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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.

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.

Call for Applications: 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.

 


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