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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 ( 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.


Job Opportunity: Lectureship in the History of Science and Medicine and British History – 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, 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.”

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Call for Papers: 43rd Annual Cleveland Symposium – Ars et Scientia: Intersections of Science and the Visual Arts

Despite the semantic divide that seems to separate art and science in modern culture, the boundaries between the two disciplines have always been fluid and permeable. From the earliest recorded botanical illustrations, painted on papyrus scrolls in Egypt in the 2nd century AD, to contemporary artist Josh Kline’s use of 3D printing in his work, art and science have long been used in tandem to make sense of the world and explore our place within it. The working notes of printers like Louis-Marin Bonnet as they experimented with the technique of chalk-manner engraving resemble nothing so much as a scientist recording data and observations for his experiments. Representations of the scientist at work in his laboratory also abound, from Pieter Bruegel’s Alchemist to Joseph Wright of Derby’s An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump, and serve as social commentaries on the role of the scientist in society. More recently, scientific technologies have proven to be invaluable tools for the modern art historian and museum curator, allowing us to better understand artists’ working methods and materials through the use of imaging technology and chemical analysis. This symposium seeks to foster a re-examination of the complex interactions between artistic and scientific disciplines that are more interdependent than they first appear.

Innovative research papers from graduate students of all disciplines that challenge the divide between humanities and STEM fields are welcomed. Papers may explore aspects of this topic across any time period, medium, or geographical region.

For consideration, please submit a 350-word abstract and CV to by July 16, 2017. Selected participants will be notified by early August. Paper presentations will be 20 minutes in length, and participants will be invited to author a blog post about their research to be published on the symposium’s TumblrPlease direct all questions to Aimee Caya and Erin Hein at

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NSF Interdisciplinary Grants on the Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems

The Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH) Program supports interdisciplinary research that examines human and natural system processes and the complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse scales.  Research projects to be supported by CNH must include analyses of four different components:  (1) the dynamics of a natural system; (2) the dynamics of a human system; (3) the processes through which the natural system affects the human system; and (4) the processes through which the human system affects the natural system.  CNH also supports research coordination networks (CNH-RCNs) designed to facilitate activities that promote future research by broad research communities that will include all four components necessary for CNH funding.

Proposals are due by November 21, 2017. For more information please visit the NSF website.

Professorship in the History of Art, Science and Folk Practice – Mellon Chair at the University of London

The Warburg Institute has been awarded a grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to establish a chair in the history of art, science and folk practice and an associated post-doctoral research position. The Institute is seeking an historian of science, an historian of art, or an anthropologist who, ideally, combines work in the areas of the history of art and images, the history of science, and both historical and present folk practices. The parameters of these fields will be broadly conceived, but the cross-disciplinarity implicit in the description of the post takes its cue from the work of Aby Warburg in each of these areas.

The successful candidate will be critical to restoring, developing and elaborating the theoretical, cultural historical and anthropological implications of Aby Warburg’s work to the Institute. S/he will hold a PhD and will have substantive research experience and an outstanding publications record in his/her field.

To apply for this opportunity, please submit a comprehensive CV and covering letter, through the University of London careers page. Applications close midnight on May 21, 2017. For more information and to apply, please refer to the attached job listing.

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Postdoctoral Researcher, History of Medicine and/or Technology – Maastricht University

Applicants are invited for a 3-year postdoctoral position within the project “Making clinical sense: A comparative study of how doctors learn in digital times.” The project is funded by the European Research Council (Starting Grant), awarded to the principal investigator, Anna Harris.

Application Deadline: May 27, 2017

The historian will attend to doctors’ learning and teaching with technologies. He/she will work independently and in collaboration with the two PhD ethnographers and the principal investigator (PI) of the project, Anna Harris. The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to expand on the details of their own research based on their expertise, the material they gather and their own ideas, in consultation with the PI. They will also work synergistically and collectively with the rest of the team. For example, they will: play a crucial role in the conceptual and methodological innovations required by the project as a collective endeavour; lead, and contribute to, academic publications; participate in team meetings; offer active support to the PhDs; engage in presentations; and be involved in the co-organisation of workshops and other events related to the project.

Historians who have a completed PhD in the history of medicine and/or technology (or another relevant topic/field, such as the senses, media or education for example), with methodological experience in oral history interviewing, are invited to apply. 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. Excellent communication and writing skills in English are a prerequisite, since the candidates will be engaging on an international level, collaborating with other team members in English and producing English-language publications. Knowledge of Hungarian or a Ghanaian language is an advantage, however not essential as interpreters will be hired for the oral history interviews if necessary.

Starting date is ideally November 1, 2017. For more information and to apply, please refer to the attached document and address questions to Anna Harris:

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Fulbright Opportunities in Sustainable Development in the Western Hemisphere

The 2018-19 Core Fulbright U.S Scholar Program competition is now open and accepting applications for awards in Sustainable Development and Sustainability. The Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars, administers the Fulbright Scholar Program on behalf of the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This award gives scholars the opportunity to teach and/or research at institutions of higher education, NGOs or research centers. Priority specializations include sustainable local development, sustainability of production processes and sustainable management of forest ecosystems.

Further opportunities in Sustainable Development can be found in the catalog of awards.

Applicants are encouraged to review the Eligibility Criteria and Application Guidelines, which provide helpful tips to reference during the process. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and the deadline for complete applications is August 1, 2017.


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