National Center for Family & Marriage Research News and Notes

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December 2011

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The National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR), established in 2007 at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), welcomes you to News and Notes, our monthly electronic newsletter. News and Notes aims to keep you informed about the activities of the NCFMR. We will also announce funding and research opportunities, provide registration details for conferences and workshops, and keep you updated on current research findings.

What's New at the NCFMR...


The following updates may be viewed on the NCFMR website.



New Family Profiles Series Released On the Road Sign

On the Road to Adulthood 


The NCFMR recently released a third installment in a series of Family Profiles. On the Road to Adulthood profiles examine the family formation markers leading to early adulthood using recent data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY). 


View our other series of Family Profiles.


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Just Released Data Resources


Family Profiles

Original reports summarizing and analyzing nationally representative data with the goal to provide the latest analysis of U.S. families.


Family Profiles Series

Family Profiles that focus on the latest NCFMR analyses of American families.

The Data Source

Documents describing newly released data sets used by the family research community.


Working Paper Series

A collection of working papers written by faculty affiliates, researchers, and advanced graduate students.  

  • Paula Fomby, Shannon Cavanagh, and Joshua Goode 


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NCFMR in the News


Manning and Brown Discuss Family Formations in Early Adulthood


NCFMR Research Finds Half of Boomers Who Divorce are in Short-Term Marriages

The Berkeley Daily Planet  

Co-Directors Discuss Protective Effects of a College Degree Against Divorce


NCFMR Research Examines Pathways to Family Formation

The Dating Scene is Graying Notes Co-Director Susan Brown

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review



Undergraduate Research Assistant Julia Arroyo Finds Increase in Median Age at First Marriage 


Julia Arroyo, undergraduate research assistant, presented her research at the BGSU Presidential Inauguration Student Research Symposium on November 30. Arroyo's research finds a striking increase in the median age at first marriage during 2010. While men's median age at first marriage increased .5 years, women's increased .4 years.   


BGSU President Mazey and Julia Arroyo discuss Arroyo's research during the BGSU Presidential Inauguration
Student Research Symposium
President Mazey and Julia Arroyo



Upcoming Events



January 2012

Request for Proposals -- Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty & Inequality (CPI) New Scholars Grant Competition

Research on Monitoring Trends in Poverty and Inequality

Date Due: January 10 

Link to The Stanford Center 


Call for Papers -- American Sociological Association 2012 Annual Meeting

Real Utopias: Emancipatory Projects, Institutional Designs, Possible Futures

Date Due: January 11

Link to ASA 


Call for Applications -- National Poverty Center (NPC)

Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012

Date Due: January 13

Link to NPC 


Call for Applications -- Population Council 

Fred H. Bixby Fellowship Program  

Date Due: January 15

Link to Population Council 


Request for Applications -- 2012 NIH Director's Early Independence Awards Program

Date Due: January 30

Link to The NIH Common Fund 


Invitation for Submissions -- ICPSR 2012 Research Paper Competition

Open to Undergraduates and Master's Students at Member Institutions

Date Due: January 31

Link to ICPSR 


Call for Proposals -- Center for Adolescent Research and Development Conference

The Mount Saint Mary College Center for Adolescent Research and Development (CARD)

Date Due: January 31

Link to Mount Saint Mary College 


February 2012

Call for Applications -- ICPSR Summer Undergraduate Internship Program

Annual Summer Internship Program

Date Due: February 13

Link to ICPSR 


Call for Applications -- Family Process Institute

2012 New Writers Fellowship

Date Due: February 15

Link to Family Process Org 

Link to Call for Family Process New Writers Fellows PDF  

Call for Applications -- Center for Population Research in LGBT Health

Pre-Doctoral Mentoring Program
Date Due: February 15
Link to ICPSR


Call for Applications -- The Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin

REU Program in Immigration, Geography, and Race/Ethnicity in the U.S.

Date Due: February 17

Link to UT Austin  


13th Annual National Fatherhood and Families Conference -- Fathers & Families Coalition of America

Dates: February 21-24

Link to Fathers & Families Coalition of America 


March 2012

Special Issue Call for Papers -- Journal of Family Theory & Review

Date Due: March 1 

Contact the following to discuss your ideas:

Link to Journal of Family Theory & Review Call for Papers  


Call for Proposals -- National Council on Family Relations
Families and Health
Date Due: March 1
Link to NCFR

Call for Applications -- Rand Summer Institute
Demography, Economics, Psychology, and Epidemiology of Aging
Date Due: March 9
Link to Rand Summer Institute

CFDR Spring Symposium
Parenthood and Well-Being
Date: March 26


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