Monthly Archives: October 2010

Working Together to Manage Increased Complexity with Finite Resources: EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference

EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference 2011

Working Together to Manage Increased Complexity with Finite Resources

Join us at the Eleventh Annual EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference, June 1-3, 2011, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Connect and learn with colleagues in your region.

  • Connect with innovators and forward thinkers to learn about current and emerging best practices in higher education information services.
  • Collaborate with others in positions similar to yours to exchange experiences and explore ways to tackle common challenges.
  • Contribute your experience to help the common good of higher education through discussion sessions and networking opportunities.

Anyone can be highly successful when a task is well-defined and unlimited resources are available. However, it takes innovation, exemplary management skills, and a strong collaborative professional network to succeed as projects and services become more amorphous and/or complex and as resources diminish or disappear. This year’s conference, “Working Together to Manage Increased Complexity with Finite Resources,” will look at concrete ways you can “do more with less” by leveraging the benefits of networking, professional development, and applied understandings of cloud computing and other emerging trends and technologies.

The deadline for submissions is December 15. 

For more information go to:

Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Undergraduate Poster Session on Capital Hill

Please remember that the Application Deadline for the 2011 Posters on the Hill event is November 15, 2010.

Nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of undergraduate research than the words and stories of the student participants themselves. In the Spring of 2011 the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) will host its 15th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. This event will help members of Congress understand the importance of undergraduate research by talking directly with the students whom these programs impact.

CUR is calling for students to submit an abstract of their research that represents any of CUR’s disciplinary divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Health Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences). In order to ensure proper review of applications, the above are the only disciplines that may apply.  Should your research be inter-disciplinary, please select the division that most closely describes your research.

Abstract submissions will only be accepted by using our on-line submission form.  Prior to submitting the form, students should gather the contact information for all co-authors, advisors and sponsors (if applicable), prepare a short vitae/resume, and poster abstract. 

For more information, the link to submit an application, frequently asked questions, and a document listing the information required for submission, please visit: 

Please note that CUR membership is required to submit an application.  Either the student’s home institution must have an institutional membership, or the faculty mentor or student must have an individual membership.  We will not review incomplete applications. Please be sure that both portions (the electronic application and the electronic recommendation letter) are submitted by November 15, 2010. 

Please forward this to anyone that you think might be interested. This is a highly competitive program, which makes for a very exciting experience for the students and their faculty advisors alike.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Robin Howard

Senior Director

Membership Services, Operations and Information Technology

Council on Undergraduate Research

734 15th St, NW, Suite 550

Washington, DC 20005


(202)783-4811 fax

Embodied Consciousness, Informed Choices: Critical Perspectives On the Menstrual Cycle

June 2-4, 2011 Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA    


Submissions are now being accepted for the 19th Biennial conference of the Society for Research on the Menstrual Cycle (SMCR) which will be held June 2-4, 2010 at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA June 2-4, 2011,  Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA.


This year�s conference theme, Embodied Consciousness, Informed Choices: Critical Perspectives on the Menstrual Cycle, offers a stimulating opportunity to explore a variety of perspectives on the menstrual cycle.  Submissions addressing the conference theme, broadly interpreted, are encouraged.


We welcome submissions that involve research, theory, public policy, healthcare, clinical applications, media representations, educational materials, and art related to the physiological, sociocultural, psychological, or cross-cultural aspects of the menstrual cycle and are interested in a variety of presentation formats.  In addition to traditional paper and poster presentations, and panels/symposia, we are interested in

proposals for workshops, structured discussions, wellness activities, and artistic presentations (exhibits, films).


For submission details go to:


Submissions will be accepted via the website only. To receive full consideration for the June 2011 meeting, please submit a proposal by December 1, 2010. 


For more information about the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, please visit

Conference Coordinator:  Dr. Peggy Stubbs




ETHICOMP 2011: The Social Impact of Social Computing

Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK

Wednesday 14 September to Friday 16 September 2011

Call for Papers to the 12^th ETHICOMP conference*

The ETHICOMP conference series was launched in 1995 by the Centre for
Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR). Professor Terry Bynum and
Professor Simon Rogerson are the founders and joint directors. The
purpose of this series is to provide an inclusive forum for discussing
the ethical and social issues associated with the development and
application of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
Conferences are held about every 18 months. There have been eleven
previous conferences in Europe and beyond. Delegates and speakers from
all continents have attended. Around 800 papers have been presented.

