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Newsletter of the Society for Social Studies of Science

Fall 1999, Volume 12, Number 3
Executive Editors: John Hultberg, Merle Jacob,      Managing Editor: Jongwon Park
Contents

Editorial
4S/EASST Conference 2000: September 27-30, 2000.  University of Vienna, Austria
 Calls for Papers
Workshops and Conferences
Program Announcement
Grants and Fellowship
Positions
Publications
Electronic Communications
General Announcement

 


EDITORIAL

Dear STSers,

Suddenly the net has come to life. Postings, and cross-postings have been flourishing with discussions whether science should be "saved" or if "anything goes". We have the the State Board of Education of Kansas to thank for this recent burst of enthusiasm into our discussions. The issue at the center of focus is one that seems to have eternal life in the American context, i.e. whether American children should be taught one or two competing theories about the beginning of life. The Kansas Board of Education decided that creationism should have equal time with the teaching of evolution. That scientific knowledge of that dignity could at all be questioned is of course a wake-up call. Things just can not be taken for granted at the end of the millennium, guys.

Although this has stirred some discussions, politics and activism has not been most prominent in STS circles, nor at conferences. It has, for many years been a subject that has been sidestepped, if not overlooked. At Arizona, there was an attempt to start an activist caucus but the enthusiasm seemed to die before the Halifax meeting. We hope that there will be some action on this front in San Diego. The venue for the 4S/EASST meeting next year is Vienna (September 27 - 30, 2000). The theme is: Worlds in Transition: Technoscience, Citizenship and Culture in the 21st Century. The meeting will be organized from the University of Vienna. Perhaps, the choice of theme is a recognition of the need for both societies to engage a bit more directly with the worlds that are being transformed.

We have heard no news on the issue of whether Technoscience will get a new Executive editor(s) so we are carrying on as usual. Hopefully, there will be some clarification of this issue in San Diego.

 

You can contact us at:

John Hultberg, Associate Professor, College of Health and Caring Sciences, Medical Faculty, Göteborg University, Box 411, S-405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden, Tel: 46-31-7735788, Fax: 46-31-7735723 Web: http://sts.ufhs.gu.se/john E-mail: john.hultberg@ufhs.gu.se

Merle Jacob, Research Fellow, Department of Theory of Science and Research, Göteborgs University, PO Box 200, 405 30 Göteborg, SWEDEN, Tel: 46-31-773-1920 Fax: 46-31-773-4723 E-mail: biosphere@vest.gu.se Opinion pieces, conference reports, ideas for debates, and critical commentaries should be sent to us directly.

More routine announcements should be sent to the managing editor, Jongwon Park, School of Public Policy, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, GA 30332-0345, USA. Fax:404-894-9372 . E-Mail: Technoscience@mgt-sun2.iac.gatech.edu

As you will see on the back of this issue, it is now possible for anyone with a VISA credit card to apply for membership to 4S by e-mail. It is also the address that members should use to make inquiries about their subscriptions and notify the society about changes of address: acadsvc@aol.com Subscribers to 4S automatically receive Technoscience (3/yr) and the society journal, Science, Technology & Human Values (4/yr).

To find out the latest on the burning issues and breaking news in the world of science studies, subscribe to the sci-tech-studies network. To do so, send a message of 'subscribe sts YOURNAME' to sts@kant.ch.umkc.edu To send a message to the network, post it to sts@kant.ch.umkc.edu

Readers of Technoscience are hereby permitted to reprint any articles in this (and other issues) for educational purposes.

 


The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) and the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) will hold their Joint

4S/EASST Conference 2000

Worlds in Transition:
Technoscience, Citizenship and Culture in the 21st Century

September 27 - 30, 2000
at the
University of Vienna, Austria

Organizer: Department of Philosophy of Science and Social Studies of Science (University of Vienna)
Contact person:

