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Call for Abstracts: ANZAMEMS 2017 – Alchemical Knowledge: Production and Transfer

In the past decades, alchemy has been finally established as a legitimate subject of scholarly interest. Instead of arguing for its acknowledgement as such, research can now focus on details and aspects that have not yet been fully explored. Alchemy was pursued in a variety of ways by a variety of practitioners belonging to different social groups in Europe and beyond.

Proposals are invited for a panel on late medieval and early modern alchemy with a special focus on the ways alchemical knowledge was produced and transferred between geographical regions, practitioners of various disciplines and social groups.

The panel will convene at the ANZAMEMS Eleventh Biennial Conference at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand,  7–10 February 2017

Potential topics for papers include, but are not limited to:

  • Places of alchemical knowledge production: laboratory, households, purpose-built buildings, imaginary spaces
  • Material culture of alchemical experimentation: the tools of the alchemists
  • Transfer of knowledge between practitioners: humanists and artisans, princes and intellectual vagabonds
  • Knowledge transfer between geographical areas
  • From alchemical theory to practice, from bookish knowledge to hands-on experience
  • The transfer of medieval alchemical knowledge and its reception in the early modern period

If you would like to contribute a paper to this panel, please send the following to Dr. Dora Bobory,dora.bobory@gmail.com, by 1 August 2016, with ‘Alchemical Knowledge’ in the subject line:

  1. Paper title
  2. Abstract (up to 150 words)
  3. Your name, affiliation, and email address
  4. A brief CV (2 pages maximum)
  5. An indication of AV requirements

NIH Funding Opportunity: R01 Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities

NIH participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for behavioral and social science research on the causes and solutions to health and disabilities disparities in the U. S. population. Health disparities between, on the one hand, racial/ethnic populations, lower socioeconomic classes, and rural residents and, on the other hand, the overall U.S. population are major public health concerns. Emphasis is placed on research in and among three broad areas of action: 1) public policy, 2) health care, and 3) disease/disability prevention. Particular attention is given to reducing “health gaps” among groups. Applications that utilize an interdisciplinary approach, investigate multiple levels of analysis, incorporate a life-course perspective, and/or employ innovative methods such as systems science or community-based participatory research are particularly encouraged. This program will use the NIH Research Project (R01) award mechanism.

NIH issues this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to encourage research project grant applications (R01) employing behavioral and social science theories, concepts, and methods (1) to improve understanding of the causes of disparities in health and disability among the various populations of the United States and (2) to develop and test interventions for reducing and eventually eliminating health disparities. The goal is to move beyond documenting the existence of health and disability disparities to addressing causes and solutions.

This announcement calls for research to address and to improve understanding of the causes of health disparities. In so doing, the announcement stresses the explicit employment of concepts and models from the behavioral and social sciences to guide applications in basic social and behavioral, and applied social and behavioral research by focusing on three action areas: public policy, health care, and disease/disability prevention. It emphasizes (1) basic social and behavioral research — acting with or through biological — pathways that give rise to disparities in health and (2) applied or translational research on the development, testing, adaptation, and delivery of interventions to reduce disparities. It encourages a multi-level analytic framework (i.e., ranging from individuals to societies) in investigating public health issues and their interactions (e.g., multiple morbidities rather than single illnesses) as well as attention to risk factors or causal processes common to various health conditions (e.g., smoking, diet, exercise, environmental risk, and access to health care).

Moreover, this announcement encourages research on the causes of and solutions to the “health differences” between a focus-population group and a reference-population group. By definition, health disparities refer to the health of a group in comparison to that of other groups. Although improving the absolute level of a group’s health is a laudable goal, it may not result in changing the group’s relative level of health. The reference population’s health might also improve, thereby maintaining or widening the gap. The study of a single population group, in order to elucidate the circumstances that may contribute to health disparities or to test an intervention targeting a particular group, may be included under this announcement; however, the relevance to disparities must be addressed explicitly.

For additional information, please view the NIH Announcement here.

Call for Applications: Fellowships at the Descartes Centre

The Descartes Centre offers fellowships to promote intellectual exchange and collaboration in the history and/or the philosophy of the sciences and the humanities.

Two kinds of fellowships are available:

  • A Junior Fellow conducts research at Utrecht University and/or at Dutch museums or archives, and presents the results of his/her work at one of the colloquia of the Descartes Centre.
  • A Senior Fellow not only conducts research but also contributes actively to the Descartes Centre by means of public lectures, research seminars and/or teaching.

Candidates should have a clear affinity with the history and/or the philosophy of the sciences and the humanities, as shown by their list of publications and research proposal. Furthermore, the application should demonstrate an existing or potential collaboration with one or more members of the Descartes Centre, a collaboration that is supported by a corresponding letter of recommendation.

Fellows are expected to participate in the activities of the Descartes Centre whenever possible. The start and end date of a fellowship should make such involvement practically feasible.

Fellowships are available for up to three months.

