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This entry was posted by the Editors on June 20, 2012 in Forum

Spatial Demography back up and Running!

Hello all,

I wanted to note that recent difficulties with the SpatialDemography.org site were the result of us transitioning to a new hosting site.  We were down for 24 hours (offline) and have been working on moving the site over for the last few weeks and finally have it functional again (Thanks to Frank’s work on this!).  We are now back up and running and will have the final issue of 2014 available in the next couple of months.


This entry was posted by Jeremy Porter on October 20, 2014 in Uncategorized

Validating Adolescent Socioeconomic Status: Comparing School Free or Reduced Price Lunch with Community Measures

By: Lisa Nicholson

Abstract: The use of free or reduced price lunch (FRL), as a measure of socioeconomic status (SES), has received mixed reviews in the literature. This study expands on the limited research on the validity of FRL as a measure of SES by examining the relationship between FRL and a series of community-based SES measures to determine whether FRL is an adequate proxy for adolescent SES.  Data are from a nationally representative sample of 154 public high schools in 2010 from Bridging the Gap with corresponding school level data from the National Center for Education Statistics’ (NCES) Common Core of Data (CCD) to obtain a measure of percent of students receiving FRL and using ArcGIS 9 software with the ACS 05-09, matched at the census block group level to construct measures of community SES.  School zone level SES measures obtained include: median household income, percent of families in poverty, percent of families with children younger than 18 years in poverty, and the percent of all households in poverty.  Data collected through community observations were used to construct a physical disorder scale. Percent FRL was strongly and significantly associated with the percent of families in poverty (r=0.67), percent of families with children younger than 18 years (r=0.67), percent of households in poverty (r=0.66), median household income (r=-0.60), and physical disorder (r=0.56) in the expected directions.  Additionally, all community based measures of socioeconomic status were highly correlated with each other.  The validity and limitations of FRL as a proxy for adolescent SES are discussed.

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Call for Papers: Residential Inequality in American Neighborhoods and Communities (Penn State Stratification Conference – Sept 12-14, 2014)

This may be of interest to the readers of Spatial Demography

CALL FOR PAPERS “Residential Inequality in American Neighborhoods and Communities” Penn State Stratification Conference Nittany Lion Inn, September 12-14, 2014 Submission deadline: January 31, 2014 Penn State is hosting a small conference that highlights how stratification intersects with the residential landscape of the United States. Approximately 15 innovative papers are sought for sessions on the interrelated phenomena of segregation, housing and neighborhood attainment, residential mobility, and community change. Contributions may be theoretical, empirical, or policy-oriented and can focus on trends or current circumstances. We also welcome research representing a variety of methodological styles and set in contexts ranging from metropolitan to rural. The conference format will provide ample opportunities for interaction among attendees. Scholars interested in presenting their work should email a 2-page abstract or completed paper to psustratcon@psu.edu by January 31, 2014. Acceptance decisions will be made no later than February 15. Please visit http://sociology.la.psu.edu/about/psu-stratcon for additional details about the conference, which is being organized by Glenn Firebaugh, John Iceland, Barrett Lee, and Stephen Matthews.

This entry was posted by Stephen Matthews on November 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy at UT San Antonio

Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy

The College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio seeks applications and nominations for the Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy for the 2014-15 academic year. The Distinguished Visiting Professor in Public Policy recognizes a faculty member or policymaker who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in his or her field in the areas of public policy, public administration, criminal justice, social work, demography or other related field.

JOB DESCRIPTION/QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants or nominees should have a record of scholarly excellence and of strong classroom teaching. The Distinguished Visitor will teach one course and will be encouraged to present workshops on research and participate broadly in the intellectual life of the College of Public Policy. Contingent on funding availability, the Distinguished Visitor may also organize a conference on a topic of interest to the visitor.

The College of Public Policy is committed to diversifying its community and consequently welcomes expressions of interest from, or nominations of, professors who contribute to that diversity. The University of Texas at San Antonio is an equal opportunity campus and encourages any candidates who will contribute to the excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service.

ABOUT UTSA: The University of Texas at San Antonio is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 29,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property—for Texas, the nation and the world.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Review of candidates will begin upon receipt. For additional information please visit www.utsa.edu/copp. A letter of interest/nomination and current CV should be submitted no later than January 15, 2014 and should be directed to:

Roger Enriquez
Associate Professor & Director Policy Studies Center
501 West César E. Chávez Blvd.
San Antonio, Texas 78207
roger.enriquez@utsa.edu 210.458.2691

Postdoc opportunities at Brown: population/space

There are postdoctoral research possibilities for new PhDs at Brown University through the Population Studies and Training Center (PSTC).  The PSTC has at least two openings for one or two-year postdoctoral positions starting as early as July 1, 2014.  One position is for a Postdoctoral Research Associate and the other is for an NICHD-Funded Postdoctoral Fellow. NICHD-Funded Postdoctoral Fellow candidates must be United States Citizens, Non-Citizen Nationals of the United States, or must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence at the time of application.   For a full description and application, click here. 

