Preventing Chronic Disease 2016 Student Research Paper Contest Now Open

http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/announcements.htm

The Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD ) 2016 Student Research Paper Contest is now open for submissions. The journal is looking for high school, undergraduate and graduate students as well as medical residency and recent post-doctoral fellows to submit papers relevant to the prevention, screening, surveillance, and/or population-based intervention of chronic disease, including but not limited to arthritis, asthma, cancer, depression, diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. Papers must be received electronically no later than 5:00 PM EST on January 18, 2016. Additional information and detailed submission guidelines are available in this flyer and on PCD’s website.

Assistant Professor position in Health/Medical/Population Geography–University of Cincinnati

The Department of Geography at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in health/medical/population geography beginning in August, 2016. A Ph.D. in Geography or related field is required by the start of employment. We are looking for individuals with a strong background in GIS and data science who will excel at conducting research and providing graduate and undergraduate instructions using quantitative approaches.

Applicants must have expertise in GIS, spatial analysis and geovisualization and accomplishments in one or more of the following research areas: medical geography, epidemiology, health disparities, environmental impacts on health, public health, spatial accessibility to health services, and/or geodemographics. The successful applicant will demonstrate evidence for potential to produce externally funded research, to publish in prominent outlets, and to conduct interdisciplinary research. The position offers opportunities for collaboration with Department of Environmental Health at the UC College of Medicine, with the local branch of the EPA, and with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Applications must be submitted online by visiting https://jobs.uc.edu/job/Cincinnati-Assistant-Professor-Geography-%28Health%29-OH-45201/302974800/. In addition to the online application candidates must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and statements of research and teaching plans. Candidates must also provide the names and e-mail addresses for three professional references. For full consideration, applications should be received by November 30, 2015 but the position will remain open until it is filled.

The University of Cincinnati, founded in 1819, is a premier, public, urban research university located in the heart of Cincinnati, Ohio. The university boasts a student body of more than 43,000 enrolled in over 370 programs of study and is the region’s largest employer with over 15,000 faculty, staff and student workers. The University of Cincinnati embraces diversity and inclusion as core values and seeks to empower all members of the university community. The University of Cincinnati is ranked as one of America’s top 26 public research universities by the National Science Foundation. U.S. News has ranked UC in the Top Tier of America’s Best Colleges. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls UC a “research heavyweight”. Forbes, Delta Sky and Travel + Leisure magazines have named UC one of the most beautiful campuses.

The University of Cincinnati is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer M/F/Vets/Disabled. Women, People of Color, persons with a disability, and covered veterans and disabled veterans are encouraged to apply. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the University community. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths or experiences in this area.

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / M / F / Vet / Disabled.

Assistant Professor in Health & Behavioral Sciences – University of Colorado in Denver

See: https://www.jobsatcu.com/postings/107284 for more information.

The Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin in Fall 2016. The area of expertise is open to health, broadly defined, and we particularly encourage applications from individuals who conduct research and teach in the areas of environmental health, health policy, biomarkers, decision-making, and health economics. The program is especially interested in individuals who fit with the Department’s interdisciplinary focus on the application of social, behavioral, and natural science theory and methods to social and biological aspects of population health in national and/or global contexts. The successful candidate will join a faculty active in research, grant-writing, and teaching in a program with a graduate (Ph.D.) degree and undergraduate major in public health (B.A./B.S.). The position is a 9-month appointment with a 4-course per academic year teaching expectation in the department’s Ph.D. and undergraduate programs.

Additional details about the department can be found at http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/CLAS/Departments/hbsc.

Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at www.jobsatcu.com, refer to job posting F02860.

University of Minnesota – Tenure Track Faculty Search in Geography, Environment & Society and Sociology

Qualifications
The Department of Geography, Environment & Society and the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota invite applications for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position specializing in Health & Population, to begin fall semester 2016 (August 29, 2016). Appointment will be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor.
This position will be a joint appointment in the Departments of Sociology and Geography, Environment & Society, with the tenure home decided by the chosen candidate in consultation with the chairs of the two departments. The percentage of work effort devoted to each unit will be determined in consultation with the candidate, but is expected to be approximately 50% in each unit.

