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Call for Abstracts: Weather, Climate, and Health at AAG 2014

A cluster of sessions related to weather and climate impacts on health outcomes is being organized for the 2014 AAG Annual Meeting in partnership with the Climate Specialty Group, the Hazards and Disasters Specialty Group, the Health and Medical Geographic Specialty Group, and the Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group. Topics of relevance include, but are not limited to: heat- and cold-related morbidity and mortality, urban heat island variability and impacts, mortality displacement, climate change and projections, seasonality, influenza, statistical methods, end-user needs. Presentations focused on impacts in both developing and developed countries are welcome; geographic diversity in topics is encouraged. Each of the sessions will feature high-quality research presentations and a structured discussion.
The session organizers and chairs are:
Michael Allen, Kent State University (mjallen176@nullyahoo.com)
P. Grady Dixon, Mississippi State University (grady.dixon@nullmsstate.edu)
David Hondula, Arizona State University (david.hondula@nullasu.edu)
Adam Kalkstein, U.S. Military Academy (Adam.Kalkstein@nullusma.edu)
Scott Sheridan, Kent State University (ssherid1@nullkent.edu)
Jennifer Vanos, Texas Tech University (jennifer.vanos@nullttu.edu)
Interested participants should e-mail a presentation title to David Hondula (david.hondula@nullasu.edu) as soon as possible, and no later than November 15, 2013.
The online abstract submission portal can be accessed at: http://www.aag.org/cs/annualmeeting. The abstract submission deadline is December 3, 2013.

 

Call for Abstracts: Spatial and Spatiotemporal Epidemiology Sessions at AAG 2014

Flyer:  Spatial and Spatiotemporal Epidemiology at AAG 2014

Several sessions around the theme of spatial and spatiotemporal epidemiology will be organized at the coming 2014 AAG Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida (April 8-12). The sessions focus on the development of spatial and spatiotemporal methodology to answer fundamental epidemiological questions. Sample topics include:

°Spatiotemporal modeling
°Geovisualization and geocomputation for big data
°Point pattern analysis and disease movement analysis
°Use of geospatial techniques in health (GPS, GIS)
°Preventing the spread of disease
°Accessibility to medical care, estimating travel impedance
°Modeling uncertainty

If you would like to contribute to this stream of sessions, please submit your abstract online (http://www.aag.org/cs/annualmeeting).

Email Tijs Neutens (Tijs.Neutens@nullUGent.be)
or Eric Delmelle (eric.delmelle@nulluncc.edu) the title, abstract, author information and AAG PIN by October 15 2013 to be included in one of the sessions.
Contact information
Tijs Neutens (Tijs.Neutens@nullUGent.be)
University of Ghent, Belgium

Eric Delmelle (eric.delmelle@nulluncc.edu)
University of North Carolina, Charlotte

 

Co-organizers:
Mei-Pwo Kwan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Antonio Paez, McMaster University, Canada
Debarchana Ghosh, University of Connecticut
Gerry Rushton, University of Iowa
Elisabeth Dowling Root, University of Colorado at Boulder
John DeGroote, University of Northern Iowa
Xun Shi, Dartmouth University
Chris Uejio, Florida State University
Brian Bossak, Florida Gulf Coast University

CALL FOR PAPERS: Environmental Justice Research – Contemporary Issues and Emerging Topics

The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group is pleased to announce our co-sponsor of the Environment Justice session at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers.  We would like to thank the leaders of this specialty group for inviting us to participate in their very relevant paper session!

 

2014 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers
April 8-12, Tampa, Florida

This session will be co-sponsored by the Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group, and the Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group.

Organizers:
Jayajit Chakraborty, University of South Florida, jchakrab@nullusf.edu
Timothy Collins, University of Texas at El Paso, twcollins@nullutep.edu
Sara Grineski, University of Texas at El Paso, segrineski@nullutep.edu

Description: Environmental Justice (EJ) research seeks to document and address the disproportionate environmental health and risk burdens borne by racial/ethnic minorities and individuals of lower socioeconomic status. Although its initial focus was on environmental hazards and pollution, the scope of EJ research has now expanded to encompass everything that is unsustainable about the world, including rampant industrialization, resource depletion, energy use, consumption patterns, food systems, and inequitable public policies that adversely affect minority, indigenous, and low-income communities, other vulnerable groups such as immigrants and people with disabilities, and future generations. In a context of intensifying social and environmental inequalities, there is a growing need to further strengthen this research framework and continue diversifying its themes.

