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Centre for Population, Aging and Health

Latest News and Recent Announcements

Rachel Margolis Publishes Article

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.