Ph.D. in Sociology, Geography, or a related field is required. Advanced ABD’s may be considered for appointment at the rank of tenure-track instructor, with the understanding that the Ph.D. is conferred in the first year of appointment. Applicants will be evaluated based on research excellence in the area of Health & Population. Expertise in GIScience, spatial demography, population-environment dynamics, law, or inequality desired. We welcome candidates whose dossiers demonstrate interdisciplinary scholarly distinction and who demonstrate potential for collaboration with other units on campus, such as the Minnesota Population Center and the School of Public Health. Secondary foci on Latin America, and/or Africa are preferred, though U.S. or other regional expertise will also be considered.

We welcome applicants versed in diverse theoretical and methodological approaches. Candidates will be evaluated according to:

a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly
work,

b) relevance of their scholarly research to the tenure home department’s academic priorities and fields of inquiry,

c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and

d) strength of recommendations.

 

About the Job
Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts are expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research; develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses; advise students; and contribute service appropriate for the rank of appointment to the department, college, university, and profession. Salary is competitive. The Standards for Promotion and Tenure in the Department of Sociology are available at: http://academic.umn.edu/provost/faculty/tenure/pdf/CLA/7_12SOC.pdf and in the Department of
Geography, Environment & Society at: http://academic.umn.edu/provost/faculty/tenure/pdf/CLA/7_12GEOG.pdf
The Workload Principles & Guidelines for Regular Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts are available at: http://intranet.cla.umn.edu/faculty/FacultyWorkloadPrinciplesGuidelines.php

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach 1) a cover letter and 2) a curriculum vitae. Once this step is complete, please add additional materials by accessing the “My Activities” page and uploading: 3) samples of written work; and 4) evidence of teaching effectiveness or a commitment to teaching. All application materials must be uploaded by October 1, 2015.
In addition to the material submitted electronically, applicants are asked to arrange for THREE letters of recommendation to be sent directly to the email below.

The letters of recommendation may be e-mailed to soc-geog@umn.edu or mailed directly to:
Professor Warren, Population & Health Assistant Professor Search,
University of Minnesota
267 19th Avenue South, Room 909,
Minneapolis, MN 55455
fax (612) 626-0155

Additional materials may be requested from candidates at a future date.
If you have questions about the application process, please contact us via e-mail at healthpop@umn.edu or phone Sociology’s main office at 612-624-4300.

Annual Peter Gould Student Paper Award (2016)

Annual Peter Gould Student Paper Award

Abstract Submission Deadline: October 23, 2015

Sponsored by the Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers

Description: The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) of AAG invites current undergraduate and graduate students to submit their work to the specialty group’s annual Peter Gould Student Paper Competition. The competition is meant to promote written scholarship by students across the field. A $250 prize will be awarded in each of two categories: 1) undergraduate students, and 2) graduate students (Master’s and Doctoral).

Eligibility: The competition is open to undergraduate, masters, and doctoral level students. Papers must be completed in the past 12 months prior to the submission deadline, and have not been previously considered for the competition. Papers published prior to the extended abstract deadline will not be considered. Papers can be either single-authored or coauthored. For co-authored papers, the student should be the first author and responsible for over 80% of the analysis and writing. For a co-authored paper, a statement signed by the student and advisor regarding the student’s contribution (including percentage) is required. Membership in the Association of American Geographers and HMGSG is required.

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the HMGSG Awards Committee. Selected abstracts will be invited to present at a HMGSG sponsored session during the 2016 AAG Annual Conference. Winners will be selected based on their written paper and oral presentation. Papers will be judged by the HMGSG Awards Committee on several criteria: originality, scholarship, organization, appropriate use of methodology, written composition, and oral presentation. Finalists are required to present at a 2016 AAG HMGSG sponsored session for the Peter Gould Student Paper Award to be considered for the award.

Submission & Review: The timeline for the competition is as follows:

October 23 2015    An extended abstract (500-word limit) of your paper is due. The abstract should clearly state the purpose, methodology, and findings of the research. Please include your Personal Identification Number (PIN) for 2016 AAG.

