CFP: Stories of Complicated Grief (Proposed Book)

Early Call for Potential Book Chapter Contributors for Stories of Complicated Grief

Complicated grief (sometimes known as prolonged grief disorder) is generally viewed as a form of grief that affects a subset of those who have lost a loved one. Such individuals tend to have more severe grief reactions such as intense yearning and longing for the deceased, not accepting the death, feeling numb, angry, bleak, or agitated about oneself or life, and not trusting others (e.g., Prigerson & Maciejewski, 2005). While there is not an absolute consensus about this point, some scholars and clinicians believe that this form of grief should be recognized as its own unique mental disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM).

I am looking for personal accounts from individuals who may have experienced various forms of complicated grief and are willing to write a chapter about their experience. Ideally, potential contributors will be able to draw from some academic literature in areas such as psychology, social work, and other related fields in their papers. However, particularly powerful accounts from those outside psychology and related fields will most certainly be considered. Papers that can offer a creative synthesis of personal narratives with an academic tone are especially encouraged. Clinical accounts will also be considered.

Papers that highlight a wide swath and diversity of topics are sought. Such examples can include, but are not limited to, complicated grief due to or related to: either an extremely close, poor, or conflicting relationship with the deceased, loss due to various forms of violence, complex situations or dynamics surrounding the death, previous losses contributing to challenges of bereavement, regrets over actions (or inactions) taken prior to the loss, or other sudden or expected losses. I would also welcome papers from those who may have experienced potentially difficult aspects of a grief experience and did not show severe grief symptoms.

While I am not completely adverse to the idea of having exclusively theoretical/empirical papers, I am especially looking for contributors who feel that they can craft a paper with the abovementioned qualities. I have already been in touch with a publisher who has shown interest in potentially publishing such an edited book. However, before a formal book proposal is submitted, I need to gauge possible interest and appropriateness of papers. Until and unless I have an appropriate number of possible papers, I cannot guarantee submission of a book proposal.

If interested, please submit a 250-350 word count proposal/abstract along with a brief one-page CV to complicatedgriefbook@gmail.com. Any queries or submissions will be kept in strict confidence. If I would like to include your proposal as part of this book, you will first be notified. If there is sufficient interest, potential contributors will be given additional information about the project at a later date. Proposal reviews will begin immediately and will be evaluated on a rolling basis. If a book proposal is submitted and is successful, it is anticipated that final papers would likely be in the range of 25 double-spaced pages (and in APA Style).  Again, please address any queries or submissions to: complicatedgriefbook@gmail.com

Eric D. Miller, Ph.D. , Kent State University at East Liverpool, Email: complicatedgriefbook@gmail.com

CFS: HOPOS, J Intnl Soc History Philos Sci

The University of Chicago Press is pleased to announce the publication of HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science. The digital edition of the inaugural issue (Spring 2011) is now available free for a limited time to all visitors to the journal’s home on the web: www.journals.uchicago.edu/hopos  With no other current publication addressing the history of philosophy of science, the HOPOS journal will have its own place in a growing area of research. HOPOS will draw upon the multiple methods of philosophy and history to study the development, functioning, applications, and social and cultural engagements of the sciences. The journal situates understanding of individual sciences within their historical settings and against the backdrop of mainstream issues in philosophical thought relevant to the growth of our knowledge of the world and of human nature.

The journal is available in both print and electronic formats. Each issue will contain a minimum of four articles and ten to fifteen book reviews. Articles are blind reviewed by two or three referees. Individuals receive access to the journal through their membership in the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science. For membership information, go to the journal’s website: www.journals.uchicago.edu/hopos  or the society’s website:  http://www.hopos.org/  For additional information email subscriptions@press.uchicago.edu  or call 877-705-1878 (outside the U.S. and Canada, call 773-753-3347). Institutions can subscribe via JSTOR: http://about.jstor.org/participate-jstor/subscribe

NINR Stats/2010

Recent federal budget cuts and proposed future cuts will have a cascading effect on what has already been a challenging season for nurse researchers. According to NINR’s stats for last year, few grant applications were approved. Word on the street is that all NIH funding mechanisms have pulled back for fear that three-year or five-year awards would not have the funds available to complete them.

Activity Code

Number of Applications Reviewed

Number of Applications Awarded

Success Rate3

Total Funding4

P01

3

0

0.0%

$0

R01

214

37

17.3%

$19,181,391

R03

33

3

9.1%

$266,738

R15

28

3

10.7%

$803,313

R21

161

15

9.3%

$3,229,076

Mechanism Total

439

58

13.2%

$23,480,518

F31

84

33

39.3%

$1,151,966

F32

1

1

100.0%

$54,854

K01

8

4

50.0%

$370,360

K23

9

5

55.6%

$604,660

K24

1

0

0.0%

$0

K99

8

4

50.0%

$320,232

R41

3

1

33.3%

$80,292

R42

1

0

0.0%

$0

R43

28

0

0.0%

$0

R44

10

3

30.0%

$748,425

T32

8

2

25.0%

$264,287

Mechanism Total

161

53

32.9%

$3,595,076

R24

0

0

0.0%

$114,000

Mechanism Total

0

0

0.0%

$114,000

CFS: Am J Bioethics Primary Research

The mission of American Journal of Bioethics Primary Research is to advance the pursuit of empirical work in bioethics through the publication of primary research in bioethics and conceptual analyses of the relationship between descriptive and normative inquiry. AJOB Primary Research broadly construes empirical bioethics to include social scientific research applied to bioethical questions, health policy and health services research as it relates to bioethics, and other forms of original research including evidence-based literature reviews and commentary on new developments in empirical bioethics.