I am particularly interested in applications from population-oriented scholars who focus on spatial questions.  In my own research I expect to be working intensively with newly released 1940 census microdata that I plan to geocode for major U.S. cities and use as a basis for studying the class and racial/ethnic bases of neighborhoods and neighborhood segregation.  A major concern (given that I will use point data for individuals) is to understand the spatial scale of neighborhoods.

 I would be glad to correspond with prospective applicants about serving as their mentor at PSTC.  They would be expected to follow their own research agenda and they could also participate in the 1940 project.  Please forward this note to people who might have an interest in it.

 Best regards,

John Logan

John R. Logan, Professor of Sociology
Director, Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences
Department of Sociology, Box 1916
Brown University
Providence, RI   02912
This entry was posted by John Logan on November 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

Please consider submitting an abstract to the 2014 Applied Demography Conference, there is a tradition of spatially minded demographers at this meeting and I would really like to get at least one spatial demography session organized.

Extended Deadline for Paper Submissions: October 18, 2013

The 2014 ADC organizing committee invites you to continue submitting abstracts for papers and posters to be presented in San Antonio, Texas.

Visit the conference website for more information and to submit abstracts electronically: https://idserportal.utsa.edu/ADC/Index.aspx

Please feel free to distribute this notice to anyone who might be interested in presenting at the 2014 conference. All levels of research are welcomed.

The revised deadline for abstract submissions is October 18th, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Lloyd Potter at lloyd.potter@utsa.edu or (210) 458-6530.

This entry was posted by Corey Sparks on October 9, 2013 in Forum

Volume 1, Issue 2 now available

We are happy to see our second issue online. It was delayed a bit by our post-acceptance Managing Editor, Dr. Lei Chen, changing employers and moving to Indiana. She is now with Eli Lilly in Indianapolis. During her move, her computer was damaged and had to be shipped off for repairs. Dr. Chen has worked double-time to get this issue out, for which we are grateful since all of our editorial and production work is on a volunteer basis.


This entry was posted by Frank Howell on October 4, 2013 in Forum

Middlebury College GIS Teaching Fellows

via John Logan:

Middlebury College GIS Teaching Fellows

VERMONT, MIDDLEBURY 05753. The Geography Department at Middlebury College invites applicants for its GIS Teaching Fellows Program, designed to encourage the expansion of GIS instruction across the liberal arts curriculum. We seek recent doctoral recipients or advanced ABD candidates from any academic discipline who have applied GIS in their doctoral research and have demonstrated excellence in undergraduate teaching. Middlebury’s GIS Teaching Fellows will be appointed to a nine-month term, to begin in September 2014. In the fall semester, Fellows will assist Geography Department faculty in teaching the department’s Fundamentals of GIS course. In addition, Fellows will participate in a weekly seminar focused on GIS pedagogy, during which each Fellow will develop a new GIS-based course related to his or her area of expertise. In the spring semester, the Fellows will jointly teach the Fundamentals course and their own newly developed courses. Teaching Fellows will be expected to be resident at Middlebury College from September through May.

Middlebury College is a top-tier liberal arts college with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in faculty teaching and research. An Equal Opportunity Employer, the College is committed to hiring a diverse faculty as we work to foster innovation in our curriculum and to provide a rich and varied educational experience to our increasingly diverse student body.

Review of applications will begin November 1 and continue until the position is filled. Middlebury College uses Interfolio to collect all faculty job applications electronically. Email and paper applications will not be accepted. Through Interfolio, please submit a letter of application addressed to Teaching Fellows Search Committee, along with a current curriculum vitae, a one- to two-page description of a new GIS-based course with an applied or disciplinary focus, and three letters of recommendation, at least two of which address teaching ability. More information at: https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/22043.

This entry was posted by Frank Howell on September 30, 2013 in Forum

Data and code for my columns

I would like to share the original data and code I use in all of the, well, software and code column.  I’m using Figshare to host all of this, and will try to keep it organized by column. Here is the data and original code for the first column, with the column found here and the  second column found here.  Thanks!