2014, Les Diablerets, Switzerland
Melissa Jackson - LIVES Life Course Winter School 2014, Les Diablerets, Switzerland
Nicole Etherington - QICSS International Conference Social Policy and Health Inequalities: An International Perspective, Montreal, Canada

Connidis awarded Wiley's Inaugural Alexis Walker Award

Professor Ingrid Connidis is a recipient of Wiley's Inaugural Alexis Walker Award for Family Studies Research.  The award was established in the memory of Professor Alexis Walker, a leader in Family Studies and an editor of the Journal of Marriage and Family. Ingrid received the award in recognition of her research published in the Journal of Family Theory and Review which used interviews and memoirs to explore gay men's ties with parents and siblings, in order to reveal a clearer and more inclusive picture of gay men in families. 

Read more from Western News and AlphaGalileo

Rachel Margolis Publishes Two Articles

Rachel Margolis just published "Educational Differences in Healthy Behavior Changes and Adherence Among Middle-aged Americans" in Journal of Health and Social Behavior.  Read more from Western News.
 
The article has received some press coverage.  In the Huffington Post "What Education Has To Do With Making Lifestyle Changes In The Face Of A Medical Diagnosis" and in Jama "Better-educated Middle-aged People More Likely to Adopt Healthy Lifestyle Changes When a Chronic Health Problem Arises."  Furthermore, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior did a podcast of Rachel Margolis discussing her publication.
 
Rachel Margolis also published "Health Shocks in the Family: Gender Differences in Smoking Changes" in Journal of Aging and Health 25(5):882-903.

Ingrid Connidis Receives Honorable Mention

The Anselm Strauss Award Committee, part of the Qualitative Family Research Network, Research and Theory Section, National Council on Family Relations, has given honorable mention to an article by Ingrid Arnet Connidis, “Interview and Memoir: Complementary Narratives on the Family Ties of Gay Adults,” which was published last year (2012) in Journal of Family Theory & Review. Quoting from the notification of the award: “Your article moves the field forward through a comparison of memoirs and interviews, drawing out the relative strengths and limitations of each method. Committee members also noted that memoirs are underutilized in family research, and so this article draws attention to an underused data source. Finally, they appreciated the article’s use of narrative and the emphasis on theoretical underpinnings of research method.”

CPAH PhD Student Earns Women's Health Scholars Award

Sociology PhD Student, Nicole Etherington, is among eight women at Ontario Universities honoured with 2013-14 Women's Health Scholars Award. Administered by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), the awards celebrate Ontario's pre-eminent women's health scholars who excel in the creation of knowledge about women's health and translate that into better health outcomes for them. Etherington, who is interested in issues pertaining to gender and health equity, plans to use longitudinal data from the Panel Survey of Income Dynamics to examine the effects of childhood exposure to poverty on women's health over the course of their lives. She hopes her research will contribute to the development of evidence-based social and health policy aimed at reducing health disparities among older adults. Etherington also received a 2012-2013 Graduate Student Teaching Award. Congratulations, Nicole!

Dr. William Avison has been elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences  

Dr. Avison's election to the CAHS recognizes his international reputation in research in the sociology of mental health, his leadership nationally in support of health research, his commitment to training the next generation of researchers in family and children's health, and his contributions to the promotion of children's health.

The Canadian Academy of Health Sciences works in partnership with the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering to form the three Member Academies of the Council of Canadian Academies. Fellows elected to the Academy are recognized by their peers nationally and internationally for their contributions to the promotion of health science. Membership is one of the highest honours in the Canadian health sciences community. New Fellows will be inducted into the Academy at the dinner ceremony during the CAHS Annual General Meeting in Ottawa on September 20, 2012. 

CPAH and the Department of Sociology welcome Professor Kate H. Choi

This year the sociology department welcomes a new faculty member, Assistant Professor Kate Choi.  Professor Choi will be teaching graduate level statistics courses in the department.  She received her PhD from UCLA in 2010, and most recently held a postdoctoral research associate position at Princeton University.