Prior to the creation of the Center for Population, Inequality, and Policy, the Campus
Center for Demographic and Social Analysis (C-DASA) organized research collaboration,
seminars, and training for researchers and graduate students across the university.
C-DASA affiliates used large-scale field experiments to study the effects of poverty
on early childhood and jailhouse interviews to understand incarceration's impact on
families. They capitalized on smart phone survey methods to follow up on hard-to-reach
populations like parolees and adolescents over time. They linked millions of geo-coded
records on ER visits to Census Data to determine whether community health centers
reduce emergency room use for psychiatric care. They marshalled data from US states
to determine whether higher minimum wages account for declining youth employment.
With hundreds of millions of supermarket transactions, they measured whether U.S.
Farm Bill programs led food stamp recipients to buy healthier foods. To predict healthy
babies, faculty affiliates monitored movements in utero. From tiny kicks to big data,
CDASA promoted collaboration and advances in population science and well-being with
weekly seminars, notices of funding opportunities, graduate student training, and
small seed grants for research.
With the creation of the Center for Population, Inequality, and Policy, C-DASA is winding down, but will still be hosting seminars in the 2020-2021 academic year. For further information about C-DASA activities, contact David Schaefer, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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