UPDATE FROM IASWR - AUGUST 2001
Joan Levy Zlotnik, Executive Director
All BPD members should find the weekly IASWR Announcements Listserv beneficial. The only such source known to specifically
focus on information of interest to social work researchers and social work educators, IASWR Announcements' subscribers have
increased by almost 50% over the past year. The Announcements regularly provide information on new funding opportunities,
calls for papers, conference information and information on new reports of interest to social work educators. In addition
IASWR uses the listserv to request, from the field, information on cutting edge issues, such as the impact of the 1996 welfare
reform legislation or faith-based social services. To subscribe to the listserv, send an email message (no text on subject
line) to: Listserv@vm.sc.edu. Type a one line message as follows: Subscribe iaswrlst <your first name> <your last
name> in the text area. Past copies of the listserv can also be found on the IASWR website under "Announcements"
or "Archives" at www.iaswresearch.org.
Plans for BPD in Denver
There will be a special pre-conference session for program directors on accessing funding opportunities, including those supported by federal agencies and by foundations. The session, on Wednesday morning, October 31 will cover information on research curriculum development sources of support, opportunities for interdisciplinary research training, special sources of support for minority students, and creating a social work research career. In addition two new gerontology opportunities, funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation will be highlighted. IASWR staff will also participate in the special sessions sponsored by BPD's Research Committee. IASWR's Executive Director will also be available for individual consultation and guidance. To set up an appointment during the BPD conference, please call (202) 336-8393 or email Joan Levy Zlotnik at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me during the conference.
IASWR's linkages to related groups
Our supporting organizations are the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, the Council on Social Work Education,
Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education, National Association of Deans and Directors, National Association of Social
Workers, and Society for Social Work and Research. We join with all of these organizations in sponsoring the Action Network
for Social Work Education and Research (ANSWER). The major advocacy priority of the ANSWER coalition is to work for the passage
of the National Center for Social Work Research Act (S. 70, HR 663). The legislation would create a government entity that
would work to to collect data on significant public health and social problems and promote the study and investigation of
prevention and treatment of those problems. The focus of the National Center would be on social work "care" of
individuals and their families experiencing problems such as acute and chronic illnesses, abuse and neglect, and youth and
family violence. The Center would:
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