PRB is no longer conducting its Policy Seminar Series. Instead, we host webinars during the year. Past seminars are noted below, and in many cases, you can watch or listen to the presentations.


Since 2007, the Population Reference Bureau and the Hopkins Population Center, Johns Hopkins University, have co-sponsored an annual Symposium on Policy and Health, funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development. Each symposia is videotaped.



Nov. 17, 2011: “Where the Boys Are: Millions of Bachelors in China,” Dudley L. Poston Jr., Texas A&M University

Oct. 28, 2011: “The Effects of Military Deployment on Family Health,” PRB/JHU Annual Symposium on Policy and Health
Presenters: David R. Segal, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Center for Research on Military Organization, University of Maryland: “Setting the Agenda for Policy and Research: Demography of the American Military Family.” Robert W. Blum, William H. Gates Sr. Professor and Chair, Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: “The Impact of Deployment on Children and Their Families.” Cmdr. Gregory H. Gorman, U.S. Navy, Department of Pediatrics, Uniformed Services University and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center: “Child Health and Parent Military Deployment.” Discussant: Valerie Maholmes, Director, Social and Affective Development/Child Maltreatment and Violence Program, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Oct. 12, 2011: “Changing Roles of Women and Men in Malian Agriculture: Possible Economic and Demographic Implications for the Near Future”Pietronella Van der Oever, PRB Visiting Scholar


Sept. 22, 2010: “Are Climate Change and Sustainable Development Really Linked?” Karen Hardee, PRB

Oct. 21, 2010: “Defining ‘Good’ and ‘Poor’ Health Empirically: A Profile of Older Adults in the U.S.,” Linda Waite, University of Chicago

Nov. 8, 2010: “What’s New and Upcoming with Contraceptive Technologies: From Research to the Field,” Jeff Spieler, USAID, Regine Sitruk-Ware, Population Council, Mike Welsh, FHI

Jan. 12, 2011: “Work-Family Policies and Child Well-Being,” Jane Waldfogel, Columbia University

Feb. 16, 2011: “Healthy People 2010? Educational Differences in U.S. Adult Mortality,” Robert Hummer, University of Texas at Austin

March 16, 2011: “The Decennial Census and the ACS: Looking Back and Looking Ahead,” Robert Groves, Director, U.S. Census Bureau and Frank Vitrano, Chief, Decennial Management Division, U.S Census Bureau

April 7, 2011: “Gender and Intergenerational Transfer of Time Later in Life,” Suzanne Bianchi, University of California, Los Angeles

May 5, 2011: “Adults Who Have Biological Children With More Than One Partner: Patterns and Implications for U.S. Families,” Marcy Carlson, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Sept. 16, 2009: “The Demographic and Health Surveys at 25 Years and Beyond,” Jacob Adetunji, USAID Ann Way, DHS/Macro International, Saifuddin Ahmed, JHSPH

Oct. 21, 2009: “Climate Change and Mortality in the United States,” Michael Greenstone, MIT

Nov. 18, 2009: “Blurring the Color Line: The Chance for a More Integrated America,” Richard Alba, SUNY Albany

Dec. 16, 2009: “Global Health Inequalities – Next Steps in Research and Action,” David Gwatkin, Results for Development Institute

Jan. 20, 2010: “Has the HIV/AIDS Epidemic Peaked?” John Bongaarts, Population Council

March 11, 2010: “Combating Neglected Infections in Africa & America: Joint Action to Erase a Tragic and Shared Heritage of Poverty and Inequity,” Peter Hotez, George Washington University

May 18, 2010: “Marriage Go-Round,” Andrew Cherlin, Hopkins Population Center

June 23, 2010: “JHU/PRB Symposium on Policy and Health-Family Care for an Aging Population: Demographic Contexts and Policy Challenges,” Andrew Cherlin, Hopkins Population Center, Nancy Folbre, University of Massachusetts, Madonna Harrington Meyer, Syracuse University, John Haaga, National Institute of Aging


Sept. 10, 2008: “The Lucky Few: Between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boom,” Elwood Carlson, Florida State University

Oct. 2, 2008: “Research & Practice Partnerships: Strengthening Marriage & Families,” Wendy Manning, Bowling Green State University, Carole VanderWal, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Allan Hawkins, Brigham Young University, Melanie Reese, Utah Commission on Marriage, Francesca Adler-Baeder, Auburn University

Oct. 16, 2008: “Immigration: Data Users Seminar,” Elizabeth Grieco, U.S. Census Bureau, Jeffrey Passel, Pew Hispanic Center, Audrey Singer, The Brookings Institution, Mark Mather, PRB, Moderator: Jeanne Batalova, Migration Policy Institute

Nov.12, 2008: “Why Not Adjust the U.S. Census?” Kenneth Wachter, University of California- Berkeley

Dec. 10, 2008: “The World is Fat,” Barry Popkin, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Feb. 11, 2009: “How to Promote Effective Implementation of Proven Practices for Children in Real World Clinical, Educational, and Community Settings,” Sharon Landesman Ramey, Georgetown University