ETHICOMP 2011 has the overall theme of “The social impact of social

Wang et al (2007 p79) explain, “With the advance of Internet and Web
technologies, the increasing accessibility of computing resources and
mobile devices, the prevalence of rich media contents, and the ensuing
social, economic, and cultural changes, computing technology and
applications have evolved quickly over the past decade. They now go
beyond personal computing, facilitating collaboration and social
interactions in general. As such, social computing, a new paradigm of
computing and technology development, has become a central theme across
a number of information and communication technology (ICT) fields. It
has become a hot topic attracting broad interest from not only
researchers but also technologists, software and online game vendors,
Web entrepreneurs, business strategists, political analysts, and digital
government practitioners, to name a few.”

There can be many positive effects of social computing. For example,
social computing can be used beyond socialising to seek advice and
professional development as well as offering new business uses. It
creates a collective intelligence across society through interactive
collaboration across fast communication networks. Citizens are empowered
and their voice is heard. This helps in establishing positive
relationships such as that between the trader and the consumer. It
provides an opportunity to break down barriers and interact across
cultures and countries. However, there also are potentially harmful
effects resulting from social computing. For example, there are
potential losses in privacy. There is increasing profiling of consumers
and job applicants from information to be found on social media
networks. Social computing, particularly when it is unregulated,
provides platforms for harming children. Social interaction can become
stilted through the use of social computing incapable of supporting all
aspects of human communication in a flexible and adaptive manner.

The overall theme of ETHICOMP 2011 is the huge range of impacts on us
all of advances in social computing. Under this theme, papers, with a
social/ethical perspective, within the following areas are particularly


    * Online communities – Blogs, wikis, social networks, collaborative
      bookmarking, social tagging, podcasts, tweeting, augmented reality
    * Business and public sector – Recommendation, forecasting,
      reputation, feedback, decision analysis, e-government, e-commerce
    * Interactive entertainment – Edutainment, training, gaming,


    * Web technology
    * Database technology
    * Multimedia technology
    * Wireless technology
    * Agent technology
    * Software engineering


    * Social psychology
    * Communication and human-computer interaction theories
    * Social network analysis
    * Anthropology
    * Organisation theory
    * Sociology
    * Computing theory
    * Ethical theory
    * Information and computer ethics
    * Governance

Papers covering one or several of these perspectives are called for from
business, government, computer science, information systems, law, media,
anthropology, psychology, sociology and philosophy. Interdisciplinary
papers and those from new researchers and practitioners are encouraged.
A paper might take a conceptual, applied, practical or historical focus.
Case studies and reports on lessons learned in practice are welcomed.

*How to submit*

As in previous ETHICOMP conferences, papers written in English and not
published nor submitted elsewhere will be accepted on the basis of an
extended abstract of between 800 and 1000 words after a careful review
by Programme Committee members. Whilst more than one paper from an
author or co-authors is welcomed the final decision on which papers are
accepted will probably lead to no more than three papers from a given
author being accepted. This will give more opportunity for as many
people as possible to participate in ETHICOMP 2011.

The first page of each submission must include the title, all of the
authors’ names, affiliations, complete mailing addresses including
email, telephone numbers, and a statement of commitment that one of the
authors will present the paper at ETHICOMP 2011 in the UK.

A submission lacking any of the above information or outside the range
of 800-1000 word limit may not be considered by the Programme Committee
for inclusion in the conference programme.

Please make submissions in the electronic form via email as embedded
plain text or an attachment in RTF format.

Abstracts must be submitted no later than 07 February 2011 to Authors will be informed of the decision of the
Programme Committee by 04 April 2011.

