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Job Opportunity: Business Manager, The Center for Science and Society

The Center for Science and Society (CSS) at Columbia University seeks a Business Manager. The Business Manager works closely with the Associate Director and Director to develop budgets for administrative, project, grant, event, personnel, and operational accounts. S/he is responsible for knowing and interpreting all University financial policies and systems, complying with internal audit, government, and private agency regulations on financial disbursements, and providing analytic and problem-solving support to the Directors on matters pertaining to operating budgets and financial planning.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and/or its equivalent and 2 years of relevant experience in financial administration required.

TO APPLY: Please see the Jobs at Columbia (JAC) posting for further information. All applications must be made through JAC.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Seed Grants for Interdisciplinary Projects in Society and Neuroscience

The Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience Program (PSSN) invites proposals for interdisciplinary projects that lie at the intersection of neuroscience, the humanities, and the social sciences.

ELIGIBILITY: All full-time faculty at Columbia University and Barnard College. Non-Faculty may apply with the support of a faculty co-investigator (see Proposal Instructions for further details).

AMOUNT: Up to $30,000.00 total, for projects 1-2 years in duration

DEADLINE: Extended until March 29, 2017

PROPOSAL INSTRUCTIONS: Available as a PDF here.

Faculty Seed Grant Competition

The PSSN Program will offer annual seed/pilot grants to enable collaboration between Columbia and Barnard faculty in the humanities, arts, or social sciences, and faculty in the natural sciences whose primary focus is the empirical study of mind, brain, and behavior.  This request for proposals is open to all full-time faculty at Columbia University and Barnard College that contribute to these interdisciplinary goals. Non-faculty applications (including postdocs and senior PhD students) will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, with a letter of support from a faculty advisor and at least one full-time faculty member serving as co-investigator.

Proposals should outline interdisciplinary activities and research that involve either direct collaboration between neuroscientists and researchers from other disciplines, or traverse traditional disciplinary boundaries in order to investigate issues relevant to society and neuroscience.

Awards will be made of up to a total of $30,000 for projects 1 – 2 years in duration. Up to five grants will be awarded each year.

Submitting Proposals

Please download the full application instructions and grant guidelines before starting your proposal. Only complete proposals will be reviewed. Please submit proposals as a single PDF document by 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 to presidentialscholars@columbia.edu with “Seed Grants for Interdisciplinary Projects in Society and Neuroscience” in the subject line of the email.

Please direct any questions to presidentialscholars@columbia.edu.  For a list of 2015 and 2016 Seed Grant awardees and their projects, please click here.

Call for Papers – History of Science Society 2017 Annual Meeting

The History of Science Society (HSS) will hold its 2017 conference in the Sheraton City Centre in downtown Toronto November 9 – 12, 2017. The HSS encourages submissions on all topics. Proposals (250-word maximum for abstracts) must be submitted via the HSS submissions page.

Reviewers will give strong preference to sessions that reflect diversity, e.g. diverse institutional affiliation, a mix of men and women, and/or a balance of professional ranks. Only one proposal per person may be submitted – workshops, simply chairing a session, posters, and other non-typical proposals (e.g., interest group lectures) are excluded from this restriction (for a maximum of two presentations) but roundtables are not.

To encourage and aid the creation of panels with strong thematic coherence that draw upon historians of science across institutions and ranks, the conference organizers have created a proposal wiki. Anyone with a panel or paper idea seeking like-minded presenters should post and consult the postings there to round out a prospective session.

HSS also has special instructions for proposals for Roundtables, Posters, and Flash Talks.  Please see the HSS website for additional details.

Deadline for all types of proposals:  April 3, 2017.

Call for Applications – Ayrton Prize for Digital Engagement in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

In 2015 The British Society for the History of Science launched the Ayrton prize, a new prize recognizing outstanding web projects and digital engagement in the history of science, technology and medicine (HSTM). The society is now accepting applications for 2017. Entrants do not have to be members of the BSHS and can be based in any country. In addition to an award in the amount of £300, the winning project will form the centerpiece of an issue of the BSHS magazine, Viewpoint, and all shortlisted entries will also be featured on the BSHS website.

To be eligible entries should:

– Be a self-contained website (including blogs and other web-based projects), available in English, whose overall content is in HSTM, or a distinct HSTM subsection of a website, such as an online exhibition section of a museum website.

– Have been created or updated with substantial new content within the last two calendar years (from the entry deadline).

– Communicate HSTM to a non-specialist audience and/or make new resources available for the study of HSTM.

– Reflect current best practice in the discipline.

– Make effective use of the medium.

The deadline for submissions is March 10, 2017; for more details on how to enter, please visit the BSHS website.

Postdoctoral Fellows – Columbia Center for Research on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic and Behavioral Genetics

The Center for Research on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic and Behavioral Genetics at Columbia University announces the availability of a post-doctoral fellowship position to begin September 2017.

