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POLICY FELLOWSHIPS FOR 2016-2017
SRCD is seeking applications for upcoming Policy Fellowships for 2016-2017. There are two types of Fellowships: Congressional and Executive Branch. Both provide Fellows with exciting opportunities to come to Washington, DC and use their research skills in child development outside of the academic setting to inform public policy. Fellows work as resident scholars within their federal agency or Congressional office placements.
Fellowships are full-time immersion experiences and run from September 1st through August 31st. Following a two-week science policy orientation program sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Fellows receive an SRCD orientation to child development and public policy. The SRCD Office for Policy and Communications in Washington facilitates the Fellows’ experience and is available as a resource throughout the year.
Application Requirements: Applicants must have a doctoral-level degree in any relevant discipline (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., Ed.D.), must demonstrate exceptional competence in an area of child development research, and must be a member of SRCD. Both early career and advanced professionals are encouraged to apply.
Deadline to apply: December 15, 2015
More information about the Fellowships is available online at http://www.srcd.org/policy-media/policy-fellowships, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply to the fellowship, click here.
Conference on “Financial Stability and Housing in China”
The new campus of the Chinese University of Hong Kong in Shenzhen will host a conference on “Financial Stability and Housing in China” on December 18-19, 2015, in Shenzhen, China. Co-sponsored by Wei Xiong (Princeton University) and Prakash Loungani (IMF), the conference will feature sessions on the following topics: housing; municipal debt; shadow banking; stock markets; monetary policy transmission; RMB internationalization. We welcome papers on any of these topics (or closely related ones) for inclusion on the program. In addition, we are looking for participants for roundtable discussions following each session. The organizers will cover airfare (subject to a cap) and local accommodation and expenses in Shenzhen for paper presenters and roundtable discussants.
Confirmed participants thus far include: Yongheng Deng, National University of Singapore; Hanming Fan, University of Pennsylvania; Joe Gyourko, University of Pennsylvania; Yiping Huang, China Center for Economic Research, Peking University; Richard Koss, Fannie Mae; Michael Song Zheng, City University of Hong Kong & University of Chicago; Hao Zhou, Tsinghua University; Haibin Zhu, JP Morgan.
Please send your paper, or expression of interest in participating in the roundtable discussions, to Hites Ahir (email@example.com) by October 25, 2015.
Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning is calling for papers for a special issue on “Health and Consumer Finance.” This special issue brings together the state of the art on understanding important socioeconomic issues of health and consumer finance in its micro and macro environments. This special issue welcome research reports on strategies and practices that would promote healthier consumer balance sheets in the coming decades. Exemplary contributions and breakthroughs that elevate the patients to sovereign consumers are at the heart of managing finances for goals. Conceptual framework, historical analysis and evidence-based perspectives on the evolution of consumer’s healthcare finance sharpen our understanding of the challenges that consumers face. Contributions to the special issue are also aimed at highlighting paths that would empower patients to become powerful self-enterprising agents in an evolving complex healthcare market. This special issue focuses on health and consumer finance. Conceptual, quantitative and applied research papers contributing to the interplay of health and consumer finance are welcomed. The general research questions are what financial factors contribute to health, what health factors contribute to financial wellbeing, and what health and financial factors contribute to quality of life. The submission deadline is April 30, 2016. No submission fee is required. No publication fee is required for accepted papers. Please follow the submission guideline to prepare the manuscripts and submit the manuscript online on the category of “SI: health and consumer finance”. The submission guideline and other journal information can be found at: http://www.springerpub.com/journals/journal-of-financial-counseling-and-planning.html. Please submit your manuscript online using Editorial Manager: http://www.editorialmanager.com/jfcp/default.aspx. For more information about the special issue, contact the guest editor, Mitch Mokhtari, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for the 5th International Interdisciplinary Business-Economics Advancement Conference (IIBA 2015) that will be held in a 5-star cruise ship between November 16-21, 2015.
The Royal Caribbean cruise ship (Independence of the Seas) with its 4370 passengers will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA, which is 30 miles from Miami, Florida, USA and will stop at Labadee, HAITI and Falmouth, JAMAICA before returning to Ft Lauderdale. There is no need for a visa to visit Haiti and Jamaica for cruise passengers.