Ulrike Felt: ulrike.felt@univie.ac.at
Judith Kroell: 4SEASST@univie.ac.at

A more detailed call for session proposals as well as for paper proposals will be mailed out in September. A web-page will be available for extensive informations, accessible through any one of the following web pages:

http://www.univie.ac.at/Wissenschaftstheorie/

http://www.chem.uva.nl/easst/

http://its2.ocs.lsu.edu/guests/ssss/public_html/


CALL FOR PAPERS

Media, Materiality, Memory: Aspects of Intermediality.. Geoffrey-Winthrop Young and Michael Wutz seek essays for a special issue of Configurations, the journal of the Society for Literature and Science. Scheduled for publication in 2002, the issue intends to move beyond individual media-focused literary case studies and theorize on recent (and still emergent) developments in the field of media studies. Issue include, but are not limited to: new theories of inter-, intra-, and hypermediality; new theories of media ecology; the problems and contingencies of media evolution; the infrastructure of information systems and the materialities of communication; media and cultural memory; media and the formation of social coherence; theoretical cross-fertilizations between systems theory, discourse analysis, post and/or retro-McLuhanism. One-page proposals by 1 January 2000; essay drafts by January 2001. Please include a brief vita. Send to Winthrop-Young, Department of Germanic Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B. C., V6T 1Z1, Canada, winthrop@unixg.ubc.ca and Wutz, Department of English, 1201 University Circle, Weber State University, Ogden UT 84408-1201, mwutz@weber.edu

"Knowledge, Technology and Policy" is publishing a theme issue on "Users as Innovators". The deadline for submissions is 1 November 1999. Users are unsung innovators; as anonymous "bricoleurs", they have no press agentry. Often their innovations are simply taken up by the many without much notice or, if there's money in it, entrepreneurs "discover" their novel adaptation and package it for sale. KT&P welcomes exploration on topics from open-architecture software to the use of Five-Day deodorant pads to shine patent leather shoes in the '50s. Visit KT&P's website for more information: http://www.siu.edu/departments/ats/kt&p/KT&P.htm Or contact the editor, David Clarke at: reynard@siu.edu

WRITING THE PAST, CLAIMING THE FUTURE: WOMEN AND GENDER IN SCIENCE, MEDICINE, AND TECHNOLOGY, October 12-15, 2000. St. Louis University St. Louis, MO. "Writing the past, claiming the future" is being designed to further conversations begun at previous conferences among historians of science, medicine, and technology. These discussions made explicit how much historians of science, medicine, and technology can learn from each other. It is intended to invite greater interchange among the disciplines, while recognizing the uniqueness of each. Conference themes will include, but not be limited to, personal and external factors that empower or inhibit women's participation in the scientific, medical, and technological disciplines; scientific, medical, and technological ideas that have influenced ideas about gender and gender roles in the disciplines and in the wider society; and the relationship between gender and conceptions of knowledge and the practice of science, medicine, and technology. Proposals must include two copies of a one-page abstract and a one-page curriculum vitae. For proposals submitted as a panel, an abstract and vitae are required for each panel member. Proposals are due by January 1, 2000. Send proposals to: Writing the past, Claiming the future Charlotte G. Borst, Ph.D. Department of History Saint Louis University 3800 Lindell Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63156

Guest Editors of a special issue of Contemporary Justice Review, John Schumacher and Frances Bronet, are pleased to announce a call for papers on Design and Justice. It is clear that how we design buildings, communities, social processes, and social arrangements affects the quality of our lives in its every last detail. What does it mean, then, to design justly or for a design or designer to be just? And here "justice" should be thought of in terms of meeting the needs of those affected by design. For this special issue of CJR, the editors are particularly interested in methods and products of design practice which may determine or influence: 1) Who has access to or is exclude from spaces, processes, and products; 2) The development of partnerships for urban or community transformations; 3) The identification and empowerment of collective expression and leadership potential for citizen and design action; 4) Alternative approaches to spatial practice; 5) Impact of global or transcultural practice and distance learning on local culture; 6) Technological Innovation in Building; and 7) emerging pedagogical practices that challenge conventional "egocentric" design. We are also interested in pedagogy itself. What, for example, is a just design pedagogy, that is, a pedagogy that resists commodification of education (university as business)? How can the current course components – history, theory, practice, and technology studies – contribute to the building of a just design curriculum? Those interested in contributing to the issue should send an abstract of no more than 150 words to one of the guest-editors by November 12, 1999. John Schumacher, Professor and Chair, Dept of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York 12180-3590. Tel: 518-276-8507, Fax: 518-276-2659. Schumj@rpi.edu Frances Bronet, Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY 12180-3590, Tel: 518-276-6866, Fax: 518-276-3034. Bronef@rpi.edu For more information about CJR, see http://www.gbhap.com


WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCES

Third Triple Helix International Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 26-29 April 2000. The Conference will consist of plenary sessions and of submitted papers, workshop and panel sessions. Plenary sessions will consist of invited lectures by eminent speakers on the Conference issues. For more information, please contact: Triple Helix Conference Secretariat, Prof. José M. C. Mello / Marise Carpenter Elias, ?rea de Inovação Tecnológica e Organização Industrial. Programa de Engenharia de Produção. COPPE, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.Caixa Postal 68507, CEP 21945-970 Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil, Tel.: (+55) 21- 590 8817; Fax: (+55) 21-5908817. E-mail: thelix@pep.ufrj.br Webpage: http://www.itoi.ufrj.br/thelix.htm

1999 Annual Meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) December 5-8, 1999—Atlanta, Georgia. SRA Announces Topics for Workshops at the 1999 Annual Meeting: - Microbial Risk Assessment to Improve Food Safety - Introduction to Ecological Risk Assessment and Management - Beyond Point Estimates: Risk Assessment Using Interval, Fuzzy and Probabilistic Arithmetic - Development of Site-Specific Bioavailability Data for Inorganics in Soil and Their Application to Human Health Risk Assessment - Risk Assessment Using EPA Benchmark Dose Software Version 1.2. For further information see website at: http://www.sra.org/events.htm

The programme for the 5th International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Conference (Sept. 15-19, Lake Como, Italy) has been finalised. For those interested, it is pasted below. Registration (USD200) and other information is available at the conference web site: http://www.cilea.it/volta99 Michael Matthews

The Demarcation Socialised: Or, How Can We Recognise Science When We See It? conference will be held at Cardiff University on 25-28 August 2000. Hosted by the Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise and Science, and funded by the European Union, this workshop will address the theme of what, if anything, makes science different to other forms of social activity? Scientific Themes The Sociology of Scientific Knowledge and other 'post-modern' movements have blurred the boundaries between science and other activities but we still talk about science. So what do we mean by it? What can replace the old debate about 'demarcation criteria?' Should it be replaced and what will demarcation look like if it has to be socialised? What is special about science and technology, their types and sub-divisions, as social activities rather than epistemologically distinct activities? By focussing on key boundaries, such as those between Science and Non-Science; Progressive and Pathological Science; Reasonable and Unfounded Criticism; Science and Policy; Local and Scientific Knowledge and Science and Technology, the conference will address directly the issue of what makes science special. In particular, the conference will make an important contribution to the future of STS by articulating a positive vision of what recognising the social nature of science means. Conference Particpants Wiebe Bijker, Peter Dear, Tom Gieryn, Karin Knorr-Cetina, Sheila Jasanoff, Donald MacKenzie, Trevor Pinch, Knut Sorenson and Steve Yearley. Travel Grant To be eligible for travel grant, you must be aged 35 or under at the time of the conference and an EU national. Nationals on non-EU countries may be eligible if they have been resident in the EU for five years. Details of the programme, as well as how to register are available at http://www.cf.ac.uk/socsi/research/kes/milquin.html Alternatively, contact: Dr. Robert Evans, Centre for the Study of Knowledge, Expertise and Science (KES), Cardiff University, Cardiff, CF10 3AT, UK.or e-mail: EvansRJ1@Cardiff.ac.uk

The Liberal Education Division (LED) of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) will held the 2000 Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO 18-21 June. LED provides a forum for considering the ways in which the humanities and social sciences can contribute to engineering education, and encourages all scholars interested in the interaction of science, technology, and society to explore the ways that the major insights of their fields can be used to shape the education of engineers. The division has an ongoing concern with the implementation of ABET's EC 2000. Visist our Web http://www.asee.org/conferences/annual2000/CAPS/ For further information, contact: Joseph Herkert, Division of Multidisciplinary Studies, North Carolina State University, Box 7107, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-7107; (919) 515-7997; e-mail: herkert@social.chass.ncsu.edu.

