Research on Resilience and Disability

GSU Sociology Professor Ben Kail

GSU Sociology & Gerontology Professor Ben Kail

Checkout this recent research publication by GSU Sociology Department and Affiliate Faculty Member of the Gerontology Institute Professor Ben Kail and colleagues:

Manning, Lydia K., Dawn C. Carr, and Ben Lennox Kail. 2014. “Do Higher Levels of Resilience Buffer the Deleterious Impact of Chronic Illness on Disability in Later Life?” The Gerontologist [published online July 25, 2014].*

Drawing a sample of 10,753 Americans between the ages of 51 and 98 from the Health and Retirement Study (2006–2010), Kail et al., via statistical analysis, explored the influence of resilience – “the ability to navigate adversity in a manner that protects well-being” – on changes in disability among the sampled participants over a 2-year period.  They found that resilience “protects against increases in ADL [activities of daily living] and IADL [instrumental activities of daily living] limitations that are often associated with aging” and that it “mitigates a considerable amount of the deleterious consequences related to the onset of chronic illness and subsequent disability.” (from Abstract)

Also check out some of Dr. Kail’s related works:

*Articles note that all authors contributed equally to the studies.

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New Database: JoVE Neuroscience

The Georgia State University Library now has access to JoVE Neuroscience.

JoVE Neuroscience is a multidisciplinary section of the Journal of Visualized Experiments: a peer reviewed, PubMed indexed journal devoted to the publication of biological, medical, chemical and physical research in a video format.

JoVE Neuroscience is devoted to investigations of the structure, function, physiology, and pathophysiology of the brain and nervous system. Included methodologies range from molecular and cellular level studies to full central and peripheral neural systems. Potential treatment platforms and surgical techniques for neurological diseases and disorders are also presented in this section.

JoVE Neuroscience and JoVE Biology (formerly JoVE General) can be accessed by selecting “J” under “Databases by Name A-Z” on the Library homepage.

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Publication Retractions Take Years to Appear in PubMed

Performing a complex literature review can be challenging; taking into account whether the resulting articles have been retracted, have erratum or have been corrected and republished makes the task even more difficult.

Researchers in Lyon, France found that the time-lag between articles being pulled from a journal and being noted as retracted in PubMed is nearly three years.  (Read the paper, “What time-lag for a retraction search on PubMed?” here.)

Several online publications track news of retractions and may help alert you to recently retracted articles.

If you’ve set up a personal account in My NCBI you can add filters to show the number of retracted publications on the side menu in your search results.  You can also set up alerts for your research topic and have emails sent to you when citations are indexed as “retracted.”  Haven’t set up a My NCBI account yet?  Ask your friendly librarian for help or watch this tutorial from NLM.

NLM’s official fact sheet on retractions and errata may be found here.

 

 

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World Health Organization joins Europe PubMed Central

The World Health Organisation (WHO), now follows an open access policy to ensure the widespread dissemination of scientific research. The policy applies to all WHO-authored or WHO-funded research published in external journals and books.

From the WHO website:

Journal articles or book chapters produced by individuals or institutions who are funded in whole or in part by WHO must be published in one of the following ways:

  • in an open-access journal (such as those published by BioMed Central, Hindawi and PLoS);
  • in a subscription journal that offers a hybrid open-access fee option (most subscription journals now offer the option for authors to pay a fee to ensure that their articles are openly accessible);.
  • in a subscription journal that allows authors to deposit the accepted author manuscript in Europe PubMed Central within 12 months of the date of publication.