Senior Fellows can have their costs (housing etc.) compensated for with a maximum of €2500 per month; for Junior Fellows the maximum compensation is €1500. The permanent home address of the fellow should be outside of the Netherlands.

Procedure

Candidates are invited to supply us with:

  • a completed application form
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a list of publications (no longer than 2 pages)
  • a research proposal of 750 words max.
  • Senior Fellows should include an outline of the public lecture(s), research seminar(s) or other teaching activities that they propose to engage in while residing in Utrecht
  • a letter of recommendation by at least one of the members of the Descartes Centre

Deadlines for application: 1 March and 1 September.

Please submit your application by email via infodescartescentre@uu.nl.

Call for Applications: Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R21)

Deadlines: June 16 and September 7.

NIH participating Institutes and Centers invite applications for behavioral and social science research on the causes and solutions to health and disabilities disparities in the U. S. population. Health disparities between, on the one hand, racial/ethnic populations, lower socioeconomic classes, and rural residents and, on the other hand, the overall U.S. population are major public health concerns. Emphasis is placed on research in and among three broad areas of action: 1) public policy, 2) health care, and 3) disease/disability prevention. Particular attention is given to reducing “health gaps” among groups. Applications that utilize an interdisciplinary approach, investigate multiple levels of analysis, incorporate a life-course perspective, and/or employ innovative methods such as systems science or community-based participatory research are particularly encouraged. This program will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) grant mechanism.

Applications submitted in response to this announcement must be submitted electronically either through Grants.gov, using the SF424 Research and Related (R&R) forms and SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, or through the NIH Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST). The deadlines for receipt of standard applications under this announcement are: February 16, June 16, and October 16 annually. The deadlines for receipt of AIDS-related applications are: January 7, May 7, andSeptember 7 annually. This program will expire on September 8, 2016.

Please visit the infoed website for a full program description: http://www.infoed.org/new_spin/spin_prog.asp?93314

Call for Applications: New York Botanical Garden Junior Fellowship Program 2016

The Humanities Institute is pleased to offer two Andrew W. Mellon Junior Fellowships for advanced undergraduate and graduate students for the Summer of 2016.

Description:
The Junior Fellowship provides a unique opportunity for emerging scholars to conduct their own research, while accessing the historical collections available in the New York Botanical Garden’s research facilities – the Mertz Library, the Archives, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, and the Garden’s Living Collections. The Humanities Institute’s mission is to make these outstanding sources available to a wider audience and build relationships with a diverse metropolitan constituency. Junior Fellows will conduct research using the Garden and the Mertz Library’s world-renowned holdings, related to the history of botany, garden art and architecture, landscape and urban design, botanical illustration, and the book-arts.

Objective:
Junior Fellows will conduct research on a topic relating to the environmental humanities and prepare a scholarly research paper or small exhibit, and give a presentation about their findings. Junior Fellowships at the Humanities Institute also will involve participation in the Institute’s programs, including symposia, colloquia, and other public outreach activities.

Eligibility:
Candidates must be of junior-year college level or above to be considered and have a distinct interest in pursuing interdisciplinary research while in residence of a large cultural and plant studies research center. Please note that this program actively encourages students from diverse backgrounds, races, and ethnic groups to apply.

Tenure of Fellowship:
June to September, 2016; exact dates to be determined in consultation with the applicant and program coordinator.

Stipend awarded: $3,500

How to apply:
The application, written in English, must be submitted electronically as a single document (Microsoft Word or PDF file) to HIfellows@nybg.org by May 1, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted. An external committee of scholars in related disciplines decides the awards. Awards will be announced by May 10, 2016.

The application should include:

  • Complete curriculum vitae of education
  • Project proposal (2-pages, max. 500 words statement) providing an outline of planned research
  • Two letters of recommendation

For further questions, please contact the Humanities Institute Program Coordinator, Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, at vsellers@nybg.org.

Learn more about the Humanities Institute at nybg.org/education/mertz-library/humanities.

Call for Applications: 2016 Alliance Doctoral Summer School in Science and Policy

Columbia University’s Sustainable Development Doctoral Program and The Alliance Program are organizing a one-week Doctoral Summer School in Paris from June 7 to 14.

The focus of this year’s event is on the complex interactions within and across natural, social and political systems. The aim is to better understand these interactions and learn how to incorporate or consider them in research and policymaking. Examples will be drawn from various topics, including public health (e.g. air pollution, infectious diseases) and natural resources management (e.g. fisheries). We welcome applications from graduate students who are interested in these and related topics. With presentations from world-renowned scholars and promising doctoral students, group discussions, and other events, this an excellent opportunity for participants to exchange and generate new research ideas and build academic networks.

