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Call for Applications: Journalists in Aging Fellows Program
The 2014 application deadline is July 1.
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and New America Media (NAM) are welcoming applications — from journalists who cover issues in aging and/or who work for ethnic media outlets serving U.S. communities — for the fifth year of a joint fellowship program now supported by a grant from AARP. Stories resulting from the last four years are available on GSA's website. Once again, the John A. Hartford Foundation also is supporting one fellow, who will report on topics specifically related to the health and health care of older Americans.
By 2030, people age 65 and over will make up a full one-fifth of America's population, with a growing percentage of them representing ethnic minorities. The health and social consequences permeate every aspect of life in this country. For example, the first members of the huge baby boomer generation have already begun receiving full Social Security benefits. While America’s mainstream media have largely ignored this emerging story, most communities are poorly informed about the significant challenges — and opportunities — of the longevity revolution.
Dates and Location
Selected fellows will attend GSA’s 2014 Annual Scientific Meeting, which is taking place in Washington, DC, from Wednesday, November 5, to Sunday, November 9. This event will welcome 4,000 experts in the field of aging and the schedule includes hundreds of symposia, papers and posters — all featuring new research presented for the first time. At the meeting, reporters will find ideas for new stories and fresh angles on existing topics from Alzheimer’s disease to Social Security and Medicare to the latest biological discoveries.
Each fellow will be expected to participate in a special one-day preconference session (Wednesday, November 5) and at least two days of general meeting sessions (Thursday, November 6, and Friday, November 7). Fellows will also commit to completing one short-term story about any aspect of the meeting and a long-term in-depth project of their own design. The latter must be outlined in a one-to-two page proposal.
All articles must be published, broadcast, or posted through distributed or circulated news media entities rather than personal blogs, and will be required to include a note at the beginning or end noting that it was written/produced in conjunction with the fellowship. (Reporters will be provided text samples that may be adapted for different media.) The stories must reach an audience within the U.S.
This Journalists in Aging Fellowship Program will be fully administered by GSA and NAM. Neither AARP, the John A. Hartford Foundation, nor any connected corporate entities will have any involvement with or influence on the selection of proposals or editorial aspects of the projects.
Short-term stories: Fellows must produce a story of no less than 500 words (or comparable broadcast length) stemming directly from any aspect of the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting. The piece must be completed no later than December 24, 2014, and scheduled to be disseminated no later than December 31, 2014. The story can be a news report, feature, or commentary/blog covering the meeting itself or a study or discussion presented therein. Unlike the long-term project (see below), applicants need not propose a topic for the short-term story ahead of time, nor do they have to obtain advance approval from an editor/producer that the piece will be considered as an editorial assignment for publication or broadcast. The subject matter also need not be related to that of the long-term project. Selected fellows will be permitted to publish their short-term and long-term pieces through different media organizations, but it is still the Fellow's responsibility to see that the pieces are published in such a case. Therefore, applicants should indicate where they expect to place the short-term story if it will appear in a different news outlet than the long-term project.
The GSA meeting includes hundreds of symposia, papers, and posters in dozens of topic areas. Some months prior to the conference, reporters will be able to consult the interactive meeting planner, which contains the full program schedule.
Long-term projects: Each fellow will submit a proposal outlining a major story or series that she or he intends to research and write. The story or series should be of the fellow's own design, documenting and explaining a pressing issue that elders and their families or communities are facing.
The project deadline will be March 2, 2015, and it must be scheduled to be disseminated no later than June 1, 2015. The story or series need not be based on any session at the Annual Scientific Meeting, although reporters are invited to interview expert presenters or utilize articles published in GSA’s peer-reviewed journals.
Fellowship applicants are invited to make proposals on a wide range of subjects, such as caregiving challenges; dementia and its impact; intergenerational activities; healthy aging (including wellness and physical activity); safety education (e.g., falls and fall prevention); health disparities; elder abuse prevention; depression and social isolation; hunger; medication challenges; lifelong learning; art and creativity for older adults; aging in place; age-friendly communities; older-worker issues (e.g., career retraining and encore careers); and civic engagement (mentoring, volunteering, or otherwise “giving back” to society). Projects may, but are not required to, reflect at least one element of population diversity. This may include the involvement of diverse experts or facts about an issue’s effect on racial or ethnic groups.