The goal of the fellowship is to train researchers whose work is focused on the ethical, legal and social implications of advances in genetics, with a special focus on psychiatric, neurologic, and behavioral genetics. Training programs, which will generally last 2 years, include course work, mentored research activities, guidance in seeking research funding, and participation in the activities of the Center. All activities are designed to accommodate the skills and interests of the fellows.Candidates should have a doctorate (e.g., PhD, JD, MD) in the social and behavioral sciences, genetics or other basic sciences, epidemiology, nursing, medicine, law, or one of the humanities, and substantial empirical research skills.

The deadline for application is February 15, 2017. For further information about the program and application materials, please contact the Training Director, Sharon Schwartz, PhD: sbs5@columbia.edu or visit the job opportunity’s website.

Job Opportunity – Historical Scientific Instruments Collection Manager Position at Yale University

The Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University is looking for a Collection Manager for the Division of Historical Scientific Instruments. The collection of scientific instruments comprises several thousands items, with a strong emphasis on microscopes, microscopic slides, and 19th-century physical apparatus. We are looking for a dynamic person, who will make this collection visible and accessible within and beyond the Yale community.

MA required, PhD in a relevant field preferred.

The application deadline is March 15, 2017; the starting date is July 1, 2017. For further details and to apply visit the website and enter STARS Requisition Number: 41520BR.

Call for Applications: The Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine Fellowships

The Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine offers short-term Research Fellowships, nine-month Dissertation FellowshipsNEH Postdoctoral Fellowships, and Fellowships-in-Residence for scholars in the history of science, technology or medicine who would like to use collections at two or more institutions in the Consortium. Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellows use offices in the Consortium’s facility in Center City Philadelphia and have ready access to events and activities throughout Philadelphia’s vibrant academic and cultural communities.

The Consortium’s fellowships may be held sequentially with fellowships offered separately by Consortium member institutions but may not be held concurrently.

Applications are due February 15. For details on each of the respective fellowships, please visit the Consortium’s website.

Call for Applications: ISERP Start-Up Centers, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences

The Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy seeks proposals for “Start-Up Centers” for the summer or winter break of 2017.  The goal is to bring together one or more teams to work together for one or more months in a common space toward a common goal.  The funding is intended to support a project that cannot be accomplished in a conference and that could lead to a larger, longer-term initiative, such as a new center, a research program or laboratory, or a degree-granting program.  The Start-Up Center is intended to demonstrate both the need and the feasibility, whether through submitted research papers, applications for large-scale external funding, a model curriculum and syllabi, or the creation of shared resources (such as datasets, software, or a public-facing website).  In keeping with ISERP’s mandate, applications should show both intellectual merit and policy relevance.

The duration of the funding is for one year, up to 40,000. For full application instructions, please visit ISERP’s website.

Invitation for submissions: New online platform for the Society for the History of Technology

Technology’s Stories, The Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) website for open-access scholarship on the history of technology, invites submissions for the newly designed site at www.technologystories.org

Technology’s Stories aims to engage scholars, students, and the interested general public with the usable past-that is, with stories that can help us make sense of contemporary technological challenges and aspirations. Pieces are strong on content and light on academic jargon, making them especially suitable for undergraduates.

The first issue on the newly re-launched site features articles on reproductive technologies in modern America from Donna Drucker, Jenna Healey, and Heather Prescott, and a feature essay by Jordan Bimm on museums in Roswell, New Mexico.

The editors invite contributions from across the spectrum, from graduate students to senior scholars; please contact techstories@techculture.org to express interest in putting together an issue for Technology’s Stories or publishing a standalone essay.

Call for Applications: Columbia Population Research Center Seed Grants

The Columbia Population Research Center (CPRC) is pleased to issue a request for proposals. The CPRC seed grant program is made possible by funds from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), the Columbia University Office of the Provost, and the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP). The goal of the CPRC seed grant program is to advance intellectually innovative research projects in population, health, and society to the point where they can attract external funding.

Substantively, the CPRC is interested in proposals that 1) focus on the CPRC’s four primary research areas; 2) link cutting edge research in neuroscience with the social, behavioral, or health sciences; 3) propose globally focused research in collaboration with a Columbia Global Center(s); and/or 4) develop research methodology. Policy-related research should be oriented toward pressing social issues in the domestic or international arena.

All faculty and research scholars or scientists at Columbia University and its affiliated schools are eligible to apply. Consistent with Columbia University policy, full-time associate research scientists/scholars and postdoctoral research scientists/scholars require prior approval to serve as Principal Investigators and should obtain this prior to applying for a CPRC seed grant.

The submission deadline is Sunday, July 24th, 2016.

For more details on evaluation criteria and application materials, please visit: http://cupop.columbia.edu/services/seed-grant-program.


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