Archive | November, 2013

CURRENT RESEARCH: Vitamin D Deficiency Might Be Overdiagnosed in Blacks, Study Suggests

25 Nov


A Study finds that  although, Black adults typically have low levels of vitamin D in their blood,  they are on par with whites when it comes to the “active” form of vitamin D used by the body’s cells, a new study finds.What’s more, the results suggest that doctors may be overdiagnosing vitamin D deficiency in black patients, said lead researcher Dr. Ravi Thadhani, chief of nephrology at Massachusetts General Hospital, in Boston. More research is needed before anyone diagnosed with vitamin D deficiency should stop taking supplements.

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SAAPHI Scientific Committee Webinar Series

6 Nov

SAAPHI Scientific Committee Webinar Series

The Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI) Scientific Committee is proud to present the following webinar with Dr. William Jenkins, founding President of SAAPHI.

Be sure to register for this FREE webinar!


1 Nov

CALACS 2014 Congress

16-18 May 2014

Quebec City, Canada

The Americas are in the process of reconstruction and restructuring. The voices of civil society movements can no longer be silenced as they are calling for a cleaner environment, better living conditions, justice for all as well as respect towards indigenous people and cultural/ethnic minorities. This is also true for the demands of young people who want to explore new avenues for a better future. In order to free themselves from the influence of external powers, the people of Latin America and the Caribbean are redefining their models of society and asserting their independence. Regional solidarities—whether in the Caribbean, Central America or South America with the foundation of UNASUR—as well as contributions from different social and cultural groups reflect these important changes. The main challenge, however, is to make sure that all levels of society benefit from the progress made by these societal and political forces.

In this vein, CALACS Congress invites participants to submit proposals on the theme “Environments, Societies and Imaginaries: The Americas in Motion” in all its variations. The aim is to focus on societal dynamics, political struggles and also artistic approaches which address issues such as a safe environment, sustainable cities, sustainable development, equality, peace, democracy, justice, and social stability.

In 2014, CALACS wishes to include the environmental sciences and thus addresses a special call to researchers/teachers/activists/officials and diplomats who work for the protection of natural resources—water, forests, soil, air—and biodiversity. The growing interest in sustainable development has generated new ideas, innovations, and participation of youth leaders, community organisations, educational institutions and other agents. The congress aims to portray the social actors and their strategies which put the Americas in motion. In keeping with the multi- and interdisciplinary spirit of the congress, we strongly encourage submissions from scholars working in all disciplines as well as practitioners in all fields and sectors.

We especially encourage submissions from scholars and other participants from Latin America and the Caribbean.

CALACS congress will be held at Laval University – Canada’s oldest institution of higher education and the first institution in North America to offer higher education in French. The university is located in Quebec City, one of the oldest cities in North America. The historic district of old Québec was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. Come and experience the old city’s heritage, culture, food and beautiful surroundings.

Selected panels and papers will be organized in the following program tracks:

1. International relations

2. Sustainable development

3. Migration

4. Indigenous peoples

5. African diaspora

6. Health, education, social policy

7. Industry/extraction of natural resources

8. Forests, oceans, biodiversity and environmental services

9. Water resources: natural hazards and vulnerability

10. Human rights, citizenship, democracy

11. Art and Memory

12. Decolonization

13. Human security and peace process

14. City, urbanization, population

15. Valorisation of immaterial cultural heritage and cultural tourism

16. Information workshops for students

Note: It is possible to submit proposals outside these program tracks.

We strongly encourage submissions panel proposals of three to four papers (plus chair and/or discussant), and up to five participants for roundtables and workshops. Individual papers are welcome. Proposals can be submitted in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Proposals and Deadlines

Please download submission form from the congress website: and send by December 7, 2013 to


We will review submissions and applicants will receive confirmation by January 31st, 2014.


Registration for congress will start in January. Please see our website for more details


Funding for Congress participation is limited; only graduate students can apply. See our website for application details and deadline.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for funding at their own institutions.


Please note: All presenters must be members of CALACS and be registered in order to participate in the congress.

For more information about membership fees and payments, see

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