 


PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

The Georgia Tech School of Public Policy - Policy studies at the nexus of innovation, development and sustainability. The School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech offers undergraduate (B.S.) and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) degrees in Public Policy. The School's programs provide an education that combines strong analytical skills with a solid understanding of the political, social, and economic forces that shape public policies. Students master a range of methodological tools, with an awareness of the ethical implications of how policy questions are asked and answered. They also acquire in-depth knowledge of at least one specific area of public policy. Leading concentrations in the School include science and technology policy, information and telecommunications policy, environmental policy, and urban and regional economic development. The School has a distinguished interdisciplinary faculty with active research programs. Learning occurs mostly through small classes, seminars, or actual policy research conducted in student groups or with faculty. Research assistantships are available for graduate students, with full and part-time options for the masters program. U.S. News and World Report ranks the School among the top three schools in the nation for information and technology policy. For further information and application materials, see http://www.spp.gatech.edu/ or email rita.davis@pubpolicy.gatech.edu    Application Deadline: Spring semester - November 1.  Fall semester - March 1 (priority consideration) and June 1 (regular admission).

Studentship in the area of Electronic Publishing/Information Management. Title: Discourse of Science and Technology Learned Societies: a web-based study. This research proposes to investigate the structure of textual information in web-based material developed by US and European learned societies in science and technology. Learned societies in science and technology have a remit to communicate with their membership and to disseminate their finding to the scientific community at large. Increasingly learned societies in these disciplines have extended this remit to encompass the communication of science to the general public through diverse outreach programmes (LaFollette 1996). Preliminary results by Schjtne (1998) show that learned societies have developed extensive web-pages for a number of purposes: to facilitate the communication with their members, disseminate information through the electronic version of their print journals, generate funding through electronic commerce activities and, to communicate with the public at large. The IM research group web site is located at http://jimmy.qmced.ac.uk/usr/imres/home.htm The IM group supports 2 research students within the larger conglomerate of research students in the department of Communication and Information Studies. Contact: Dr. V. Cano CIS/QMC Clerwood Terrace Edinburgh EH12 8TS Scotland, UK Dr. V. Cano CIS/QMC Clerwood Terrace Edinburgh EH12 8TS Scotland, UK.

 


GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS

 Iowa State University is offering a doctoral fellowship for the study of science, technology, and society. The fellowship will be awarded to a new student entering one of Iowa State's doctoral programs and intending to work in the area of STS. STS is understood as the study of science and/or technology from the perspectives of the humanities and/or social sciences. This is a four-year fellowship for $16,000 per year plus $500 per year to support the student's research and professional travel. The appointment will be structured as a research assistantship so tuition will be at the in-state rate and half tuition paid by the Graduate College. Depending on their specific field of study, prospective students should apply to the relevant department at Iowa State by February 21, 2000. Departments will nominate students for the fellowship. For further information, contact David B. Wilson, History Department, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011. davidw@iastate.edu (515) 294-5467 (phone)

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION NSF SOCIETAL DIMENSIONS PROGRAM The yearly target date for proposals to the Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science, and Technology (SDEST) program is August 1, 1999 and February 1, 2000. The Societal Dimensions program includes Ethics and Values Studies (EVS) and Research on Science and Technology (RST). EVS focuses on improving knowledge of ethical and value dimensions in science, engineering, and technology. RST focuses on improving approaches and information for decision making about investment in science, engineering, and technology. The newly revised announcement (NSF99-82) can be accessed at http://www.nsf.gov:80/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf9982; more program information about prior awards and suggestions for applicants are available at http://www.nsf.gov:80/sbe/sber/sdest/start.htm. SDEST wishes especially to encourage faculty members in their first or second tenure-track appointment to consider applying to SDEST through the NSF CAREER program. Information about CAREER is available at: http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/career/start.htm Applicants to SDEST using the NSF electronic application system, FastLane, will find the program listed under EVS and RST, not SDEST. Select one or the other program component to apply to. If your proposal has relevance to both, choose the one that predominates. Rachelle D. Hollander, Program Director, Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science, & Technology, NSF 4201 Wilson Blvd. Rm.995 Arlington VA 22230703-306-1743 fax -0485 rholland@nsf.gov http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/sber/sdest