This paper session intends to provide a forum for conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and empirical scholarship on EJ. We welcome qualitative and quantitative case studies, reviews of the literature, critical evaluations of methods and tools, comparative analyses, and discussions of future research needs that focus on any aspect of EJ. Paper topics may include, but are not limited to, the following EJ issues:

  •  technological hazards and risks, such as air pollution, hazardous waste, and        undesirable land uses;
  •  natural disasters and hazards, such as hurricanes and floods;
  •  adverse health outcomes, such as cancer and respiratory illnesses;
  •  environmental amenities, such as parks, playgrounds, and street trees;
  •  environmental laws, regulations, and policies;
  •  access to affordable and nutritious food;
  •  climate change; and
  •  transportation systems and policies.

Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted to any one of the session organizers by November 18, 2013. Accepted submissions will be contacted by November 26, 2013, and expected to register and submit their abstracts online at the AAG website by December 3, 2013.

NCAR/CDC Colloquium on Climate and Health (USA), Travel Support Available

NCAR/CDC Colloquium on Climate and Health (USA), Travel Support Available

2013 National Center for Atmospheric Research / Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention Colloquium on Climate and Health

Please note that the deadline to apply is May 15th.

When: July 9-12, 2013

Where National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO

The 2013 NCAR Workshop on Climate and Health will focus on two related
atmospheric hazards, the individual and combined effects of extreme heat
and air pollution on human health. The purpose of the workshop is to
train graduate students, postdocs, and early career scientists/faculty
on how to develop robust interdisciplinary research projects in the
complex area of climate and health. The 4 day workshop will take place
from 9-12 July 2013 and will include lectures on relevant topics in
climate and climate change and in public health and human health,
vulnerability studies, urban studies, statistics, and special tools for
analysis (e.g., GIS or NCAR model output datasets). In addition, a few
successful research projects will be highlighted, providing detailed
analyses of the methods and components of the projects that led to their
success. There also will be multiple opportunities to engage public
health practitioners and climate scientists to discuss the integration
of epidemiology, ecology, behavioral science, modeling and atmospheric
science.

Applications can be submitted though the ‘Application’ tab on the
website. The due date for the completed application is May 15, 2013.
Between 20 and 25 applicants will be selected to attend the workshop.
Graduate students, postdocs and early career scientists/faculty are
encouraged to apply. Full and partial travel support will be available
for some participants and can be requested in the application.
Co-sponsorship from your home institution is most welcome as that will
allow us to support more applicants. All applicants will be notified of
the decision by the end of May. All applicants must fill out an
application, and must request that two letters of recommendation are
submitted on their behalf through the ‘Submit Recommendation’ tab on the
website.

For more information please contact Mary Hayden (mhayden ‘at’ ucar.edu).

Gerard Rushton retiring from the University of Iowa after 44 years

If anyone happens to be in Iowa City on Friday May 10, please join in celebration of Professor Gerard Rushton’s 44 years of outstanding service to the University of Iowa and the discipline of Geography.  For more information about his career, the Daily Iowan has written an article about Professor Rushton and his retirement.  Professor Rushton earned his Ph.D. from U of I in 1964 and joined The Department of Geography faculty in 1969. He is an international leader in health geography and locational analysis and was instrumental in building the department’s reputation in spatial analysis and geographic information science.  
 
A reception will be held in honor Professor Rushton on Friday, May 10 in the South Room (rm. 179) of the IMU from 4:00 – 7:00. Please come and wish Gerry a happy and fulfilling retirement.

