CNN: $5 Billion in New Fed ARRA Grants

According to a news item today on the CNN Web site:

WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Obama, in an effort to stimulate the economy and support critical research, will announce $5 billion in grants when he visits the National Institutes of Health on Wednesday, according to an administration official.

President Obama and Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will announce research grants Wednesday.

The money, which comes from Recovery Act funds, is aimed at supporting “12,000 critical research projects — and tens of thousands of jobs associated with them, ranging from teachers and lab technicians to database managers and scientists,” the official wrote in an e-mail.

Chronicle: Elsevier Unveils New Grant-Finding Service

Reported  in the Chronicle of Higher Education:

The scientific publisher Elsevier today started SciVal Funding, a Web-based search service to help American institutions locate grants, particularly collaborative and multidisciplinary ones. The service joins the company’s SciVal Spotlight, a strategy tool aimed at revealing university-research strengths and weaknesses — at a price, The Chronicle reported in June, that could climb to six figures, based on an institution’s size.

CFS: Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health

The Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health welcomes submissions. While the journal does not issue specific calls for manuscripts, it is soliciting manuscripts for the upcoming special continuing education theme issues. The journal welcomes all types of manuscripts. Instructions for authors and descriptions of the criteria for feature articles, original research, brief reports, and columns can be found at . All manuscripts for continuing education theme issues undergo the usual JMWH peer review process and are not guaranteed publication. Please send your proposed topic, type of article, and contact information to .

Nov/Dec 2010 Nutrition (Deadline: November 1, 2009)

May/June 2011 Pharmacology (Deadline: May 1, 2010)

Queries to: Frances E. Likis, DrPH, NP, CNM, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health


CFS: The Teacher’s Voice

 The Teacher’s Voice, an online publication, is currently seeking submissions for upcoming theme issues as well as the following: corporate/profit/non-profit privatization of public education in poor and working class communities; public schools turning into factory-modeled dumbed-down test-prep mills; parent, student, teacher disempowerment; apathy (especially of the secure and privileged). Please visit The Teacher’s Voice at: 


Personal Narratives & Healthcare Education

An interesting article posted on the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine Web site, Inviting in the Life World: Illness Narratives and Personal and Creative Writing in Medical Education, by Jessica Singer Early and Meredith DeCosta. The abstract reads:

This paper shares a historical framework for understanding the inclusion of literature and creative writing courses in medical schools around the world. Furthermore, it examines how these two instructional approaches teach significantly different perspectives about the role of doctors in relation to their patients. More specifically, the recent use of patient and doctor narratives and personal and creative writing in medical courses represents an important pedagogical shift in medical training to include more of the life world of patients and doctors.

Replace the words “doctor” and “medicine” with “nurse” and “nursing” and the point still pertains.

CFS: Ars Medica

ARS MEDICA: A Journal of Medicine, the Arts and Humanities is an international literary magazine exploring illness, the body, healing, and the culture of medicine. Fiction, creative nonfiction, memoir, and artwork are preferred. For submission/subscription info, see

CFS: Global Health (Social Science & Medicine)


SPECIAL ISSUE: Global Health Assistance: Qualitative Evidence on What Works and Why (Guest Editors: Devi Sridhar and David Craig)

For the above Special Issue, Social Science & Medicine invites submissions that address the critical question of whether global health assistance works. A paradox of our time is that despite all the activity and resources concentrated in this area, health is not improving as dramatically as it should in emerging and developing countries. Explanations for this paradox may lie in the institutionalised nature of health assistance, or more broadly, in the efforts of global health institutions to address these disparities. The field is made up of a patchwork of donors, UN agencies, governments, philanthropic organisations, civil society organisations, private companies, and various partnerships among these actors. It is the codes and regularised practices of these organisations that this Special Issue seeks to shed some light on, both in terms of description, and in terms of what a critical, institutional ethnographic engagement might offer. Contributions should examine not only how policies have been developed at the global level, but also the impact of these policies on the communities at which they are aimed. Particular attention should be paid to the structures, discourses and agencies through which policy operates. Areas of consideration might include:

• the massive monies being disbursed and the benefits – or lack thereof –produced,

• how global health institutions create policy, and the models and political considerations that enter into the policy-process,

• the effects of different policies/approaches on developing countries, and

• lessons that emerge for what works and what doesn’t in global health assistance.

The articles in the Special Issue will combine various analyses within the disciplines of anthropology, sociology, political science, public health and development studies. They will include located analysis, comparative or complementary multi-site analysis, and critical review papers. Priority will be given to field data obtained through ethnography and qualitative enquiries, within a comprehensive theoretical frame for analysis.