Feb. 25, 2009: “Immigrant Residential Segregation in U.S. Metropolitan Areas, 1990-2000,” John Iceland, Pennsylvania State University

March 14, 2009: “Combating Neglected Infections in Africa & America: Joint Action to Erase a Tragic and Shared Heritage of Poverty and Inequity,” Peter Hotez, George Washington University and Sabin Vaccine Institute

April 8, 2009: “Reproductive Behavior of Muslims in South Asia: An Overview from Recent Demographic and Health Surveys Conducted in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh,” Dr. Mehtab Karim, Pew Research Center

April 15, 2009: “Countdown to the 2010 Census: What You Need to Know,”Daniel Weinberg, U.S. Census Bureau, William O’Hare, Annie E. Casey Foundation and Funders Census Initiative, Mary Jo Hoeksema, Population Association of America

May 14, 2009: “JHU/PRB Symposium on Policy and Health: Climate Change and Urban Adaptation: Managing Unavoidable Health Risks in Developing Countries,” Mark Montgomery, Stony Brook University and Population Council, Patricia Romero Lankao, Institute for the Study of Society and Environment, National Center for Atmospheric Research, John Furlow, USAID Washington Climate Change Team, Fariyal Fikree, PRB, Moderator: Jason Bremner, PRB


Sept. 19, 2007: “Misconceptions, Ours and Theirs: Improving AIDS Interventions,” Susan Watkins, University of Pennsylvania

Sept. 28, 2007: “Demography and Policy: What can the Discipline do to Solve the Human Predicament?” Paul Ehrlich, Stanford University

Oct. 24, 2007: “Reducing Health Disparities,” Alberto Palloni, University of Wisconsin

Nov. 14, 2007: “India’s Coming Population: Will It Reach 2 Billion?” Carl Haub, PRB

Dec. 12, 2007: “Global Health, What We Need to Know: Students, Physicians and the Public,” Richard Skolnik, PRB, Joanne Carter, RESULTS, Robert Eiss, Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Maurice Middleberg, Global Health Council, Richard Riegelman, George Washington University, Kristian Olson, Massachusetts General

Jan. 23, 2008: “Early Childhood Nutrition, Human Capital, and Economic Productivity,” Reynaldo Martorell, Emory University

Feb. 28, 2008: “Social and Economic Vulnerability of Older Women in Developed Countries,” Timothy Smeeding, Syracuse University

March 19, 2008: “Best Practices in Research: Translation and Dissemination,”Christine Bachrach, NICHD, Ellen Carnevale, PRB, John Haaga, National Institute on Aging, Wendy Manning, Bowling Green State University

May 1, 2008: “JHU/PRB Symposium on Policy and Health: Next Steps in Controlling HIV in Africa: Behavior, Biology or Both?” Thomas Coates, University of California at Los Angeles Ronald Gray, Johns Hopkins University, Carl W. Dieffenbach, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Maria Wawer, Johns Hopkins University

June 18, 2008: “HIV/AIDS Behaviors and Interventions in the Chinese-American Population,” Frank Wong, Georgetown University, John Chin, Hunter College of the City University of New York, Susan Newcomer, NICHD


Sept. 21, 2006: “Regional Inequalities in the European Periphery: Population Dynamics in Post-Socialist Eastern Europe,” Laszlo J. Kulcsar, Director, Kansas Population Center, assistant professor, Kansas State University

Oct. 5, 2006: “Symposium: 300 Million and Counting,” Linda Jacobsen, Population Reference Bureau, Marlene Lee, Population Reference Bureau, Carlos Restrepo, Wagner School’s Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems of New York, Steven Sinding, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University Rodolfo O. de la Garza, Columbia University, Joseph Chamie, Center for Migration Studies

Nov. 15, 2006: “HIV/AIDS and the Environment: An Overview of Research and Implications for Policies and Programs,” Lori M. Hunter, University of Colorado, Boulder, PRB Bixby Visiting Scholar

Nov. 29, 2006: “Will Assisted Reproductive Technologies Solve Europe’s Population Crisis? A Preliminary Assessment of the Impact of ART on Low Fertility Rates and Population Ageing,” Jonathan Grant, President, RAND Europe

Dec. 13, 2006: “Generating Political Priority for Maternal Mortality Reduction in Five Developing Countries,” Jeremy Shiffman, Maxwell School of Syracuse University

March 15, 2007: “Promoting Healthy Behavior,” Elaine Murphy, PRB Bixby Visiting Scholar

April 30, 2007: “Confronting Chronic Diseases: Are We Prepared?” Walter Willett, Harvard University, Rachel Nugent, Center for Global Development, Denise Stevens, Matrix Public Health Associates, Sylvia Robles, World Bank

May 31, 2007: “JHU/PRB Symposium on Policy and Health: How Important Are the Long-Term Consequences of Low Birth Weight?” Dalton Conley, New York University, Marie McCormick, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, Woodie Kessel M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Surgeon General, USPHS, (Ret.)