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Call for Proposals: 2015 AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language Symposium
United States

Call for Proposals: 2015 AG Bell Listening and Spoken Language Symposium

The Brain Science of Hearing: Connecting New Pathways to Spoken Language

July 9-11, 2015 Baltimore, Maryland

Deadline for Proposals: November 5, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. EST

Designed to meet the continuing education needs of professionals working with children who are deaf and hard of hearing and use listening and spoken language, the AG Bell Listening & Spoken Language Symposium is the premier event for cutting-edge best practices to support children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families. This program contains focused content for experienced professionals in the field of listening and spoken language (LSL) and for those seeking more advanced information on hearing health science and practice.

AG Bell is seeking proposals for breakout session presentations, pre-symposium workshops and posters at the 2015 AG Bell Listening & Spoken Language Symposium.

Our understanding of the science behind spoken language development has changed dramatically in the last decade. As a result of universal newborn hearing screening, advancements in hearing technologies and access to inclusive education, children with hearing loss and their families have unprecedented opportunities to achieve any and all language, communication and educational goals they set. In order to best support children with hearing loss and their families, incorporating the latest scientific research related to brain development and neuroscience should be a top priority for LSL professionals. Therefore, the focus of the 2015 AG Bell Listening & Spoken Language Symposium will be the exploration of the developments in brain science that help us understand how infants, toddlers and children learn to understand and express spoken language, and then apply this knowledge to enhance intervention techniques and practices serving children using hearing technology.

Attendees of past symposia include:

• Listening and Spoken Language Specialists (LSLS)

• Educators of the deaf and hard of hearing

• Speech-language pathologists

• Audiologists

• Early intervention specialists

• Special education professionals

• Public and private school administrators

• General education professionals

• Social workers

• Occupational and physical therapists

• Public policy professionals concerned with early intervention and education of individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing

AG Bell is seeking three types of proposals:

1. Pre-symposium workshops will be presented on Thursday, July 9. Workshops will be 3.5-hour long (three hours of instruction with a 30-minute break) and the content must support at least one of the nine domains of listening and spoken language. To learn more about the nine domains of listening and spoken language, click here.
Topics for pre-symposium workshops may include, but are not limited to:

◦ Foundational information on the theory and application of hearing science

◦ Auditory neuropathy, auditory processing disorders

◦ Assessing auditory skill development

◦ Effective application of advanced hearing technology (digital hearing aids, FM/DM systems, ear mold design, real ear measurements, fitting for high frequency losses, etc.)

◦ Auditory-verbal techniques and procedures for infants, children, students and their families

◦ Neurological auditory development

◦ Literacy development for children who are deaf and hard of hearing and use listening and spoken language, including foundational literacy skills

◦ Collaborating with educators and clinicians in general education settings

◦ Supporting families effectively

◦ Data-driven instruction, acting on research being conducted in the classroom

◦ Lessons learned from intervention studies in typical language development

2. Symposium breakout sessions will be presented on either July 10 or 11, as assigned. They will be 90 minutes in length. Content must address the delivery of evidence-based practice (EBP), be supported through outcome data, or present a research project demonstrating results that can be applied in therapy, classroom or home environments either directly, through telepractice or other innovative means.

3. Poster presentations provide an opportunity to display materials on current research, showcase study results, or share special projects (even those still in progress) with symposium attendees.

Selected posters will be displayed in the main Exhibition Hall for increased visibility and awareness about academic and/or scientific issues relevant to the deaf and hard of hearing community. Posters should not be promotional in nature. Preference will be given to proposals that apply principles of evidence-based practice (EBP).

Allied Health Professional, Audiologist , Speech Pathologist
Call for Papers on "Persisting Selves: the Practices and Politics of Keeping Going and Carrying On" at the 5th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies
United Kingdom

Call for Papers on "Persisting Selves: the Practices and Politics of Keeping Going and Carrying On" at the 5th International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Emotional Geographies

10-12 June 2015 Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

What does it mean to ‘persist’, to carry on, to go beyond?  What are the barriers through which bodies and selves begin to persist – e.g., through tiredness or hardship; when energy or resources run out; or when familiar stimuli or affirmations leave the self abandoned?  What are the politics of persistence when we see how particular groups of people are called upon to ‘keep going’ unequally, or for whom persisting brings particular challenges?  Experiences of daily life involve various forms of ‘persisting’ – of keeping the self going corporally and mentally – through both the routine rhythms of the everyday to more extreme or unusual forms of ‘carrying on’.  Persisting, as such, is rarely a blank state of continuation, but a portfolio of active strategies, habits, and routines.

