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  • Deadline for PT 2013 Proposals is July 9

    APTA encourages members to submit proposals for 90-minute and 3-hour sessions for PT 2013, to be held June 26-29, 2013, in Salt Lake City. The association would like to focus on the areas for programming where latest or emerging ideas are shared and discussed:

    • delivery of care (medical homes, accountable care organizations)
    • payment (alternative payment models)
    • use of technology in the administration of care (electronic health records, etc)
    • use of technology in clinical care (virtual care, etc)
    • use of technology in entry-level education
    • knowledge translation from classroom to clinic

    Proposals must be submitted by July 9. The Call for Proposals with further details is posted on the submission site Welcome Page. For questions or to discuss specifics about programming, contact Mary Lynn Billitteri, APTA Professional Development.

    Grant Opportunities for Women Scholars

    The Elsevier Foundation seeks new grant proposals for its New Scholars program, which provides funding for projects to help support women scholars during the early stages of their careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The program is designed to actively address the attrition rate of talented women scientists caused by the difficulty of balancing a demanding academic career with family responsibilities. The foundation provides grants to STEM institutions and organizations that are working toward a more equitable academia by:

    • encouraging networking and collaborations among institutions and/or across STEM disciplines in ways that support faculty and staff with family responsibilities;
    • developing and implementing strategies to promote knowledge, awareness, and application of programs to retain, recruit, and develop women in science; and/or
    • enabling scientists to attend conferences, meetings, workshops, and symposia that are critical to the development of a career in science by helping them with childcare and other family responsibilities when attending scientific gatherings.

    Grants will range between $5,000 and $50,000 per year for up to 3 years for a project total of $100,000.

    Preliminary proposals are due June 24. Applicants invited to submit a full proposal will be notified in July and asked to expand their proposals by September 2.

    "Generation STEM," a feature in this month's PT in Motion, discusses the national effort to encourage more students—especially females—to study STEM, and how it will affect physical therapy.