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Call for Applications: 2018 Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience

Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience, Columbia UniversityThe Center for Science and Society at Columbia University invites applications for a postdoctoral research scholar/scientist or associate research scholar/scientist position to begin July 1, 2018. Columbia University is pleased to announce up to three interdisciplinary postdoctoral positions in the Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program for researchers who have earned the doctorate, or its equivalent, in (1) a humanities, arts, or social science discipline ― such as psychology, psychiatry, public health, law, history, economics, literature, political science, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, journalism, music and the arts ― and who have extensive acquaintance with, and critical understanding of, neuroscience research; OR (2) neuroscience or a related discipline in the natural sciences and who have extensive acquaintance with, and critical understanding of, another discipline in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. These Scholars will join an innovative program, Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience, which comprises eight existing Scholars and a large group of mentors and affiliated faculty from the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Review of applications will begin on November 27, 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled. Candidates must hold a doctoral level degree (PhD, DPhil, EdD, JD, etc.) by July 1, 2018, and must have received this degree after July 1, 2013.

Please visit our online application site at for further information about this posting and to submit your application. Instructions for the required research proposal can be found under the “Scholars” section of the PSSN website.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Center for Science and Society End of Year Newsletter

The Center for Science and Society is pleased to present its End of Year Newsletter which includes information and reviews about Center activities in the 2016-2017 academic year and offers a preview of upcoming events in Fall 2017.

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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.

Call for Applications: Course Development in Science and Society

ELIGIBILITY: Core Lecturers and tenured or tenure-track faculty at Columbia University (including Barnard) in any discipline. (see Proposal Instructions for further details).

AMOUNT: $3,000 research allowance to be used for the development and teaching of the course over the following two years. If the course is to be co-taught, the instructors will split the award.

DEADLINE: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis but should be submitted no later than September 15, 2017.


Course Development in Science and Society

The Columbia University Center for Science and Society invites proposals for the development of new undergraduate curricular offerings in the study of science and society. The aim is to introduce courses that can be offered within current disciplinary structures, as part of already-existing majors and concentrations, but that bring significant discussion of science and society into these offerings. This is the fourth round of grants, and information on the courses funded in the previous rounds can be found at here.

Tenured faculty must use the entire award to support research for the course (e.g. book purchases or photocopying) and to hire a student to provide research and/or teaching assistance. Funds will be transferred to the awardee’s accounts in his/her home department. Awardees will commit to teaching the course within two years of the start of the grant. The Center for Science and Society will help to publicize the courses and will feature them on its website.

Successful applicants will receive a $3,000 research allowance to be used for the development and teaching of the course over the following two years. If the course is to be co-taught, the instructors will split the award.

Submitting Proposals

Please download the full application before starting your proposal. In order to apply, please complete the following form along with a one-page proposal and a full CV for each instructor. Applications should be submitted on or before Friday, September 15, 2017 to Melinda Miller, Associate Director, The Center for Science and Society,

Proposals will be judged by a multi-disciplinary panel drawn from the steering committee of the Center for Science and Society.

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: For more details on this job, please visit the opportunity’s website.

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.


Call for Applications: Project Manager, Center for Science and Society

The Center for Science and Society, a cross-disciplinary research and outreach initiative at Columbia University, seeks a Project Manager to support activities, events, research, and administrative duties of the Center. The Project Manager will be responsible for organizing, coordinating, and participating in a wide range of internal and external events and act as the primary contact for coordinating communications and providing comprehensive administrative support between speakers and organizers. Additional responsibilities include preparing and maintaining budgets related to the Center’s projects, providing administrative support for faculty, postdoctoral and graduate students, proposing and implementing plans for digital communication and marketing in consultation with the Director and Associate Director, and preparing grant and fundraising materials.

The ideal candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree and/or its equivalent, and up to two years of related work experience, preferably in an event management role within a university or non-profit setting, and has knowledge of financial and general accounting principles. S/he is capable of exercising independent judgement and initiative, has superb multitasking skills, and has strong knowledge of computer applications. S/he has excellent organizational, written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.

Click here to view additional information and to apply.

