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RWJF Releases Call For Proposals on Healthy Eating Research

5 Dec
Healthy Eating Research Releases Call for Proposals

healthy eatingHealthy Eating Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk for obesity: Black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander children, and children who live in lower-income communities. Findings are expected to advance RWJF’s efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic and help all children achieve a healthy weight. 

The Healthy Eating Research Special Solicitation call for proposals (CFP) is now open. This CFP focuses on childhood obesity prevention efforts in two settings: Healthy Food Retail and Early Care and Education.

Total Awards

Approximately $425,000 will be awarded under this CFP. Awards of up to 12 months and up to $75,000 each will be funded through this special solicitation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for projects that require between $25,000 and $75,000 to complete. Approximately two-thirds of the funds available will be allocated to studies focused on healthy food retail and one-third will be allocated to studies focused on early care and education.

How To Apply


There are two stages in the application process, including an initial concept paper and a subsequent full proposal (if invited). Applicants must follow the instructions and use the templates provided in the RWJF online system.

The deadline for receipt of concept papers is January 7, 2015 (3 p.m. ET).

 More details and how to apply


4 Dec
We are inviting academic editorial contributors to The SAGE Encyclopedia of Nutrition & Health, a new 4-volume reference to be published in 2016. This reference provides a broad multidisciplinary perspective on nutrition and behavioral health, answering questions such as: What are the cognitive effects of malnourishment of children? Which studies show which foods lower cholesterol? How is behavior modification used in obesity counseling? What are the FDA rules governing vitamins and supplements marketed on multiple media platforms? What is a “food desert”? How do nutrient needs change across the life span? What are the economic and psychosocial impacts on communities and countries affected by poor nutrition? This encyclopedia, informed by experts across nutrition science, psychology, sociology, economics, health care, public policy, social work, and education, is a valuable resource for students, professors, and librarians looking to explore the complex relationship between the science of human nutrition and health as it intersects with lifestyle choices, social/cultural environments, and the psychology of human behavior.

This project includes approximately 700 articles organized A-Z in the following categories: Adult Nutrition & Health Country Profiles Culture and Nutrition Exercise and Nutrition Infant and Children’s Nutrition & Health Large-Scale Nutrition Research Nutrition in Disease Prevention Nutrition in Disease States Professional Education and Practice Public Education and Public Health Science of Nutrition Types of Foods and Nutrients Each 1,000 to 5,000-word article will include the name and affiliation of the contributor in the byline of the entry. This comprehensive project will be published by SAGE Publications and the General Editor, who will be reviewing each submission to the project, is Dr. Marie-Pierre St-Onge, Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition.

We are currently making assignments with a deadline of JANUARY 15, 2015. If you are interested in contributing to this cutting-edge reference, it is a unique opportunity to contribute to the contemporary literature, redefining sociological issues in today’s terms. Moreover, it can be a notable publication addition to your CV/resume and broaden your publishing credits. SAGE Publications, offers an honorarium ranging from SAGE book credits for smaller articles up to a free set of the printed product for contributions totaling 10,000 words or more.

The list of available articles is already prepared, and as a next step we will e-mail you the Article List (Excel file) from which you can select topics that best fit your expertise and interests. Additionally, Style and Submission Guidelines will be provided that detail article specifications.

If you would like to contribute to building a truly outstanding reference with The SAGE Encyclopedia of Nutrition & Health, please contact me by the e-mail information below. Please provide your CV or a brief summary of your academic/publishing credentials in related disciplines.


Melodie Hagspiel nutrition@golsonmedia.com

Melodie Hagspiel
Golson Media/Sage Publications
Email: melodie@golsonmedia.com

Call for Papers — RWJF New Connections: Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

11 Nov

 Reproductive justice

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Understudied Populations in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, an independent, peer-reviewed journal of the Guttmacher Institute interested in diversity. This special section will be devoted to exploring the sexual and reproductive health needs of understudied populations (e.g., teenagers, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, socioeconomically disadvantaged men and women, individuals with disabilities, incarcerated persons, homeless men and women, military personnel and transgender people) and others whose distinctive situations have been largely overlooked in the literature and in the policy and service arenas. Original research and review articles (with a maximum length of 6,000 words), as well as commentaries (up to 3,500 words) will be considered. Deadline for submission is January 31, 2015. To view our author guidelines, go tohttp://www.guttmacher.org/guidelines/guidelines_psrh.html.