Hundreds of Georgia State University faculty and graduate students publish their research in open access journals available through PubMed Central (PMC) and through the GSU Library’s research repository ScholarWorks.  Here is a sampling of GSU authors cited in PMC:

  • Center for Inflammation, Immunity & Infection, and Department of Biology
    Young-Tae Lee, Ki-Hye Kim, Eun-Ju Ko, Yu-Na Lee, Min-Chul Kim, Young-Man Kwon, Yinghua Tang, Min-Kyoung Cho, Youn-Jeong Lee, Sang-Moo Kang. New vaccines against influenza virus. Clin Exp Vaccine Res. 2014 January; 3(1): 12–28. Published online 2013 December 18. doi: 10.7774/cevr.2014.3.1.12

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The Teaching Associate: A Model for Graduate Instructor Support

Check out this recent publication by the GSU Sociology Department Senior Lecturer & Director of Instruction Mindy Stombler, and graduated doctoral students Amanda Jungels, Marni Brown, and Saori Yasumoto:

Clockwise from top left: Mindy Stombler, Senior Lecturer & Director of Instruction, GSU Sociology Department; Amanda Jungels, Marni Brown, and Saori Yasumoto, all graduated doctoral students from the GSU Sociology Department

Clockwise from top left: Mindy Stombler, Senior Lecturer & Director of Instruction, GSU Sociology Department; Amanda Jungels, Marni Brown, and Saori Yasumoto, all graduated doctoral students from the GSU Sociology Department

Jungels, A. M., Brown, M. A., Stombler, M., & Yasumoto, S. (2014). Teaching Associates: Bridging informal and formal mechanisms of support for graduate student instructors. Teaching Sociology, 42(3), 220-230.

Jungels et al. draw on data collected from focus groups, semistructured interviews, and surveys to explore how the graduate “Teaching Associate” in the GSU Sociology Department acts as a formal and informal teaching mentor for the other graduate student instructors to prepare them for effective teaching in their present positions and beyond as future faculty.  They conclude with recommending the Teaching Associate model to other sociology departments.

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Summer Scholarly Impact Workshop for Faculty and Graduate Students: Tomorrow (Tuesday, 6/24)

A general scholarly impact workshop relevant for faculty and graduate students from all disciplines will be held from 2:00-3:00pm on Tuesday, June 24th in Classroom 2.  Click here to register for the workshop.

The content of the workshop will focus on the tools’ features and usage, specifically metrics and altmetrics for activity such as:

  • Promotion and tenure applications
  • Assessment of scholarly impact for CV, annual evaluations
  • Identifying top researchers

Additional services available through the library’s Scholarly Impact Program include:

This emerging service addresses the library’s overall mission to support Georgia State University research and more specifically, one of its strategic initiatives: to use new, emerging, and established technologies to support the research, teaching, and learning of faculty and students.

 

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Banzhaf and Ferraro Named Among Top 50 Authors in Environmental Economics

An article investigating the influence of articles, journals, authors and institutions in environmental and ecological economics during the years 2000-2009, a period of growing importance in the field, ranked Andrew Young School professors Paul J. Ferraro and Spencer Banzhaf among the top 50 authors in this field.

The article titled “Environmental and Ecological Economics in the 21st Century: An Age Adjusted Citation Analysis of the Influential Articles, Journals, Authors and Institutions” and published in Ecological Economics (May 2012), analyzes more than 6,500 studies from institutions and authors around the globe to produce its rankings.

Recent articles by Dr. Banzhaf:

Kroetz, K., Sanchirico, J. N., Armsworth, P. R., & Spencer Banzhaf, H. H. (2014). Benefits of the ballot box for species conservation. Ecology Letters, 17(3), 294.

Banzhaf, H. Spencer. (2013). On Fiscal Illusion in Local Public Finance: Re-Examining Ricardian Equivalence and the Renter Effect. National Tax Journal, 66(3), 511-540.

Banzhaf, H. Spencer, Fitzgerald, T., & Schnier, K. (2013). Nonregulatory Approaches to the Environment: Coasean and Pigouvian Perspectives. Review Of Environmental Economics & Policy, 7(2), 238-258.

Recent articles by Dr. Ferraro:

Fisher, Brendan, Andrew Balmford, Paul J. Ferraro, et al. 2014. “Moving Rio Forward and Avoiding 10 More Years with Little Evidence for Effective Conservation Policy.” Conservation Biology 28, no. 3: 880-882.