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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Learn More: Science and Art Events in New York City

New York City is home to several exciting science and art collaborations this spring and summer. From traditional art exhibitions that explore the relationship between nature and art to interactive workshops, there’s an opportunity for everyone to explore how science and art enrich one another.

Date: April 7, 2017 – June 11, 2017; New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street), New York, NY 10024

Featuring 28 works from two time periods, Big Bird: Looking for Lifesize contrasts a group of exceptional European watercolors from the 1500s—which were recently featured to great acclaim in an exhibition in France—with spectacular examples of the rarest jewel of the New-York Historical Society’s extraordinary Audubon collection. On view April 7, 2017 – June 11, 2017.

Date: April 09, 2017–September 25, 2017; MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101

The Museum of Modern Art is proud to host Ian Cheng: Emissaries, opening April 9. The exhibition that the artist’s complete Emissary trilogy (2015-2017), a series of three live simulation video works dedicated to the history of cognitive evolution. These works ask us to imagine technology not as a subordinate reflection of our own minds, but as a tool to model a non-anthropomorphic vision of history and consciousness. Using an engine for developing video games, Emissary is made up of open-ended animations with no fixed outcome or narrative—a format Cheng calls live simulation. The trilogy was recently acquired by The Museum of Modern Art.

Date: Friday, April 14 to Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Drawing Center opened Exploratory Works: Drawings from the Department of Tropical Research Field Expeditions on April 14. This exhibition brings to light for the first time an archive of images that illustrate the formation of our modern definition of nature. William Beebe (1877–1962) was one of America’s greatest popularizers of ecological thinking and biological science. Beebe literally took the lab into the jungle, rather than the jungle to the lab. Until July 16th.

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 – May 19, 2017; Washington Heights Branch of the New York Public Library

A public exhibition, Biodiversity and Its Histories, will open Earth Day, April 22, 2017 at the Washington Heights Branch of the New York Public Library. The exhibition is designed and produced by students of Barnard College and Columbia University. Contributors include: Arielle Alterwaite, Stephanie Barral, Tristan Brown, Gabrielle Bruno, Lyra Cooper, Robert Corban, Rosalind Donald, Linda Gordon, Sara Heiny, Maggie Israel, Petros Krommidas, Lila Livingston, Laura McLean, Anna McNulty, Julie Moon, Melissa Morris, Camila Puig Ibarra, Claire Sabel, Zhuoxuan Tian, Daniel West, Adrien Zakar, Mollie Zanger, Wenrui Zhao, Professor Deborah Coen. Until May 19th.

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM; Pratt Institute, Myrtle Hall, 536 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Pratt Institute – PreCollege Lecture Series – Art & Science is a lecture/workshop/performance starting with a 15-min audiovisual presentation on how art and science are really more similar than most people think. A variety of contemporary artists that use electronics and technology in their artworks will be briefly presented. Aimed at high school students as part of the Pratt Institute’s PreCollege Lecture Series. RSVP here.

Date: Monday, Apr 24, 2017 at 7:00 pm; Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn

On April 24, The Science Studios at Pioneer Works presents The Universe in Verse, an evening of poetry celebrating great scientists and scientific discoveries hosted by Maria Popova, Janna Levin and the Academy of American Poets. For tickets, please visit the event’s website.

Date: April 25, 6:30 pm–8:30 pm; American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, New York City

Inspired by the museum’s current exhibition on the art of Eugen Gabritschevsky, individuals are invited to learn the art of science illustration with the Dialogue + Studio: Science Illustration workshop. Participants will learn the fundamentals of science illustration and how to draw from bones. Limited to 20 participants. All materials will be provided. For more details, please visit the event’s website. Tickets range from $15-20.

Date: until April 30; New York Hall of Science · 47-01 111th St., Corona, NY

The New York Hall of Science’s Vanitas (in a Petri dish) is a series of digital prints by contemporary bio-artist Suzanne Anker, who uses some of the tools, materials and methodologies of biotech researchers, along with the artistic tools of photography, symbolism and metaphor. This exhibition runs until April 30. Free with NYSCI admission; please visit the website for more details.

Date: May 4, 6-7PM ($3-6); American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, New York City

Contemporary artist Marina Zurkow will lead a tour through the exhibition Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible, discussing the relationship among the animal, art, and science.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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