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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.


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.

Precision Medicine and Society Pilot Grant Program

Pilot grant awards for Columbia faculty, post-docs, and graduate students are available from the Precision Medicine and Society Program, part of Columbia’s Precision Medicine Initiative.

Deadline: June 1, 2017

Amount:  $7,500 – $15,000

These awards are designed to support work on issues relating to the social, legal, economic, humanistic and ethical impact on society of the introduction of precision medicine and new genomic technologies. Examples of possible foci include:  the impact of genomic information on personal privacy; the intersection of precision medicine with movements for patients’ and disability rights; the creation of new diagnostic categories and with them, new identities and biosocial groupings; the emergence of problems of translation among genetic, clinical, and bureaucratic systems of classification; the influence of genetic knowledge on social welfare policies; the disentangling of concepts of race/ethnicity and genetics; the ownership of genomic data; the effect of increasing knowledge of behavioral genetics on attributions of responsibility in criminal and civil contexts; the economic impact of precision medicine; the effect of new modalities of diagnosis and treatment on health disparities and the social cost of illness; and implications for regulation of drug development and testing.

Projects should have the potential to lead to broader explorations of the area, whether through funded research, development of followup workshops or conferences, curricular development, articles or book proposals. Collaborative projects involving participants from more than one discipline are encouraged, as is the exploration of issues that represent a new focus of work for applicants. Proposals will be considered in two categories: smaller proposals (generally involving a single applicant) at budgets up to $7,500; and larger proposals (generally involving multiple applicants) at budgets up to $15,000. Additional support may be available from the Precision Medicine and Society Program for followup projects.

Applicants should submit a research proposal that details the specific aims of the project, background to the project, preliminary data (if any), research plan (including plan for data analysis), innovation/significance, and future plans, with a limit of 1,000 words; a curriculum vitae for the applicant and any associated investigators; a detailed budget with explanations of the purpose of proposed expenditures. Funding can be used for expenses such as support of research assistants, access to datasets, assistance with data analysis, travel to archives, and expenses involved in collaboration (e.g., travel for collaborators).

Proposals will be scored on the basis of innovativeness and potential significance of the project, quality and intellectual merit of the project, and likelihood of serving as a foundation for further explorations of the issues addressed.

Studies “piggy-backed” on existing research projects are welcome. The Precision Medicine and Society Program actively supports diversity and welcome submissions that address diverse populations, and proposals from investigators of all backgrounds, especially those underrepresented in research careers.

Proposals should be submitted electronically as a single PDF document to Manuela Cangiamila ( by June 1, 2017. Funding will begin July 1, 2017 and funds must be utilized by June 30, 2018. Successful applicants will be expected to submit a brief final project report and to be available to present their work at a Precision Medicine and Society lecture, seminar or workshop. Questions may be addressed to the co-directors of the Program: Prof. Alondra Nelson ( or Prof. Paul Appelbaum (

Additional information about the Precision Medicine and Society Program is available on their website.

Active Learning Institute: Flipped Classrooms and Beyond (Workshop, June 6-8)

The Active Learning Institute provides in-depth training for faculty interested in increasing active learning and preparing to flip their courses. During the Institute, participants explore the purposes and outcomes of active learning and apply research-based practices to the process of developing active, student-centered course units.

Through a combination of hands-on activities, presentation, and discussion, participants will work through the essential components of designing engaging student experiences through active learning techniques. Topics covered will include facilitating individual and collaborative learning activities, planning and creating effective online materials, and fostering and maintaining an inclusive course climate. Throughout the Institute, participants will focus on aligning assessments and activities to student learning objectives.

The 2017 Institute will be held on Tuesday, June 6 – Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Applications are due May 5, 2017. Interested participants must submit an application; please visit the opportunity’s website for more information.

Call for Applications: Summer Internship Positions with the Earth Institute

This summer, the Earth Institute is offering Columbia students opportunities to intern within various departments and research centers at the institute. All full-time Columbia and Barnard students are eligible to apply. These internships are funded at a rate of $15/hour for up to 35 hours per week. Descriptions of the opportunities include:

–Characterizing Past North Pacific Ocean Circulation Using Nd Isotopes

–Game theory, child psychology and enhanced methods of monitoring and incentivizing wearing of sensors via a smartwatch app

–Improving minute ventilation estimates through short term field calibrations

–Invasion of ticks and their pathogens in the New York metropolitan area

–Mapping Air Pollutants in NYC

–Sabin Center Summer Internship

–Sea Ice Variability over Antarctica: Testing Climate Model Data with Weather Stations and Satellite Data

Applications are due by April 26th at 11:30 pm. Please see the Earth Institute website for more details about each position and to apply.

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

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

The Center for Science and Society (CSS) at Columbia University seeks a Business Manager. Reporting to the Associate Director of the Center for Science and Society, the Business Manager exercises primary responsibility for the Center’s administrative and programmatic budgets, for personnel expenses, for grant and gift accounts, for Financial Accounting System reconciliation and human resources related appointments and processing.

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.

The Business Manager resolves financial problems, prevents overdrafts, manages reconciliation of accounts, and generates financial reports, including budget variance reports. S/he has DAF signature authority, including but not limited to transactions in PAC, ARC, FinSYS, and P-card systems. S/he is responsible for advising the Directors on historical levels of spending, managing financial databases and records of all financial income and expenditures, and works closely with the Office of the EVP for Arts & Sciences to perform fiscal year-end closing.

The Business Manager oversees the Center’s Project Manager(s) and other administrative staff on all financial processing and serves as the primary HR point of contact, processing academic and administrative personnel appointments and issuing HR-related communications. The Business Manager supervises visiting scholar and research personnel immigration and visa processing; allocates and approves payroll for casual and work study employees; ensures departmental compliance with I-9 policies and procedures; supervises purchasing and maintenance of all equipment; oversees Center’s facilities and space utilization; coordinates requests to Facilities Management for repair and space improvements and planned capital projects including space renovations; manages the hiring, training, and supervision of casual and work study staff; and performs other duties as required.

***This position is funded for two years. To extend, additional funding must be secured.***

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree and/or its equivalent and 2 years of relevant experience in financial administration is required. Strong communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills are required. Ability to handle multiple tasks, meet deadlines, handle confidential materials, and work independently are required. Must demonstrate aptitude for quantitative analysis, and the ability to understand and clearly present financial information. Computer literacy, including high proficiency using Excel, and the ability to acquire skills of the University’s financial and personnel systems are required.

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


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 with “Seed Grants for Interdisciplinary Projects in Society and Neuroscience” in the subject line of the email.

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

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