October 30 2015    The Awards Committee selects the best extended abstracts (undergrad, grad) for submission of full papers. Selected abstracts will be added into a sponsored HMGSG session at the AAG.  You will receive notification about the Awards Committee decision by this date.

1 February 2016  Your full paper must be electronically submitted to the paper coordinator.

29 March-              Finalists present paper at an HMGSG sponsored session during the 2016

2 April 2016          AAG Annual Conference for the paper competition.

2 April 2016          Winners will be notified in early April, and publicly announced at the HMGSG business meeting and at the AAG Award Luncheon. Winners will receive a ticket to the Luncheon and a monetary prize of $250. Results of the competition will be also be published on the HMGSG website.

Requirements: The final full paper must include a 500-word abstract, and be no longer than 5,000 words (excluding tables, references, and captions). Authors are also encouraged to submit the names of at least 3 possible reviewers who are not affiliated with the research.  Ensure that the purpose, methodology, and findings of the research are clearly stated in the abstract. The body of the paper should be double-spaced, 12-point font size and one-inch margins. Remove any identifying information (e.g. name). References should be in AAG style. Submit the paper as a single PDF file with all figures and tables included in the document. Include a title page without author information within this PDF document.

Students presenting their papers should plan on a 15 minute presentation with 5 minutes of questions from the audience and review committee.

Submission of the extended abstract and final paper will be done electronically as an email attachment to the Paper Coordinator (contact information below). Include the following information in the body of the email message: Your full name, address, telephone and fax numbers, email address, department and university affiliation, name of advisor or mentor, and title of the paper.  Please put “HMGSG Student Paper Competition” in the subject line.

Email Jessica Finlay your submissions or for more information: finla039@umn.edu

 

PhD Studentship in Health Geography at University of Connecticut: Geography of Drug Use and HIV/AIDS

Department of Geography at University of Connecticut (UConn) is recruiting a PhD student to work on the geography of drug use and HIV/AIDS from both methodological and intervention perspectives. The student will work on projects related to a multi-year study funded by the National Institute of Health.

Qualified candidates should have a Master’s degree in Geography or a related discipline. Candidates should have a strong interest in health/medical geography and a solid expertise in geocoding (e.g. large datasets, programming, and harvesting location data from text), Network Analyst functions, and basic statistics. The student will have exciting opportunities to gain training and experiences in the following areas: a) Advanced GIS functions, b) spatial statistics, c) social-ecological modeling, d) social network analysis, and e) mixed methods research. In pursuit for a doctoral degree several datasets are available to apply the acquired training and skills. The student will also have opportunities to interact, collaborate, and work in research environment with other talented graduate students, post-doctorates, and faculty members from the Center of Health Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) of UConn, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA) of Yale University, and Department of Geography of UConn.

If you are interested in applying and want to know more about the research projects and training opportunities, contact Debs Ghosh at debarchana.ghosh@uconn.edu. For more information about the department and PhD program please visit http://geography.uconn.edu/.

Business Meeting Minutes: AAG Health and Medical Geography Special Group – 2015 Chicago

Dear AAG HMGSG members,

At the AAG Chicago Meeting, about 50 members came to the HMGSG business meeting. Here is a review about the businesses we went through in the meeting:

1. The Health Symposium in AAG 2015
Mei-Po reported about this HMGSG-sponsored 55-session “Symposium on International Geospatial Health Research” at the AAG 2015 Meeting. The symposium sought to explore new research frontiers in geospatial health research and foster international networks to share this information across borders and generate research synergies. It built on multiple AAG Geography and Health Initiatives of the past decade, such as the AAG Initiative for an NIH-wide Geospatial Infrastructure for Health Research. The symposium also built on several recent AAG health initiatives and grants with the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, as well as an international forum organized to launch an International Geospatial Health Research Network.