The cruise fee is only $544 for 5 nights including all five star meals and entertainments. Limited number of deeply discounted staterooms/cabins are reserved for the IIBA 2015 conference.
The conference will take place during the “At Sea” days. Please visit the below conference website for detailed information. Abstract submission deadline is September 30, 2015. This conference is sponsored by University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Florida, USA
The International Economic Association (IEA) is happy to announce the first Stiglitz Essay Prize (SEP) in honour of the past President of the association, Joseph E. Stiglitz.
Joseph E. Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia University. In 2001, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his analyses of markets with asymmetric information. He was the President of the International Economic Association from 2011 to 2014.
The winner of the Stiglitz Essay Prize will be announced in early 2016, with the prize presentation to be made in a ceremony at the next IEA World Congress in 2017. The winner of the Stiglitz Essay Prize will win 1,000 USD, and the runner(s)-up will receive 500 USD. The winning essay and runner(s) up will be published on the IEA web site.
The prize is open to any student in full time study. The essay can be up to 5,000 words on one of the subjects below. There will be a pre-selection process in charge of a team of school judges selected by the IEA. The shortlisted essays will go to the judges: Joseph E. Stiglitz (Columbia University and IEA past President), Timothy Besley (London School of Economics and IEA President) and Kaushik Basu (World Bank and IEA President Elect).
To be eligible for the prize, submitted essays should be on one of two broad themes reflecting Professor Stiglitz’s
‐ The causes and policy consequences of growing inequality
‐ The reconstruction of macro-economics and proposals for new approaches that speak to the weaknesses in modelling revealed by the 2008 global crisis
All applicants are asked to note the following criteria:
‐ Only one essay per person will be accepted
‐ The maximum word count for essays is 5,000 words (the word count should appear at the end of each essay)
‐ The word count includes footnotes, but excludes references and bibliography.
‐ All of those who submit an essay should submit proof through a signed letter from an appropriate official at an academic institution that he or she is currently registered as a full-time student.
‐ No revisions to entries are permitted once submitted
‐ Please note that entries to the competition should be unique (i.e. not published elsewhere or submitted to other essay competitions.)
‐ Entries must be submitted in either Microsoft Word (doc, docx) format or PDF format. No other formats are acceptable.
The deadline for submitting essays has been extended to October 31 at 2359 hours (GMT).
Please send submissions to the IEA Secretariat on email@example.com indicating in the subject your name as
follows: SEP_LAST NAME_Name.
Any queries on the competition should be also addressed to the IEA Secretariat on the same email address.
Call for Poster, Paper, Organized Session and Workshop Abstracts for GMCC-15
The Seventh International Conference on Coexistence between Genetically Modified (GM) and non-GM based Agricultural Supply Chains
Theme: «Coexistence in International Trade»
17-20 November, 2015, Amsterdam
Conference website: www.wageningenur.nl/gmcc2015
The International Conference on Coexistence between Genetically Modified (GM) and non-GM based Agricultural Supply Chains (GMCC) is a biennial international event focused on coexistence of biotechnology, conventional and organic food in international supply chains and trade. Leading experts from various academic disciplines and industry, regulators, policy makers and other key stakeholders from around the world gather to discuss the challenges and opportunities in managing different types of foods in global markets. GMCC provides an important stage for active debate on policy, legal, economic and technical solutions that seek to facilitate coexistence in order to satisfy the demands of stakeholders such as industry, governments or different consumer segments.
The conference organizers invite abstracts for posters, contributed papers, organized sessions and pre- and post-conference workshops for GMCC-15. Submissions may address any aspect of coexistence in international supply chains (economics, law, technical aspects, industry, crop cultivation). Proposals for posters, papers and organized sessions are to be submitted via the online submission system available on www.wageningenur.nl/gmcc2015. Proposals for pre- and post-conference workshops can be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A selection of presented papers will be published in a book with Springer Press.
