The Center for Social and Demographic Analysis (CSDA) was established in 1981 with the objective of providing a strong research infrastructure for scholarship in the social sciences at the University at Albany. Over the years it has increasingly emphasized support for interdisciplinary population research, especially the analysis of spatial inequalities (paying attention to processes of urban and regional development and their impacts on residents) and concerns for vulnerable populations (defined by race and ethnicity, age, social class, and nativity). The Center offers researchers access to first-rate computing facilities and statistical software, computing and statistical consulting, assistance with grant preparation and administration, and other related services. The Center also collaborates with the Lewis Mumford Center in efforts to disseminate data and cutting edge analyses of population trends revealed in the census and continuing census-related databases such as the Current Population Survey and the American Community Survey.





+ New Leadership at CSDA: As of July 1st, we welcome Benjamin A. Shaw as the new Director of the CSDA. Timothy Gage is now the Associate Director, and Zai Liang is new Director of the Developmental Infastructure Core.

+ Website Update: The CSDA/LMC Census 2010 Plus Mapping Project has been updated to include data from the 2011-2013 American Community Survey. The Census 2010 Plus Project is an interactive mapping tool that allows users to compare social, economic, and demographic data from the ACS and the 2000 Census.



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+ Michael Bloom, CSDA associate, and was awarded a NSF grant to study the effects of metal toxicants on assisted reproductive technologies.

+ CSDA associate Kathryn Schiller was recently awarded a grant to identify the best practices for implementing the Common Core Learning Standards in New York.

+ CSDA associate Carolyn A. Smith's recent article on adolescent risk factors for intimate partner violence was recently published in Prevention Science.

+ Scott J. South, CSDA associate, investigates the factors that facilitate or impede the movement of "boomerang kids" in and out of their parents' homes in an article forthcoming in Social Forces.

+ CSDA associates are among the grant recipients of the University 2015 Presidential Initiatives Fund for Research and Scholarship.

+ Joanna Dreby, CSDA associate and award-winning author, explores the effects of restrictive US immigration policies on children and families in her latest book Everyday Illegal.

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