Hartford partnership: Applicants whose long-term project proposals specifically focus on health and aging topics will be eligible to become the John A. Hartford Journalism in Aging & Health Fellow. While not restricted to the following health care topics, added consideration will be given to applicants who propose long-term projects covering: health care workforce issues and the ability of health professionals to deliver skilled geriatric care; the education and training of geriatric specialists in medicine, nursing, and social work; and models of health care delivery that integrate and improve services for older patients.
Both staff journalists and freelancers who apply must submit an agreement by his or her editor/producer to accept the long-term project proposal as an editorial assignment for publication or broadcast. Those who also serve as the principal editor/producer of a news outlet are also welcome to apply. These journalists need not provide a separate editor/producer’s assurance, but they should make their dual role as writer and editor/producer clear in the proposal.
Although the primary editor/producer for stories will be at each reporter’s news outlet, fellows will be encouraged to consult with project editor Paul Kleyman of NAM and the Journalists Network on Generations. With almost 40 years of experience writing on issues in aging, Kleyman works with journalists to consult with them on sources and background.
The stories resulting from this fellowship will first be published by each journalist’s media organization(s). NAM, GSA, AARP, and the John A. Hartford Foundation will then have the option to cross-post the stories — with full credit and links back to the primary publisher — and make them available to websites or, in the case of NAM, its network of ethnic media outlets.
Because journalists sometimes apply from media outlets with formats differing from that of NAM, such as those publishing magazine-length articles, selected reporters may be required to work with NAM’s editor to adapt articles to their approach. This may result in a shorter article or series of articles suitable for news service distribution. NAM will take responsibility for such editing, and fellows will have the right of final approval for adaptations before they are published.
Reporters proposing stories to be published or broadcast in a language other than English must agree to provide an English translation to NAM and GSA within two weeks of initial publication, or to provide images with a separate audio narration in English for radio or video stories. Multimedia slide shows should be provided with image captions in English. (All such stories would be cross-posted by NAM or GSA with links back to the story in the original language.)
Stipend and Travel
Each fellow will receive a stipend of $1,500, with half to be paid on arrival at the meeting and the rest upon completion of the long-term project. GSA will arrange and pay for all flights and hotel bookings (up to five nights — November 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8) in Washington, DC, and qualifying local travel expenses (e.g., cab, train, or bus fares) will be reimbursed.
Selection Process and Eligibility
The fellowship selection panel will include experts in gerontology and editorial professionals from NAM and GSA.
All journalists are eligible to apply except for past recipients of this fellowship. They will be notified separately of an opportunity to apply for a travel grant to attend the GSA meeting.
For further details about fellowship requirements and potential stories, contact NAM Ethnic Elders Editor Paul Kleyman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 503-4170, ext. 133. For further details about how to submit an application, contact GSA Communications Manager Todd Kluss at email@example.com or (202) 587-2839.
Call for Nominations: Innovation in Caregiving Award
The Innovation in Caregiving Award award is made possible through a gift to the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging by an Emerita Board Member. Up to three award winners will receive a commemorative plaque and a check for $1,000.
The INNOVATION IN CAREGIVING award will recognize adults (aged 18 and over) who, in the course of caring for an adult aged 60 or over in a private home or a residential setting:
invent a device or technique that solves a caregiving challenge, or
find a new application for an existing device or technique that supports caregiving and eases the burden on caregivers.
Elizabeth H. (Betty) Rose created several devices that made it easier for caregivers to assist older adults. Her efforts resulted in improvements in care and increased comfort for those receiving care.
Betty realized that caregivers are often creative problem solvers as well. She intended this award to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of these individuals who serve on the frontlines of caregiving.
The application deadline is June 30, 2014.
Call for Applications: Sigma Theta Tau International/Hill-Rom Environment of Elder Care Nursing Research Grant
The Environment of Elder Care Nursing Research Grant co-sponsored by Hill-Rom will advance the science of nursing through research focused on critical aspects of elder care including clear lungs, no falls, safe skin, patient comfort and ease-of-use. Applications from novice researchers who have received no other national research funds are encouraged. Preference will be given to Sigma Theta Tau International members, other qualifications being equal.
Funds for this grant are provided by Hill-Rom. Allocation of funds is based on the quality of the proposed research, the future promise of the applicant and the applicant's research budget.