The deadline for submission of abstracts for any of the four possible conference contributions (posters, papers, sessions, pre- and post-conference workshops) is April 30, 2015. Authors of selected paper abstracts will be invited by June 30, 2015, to submit a full paper for oral presentation by September 15, 2015.
AERA Grants Program
Entering its 25th year, the AERA Grants Program, with support from the National Science Foundation, provides small grants for conducting studies of education policy and practice using federally-funded, large-scale data sets. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines, such as but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, demography, statistics, and psychometrics. For a list of previously funded Dissertation Grant and Research Grant topics, please visit our website.
- AERA Dissertation Grants. AERA provides dissertation support for advanced doctoral students to undertake doctoral dissertations using data from the large-scale national or international data sets supported by the NCES, NSF, and/or other federal agencies. The selection process is competitive. AERA Dissertation Grants are awarded for one-year for an amount of up to $20,000. The next application deadline is Thursday, September 10, 2015.
- AERA Research Grants. AERA provides small grants for faculty members, postdoctoral researchers, and other doctoral-level scholars to undertake quantitative research using data from the large-scale national or international data sets supported by the NCES, NSF, and/or other federal agencies. The selection process is competitive. AERA Research Grants are awarded for one or two years, for an amount of up to $35,000. The next application deadline is Thursday, September 10, 2015.
Call for Papers
Development Journal of the South (DJS) is a peer-reviewed new journal dedicated to advancing the debate about development in low-income and middle-income countries around the world. DJS is an open-access multidisciplinary journal on economic and sociopolitical issues faced by nations in Asia, Africa and Latin America, collectively known as the Global South. DJS invites theoretical and empirical papers that innovatively use quantitative and qualitative information from a variety of disciplines including economics, political science, and sociology. DJS has a special, though not exclusive, interest in papers that analyze survey data to understand critical issues in development. Insightful reviews of comparative development between two or more nations or regions within a nation, between the North and the South, or between South and South are also welcome. The goal of the Journal is to inform development debate from public policy and social welfare perspectives.
All the papers published in Vol. 1, No. 1 (July 2015) of DJS are available in pdf format and are fully downloadable from https://ejournals.unm.edu/index.php/djs/issue/current/showToc. The details of submission guidelines are available at
UC Davis Center for Poverty Research Call:
2015-16 Small Grants Competition
The Center for Poverty Research (CPR) seeks to fund up to three research proposals that will expand our understanding of the causes and consequences of poverty. Selected proposals will be funded up to a maximum of $33,000 per award with funding preference given to junior scholars. CPR is interested in projects that focus on our core research themes: Labor markets and poverty; The non-traditional safety-net, broadly construed to include education and health policies; Children and the intergenerational transmission of poverty; Immigration and poverty.
For more information, visit: http://poverty.ucdavis.edu/smallgrants15. Deadline for submissions is 5 PM (PST) Monday, September 7, 2015.
The 2016 Zurich Initiative on Computational Economics
The Zurich Center for Computational Financial Economics (ZCCFE) will hold the 2016 Zurich Initiative on Computational Economics (ZICE16) at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, from January 27 to February 4, 2016. ZICE16 will be a program for young scholars interested in applying computational methods to economics.
ZICE16 marks the fifth time that this computational workshop is held at the University of Zurich. ZICE16 has a similar objective and format as ZICE’s 2011 – 2015 and the past ICE (at the University of Chicago) workshops. The aim of ZICE16 is to create a collaborative community of computational scientists and economists by training young scholars (advanced graduate students) in state-of-the-art numerical methods and computer technology, and their application to economic modeling and analysis. The activities will begin with formal lectures on a range of topics – numerical optimization, dynamic programming, solution methods for dynamic economic models, and computationally intensive methods in statistics – followed by tutorials that familiarize participants with computer software applied to economic models. In addition, participants will work on assignments to facilitate the learning of numerical methods and will be able to speak with the lecturers about their own work during “office hours”.
The presenters will provide the participants with computer implementations of their solution methods for economic models. Most of these computer programs will be in the Matlab language. Therefore, it is of paramount importance that participants bring a laptop with a working version of Matlab to ZICE16 and have a solid knowledge of programming in Matlab.
