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AOTF Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health
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to share with you several new online collaborations in support of
AOTF's research, education, and leadership programs.
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Director, AOTF Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health
AOTF Institute Program Spotlight:
OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health
OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health, the leading research
journal in occupational therapy, reflects the Foundation's commitment
to advancing the profession through scientific inquiry. OTJR fosters
interdisciplinary dialogue with contributions from disciplines such as
psychology, neuroscience, economics, anthropology, sociology,
geography, rehabilitation science, nursing, and social work.
Participation and Health is seeking interested candidates
for openings on its Editorial Review Board. Members of the
review board are responsible for reviewing three to five
articles each year and providing expert advice and counsel to the
Editor on matters related to journal policy, publication decisions, or
other issues related to the intellectual trajectory of the
journal. Interested individuals should send their name,
credentials, contact information, and a description of their
clinical/research areas to Jane Case-Smith,
published quarterly in print, but material will be now published on the
web once manuscripts are accepted and edited. OTJR: Occupation,
Participation and Health, originally titled The Occupational Therapy
Journal of Research (OTJR) from 1980 to 2001, is published
by SLACK, Inc. for the AOTF and offers original research articles
of professional interest to the occupational therapist. OTJR also features
briefs, book reviews, letters to the editor, and commentaries. The
Foundation has an online index to articles published in OTJR.
accepts original research articles and systematic review papers that
advance the science of occupational therapy or the understanding of
occupation, and will lead to improving the lives of people at risk of
being restricted from participating in meaningful activities and roles.
AOTF Institute Program
deadline: February 1, 2009.
The National Student Conclave (November 14-16, 2008,
suburban Chicago, Illinois) was created by AOTA and NBCOT
exclusively for occupational therapy and occupational therapy
assistant students giving them an insider's view of
the profession; access to, and tips from, some of the nation's
top employers, and a jump on career skills.
Announcements & Resources
Natural Hazards Center Is Accepting Quick Response Grant Proposals
The Natural Hazards Center will
accept proposals for the 2009 Quick Response Grant Program until
November 16, 2008. The program provides funds for researchers to
quickly travel to disaster-affected areas to capture perishable data.
In addition to contributing to academic knowledge, the research
results in reports that make rapid analyses of recent events
available to the Hazards Center's multidisciplinary network of
researchers, practitioners, and educators. The program promotes
innovation in disaster research by favoring students, new
researchers, and novel areas of study.
Enabling the Next Generation of Hazards and Disasters Researchers
are now being accepted for this National Science
Foundation-funded program that supports junior faculty members
building careers in the area of hazards and disasters through
mentoring and training. Applications are due by February 15,
2009. Questions can be directed to Tom Birkland.
The Fulbright Scholar Program Offers Grants
faculty, administrators, and professionals are invited to apply for
grants to lecture or do research in a wide variety of academic and
professional fields, or to participate in seminars.
The Kellogg Health
Scholars Program Seeks Applicants
deadline for this two-year post-doctoral program
for 2009-2011 is December 3, 2008. Through this program,
scholars develop as leaders with research expertise to add to our
knowledge about the nature of social disparities in health and
interventions to reduce those disparities, the capacity to partner
with communities in carrying out research and building policy
advocacy and the skills to inform and support policy makers who seek
to reduce and eliminate health disparities.The program consists of
two tracks and offers fellowships at eight training sites.
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Web-Based & Related Resources
Children's Health Study in U.S. Gets Under Way
January 2009, the National Children's Study (NCS) will start
recruiting 100,000 mothers-to-be for the largest study of U.S.
children ever with the goal of examining how the environment and
other factors affect children's health. Specifically, the study
focuses on how certain conditions such as autism, asthma, learning
disabilities, and obesity develop. The study plans to examine
everything from the mother's diet during pregnancy to the effects of
chemicals used in plastics, and will follow each child until he or
she reaches 21 years of age. In May, 2008, the National Research
Council and Institute of Medicine released a report titled The
National Children's Study Research Plan: A Review, which
evaluated the study's research plan and assessed its scientific
Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange Rehabilitation/Disability Conferences
collection includes links to abstracts or full text of proceedings
from disability/rehabilitation conferences that had an international
component. If your conference proceedings are on the web and you
would like CIRRIE to include a link, or if your conference does not
have a web presence and you would like more information, contact
CIRRIE will also host select proceedings of conferences with an
international component on our website.