The symposium was sponsored by the AAG, the International Geospatial Health Research Network, the AAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG), and the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS). More information about the Symposium is available at:
http://www.aag.org/cs/annualmeeting/call_for_papers/emerging_themes/international_geospatial_health_research_symposium

2. The 16th International Medical Geography Symposium (IMGS) 2015

The Conference will be held July 5-10th, 2015 in Vancouver, Canada. See more details in www.sfu.ca/imgs2015.

In 2012, the HMGSG board approved the offering of two travel awards ($200 each) to HMGSG participants. The HMGSG will issue a call for this travel awards shortly after the AAG 2015.

3. HMGSG Awards 

This year HMGSG established two new awards:

(1) The Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award in Health and Medical Geography

Sara McLafferty (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) received this award in 2015. This very prestigious award is annually given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancements of health and/or medical geography research. The HMGSG board was pleased to recognize McLafferty for her “tremendous contributions to research, teaching, and service in the field for decades.”

(2) The Emerging Scholar Award in Health and Medical Geography

Debarchana Ghosh (University of Connecticut) and Elisabeth Root (University of Colorado at Boulder) received this award for their outstanding accomplishments and their potential to become distinguished scholars in health and medical geography.

 

The recipients of the traditional HMGSG student awards include:

(3) Jacques May Thesis Prize (Certificate and $250 each)
Xiang Chen (Arkansas Tech University) received this Prize with his Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Bringing Time into Measure of Food Access: Place vs. People.”

Carly E. Nichols (University of Arizona) received this Prize with her Master’s thesis entitled “Hidden Hunger: Political Ecology of Food and Nutrition in Kumaon Hills.”

 

(4) Peter Gould Student Paper Competition (Certificate and $100 each)
Caitlin Henry (University of Toronto) won this competition as a graduate student with a paper entitled “Hospital Closures: The Sociospatial Restructuring of Labor and Health Care.”

Madeline Hinchliffe (University of Oklahoma) won this competition as an undergraduate student with a paper entitled “Measuring Perceptions of Collegiate Students to Assess Shampoo Purchasing Decisions.”


(5) Melinda S. Meade Graduate Student Travel Award
($200 award each)
Mark Janko (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) and Yolanda McDonald (Texas A&M University, College Station) received this award.

 

  1. Increase HMGSG Fees

The members in the meeting voted and approved Mei-Po Kwan’s motion to increase HMGSG fees:

Increase regular member’s fee from $8 to $10.

Increase student member’s fee from $1 to $2.

 

The increase is mainly for covering the cost for the awardees to attend the AAG Award Luncheon.

  1. Launch an HMGSG Newsletter

Eric Delmelle proposed to start an HMGSG Newsletter and is willing to lead the effort. His plan is to have two issues each year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. Ideally, the Spring one would be sent a couple of weeks before the AAG annual meeting, with information about all HMGSG-sponsored sessions.

  1. Special AAG Session for Student Paper Competition

David Lamb proposed to organize one (or more) special session(s) at the AAG annual meeting for future student paper competitions. The Board will discuss this proposal and welcome inputs from members.

  1. New Board Member Elections

The members in the business meeting voted and elected a new Vice Chair, two At-Large Members, and one Student Members. This year for each position there were multiple candidates. Each candidate on site gave a short speech to introduce her/himself to the voters. The final result is as follows:

Vice Chair: Eric Delmelle (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

At-Large Board Members: Kirsten Beyer (University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee) and Yan Lin (South Dakota State University).

Student Member: Jessica Finlay (University of Minnesota)

 

  1. HMGSG Officers for 2015-2016

Chair: Xun Shi (moves from Vice-Chair)

Vice Chair: Eric Delmelle (newly elected)

At-Large Members: Michael Widener (2014-2016), Kirsten Beyer (2015-2017), and Yan Lin (2015-2017).

Student Members: David Lamb (2014-2016), Jessica Finlay (2015-2017)

Webmaster: Kevin Matthew (University of Iowa, continued).

 

We are greatly thankful for Mei-Po’s great leadership during and beyond her term as the Chair of HMGSG.

 

This update was prepared based on the document and notes provided by Mei-Po Kwan and Eric Delmelle, to whom I owe many thanks. I will be responsible for any inaccuracy, though.

 

Thank you for your attention.

