Health/Aging/Place Research Group

Faculty, Postdocs, & Scientists

Joseph Clark

Credentials: Research Associate, Center for Demography of Health and Aging

Katherine Curtis

Credentials: Professor, Community and Environmental Sociology

Marissa Eckrote-Nordland

Credentials: Assistant Professor, Economics

Michal Engelman

Credentials: CDHA Director; Professor, Sociology; WLS Director

Katie Jajtner

Credentials: Research Scientist, Center for Financial Security Retirement and Disability Research Center

Malia Jones

Credentials: Assistant Professor, Community & Environmental Sociology

Natascha Merten

Credentials: Assistant Professor, Population Health Sciences and Medicine

Jenna Nobles

Credentials: Professor, Sociology

Alberto Palloni

Credentials: Professor Emeritus, Sociology

Lauren Schmitz

Credentials: Assistant Professor, Public Affairs, UW–Madison


Shiro Furuya

Position title: Graduate Student

Grace Venechuk

Position title: Graduate Student, Sociology

Boyan Zheng

Position title: Graduate Student

Sarah Salas

Position title: Graduate Student, Sociology

Michael Topping

Position title: Graduate Student

Events Archive

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Spring 2020

January 23, 2020 — Katie Jajtner
January 30, 2020 — Hans Schwarz
February 6, 2020 — Wei Xu
February 27, 2020 — Won-tak Joo
March 5, 2020 — B. Piedad Urdinola
March 12, 2020 — Ngoc Dao
April 16, 2020 — Jessica Polos
April 30, 2020 — Shiro Furuya
May 7, 2020 — Nathan Seltzer

Summer 2020

July 8, 2020 — CENSOC  discussion, Leah Foltman and Gracie Venechuk

July 22, 2020 — “A Rising ‘0.5 Generation’? Age at Migration and Retirement Outcomes of the Foreign-born,” Leafia Ye

July 29, 2020 — “The Impact of State Income Tax Breaks for the Elderly on Savings and Income Security,” Ngoc Dao

August 5, 2020 — “Early-life Diet Associations with Late-life Cognition,” Eva Vasiljevic

August 12, 2020 — “Mortality Variation/CenSoc 1918 Influenza Pandemic,” Michal Engelman and Jason Fletcher

August 19, 2020 — “Multiplex Intergenerational Mobility: A Place-based Analysis,” Katie Jajtner with Jason Fletcher

Fall 2020

September 11, 2020 — “The Effect of In Utero Exposure to the 1918 Influenza Pandemic on Child Mortality in the United States,” Elaine Hernandez (Indiana University) (Video)

September 25, 2020 — “Longevity and In Utero Exposure to the Pandemics in the 19th Century,” Won-tak Joo (Video Restricted, UW only)

October 2, 2020 — “A Machine Learning Approach to Place and Mortality,” Wei Xu (Video, available upon request)

October 23, 2020 — “Divergence after Convergence: U.S. Immigrants’ Economic Trajectories in Later Life,” Leafia Ye (Video)

November 6, 2020 — “Drilling, Pollution, and Infant Health,” Hamid Noghanibehambari (Texas Tech University) (Video)

November 20, 2020 — “Parenthood in Later Life and Risk of Cognitive Impairment,” Yan Zhang (Michigan State University) (Video)

December 4, 2020 — “Solo Living and Trajectories of Loneliness: A Comparative Study in Europe,” Shiro Furuya (Video, available upon request)

December 11, 2020 — “Do Urgent Care Centers Reduce Spending and Increase Access to Care?” Giacomo Meille (University of Michigan) (Video)

Spring 2021

February 8, 2021—”Understanding Geographic Disparities in Mortality,” Hans Schwarz (Video)

February 22, 2021 — “Trend in lifespan variation across US states: 1959-2017,” Wei Xu (Video, available upon request)

March 1, 2021 — “Space, Race and Mental Health: COVID-19 in Wisconsin” (pilot study), Gracie Venechuk and Leah Foltman (Video, available upon request)

March 8, 2021 — “Variations in Health Outcomes by Educational Attainment with a Regression,” Shiro Furuya (Video, available upon request)

March 15, 2021 — “The Association of Psychological Well-being with Sensory and Cognitive Function and Neuronal Health in Aging Adults,” Natascha Merten; and “Multidimensional Intergenerational Mobility,” Katie Jajtner (Video)

March 22, 2021 — “Space-time Geography: An Organizing Framework for Infectious Disease Epidemiology Research,” Malia Jones (Video Restricted, UW only)

April 19, 2021 — “Lifespan variations in the US: state of birth vs. state of residence,” Wei Xu (Video, available upon request)

April 26, 2021 — “Area Deprivation Index, Education, and Daily Stress and Well-being,” Julie Kirsch (Video)

Fall 2021

 September 10, 2021 — Introductions

 September 17, 2021 — “Longevity and In Utero Exposure to Pandemics in the 19th Century,” Won-tak Joo (Video Restricted, UW only)

 September 24, 2021 — “Equilibrating effects of lifetime inter-state migration on mortality inequalities between U.S. states,” Wei Xu (with Michal Engelman and Jason Fletcher) (Video, available upon request)

 October 1, 2021 — “The Effects of Education on Mortality: Evidence Using College Expansions,” Hamid Noghanibehambari (with Jason Fletcher) (Video, available upon request)

 October 8, 2021 — Discussion on study of place of birth’s influence on mortality, Alberto Palloni

 October 22, 2021 — Fertility history and older adults’ cognitive health, Yan Zhang

 November 5, 2021 — “Impact of Hospitalization on Elderly Population,” Shubhashrita Basu (Video, available upon request)

Spring 2022