Ferraro, P. J., & Hanauer, M. M. (2014). Quantifying causal mechanisms to determine how protected areas affect poverty through changes in ecosystem services and infrastructure. Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America, 111(11), 4332-4337.

Ferraro, P. J., & Miranda, J. (2014). The performance of non-experimental designs in the evaluation of environmental programs: A design-replication study using a large-scale randomized experiment as a benchmark. Journal Of Economic Behavior And Organization.

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Georgia Hidden Treasures

Johnny MercerAtlanta’s WSB-TV Georgia Hidden Treasures program will air a feature on The Johnny Mercer Collection housed in the Georgia State University Library on June 18th at 8:00pm on Channel 2. The feature includes information about the collection, and interviews with Johnny’s niece Joyce Pelphrey, biographer Glenn Eskew, and archivist Kevin Fleming.

View a preview of the feature here.

Questions about the popular music collection in the Special Collections and Archives should be directed to Kevin Fleming, archivist, Popular Music and Culture Collection, at 404-413-2880 or archives@gsu.edu.

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Thomas Wins ASPA Best Book Award

The latest book by Professor John Clayton Thomas, Citizen, Customer, Partner: Engaging the Public in Public Management, was recently announced co-winner of the 2014 Best Book Award from the Section on Public Administration Research of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). “The SPAR Book Award Selection Committee unanimously praised the book as outstanding research,  high-quality writing, offering a significant and lasting contribution to the public administration literature, with strong impact on the practice of public administration,” ASPA wrote in its award notification. Thomas directs the master’s programs for the Department of Public Management and Policy.

Complete citation:

Thomas, John Clayton. Citizen, Customer, Partner: Engaging the Public in Public Management. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2012.

This book has also been positively reviewed in these two publications:

Stephens, JB. “Citizen, Customer, Partner: Engaging The Public In Public Management.” Public Administration Review 73.3 (n.d.): 518-523.

Kwon, M. “Citizen, Customer, Partner: Engaging The Public In Public Management.” American Review Of Public Administration 42.6 (n.d.): 749-751.

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History Department Faculty in Conversation: The Carter Center, June 19, 2014

Jimmy Carter Presidential Library & Museum logoGeorgia State’s Department of History’s former instructor Mike O’Connor will be speaking on Thursday, June 19, at the Carter Center, in a conversation with David Sehat, an associate professor of history at Georgia State. O’Connor is the author of the recently published book A Commercial Republic: America’s Enduring Debate over Democratic Capitalism (on order), and Sehat is the author of the award-winning book The Myth of American Religious Freedom (2011).

From A Cappella Booksevent listing:

As recently as 2008, when Presidents Bush and Obama acted to bail out the nation’s crashing banks and failing auto companies, the perennial objection erupted anew: government has no business in … business. In a new book, Mike O’Connor argues that those who cite history to decry government economic intervention are invoking a tradition that simply does not exist. From its founding to the present day, our commercial republic has always mixed—and battled over the proper balance of—politics and economics.

About A Commercial Republic: Contesting the claim that the modern-day libertarian conception of U.S. political economy represents the “natural” American economic philosophy, Mike O’Connor demonstrates that this perspective has served historically as only one among many. Beginning with the early national debate over the economic plans proposed by Alexander Hamilton, continuing through the legal construction of the corporation in the Gilded Age and the New Deal commitment to full employment, and concluding with contemporary concerns over lowering taxes, this book demonstrates how the debate over government intervention in the economy has illuminated the possibilities and limits of American democratic capitalism.

The event will take place at the Carter Center, 441 Freedom Parkway, in Atlanta (directions here), at 7:00 pm on Thursday, June 19, and will include a book signing. Books will be sold by A Cappella Books at the event. A Cappella’s event listing also includes information about purchasing signed copies even if you are unable to attend this event.

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