These sessions look to interrogate the rhythms and practices of persisting: what we do to ourselves on a day-to-day basis to carry on; the affects and experiences of persistence through marginal or extreme events; and the intersections between personal accounts of persisting and broader social narratives of ‘keeping calm and carrying on’. We are interested in papers on any theme relevant to this topic, but we imagine that participants might interrogate topics such as:

-- The work on the self needed to maintain energy levels

-- Strategies of rest, recuperation and renewal

-- The manipulation of place or the built environment to help people persist (eg creation of ‘break-out’ rooms, rest spaces in the home or at work)

-- Affects and atmospheres of communal persisting – e.g. song, prayer, workplace banter

-- The political economy of persisting – from the energy drink market to corporate cultures of ‘competitive waking’

-- Experiential accounts of persisting

-- Conceptual interrogations of core related concepts (e.g. energy, rest, sleep, activity, rhythm)

-- The ethics and politics of persisting – e.g. normative discourses of keeping going (‘Keep Clam and Carry On’) and the duties of the active citizen

-- Stories of shift workers, parents, gamers and others who are active through the night

-- Experiences of people living with long-term fatigue-related illnesses or in other states of chronic persistence

-- The hiatuses through which conditions of persistence emerge: e.g., exhaustion, grief, crisis, waiting for news

Empirically or theoretically oriented papers are equally welcome.  Please email abstracts of up to 250 words to and by 10th November 2014.

Academic, Behavioral Scientist, Psychologist, Sleep Specialist, Social Scientist
Call for Proposals: Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine 2015 Annual Meeting
United States

Call for Proposals: Works in Progress Session  at the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine 2015 Annual Meeting

March 18-21, 2015 Los Angeles, California

Submission Dates: October 1 – October 31, 2014

The SAHM Annual Meeting is the premier, multidisciplinary, educational event in adolescent medicine and health. The meeting offers innovative research, clinical workshops and discussion forums for attendees of diverse disciplines and from around the world.

Our theme for the 2015 Annual Meeting is "Embracing Transitions: Promoting Health Through Adolescence and Young Adulthood." Adolescence and young adulthood are characterized by major transitions in many domains including physical and emotional development, family and peer relationships, health risk exposures, health care transitions, and  role in society. During this meeting, we will explore the important role that transition plays in health and well-being from adolescence to young adulthood and how adolescent health professionals can capitalize on the strengths of adolescents and young adults to support them through these changes.

This session is designed to provide a forum for trainees and early-career faculty (within 5 years of completing training) for focused feedback and discussion about common challenges faced in the early stages of research. It is not intended for discussion of completed research projects. This symposium will be designed so that presenters can obtain feedback and learn from others about projects that are in the planning or early development stages. Discussions will be moderated by senior investigators with expertise in the topic areas of discussion. Abstracts will be selected based on how they facilitate this type of discussion.

Before you begin the submission process, please note the following:

• Abstract submission for this session is only open to trainees and those who are no more than 5 years beyond completion of their training.

• Priority will be given to individuals who do not have other opportunities to present at the SAHM meeting (including traditional research presentations and the mentoring forum).

• As this is a new program this year, we have limited spaces available to maximize the benefit to the participants.  If the program is successful and well received, we plan to expand the offering next year.

Junior Faculty, Junior Investigator, Junior Researcher, Junior Scientist, Medical Resident, New Investigator, New Researcher, Postdoctoral Fellow, Young Investigator, Young Scientist
Call for Presentations: AphasiaAccess Leadership Summit
United States

Call for Presentations: AphasiaAccess Leadership Summit

AphasiaAccess is seeking posters and innovative brief presentations for the AphasiaAccess conference at Boston University, March 13 & 14, 2015.

Deadline for proposal submission: December 5, 2014.