Submission of Manuscripts: AJOB Primary Research receives all manuscript submissions electronically via their ScholarOne Manuscripts website located at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/primaryresearch  ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, as well as facilitating the review process and internal communication between authors, editors and reviewers via a web-based platform. Futher information on the journal: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/UABR

CFP: Health in the African Diaspora of the Americas

Call for Papers: International Conference on Health in the African Diaspora of the Americas

The International Conference on Health in the African Diaspora of the Americas-ICHAD2012-will be held July 4-8, 2012 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The conference will include the creation of an edited book of the proceedings for the conference. We seek to bring together a dynamic, interdisciplinary group of scholars and health and social science leaders from across the world. Scholars from diverse disciplines, including political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, public health, and medicine are invited to submit papers for presentation at the conference. Authors of selected papers will be invited to present their work at the ICHAD plenary sessions. The theme of ICHAD2012 is “The Great Scattering: Solving the Puzzle of Slavery, Race, and Contemporary Health in the African Diaspora of the Americas.” The conference will explore how the legacy of slavery and the concept of race inform our understanding of contemporary health patterns and major health challenges in the African Diaspora of the Western Hemisphere. As the conference is focused specifically on the African descent populations of the Western Hemisphere, papers focused on Africa that do not make a clear connection to the experiences of African descent populations in the Americas will not be accepted.

Topics presently under consideration include:

History of the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean – An historical comparison of slavery and the lived experience of “race” in the region and the implications for contemporary black health and racial inequities in the social determinants of health.

Conceptualizing Race in the Western Hemisphere – A cross-country comparison of the meaning and utility of “race.”

Health Status of Slave Descendants in the Western Hemisphere – A composite profile of the health of 60 million descendants of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Nature versus Nurture – The implications of race-based genomics for the growing movement to address the social determinants of health and eliminate racial disparities in health in the African Diaspora of the Western Hemisphere.

The Social Determinants of Health – An exploration of health and the “black experience” throughout the region, including commonalities and variance in living conditions, education, health care access, psychosocial stressors, and racism and discrimination.

Pathways to Partnership – Moving to solutions through vision, unity, and transformation.

Please note that the conference sessions are not limited to these topics. Scholars are encouraged to think broadly and creatively within their respective discipline when choosing a topic for presentation.

Submission of your manuscript proposal does not automatically register you for the conference. If your paper is accepted for presentation at ICHAD2012, you will be notified and offered a $5,000 (USD) honorarium plus travel and hotel expenses to support your attendance and presentation at the conference.

Timetable for submission of papers and proposals– Submission of abstracts and proposals: July 1, 2011. Acceptance of abstracts and proposals: Sept 1, 2011. Submission of first draft: Dec 10, 2011. Comments from reviewers: Feb 3, 2012. Submission of revised papers: April 2, 2012. Acceptance of final papers: April 30, 2012. Conference presentations: July 4-8, 2012. Format for submission: Please submit an abstract and outline for your paper. In the abstract please be sure to clearly indicate what country or countries will be the focus of your paper. Please also indicate your academic discipline and affiliation; provide your contact information; and briefly describe the manuscript’s relevance to the conference theme. Multiple submissions are permissible. Spanish, Portuguese, and French submissions are permissible, but English is preferred.

Manuscript proposals should be emailed to: submissions@ICHAD.org Please include “Attention ICHAD2012 Presentation” in the subject line of the email. If you have any questions about the submission or the conference in general, please contact John Sankofa, ICHAD Project Director at 410-955-6243 or via email at: jsankofa@jhsph.edu

For more information please contact:

John Sankofa, ICHAD Project Director | info@ICHAD.org | (410) 955-6243 – Office |(410) 614-8964 – Fax

Or mail your inquiries to: International Conference on Health in the African Diaspora Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management, 624 N. Broadway, Suite 331, Baltimore, MD, USA 21205

NY Times: Study Finds Drop in Deadly V.A. Hospital Infections

Reported in today’s New York Times:

An aggressive four-year effort to reduce the spread of deadly bacterial infections at veterans’ hospitals is showing impressive results and may have broad implications at medical centers across the country, according to the first comprehensive assessment of the program, which was released Wednesday afternoon.

The study of 153 Veterans Affairs hospitals nationwide found a 62 percent drop in the rate of infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, in intensive care units over a 32-month period. There was a 45 percent drop in MRSA prevalence in other hospital wards, like surgical and rehabilitation units.

The Veterans Affairs strategy employs a “bundle” of measures that include screening all patients with nasal swabs, isolating those who test positive for MRSA, requiring that staff treating those patients wear gloves and gowns and take other contact precautions and encouraging rigorous hand washing. The results may not be easily replicated in the private sector, but they are likely to step up pressure by further undercutting the notion, prevalent at many hospitals not long ago, that infections are an unavoidable cost of doing business.

The article by Kevin Sack, “Study Finds Drop in Deadly V.A. Hospital Infections,” is available on line.

Dowd: Giving Doctors Orders

In her column in today’s NY Times, Maureen Dowd reports on the alarmingly high rate of nosocomial infections in hospitals.

Citing the death of her brother who entered the hospital to treat pneumonia and published reports she observes:

Michael died in that I.C.U. A couple years later, I read reports about how neckties and lab coats worn by doctors and clinical workers were suspected as carriers of deadly germs. Infections kill 100,000 patients in hospitals and other clinics in the U.S. every year.

A 2004 study of New York City doctors and clinicians discovered that their ties were contagious with at least one type of infectious microbe. Four years ago, the British National Health System initiated a “bare below the elbow” dress code barring ties, lab coats, jewelry on the hands and wrists, and long fingernails.

The column, “Giving Doctors Orders,” is available on line.

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