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The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison seeks to fund research examining policies and programs with the potential to reduce child poverty and/or its effects, a key area of interest identified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Proposals are invited from U.S. Ph.D.-holding poverty scholars at all career stages, from postdoctoral fellows to senior faculty, and from all disciplines. IRP anticipates funding four to eight projects, with awards ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 each.

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Howard/IRP Dissertation Proposal Workshop for Grad Students from Underrepresented Racial/Ethnic Groups
May 21–27, 2017, Washington, D.C.

Howard University's Center on Race and Wealth and the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison seek applications for the first annual Summer Dissertation Proposal Writing Workshop. This week-long workshop held at Howard University in Washington, D.C., is aimed at pre-proposal doctoral students in the social sciences from underrepresented populations who are studying topics related to poverty or inequality. The workshop is designed to help provide students the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to prepare a draft dissertation proposal. Applications due March 1, 2017.

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Julien Teitler

How Do Resources Matter for Health and Quality of Life?
Julien Teitler
Associate Professor of Social Work and Sociology, Columbia University

In this podcast, Teitler discusses a recent paper he co-authored with Melissa Martinson, Rayven Plaza, and Nancy Reichman about how income disparities affect cardiovascular health across the lifespan.

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Fast Focus Research/Policy Brief
Selected State Strategies to Help Foster Children Succeed
All children and youth need caregivers who can provide a stable, functional family and effective parenting. This is especially the case for maltreated and foster children, who are at high risk for psychological and behavioral problems. This brief explores three promising approaches from among the numerous strategies being developed and evaluated to provide the support and care foster children need at various stages of development to increase their chances for success throughout their lives.

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Donald MoynihanUW–Madison's Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE) honored La Follette School Director and IRP Affiliate Don Moynihan with a prestigious Kellett Mid-Career Award.
Moynihan, who joined the UW–Madison faculty in 2005, previously received a Vilas Associates Award (2014) and an H.I Romnes Faculty Fellowship for outstanding associate professors (2009) from the VCRGE. In 2015, he received a Leon D. Epstein Distinguished Faculty Research Award from the College of Letters & Science.
The Kellett Award recognizes outstanding faculty members seven to 20 years past their first promotion to a tenured profession. Supported by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), the award provides research funding to faculty members at a critical stage in their careers. It is named for William R. Kellett, a former president of the WARF Board of Trustees and retired president of Kimberly-Clark Corp.
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"Economic Causes and Consequences of Child Maltreatment" CYSR edited by Kristen Slack, Lawrence Berger, and Jennifer Noyes now publicly available online
Journal Articles | Press Release | Workshop

Poverty Studies Scholar-in-Residence Program
2017–2018 Recruitment Open
Application Deadline: February 28, 2017
IRP, as the National Poverty Research Center supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, invites applications from U.S.-based scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations to apply for its Scholar-in-Residence Program for the 2017–2018 academic year. Ph.D.-holding scholars at all career levels are eligible.
Applicants may choose to visit IRP or any one of its Collaborative of Poverty Centers partners (see list here) for one week, to interact with its resident faculty, present a poverty-related seminar of their choosing, and become acquainted with staff and resources.

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James Guszcza and Justin SydnorLinking Data Science and Behavioral Science to Build Better Poverty Policy
January 18, 1:00–2:00 p.m. CST
Justin Sydnor and James Guszcza
In recent years, researchers and policymakers have become more interested in applying "big data" and behavioral insights to understanding and responding to poverty, but often these two domains are thought of separately. In this webinar, James Guszcza, U.S. Chief Data Scientist at Deloitte Consulting, and Justin Sydnor, Associate Professor in the Department of Risk and Insurance at the University of Wisconsin School of Business, will explore how data science and behavioral science can be applied together to help build better poverty-related policies.


Focus 33:1: Social Determinants of Health

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Sarah Bruch, Marcia Meyers, and 
Janet Gornick

The Decentralization of the U.S. Safety Net
December 14, 2016, 1:00–2:00pm CST
Sarah Bruch, Marcia Meyers, and
Janet Gornick
The safety net for working-age adults and families is decentralized by design, allowing states wide discretion and producing large state-to-state differences in policies, benefits, and inclusiveness. In this webinar, Sarah Bruch, Department of Sociology, University of Iowa; Marcia Meyers, School of Social Work and Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington; and Janet Gornick, Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) will draw on work that appeared in a recent IRP Discussion Paper to discuss the scope of this variation and the potential implications for U.S. safety net policies, poverty, and inequality.


Lorenzo AlmadaMeasuring the Effects of SNAP on Obesity
Lorenzo Almada
In this podcast, Lorenzo Almada of Columbia University talks about a recent paper he co-wrote with Rusty Tchernis that examines whether SNAP, or food stamps, could lead to increased obesity among people that use the program. Almada is an IRP-RIDGE Center for National Nutrition Assistance Research small grant recipient and was a Visiting Scholar at IRP in May 2016.

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Timothy SmeedingTimothy Smeeding elected Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Science
The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS), a learned society that promotes the use of social science in the public domain and in policymaking, has named Timothy Smeeding as a Fellow of the Academy in 2017. The AAPSS inducts a new cohort of Fellows each spring in recognition of their contributions to society through research and public service. There are 111 Fellows of the Academy in total, most of them university-based scholars responsible for research that has changed our understanding of human behavior and the world in which we live.

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The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP), the nation's original poverty research center, was established in 1966 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as a university-based, multidisciplinary research center into the causes and consequences of poverty and social inequality in the United States. IRP is nonprofit and nonpartisan.

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