- America's first online resource center devoted to advancing the
emergency preparedness needs of culturally diverse communities, now
has an e-newsletter. Produced by the Center for Health Equality at
the Drexel University School of Public Health with support from the
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority
Health, the e-newsletter will provide current information
on resources, research, training opportunities, and events which
serve to advance the preparedness and build the resilience of diverse
New Report Ranks States by
Size of Gaps in Key Child Health Measures
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build
a Healthier America has
released new data that shows how income and education matter for
children's health. The report, America's Health Starts With Healthy
Children: How Do States Compare?, is the first to
rank states on infant mortality and children's health status based on
key social factors, and it shows that as parent's income and levels
of education rise, children's health improves. The Robert Wood
Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America is a
national, independent, non-partisan group of leaders tasked with
seeking ways to improve the health of all Americans. Launched
in February 2008, the Commission is investigating how factors outside
the health care system - such as income, education, and environment -
shape and affect opportunities to live healthy lives. The
Commission's website provides an extensive array of
resources, including issue briefs, new charts and data, a
Commissioner blog, personal perspectives from across America, and the
latest news coverage of issues related to the Commission's
work. To stay informed about the latest Commission activities,
events and resources, sign up for
Commission email alerts.
Institute of Medicine (IOM) Annual Meeting President's
Report - Now Online
Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, delivered a speech at the IOM
annual meeting October 12-13, 2008) asserting that the Institute
should ask and answer big questions and focus on
those challenges that will really make a difference for the
health of people in this country and around the world. Audio
of Fineberg's presentation is available online.
Brain Injury Association Maintains List of Conferences
for the 2008-2010 conferences is currently available.
Asia-Pacific Community-Based Rehabilitation (CBR) Congress
World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Economic and
Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the Royal
Thai Government are presenting the 1st Asia-Pacific CBR
Congress, December 9-11, 2008, at the United Nations Conference
Center in Bangkok. This will be the first opportunity for CBR
implementers, policy-makers and representatives of disabled people's
organizations (DPOs) from all over the Asia-Pacific region to share
the experiences, to form a network and to be updated with the new
trends in CBR within the context of the Asia and Pacific Decade of
Disabled Persons (2003-2012) and the Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The major theme of the
Congress will be "Community-based Inclusive Development: people
with disabilities and their families" with several sub-themes
such as "CBR as grass-root strategy to promote Inclusive
development" and "Stakeholders' roles for promotion of CBR
and inclusive development".
Congress on Disabilities
World Congress on Disabilities (WCD) Expo (November 21-22, 2008,
Jacksonville, Florida, is dedicated to improving the lives of those
with developmental and physical disabilities, their families and
professionals who work with them.
The 2nd Annual SoTL Commons Conference
International Conference for the Scholarship of Teaching &
Learning in higher education will be held on March 11-13, 2009 at
Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia. Early registration
is open and the new deadline for online submission of proposals is
November 15, 2008. Keynote speakers will be Randy Bass,
PhD, (Georgetown University), Kathy Takayama, PhD, (Brown
University), and Laurie Richlin, PhD, (Charles Drew University
of Medicine and Health Science).
National Training Conference on Rehabilitation Education - Research
to Practice: Promising Practices in Vocational Rehabilitation
conference, November 5-7, 2008, Arlington, Virginia will
facilitate communication among professionals involved in
training, recruiting, hiring and enhancing the development of
qualified rehabilitation counselors. Its basic focus has been to
ensure that rehabilitation counseling continues to be a recognized
profession and to prepare counselors who are empowered through
education, authority, and trust. The theme of the conference reflects
the need to develop and use evidence-based practices to improve
vocational rehabilitation services and outcomes.
First International Conference on Culture, Ethnicity, and Brain
be held in Washington, D.C. area, March 12 -13, 2009, this
conference will bring together brain injury rehabilitation experts
from different countries and cultures to discuss and share ideas
regarding effective assessment, intervention, and research practices.
