Early Investigator Panel at NIH Honoring Matilda White Riley


During her prominent career, Dr. White Riley helped establish the NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR). For the last nine years, OBSSR has honored her with a sponsored lecture by an eminent behavioral and social sciences scholar. This year OBSSR will expand the observance of her enduring influence on NIH with a panel of Early Stage Investigators (i.e., within 10 years of terminal degree).

If you would like to be one of the panelists, submit the abstract of an article that has been published after January 2015, or is currently in-press. NIH’s Matilda White Riley Honors Selection Committee will rank these articles by how well they demonstrate behavioral and social scientific excellence in areas within NIH’s mission and Dr. White Riley’s vision. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2016. More details on this opportunity are provided in this Call for Abstracts.


Call for Papers: Conference on Aging in the Americas


Submit your abstract for the International Conference
on Aging in the Americas, Sept 14-16, 2016

A poster abstract is required. All abstracts should include the following information:

  • Project title
  • Lead-author’s name and affiliation
  • Lead-author’s email address
  • Lead-author’s classification (undergraduate/graduate, postdoc, professor)
  • Brief (less than 300 words) summary of the research project

Send poster abstracts to Terrence Hill, University of Arizona, tdhill@email.arizona.edu

Abstract Submission Deadline is May 31, 2016.

See Call for Papers flyer for more information.

Postdoc at Berkeley Pop Center



Postdoctoral Fellowship – Personal Network Change Over Time: A two-year postdoctoral position in the Berkeley Population Center will be available beginning July 1, 2016 in the group headed by Professor Claude Fischer. The postdoctoral scholar will be responsible for conducting research on the composition and dynamics of ego-centric social networks using a new panel survey, UCNets. The responsibilities include: (1) Conduct research on the UCNets data set, with some interest but no obligation in collaborative efforts. (2) Receive grant-writing training in and support in order to develop a proposal for supplemental NIH funding; (3) Get training in responsible conduct of research (required by NIH); and (4) Attend UCNets meetings, demography or other departmental colloquia and other related events. Training and supervising of beginning graduate students may also be periodically required. PhD or equivalent degree in sociology, demography or a closely related field. Demonstrable knowledge about ego-centered networks and their impact on health and well-being. Knowledge of at least one statistical analysis package or program is required (R, SAS, SPSS and/or Stata). The total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at other institutions. The initial appointment is for one year, with possibility of renewal. The salary range for this position is $47,224-$55,000, commensurate with experience. The University of California offers a comprehensive benefits package for postdoctoral scholars. Complete applications will include a cover letter, CV, a statement of research interests that you might pursue relating to the UCNets project, a writing sample, and the names and contact information for three references. Open till filled. Questions? Contact Dr. Leora Lawton, llawton@berkeley.edu. Apply at http://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF00987

The Summer School on Longitudinal and Life Course Research

2016 Summer School on Longitudinal and Life Course Research
Date: Monday June 27th to July 1st, 2016
Place: Bocconi University, Milan Italy

Life course research is a burgeoning, interdisciplinary, research field. It is characterized by a shared interdisciplinary theoretical approach that inspires studies in such diverse fields as sociology, demography, epidemiology, economics, psychology, and social biology. It is also characterized by a set of quantitative research methods, such as event history analysis, multi-level modeling, and sequence analysis that crosscut disciplinary boundaries.

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Need gift idea? SALC membership


Introduce a student or colleague to a great ASA section with a gift section membership!

Visit http://asa.enoah.com/Home/My-ASA/Gift-Section (log in using your ASA user name and password). Select the section for the gift, then search for your recipient’s name in the ASA database. Section membership for 2016 requires current ASA membership, but you can purchase several gifts at the same time and then pay online. Each recipient will receive an e-mail immediately after your payment notifying them of the section gift.

Increasing section membership early in the year provides the maximum benefit to the gift recipient and also helps the section avoid last minute crunches at the September 30 deadline for determining the number of sessions each section will receive at next year’s Annual Meeting.

SALC Awards Information

Matilda White Riley Distinguished Scholar Award

This annual award honors a scholar in the field of aging and the life course who has shown exceptional achievement in research, theory, policy analysis, or who has otherwise advanced knowledge of aging and the life course. Letters of nomination should describe the nominee’s contributions to the study of aging and the life course that warrant consideration. Additional letters of support are encouraged but not required. Nominations and additional letters of support should be submitted by March 1, 2016. Nominations will be carried over for one year. Materials should be sent to Jessica Kelley-Moore, Chair of the Riley Distinguished Scholar Award Committee, at jak119@case.edu. Recent award winners are listed at http://www.asanet.org/sections/aging_sections_History.cfm.

Deadline is March 1, 2016

Outstanding Publication Award

This annual award honors an outstanding recent contribution to the field of sociology of aging and the life course as determined by the Outstanding Publication Award Committee. Eligible publications include original research reports, theoretical or methodological developments, and policy-related contributions. The outstanding publication can be an article, chapter, or book published within the past three years. The committee will consider nominations and self-nominations. The award will rotate between a book and an article (or chapter) at least once every three years. Since journal articles have been awarded during the past two years, the 2016 award (i.e., the award that will be conferred at the 2016 ASA meetings in Seattle) must go to a book.

Nominations of books for the Outstanding Publication Award should be sent to the Chair of the Outstanding Publication Award Committee no later than March 1, 2016. Eligible nominations are limited to books published from 2013 to 2015. A single author or one of the coauthors must be a SALC member. Only SALC members are permitted to make nominations. Nominations for the award should be sent to Stefanie Mollborn, Chair of the Outstanding Publication Award Committee, at Stefanie.Mollborn@colorado.edu. Four copies of the book should be sent by the publisher, the nominator, or the author to: Professor Stefanie Mollborn, Institute of Behavioral Science, 1440 15th St – Room 466, 483 UCB, Boulder, CO 80302.