*Important Dates*

30 September 2010 – Call for papers

07 February 2011 – Latest date to submit abstracts to

04 April 2011 – Authors informed of programme committee decisions

20 June 2011 – Last date for receipt of full papers from authors
(electronic version)

14 September to 16 September 2011 – ETHICOMP 2011, Sheffield Hallam
University, UK

9th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning CSCL2011: Connecting computer supported collaborative learning to policy and practice

July 4-8, 2011, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

* CSCL 2011 Conference Announcement & Call for Papers **

International Conference of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning
(CSCL 2011)
“Connecting computer-supported collaborative learning to policy and practice”

Host: University of Hong Kong, Centre for Information Technology in
Education (CITE)
Conference Location: University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

July 4-5, 2011        Pre-conference workshops
July 6-8, 2011        Main conference sessions
July 10-15, 2011    Post-conference organized travel to educational
sites in Mainland China

Further information and proposal submissions:

** Important Dates **
November 1, 2010:  Long Paper, Short Paper, Poster & Symposium submissions due
December 15, 2010:  Pre-conference Workshop, Tutorial, Interactive
Event & Demonstration proposals due
February 15, 2011:  Early Career & Doctoral Consortium applications due
July 4-8, 2011:  CSCL 2011 Conference in Hong Kong

Graduate Journal of Social Science

Interdisciplinarity and the New University: CFP

Deadline: December 1, 2010


From Greece and Barcelona, to the United States and the United Kingdom, to Puerto Rico and beyond, students around the globe have been showing their dissatisfaction with educational institutions  through occupations, non-violent protests, and sit-ins, recalling an earlier era of student unrest.   Although students in these locations often protest conditions specific to their own situations, many also recognize the interconnectedness of these struggles against an increasingly homogenized global educational system, one which places profit over intellectual pursuit and privatization over student satisfaction.


The Graduate Journal of Social Science (GJSS) welcomes contributions for its June 2011 issue on the effects of the “new university” structure from students and early-career scholars who are struggling with these issues today.  Topics include, but are not limited to:


* How are shifts in funding and education policy changing the types of projects getting funded and the types of research that can be conducted? How have recent funding cuts affected certain disciplines compared to others?  What happens to research that doesn’t produce measurable “results” or “impacts” in this new climate?  How does the buzzword “interdisciplinarity” itself fit into the picture?


* Examinations of methods and tactics taken during various student-led actions, including responses by administrations, other members of the student body, and by the media at large.  Are “new” tactics such as social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook more effective than the “old” tactics of sit-ins and university take-overs?


*  Critical reflections (or experiences) of how these new and evolving circumstances can be approached methodologically.  What different research questions emerge, and what kind of methods are most suited to them? What do these offer, add or change from theories and methodologies associated to social movements, the meaning of “the public”, neo-liberal privatization of urban spaces or social services, globalization…? Do ‘”new university'” structures summon a distinct appreciation for addressing these processes?


Submissions on these topics are welcomed from now until December 1, 2010.  Articles should be between 5000-7000 words in length (including footnotes). Short essays (2-3,000 words), conference feedback (1,000 words), curated collections of images, videos and media, and book reviews on related topics are also welcome.  The GJSS encourages the submission of work from all disciplines and geographical areas, and particularly from MSc/MA/MS, MPhil, PhD students and junior academics. 



Inquiries to:

Submission guidelines online:

Facebook page:!/event.php?eid=147620478598610&ref=ts



Leveling the Playing Field: Examining Gender, Social Justice and Sports

Call for Proposals:

6th Annual Audrey-Beth Fitch Women’s Studies Conference

“Leveling the Playing Field: Examining Gender, Social Justice and Sports”


Thursday, March 17th, 2011


On Thursday, March 17th, 2011 the Women’s Studies Program at California University of PA is sponsoring the sixth-annual Audrey-Beth Fitch Women’s Studies Conference.  The theme for this year is “Leveling the Playing Field: Examining Gender, Social Justice and Sports.”

This year’s theme invites participants to critically examine issues, actions, cases, policies, and practices that comprise, challenge, and/or arise from the nexus of sports and social justice issues. From Title IX to drug testing, from the Williams sisters to Ben Roethlisberger, from softball to hardball, potential participants will interrogate, investigate, and celebrate women and/in sports.

Submissions are welcomed from diverse disciplines, including women’s/gender studies, social sciences, sports and athletics studies, communication studies, health sciences, economics, business, education, social work, humanities, and professional fields. Papers should relate directly to the theme and each presenter will have 15 – 20 minutes for her/his presentation.

Creative submissions are also welcomed. The conference organizers seek to create an event that informs, raises awareness, and/or motivates all involved to take action for change.

This one day conference features keynote speaker Jessica Mendoza, President of the Women’s Sports Foundation and softball Olympian. Also featured is Professor Deborah L. Brake, author of Getting in the Game: Title IX and the Women’s Sports Revolution (2010) and a nationally recognized expert on gender equality in sports. 