A full spectrum of topics relating to neurobehavioral, cognitive,
functional, vocational, psychosocial, family, and medical aspects of
rehabilitation will be addressed via lectures, workshops, panel
presentations, and posters. Sessions will also focus on health care
disparities, successfully conducting research with multiethnic
populations, and meeting the clinical care needs of diverse patient
2009, Inclusive design into innovation: transforming practice in
design, research and business
at the Royal College of Art, London April 5-8, 2009, Include
2009 will draw together the key areas of design, research and
business and their role within innovation through inclusive design.
Include 2009 will be the fifth International Conference on Inclusive
Design and aims to engage those involved in all aspects of
user-centered design practice, research, and advocacy.
Outcomes in Traumatic Brain Injury Conference 2009
third international conference on Vocational Outcomes in Traumatic
Brain Injury (TBI), (May 7-9, 2009, Vancouver, British Columbia)
will be enhancing its scope to capture all functional outcomes
of traumatic brain injury. Economic, government and social changes
are demanding that this area for survivors of traumatic brain injury
be continually addressed and new programs/initiatives be developed.
This event tackles these issues and provides viable methods and
tactics, with the realization that vocational outcomes occur not
in isolation, but as a consequence of many other factors. The
deadline is December 1, 2008 for one-hour presentations, poster
sessions, and two-hour workshops on topics related to the vocational
rehabilitation of TBI, including economic, psychosocial, legal and
medical aspects of work re-entry. Presentations should focus on
strategies that have proven to be effective for improving vocational
outcomes for people with traumatic brain injuries.
Well-being and Place: an
International Conference April 7-9, 2009, Durham University, United
Centre for the Study of Cities & Regions and the Social Wellbeing
and Spatial Justice research cluster of the Department of Geography
at Durham University in collaboration with the University's Wolfson
Research Institute presents this conference which will draw
together research that explicitly links well-being and
place. The organisers would like to include research from a
range of different scales of analysis, across different substantive
domains and from both policy-linked and more explorative approaches.
The concept of place can be interpreted broadly from geographical
locations (urban, rural, city, nation), everyday settings (home,
work, school, street, leisure centers) and different scales
(individual to international). Abstracts for paper presentations
and proposals for panel discussions can be submitted up
to November 30, 2008.
National Academies Press Offers November
Discount on Cancer Care Literature
commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month the National Academies
Press is giving 25% on all cancer care literature they publish.
Use discount code BCAE8.
From Molecules to Minds: Challenges for the 21st Century:
June 25, 2008, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Forum on Neuroscience
and Nervous System Disorders hosted more than 70 of the leading
neuroscientists in the world, for a workshop to explore a set of
common goals or "Grand Challenges" posed by participants
that could inspire and rally both the scientific community and the
public to consider the possibilities for neuroscience in the 21st
century. This workshop summary highlights the important issues
and challenges facing the field of neuroscience as presented to those
in attendance at the workshop, as well as the subsequent discussion
that resulted.It can be read online for free. Hogan, H.
Altebogt, B. (Eds). (2008)
From Molecules to Minds: Challenges for the 21st Century: Workshop
Summary. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.
The Story Is True: The Art and Meaning of
The Story Is True,
author, filmmaker, and photographer Bruce Jackson explores the ways
we use the stories that become a central part of our public and
private lives. He examines how stories narrate and bring meaning to
our lives, by describing and explaining how stories are made and
used. The perspectives shared in this engaging book come from the
tellers, writers, filmmakers, listeners, and watchers who create and
consume stories. Jackson, B. (2008) The Story is True: The Art and Meaning of
Telling Stories. Philadelphia: Temple University
Information Science 101
book helps high school students and college freshman identify and
understand careers in information science. Author Anthony
Debons, PhD, one of the early founders of the discipline of Information
Science, gives attention to the role of various disciplines in the
field: library/documentation, tele-transmission, computer science and
practice, decision making/problem solving, knowledge organization,
and management. This text gives a complete overview of information
science, from its origins to the future of the field. Debons, A.
Science 101. Lanham: Scarecrow Press.
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