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Read Laura Mauldin's wise words on doing qualitative research during the pandemic (part 1, part 2 is below).
11/30/2020
research during covid (part 1): taking care of each other

Read Laura Mauldin's wise words on doing qualitative research during the pandemic (part 1, part 2 is below).

The following is a guest post by Laura Mauldin. During COVID19, qualitative researchers are having to improvise and use all kinds of new strategies for doing fieldwork. I’ll focus on some of mechan…

This webinar is hosted by the Gateway to Global Aging Data, https://g2aging.org/.Gateway Advanced Workshop Featuring MHA...
11/11/2020
Gateway to Global Aging Data

This webinar is hosted by the Gateway to Global Aging Data, https://g2aging.org/.

Gateway Advanced Workshop Featuring MHAS and HRS
Thursday, November 12 at 11:00 AM LA / 2:00 PM NY

It offers an advanced training for researchers looking to conduct cross-national research using the international family of Health and Retirement surveys and in particular using the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and the Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS). Utilizing the Gateway to Global Aging Data and Harmonized data, this webinar will provide hands-on examples of cross-study analysis in Stata.

Register at: https://usc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jSAukOE8RDi9qqJ4WD2Vdg

The Gateway to Global Aging Data is a platform for population survey data on aging around the world. This site offers a digital library of survey questions, a search engine for finding comparable questions across surveys, and identically defined variables for cross-country analysis.

10/27/2020

The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) at the National Institutes of Health is looking to hire multiple Scientific Review Officers (SROs) from the GS-13/14 Health Scientist Administrator announcements.

The Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the gateway for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific merit. It is also home to a community of over 240 diverse and accomplished scientists who work with the most talented investigators in this country and abroad. Scientific Review Officers play pivotal roles in ensuring that the NIH peer review process identifies the most promising research grant applications, because the most important factor in determining whether an NIH grant application is funded by NIH is how well it fares in peer review.

SROs help shape the future of biomedical and behavioral research and ensure the vitality of NIH peer review by using their scientific expertise and communication and interpersonal skills to
• Analyze the scientific content of grant applications,
• Identify the scientists invited to serve on study sections and assign the applications each member will review,
• Organize and run peer-review meetings to assess grant applications,
• Provide applicants with a succinct written summary statement explaining how the review committee viewed the applications.
• To learn more about what it is like to work at CSR, please view this VIDEO that provides insights into the important role of a SRO and the collaboration of the entire staff supporting their work.
Requirements
Candidates must:
• Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National to be considered for this position. Foreign nationals or legal permanent residents are not eligible for consideration.
• Possess a MD, PhD, or doctoral equivalent in Behavioral and Biomedical or related sciences (e.g., Biochemistry, Biology, Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Physiology, Social and Behavioral Sciences).
• Have a record of independent research accomplishments, documented by an outstanding publication record and administrative background.
• The position will be filled under a Title 5 GS-601-13/14 appointment. Salary is commensurate with the experience and a full package of Civil Service benefits is available, including retirement, health and life insurance, leave, and savings plan (401K equivalent).
How to Apply: The GS-13/14 SRO global announcement will run from October 19 – 23 October, 2020. Please note that Project Officers and Scientific Review Officers are combined in the same announcement.

Delegated Examining (Open to the Public)
GS-12/13/14 Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer/Scientific Review Officer)

Merit Promotion (Open to Status Candidates)
GS-12/13/14 Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer/Scientist Review Officer)
Please review and follow the CSR Job Application Tips to give yourself the best possible chance to qualify and be referred. In particular, please note the tip to call the HR Specialist listed in each announcement to make sure that all of your documents were successfully uploaded and that you have answered the questions about your employment status correctly. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.

The Social Causes of Health and Disease, 3rd Edition by William C. Cockerham will be available in January 2021.“The thir...
10/06/2020
The Social Causes of Health and Disease

The Social Causes of Health and Disease, 3rd Edition by William C. Cockerham will be available in January 2021.

“The third edition of Cockerham's classic text on the social causes of health and illness is most welcome. Notable features of this masterful and comprehensive contribution are the coverage of theory as well as research, its international reach and its erudition. This will be an indispensable volume for teachers, students and practitioners alike.”
- Graham Scambler, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at University College London and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences
To find more information about the book, please visit the book’s page at:
https://politybooks.com/bookdetail/?isbn=9781509540358

The Social Causes of Health and Disease, This stimulating book has become a go-to text for understanding the role that social factors play in the experience of health and many diseases

09/24/2020

I'm sorry to share this sad news, provided by Allen Glicksman.