All proposals must be in MSWORD format and include 1) a 500 (or fewer) word abstract describing the proposed paper/presentation; 2) a resume or curriculum vita. Please submit proposals electronically to Dr. Marta McClintock-Comeaux at with the subject line “2011 Audrey-Beth Fitch Conference.”  The deadline for submissions is December 3, 2010.

Questions? Contact Dr. Marta McClintock-Comeaux at with the subject line “2011 Audrey-Beth Fitch Conference.” 

2011 Instruction Section, ALA Annual Conference, New Orleans Call for Posters

2011 Instruction Section, ALA Annual Conference, New Orleans
Call for Posters

How can we incorporate opportunities for student creativity into our teaching? Hensley (2004) reminds us that “teaching in any mode is successful only to the extent that it fosters a curiosity in what information can do for an individual’s understanding of the world and triggers an individual’s ability to creatively put information to use.” The 2011 ACRL Instruction Section Program will provide participants with an opportunity to explore how they can capitalize on their own creativity to enhance information literacy instruction.

The goals of the program are:

  • Discuss teaching strategies that foster student creativity as it relates to information literacy.
  • Discuss teaching strategies that foster student creativity in order to facilitate the transfer of student learning to new tasks.
  • Expand the conventional definition of information literacy in order to increase the relevancy of information literacy to students and to institutions of higher education.

How have you fostered creativity in the classroom? The 2011 Instruction Section Conference Program Planning Committee invites you to submit a poster proposal addressing ways in which you have fostered creativity in the classroom. Posters should use graphic displays to informally present teaching strategies that encourage student creativity as it relates to information literacy. They should be an eye-catching visual representation of the topic, including graphics, tables, charts, text, and images. Poster presenters will briefly discuss their ideas with colleagues as attendees navigate the poster session area and are encouraged to create online handouts for further information. Space will be limited at the poster session, so a maximum of two presenters is recommended. Posters will be set up before the program with 1 hour to present after the IS program Q&A.

Criteria for refereed poster session acceptance include:

  • Originality, significance and relevance of the topic;
  • Development of ideas;
  • Examples of creative classroom approach, activities or unique lesson plans;
  • Strength of learning outcomes presented in proposal.

Submit your poster proposal by filling out the online form ( The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. on Friday, December 17, 2010. Peer review of submissions will be completed and notifications of acceptance will be sent on or before January 21, 2011.


The submission form will ask for the following information:

  1. Name(s) of presenter(s)
  2. Poster title
  3. Learning outcome(s) for viewers
  4. Summary of poster content (150-200 words)

Poster proposals will be blind reviewed and selected by the 2011 Instruction Section Conference Program Planning Committee. If you have any questions, contact Merinda Hensley (

For tips of how to create a poster, please visit:

Hensley, R. (2004). Curiosity and Creativity as Attributes of Information Literacy. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 44(1), 31-6. Retrieved from Library Lit & Inf Full Text database.

International Conference on Information Technology in Bio- and Medical Informatics( ITBAM 2011)

In conjunction with DEXA 2011


29 August – 2 September 2011, Toulouse, France


Data intensive disciplines like life sciences and medicine are promoting vivid research activities in the area of databases. Modern technologies such as high-throughput mass-spectrometry and sequencing, micro-arrays, high-resolution imaging, etc. produce enormous and continuously increasing amounts of data. Huge public databases provide access to aggregated and consolidated information on genome and protein sequences, biological pathways, diseases, anatomy atlases, and scientific literature. There has never been more potentially available information to study biomedical systems ranging from single cells to complete organisms. However, it is a non-trivial task to transform the vast amount of biomedical data into actionable information triggering scientific progress and supporting patient management. Major biomedical application scenarios for research in the database community include but are not limited to:

         Systems biology,

         Genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics,

         Genome-wide association studies,

  • Drug target discovery and personalized medicine,


  • Electronic patient records,

         Patient monitoring,

         Surgery planning and support,


Various emerging database technologies for coping with the challenges of these application scenarios have been developed and are an active area of research in information technology:

         Administration of vast amounts of data,

         Integration of heterogeneous data sources,

         Federated and distributed databases,

         Data warehouses,

         Data mining techniques like classification, clustering, association rule mining, etc.

