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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 (cangiam@nyspi.columbia.edu) 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 (alondra.nelson@columbia.edu) or Prof. Paul Appelbaum (psa21@columbia.edu).

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

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.


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