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Jenna Nobles Receives PAA Early Achievement Award

Jenna Nobles received the prestigious Early Achievement Award from the Population Association of America at their national conference held March 31 - April 2, 2016. This award recognizes the career of a promising scholar who has made distinguished contributions to population research during the first ten years after receipt of the Ph.D. Such contributions may be original research published as articles or books, significant newly collected data, or a public policy achievement that broadens the impact of demography. Congratulations Jenna!

CDE Affiliate Malia Jones interviewed about Poverty Report

CDE Affiliate Malia Jones recently published a report on an increase in poverty in the State of Wisconsin. Comparing the American Community Survey data from 2005-2009 and 2010-2014, she found the number of people living in poverty grew from 11% to 13% statewide. She was interviewed by The Cap Times where she discussed the report and the effects of this increase on education, health and housing in the state. | Read more...

CDE Affiliate Timothy Smeeding named Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) appointed Timothy Smeeding as the Lee Rainwater Distinguished Professor of Public Affairs and Economics. The appointment includes $75,000 in research support from WARF over five years. Smeeding studies the causes and consequences of inequalities in income, consumption and wealth - and the effects of social policy on inequality, poverty and mobility across generations - in national and cross-national contexts. Congratulations Tim! | Read more...

Schwartz Interviewed by New York Times about Marriage and Inequality

Christine Schwartz was recently interviewed in an article that explores her research focus, assortative mating. More people are marrying others like themselves, in terms of education and earnings potential, and this is causing changes in American families and society at large. The country is becoming more segregated by class and this effect could become more pronounced in future generations. Link to article

Journal Issue Dedicated to Bob And Tess Hauser

The January 2016 issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science is dedicated to Robert M. Hauser, Vilas Research Professor of Sociology Emeritus, and his late wife, Taissa Hauser, who was a senior scientist in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, to honor their work on a variety of important social issues. The journal issue, titled "Living in a High-Inequality Regime", contains articles mostly written by students or close colleagues of the Hausers. The articles are available onlineand can be downloaded for free here. | Read more...

Nora Cate Schaeffer named 2015 MAPOR Fellow

MAPOR, the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research, named Nora Cate Schaeffer as its 2015 Fellow. MAPOR Fellows are members who have made significant contributions to MAPOR through scholarship, service to the organization or other means. MAPOR is a regional chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Read more...

Grodsky (CDE) and Knowles (DPI) Lead Research to Narrow Student Achievement Gaps in Wisconsin

With a new $5.2 million grant, researchers at the state Department of Public Instruction (Jared Knowles, PI) will collaborate with the UW-Madison's Center for Education Research, led by Associate Professor of Sociology and Educational Policy Studies Eric Grodsky. In interviews with the media, Grodsky highlights the unique collaborative nature of this project as featured in the Wisconsin State Journal, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Dissertation Award to Elizabeth Wrigley-Field

The Sociology Department awarded its Lumpkin Award for the best dissertation to Elizabeth Wrigley-Field, written under the supervision of Professor Felix Elwert. Elizabeth is currently a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University. | Link to article

Research by Christine Schwarz in Washington Post

Describing the gender imbalance in the dating market, a recent article in the Washington Post cited Professor Christine Schwartz's research on educational assortative marriage. | Link to article

Student honorees at ASA

Congratulations to CDE grad student Christina Diaz and Soc grad student Jeremy Fiel, who received the ASA Sociology of Population Section Student Paper award at the recent annual meeting, for their paper, "The Effect(s) of Teenage Pregnancy: Reconciling Theory, Methods, and Evidence."

Marcy Carlson blog article on complex families

A blog post on "Child and Family Blog" by Associate Professor Marcy Carlson addresses the impact of complex families on children. Carlson's analysis shows why social programs must adapt to social change. Child and Family Blog is sponsored by the journal The Future of Children (Sara McLanahan, editor-in-chief), the University of Cambridge, and the Jacobs Foundation. | Link to article

Research by CDE's Jenny Higgins and Yu Wang on birth control methods

A new study by Assistant Professor Jenny Higgins and CDE graduate student Yu Wang finds that up to 17 percent of young adults in the U.S. may be using "withdrawal" to prevent pregnancy, although not necessarily relying just on that method. In the sample population of 15-24 year olds, men and women who feared condoms would interfere with pleasure and women who said they would be "pleased" by an unplanned pregnancy were two to four times more likely than others to have used withdrawal. | Link to article

Event: Academic Achievement and the Lives of Children

CDE graduate students presented their work on health, education and racial/ethnic disparities in achievement to policy makers. As part of a graduate seminar titled "Academic Achievement and the Lives of Children: Social Determinants of Educational Inequalities," six CDE students shared their research with experts from across campus and from the state government. | Program | Executive Summaries

Transition from baby boom to baby bust brings policy challenges

In a recent issue of Science magazine University of Wisconsin-Madison economist Timothy M. Smeeding, Distinguished Professor at the La Follette School of Public Affairs, former director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, and CDE affiliate, explores the implications of four policy problems brought on by declining fertility and a growing proportion of elders: economic inequality, underinvestment in education, immigration, and gender equity in the workplace. | Link to article

Latin American Mortality Database released

The new Latin American Mortality Database (LAMBdA) includes vital statistics, life tables, and population counts for 1840 through 2014. The database will be used to estimate new models of mortality for countries in the region, to generate country-specific time trends of life expectancy at birth and associated bounds of uncertainty, to estimate models linking early and adult mortality across cohorts, and to compute mortality patterns at older ages.

Research by Schwartz and Han highlights changes in marriage and divorce

A recent article in the American Sociological Review has been receiving considerable media attention. Research by Christine Schwartz and Hongyun Han shows that couples in which the wife has more education are no longer associated with an increased risk of divorce. The research has been featured in USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, University Herald, Newsweek and the New York Times.

Palloni paper is recognized by editors of Demographic Research

The paper "The fragility of the future and the tug of the past: Longevity in Latin America and the Caribbean," by Alberto Palloni and Laeticia Souza, has been selected by the editors of Demographic Research as one of the very best papers in Volume 29 of the journal. The paper will be included in the journal's "Editor's Choice" collection and starred on the journal's web site.

Christine Schwartz on "Marketplace" on assortative mating

Associate Professor Christine Schwartz made an appearance on the public radio program "Marketplace," speaking on the topic of assortative mating. A short article and link to the broadcast story are at the link.

Grad Christina Diaz wins ASA Student Paper Award

The ASA Social Psychology Section Graduate Student Paper Award Committee has selected an article by Christina Diaz as the best paper for 2014. Diaz will be honored for her paper "Social Mobility in the Context of Fathering: The intergenerational link in parenting among co-resident fathers" during the ASA annual meeting in San Francisco.

Three CDE students win best poster awards at the 2014 PAA meeting in Boston

Three CDE graduate students were awarded prizes for best poster at the 2014 PAA annual meeting: Christina Diaz for "How Young Mothers Manage: Is There Evidence for Heterogeneity after Early Birth?", Ellen Dinsmore for "Race, Place, and Immigration Enforcement: Do Local Police Characteristics Matter?" and Laura Blakeslee for "The Influence of Knowledge and Attitudes on Influenza and Pertussis Vaccination among Healthcare Workers in Wisconsin." Congratulations!

Study by grad student Christina Diaz sheds light on the significance of parenting legacies

A study by CDE graduate student Christina Diaz provides insight into parenting skills and styles among fathers. Using data from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher Diaz sampled 4,050 fathers to determine if men's perception of the fathering they received influences their own parenting behaviors and perceptions of the job they are doing as a dad.