Funds for this grant do not cover expenses incurred prior to the funding date.
Registered nurse with a current license.
Hold at minimum a master's degree or its equivalent, and/or be enrolled in a doctoral program.
Submission of completed research application packet and a signed research agreement via our online submission system.
Ready to implement research project when funding is received.
Submit to STTI a final report; submit completed abstract to STTI's Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository.
Submit an abstract for publication to Hill-Rom regarding the research done as a product of the grant, and credit research grant partners in all publications and presentations of the research.
Grants available: 1 per year
Funding: up to US $9,000
Deadline: 1 July 2014
Funding date: 1 November 2014
Sigma Theta Tau International
Phone: 888.634.7575 (US/Canada) or +1.317.634.8171(International)
How to apply: All applications must be submitted via the online submission system.
Call for Submissions: Association for Anthropology and Gerontology Margaret Clark Award for Student Papers
Deadline June 1, 2014
AAGE is invites graduate and undergraduate students to submit papers of interest to anthropology and gerontology to compete for the Margaret Clark Award. This award supports the continued pursuit of work following the example of Margaret Clark, a pioneer in the multidisciplinary study of socio-cultural gerontology and medical anthropology, and a scholar committed to mentoring younger colleagues.
Winning papers will receive $300, and the jurors may select papers for Honorable Mention with a free AAGE year membership. Winning papers will be given the right of first refusal by Anthropology & Aging and acknowledged at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting. Abstracts of the winning manuscripts will also be published on the AAGE website.
Contributions are invited from students of all disciplines and methods. Non-members and members are invited to apply. We welcome submissions that are research, analytic, or literary in nature, and academic, applied or practice oriented.
Essays will be judged on the following criteria:
Originality and timeliness of topic.
Effective use of theory and evidence.
Significance to anthropological studies of aging.
Clear and effective writing and organization.
Published or accepted manuscripts are ineligible for this competition. Limit one entry per student.
Submission of Manuscripts
Submissions must include the following as a single MS Word document:
Title page with the following information
Undergraduate or graduate status
Name, mailing address and institutional affiliation and email address (and future contact information if a change is anticipated).
Brief (150-200 words) abstract
Manuscript should be double-spaced with references in any standard bibliographic format (e.g. American Anthropologist, American Psychological Association).
Materials must be submitted by June 1. Only complete submissions will be considered. Submissions and related questions should be sent to both award chairs via email with “Margaret Clark Award” in the subject line:
Elana Buch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emily Wentzell: email@example.com
Call for Nominations: Gene D. Cohen Research Award in Creativity and Aging
The Gene D. Cohen Award, sponsored by the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA), recognizes and honors the seminal work of Dr. Gene Cohen, whose research in the field of creativity and aging has shifted the conceptual focus from a problem paradigm to one of promise and potential. Dr. Cohen has inspired us to approach longevity asking what wonders can be achieved, not in spite of age, but because of age. The award is presented annually to a professional whose research in the field of creativity and aging demonstrates these positive attributes.
Presented annually at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting at the Arts and Humanities Reception, the award consists of the following:
Travel and lodging (limit to $1,000) to attend the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting
GSA Annual Scientific Meeting Registration
A program profile included in GSA’s Annual Meeting Program, which will be distributed to attendees and posted on the GSA website.
Recognition on the NCCA website
Recognition by peers at an awards presentation
Award nomination is open to any individual who has produced research that demonstrates the benefits of creativity in arts including but not limited to visual arts, music, dance, drama, writing and multi media. Nominees should demonstrate leadership and contributions in the field of creativity and aging through research.
Deadline for Nomination: May 1st
A formal nomination letter
A brief statement (maximum 500 words) detailing how the nominee meets the criteria of the award
Peer review articles or other related documents
Up to 2 letters of support
In order to nominate someone for the Gene D. Cohen Award in Creativity and Aging, please send your nomination packet to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject of “Gene D. Cohen Award Nomination – NOMINEE NAME HERE.” Please remember to substitute your nominee’s name in the subject.
Call for Nominations: Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award
The Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award is designed to acknowledge outstanding contributions in the field of rehabilitation of aging persons.
