Ig Nobel Award Winners

Now that the Nobel Prize news has exhausted itself, it’s time for the Ig Nobel Awards, given annually for research that makes you laugh, and then think. Hmmm . . .

Among this year’s awardees in health-related research:

MEDICINE PRIZE: Donald L. Unger, of Thousand Oaks, California, USA, for investigating a possible cause of arthritis of the fingers, by diligently cracking the knuckles of his left hand — but never cracking the knuckles of his right hand — every day for more than sixty (60) years. REFERENCE: “Does Knuckle Cracking Lead to Arthritis of the Fingers?”, Donald L. Unger, Arthritis and Rheumatism, vol. 41, no. 5, 1998, pp. 949-50.

PUBLIC HEALTH PRIZE: Elena N. Bodnar, Raphael C. Lee, and Sandra Marijan of Chicago, Illinois, USA, for inventing a brassiere that, in an emergency, can be quickly converted into a pair of protective face masks, one for the brassiere wearer and one to be given to some needy bystander. REFERENCE: U.S. patent # 7255627, granted August 14, 2007 for a “Garment Device Convertible to One or More Facemasks.”

As flight attendants might remind us, Please don your brassiere mask first before assisting others with theirs.


10,000 and Counting!

Like the Dow Jones Industrials Index, NursingWriting has broken 10,000!

In the past three months our “traffic” has grown considerably, and we have welcomed over 1,000 visitors per month.

In the past day we welcomed our ten thousandth visitor.

Thanks to all our readers for their support. Thanks to all our nurse writers for their good work.

APA Publ. Manual 6th Ed.: Trade Them In

Reported in The Chronicle of Higher Education (and posted earlier here on NursingWriting), the new 6th edition of the APA Publication has numerous errors, for which APA issued on line a list of errata.

Now the APA has decided that purchasers of the flawed first printing of the  6th ed. can return them for a corrected copy. As the Chronicle reports today:

The cumulative outrage finally carried the day. The association has just announced that it will “recycle” remaining softcover copies of the sixth edition. Anyone who gets in touch with the association between November 2 and December 15 and asks for a replacement will receive a free copy of the emended second printing, according to Rhea Faberman, director of communications. (She recommends that people contact the APA’s service center to submit those requests.)

Those who purchased the manual can receive the corrected manual by returning the original copy with errors. Those who received a complimentary desk copy can only download the erratum sheet. Further information may be available at: http://www.apastyle.org/manual/index.aspx

Lisa Soder, administrative services specialist the UConn School of Nursing, has followed up with APA, providing further information on returning the defective first printing of the APA Publication Manual:

-Right now anyone can go to http://www.apastyle.apa.org to download the “corrected supplement” to the new 6th edition version.

-Those who received a free “desk copy” originally of the book will only be allowed to download the “corrected supplement” BUT NOT a free copy of the new corrected book.

-Only those who purchased the first printing with errors will be entitled to a new corrected book and only when they return the original one with errors. Anyone wanting a new revised book should contact APA (1-800-374-2721) some time between November 2 and December 15 to get a copy of the new revised book.

CFP: Mental Health Conference

Proposals sought for: The Social Determinants of Mental Health: From Awareness to Action, hosted by the Institute on Social Exclusion, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL, June 3rd and 4th, 2010, The Drake Hotel, Chicago

The purposes of the conference are:

* To increase awareness about how social conditions impact mental health;

* To develop and disseminate mental health prevention and intervention strategies that are informed by the social determinants framework;

* To create multidisciplinary collaborations to identify and address the multifaceted social conditions that impact mental health; and

* To develop new knowledge and practice innovations.

We invite papers that create new knowledge and/or practice innovations by doing one or more of the following:

* applying the social determinants frame to mental health;

* bridging disciplinary and professional perspectives on the social determinants of mental health;

* illustrating the mechanisms and pathways by which social context impacts mental health;

* illustrating the relationships between “macro” (e.g., national and international economic, climatic, political, demographic, and social forces), “meso” (e.g., family, neighborhood, and community characteristics) and “micro” (e.g., individual attributes) variables and mental health.

* proposing new or describing existing policy and programmatic mental health interventions that are based on the social determinants frame.

