Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Nǐhǎo from China. Yesterday morning our research team met with Prof. Li Dihua and his graduate students in the Graduate School of Landscape Architecture at Peking University. They have designed the post-earthquake reconstruction plan for Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan Province.
Yesterday afternoon I gave a talk to students and faculty at the Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. I presented some of my mixed method research on how household structure, economic strategies, and local agricultural practices shape environmental consumption in Nepal.
In our free time, I have visited the Great Wall, Olympic Park, and Tiananmen Square. Beijing is an amazing city--large and vibrant!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Lisa Pearce (CPC Fellow) is in China as a part of her involvement in the NSF PIRE project "Collaborative Research and Training in Social Context, Population Processes, and Environmental Change." See http://pire.psc.isr.umich.edu for more details. She will post updates on her travels when possible.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
- a great presidential address by Kathie Harris
- young and senior researchers with a genuine passion for their past and present work
- a successful group of CPC alumni
- excellent poster presentations
- lots of smart people, except when navigating the hotel elevator
- a tolerant group of photo subjects
- an impressive group of CPC researchers, trainees, and staff
Friday, May 1, 2009
I met with him today and we talked about the big picture of the policy and the details about compliance. He ended our lunch meeting by saying that he has a lot of work to do before the May 15th deadline, but he has a better sense of what he needs to do.
By the way, if you are befuddled – or know someone who is – let me know, I can help.
One of the great things about PAA is that you see many familiar faces, but also get to meet new people at every meeting. I always look forward to coming to these meetings.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
I arrived in Detroit this morning from Ann Arbor, where I attended APLIC's 42nd Annual Conference at the University of Michigan. It was a fantastic conference featuring Myron Gutmann of ICPSR as our keynote speaker.
I was in the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center no more than 10 minutes and I see Jodie Lee, which was a pleasant surprise. I knew she would be very visible because she has helped Kathie Harris to organize the whole conference, I just didn’t think I would see her right away!
I attended the session about The Future of Survey Research. Barbara Entwisle was one of the speakers. Barbara and the other presenters talked about how survey research has changed over the years and about some of the opportunities and challenges for the future. Some of the content expanded on what I heard at the APLIC conference including the strengths of linking data sets in population research and concerns about respondent confidentiality (especially with spatial data).
I forgot my personal digital camera in my hotel room across the skyway so I played sidekick to Nancy Dole as we tried to learn CPC’s fantastic new digital camera, the Canon PowerShot SD1100 (available for CPCers to use, contact the CPC library to reserve it). Thankfully, current and former CPCers are so willing to have their photos taken! And if they’re not, sometimes I just say Swasey said so.
Nancy and I stopped by the Measure Evaluation booth in the exhibit hall. The new “seamless” booth looks fantastic and Leah Gordon said that it’s easy to assemble, as long as it’s shipped to the hotel directly.
Photo is of the Marriott Hotel taken from my hotel. Note the People Mover at the station near the left and the Detroit River in the distance beyond/above the People Mover. I haven’t determined whether General Motors owns the Renaissance Center or whether the Renaissance Center is featuring the GM brand but for some reason “General Motors” appears on the front of the hotel.
Many CPC alumni are here -- I've talked with Joe Rogers, Susan Newcomer, Ray Langsten, Craig St. John, Tom McDevitt, Jeff Edmeades, Martin Piotrowski, Yuying Tong, Bill Pan, and I'm looking forward to seeing more of our current and former folks.
Lori Delaney and I took some pictures of the poster session this afternoon, but I don't have the camera cable to upload at this time. Swasey may be able to help us when he arrives tomorrow.
Several of us are taking the tour of Detroit later today. Even with the rain, it should be an interesting view of the Motor City.
Hope all is well at CPC!
Monday, April 27, 2009
Welcome to CPC's coverage of the Population Association of America's (PAA) annual meeting. The Population Association of America is a nonprofit, scientific, professional organization established to promote the improvement, advancement, and progress of the human race through research of problems related to human population. We hope that you can experience the important training and info sharing at this meeting either in person or from afar.