Category Archives: Calls for Submission

Call for Papers: Public Participation and Digital Geographies

American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2017
Boston, MA, April 5-9

Organizers: Jerry Shannon, Ian Rossiter, and Dorris Scott, Community Mapping Lab, University of Georgia

Work in Public Participatory GIS (PPGIS) and Participatory GIS (PGIS) has for many years emphasized the need for deep community engagement as an aspect of quantitative spatial analysis. The increasing ubiquity of big data, volunteered geographic information (VGI), open data and software and mobile and web based GIS systems has significantly shaped these efforts, allowing for new forms of collaboration and community based data collection. With increased use of VGI data from social media and similar sources, however, non-academics may also become increasingly marginalized within the research process.
For this call, we envision a session or series of sessions about the future of participatory spatial analysis, one that creatively makes use of new and emerging forms of data collection, analysis, and distribution or finds new uses for traditional methods. Presenters should be engaged in work that substantively engages with groups outside the academy–local/regional governments, non-profits, neighborhood organizations, or other similar actors. We welcome presentations about work at all stages of the research process and from a variety of geographic contexts. 

Possible topics include:
Open source/low cost software for mobile data collection and analysis
Tools for hosting and visualizing open datasets
Processes and software allowing for collaborative planning
Mixed methods research/qualitative GIS
Participatory research using crowdsourced data
Roadblocks and pitfalls of using mobile data collection and VGI in community engagement
Reworking/augmenting/hybridizing “traditional” PPGIS techniques
Best practices for community engagement with mobile data collection

To apply for this session, email a presentation abstract (250 word limit) by October 15, 2016 to Ian Rossiter or Dorris Scott All accepted participants will be required to register for the conference and submit the pin number for your abstract to the organizers by October 27, 2016.

Call for Papers Uncertainty and Context in Geography and GIScience

SEE: http://news.aag.org/2016/09/call-for-papers-uncertainty-and-context-in-geography-and-giscience/
For updates and modifications for this call.

Uncertainty and Context in Geography and GIScience

AAG Annual Meeting, Boston, April 5-9, 2017

Uncertainty and context pose fundamental challenges in geographic research and GIScience. Geospatial data are imbued with error (e.g., measurement and sampling error), and understanding of the effects of contextual influences on human behavior and experience are often obfuscated by various types of uncertainty (e.g., contextual uncertainties, algorithmic uncertainties, and uncertainty arising from different spatial scales and zonal schemes). Identifying the “true causally relevant” spatial and temporal contexts that influence people’s behavior and experience is thus also challenging, since people move around in their daily lives and over their life courses and experience the influences of many different contexts. To generate reliable geographic knowledge, these uncertainties and contextual issues need to be addressed.

This theme within the 2017 AAG Annual Meeting will explore research frontiers and advances in theory, method, and research practice that address the challenges of uncertainty and context in geography and GIScience. We welcome papers from all disciplines, subfields and perspectives (e.g., geography, public health, sociology, transportation, urban studies, etc.). Topics may include but are not limited to:

– uncertainty and context: advances in theory and methods

– uncertainty and error assessment

– error propagation and modeling

– quality of geospatial data

– big data, algorithmic uncertainties, and algorithmic geographies

– the uncertain geographic context problem (UGCoP)

– the modifiable areal unit problem (MAUP)

– advances in the conceptualization and assessment of the neighborhood effect

– improving assessments of exposures to physical and social environments and health

– exposure monitoring utilizing real-time interactive GPS/GIS methods

– relational understanding of context and uncertainty

– human mobility and contextual uncertainties

– cumulative contextual influences over the life course

– social networks as individual and social context

– uncertainty in spatial pattern detection

– incorporating uncertainty in spatial modeling

To participate in this theme, please submit your abstract at www.aag.org/annualmeeting. When you receive confirmation of a successful abstract submission, please then forward this confirmation to: GeoContext [at] aag [dot] org. The abstract deadline is October 27, 2016.

For more information, please visit www.aag.org/annualmeeting, or contact members of the theme’s organizing committee at GeoContext [at] aag [dot] org.