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:http://www.congrescalacs2014.fsaa.ulaval.ca and send by December 7, 2013 to calacs-congress2014@ffgg.ulaval.ca


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 detailshttp://www.congrescalacs2014.fsaa.ulaval.ca


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 http://www.can-latam.org/membership

For further information, please contact us at:


SAAPHI Abstract Writing Guide

30 Oct



 The writer should think of an abstract as a “marketing document”, in that its primary purpose is to summarize work that has been proposed or completed and capture the reader’s interest. It is a short document, typically comprised of 100 – 500 words that should be written in a concise manner. The components of the abstract will vary according to discipline. Further, a poorly written abstract discourages readers from taking the time to read through the document in its entirety.

There are many types of abstracts, including those used in journal publications, conference abstracts, as well as a prospectus or research proposal. Abstracts in journal publications usually precede the entire text of a peer-reviewed journal. This type of abstract is often readily available and is listed in search databases such as PUBMED, Medline, Ovid, Medscape, etc. Another type of abstract is a conference abstract. This abstract is used to propose paper topics, poster presentations, panel sessions, or oral presentations at a professional conference.


Beginning the Writing Process

When responding to a Call for Abstracts or Call for Papers, the writer should initially consider the intended audience and the submission guidelines. The intended audience is likely a review committee that may have to review many submissions and, for this reason, you have to ensure that your abstract will be able to stand out. However, do not forget your secondary audience. The secondary audience consists of those who will attend or are considering attending the conference. You want to be sure that, upon approval, your abstract will be enticing enough for them to join your presentation.

Next, decide upon a Problem Statement that will clearly explain the importance of the proposed research topic. This statement, which may be reflected in the title, should form the basis of the overall abstract and inform the reader of the information in the larger work. The statement should specify what practical, scientific, or theoretical gap your research is fulfilling. In other words, the problem statement should define the scope of the project.

General Components of an Abstract

Always review the specific guidelines of a particular journal or professional organization as abstract components may vary by discipline. The most basic “structured” abstract will likely consist of the following components:


This section should begin with an opening statement that contains 1 – 2 sentences and clearly explains the overarching purpose of the study, project, or program as well as the specific aims.


Specific models and approaches should be addressed. In addition, the writer should provide an overview of the methods used to gather data, develop and execute a project, or operate a program. In the most simplistic terms, explain what you did and how you did it. Include details about how the data was collected and analyzed.


Concisely summarize your main findings or outcomes. An abstract may include specific data or discuss critical findings in a more general way. Be sure to clearly state what was discovered, learned, or created.


The conclusion should consist of a brief discussion that imparts the significance of the results and discusses what they mean? Describe the implications, including for the problem or topic that was initially identified in the Introduction? Inform the reader as to how the research adds to the body of knowledge on a topic.

Additional headings may include:

  • Background
  • Specific Aims
  • Design
  • Participants
  • Intervention (Method)
  • Interpretation

Again, be sure to check what are specified in the formal Call for Abstracts/Papers.

Additional Tips

 State the topic within the first sentence, no later than the second sentence of the abstract.

  • Limit the length of the title to no more than 12 words (or what is stated in the guidelines).
  • Avoid using the first person “I” or “we” when possible.
  • Write in the past tense.
  • Choose active verbs instead of passive ones (ex: “the study tested” instead of “In the study we tested”).
  • Avoid jargon, trade names, acronyms, abbreviations, & symbols in your abstract, because your explanation of these names will take up valuable room/words.
  • Check your spelling and grammar, and be sure to provide logical connections/transitions between information in the abstract.
  • Review and edit!
  • Identify and include at least 5 key words to accompany the abstract.