HMGSG 2015 Award Recipients

The Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award in Health and Medical Geography,
Sara McLafferty (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) has received the 2015 Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award in Health and Medical Geography. This very prestigious award is annually given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancements of health and/or medical geography research. The HMGSG board was pleased to recognize McLafferty for her “tremendous contributions to research, teaching, and service in the field for decades.”

The Emerging Scholar Award in Health and Medical Geography.
The HMGSG board was pleased to offer the 2015 Emerging Scholar Award in Health and Medical Geography to Debarchana Ghosh (University of Connecticut) and Elisabeth Root (University of Colorado at Boulder) to recognize their outstanding accomplishments and their potential to become distinguished scholars in health and medical geography.

Besides the two newly established HMGSG awards announced earlier, the HMGSG board runs the student paper competitions every year.  This year’s winners include:

Jacques May Thesis Prize
Xiang Chen (Arkansas Tech University) receives the 2015 Jacques May Thesis Prize for his Ph.D. dissertation entitled “Bringing Time into Measure of Food Access: Place vs. People.” (Certificate and $250 award)

Carly E. Nichols (University of Arizona) receives the 2015 Jacques May Thesis Prize for her Master’s thesis entitled “Hidden Hunger: Political Ecology of Food and Nutrition in Kumaon Hills.” (Certificate and $150 award)

Peter Gould Student Paper Competition ($100 award each)
Caitlin Henry (University of Toronto) receives the 2015 Peter Gould Graduate Student Paper Competition in Health and Medical Geography award for the paper “Hospital Closures: The Sociospatial Restructuring of Labor and Health Care.”

Madeline Hinchliffe (University of Oklahoma) receives the 2015 Peter Gould Undergraduate Student Paper Competition in Health and Medical Geography award for the paper “Measuring Perceptions of Collegiate Students to Assess Shampoo Purchasing Decisions.”

Melinda S. Meade Graduate Student Travel Award ($200 award each)
Recipients of the 2015 Melinda S. Meade Graduate Student Travel Award are Mark Janko (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill) and Yolanda McDonald (Texas A&M University, College Station).

Call for Nominations: Emerging Scholar Award in Health and Medical Geography

Emerging Scholar Award in Health and Medical Geography

Call for Nominations

Deadline: March 7, 2015

The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) of the AAG is accepting nominations for the Emerging Scholar Award in Health and Medical Geography. The Award seeks to recognize early career scholars who show significant potential for distinguished scholarship in health and/or medical geography. Early career scholars who are in their 2nd-8th years of receiving their Ph.D. degree from an accredited degree program at the time of the 2015 AAG meeting are eligible for the Award.

Recipients of the Award may be invited to present an Emerging Scholar in Health and Medical Geography Lecture at the AAG annual meeting the year after receiving the Award.

If you are interested in nominating a person for this award, please submit a nomination letter describing the nominee’s potential for distinguished scholarship and promise for impacting the future development of health and/or medical geography, and a copy of the nominee’s CV, preferably in PDF format, to Mei-Po Kwan (mpk654@gmail.com) by March 7, 2015. Nominations will be evaluated by the HMGSG board. Nominees do not have to be members of HMGSG.

Call for Nominations: Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award in Health and Medical Geography

Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award in Health and Medical Geography

Call for Nominations:

Deadline: February 28, 2015

The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) of the AAG is accepting nominations for the Melinda S. Meade Distinguished Scholarship Award in Health and Medical Geography. The Award seeks to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancements of health and/or medical geography research. Contributions recognized by the Award are broadly conceived, including contributions to all specializations and perspectives in health and/or medical geography.

Recipients of the Award will be invited to present a Distinguished Health and Medical Geography Lecture at the AAG annual meeting the year after receiving the Award.

If you are interested in nominating a person for this award, please submit a nomination letter documenting the nominee’s contributions to and impact on health and/or medical geography and a copy of the nominee’s CV, preferably in PDF format, to Mei-Po Kwan (mpk654@gmail.com) by February 28, 2015. Nominations will be evaluated by the HMGSG board. Nominees do not have to be members of HMGSG.