Tuesday, July 22, 2008


University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Geography, invites applications for a post-doc position in Human-Environment Dynamics in the Developing World.
The Department seeks candidates whose research and teaching interests focus on compelling science questions and approaches towards observing and modeling the causes and consequences of human impacts on the environment and human adaptations to environmental change. The successful candidate is expected to have research expertise in one or more of the following skill areas: Statistical modeling, household survey design and analysis, remote sensing, and GIS. Disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged in geography and cognate fields, including demography, public health, ecology, economics, and anthropology.
Applicants are welcome with interests in all thematic areas of human-environment research. Areas of particular interest include but are not limited to 1) human drivers of and adaptation to climate change; 2) agricultural change, including land intensification and intensification and crop cover change; 3) population, environment and health linkages and 4) protected area conservation and human dynamics.
The Department has strengths in three systematic areas: (1) modeling, measurement, and computation; (2) human-environment relations; and (3) Earth system science. Candidates should be able to support one or more of these areas in their research program. The Department has a strong commitment to multidisciplinary research, and provides opportunities for interactions with other departments and research units on the campus, including unique facilities such as the Center for SPOT Imagery (www.spot.ucsb.edu). Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree by July 1, 2009 in Geography or a related field, excellent promise for quality teaching, and evidence of outstanding potential for developing a vigorous research program. The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. The application deadline is November 15, 2008, and the starting date is July 1, 2008. Candidates will also be considered for earlier or later starting dates. Qualified applicants should send their complete curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests, and names of three referees with addresses preferably by email to David Carr (carr@geog.ucsb.edu). To learn more about the department, visit our website at www.geog.ucsb.edu. University of California is an EO/AA Employer.
Lori M. Hunter, Ph.D.Associate Professor of SociologyResearch Associate,
Institute of Behavioral Science, Environment & Society ProgramCore Faculty, Environmental Studies ProgramUniversity of Colorado at BoulderCampus Box 468Boulder, CO 80309 303-492-1006Lori.Hunter@colorado.eduHome page: http://spot.colorado.edu/~hunterlm


Thursday, July 17, 2008

World Disasters Report 2008

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - 2008
Available online as PDF file PDF [254p.] at:
"…..The AIDS epidemic is a disaster on many levels. In the most affected countries in sub-Saharan Africa, where prevalence rates reach 20 per cent, development gains are reversed and life expectancy may be halved. For specific groups of marginalized people – injecting drug users, sex workers and men who have sex with men – across the world, HIV rates are on the increase. Yet they often face stigma, criminalization and little, if any, access to HIV prevention and treatment services. As this report explains, HIV is a challenge to the humanitarian world whose task is to improve the lives of vulnerable people and to support them in strengthening their capacities and resilience. Disasters, man-made and 'natural', exacerbate other drivers of the epidemic and can also increase people's vulnerability to infection…."
The World Disasters Report 2008 Chapters:
-The challenge of HIV and AIDS Read chapter 1 -
The disaster of HIV Read chapter 2
The humanitarian interface: using the HIV lens Read chapter 3 -
HIV and population mobility: reality and myths Read chapter 4 -
Refugees and the impact of war on HIV Read chapter 5 -
Natural disasters: the complex links with HIV Read chapter 6 -
HIV and AIDS funding: where does the money go? Read chapter 7

Monday, July 14, 2008

Opportunity for research training for young researchers &PG fellowships

Opportunity for Training for Youth:
The IMPRSD winter program 2008-09 at the MPI for Demographic Research in Rostock includes advanced courses on Event History Analysis, Applications of Optimization Theory, Spatial Demography, Demographic Methods of Public Health Research, Fertility Analysis and Modeling, and other topics. Full or partial funding is available to cover travel costs and living expenses. The application deadline for the winter program 2008-09 is 10 August 2008. Please see http://www.imprs-demogr.mpg.de/ for more information about the courses and application instructions.
For further information, contact: Heiner Maier Dean, International Max Planck Research School for Demography Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research Konrad-Zuse-Str. 1, 18057 Rostock, Germany Tel.: +49-381-2081-152 Fax: +49-381-2081-452 maier@demogr.mpg.de http://www.demogr.mpg.de
Post-Graduate Fellowship at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Call for applications:
For more information, please contact us by email at: pgf@healthmetricsandevaluation.org or visit http://www.healthmetricsandevaluation.org
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington is accepting applications for the winter 2009 cohort of the Post-Graduate Fellowship program.
The vision of IHME is to make available high-quality information on population health, its determinants, and the performance of health systems for all countries. We seek to achieve this directly, by catalyzing the work of others and by training researchers and policy makers. Our goal is to improve the health of the world’s populations by providing the best information.
Post-Graduate Fellows will contribute directly to the overall research agenda of IHME and will be involved in all aspects of projects including analyzing and synthesizing existing data, catalyzing new data collection, building statistical models and validating new analytical methods, interpreting of findings, and reporting and disseminating results. Post-Graduate Fellows will be involved in research in one of five key areas of work: health outcomes, health services, resource inputs, evaluations and decision analytics.
Health outcomes:
Estimation of child mortality levels for each country since 1970, forecasted 10 years into the future and updated every six months.
Development and testing of new methods for estimating adult mortality and estimation of levels for each country.
Assessment of major causes of death for each country every three years.
Development of cross-country comparable methods for the estimation of healthy life expectancy, including methods to arrive at valuations of health states.
Estimation of the global burden of disease for 1990 and 2005.
Health services:
Measurement of the effective coverage of the twenty most important health-improving technologies by country every year, with the selection of priority interventions varying by regional epidemiology.
Estimation of the quality of inpatient and outpatient care, including the development and refinement of standardized methods for undertaking risk-adjusted outcomes measurement.
Resource inputs:
Annual assessment from 1990 to 2006 of resource flows for global health, including an estimation of the gap between commitment and disbursement.
Systematic review of the quality of available data on public expenditures on health.
Estimation of household health expenditures and proportion of households that incur catastrophic health payments.
Landscape analysis of sources of data and methods for tracking human resources for health.
Decision Analytics:
Measurement of the costs and benefits of health interventions, service delivery platforms and research and development in order to guide resource allocation decisions.
Development of statistical models for missing data, internally consistent epidemiological parameter estimation and forecasting.
Measurement of within- and across-country inequalities in coverage, health outcomes and health expenditures.
Development of methods for local area estimation of health outcomes and coverage.
Assessment of statistical methods for analyzing program effectiveness in non-randomized settings.
Development of guidelines for prospective impact evaluation.
Impact evaluation of global health initiatives and strategies.
Assessment of the performance of national health systems for countries with sufficient data.
Evaluations of selected national health system reforms.
Post-Graduate Fellowships are appointed at IHME for one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year upon mutual agreement. The salary is $50,000 during the first year and subject to a UW merit driven increase during the second year. As a UW-paid employee you are eligible for an insurance benefits package that includes a choice among several medical and dental insurance plans, life insurance, and long-term disability. Please note that there is no retirement package included with this appointment.
The winter cohort begins on February 1 of each year.
In order to be considered for a Post-Graduate Fellowship, candidates must have the following:
MD or PhD in the fields of quantitative methodology, statistics, health economics, health policy, demography, epidemiology, biostatistics, health services or other related field. Candidates with an MSc/MPH degree and at least three years of related research experience will also be considered.
Strong quantitative background.
Research experience, especially with data analysis and statistical methods.
Proficiency in the English language.
When and how to apply: Applications must be received by September 1, 2008. Interviews with selected applicants will occur in September. Candidates will be notified in October and will begin the fellowship on February 1, 2009. All application materials must be received at IHME by the deadlines stated.
For more information, please contact us by email at: pgf@healthmetricsandevaluation.org or visit http://www.healthmetricsandevaluation.org -
Complete applications should be mailed to: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation ,Attention: Post-Graduate Fellowship Program ,2301 5 th Avenue, Suite 600 ,Seattle, WA 98121 ,USA