Scientific Committee

Co-Chairs:

Mei-Po Kwan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Daniel Griffith (University of Texas at Dallas), Michael Goodchild (University of California, Santa Barbara), Tim Schwanen (University of Oxford)

Committee members:

Ling Bian (University of Buffalo)

Xiang Chen (Arkansas Tech University)

Yongwan Chun (University of Texas at Dallas)

Eric Delmelle (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

Michael Emch (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Nina Lam (University of Louisiana)

Jing Ma (Beijing Normal University)

Jeremy Mennis (Temple University)

Douglas Richardson (American Association of Geographers)

John Shi (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)

Xun Shi (Dartmouth University)

Kathleen Stewart (University of Maryland)

Yonette Thomas (American Association of Geographers)

Paul Torrens (New York University)

Shaowen Wang (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Michael Widener (University of Cincinnati)

David Wong (George Mason University)

Chaowei Yang (George Mason University)

Eun-Hye Enki Yoo (University at Buffalo, State University of New York)

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.

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@nullumn.edu

 

International Geospatial Health Research Symposium at the AAG 2015: Call for Papers

International Geospatial Health Research Symposium

AAG Annual Meeting, Chicago, April 21-25, 2015

Sponsors:
The International Geospatial Health Research Network
The AAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG)
The Association of American Geographers

This Symposium within the 2015 AAG Annual Meeting will explore new research frontiers in geospatial health research and foster international networks to share this information across borders and generate research synergies. It builds on multiple AAG Geography and Health Initiatives of the past decade, including the AAG Initiative for an NIH-wide Geospatial Infrastructure for Health Research, several recent AAG health initiatives and grants with the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, and a recent international forum jointly organized by the AAG, the International Association of Chinese Professionals in Geographic Information Sciences (CPGIS), Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, University of Hong Kong, Utrecht University, and several health ministries and organizations in Europe, to launch an International Geospatial Health Research Network.

We welcome participation from geographers, GIScientists, health researchers, and other scientists working at the frontiers of geography, GIScience, and health at the AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago, April 21-25, 2015. Papers on all aspects of health research and its intersections with geography or GIScience are welcome. Topics may include but are not limited to:

– improving assessments of exposures to physical and social environments and health
– exposure monitoring utilizing real-time GPS/GIS methods
– infectious diseases and their relations to climate change
– geographic and environmental dimensions of chronic diseases
– cancer: genes, epigenetics, and the physical and social environment
– spatial patterns of drug abuse and treatment
– gene-environment interactions
– social environments and mental health
– crowd sourcing of geospatial data for health
– mHealth and global health service delivery initiatives
– health disparities and inequalities
– genomes, health, and geography
– disease ecologies
– interactions among environment, pathogens, humans, and institutions
– neighborhood effects on health behaviors and outcomes
– geographies of public health policies
– geospatial big data and health
– spatial analysis and modeling of disease and disease diffusion
– mobilities and health
– health care provision, access, and utilization
– accessibility of healthcare services and its optimization.
– health and well-being
– methodological issues in health research (e.g., MAUP, UGCoP)
– global health research and public health initiatives

To participate in the International Geospatial Health Research Symposium, please submit your abstract at www.aag.org When you receive confirmation of a successful abstract submission, please then forward this confirmation to: geohealth@nullaag.org. The abstract deadline is October 27, 2014.

For more information, please visit www.aag.org or contact members of the Symposium organizing committee at geohealth@nullaag.org.

Melinda Meade Memorial Disease Ecology Sessions @ AAG at Chicago, Illinois (2015)

Melinda Meade Memorial Disease Ecology Sessions @ AAG at Chicago, Illinois (2015)

In memory of Dr. Melinda Meade, who passed away in November 2013, several sessions around the theme of disease ecology will be organized at the upcoming 2015 AAG Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois (April 21-25, 2015). These sessions will be part of the larger International Geospatial Health Research Symposium.  They will provide a forum for conceptual, theoretical, methodological, and empirical scholarship on disease ecology.  Both qualitative and quantitative research is welcome, as are papers focusing on health in both high and low resource contexts.

Disease ecology is concerned with “the ways human behavior, in its cultural and socioeconomic context, interacts with environmental conditions to produce or prevent disease” (Meade and Earickson 2000, 21). Population, society and the physical and biological environments exist in a dynamic equilibrium. The human-environment relationship, if disturbed enough by major changes in land use, migration, population density, or other stressors can lead to a state of instability, which manifests as an increase in disease rates or the appearance of new diseases. At the same time, fundamental to disease ecology is notion that people do not respond passively to disease, but rather act purposely to mitigate the impact of disease. In this way, social and cultural circumstances can actually create/prevent disease. Disease ecology is inherently concerned with integrating the social and physical aspects of human existence.

