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Faculty Seed Grants – Columbia University Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy

The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy announces an opportunity for one-year research Seed Grant Awards of up to $15,000.  The main goal of this project is to offer social science researchers the chance to undertake major research programs that may require initial results or proof of concept to attract external funding.  The ISERP seed grant program places a priority on high-risk, high-return research, including work that develops new theories, identifies new areas of methodological innovation, or that bridges different substantive domains. Projects may be domestic, international, or comparative.

These awards should have the potential to lead to additional federal, foundation or private funding. Recipients of the award are required to submit future grants through ISERP.  Up to four awards will be funded.  Awardees will be asked to present a talk on their project.

Applicants must be full-time faculty members in the social sciences or SIPA.  We especially encourage early career faculty to apply.  Priority will be given to junior faculty.

The application deadline is October 27, 2017; the project will commence on January 1, 2018. For application instructions and to apply, please visit the funding website.

Job Opportunity: Postdoctoral Researcher/Historian, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences – Maastricht University

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Maastricht University, in the Netherlands, is currently looking for a historian to join an interdisciplinary research project in a post-doctoral researcher capacity. The position is for three years full time. The project, called Making Clinical Sense, is a comparative study of how technologies are implicated in learning sensory skills, through the case of medical education. Specifically, the project brings ethnographic and historical insights together to interrogate the role of pedagogical technologies in how doctors learn the craft skills of their profession.

Historians who have a completed PhD with methodological experience in oral history interviewing, are invited to apply. We are particularly looking for historians with research backgrounds related to the history of medicine, technology, craft, media, education or other fields related to the project. The postdoctoral researcher will be based in Maastricht and will spend several months conducting interviews in Hungary and in Ghana. The successful candidate must be willing to travel, be open to working together with a team of anthropologists and STS scholars on a collaborative project, and have excellent organisational abilities.

The application deadline is September 14, 2017.

More details about the study can be found on the project website. To apply, please visit the job application website. Please contact Anna Harris with any inquiries about the position or the project: a.harris@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

Call for Applications: Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Science and Technology Studies – University of Toronto

The Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST) at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream appointment in the area of Science and Technology Studies (STS) at the rank of Assistant Professor. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2018.

Candidates must hold a PhD in STS, history of science and technology, philosophy of science, or a related area by the date of appointment, or shortly thereafter. They must have a demonstrated record of excellence in, and commitment to, both research and teaching. The successful candidate will teach courses at the IHPST at the graduate and undergraduate level and will be expected to contribute to a research-intensive doctoral program. We especially seek candidates with a commitment to shaping the future of the field of STS, and whose research and teaching engage substantially historical or philosophical studies of science and technology.

Submission Deadline: September 18, 2017.  Please visit the University of Toronto website for more information and to apply.

Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library Acquires Seminal Astronomical Texts

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University recently acquired two astronomical texts by Caroline Lucretia Herschel and Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora.

Herschel’s Catalogue of Stars (1798) includes her personal annotations. Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora’s Libra Astronomica, y Philosophica (1690) discusses the Great Comet of 1680-81.

Read more about the acquisitions at the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine.

Call for Applications: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, History of Modern American Medicine – Harvard University

The Department of the History of Science at Harvard University seeks to appoint a tenure-track assistant professor in the history of modern American (twentieth century) medicine. We are especially interested in candidates with comparative or global perspectives. A Ph.D. is required by the expected start date. The Department is especially interested in candidates who show exceptional promise as scholars, teachers, and mentors, and who can offer broad courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels that will complement those of the current faculty. The appointment is expected to begin on July 1, 2018.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, an outline of present scholarly projects and future plans, a statement of teaching experience and approach, and a writing sample. All materials should be submitted directly to the Harvard academic positions site at http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/7697

Application deadline is October 16, 2017.

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please contact Emily Bowman at ebowman@fas.harvard.edu with any questions.

Call for Applications: NSAS Workshops – Neuroeconomics of Simple Choice and Uncertainty: October 16 – 20, 2017

The Workshops at the Neuroscience School of Advanced Studies in Certosa di Pontignano, Italy are carefully designed and orchestrated to maximize the potential for interaction between the faculty and participants in a very friendly and unintimidating manner. The Advanced Courses and Workshops are not a summer school suited only for younger scholars. Rather, a significant proportion of seasoned investigators is regularly present among the attendees, often senior faculty at their own institutions. The balanced audience that we strive to maintain in each Advanced Course greatly contributes to the development of intense cross-disciplinary debates among faculty and participants that typically address the most advanced and emerging areas of each topic.

Each faculty member presents lectures and discusses with the participants for one entire day.