Alliance Program is a non-profit transatlantic joint-venture between Columbia University and three prestigious French institutions: the École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, and Panthéon-Sorbonne University.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – 2016 application is open now

  • When: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 – Tuesday, June 14, 2016
  • Where: Reid Hall, Columbia Global Center, 4 rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris
  • Eligibility: Ph.D./Research-based Masters Students
  • Apply: Application Here
  • Deadline for applications: March 28, 2016
  • Participation fee: 60 EUR (covers all lunches and refreshments)

Please visit the Summer School website for further information or view past sessions of the Summer School. For further information: SDev.SummerSchool@gmail.com.

Call for Applications: 2016 Carl B. Boyer Memorial Prize in the History of Science

The Carl B. Boyer Memorial Prize in the History of Science may be awarded annually to the Columbia University undergraduate who writes the best essay on any topic in the history of science or mathematics as judged by a faculty committee.

Eligibility: All undergraduates in Columbia College, Barnard College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and the School of General Studies are eligible.

Deadline and Submission: Prize essays must be submitted by 10:00 am, Thursday, April 21, 2016

Applicants may submit their essays in PDF format, and this form, to hm2135@columbia.edu.

Format: Prize essays should normally be no more than 12,000 words (approximately 40 pages of double-spaced typescript) in length and must be typed in standard double-spaced format, properly paginated and each page clearly marked with the candidate’s name.  Essays should contain appropriate references to original sources and a bibliography of all major works consulted.

Topics: There are no particular restrictions as to subject, period, or style.  “Science or mathematics” may be taken to include medical sciences and technology where related to scientific development.

Call for Applications: Dartmouth College Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement (ICE) Fellows Program

Housed at the campus of Dartmouth College, the Institute for Cross-­Disciplinary Engagement (ICE) promotes and facilitates lively dialogue between members of academia, public intellectuals, spiritual leaders, and the public at large in a variety of formats, from web-accessible courses and public lectures to fellowships and workshops. Through its activities, ICE aims to create a transformative bridge between the sciences and the humanities, going beyond the “two-­cultures” divide as it addresses some of the fundamental questions of our time.

ICE Fellows are scientists and humanists seeking to find time to work on projects that call for a broader cross-­disciplinary approach. They should consider the fellowship as an opportunity to seek new approaches or deepen already existing lines of inquiry. Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with faculty, scholars, and students, and will deliver a public lecture.

The length of residence may vary from two weeks to a full term, with longer terms considered based on the strength of the project and the availability of funds. ICE Fellows will be provided with attractive housing in Hanover, NH, a generous weekly stipend, a fully-­equipped office on campus, and access to Dartmouth’s libraries and facilities. Residencies will occur within the timeframe of September 2016 to June 2019.

Distinguished scholars, or those at the early stages of their careers, are invited to apply. We strongly encourage applications from diverse populations.

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 15, 2016. FELLOWS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN SPRING 2016.

Applications are accepted through Interfolio and must be received on or before April 15, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON FELLOWSHIPS VISIT: http://ICE.DARTMOUTH.EDU

DIRECT QUESTIONS TO: ice@dartmouth.edu or (603) 646-­1380

Call for Applications: Center for History of Physics Summer Graduate Research Assistant

The American Institute of Physics is seeking two full-time temporary Research Assistants to join the Center for History of Physics for Summer 2016.  The successful candidates will work with the Director of the Center for History of Physics in a team setting, to research and develop information on the history of women and minorities in physics and allied sciences. The research assistants will produce materials useful to K-12 teachers which tell these neglected stories of women and minorities in modern science. The position is expected to last through September 1, 2016. Our office is within walking distance from College Park Metro and near the University of Maryland

Qualifications: 

A Master’s degree in History of Science or enrollment in Master’s degree program in History of Science is required. A degree in Physics or related science is a plus. Proficiency in MS Word and Excel is essential. Must have knowledge of academic publishing and citation and ability to access library-based information sources.

Contact: 

If you are qualified for this position, please send your resume with cover letter to AIP Human Resources at aiphr@aip.org. For more information, please visit the AIP/ Center for History of Physics website.

Registration Now Open for the Maintainers: A Conference at Stevens Institute of Technology, April 7-9, 2016

Stevens Institute of Technology is hosting a conference titled “The Maintainers” on April 7-9, 2016. The conference will feature over 40 presentations from scholars in a variety of fields, including academic historians and social scientists, as well as artists, activists, and engineers.  All share an interest in the concepts of maintenance, infrastructure, repair, and the myriad forms of labor and expertise that sustain our human-built world.

Presentations will cover a wide variety of technologies and practices, including software, spaceflight, trolleys, meteorology, digital archives, and the politics of funding for infrastructure. The conference keynote speaker will be Ruth Schwartz Cowan, Professor Emerita in the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania and author of several books, including the pathbreaking More Work for Mother: The Ironies of Household Technologies from the Hearth to the Microwave.

The conference is sponsored by the College of Arts & Letters at Stevens Institute of Technology. More information, including a draft program and registration information, is available from http://themaintainers.org/ or from Prof. Lee Vinsel (lee.vinsel@gmail.com).


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