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2019 Upstate Population Workshop

The annual Upstate Population Workshop took place on November 1st on the Syracuse campus, bringing together over 40 population scholars across upstate New York to share research and discuss common challenges and opportunities in population science.


  • Emily Wiemers, Syracuse — “Disparities in Parents’ Morbidity & Mortality and their Intergenerational Consequences for Families in the U.S.”
  • Zoya Gubernskaya, Albany– “Are immigrants positively selected on genetic predisposition to better health?“
  • Scott Landes, Syracuse – “Individual and state level determinants of the erroneous coding of developmental disability as a cause of death”
  • Douglas Miller, Cornell – “Dynamic effects of local unemployment shocks on mortality”

Thematic Group Discussions (moderators)

  • Immigration (Matt Hall, Cornell)
  • Race, Class, and Gender issues (Vida Maralani, Cornell)
  • State and local contexts (Tse-Chuan Yang, Albany)
  • Rural places and residents (Shannon Monnat, Syracuse)
  • Policies that affect children and families (Kathy Michelmore, Syracuse)
  • Policies that affect the older population (Julia Jennings, Albany)

Flash Presentations I – “Health and Well-Being”

  • Stephanie Grau Coffey, Syracuse: “Towering intellects? Sizing up the relationship between height and academic success.”
  • Sarah Mawhorter, Syracuse: “Housing affordability and residential moves among older adults.”
  • Colleen Heflin, Syracuse: “SNAP participation and childhood asthma.”
  • Samantha Friedman, Albany: “Black-white disparities in pediatric asthma in metropolitan areas, 2015: Assessing the roles of residential inequality and segregation.”
  • Benjamin Shaw, Albany: “Trends in the prevalence and mortality risk of living alone during old age in Sweden.”
  • Raghav Puri, Syracuse: “Can conditional cash transfers improve maternal and child health? Evidence from a maternity benefit program in India.”

Flash Presentations II – “Families and Intergenerational Support”

  • Sarah Hamersma, Syracuse: “Higher education and the intergenerational transmission of food insecurity.”
  • Kelly Musick, Cornell: “State-level gender inequality and couples’ relative earnings following parenthood”
  • Merril Silverstein, Syracuse: “Using time-to-death in the study of age-related changes in religiosity and caregiving.”
  • Peter Rich, Cornell: “School district segregation and the racial inertia of parental choices since 1970”
  • Woosang Hwang, Syracuse: “A multidimensional typology of religiosity and psychological well-being in two generations.”