Recent award winners are listed at http://www.asanet.org/sections/aging_sections_History.cfm.

Deadline is March 1, 2016

Graduate Student Paper Award

This annual award honors the outstanding paper written by a graduate student (or students) member(s) of the Section on Aging and the Life Course, as determined by the Graduate Student Paper Award committee. Papers authored or coauthored solely by students are eligible; faculty co-authorship is not allowed. Eligible student authors include master’s students and pre-doctoral student members of the section who are currently enrolled in a graduate program or who have graduated no earlier than December of 2015. Unpublished, under review, accepted, or published papers are eligible. If published, the paper should have appeared within the past two calendar years (e.g., a paper nominated in 2016 may have been published anytime during 2015 or 2016). Unpublished papers should not exceed 9000 words of text (not including references, tables, etc).

All nominations are due by March 1, 2016. Self-nominations are encouraged. To be nominated send an electronic version of the paper to the Chair of the Graduate Student Paper Award Committee along with a completed and signed SALC Grad Student Paper Award Nomination Form.  The award consists of $250 presented to the winner at the Business Meeting of the Section, held during the annual ASA meeting.  Nominations for the award should be sent to Joseph Hermanowicz, Chair of the Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, at jch1@uga.edu. Recent award winners are listed at http://www.asanet.org/sections/aging_sections_History.cfm.

Deadline is March 1, 2016

SALC Sessions at 2016 ASA meeting

2016-banner-600x200ASA Seattle, August 20-23, 2016 

SALC Section Day, August 20 (first day of meeting)

Theme: Challenges and New Directions in Life Course Studies

1. Open Session:  Life Course Construction in Challenging Circumstances

Organizer: Monica Johnson, Washington State University (monicakj@wsu.edu)

While agency is a central principle of life course analysis, it is often studied without attention to contextual variation, social change, and subgroup differences.  The exercise of agency–through positive visions of the future, goal setting, optimism and strategic action–is particularly challenging under conditions of war, environmental catastrophe, urban violence, racial/ethnic discrimination, escalating inequality and poverty, occupational restructuring and precarity, and social disorganization.   What contributes to the capacity to manage one’s life course under changing, unpredictable, and difficult circumstances? How might institutional/organizational changes or policy shifts support the effective exercise of agency, helping people to manage their lives and to maintain their health and well-being in the turbulent contemporary social world?

2. Open Session: Life Course Research and Social Policy

Organizer: Madonna Harrington Meyer, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University (mhm@maxwell.syr.edu)

Life course researchers have strong potential to inform social policy.  While policy implications are often reserved for the concluding sections of articles and books, this session will bring these considerations to the forefront, underscoring how life course scholarship has important implications for policies in multiple domains, including education, unemployment and labor market dynamics, school-to-work transitions, health, family, housing, criminal justice, inequality and others.   The session provides opportunities for researchers to discuss the policy implications of their findings and for those working with policy-makers to share their experiences (regarding communication, implementation, evaluation, etc.). Scholars are also encouraged to consider the kinds of research that need to be done to address urgent social problems and issues involving aging and the life course, so as to more effectively guide social policy makers.

3. Open Session: Aging, Disability and Social Movements*

Jointly sponsored by the Sections on Disability, Medical Sociology, and Aging and the Life Course

Organizer: Robyn Lewis Brown, University of Kentucky  (robyn.brown@uky.edu)

This session could address a number of topics of interest to the three co-sponsoring sections: social movements’ inclusion/exclusion of disabled and/or older people; the involvement of disabled/older people in social movements (positive or negative experiences other than inclusion/exclusion), and how intersectional factors (e.g., gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity) influence both phenomena.  Papers may focus on social movements advocating for people with disabilities and/or older people, as well as other social movements.

*Linked to the 2016 ASA Program theme:  Rethinking Social Movements: Can Changing the Conversation Change the World?

4. Section on Aging and the Life Course Roundtables

Organizers:  Carol Aneshensel, University of California, Los Angeles (anshnsl@ucla.edu), and Andrew London, Syracuse University (anlondon@maxwell.syr.edu)

Winter School on Life Course

Doctoral candidates can apply until December 10, 2015 to the 3rd Winter School on Life Course, which is organized by the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research LIVES in collaboration with Oregon State University, University of Bremen, Western University, and Umeå University.

A previous edition of this winter school resulted in an article that was published in the European Sociological Review this year, under the supervision of instructors Rick Settersten, Véronique Eicher and Dario Spini: “Normative Climates of Parenthood across Europe: Judging Voluntary Childlessness and Working Parents” 

The next Winter School on Life Course will take place from February 27 to March 5, 2016, again in the Swiss Alps.

This third edition will feature two workshops with the following instructors:

  1. Loss of a partner – a life-course perspective
  • Laura Bernardi, professor of life course and demography at the University of Lausanne
  • Pasqualina Perrig Chiello, professor of psychology at the University of Berne
  • Betina Hollstein, professor of sociology at the University of Bremen
  1. How to preserve cognitive health in old age?
  • Matthias Kliegel, professor of psychology at the University of Geneva
  • Andreas Ihle, senior researcher and lecturer at the University of Geneva
  • David Bunce, professor of neuropsychology at the University of Leeds

These interdisciplinary workshops will occur in small groups of 6 to 8 students. The experts will lead each of these research workshops with the aim of preparing collaborative articles through a process of learning by doing.

For more details on the workshops, information about the venue and the costs as well as the registration procedure, please consult https://www.lives-nccr.ch/en/winterschool_2016.