Graduate students from all universities are encouraged to apply to ZICE16. All applications will be considered equally; neither the citizenship of an applicant nor his or her current place of study will be a consideration in acceptance decisions. However, note that the workshop is for current PhD students only, ideally students in the 3rd year of their doctoral studies.
There will be no fee for participating in ZICE16. We will provide housing for participants at no charge (double rooms at Zurich Youth Hostel). Participants are responsible for transportation costs and for their meals. ZICE16 is funded by the University of Zurich.
For more information on topics, speakers, life in Zurich, and application procedures, see www.zccfe.uzh.ch. Application forms will be available at this website starting mid-August, 2015.
NOTE THAT THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 25, 2015.
E-mail inquiries should be directed to Ruth Häfliger at email@example.com.
Third Winter School on the Analytics and Policy Design of Migration
Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Qatar (GU-Q) is pleased to announce that the Third Winter School on the Analytics and Policy Design of Migration will be held in Doha, Qatar, on January 5-9, 2016.
The School will be led by Oded Stark, Distinguished Research Scholar at Georgetown University, Professor at the Universities of Bonn, Tuebingen, Warsaw, and the Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca.
The main purpose of the School is to induce the participants to think rigorously, creatively, and in non-conventional ways on various approaches to the modeling of migration choices and consequences, and to demonstrate to the participants how such a thinking process could enrich the spectrum of informed migration policies. Participants will be exposed to the art of economic modeling in general, and to the workings of applied microeconomic theory in particular. Following the School, the participants are expected to be more at ease with deciphering theoretical research on migration, and at engaging in such research themselves.
School participants should be holders of Ph.D. in Economics earned during 2011-2015, or Economics Ph.D. students in advanced stages of their dissertation work.
The cost of participation in the School, including return air travel via a direct route, accommodation, and meals, will be covered by the School. The School will be held in the campus of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Doha. Participants will be expected to arrive on Monday, January 4, 2016, and to depart on Sunday, January 10, 2016.
Applicants are asked to submit, in a pdf format, their C.V. along with a sample article or a chapter in their Ph.D. dissertation to Dr. Ewa Kepinska, Coordinator of the Winter School, e-mail: SFSQWinterSchool@georgetown.edu. The application deadline is October 15, 2015. Responses to the applications will be provided by October 31, 2015.
Additional information is at:
Call for Papers
Risk Theory Society Annual Seminar
April 1 – 3, 2016
St. John’s University
New York, New York
Submissions due December 15, 2015
The Risk Theory Society is a group of economists, financial economists, and actuaries who undertake theoretical and applied research in the areas of insurance economics, financial economics related to insurance markets, actuarial science, and more generally in the economic analysis of risk and uncertainty. Membership in the society is earned by presenting a paper at the annual seminar and forfeited by missing two consecutive meetings.
The society invites interested parties to submit papers for the 2016 meeting. Each paper accepted for the meeting is given one hour and fifteen minutes for presentation and defense by the authors. The first twenty minutes of that time are reserved to be free of interruption other than for questions of clarification. After the grace period, discussion is typically vigorous.
Over the past 10 years, the number of submissions ranged from 42 to 69 with an average of 51. Ten papers were selected each year. Although we accept submission of a five-page abstract, most submissions and most accepted papers were in full draft or essentially completed form.
Submissions are due on December 15, 2015. The program committee will notify authors of accepted papers by end of January 2016, or soon thereafter. Accepted papers must be completed and sent for posting on the Risk Theory Society web page by March 1, 2016.
Submissions should be e-mailed as attachments in the Adobe Portable Document Format (pdf) by December 15, 2015, to:
Professor Greg Niehaus
Secretary of the Risk Theory Society
Darla Moore School of Business
University of South Carolina
For more information, contact Greg Niehaus or visit the Risk Theory web site at http://aria.org/rts. For details regarding local arrangements for the 2016 Seminar, please visit the web site or contact Professor Mark Browne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The TIAA-CREF Institute invites you to submit an entry for the
2015 TIAA-CREF PAUL A. SAMUELSON AWARD
SCHOLARLY WRITING ON LIFELONG
This prestigious award, named in honor of Paul A. Samuelson, the first American to win the Nobel Prize in economics and a former CREF Trustee, includes a cash prize of $10,000. The award will be presented at the annual meeting of the Allied Social Science Association in San Francisco, CA in January 2016.
