Monday, November 11, 2013
The Future of Public Health Law Education Faculty Fellowship
The faculty fellowship opportunity described below is open to senior, mid-level, and junior faculty (minimum of three years of full-time teaching experience) affiliated with law schools or schools/programs of public health. Following a 10-day summer institute in Park City, Utah, in July 2014, fellows will return to their home institutions for their fellowship year (2014-2015) to develop their proposals to enhance the teaching of public health law.
Applications for this unique professional development opportunity are due Friday, December 13, 2013 (recommendation letters are due Friday, December 6, 2013). For complete details, visit www.law.gsu.edu/PHLFellowship.
Applications are invited for 10 faculty fellowships in public health law education.
Georgia State University College of Law and its Center for Law, Health & Society are leading an initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for a faculty fellowship program to promote public health law education. Ten faculty members from law schools or schools/programs of public health will be selected to participate in a yearlong fellowship program designed to foster innovations in educational programming (including clinical, externship, and other experiential learning) and to build a strong learning community among faculty who teach in the public health law field.
All fellows, with their deans’ support, will design and implement a project for curricular change in public health law education at their home institutions. Each fellow will be paired with a faculty mentor in public health law. The fellows will begin their fellowship year by attending an intensive 10-day educational Summer Institute on July 16-26, 2014 in Park City, Utah. Over the course of the academic 2014-2015 fellowship year, the fellows and their mentors will regularly share ideas, experiences and models for public health law teaching, providing opportunities for professional growth and leadership development.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
A remarkable opportunity for career development is the program for Health and Aging Policy Fellowships. The program is interdisciplinary and past fellows have included lawyers, social workers, nurses, doctors, epidemiologists, economists, community activists, and -- of course -- academics, ranging in experience level from new degree-holders to experienced professionals. The year-long fellowships offer opportunities to engage in policy-making processes at state or federal levels, whether in "residentIal" or nonresidential settings,
Applications are due in mid-April each year -- and planning ahead helps for both the application and the award year. Eligibility criteria, funding details, and a subscription link for future deadlines and program opportunities are available on the program's website. A great opportunity for sabbatical work?
Sunday, September 22, 2013
September 24 is the kick-off date for a world-wide Design Competition offered by Stanford's Center on Longevity. The Stanford Report explains the competition is intended to encourage innovation that helps the rising tide of seniors:
"The design contest solicits entries from student teams worldwide and is aimed at finding solutions that help keep people with cognitive impairments independent as long as possible."
The final presentations are scheduled for April 2014 with judging by a panel of academics, industry professionals, nonprofit groups and investors. The competition offers prizes, including the top prize of $10,000.
Hat tip to Professor Laurel Terry, for news on this interesting challenge.
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
The Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging offers substantial grants, up to $20,000 per award, to researchers in law and aging. The deadline for applications for the 2014 awards is October 15, 2013. Co-Director Mary Jane Ciccarello reminds us that:
"The objectives of the grants are to further research and scholarship about new or improved public policies, laws, and/or programs that will enhance the quality of life for the elderly, including those who are poor or otherwise isolated by lack of education, language, culture, disability, or other barriers."
Monday, August 26, 2013
While on sabbatical in Northern Ireland in 2010 at Queens University Belfast, I first encountered Atlantic Philanthropies. I kept running into innovative projects such as QUB's Changing Ageing Partnership -- and it would turn out the projects had started with seed-funding from Atlantic Philanthropies.
I came to realize that this private foundation was involved in cutting edge fields in many parts of the world. For example, it was funding aging research, health care projects, and higher education programs, such as the creation of the now thriving University of Limerick in the Republic of Ireland. However, the organization had often flown well below the radar screen, and for the early years of its operation, it was virtually impossible to "apply" for a grant. The organization might find you if you were doing sufficiently "good" work, but not usually the other way around. Eventually that approach changed, and AP opened its door for more traditional grant applications.
The man behind the organization's start was Chuck Feeney, an Irish-American businessman and philanthropist who quietly gave away the bulk of the fortune he made with Duty Free Shoppers before anyone even know he was a billionaire. The fascinating story of Chuck Feeney was told by Dublin-based author Conor O'Clery in the book, The Billionaire Who Wasn't, published in the US in 2007.
After reading the book, I "tuned in" to what was happening with private philanthropy, and soon realized that core funding from Atlantic Philanthropies was also behind many important legal service operations in the U.S., including the National Senior Citizens Law Center.
Chuck Feeney's behind-the-scenes impact predated Bill Gate's more transparent support for public philanthropy. I think it is safe to say that researching Chuck Feeney's history led me to add Nonprofit Organizations Law to my teaching package (which includes Elder Law, of course) at Penn State Law. I wanted to know more about whether and how NPOs based in the US can maximize their impact.
I thought that we already knew more or less the whole story of Atlantic Philanthropies, especially as the foundation was slated to go out of existence with a "spend-down" giving plan that would exhaust its multi-billion dollar endowment by approximately 2017.
It turns out there is more to the story, including a recent struggle for control over Atlantic Philanthropies that goes to the heart of 82-year-old Chuck Feeney's original vision. That story is now being told, again by Conor O'Clery, in a new edition of The Billionaire Who Wasn't and excerpts recently released in the Irish Times newspaper. Even if you have not seen the movie Jobs, about Steve Jobs at Apple Computers, you can imagine the conflict that can develop when you combine innovative "genius" and for-profit corporate policy-makers; it appears the intrigue can be just as great in the world of nonprofit foundations.
Hat tip to Una Lynch in Northern Ireland for alerting me to the latest news on Chuck Feeney and Atlantic Philanthropies.