FSU Center for Demography and Population Health

FSU Center for Demography and Population Health


What can ya do with a MS from FSU in population? I finished in 85 and of course this makes me a fossil. I was into
Mapping ( a Geo freak) and mapped Demos on a Mac and did it all whilst working for some think tank at the B school (Florida Economic Development Center), which employed us grad students in the Coll of SOcial Sci...went on to sell Demographic data, and later on software to use it (CRM). Later on ran business units and now I teach Marketing at the MBA level having never taken even an undergrad course in it.

My point to you? The training is not about Demography, itts about how to think inferentially and descriptively and how to be aware of the difference between these data and info. If you are a student who is perhaps not sure WHY you are there...I invite you not to concern yourself..because what you are learning NOW...Will ((promise you) be used later and you do not know how and when, and this is the fun part!

Learn, feel the joy of your youth, turn off the BS about yourself which you may hear from others or even echo to yourself...KNOW you are better than you think you are .

What can one do with an MS from the Pop Center? Life can and will take you directions and you have good problems being young with options, good looks (you have no idea how good looking you are till you look back in 29 years so shut up and enjoy) and the opportunity to study with some of these masters...I had the best...David Sly, WN Serow..Dr Bruce, many conversations with Ike in the hallways.and in the Pop Library, but never in the classroom, but it did not matter, Ike put out everywhere..

There was once a prof Named David Sly who wanted people not to be a wuss and to roll around in the data and learn inductive style....Man he was a pain and MAN, he taught me SO much that I authored Demographic Atlases for the B school..had two books out before I graduated. Dr Sly you SOB< thanks..
An entry level SAS programming position opened in my unit at the Florida Department of Education if anyone is interested in applying:

The Department of Children and Families is looking for an analyst. Posting closes Friday, September 29th.


Feel free to let me know if you have any questions.
Bulletin No. 6 – June 2017
The Center for Demography and Population Health has long been involved in research, training, and service in the area of population. On the training front, it oversees the Master in Demography program and places those graduates in public and private agencies. Since the Center faculty have appointments in an academic department, they can direct PhD dissertations in those departments and serve on PhD committees in other departments. The record shows that, over fifty years, Center faculty have helped numerous students to earn the doctoral degree and acquire positions in universities and research organizations.

On October 6 and 7, we will honor those faculty and students as we celebrate the Center’s 50th anniversary.

CDPH faculty and students believe that effective public policy must be grounded in an understanding

Operating as usual


Email [email protected] for the Zoom URL if you are interested in attending our last Brown Bag Seminar for Spring 2022.


Dr. Elwood (Woody) Carlson will present at this year's Charles B. Nam Lecture on Wednesday, April 20th at 12noon

See Zoom URL below.


Next Brown Bag Seminar - Friday, March 25th @ 12noon


If you're a graduate of the MS in Demography program, please take a minute to help us update the Population Center's alumni contact information. Having an accurate list of where graduates are and how to contact them helps us show the university that we're important and valuable - despite our small numbers.

FSU Alumni, if you're willing, please add a line to this Google document ( https://tinyurl.com/msd-alumni ) to let us know what you're doing and how to reach you. Please share that link with other alumni that you know, and ask them to add their info.


On Friday, March 4th at 12noon we welcome Assoc. Prof. of Sociology Xi Song from the University of Pennsylvania, as our next Brown Bag Seminar speaker. Seminar topic: "The Role of Kinship in Racial Differences in Exposure to Unemployment."

Email [email protected] for the Zoom URL if you are interested in attending.


We welcome Bernardo Lanza Queiroz, Asso. Prof. of Demography from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil, as the next speaker for our Brown Bag Seminar to be held on Friday, Feb. 18th at 12noon. Seminar topic: "Estimating adult mortality in countries with defective data: some alternative approaches."
Email [email protected] for the Zoom URL if you are interested in attending.


CDPH Brown Bag Seminar Series continues in 2022. Bring your lunch and join us to hear Carl Schmertmann, Professor of Economics and CDPH Director, speak on “Small-Area Estimates of Converging Male-Female Life Expectancy in Sweden”; Friday, February 4th @ 12 noon, Bellamy 632.


Our last Brown Bag Seminar for this semester is Friday, Nov. 19th @12:15 pm. FSU PhD student in Sociology, Siriruay (Ploy) Methakitwarun, will speak on "Immigrant generation, home leaving and parent-child relationships."
Email [email protected] for the Zoom URL if you are interested in attending.


Join us on Friday, Nov. 12th @ 12noon (EST) for the Charles B. Nam Lecture in the Sociology of Population. Our speaker is Sara Curran, Director of the Center for Studies in Demography & Ecology at the University of Washington. Topic: "Investigating Migration Dynamics: Bridging the Theory & Evidence Gap."
Email [email protected]u.edu for the Zoom URL if you are interested in attending.

Photos from FSU Center for Demography and Population Health's post 10/26/2021

Prof. Matt Hauer and PhD student, Sunshine Jacobs will present at our next Brown Bag Seminar on Friday, October 29th at 12:15 (EDT).
The topic is "Demographically Stuck by Climate Change: Sea Level Rise Migration in the United States." Email [email protected] for the Zoom URL if you are interested in attending.


You will not want to miss our next Brown Bag Seminar! We welcome Asst. Prof. Alison Gemmill, with the Dept. of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her topic: "Choosing to be Childfree? A review of childless intentions over the life course." See you on Friday, Oct. 22nd at 12:15 (EDT). Email [email protected] for the ZOOM URL if you are interested in attending.