The individual who is nominated should demonstrate sustained contributions to the field of rehabilitation of aging persons. The nominee’s work may be in any or all of the areas of teaching or patient care, or publications which may include scholarly works, books, monographs, administrative directives, or public policy papers. Examples of potential candidates for consideration may include: a psychologist working in the area of psychological rehabilitation, a biologist who is working a lifetime on Parkinson’s disease, or someone working at NIA who is overseeing rehabilitation research. Practitioners such as physicians, nurses, therapists could also be candidates. This award will be presented at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting at the Health Sciences Section Business Meeting. The award consists of a cash award of $250 and a certificate.
Deadline: May 1st
Applicants do not have to be a member of GSA.
This is a Health Sciences Section Award, but it is open to anyone in the rehabilitation community.
Nominator or endorser of nomination must be a GSA member.
Nomination packet should include:
A detailed formal nomination letter
Up to 2 letters of endorsement (in additional to the nomination letter)
A current Curriculum Vitae
Digital Copies of Publications (books require 5 hard copies)
Presented annually at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting at the Health Sciences Section Business Meeting, the award consists of a cash award of $250 and a certificate.
In order to nominate someone for the Excellence in Rehabilitation Award, please send your nomination packet to email@example.com with a subject of "Excellence in Rehabilitation Award Nomination - NOMINEE NAME HERE." Please remember to substitute your nominee's name in the subject.
Call for Nominations: Joseph T. Freeman Award
The Joseph T. Freeman Award is a lectureship in geriatrics and is awarded to a prominent physician in the field of aging, both in research and practice. The Freeman Lecture is one of the highlights of the Society's Annual Scientific Meeting. The award, which carries a prize of $250, was established in 1977 through a bequest from a patient's estate as a tribute to Dr. Joseph T. Freeman, a leading physician and one of the Society's distinguished members and past president.
Nominees must be a member of the Health Sciences section.
A formal nomination letter, which also serves as a statement of impact.
A current Curriculum Vitae.
In order to nominate someone for the Joseph T. Freeman Award, please send your nomination packet to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject of "Freeman Award Nomination - NOMINEE NAME HERE." Please remember to substitute your nominee's name in the subject.
Call for Nominations: Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award
The Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award recognizes insightful and innovative publications on aging and life course development in the behavioral and social sciences. Any empirical or conceptual publication which represents state-of-the-art thinking in aging and life course development is eligible for the award provided it is in English and was published in the last three years.
Two $250 awards (one for an article and one for a book) are underwritten by Baywood Publishing Company, with whom Dr. Kalish was long associated.
Nominations must be made by a GSA member.
A statement outlining the innovative and state-of-the-art contributions of the publication.
Send six (6) hard copies of books to GSA, digital copies of articles.
Copies of any published reviews.
In order to nominate someone for the Richard Kalish Award, please send your nomination packet to email@example.com with a subject of "Kalish Award Nomination - NOMINEE NAME HERE." Please remember to substitute your nominee's name in the subject.
Call for Nominations: Nathan Shock New Investigator Award
The Nathan Shock New Investigator Award is given annually for innovative and influential publications. Established in 1986 to honor Dr. Nathan Shock, a pioneer in gerontological research at the National Institutes of Health, and a founding member of The Gerontological Society of America, the $1,500 award is designed to acknowledge outstanding contributions to new knowledge about aging through basic biological research.
Nominees must have a PhD, MD, DDS, or equivalent degree and must be within seven years of their postdoctoral research.
Formal nomination letter.
A summary of the research (no more than 1,000 words).
Two letters of recommendation
A re-print of relevant research papers.
In order to nominate someone for the Nathan Shock Award, please send your nomination packet to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject of "Shock Award Nomination - NOMINEE NAME HERE." Please remember to substitute your nominee's name in the subject.
Call for Nominations: Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award
This award, presented by the Health Sciences section is given to a member of the Society in recognition of outstanding and sustained contribution to geriatric nursing research. The person selected will present a special lecture at the nursing special interest group meeting during the Annual Meeting of GSA, and will receive a $300 cash prize.
Must be a member of the Society.
A one-page statement of the nominee's impact.
An additional statement of significance of contribution to improving the lives of older persons.
In order to nominate someone for the Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award, please send your nomination packet to email@example.com with a subject of "Schwartz Award Nomination - NOMINEE NAME HERE." Please remember to substitute your nominee's name in the subject.