Submissions must be postmarked September 11, 2015.
Submissions may be theoretical or empirical in nature, but must cover a subject directly relevant to lifelong financial security. The research must be in a book or article form and must have been published between June 30, 2013 and June 30, 2015. Submissions must be postmarked by September 11, 2015.
For more information on how to submit an entry, visit
Leamer-Rosenthal Prizes for Open Social Science
To encourage openness in research and the teaching of best practices in social science, the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) has established the Leamer-Rosenthal Prizes for Open Social Science. BITSS is an initiative of the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at the University of California, Berkeley.
The competition consists of two categories. The Emerging Leaders in Open Social Science Research Prize will award cash prizes of up to $15,000 to early-career researchers (including graduate students and post-docs) who adopt transparent research practices or pioneer new methods to increase the rigor of research. The Leaders in Open Social Science Education Prize will award the work of faculty leaders who teach best practices in social science research with prizes of up to $10,000. Entries will be reviewed by a distinguished panel of leading scholars.
The deadline to enter is September 13.
Go to www.BITSS.org/prizes/ for information on entry rules.
The National Association of Economic Educators (NAEE) and the Council on Economic Education (CEE) will conduct three sessions at the January 2016 meetings of the Allied Social Science Associations (ASSA) and American Economic Association (AEA) annual meeting in San Francisco January 3-5, 2016 (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday).
New research papers on any relevant topic in economic education will be considered. Those interested in presenting a paper should send an abstract or complete paper, no later than June 8, 2015 to:
NAEE Research Committee
c/o University of Illinois at Chicago
Department of Economics
601 S. Morgan St. #721 (mc 144)
Chicago, IL 60607
Alternatively, papers and/or expression of interest in serving as a discussant may be sent via email to: email@example.com
We are pleased to invite you to submit an abstract for the 5th International Interdisciplinary Business-Economics Advancement Conference (IIBA 2015) that will be held in a 5-star cruise ship between 16-21 November, 2015.
The Royal Caribbean cruise ship (Independence of the Seas) with its 4370 passengers will depart from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, USA which is 30 miles from Miami, Florida, USA and will stop at Labadee, HAITI and Falmouth, JAMAICA and returning to Ft Lauderdale, Florida, USA. There is no need for a visa to visit Haiti and Jamaica for cruise passengers.
The cruise fee is only $544 for 5 nights including all five star meals and entertainments. Limited number of deeply discounted staterooms/cabins were reserved for IIBA 2015 conference.
The conference will take place during the “At Sea” days. Please visit the below conference website for detailed information. Abstract submission deadline is August 15, 2015. This conference is sponsored by University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Florida, USA
IIBA Conference Co-Chairs
Prof. Dr. Cihan Cobanoglu
McKibbon Endowed Chair & Director
College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership (CHTL)
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
Editor, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology
Cell: +1 302 897 1909 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof Dr. Serdar Ongan
College of Hospitality and Technology Leadership (CHTL)
University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee
Cell: +1 941-807-9363 | Email: email@example.com
Call for Research Proposals or Papers
The Poverty Global Practice for the Latin America and Caribbean Region (LAC) in the World Bank will be leading the Regional Study “Aggregated Shocks, Poverty and Ex-ante Risk Management in Latin America and the Caribbean”, which is part of the Regional Study Series of the Office of the Chief Economist for the LAC Region.
