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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.

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.

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.

Call for Applications: Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholars

The Russell Sage Foundation’s Visiting Scholars Program provides a unique opportunity for select scholars in the social, economic and behavioral sciences to pursue their research and writing while in residence at the Foundation’s New York headquarters. The Foundation annually awards up to 17 residential fellowships to select scholars in the social sciences who are at least several years beyond the Ph.D. Visiting Scholar positions begin September 1st and ordinarily run through June 30th. Scholars are provided with an office at the Foundation, research assistance, computer and library facilities, and supplemental salary support of up to 50 percent of their academic year salary when unavailable from other sources (up to a maximum of $125,000). Scholars who reside outside the greater New York City area are also provided with a partially-subsidized apartment near the Foundation offices. Because this is a residential fellowship that requires significant Foundation resources, scholars are expected to be in residence at the Foundation throughout the scholar year.

The Russell Sage Foundation currently pursues four principal programs: Behavioral Economics; the Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; and Social Inequality.

All scholar applicants must have a Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree, or a career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research. Most selected applicants are typically several years beyond the Ph.D. The Foundation does not accept applications to the Visiting Scholar program from doctoral or other graduate students. Individuals are allowed a maximum of two visits to the Foundation as a Visiting Scholar—the second visit may not occur within 7 years of the first visit.

Applications are due June 28, 2017; for more information and to apply, please visit the fellowship website.

Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture 2017-2018 Graduate Fellowship

Columbia University’s working group on Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics, and Culture is seeking graduate fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year. Graduate students from any of Columbia’s schools whose work is related to any aspect of precision medicine are invited and encouraged to apply.

Precision Medicine—an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person—raises a myriad of cultural, political, and historical questions that the humanities are uniquely positioned to address. As part of its overall Precision Medicine Initiative, Columbia has initiated a broad based exploration of questions that precision medicine raises in law, ethics, the social sciences, and the humanities, which establishes the University as the center for scholarship relating to precision medicine and society. The Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics and Culture Project is the first of its kind to bring Columbia faculty from the humanities, social sciences, law, and medicine into dialogue with leading scholars from the United States and abroad to discuss how humanistic questions might enhance our understanding of the ethical, social, legal, and political implications of precision medicine research, and to inform humanists about evidence, evaluation, and research outcomes from serious interdisciplinary engagement with this emerging medical field.

The working group provides an excellent opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary discussion, networking, and other work related to recent developments and the future of precision medicine and society. The project is co-directed by Rachel Adams, PhD (Columbia University), and Maya Sabatello, LLB, PhD (Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons).

Graduate fellows will be expected to attend all meetings (6 public events followed by working group meetings led by visiting scholars during the academic year); read circulated materials prior to the meetings and take part in conversation; provide an oral response to one of the scheduled speakers; write a short blog about that event; assist with promotion and publicity for meetings on Columbia’s campuses; and otherwise support and facilitate the work of the group. Fellows will receive a $1,000 stipend for the year. Only Columbia graduate students are eligible. Applicants with disabilities and applicants belonging to minority groups are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please submit a one-page letter of interest, CV, and informal transcript to Liz Bowen (elb2157@columbia.edu) by June 16, 2017. Questions about this fellowship and the project more generally can be sent to this email as well. Successful applicants will be notified by June 30, 2017.

For more information on this opportunity, please visit the fellowship website.

 

Lectureship in the History of Science and Medicine and British History at Birkbeck, University of London

The Department of History, Classics and Archaeology (HCA) at Birkbeck, University of London invites applications for a Lectureship in the History of Science and Medicine. We seek to appoint an outstanding scholar working on any aspect of the field, but the appointee should also have wider teaching competency in modern (post-1800) British history. Applicants must have completed a doctorate in History or appropriate similar field, and they should have a research record that shows clear evidence of outstanding potential to contribute to the national and international profile of the Department.

The successful candidate will engage in scholarly research and publication; take responsibility for organisation, supervision and teaching in the broad field of the history of science and medicine (including direction of the History of Science and Medicine MA programme); contribute to teaching and supervision in modern British history at undergraduate and postgraduate level; and participate in Departmental, School and College administration as required.

The application deadline is June 1, 2017; for more information and to apply, please visit the job opportunity’s website.

Science Policy and Diplomacy Course

Thursdays from 6 pm -7:30 pm from June 8th to July 27th
Hammer Building (701 W 168th St, New York, NY 10032) Room: LL205

Organized by Debanjana Chatterjee, PhD, this course aims to introduce the role of scientists and academicians in international/national diplomatic affairs and public policy decision making. A series of experts will give lectures to explain the framework of science policy and diplomacy, its various sectors, participating agencies, challenges, its future and potential for action. The course will emphasize four primary themes: science diplomacy through government, science diplomacy through academia, science diplomacy through institutions, and science diplomacy through media.

Participants will gain an understanding of the skills (analytical, ethical) to apply science in a diplomatic/international framework through a group-based case study. Participants will receive a certificate of completion for successfully completing the course.

Assignment: Write a policy memo in a small group (2-4) on a key diplomatic / public policy issue with strong scientific underpinnings. The memo should be no more than 2 pages. Due by the end of the course. The memo would be reviewed by a policy expert and/ or scientific expert in the concerned field.

Publication: The policy memos drafted as a part of the course can be potentially published as a summary in a peer-reviewed journal ‘Science and Diplomacy’ by AAAS. Individual policy memos can be published, if desired, on www.SciWri.club, an online sci-com journal with 20000+ monthly viewership.

Registration is required; for more details on the lectures and to register, please visit the event website.

CSS Sponsored Course on Archeological Illustration is Profiled by Columbia to the Core

Columbia to the Core recently featured an archaeological illustration course that was funded by the Center for Science and Society. Science and Art in Archaeological Illustration was co-taught by artist Tracy Molis and Associate Professor of Anthropology Zoe Crossland, and offered by the Anthropology Department.

“It’s a really unique experience for students to be able to make art while handling things like lithic tools and metal buckles and pottery and clay pipes,” said Molis, who has taught in Columbia’s Visual Arts Program since 2011. “It infuses their work in this class with storytelling and the subjective impact of these objects, which is usually left out in the way that these things have been traditionally represented in archaeology.”

Read the entire feature here!


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