Announcements

AGESW Town Hall on Friday, June 12, 2020 at 1pm EDT / 10am PDT
Please join Tam Perry, president of AGESW, and members of the AGESW board for a virtual “town hall” for our members. Here, we plan to share information and to connect on a more personal level. To join via Zoom, please click here. You may also call in at (646) 876-9923 with the meeting ID 990 6855 6713. We look forward to seeing you there! (Please note that the AGESW Town Hall will be held through Boston College's Zoom account, which has additional security precautions. In order to log in virtually, you must have a Zoom account or log in via your Google or Facebook credentials. Your Zoom account can be either a personal or university account. Once you log in, you will briefly be placed in a "waiting room" and the host will let you in. Alternatively, you can call in using the above phone number.) Previously, we held our first Town Hall on May 8, 2020.

Pre-Dissertation Initiative announcement
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting uncertainty regarding travel and institutional financial support, the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW) will not be selecting a 2020 AGESW Pre-Dissertation Fellows cohort. We plan to resume the program for the 2021-2022 academic year and will extend eligibility to include first and second year social work doctoral students. For the upcoming year, we will plan to offer a series of free webinars to all social work doctoral students. (You do not need to be a member of AGESW to participate.) Our first was a Student Night webinar on May 7th. We will keep you updated when new webinars are scheduled.

Letter from AGESW President Tam Perry on the COVID-19 Outbreak
AGESW president, Tam Perry, has issued a statement on the COVID-19 outbreak and key considerations for gerontological social work.

JGSW call for Letters to the Editor: COVID-19
The Journal of Gerontological Social Work (JGSW) is inviting Letters to the Editor related to the corona virus and COVID-19 and issues and implications for social work practice with older adults and their families. This includes education and training; clinical, program, and policy practice; research; and other areas within the reach of gerontological social work that include the wide range of topics that fall under JGSW's mission statement. Letters to the Editor should not be opinion, but have a scholarly perspective on a substantive issue. These letters will be published as individual e-publications immediately after acceptance and as a collection of letters in an upcoming issue. JGSW is accepting letters now through June 30, 2020. Please submit your letter through Scholar One which is accessed through JGSW's website hosted by Taylor & Francis at https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wger20/current. Submissions should follow the format guidelines for Letters to the Editor found there. If you have questions, please contact JGSW's Editor in Chief, Dr. Michelle Putnam at michelle.putnam@simmons.edu or JGSW's Managing Editor, Dr. Huei-Wern Shen at HueiWerns@gmail.com.
 
JGSW call for papers: COVID-19, older adults, and professional practice 
The Journal of Gerontological Social Work (JGSW) is seeking papers related to the corona virus and COVID-19 and social work, applied social service and health professions practice. We seek research, policy analysis and commentaries that contribute to understanding the issues and addressing the needs of older adults and their families. To the extent possible, we will expedite the review process. We will move manuscripts to e-publication as soon as they are accepted; we will compile a complete issue when we have enough papers to do so. Currently Taylor & Francis is offering free access for anyone to COVID-19 peer-reviewed research. At JGSW we understand that many scholars are working remotely and under constrained conditions and appreciate the difficulty of these circumstances. This call for papers is open now with an end date of December 1, 2020. Please submit your paper at any time. Select this special issue from the drop-down menu when you submit your manuscript. If you have questions, please contact our Managing Editor, Dr. Huei-Wern Shen at HueiWerns@gmail.com or our Editor in Chief, Dr. Michelle Putnam at michelle.putnam@simmons.edu.