My teacher and friend, Professor Renee C. Fox, died yesterday. As one of the pioneers in the field of sociology of medicine her legacy to the profession will continue for as long as the field is active. There will be many remembrances of her and all her contributions to our work. I want to mention only one – the humanity that infused all her research and her relations with others. She never lost sight of the importance and dignity of every individual she described – both patients and medical professionals. Each person was important, not just a member of some larger class of persons. She treated others, especially her students in the same way. Each of us was special to her and in turn all who were mentored by her will remember that experience and its importance in our lives. Further details on public memorials will be shared as they become available. May her memory be a blessing.

Scientific Review Officer, National Institutes of Health: Help shape the future of biomedical and behavioral research an...
09/22/2020
Health Scientist Administrator (Program Officer & Scientific Review Officer)

Scientific Review Officer, National Institutes of Health: Help shape the future of biomedical and behavioral research and become a Scientific Review Officer (SRO) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the gateway for NIH grant applications and their review for scientific merit. It is also home to a community of over 240 diverse and accomplished scientists who work with the most talented investigators in this country and abroad. Scientific Review Officers play pivotal roles in ensuring that the NIH peer review process identifies the most promising research grant applications, because the most important factor in determining whether an NIH grant application is funded by NIH is how well it fares in peer review. Please contact Dr. Gabriel B. Fosu ([email protected]) if you have any questions.

The GS-13/14 SRO global announcement will run from 9/21-9/30. Note that Project Officers and Scientific Review Officers are combined in the same announcement. Please pass this along to anyone you know who may be interested; you are our greatest source of advertising.

Delegated Examining (Open to the Public)
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/578944200
Merit Promotion (Open to Status Candidates)
https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/578944700
Review and follow the CSR Job Application Tips to give yourself the best possible chance to qualify and be referred. In particular, note the tip to call the HR Specialist listed in each announcement to make sure that all of your documents were successfully uploaded and that you have answered the questions about your employment status correctly.

Join one of the 24 Institutes and Centers within the NIH that awards extramural grants! Extramural grants account for approximately 80 percent of NIH's budget and are awarded to investigators at more than 2,500 universities, medical schools, and other research organizations around the world. To lear...

09/17/2020

Why is Health in the US Continuing to Lag Behind?

https://www.demogr.mpg.de/en/news_events_6123/news_press_releases_4630/news/why_is_health_in_the_us_continuing_to_lag_behind_8315
We seek proposals for manuscripts assessing how and why health and mortality of adults in the US continues to lag behind their counterparts in other high-income countries. The authors will present the manuscripts at a conference in May or June 2021. We anticipate that the manuscripts will be published as part of a supplemental issue of a peer-reviewed journal.
Three priority areas have been identified:
1. recent data on national-level differences and trends in differences in health and mortality between the US and other high-income countries; we are particularly interested in studies focusing on the post 2010 period, however, we will consider papers that use data from 2010 or earlier if that informs recent differences and trends
2. the role of public policy, health care, behavioral factors, and individual and structural socioeconomic factors in contributing to the U.S. lag in health and mortality; also of interest would be the persistent or changing roles of race/ethnicity and immigration
3. how differences in the structural determinants and pre-existing levels of population health in the U.S. compared to other countries are influencing the differential population health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
Travel expenses associated with participation in the conference will be covered if the conference is held in person (in Ann Arbor), although we anticipate a virtual conference.
The 2-3 page proposal should describe the aim of the manuscript as well as data and methods to be used. If initial findings exist, they should be described. Please include CVs of the authors along with the proposal.
The deadline for proposals is Friday, October 16, 2020. Please submit proposals to Jana Deatrick. Authors will be notified by October 23, 2020. Questions about the call for proposals should be directed to Neil Mehta or Bob Schoeni.

Excellent post-doc opportunity, focused on global health.
09/15/2020

Excellent post-doc opportunity, focused on global health.

Great postdoc position (global health, health behavior or health service research) in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Public Health, at UMBC
#UMBCsociology #UMBC #publichealth #globalhealth #healthservieresearch #postdoc

Due date: October 2, 2020.

https://facultydiversity.umbc.edu/postdocs/

09/01/2020
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We are heartbroken to share the news that Charles Bosk died suddenly this past Sunday, August 30th. Chuck was one of medical sociology’s great ethnographers—and one of the few who managed to influence medical culture. He was an astute observer of specialized worlds, with a knack for questioning widely-accepted knowledge. Joanna Kempner passed along this note from Chuck’s daughter, Emily – who is, in her own right, an excellent sociologist.
Dear Friends,
Our beloved father passed away suddenly on Sunday afternoon after a morning of flying gliders with my boys. I am too bereft to write a fitting tribute, I'll do that later. For now, two things:
1) If you have remembrances, photos, or 'chuckisms' to share, please email: [email protected].
2) Virtual service: The funeral for Chuck Bosk will take place by Zoom on Wednesday, September 2 at 11:00 AM.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82720122300
Shiva services will be held on the evenings of Wednesday Sept. 2, Thursday, September 3, Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6, with details to be announced.
Rabbi Shelley told us Sunday that he was 'one of the holy ones.' He was. And we will never be the same.