         Decision support systems,

         Information and image retrieval,

         Signal processing and streaming databases,

         Privacy protection and data security,

         Data quality assurance,

         Process management and collaborative work,

         User interfaces and visualization,


Designing database technology to support applications in life sciences and medicine is an inspiring field of interdisciplinary research. Often there is a long way from an idea to practical application which involves intensive discussion between experts in information technology, life sciences and medicine. ITBAM accompanies and supports this way by providing an excellent venue for the exchange of ideas, fruitful discussion, and effective interaction among interdisciplinary researchers.

In addition to the regular conference program featuring presentations of full and short research papers published in the proceedings, ITBAM encourages the submission of posters reporting work in progress. All accepted posters will be displayed during the whole event and abstracts will also be included in the proceedings.

Important Dates:

 ITBAM conference papers and poster submissions:

         Paper submission deadline (firm):      March 7, 2011

         Notification of acceptance:                            May 11, 2011

         Poster submission deadline (firm):     May 16, 2011

         Camera-ready copies due:                              June 9, 2011

Paper Submission Details:

Authors are invited to submit electronically original contributions or experience reports in English. The submitted manuscript should closely reflect the final paper as it will appear in the proceedings.

         Paper submissions should not exceed 15 pages in LNCS format. Poster submissions are expected to consist of 1 page Abstract (

         Any submission that exceeds length limits or deviates from formatting requirements may be rejected without review.

         For registration and electronic submission see:

         The submission system will be open starting from January 2011.

         Submitted papers will be carefully evaluated based on originality, significance, technical soundness, and clarity of exposition.

         Duplicate submissions are not allowed. Authors are expected to agree to the following terms: “I understand that the paper being submitted must not overlap substantially with any other paper that I am a co-author of and that is currently submitted elsewhere. Furthermore, previously published papers with any overlap are cited prominently in this submission.”

Accepted Papers:

All accepted conference papers will be published in “Lecture Notes in Computer Science” (LNCS) by Springer Verlag. Accepted full papers will be of 15 pages length, short papers 8 pages. Authors of accepted papers must sign a Springer copyright release form. For further inquiries, please contact the Conference Organisation Office (gabriela at


General Chairperson:

Christian B�hm, University of Munich, Germany

Program Committee Co-chairpersons:

Sami Khuri, San Jos� State University, USA

Lenka Lhotska, Czech Technical University Prague, Czech Republic

Nadia Pisanti, University of Pisa, Italy



“Libraries Beyond Libraries: Integration, Innovation, and Information for All”
San Juan, Puerto Rico, August 13-18, 2011
Beyond the United Nations Decade of Literacy: What Libraries Can Do
The Literacy and Reading Section is seeking proposals for  a program to be held at the IFLA Conference in Puerto Rico in August, 2011.

As the United Nations Decade of Literacy winds down in 2012, it is a good time for libraries to assess their ongoing initiatives for advancing literacy.  The program will showcase innovative and effective library-based literacy programs from diverse parts of the world. 

Proposals are requested for as many as ten tabletop presentations which will be given simultaneously.  After an opening plenary keynote address, audience members will rotate to three different fifteen-minute presentations of their choice.  Presenters will therefore be asked to repeat their presentation three times for three different sets of people.
Proposals chosen for presentation will be specific about how libraries have tackled issues related to literacy in their particular setting. They should be grounded in theory, research, and/or practical applications.  Because these projects will be presented in an informal, small group setting, speakers should plan some visual accompaniment such as a poster that can be set up on the table. Presenters may also want to bring brochures or flyers to hand out. People submitting successful proposals will be asked to write a brief paper summarizing their literacy program for publication in the IFLA Proceedings.  All chosen presenters will be listed in the official conference program.

Proposals should provide the following information:

            Name and institution of speaker(s)

            Brief biographical information

            Proposal title

            Brief (300 to 500 word) description of project and presentation format

            Language of presentation

Proposals should be sent to Elena Corradini at by December 1, 2010.    Please indicate IFLA Proposal on the subject line.  Finalists will be notified by January 15, 2011, and will be expected to submit final versions of their papers in one of the official IFLA languages by May 15, 2011.

For more information, please contact Ivanka Stricevic (Chair of Literacy and Reading Section) at

Please note that it is the speakers’ responsibility to find funding for their participation.