Authors who feel their work addresses the above aims should submit their full manuscripts for consideration to Social Science & Medicine at by 31 October 2009. When asked to choose article type, authors should stipulate “Special Issue Article”, and in the “Enter Comments” box the title of the Special Issue should be inserted, plus any further acknowledgements. All submissions should meet Social Science & Medicine author guidelines, also available at

Author Oliver Sacks Lectures

OLIVER SACKS: Hallucinations

The Robert B. Silvers LectureOliver Sacks

 Monday, September 21, 2009, 7:00 pm

The New York Public Library, Celeste Bartos Forum

Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Street

Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks examines how the normal brain, if deprived of perceptual input, may generate illusory sensations—as with the visual hallucinations of the blind, or the musical hallucinations of the deaf.

The Robert B. Silvers Lecture is an annual series created by Max Palevsky in recognition of the work of Robert B. Silvers, editor of The New York Review of Books.

Tickets: $25 general admission; $15 when using discount code NYRB when purchasing tickets online at  or when calling 212 868 4444. Further information on the NY Public Library Web site.

English Nurse Detective Novel Reviewed

This brief review by Marilyn Stasio appeared in the 6 Sept. 2009 issue of the New York Times books section:

Readers who can’t get enough of Maisie Dobbs, the intrepid World War I battlefield nurse in Jacqueline Winspear’s novels, or Hester Latterly, who saw action in the Crimean War in a series of novels by Anne Perry, are bound to be caught up in the adventures of Bess Crawford, the courageous British army nurse introduced by Charles Todd in A DUTY TO THE DEAD (Morrow/HarperCollins, $24.99). The strong-willed and self-determined daughter of a retired colonel, Bess shows her mettle when the hospital ship she’s serving on hits a German mine and goes down off the coast of Greece in the fall of 1916.

Recovering at home with a badly broken arm, Bess is reminded of the promise she made to a dying soldier named Arthur Graham, who begged her to deliver an urgent message to his brother. (“Tell Jonathan that I lied,” he instructed her. “I did it for Mother’s sake. But it has to be set right.”) Honorbound, Bess makes her way to the Kent countryside, described in precise period detail with a lovely touch of rue for its never-to-be-recovered way of life. Here the story takes on Gothic intonations as Bess discovers that the Graham family has no intention of righting any past wrongs, especially those pertaining to the eldest son, who has been locked up in an asylum for killing a maid when he was 14.

Bess is made of sterner stuff than Ian Rutledge, the shell-shocked Scotland Yard inspector in the World War I series for which the mother-and-son team who write as Charles Todd is primarily known. But while her sensibility is as crisp as her narrative voice, Bess is a compassionate nurse who responds with feeling when asked to care for a traumatized veteran who has been callously shunned as a coward and a menace by the villagers. “It isn’t madness,” she insists. “Shell shock is an affliction of the brain.” However cogently argued, her plea for the humane treatment of troubled minds seems all the more hopeless when applied to the eldest Graham son, who escapes from the madhouse and forces Bess to help him solve the mysteries of his traumatic past.

Neither as tradition-bound as Hester Latterly, her 19th-century predecessor, nor as enlightened as Maisie Dobbs, who was a student of Freudian psychology, Todd’s heroine is a new woman — and her own woman. Pragmatic in the face of danger, she takes a brave stand on behalf of the mentally wounded, their suffering worsened by the isolation imposed on them through the fear and ignorance of the people who once loved them. In the process, she becomes the champion of all those lost and forgotten in war.

Call for Proposals: Anthology on Disability and Passing

Blurring the Lines: Disability, Race, Gender and Passing in Modern America by Jeffrey A. Brune and Kim E. Nielsen, editors

Although one of the common experiences of passing involves disability, scholars have devoted little attention to this important topic. Studies of passing have also paid insufficient attention to the interplay that occurs between disability, race, gender, sexuality, and class when people transgress and create identity boundaries. Blurring the Lines: Disability, Race, Gender and Passing in Modern America is an effort to correct these intellectual omissions and advance the study of this important topic. The editors of this forthcoming anthology seek proposals for scholarly articles on disability and passing. We especially seek proposals that analyze aspects of identity such as race, class, gender, and sexuality, in addition to disability.

The editors welcome submissions from all fields in the humanities and social sciences for this interdisciplinary collection. We expect the anthology to reflect the work being done in fields ranging from literary theory to history to sociology. The anthology will focus mainly on modern America, but we also welcome articles that offer a comparative perspective from a different time or place. The editors are not looking for personal narratives, but will consider personal accounts set within a strong analytic framework. We hope to limit the number of articles with a biographical or autobiographical approach.

To be considered for the anthology, please send a proposal of 250-500 words to both editors, Kim Nielsen , and Jeff Brune . We also request a c.v. of no more than five pages. All documents should be in MS Word format (.doc or .docx). Proposals should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation (if applicable), email address, postal address, and article title.

Proposals are due October 1, 2009 and we will notify authors of acceptance or rejection by November 10. Contributors will then have until June 1, 2010 to complete their articles of up to 10,000 words. We plan the book to be published in 2011. Please feel free to email the editors with any questions. We look forward to receiving many submissions on this important and exciting topic.


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