Call for book chapters about Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Global Culture

FROM: Stan Brunn, Geography, Univ of Kentucky

I am editing a book on the impacts of COVID-19 in different countries where the chapters will address different topics, including diffusion, gender, racial and ethnic differences, national policies and local/regional impacts.  I am looking for original chapters on the following topics:

  1. how organizations such as Doctors Without Borders are working with Global South countries to distribute masks, health precautions, etc.;
  2. rural-urban gaps in a city or country;
  3. race/gender/ethnic differences in rural/urban regions;
  4. the geographic logistics of First Responders;
  5. role of mass media;
  6. the effectiveness (or lack) of government policies.  

For those interested, please contact me:  Stan Brunn, Geography, Univ of Kentucky

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Paid Fellowship in Small Area Estimation techniques available at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): Deadline November 23, 2020

A research opportunity is currently available in Division of Population Health within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Throughout the course of this fellowship, the participant will collaborate in a small area estimation project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the CDC Foundation. The project is an expansion of the current 500 Cities Project ( and will provide nationwide model-based estimates for a variety of chronic diseases and health-related behavior measures at small geographic area levels, such as county, incorporated place, census tract, and ZIP Code tabulation area.

Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will have opportunities to gain experience in advanced spatial epidemiological and statistical studies. Activities may include but are not limited to:

  • Analyze data to create large small area estimation (SAE) datasets, using the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), the American Community Survey (ACS), and Census population counts
  • Understand and collaborate on modifications to the existing SAS code to generate the small area estimates using multilevel regression models
  • Collaborate on research studies on small area estimation topics
  • Participate and collaborate on dissemination activities, including drafting articles for journals and presentations at professional conferences

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis. The final deadline is 11/23/2020.

Please contact Dr. Yan Wang ( or Dr. Susan Carlson ( if you have any questions about this fellowship.

The opportunity details can be found:

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Globalink Research Internship (GRI) for Students

On behalf of Susan Elliot

My name is Susan Elliott and I am a health geographer in Canada ( and I have an internship – fully paid – for an international student to come work in my lab during the summer of 2021 (God willing!).

This is the link to the opportunity – students are eligible from 70 countries around the world, including the US.

Globalink Research Internship (GRI) provides a 12-week research project at Canadian universities for senior undergraduates from around the world, as well as:

  • Stipend for living expenses
  • Professional development courses
  • Local Globalink Mentors

Interested students can apply until September 23, 2020, at 1 p.m. PT. Application instructions can be found on the GRI page.

All the best,

Susan Elliott

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COVID-19 Virtual Panels at AAG

Hi everyone,

On behalf of AAG, the Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group, and the Asian Geography Specialty Group, I would like to announce two virtual COVID-19 panels that will be held next week.  Each panelist will speak for 5 minutes, followed by a Q&A.  We hope you can join!

Panel 1: Socio-economic Burdens and Policy Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 6th – 12:30 PM / 2:00 PM (MDT)
Description: Reactive policies to manage the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has had wide-ranging impacts on the social and economic burdens faced by populations worldwide. This panel will discuss the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on economic and public health outcomes.

Dr. Irene Casas (Lousiana Tech University)
Dr. Joseph Oppong (University of North Texas)
Dr. Jonathan Mayer (University of Washington)
Dr. Jung Won Sonn (University College London)
Dr. Eric Carter (Macalester College)
Dr. Michael Emch (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Dr. Michael Widener (University of Toronto)

Panel 2: Data & Methodological Challenges for the Geospatial Analysis of the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 10th – 8:00 AM / 9:30 AM (MDT)
Description: Geographers and spatial scientists can play a vital role in understanding COVID-19. However, current research is likely to be data driven due to the fluidity of the pandemic. This panel will discuss the data and methodological challenges that we currently face in spatially-explicitly studies of COVID-19.

Dr. Mei-Po Kwan (Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Dr. Michael Desjardins (Johns Hopkins University)
Dr. Xun Shi (Dartmouth College)
Dr. Meifang Li (Dartmouth College)
Dr. Eric Delmelle (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
Dr. Sadie Ryan (University of Florida)
Dr. Tzai-Hung Wen (National Taiwan University)

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The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
(IJERPH, ISSN 1660-4601) is an online, open access journal in the
interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public
health. IJERPH is covered by leading indexing services, including PubMed
(Medline), the Social Sciences Citation Index and the Science Citation
Index Expanded (Web of Science). Full-text articles are also available
through PubMed Central. The 2018 Impact Factor for IJERPH is 2.468.

We are very grateful for IJERPH’s support throughout the years and we strongly encourage everyone to consider them as a potential outlet to publish your research.  IJERPH-logo 2

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Geospatial Health Research Poster session

We are delighted to share that the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health ( is continuing to sponsor the poster competition for the Geospatial Health Research Poster session at the 2020 AAG Annual meeting. IJERPH is an open access journal with an impact factor of 2.468 (2020). The journal publishes articles concerning a wide range of environmental, geospatial and public health topics with submission paths both via topical collections and stand-alone articles.
The poster competition is open to graduate and undergraduate students. Three awards of $500, $300, and $200 will be presented to top scoring posters in each category (graduate and undergraduate). If you would like to participate in this competition, please send an email to with the subject line HMGSG Poster Competition. The due date is February 11, 2020. Please include the following information:
Poster Title:
AAG Pin:
Category: Undergraduate/Graduate


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Post‐Doctoral Researcher in Health Impact and Environmental Geography

The University of Central Florida seeks a post‐doctoral scientist to conduct research at the intersection of public health, environmental hazards, and social vulnerability. This is a full‐time (12 month) position, with an expected start date as soon as possible, but no later than January 2019. The successful candidate will assume a lead role in the quantitative and geospatial analysis of demographic and health impacts, community health, and public health risk assessments. The research will be conducted under the supervision of Dr. Christopher T. Emrich, Dr. Kim Anderson, and Dr. Matt Nobles at the University of Central Florida. The work falls within a research agenda of investigating public health, behavioral health, and healthcare impacts to individuals, communities, and counties with respect to social vulnerability and how society can better apply science to healthcare decision making.

Click here for more information.

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2018 AAG HMGSG Health Data Visualization Contest Winners

Check out the results here!

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HMGSG Board Opportunities

Dear members:

The AAG Health and Medical Geography Specialty Group (HMGSG) is looking for nominations to fill upcoming vacancies. This year we are seeking nominations for the following positions and will hold elections during the 2018 AAG annual meeting in New Orleans:

– 1 Vice-Chair

– 1 At-Large Board Member

– 1 Graduate Student Board Member

The Vice-Chair serves a one-year term and transitions to Chair in the second year. The At-Large and Student board members each serve a two-year term.

All HMGSG members are eligible and encouraged to nominate candidates (HMGSG members only) for these positions. Self-nominations are accepted. Before your nomination, please contact the nominee to assure they are willing and available to serve if elected. Attendance at the AAG meeting by nominees is not required but is encouraged.

If you are interested in serving in any of these positions, please send an email to Kirsten Beyer ( indicating the position of interest and a half-page bio for circulation to the membership at the HMGSG business meeting. The deadline for submissions is April 2, 2018. Please use “Nomination for HMGSG positions” as the subject of your email. Your half-page bio-sketch should include your full name, title and degree, institution, and research and teaching interests. Nominees will be invited to introduce themselves to the membership at the HMGSG Business Meeting directly prior to the election. Nominations and introductions can also be made in person at the meeting directly prior to the election, but bios for these candidates will not be circulated.

Thank you for your support of the HMGSG Specialty Group.


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HMGSG Newsletter (Fall 2017)


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