Saturday, July 5, 2008

ICMR-NIH One month Training Program on Bioethics

ICMR-NIH One month Training Program on Bioethics
Tentative dates of Course: 1st September – 30th September 2008
Venue: St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore

Boarding and lodging and course materials would be provided by ICMR. Travel expenses will be borne by participant/participant’s institution. A total of 30 trainees will be selected for the course. 21st July 2008 is the last date.
For full details please visit:
Details of the program is also available at ICMR website: http://www.icmr.nic.in/icmrnews/icmr_nih_train.htm
Source: Division of Basic Medical Sciences, Indian Council of Medical Research, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi-110029,Telefax: +91 11 26589319

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Geospatial Research Scientist at the George Washington University

Post-Doc Position for a Geospatial Research Scientist at the George Washington University.
The Department of Geography and the Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management (ICDRM) at the George Washington University seek a Post Doctoral Geospatial Research Scientist to work with faculty in applied geospatial technology in the areas of human-environmental interaction, disaster management and/or populations at risk.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in Geography or a related discipline, advanced training in geospatial techniques, and a demonstrated ability to teach GIS focused courses at the University level. Responsibilities include working with faculty in the two programs to pursue grants, submit publications and instruct GIS courses for graduate students. The candidate will have an office in the Department of Geography, which is currently building a new instructional Spatial Analysis Lab. The position will begin on September 1, 2008 and is funded for 9 months. There is a possibility of renewal provided that external funding is obtained. The monthly salary is $5,000 (for total of $45,000 over nine months) and includes full employee benefits as described on the GWU Human Resources Division We Site (http://www.gwu.edu/~hrs/benefits/).
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, vita, and the names and contact information for three references to Dr. Marie Price, Chair of the Post-Doctoral Search Committee, Department of Geography, 1957 E St. Suite 512, George Washington University, Washington DC 20052.

Applications can be submitted electronically to mprice@gwu.edu. Review of Applications will begin July 14, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.
Source:Population-Environment Research Network (PERN)Discussion List: An archive of postings can be found at http://listserver.ciesin.columbia.edu/pern.html.


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

XXX Annual Conference of IASP

XXX Annual Conference of IASP
Contact e-mail: iasp.nims@gmail.com
Call for Papers/Posters
The XXX Annual Conference of IASP is going to be held at the Institute for Social & Economic Change (ISEC), Bangalore during 17-19 October, 2008.
The theme of the conference is “Population, Gender and Health” As usual, the conference would comprise of panel discussions and presentation of invited and contributed research endeavors in the form of papers and posters in different plenary and technical sessions.
The following sub-themes of the conference:
1. Population Policy and Programs
• National Rural Health Mission (NRHM);
• Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY);
• Maternal Mortality and Neonatal Mortality
2. Gender and Health
3. Population Census 2011
4. Urbanization and health
5. Nutrition and
6. Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS.
• Paper/poster should be on one of the sub-themes. The abstract should be maximum 250 words. The last date of submission of abstract is August 20, 2008.
The abstract should be sent to the President/General Secretary, IASP on the Email ID: iasp.nims@gmail.com or the postal address: National Institute of Medical Statistics, ICMR, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi 110 029.
• The member whose paper/poster gets selected will be intimated by September, 10, 2008.
• The complete paper including the abstract, tables and annexure, if any, should not exceed 15 Pages in 1.5 line space. The full papers of the selected abstracts should reach latest by September 30, 2008.
• Prof. K.S. James, Head, PRC, ISEC, Bangalore would be the organizing secretary of the conference.