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Columbia Scientists Aid in Landmark Lead Paint Ruling

In a Tuesday ruling, a California Court of Appeal found three paint manufacturers responsible for health hazards relating to lead paint, and upheld an earlier edict for the companies to pay to stop the harm.

Two Columbia scientists and Mailman School of Public Health professors, David Rosner and Gerald Markowitz, contributed to the research that led to the ruling.

In an article from The Los Angeles Times, attorney Joseph Cotchett noted the impact that lead paint has had on children from low-income families in Los Angeles. While lead paint hasn’t been used in homes for decades, “thousands and thousands of homes are out there still with lead paint in their interior walls.”

For more information on this landmark ruling, please read The Los Angeles Times article by Michael Hiltzik.

Call for Applications: Pre-doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships – Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine

The Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine invites applications for fellowships in the history of science, technology and medicine, broadly construed. Opportunities include: Short-term Research Fellowships, Dissertation Writing Fellowships, NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship, or Fellows in Residence.

The Consortium comprises 24 educational and cultural institutions using their exceptional resources to promote academic and public understanding of the history of science, technology and medicine.

The Consortium offers rich opportunities for research. Taken together, its collections of rare books, manuscripts and artifacts are unparalleled in historical depth as well as breadth. The Consortium also provides a vibrant, challenging and collegial community. Fellows participate in public and scholarly events, as well as informal reading and writing groups, held at the Consortium’s offices in downtown Philadelphia.

Applications for 2018-2019 must be submitted online by December 11, 2017. For more information and to apply, please visit the Consortium’s website.

Call for Applications: 2018-20 Postdoctoral Researcher, The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago

The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago invites applications for two-year Postdoctoral Researchers at the Rank of Instructor, to begin on July 1, 2018. Postdocs will join a community of leading scholars from across the university to study the process of knowledge formation and transmittal from antiquity to the present day and, in correlation, to explore how this history shapes our modern world.

Applicants must demonstrate current research interests that straddle multiple departments and disciplines to investigate the influences beneath what is accepted as true at a given time and place. In particular, they seek applicants working on the formation of medical, economic, or legal knowledge, the sociology of scientific knowledge, or indigenous knowledge practices. They are also interested in candidates studying public knowledge, the “post-truth era,” misinformation, and propaganda within the US context. They will evaluate applicants on the quality and quantity of publications, recommendations, and undergraduate teaching, and a demonstrated ability to work beyond disciplinary constraints.

The deadline is December 4, 2017. For more information and to apply, please visit the job listing.

Call for Applications: The Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography

In July 2017, Rare Book School received a $1 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support a new RBS program, the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography. Building on the success of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography, the Society has been formed for the purposes of advancing the study of texts, images and artifacts as material objects through capacious, interdisciplinary scholarship, and enriching humanistic inquiry and education by identifying, mentoring, and training promising early-career scholars. The Society’s members endeavor to integrate methods of critical bibliography into their teaching and research, to foster collegial conversations about historical and emerging media across disciplines and institutions, and to share their knowledge with broader publics.

The Society invites applications for the Junior Fellows program from early-career scholars and researchers from all fields, with preference given to first-time Rare Book School participants. We welcome applications from tenure track faculty, Ph.D. candidates, curators, librarians, those in postdoctoral research and teaching positions, and independent scholars. We ask that applicants be Ph.D. candidates or possess the terminal degree appropriate to their field (Ph.D., M.L.I.S., &c.). The Society especially encourages applications from individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, individuals from under-resourced institutions, and individuals working on topics currently underrepresented in the fields of book history and bibliography.

Applications are due November 1, 2017. For more information and to apply, please visit the fellowship website.

Call for Applications: Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships at the Humanities Institute of The New York Botanical Garden

The Humanities Institute is pleased to announce a Call for Fellows for 2018–19. Recipients are expected to be in residence at The New York Botanical Garden and to devote themselves full-time to their research projects.

Current Ph.D. candidates and recent post-doctoral researchers (no more than four years since graduation), who would like to further their studies in a large, international plant-based research center are eligible. Students from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities are encouraged to apply.

The fellowship lasts nine months (can be activated as early as April 1, 2018 and no later than September 6, 2018). The award is $42,000 (US dollars) plus health benefits. Fellows are also eligible for a Travel stipend up to $3000 during their tenure.

The deadline is January 18, 2018. For more information and to apply, please visit the Humanities Institute of The New York Botanical Garden website.

Assistant Professor: Philosophy of Perception, York University: Canada

The Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor with a specialization in the area of Philosophy of Perception. We are seeking applications from candidates with research expertise in philosophy of perception, with a clear emphasis on vision. This position is expected to commence July 1, 2018, or as soon thereafter as possible. The deadline for applying is November 1, 2017. Please click here for further information on the position and how to apply.

Job Opportunity: Canada Research Chair in Vision, Disability Studies and the Arts, York University: Canada

The School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) at York University, Toronto, invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in the area of Vision, Disability Studies, and the Arts. We seek a candidate who demonstrates excellence or emerging excellence in scholarship/research and teaching in disability studies and the arts, with a broad emphasis on vision and visuality. This position is expected to commence July 1, 2018, or as soon thereafter as possible. The deadline for applying is November 30, 2017. Please click here for further information on the position and how to apply.

Job Opportunity: Assistant Professor in History of Technology and Social Change, Department of History – Carnegie Mellon University

The Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University invites applicants for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor (2/2 semester teaching load) to begin in August 2018. The department seeks a scholar whose research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of technology and social change; especially desired is the ability to bring an historical perspective to the social consequences of mechanization and automation, broadly conceived. Time period and geographic specialization are open.

A PhD in history, history of science, STS or a related social science is required by August 15, 2018. The department is interested in candidates with exceptional promise as scholars and teachers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Interest in interdisciplinary research and/or teaching with faculty from technical/scientific fields is a plus.

Deadline for applications: October 20, 2017.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to

For more information and to apply, please visit the application website.

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 $30,000.  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 ISERP 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:

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