RFP: UC Berkeley Scholars Workshop, March 31 - April 13, 2013
The Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES) at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), in collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Studies and Education (CASE) at the European Humanities University (EHU) and the Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), is soliciting proposals from scholars in the social sciences and history from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine to participate in a two-week workshop at UCB from March 31 to April 13, 2013. The workshop is funded by a generous grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
A total of four scholars (“Carnegie Fellows”) will be brought to UCB for an intensive review of key literature, theoretical approaches, and methods employed in a particular field of scholarship (the “field theme”). Each Carnegie Fellow will work with a paired UCB faculty member and graduate student with knowledge of the Carnegie Fellow’s field theme to develop undergraduate and/or graduate syllabi and teaching materials, explore innovative teaching and research techniques and technologies, and prepare a field survey (with a literature review) for use by other Carnegie Fellows and scholars from the region. The language of the workshop will be English.
Airfare, hotel, and meal expenses will be paid for by ISEEES. In addition, ISEEES will either pay for or reimburse each Carnegie Fellow for up to $600 in expenses relating to purchasing, copying, or posting teaching materials. ISEEES will provide letters of invitation, but each Carnegie Fellow will be responsible for obtaining and paying for a U.S. visa.
Who is eligible to participate?
- Citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.
- Scholars who hold the equivalent of a Ph.D.
- Scholars who have a level of proficiency in written and spoken English that is sufficient to conduct independent research and engage in scholarly debate.
To apply, please submit the following:
- A completed application form. Application forms can be found at http://iseees.berkeley.edu/case-crrc#app. The website also has a detailed description of the purpose and design of the workshop. Applicants should be sure to read the Program Description in full to ensure that they are familiar with the design and requirements of the program.
- A statement of purpose not exceeding three pages indicating the applicant's proposed field theme and the course syllabus or syllabi the applicant expects to develop while at Berkeley.
- A sample of scholarly research in English not exceeding five pages.
- A full Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications.
Applications from Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine should be submitted via email to Olga Breskaya at email@example.com. Applications from Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org The application deadline is February 1, 2013.
Using Theory to Guide Health Behavior Change
March 29th, 2013
Presentation: Using Theory to Guide Health Behavior Change
Time: 18:30 – 20:30
Location: CRRC-Azerbaijan, Khazar University, 122 Bashir Safaroglu Street, Baku
Overview: The resolution of many of the most serious challenges we face in public health requires us to ask our citizens and patients to change behaviors and lifestyles. Often, these are difficult changes, deeply rooted in culture and social norms. Using proven health behavior change theories can strengthen the likelihood of success of our programs. This lecture is designed as a brief discussion of the Ecological Model of health promotion and a brief introduction to the theories most often used in health behavior change efforts. It is our purpose to encourage a broader use of theory in public health programs, and to provide participants with resources that would make this possible.
Lecturer Bio: Dr. Jean Leah Henry is a Professor of Community Health Promotion at the University of Arkansas, in the United States of America. Throughout her career, she has been involved in providing health promotion programs that focus on helping people make positive lifestyle and behavior changes. She has worked with the general public to promote exercise and active lifestyles to prevent cardiovascular disease, in corporate health programs to reduce the cardiovascular risk factors of workers; with adolescents to promote responsible sexual behaviors so that they can avoid sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV.
Language: The presentation will be conducted in English. Translation to Azerbaijani will be provided.
Registration: To attend the presentation, please confirm your participation by sending email to Narmin Humbatova: Narmin@crrccenters.org with subject line “Health Behavior Change” before March 28th, 2013.
CRRC Research Methods Conference
CRRC Research Methods Conference
Tbilisi, June 20, 2013
About the Organizer:
The Caucasus Research Resource Centers (CRRC), a program of Eurasia Partnership Foundation, is a network of research and research support centers established in the capital cities of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Established in 2003, CRRC’s goal is to strengthen social science research and public policy analysis in the South Caucasus. CRRC is funded largely by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, however, we also implement project-specific activities for other donors and implementers in the three countries. Over the last nine years, CRRC has become a nexus of activity for the social science community in the South Caucasus by providing open access to scholarly literature, data and professional training for social science researchers. For more information about CRRC please visit: http://www.crrccenters.org/
About the Conference: The conference intends to bring together local and international participants that are committed to exploring key methodological issues and advancing practice across the South Caucasus. It will be a relatively small conference focused on constructive how-to discussions and offering researchers the opportunity to discuss and compare their methods, thus advancing methodological innovation across the region.
The conference will bring together between 30 and 35 participants for one full day. Scholars and researchers from all disciplines (e.g., economics, demography, sociology, political sciences, and psychology) who specialize in either quantitative or qualitative research are eligible to apply.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• Secrets of Sampling Design
• Constructing an Effective Survey: Paradata and Fieldwork
• Data Archiving
• Dealing with Nonresponse
• Asking the Right Questions: Questionnaire Design, Translation and Piloting
• Making Sense of it All: Survey Analysis Techniques
• Cross-National Analysis: Researching Across National and Cultural Borders
• Cognitive Interviewing: Getting Inside Your Respondents’ Heads
• Ethnographic Research in Practice
• New Approaches to Focus Group Research
• Doing Narrative and Discourse Analysis
Abstracts should meet the following three criteria: Proposed topics should be innovative, practical and applicable/relevant to the region. Preference will be given to those abstracts that are relevant to the Caucasus Barometer
Researchers desiring to present their work at this conference are required to submit an abstract online via the abstract submission form
by April 5th, 2013. In the case of multiple authors, please indicate the author who would be presenting the paper.
Abstracts should be between 500 and 600 words and include the following:
• Title of presentation
• Three to five key words
• Contact person's name, title, organization affiliation, address, telephone, fax number, and email address
• Co-authors names and affiliations
Submission of abstracts (500-600 words) – April 20, 2013
Notification on acceptance – April 30, 2013
Submission of full papers/power point presentations – May 31st, 2013
Language of the Conference: English
Financial Support: CRRC will provide 1 night of lodging, lunch and dinner per person at the conference venue. The cost of airfare will not be covered. However, group transportation by road will be provided for participants from Armenia and Azerbaijan.
If you have any further questions concerning the submissions of abstracts, please contact the local organizers at:
Address: 29/31/33 Chavchavadze Avenue, 0179 Tbilisi Georgia
Tel: (995 32) 225 39 42 (ext.114)
Fax: (995 32) 225 39 42/43
E-mail: Natia Mestvirishvili - email@example.com
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