Allied Health Professional, Speech Pathologist
Call for Abstracts: Symposium on Global Cancer Research
United States

Call for Abstracts: Symposium on Global Cancer Research

March 25th, 2015 Boston, Massachusetts

Deadline - December 15, 2014

Co-sponsors: National Cancer Institute

Consortium of Universities for Global Health

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The Symposium on Global Cancer Research, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), CUGH and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will be held the on March 25th 2015, prior to the start of the 6th Annual CUGH Global Health Conference. The Symposium is intended to facilitate information exchange between global health and cancer research professionals about programs in global cancer research, identify potential geographic and scientific areas for collaboration, and work to develop strategic priorities related to cancer research focused on low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Highly interactive discussions will cover a range of topics, foster network building, and be geared toward developing action items for advancing global cancer research priorities.

Presentation of cutting-edge research that addresses the global burden of cancer is at the heart of the Symposium. NCI invites all persons wishing to report original research, innovative projects or novel programs related to global cancer research and control to submit abstracts to be considered for posters in two categories of abstracts: 

• Scientific - original research (abstracts must include background, aims, methods, findings, & significance).

• Program - innovative projects (abstracts must include purpose/goals, methods, outcomes, & next steps).

Oncologist, Physician Researcher, Public Health Expert
Call for Abstracts: The Human Sciences after the Decade of the Brain--Perspectives on the Neuro-Turn in the Social Sciences and the Humanities

Call for Abstracts: The Human Sciences after the Decade of the Brain--Perspectives on the Neuro-Turn in the Social Sciences and the Humanities

March 30 – March 31, 2015 Philosophy Department, Johannes Gutenberg-University of Mainz, Germany

Abstract submission deadline: December 15, 2014

It is now almost 25 years since the U.S. Congress authorized the then president, George Bush sr., to proclaim the decade beginning January 1, 1990 as the Decade of the Brain. This proclamation stimulated a number of initiatives that substantially benefitted neuroscience research in the following years. Alongside this rise of neuroscience and the corresponding increase of public awareness, many disciplines in the humanities and social sciences have shifted towards more brain based and evolutionary informed approaches. New research fields such as Neuroethics, Neuroeconomics, Cognitive Cultural Studies, Neuroaesthetics or even Neurotheology have gained a following. In addition to surveying the mutual interactions between the cognitive neurosciences and the social sciences and humanities, this interdisciplinary conference investigates the methodological and conceptual prospects and perils of choosing a neuroscience approach to the social sciences and the humanities. The conference aims to shed light on a broad range of epistemological, historical and sociological questions about the purported neuro-turn in the social sciences and the humanities including (but not limited to):

• How and why have brain based approaches to the social sciences and humanities developed?

• What exactly distinguishes cognitive and brain based approaches from their traditional counterparts?

• How are brain-based sub-disciplines of the traditional humanities institutionalized?

• How does research policy contribute to the development of a neuro-turn in the social sciences and the humanities?

• Are there common motives for turning to cognitive neuroscience approaches in the different disciplines of social sciences and humanities? If so, which?

• Are there any historical examples of a turn to brain based approaches in the social sciences and the humanities?

• If so, what could be learned from this history for practicing social sciences and humanities today?

• What, if anything, can the humanities and the social sciences learn from the neurosciences?

• What, if anything, can the neurosciences learn from the social sciences and the humanities?

• How does neuroscience change the social sciences and the humanities?

• How do the humanities and the social sciences change neuroscience?

We invite submission of abstracts of 300-500 words from researchers in relevant disciplines such as history of science, science and technology studies, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, cognitive neuroscience, psychology or any sub-discipline of the social sciences or the humanities, which approaches its subject from a cognitive science perspective. Abstracts should be emailed to leefmann[at] by December 15, 2014. Applicants will be notified by mid-January 2015 whether their abstract has been accepted.

Academic, Historian, Neuroscientist, Philosopher, Social Scientist
Call for Abstracts: American Society for Neurochemistry 2015 Annual Meeting
United States

Call for Abstracts: American Society for Neurochemistry 2015 Annual Meeting

March 14-18, 2015 Atlanta, Georgia

Abstract submission deadline: November 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time

The Program Committee cordially invites you to submit an abstract for a contributed oral or poster presentation for ASN 2015. Authors wishing to contribute papers to ASN 2015 must submit an abstract for review by the Program Committee.