We welcome back one of our Demography graduates, Stephen Holzman, who will speak at our next Brown Bag Seminar on Friday, Oct. 15th at 12:15 pm. His topic: "A Demographer's Perspective on the Sociology of Quantification."
Looking forward to hearing from Stephen!


Friday, Oct. 8th @ 12:15 is our next Brown Bag Seminar. The speaker is Assoc. Prof. of Demography, Corey Sparks, from University of Texas at San Antonio. Seminar title: "Beyond simple maps: Integrating space and time with Bayesian models." Email [email protected] for the Zoom URL.


We welcome Matthew Molinari as our next Brown Bag speaker on Friday, Sept. 24th at 12:15 pm (EST). Matthew is a Senior at FSU with a double major in Economics and Geography. The title of Matthew's talk is "A Demographic Analysis of the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Relevant Statistical Precedents."

See you on Friday!



Demography jobs!

Here are two recent announcements for job openings:





A study on the impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico's population, coauthored by Matt Hauer, Asst. Prof. in Sociology and the Center for Demography and Population Health, was recently published in Environmental Research Letters. The study shows that the hurricane's devastation to Puerto Rico will last for decades to come.


Congratulations to Brennen Fugate on being awarded the Serow Prize! The Serow Prize is presented each spring to a graduate student -- for outstanding academic achievement during the previous fall semester, and for high potential of continued success.

The Serow Fund was established in honor of Dr. William J. Serow, who served as CDPH Director from 1990 until his untimely death in 2003.

We thank Dr. Betty Serow and Erika Serow for their continued generous support.

Center for Demography and Population Health | Florida State University 04/27/2020

Center for Demography and Population Health | Florida State University

FSU is temporarily waiving GRE requirements for the Fall 2020 for Master's applicants.

If you know anyone who would be interested in applying to our program, tell them to visit our website http://popcenter.fsu.edu. It is full of great information!

Center for Demography and Population Health | Florida State University The Center for Demography and Population Health is an interdisciplinary unit within the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University.


Congratulations to FSU Demography alumna Lynne Cossman, who was just selected as the first Dean of UT San Antonio's new College of Health, Community & Policy. We are incredibly proud of you, Lynne!


Happy Birthday to Dr. Charlie Nam. Dr. Nam is 94 years young and still climbs the stairs up to the sixth floor of the Bellamy Building, instead of using the elevator. Wish we could all say we do that! We love you Dr. Nam!


As of Friday, March 20th, the faculty, staff and students associated with the Center for Demography and Population Health here at the College of Social Science and Public Policy are respecting the health of others and taking care of ourselves by closing the office. Students will be taking classes online starting Monday, April 23rd; faculty and staff will be working from home or in another remote location.

These are stressful circumstances and everyone has individual situations that can be overwhelming. Please keep in touch and let us know if we can do anything to assist. Stay well, stay connected and we will all get through this together.


CDPH Colleagues & Students,

The university has issued guidelines to slow coronavirus transmission and these have affected some Center activities. They are:

*Brown Bag seminar for tomorrow, Friday, March 13th is on.
*Serow Prize lunch,Thursday, April 2nd, is cancelled.
*Brown Bag seminars for Friday, March 27th & Friday, April
3rd are postponed. We will reschedule if allowed.
*The Nam Lecture, for Monday, April 20th is in doubt. Guest
speaker may not be allowed to travel. Will let you know.
*PAA may be cancelled. Hopefully to hear by next week.
Do not commit any $ to PAA travel until we get word.


Our next Brown Bag is Friday, March 13th, 12:15 - 1:15 pm in Room 519, Bellamy. Our speaker is PhD Candidate in Sociology, Marty Masek. Marty's topic is "Spatial Inequality and Educational Sorting of Internal Migrants." See you on Friday.


Today's Brown Bag will start at 12:30 instead of 12:15. Joining us are prospective graduate students. Welcome!


Save The Date: Dinner on Thursday, April 23rd
We look forward to seeing our former alumni in Washington, DC at the PAA 2020 Annual Meeting. Please join us for dinner on Thursday evening, April 23rd. Time and location tbd.

Photos from FSU Center for Demography and Population Health's post 03/03/2020

Matt Hauer, Asst. Prof. in the Dept. of Sociology and the Center for Demography & Population Health, and R. Kyle Saunders, M.A., Doctoral Student in the Dept. of Sociology, will host our next Brown Bag on Friday, March 6th @ 12:15 in Room 519, Bellamy. Topic: "Projections of Social Inequality in the U.S. due to Climate Change." Don't miss it!


Lunch with our Demography graduate students for a mid-semester boost. They are doing great!

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Demography Jobs! Here are two recent announcements from our alumni/faculty network:

Collin McCarter (2013) has another Nielson job posting: Lead Data Scientist, primarily working on survey sampling.

Dr. Matt Hauer received this from Jack Baker, (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jack-baker-8b89042b), whom he calls a "good friend of mine and a great demographer": a GIS demographer job in Dr. Baker's unit at Transamerica.

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Dr. Elwood "Woody" Carlson is our next Brown Bag speaker. Which Syrians Went Where? European and Middle Eastern Refugee Destinations, is his topic. Come join us on Friday, February 28th at 12:15 in Room 519, Bellamy. Bring your lunch!


We're sad to report the death, on Feb. 19th, of former FSU professor and Population Center director, David Sly. Sly came to FSU in 1970 as one of the Center's first research associates, and was a teacher and mentor to many demography students. Our condolences to his family.


Asst. Prof. Matt Hauer will present at our Brown Bag Series on Friday, February 21st at 12:15 in Room 519 Bellamy. Title of Presentation: "Casual Inference in Population Trends: Searching for Demographic Anomalies in Big Data." Come join us!





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