2013 MCASTA Annual Symposium - Call for Submission


  Public Health, Personal Well-being: Imagining the Possibilities …

Learn insights from scientific researches and empirical findings on food and preventive medicine, health care, infectious disease control and prevention, emotional health, and more.

Please join us in St. Louis for 2013 MCASTA Symposium. Following the success of previous symposiums, we plan to continue with a mix of traditional MCASTA activities and some new events.


Researchers are encouraged to submit an abstract of their studies using the Abstract Submission Form provided below to one of tracks listed below by June 10, 2013.

·        Download Abstract Submission Form: copy and paste the following link to a web browser


The abstract submission should follow requirements listed below:

1.      The abstract should be 500 words or less

2.      The abstract file should be in Microsoft Word format and file name should follow the format of TrackNumber_AuthorLastName_AuthorFirstName.doc  (e.g., 107_Smith_Mary.doc)  

3.      The abstract should be submitted via email with a subject line “TrackNumber: AuthorFirstName AuthorLastName” (e.g., 107 Mary Smith) to BOTH the track chair of a proper track and to mcasta.stl@gmail.com  


All submissions are subject to peer review and acceptance notice will be communicated to researchers by July 15, 2013.    Camera-ready of accepted abstracts must be submitted by August 5, 2013.


 Tracks and track chairs


· Program Chairs: Dr. George Wu (georgewuny@gmail.com) and Dr. Yao-Jan Wu (yaojan@slu.edu

· Track 105A: Food and Preventive Medicine: Dr. Fu-Hung Shieh and Dr. K. C. Hou  (mingtwins@aim.com)  

Call for Abstracts: Research, studies, and cases in food choices directly relate to the leading causes of illness and death, food related risk factors, healthy food choices, etc. are solicited.


· Track 105B: Socioeconomic Causes and Consequences of Public Health: Dr. Ping Wang and Dr. Bih-Ru Lea (leabi@mst.edu)

Call for Abstracts: Scholars are encouraged to submit research, studies, and cases in the policies, social, economic, and financial aspect of public health, particularly in the healthcare, insurance, and socioeconomic development.


· Track 106A: Young Scholars Poster Presentation: Mr. Ying Chau (Allen) Liu (yl6pc@mst.edu)  

Call for Abstracts & Posters: The Young Scholars Poster Presentation track is a great opportunity for college and graduate students to present their research and receive feedback from field experts and/or a diversified group of audiences.  Researches in all areas of science and technologies are welcome. Faculty advisors are encouraged to nominate their students to present their research.


· NEW!! Track 106B: Future Leader Youth Program: Ms. Lily Childs (yl6pc@mst.edu)

ERP innovations: Utilizing Information Technology (IT) for Competitive Advantages: Run a Company like a Pro (details to come soon…).


· Track 109A: IT Applications in Public Health and Infectious Disease Control: Dr. Bih-Ru Lea (leabi@mst.edu)

Call for Abstracts: Research, studies, and cases in health policy or practice, including issues of implementation and dissemination of public health related data systems are solicited. Specific areas of technical interest include, but are not limited to: temporal and spatial dynamics of population health problems; uses for sensor and/or big data (ubiquitous data) in models; models with real‐time updating; uses of simulated scenarios for policy and program evaluation; and the participation of policy makers in using insights from models or simulations to inform their thinking and action


· Track 109B: Public Health: Everything you need to know …  Dr. Jen Jen Chang (changdalton@gmail.com)

Call for Abstracts: This track focuses on the common scientific knowledge that everyone needs to know. Research, studies, and cases in the following fields are solicited: Behavioral Science & Health Education, Biostatistics, Environmental & Occupational Health, Epidemiology and Health Management & Policy. The accepted abstracts are encouraged to translate research results to meaningful information to the public.


· Track 110A: Emotional health and you …  Dr. Stephen Wu(zqian2@slu.edu)

Call for Nominations: An invited professional counselor panel to discuss various subjects including (a) what is emotional health? (b) relationship of emotional health with personal well-being and public health; (c) counseling role in supporting emotional health; d) barriers for counseling; and (e) managing your emotional health.