Chuck was a mentor to many, ourselves included, who made substantial contributions to medical sociology. Many of us will be familiar with his first book, Forgive and Remember: Managing Medical Failure (University of Chicago Press, 1st edition 1979; 2nd expanded edition, 2003), which provided an ethnographic account of how attending physicians dealt with the inevitable mistakes made by surgeons-in-training. Chuck’s careful ethnography (described so well in his classic appendix “The Fieldworker and the Surgeon”) provides an ideal example of how ethnographers can write a perfectly organized and concise, but still thick description of their field sites. The book remains a bestseller in medical school bookstores since its publication; generations of surgical residents have turned to the book to make sense of their own experiences.
His second book, All God’s Mistakes: Genetic Counseling in a Pediatric Hospital (University of Chicago Press, 1992) became one of the first studies to explore the emerging field of prenatal genetic counseling. Most recently, Chuck was working on how hospitals might improve safety by addressing the culture in which healthcare providers work, rather than relying on technological solutions like checklists. Chuck was an authoritative voice in both academic and policy debates about patient safety and quality improvement, publishing widely within the medical literature and serving on multiple task forces, including at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Hastings Center for Bioethics, and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
After earning a B.A. at Wesleyan, Chuck completed a Ph.D. at the University of Chicago, becoming a leading member of what is sometimes characterized as the “Third School” of Chicago sociology. He was a gifted teacher who made a deep imprint on generations of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania, where he had taught since 1976, with appointments in Sociology, the Center for Bioethics, and the School of Medicine. He won multiple awards within sociology, including the Leo G. Reeder Award for Distinguished Contribution to Medical Sociology from our own section. In 2013, he was elected to the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences in 2013.
Chuck was a deeply reflective scholar and his own experience with ethnography in ethically fraught medical settings propelled his scholarly attention to the ethics of social science research. He published two books on the ethical complexity of research, The View from Here: Social Science and Bioethics (Blackwell Publishers, 2007), co-edited with Raymond DeVries, Kristina Orfali, and Leigh Turner, and What Would You Do? Juggling Bioethics and Ethnography (University of Chicago Press, 2008).

We hope you and your families are well, and that you will keep Chuck and his family in your thoughts.

Sincerely,

Joanna Kempner, Betsy Armstrong, and Andrew London

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Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences has issued a call for papers for a special issue on Minority Health and Health ...
08/24/2020
Call for Papers

Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences has issued a call for papers for a special issue on Minority Health and Health Disparities in Aging

Special Issue: Minority Health and Health Disparities in Aging Recent acts of violence aimed at people of color and the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 inf

Congratulations to Bruno Meini on the publication of his new book 'A Socio-Criminological Analysis of the HIV Epidemic'!
08/21/2020
A Socio-Criminological Analysis of the HIV Epidemic

Congratulations to Bruno Meini on the publication of his new book 'A Socio-Criminological Analysis of the HIV Epidemic'!

In the world of the 21st century, epidemics are common biological and social occurrences, with HIV perhaps emphasising this better than any other disease. Medical scientific research has undoubtedly made significant steps forward; meanwhile, the social research field is still in its initial stages,....

Help keep ASA Med Soc members informed by serving as our webmaster! Please IM me (Deborah Carr) if interested. For a gli...
08/11/2020
Medical Sociology

Help keep ASA Med Soc members informed by serving as our webmaster! Please IM me (Deborah Carr) if interested. For a glimpse of our page, see:https://www.asanet.org/communities/sections/sites/medical-sociology

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08/11/2020

Interested in becoming more involved in Medical Sociology section? Consider nominating yourself or a colleague for one of the open positions. Please specify name and address of nominee, and position in an email to Nominations Chair-elect Kimberly Huyser at [email protected].

Chair-elect (1 year, followed by chair and past-chair)
Council member (2 years)
Student council member (2 years)
Chair-elect, Nominations (1 year, followed by chair)
2 members, Nominations committee (1 year)
Student member, Nominations committee
Chair, Teaching committee (2 years)
Chair, Publications committee (2 years)
Chair, Career and Employment committee (2 years)