Topics might include the impact on mental health of:

* national and international forces (e.g., globalization, urbanization, industrialization, privatization, climate change, migration);

* legislation and public policy (e. g., labor, immigration, environmental, housing, trade, land use, fiscal, monetary, education, social welfare, criminal justice);

* institutional behaviors (e.g., the media, private corporations, government agencies);

* social, political, and economic ideologies (e.g., liberalism vs. conservatism; private markets vs. government intervention; personal vs. social responsibility; individualism vs. communitarianism);

* macro-social phenomena (e.g., natalism, racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and ablism; as well as stratification, cohesion, and exclusion)

Papers are invited from not only from mental health professionals, but given the multidimensionality of the social determinants, submissions are also invited from professionals in other fields such as law, public safety, architecture, planning, housing, transportation, environmental sciences, social work, and human rights; and other disciplines such as economics, sociology, political science, demography, criminology, and anthropology. We seek submissions from authors representing the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors, as well as those representing local, national, and international bodies. Papers submitted by cross-disciplinary, cross-professional, cross-sectoral teams of authors are especially welcomed.

Submission Requirements: The working language of the conference is English. Please submit a 300 word abstract to ise@adler.edu  by December 31st, 2009. In the subject line, please “SDOMH Abstract Submission”. In the abstract, be certain to:

(1) Describe how the submission is relevant to the conference theme;

(2) Describe how the submission builds new knowledge and/or practice innovations by doing at least one of the following:

* applies the social determinants frame to mental health;

* bridges disciplinary, professional, and sectoral perspectives on the social determinants of mental health;

* illustrates the mechanisms and the pathways by which social context impacts mental health and well-being;

* illustrates the relationships between “macro” (e.g., national and international economic, climatic, political, demographic, and social forces), “meso” (e.g., family, neighborhood, and community characteristics) and “micro” (e.g., individual attributes) variables and mental health; and/or

* proposes new or describes existing policy and programmatic mental health interventions that are based the on social determinants frame.

(3) Note the contact information and professional/disciplinary background of the author(s).

Authors accepted for presentation will be notified by January 31st.

Accepted abstracts will be published in the Conference proceedings. For more information, please contact ise@adler.edu

Lynn C. Todman, PhD, Director, Institute on Social Exclusion, Adler School of Professional Psychology, Suite 2100, 65 E. Wacker Place, Chicago, IL 60601-7298; Tel: (312) 201 5900 ext. 264; Fax: (312) 261-4061; Email: ltodman@adler.edu

CFS: Currents in Teaching & Learning

A Call for submissions from CURRENTS IN TEACHING AND LEARNING Volume 2,Number 2, Spring 2010. Currents in Teaching and Learning is a peer-reviewed electronic journal that fosters exchanges among reflective teacher-scholars across the disciplines. Currents invites submissions for its Spring 2010 issue, including:

—Short reports from all disciplines on classroom practices (2850-5700 words).

—Longer research, theoretical, or conceptual articles and explorations of issues and challenges facing teachers today (5700 – 7125 words).

—More submissions from the social sciences and sciences.

—Announcements of work in progress and calls for collaborators.

—Book and website reviews.

SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE for the Spring 2010 issue: NOVEMBER 15, 2009

Submissions received after this date will be considered on a rolling basis for future issues of Currents.

Send all inquiries and letters of interest to Josna Rege, at currents@worcester.edu  

For more information and to subscribe to Currents, visit our website at: www.worcester.edu/currents

Currents in Teaching and Learning is a publication of the Center for Teaching and Learning, Worcester State College, Worcester, Massachusetts, U.S.A. ISSN: 1945-3043

Josna Rege, Editor, Currents in Teaching and Learning,Associate Professor, English Worcester State College, Worcester, MA, U.S.A.

wikiHow: How to Find Your “Writing Nest”

An article on the wiki site, wikiHow, entitled “How to Find Your ‘Writing Nest”” observes:

As a writer you’ve probably struggled with finding a place to write where you feel inspired and relaxed. You may think that Lady Muse is just being cruel that day but it actually has something to do with your right and left brain. Remember that your right brain will want all of your senses to be engaged while the left brain may simply wish to write. If we pay attention to our senses, they can serve as allies in creating our ideal place to call our “Writing Nest”!

The article is on line at: http://www.wikihow.com/Find-Your-%22Writing-Nest%22 

As Virginia Woolf noted, the writer needs a room of one’s own.

Inside Higher Ed: A Regular Writing Routine

An article in last week’s Inside Higher Ed might be of interest to nurse writers. The first installment in a four-part series, “A Regular Writing Routine” by Peg Boyle Single, dismisses the myths that large blocks of uninterrupted time (I know you’ve got LOTS of that!) and inspiration/motivation are required to get the job done.

The article is aimed at doctoral students (it’s part of a series called Demystifying the Dissertation) but has relevance to post-docs and professors.

On line at: http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/dissertation/single5