Dr. Meade was a Professor of Geography at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill until her passing.  She was a pioneer in the field of health and medical geography and taught courses from freshman to doctoral level on issues of changing population dynamics and structure, agricultural modernization, urbanization, and globalization in the developing world; on population geography, medical geography, and disease ecology.  Dr. Meade is best known, particularly to undergraduate students, as the author of the definitive textbook in the field of medical geography.

If you would like to contribute to these sessions, please submit your abstract online (http://www.aag.org/cs/annualmeeting) and then email Elisabeth Root (roote@nullcolorado.edu) and Margaret Carrel (margaret-carrel@nulluiowa.edu) with your title, abstract, author information, and AAG PIN by the due date of November 5, 2014 to be included in one of the sessions. You may also wish to send this information to geohealth@nullaag.org, the organizers of the International Geospatial Health Research Symposium.

Organizers:
Elisabeth Root (roote@nullcolorado.edu), University of Colorado Boulder

Margaret Carrel (margaret-carrel@nulluiowa.edu), University of Iowa

Michael Emch (emch@nullemail.unc.edu), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jacques May Thesis Prize, Call for Submissions

The Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) of the AAG is accepting submissions for the Jacques May Thesis Prize. Since 1985, the prize has been awarded to Master’s and doctoral theses addressing themes in health and medical geography broadly defined, as judged by a panel of reviewers. Theses will be judged on their contribution to the field, their methodological approach, organization, and written composition. Ph.D. dissertation winners receive an official certificate and a cash award of $250, and Master’s thesis winners receive the certificate and a cash award of $150. 

Eligibility: Master’s or doctoral theses officially completed during the 24 months prior to the submission deadline are eligible, provided that they have not been previously considered for the Prize. Membership in the Association of American Geographers is required, but membership in the HMGSG is not.

Submission and Review: Submissions should be sent to Eric Delmelle (eric.delmelle@nulluncc.edu) and Mei-Po Kwan (mpk654@nullgmail.com). Only electronic submissions will be considered. Theses must be in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format, and completely anonymous to enable double-blind reviews (i.e., the thesis must be free of all references to the author in the front matter, notes, references, headers, etc.). Theses will be reviewed by at least two anonymous referees, who will make their recommendations to the HMGSG board. The HMGSG will announce the winner of the prize before the AAG Meeting.

In the email message accompanying the submission, please include the following information:

  • Full name and current contact information department and university affiliation
  • Title of thesis
  • Thesis category (masters or doctoral);
  • A brief abstract;
  • Name of your thesis advisor, and
  • Names and email addresses for 4-5 potential reviewers. (note:  Reviewers must not be committee members or faculty at the student’s university, or associated with the project in any way. Key authors in the field (e.g., from student bibliographies) would be appropriate.)

Submission Deadline: The submission deadline is November 8, 2014. Please see submission details at: http://hmgsg.org/jacquesmaythesisprize/

Call for Submissions: Peter Gould Health and Medical Geography Student Paper Award: 2015

Annual Peter Gould Student Paper Award

Abstract Submission Deadline: November 2, 2014

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. Papers will be judged by the HMGSG Awards Committee on several criteria: originality, scholarship, organization, appropriate use of methodology, and written composition. A $100 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 24 months prior to the submission deadline, and have not been previously considered for the competition. Papers can be either single-authored or co-authored. 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 is required, but membership in the HMGSG is not.

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

2 November 2014 An extended abstract (500-word limit) of your paper is due. The abstract should clearly state the purpose, methodology, and findings of the research
15 December 2014 The Awards Committee will review all extended abstracts and select up to 5 papers per category (undergrad, grad) for submission of full papers.  You will receive notification about the Awards Committee decision by this date.
2 February 2015 Your full paper must be electronically submitted to the paper coordinator (below).
6 April  2015 Winner(s) will be notified during the month of April.  Winners will be publicly announced at the HMGSG business meeting and at the AAG Award Luncheon.   They will receive a ticket to the Luncheon and a monetary prize of $100. 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 2 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.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 David Lamb your submissions or for more information: davidlamb@nullmail.usf.edu

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