All abstracts must be submitted electronically.

Neurochemist, Neuroscientist, Physician Researcher
Call for Abstracts: Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Basic and Translational Research Conference
United States

Call for Abstracts: Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Basic and Translational Research Conference

May 7 - 8, 2015 San Diego, California

Abstract Deadline January 23, 2015
Building on the success of the 2011 and 2013 events, this biennial conference encourages the sharing of ideas and results, new collaborations, and offers attendees a state-of-the-art update in the field of pediatric brain tumor research.

The program will feature popular and informative plenary sessions and an informal poster session, as well as “Meet the Expert Sunrise Sessions”, at which attendees can catch up with late breaking areas of research and controversies in the field.

This meeting is organized by the Society for Neuro-Oncology with the generous support of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

Abstracts will be accepted in the following categories:


• Basic Biology

• Brainstem Tumors

• Ependymoma

• Immunology/Immunotherapy

• Genetics/Epigenetics

• Germ Cell Tumors

• High Grade Glioma

• Low Grade Glioma

• Medulloblastomas/PNETs

• Pediatric Brain Tumor Models

• Stem Cells

• Signaling

• Translational Therapeutics

• Other

Oncologist, Pediatrician, Physician Researcher
Call for Proposals: Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (SQIP) Annual Conference
United States
New York

Call for Proposals: Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (SQIP) Annual Conference

May 14, 2015 The Graduate Center, City University of New York New York, NY

Submission deadline: November 30, 2014

The Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (SQIP), an organized and independent section of Division 5 of the American Psychological Association, is pleased to announce its annual conference to be held for one day only at the Graduate Center, CUNY, on Thursday, May 14, 2015.

For this event, we are soliciting proposals for organized symposia (featuring 3-5 presenters who will address a common theme during a 90-minute session) concerning any area of qualitative inquiry in psychology, including (but not limited to) theoretical advances in qualitative inquiry; empirical progress within qualitatively- analyzed content domains of psychology; psychological diversity related to ethnoracial, cultural, socioeconomic, gender, and sexual orientation status within qualitative inquiry; and strategies and practices for effective instruction in specific qualitative methods. Proposals that involve or include psychology graduate students are encouraged.

Please note that space is limited on the conference program. We anticipate the opportunity to accept perhaps a dozen symposia for this conference. Thus, we regret that proposals for standalone papers or posters cannot be accepted this year. Please note that all accepted presenters will be required to be or become members of SQIP (join here: and to register for the conference in order to appear on the final conference program.

Complete proposals should include the name and contact info (including email addresses) for the symposium organizer/chair and all presenters. In addition, an overarching symposium title and abstract (not to exceed 300 words), plus complete titles and abstracts (not to exceed 300 words) for each individual presentation within the symposium must be included. The entire proposal should be submitted by email as a single, well-organized document in Microsoft Word format to Dr. Joseph Gone at by Sunday, November 30, 2014. Review of proposals by the SQIP leadership will result in notification of acceptance no later than Sunday, February 1, 2015.

Please address additional questions about this Call to Dr. Gone at

Academic, Behavioral Scientist, Psychologist
Call for Abstracts: 5th Asian Vaccine Conference (ASVAC 2015)
Viet Nam

Call for Abstracts: 5th Asian Vaccine Conference (ASVAC 2015)

11 to 14 June 2015 Hanoi, Vietnam

Abstract Submission Deadline: 6 January 2015

The 5th Asian Vaccine Conference (ASVAC 2015), taking place in Hanoi from 11 to 14 June 2015, is designed for healthcare and medical professionals to share their knowledge, strategies and experience to tackle the challenge of introducing new vaccines and scaling up existing vaccines in National Immunisation Programmes.

Themed "Introducing More Vaccines and Reaching Everyone", the conference aims to address:

• New vaccine recommendations, schedules and justifications

• Target populations, implementation and delivery strategies

• Opportunities and Challenges

• Coordination, partnerships and advocacy

• Costs and funding

• Key activities including expanding health worker capacity, reaching the hard-to-reach, and improving logistics.

The three-day conference will feature important presentations by a wide range of expert speakers and opinion leaders from around the world who will assemble in Hanoi with the common objective of engaging stakeholders to expand and improve immunization coverage in the region.

Physician Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Virologist