CORRECTION: International Medical Geography Symposium Abstracts Due April 26

International Medical Geography Symposium
Abstract deadline: April 26, 2013

July 7-12, 2013
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan, USA

The Geography Department at Michigan State University invites you to the XVth International Symposium in Medical/Health Geography (IMGS 2013) on our campus in East Lansing, Michigan. Come for a fun and productive symposium. Plenary, paper, and poster sessions will be held in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on campus. Our field trip includes a visit to the sand dunes from the glacial period and beach picnic on the shores of Lake Michigan. We have two international airports for your convenience – Detroit Metro, MI and Chicago O’Hare, IL with connecting transportation to East Lansing. Michigan State University is one of the oldest Land Grant Universities in the United States and the architecture and campus provides a beautiful setting for the upcoming symposium. Our 32 geography faculty and 175+ graduate and undergraduate students are eager to welcome you to the upcoming IMGS!

Reminder: International Medical Geography Symposium abstracts are due Wednesday, April 24

International Medical Geography Symposium
Abstract deadline: April 24, 2013

July 7-12, 2013
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan, USA

The Geography Department at Michigan State University invites you to the XVth International Symposium in Medical/Health Geography (IMGS 2013) on our campus in East Lansing, Michigan. Come for a fun and productive symposium. Plenary, paper, and poster sessions will be held in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on campus. Our field trip includes a visit to the sand dunes from the glacial period and beach picnic on the shores of Lake Michigan. We have two international airports for your convenience – Detroit Metro, MI and Chicago O’Hare, IL with connecting transportation to East Lansing. Michigan State University is one of the oldest Land Grant Universities in the United States and the architecture and campus provides a beautiful setting for the upcoming symposium. Our 32 geography faculty and 175+ graduate and undergraduate students are eager to welcome you to the upcoming IMGS!

Upcoming Conferences: IMGS and the Asian Urban Conference

International Medical Geography Symposium
Abstract deadline: April 24, 2013

July 7-12, 2013
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan, USA

The Geography Department at Michigan State University invites you to the XVth International Symposium in Medical/Health Geography (IMGS 2013) on our campus in East Lansing, Michigan. Come for a fun and productive symposium. Plenary, paper, and poster sessions will be held in the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on campus. Our field trip includes a visit to the sand dunes from the glacial period and beach picnic on the shores of Lake Michigan. We have two international airports for your convenience – Detroit Metro, MI and Chicago O’Hare, IL with connecting transportation to East Lansing. Michigan State University is one of the oldest Land Grant Universities in the United States and the architecture and campus provides a beautiful setting for the upcoming symposium. Our 32 geography faculty and 175+ graduate and undergraduate students are eager to welcome you to the upcoming IMGS!

 

2. Asian Urban Conference (health is one of the focus areas)

December 28-30, 2013
Dept. of Geography
Banares Hindu University
Varanasi, U.P., India
The Asian Urban Research Association (AURA) is an association of scholars and practitioners dedicated to the exchange of views and experiences on cities, metropolitan areas, urbanization, and closely related social, economic, political, and environmental issues in the Asian context. AURA promotes and accomplishes a dialogue that shares research, planning, and problem-solving through the Asian Urbanization Conference series, publications, a newsletter, and the sharing of professional contacts. Current efforts are focused on the 12th Asian Urbanization Conference scheduled for December 28-30, 2013, details of which are provided below and on other pages.

Important Dates:

Abstract Submission April 30, 2013
Abstract Acceptance Notification May 31, 2013
End of Early Bird Registration May 15, 2013
Full Paper Submission June 30, 2013
Conference December 28-30, 2013
Field Trips to the Ganga Riverfront, in Varanasi City, and the Buddhist sites at Sarnath are scheduled for December 29 and December 31. See registration packet for details.
Registration Fees:

Before 16th May, 2013 (“Early Bird” Rates)
Rs. 1200 – Indian Nationals
$50 (USD) –SAARC Country Scholars / Practitioners
$100 (USD) –Rest Developing Country Scholars / Practitioners
$150 (USD) – Developed /High Income Country Scholars / Practitioners
Accompanying Person Registration Fee: The same amount as applicable in case of his/her own associated member.

After May 15, 2013
Rs. 1500 – Indian Nationals
$75 (USD) –SAARC Country Scholars / Practitioners
$125 (USD) –Rest Developing Country Scholars / Practitioners
$175 (USD) – Developed /High Income Country Scholars / Practitioners
Accompanying Person Registration Fee: The same amount as applicable in case of his/her own associated member.