Founded in 1993, the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR) launched its Tenth Anniversary celebration
with publication of a Tenth Anniversary Report and a number of special activities and events to highlight social work research
contributions to building knowledge for practice and policy as well as the enhancement of the social work research infrastructure
over the past decade. On March 11, 2004 IASWR hosted a poster session and reception on Capitol Hill, sponsored by Senators
Mikulski (D-MD), Inouye (D-HI) and Stabenow (D-MI) and Representatives Rodriguez (D-TX), Lee (D-CA), Towns (D-NY), Davis (D-CA),
and Greenwood (R-PA), along with our supporting organizations and the Decade of Behavior and the Gerontological Society of
America. Attended by more than 100 persons, including Capitol Hill staff and representatives of federal agencies and national
organizations, the session featured 12 posters covering issues from child abuse prevention to adoption, substance abuse, community
violence, cancer, kinship care, aging, staff retention and mental illness. Two BSW faculty presented posters - Beth Rosenthal
of York College, CUNY and Betsy Vourlekis, U of Maryland, Baltimore County.
One of the outgrowths of the John A. Hartford Foundation's Geriatric Social Work Initiative is the effort to develop a
gerontological social work research agenda. Burnette, Morrow-Howell and Chen's article, "Setting Priorities for Gerontological
Social Work Research: A National Delphi Study" published in The Gerontologist, December 2003 describes the agenda and
the method used to develop it. Of particular importance for development of future research activities is the identification
of "developing and testing psychosocial interventions across specific populations and conditions" as the top priority
topic. The identified social work priorities overlap with research agendas developed by both the National Research Council
and the National Institute on Aging, supporting the relevance and value of social work research in addressing key issues of
concern to the health and well-being of older persons.
IASWR Summer Researcher Training Event
All interested faculty and doctoral students are invited to attend the IASWR 2nd Annual Summer Methods Institute. This summer
the Institute, to be held June 25-26 in Washington, DC, will focus on Meta-analysis and the use of HLM Software and will be
taught by William Nugent, Professor and Doctoral Program Chair at the University of Tennessee. Fee is $300.00 inclusive of
materials, continental breakfasts and lunches and a networking reception. To register, visit the IASWR website. Registration
is open to the first 40 applicants.