Workshop on Neuroeconomics of Simple Choice and Uncertainty: October 16 – 20, 2017

Chair: John O’Doherty, California Institute of Technology, USA

Speakers: 
Peter Bossaerts, University of Melbourne, Australia
Wolfram Schultz, Cambridge University, UK
Catharine Winstanley, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Sophie Deneve, Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, France
Lesley Fellows, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Aldo Rustichini, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
John O’Doherty, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

Please visit the NSAS website for more information, pricing, and to submit an application for registration. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Call for Applications: NSAS Workshops – Neuroscience, Responsibility & the Law: October 9 – 13, 2017

The Workshops at the Neuroscience School of Advanced Studies in Certosa di Pontignano, Italy are carefully designed and orchestrated to maximize the potential for interaction between the faculty and participants in a very friendly and unintimidating manner. The Advanced Courses and Workshops are not a summer school suited only for younger scholars. Rather, a significant proportion of seasoned investigators is regularly present among the attendees, often senior faculty at their own institutions. The balanced audience that we strive to maintain in each Advanced Course greatly contributes to the development of intense cross-disciplinary debates among faculty and participants that typically address the most advanced and emerging areas of each topic.

Each faculty member presents lectures and discusses with the participants for one entire day.

Workshop on Neuroscience, Responsibility & the Law: October 9 – 13, 2017

Chair: Henry T. Greely, Stanford University, USA

Speakers: 
Nita A. Farahany, Duke University, Durham, USA
Stephen J. Morse, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
Jennifer Chandler, University of Ottawa, Canada
Francis X. Shen, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA
Henry T. Greely, Stanford University, USA

Recent advances in neuroscience have significant implications for the law, both in the direct legal process and, more broadly, in what society wants and needs the laws to cover. These implications can be grouped into many broad fields: modifying responsibility based on neuroscience findings, using neuroscience to predict future behavior, interpreting neuroimages to read minds, using neuroscience to “treat” criminal or other disfavored behaviors and others. This Workshop will investigate and thoroughly discuss the implications of the advances in neuroscience and responsibility for the law, in criminal and in civil cases, as well as outside of litigation, in a wide range of jurisdictions around the world, presented by world leaders in the field.

Please visit the NSAS website for more information, pricing, and to submit an application for registration. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Job Opportunity: Graduate Assistant – Center for Social Difference, Columbia University

The Center for Social Difference at Columbia University is seeking Graduate Assistant for the 2017-18 academic year. The assistant will be paid an annual stipend of $4,000.

CSSD is an advanced study center that promotes innovative interdisciplinary scholarship on the global dynamics of gender, sexuality, ethnicity and race.

Responsibilities for the Graduate Assistant include the following:

• Provide general research and administrative support to the CSSD Director, Associate Director, and Communications/Finance Manager.

• Attend all Executive Committee meetings; record and write Committee minutes; gather, copy, circulate meeting materials; order lunch, set up, clean up after meetings

• Assist in planning and publicity for CSSD events

• Assist during CSSD events with set-up and break-down of events space

• Take photos, record video, live-Tweet, Facebook Live at CSSD events

• Write blog posts and Facebook/Twitter posts on CSSD events

• Use social media skills to increase online followers of CSSD

• Use graphic design programs to create posters advertising CSSD events

• Approximately 40 hours per semester

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: socialdifference@columbia.edu. For more details on this job, please visit the opportunity’s website.

Nature Inspires Fashion at the “Force of Nature” Exhibit at The Museum at FIT, May 30 – Nov 18

The Museum at FIT
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street
New York City 10001-5992

Nature has inspired both art and fashion for hundreds of years. In Force of Nature, more than 95 objects from MFIT’s permanent collection are placed within a context of period philosophies and scientific literature in order to demonstrate this deep interconnectedness.

The exhibition showcases designs that reference nature directly and others that can be interpreted within a framework of science. The Force of Nature resources site provides supplemental information about subjects introduced in the exhibition. See the exhibition now on view through November 18!

Biodiversity and Its Histories Exhibition Comes to a Close

leaf graphicDeborah Coen, Professor of History at Barnard and the leader of the Environmental Sciences and Humanities Cluster, integrated her teaching and research around the theme of “Biodiversity” over the course of the 2016-17 academic year. In Professor Coen’s seminar on the “History of Environmental Thought,” students’ final project was a public exhibition about the history of biodiversity. With the supervision of co-instructor Cine Ostrow, a senior exhibition designer from the American Museum of Natural History, students created, curated, and installed the entire exhibition from start to finish. Barnard undergraduate Linda Gordon took part in the seminar and shared the following about her experience:

leaf graphicThis course highlighted the intersection of environmental histories and public knowledge through hands on experience in both subjects. We spent the first several weeks of the semester tracing different conceptions of the environment, and how social, economic, cultural and religious factors led to the evolution of these ideas over the past several centuries. We then brought this academic knowledge to life in our final project for the course, designing an exhibit about the history of biodiversity for the Washington Heights Public Library. In our deliberation over what to include in the exhibit I recognized the significance of every aspect of the curating process, as the design, content, and presentation of our panels greatly influenced the way our exhibit would be experienced and understood by the public. The exhibit, which opened at the Washington Heights Public Library to coincide with Earth Day, is the product of our hard work and will hopefully inspire a new class of visitors to learn more about the history of the environment and the role we all play in preserving the biodiversity of New York City.

The exhibition coincided with the second of two workshops on “Biodiversity and its Histories,” organized with partners at the University of Cambridge and the New York Botanical Garden. You can see information, including the full workshop program, here.


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