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Thanks to everyone who has already shared a medical sociology (or related) syllabus with me! The link to view is here: https://scatter.wordpress.com/2020/08/24/medical-sociology-syllabus-project/ And please reach out to me if you have one to share.
Happening *today* at 21:30 ET / 18:30 PT- an exciting new book event with Danielle Giffort, Kelly Underman, and myself, along with host Joanna Kempner! Visit https://drexel.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwkd-CpqjIsEtMoFNngINDanGHba6cSToum to pre-register!
This Sunday August 9 at 3:30 pm (EDT) or 12:30 (PDT) please join us for a lively panel discussion on Sociological Perspectives on COVID-19, featuring Claire Decoteau, Steve Epstein, Joseph Harris, Anthony Hatch, Bernice Pescosolido, Stefan Timmermans and Ruha Benjamin!
Setting the agenda for future research on the life course impacts of COVID-19.
See below for an intriguing postdoc opportunity.
I'm very sorry to share that Kathy Charmaz has passed away. She was a cherished mentor and colleague, and inspiring voice to generations of medical sociologists.
The Medical Sociology FB page and Twitter account have been dormant and are ready to be revived! Please invite your Medical Sociology friends to 'like' so that we can have a vital online presence. Share your latest news, publications, job listings and so on... Please also fill out the mentor/mentee surveys posted in a separate post, to help us continue virtual programming, even in the absence of a 'live' meeting in August..
***Virtual Mentoring Sessions*** Medical Sociology council recognizes that the cancellation of the annual meeting means that graduate students and postdocs will miss out on ‘live’ opportunities to seek mentoring, share their work, and interact with members of the profession. Our section is committed to mentorship and community-building, and looks forward to virtual events to meet our members’ needs. Alex Brewer and Aalap Bommaraju, the Graduate Student Representatives to Council, along with incoming chair Andrew London have designed a survey seeking your input about what faculty might do to provide mentoring and professional development opportunities for junior scholars. One survey is designed for students and postdocs to share their needs and preferences, and the other is for faculty volunteers who may lead these virtual sessions. Please fill out this survey so that we can continue to work on our year-round programming. We appreciate your input -- thank you! ASA Medical Sociology Graduate Student and Postdoc Mentoring Survey: https://syracuseuniversity.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_08ojyg6rPrXuOPz ASA Medical Sociology Faculty Mentoring Survey: https://syracuseuniversity.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_29oE216tBA9MBBb
I am delighted to announce the 2020 election results for the ASA Medical Sociology Section. A sincere thank you to everyone who agreed to stand for election, and to the nominations committee (Jennifer Karas Montez, chair; Kimberly R. Huyser; Patricia Ann Homan; Megan M. Reynolds; Jessica West, student member) for developing such a wonderful state of candidates. Congratulations to our newest section officers and council members! Corinne (Rin) Reczek, Ohio State University, Chair-Elect (1-year term begins in 2020) LaShaune Johnson, Creighton University, Secretary/Treasurer-Elect (1-year term begins in 2020) Hui Zheng, The Ohio State University, Council Member (2-year term begins in 2020) Stephanie Teixeira-Poit, North Carolina A&T State University, Health Policy and Research Committee Chair (2-year term begins in 2020) Patricia A. Thomas, Purdue University, Membership Committee Chair (2-year term begins in 2020) Ann V. Bell, University of Delaware, Nominations Committee Chair-Elect (1-year term begins in 2020) Taylor Hargrove, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Nominations Committee (1-year term begins in 2020) Jessica Ho, University of Southern California, Nominations Committee (1-year term begins in 2020) Yvonne Chen, Vanderbilt University, Student Representative (2-year term begins in 2020) Michael Garcia, University of Texas at Austin, Nominations Committee, Student Member (1-year term begins in 2020)
The latest issue of the Medical Sociology newsletter has arrived, thanks to editor Evan Roberts. Click here to read about our distinguished 2020 Reeder Award winner, our call for awards nominations, and our call for papers for the 2020 annual meeting sessions!
**You're Invited to a Focus Group about the MCAT at the ASA Annual Meeting in NYC** Do you teach courses like Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Health, and/or Medical Sociology for students who are planning to take MCAT or enter medical fields? Do you have effective and/or innovative teaching strategies to share with other instructors? Are you interested to learn new pedagogical approaches to teaching medical school hopefuls? Please consider joining an hour-long focus group during the ASA annual meetings in New York this August. Come join us for an exciting focus group session and contribute to the collaborative conversation about the Sociology part of MCAT. The focus group is being conducted by Dr. Heather Hurwitz as part of a larger grant (Nord Grant from Case Western Reserve University) to develop collaborative teaching materials to help sociology instructors prepare students for the MCAT and careers in medical fields by using sociological critical thinking and sociological research. By participating, you will receive: · A compensation as a reimbursement of parking fee/travel. · A platform to showcase your teaching techniques and strategies for MCAT students · New ideas and methods for teaching medical school hopefuls Questions? Please contact Heather at [email protected]. Please email Heather at [email protected] with a subject line “MCAT ASA” to join the focus group.