The Regional Study will be comprised of original theoretical and/or empirical work relating to two broad lines of research applied to countries in LAC: 1) Welfare Impacts of Aggregated Shocks – aggregated shocks (macro shocks, natural disasters, civil conflicts, crime, health epidemics, etc.) and their causal effects (short- and long-term) on consumption, poverty, income generating capacity and other aspects of human welfare such as accumulation of assets including education, health and nutrition and 2) The Effectiveness of Ex-ante Risk Management – exploring whether the resilience of household’s welfare is influenced (in a causal sense) by different forms of ex-ante risk management strategies ranging from income diversification (farming and off-farm labor, crop diversification, migration, etc.), access to financial and insurance markets (savings and credit, weather-based insurance, health insurance), inter-household risk sharing networks (foreign remittances, private transfers) to participation in social protection programs.
Authors who would like their papers to be considered for publication in the Regional Study are invited to submit a one-page proposal or preliminary/full drafts of the papers by April 15th , 2015 via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the subject “Risk Management Regional Study” for the electronic submission. Papers related to the second line of research (The Effectiveness of Ex-ante Risk Management) are especially encouraged to be submitted.
A technical committee will manage the selection of the papers to be part of the regional study. The papers selected will be peer reviewed by external reviewers to ensure that the final version meet the expected technical rigor. While the regional study will draw extensively from the evidence and findings documented by the selected papers, the authors will retain the intellectual property rights of their papers and are allowed to submit their papers for publication in any academic journal. Authors of papers/proposals selected will be invited to participate in a workshop in Washington D.C. (tentatively scheduled for August, 2015) where they will present the findings of their work and receive feedback from the other authors and the technical committee. Some funds will be available to support the completion of ongoing research projects depending on their relevance to the regional study and contribution to the literature.
All manuscripts submitted should be written in American English and in PDF format. Preliminary or completed drafts should include an abstract of maximum 300 words. Final versions of the papers to be included in the Regional Study are expected by January, 2016.
World Bank Technical Committee:
Javier E. Baez (Senior Economist, World Bank; Research Fellow, IZA), Carlos Rodriguez-Castelan (Senior Economist, World Bank), Emmanuel Skoufias (Lead Economist, World Bank), Alan Fuchs (Economist, World Bank), Leonardo Lucchetti (Economist, World Bank) and German Caruso (Consultant, World Bank; University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
External Technical Committee: Michael Carter (Professor, University of California, Davis), Richard Akresh (Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign).
2015, 15-17 October
The 20th Annual LACEA Meeting 2015
The 2015 LACEA meeting will take place in Santa Cruz, Bolivia from October 15 to October 17, 2015. The meetings will be hosted by the Bolivian Society of Economists (SEBOL) in partnership with the Private University of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (UPSA) and the Institute for Advanced Development Studies (INESAD) and will take place at the UPSA campus in the lovely city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra.
By registering to LACEA 2015, participants will be welcomed to attend all sessions.
Carlos Gustavo Machicado (SEBOL and INESAD) is the conference chairman. The LACEA Program Committee is chaired by Gustavo Canavire Bacarreza (SEBOL and Universidad EAFIT).
Please note that authors may only present one paper, however, each person is allowed to be co-author of several papers presented. Papers can only be submitted electronically through the LACEA 2015 ExOrdo System http://lacea2015.exordo.com. All papers and abstracts must be written in English and submitted electronically in a single PDF file with a maximum size of 5MB. No other format will be accepted. Committee information, conference program, venue, registration, accommodation, social events and technical conference support will be made available through the conference´s web site http://laceameeting.com
CALL FOR PAPERS
The 80th Annual Meeting of the Midwest Economics Association will be held April 1-3, 2016 at the Hilton Orrington, Evanston, IL. The MEA invites papers and organized sessions in all areas of economics — theoretical, quantitative, institutional, or policy oriented. If you would like to submit a paper for consideration, please complete the paper submission form located on the MEA website at http://web.grinnell.edu/mea. No participant may present more than one research paper, whether a paper submitted to the MEA or as part of a session organized by another member. You may be a co-author on another paper but can only be the presenter of one paper.
If you would like to organize a session please send an e-mail to MEA president, Professor Alan Deardorff at email@example.com with the topic and proposed participants. Sessions are one hour and 45 minutes long and must include four papers and a chair. Discussants are optional but encouraged.
The deadline for abstract submissions is October 5, 2015.