NSF has posted a new announcement of research opportunity on its home page. The announcement number is 99-167; the title and url, and a brief excerpt of a component that might be of interest to investigators studying social influences of and on information technology can be found below. Information Technology Research (Itr) Program Solicitation url: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/1999/nsf99167/nsf99167.htm DEADLINE DATES: Proposals WITH BUDGETS OVER $500K: LETTERS OF INTENT (Required): NOVEMBER 15, 1999. PRE-PROPOSALS: JANUARY 5, 2000. FULL PROPOSALS: APRIL 17, 2000

The newly founded INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES ON SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY in Graz offers international Fellows the opportunity of scientifically investigating the global changes of technology and their social and ecological consequences. Research projects on the following subjects may be performed at the institute: - Social Shaping of Technology - Technology Assessment - Environmental Technology Policy - Innovation Studies - Risk Research - Technology and Education ADMISSION: The Institute for Advanced Studies on STS is open for applicants of any academic position or discipline as well as from any country of origin. To be eligible for membership, candidates must have completed university or college studies. PhD students and post-doctoral Fellows are preferred. Applications for Fellowship may be submitted at any time. Fellows who are not able to pay for their costs of living themselves and cannot be supported by their employer or other institutions may apply for a grant. SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS: IFF - Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and Further Education of the Universities of Klagenfurt, Vienna, Innsbruck, and Graz/Department of Research on Technology and Science in co-operation with IFZ - Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture. DIRECTOR: Prof. Arno Bammé FURTHER INFORMATION: IFF/IFZ o Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society o Bernhard Wieser Kaiser-Josef-Platz 8 o A-8010 Graz/Austria Tel.: +43 (0)316/81 39 09-26 o Fax: +43 (0)316/81 02 74 kolleg@ifz.big.ac.at o http://www.ifz.tu-graz.ac.at/kolleg/

The Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL) Resident Scholar Programs offer short-term study grants for 2000 with stipends of $1,800 per month for durations of one to three months. The Dibner Fund supports awards in the SIL Dibner Library Resident Scholar Program for research in the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology. Awards are also offered in the Special Collections Resident Scholar Program for research in SIL's special collections. Scholars are expected to be in residence at the Smithsonian Institution. Deadline for applications: December 1, 1999. Application materials are available online at http://www.sil.si.edu, or write to Smithsonian Institution Libraries Resident Scholar Programs, Smithsonian Institution Libraries, NHB 24mz, MRC 154, Washington, D.C. 20560-0154. Tel: (202) 357-2240, or e-mail libmail@sil.si.edu Maureen Daley, Program Assistant Information Systems Division/Publications Office Smithsonian Institution Libraries (202) 357-1522 Fax (202) 786-2866

The Gordon Cain Fellowship in Technology, Policy, and Entrepreneurship. The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) invites applications for the Gordon Cain Fellowship in Technology, Policy, and Entrepreneurship for the 2000-2001 academic year. The Gordon Cain Fellow will spend the year in residence at CHF and will carry out historical research on the development of the chemical industries. The outcome of this research should further our understanding of the relationship between science, technology, policy, and entrepreneurship and shed light on the complex development of modern society and commerce. The successful candidate for the Cain Fellowship should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in hand at the time of application. Applications should include complete curriculum vitae and a proposal of 500 to 1,000 words outlining the applicant's research project, with specific reference to how the work advances scholarship and how the outcome might be published. In addition, applicants should arrange for two letters of reference to be sent directly to CHF. Deadline: 1 December 1999. Contact: Leo B. Slater Chemical Heritage Foundation 315 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106-2702 Phone: (215) 873-8224 Fax: (215) 925-1954 E-mail: lslater@chemheritage.org For more information, please visit our web site at www.chemheritage.org

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and The Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution announce a Travel to Collections Awards Program. The Center's mission is to document, interpret, and disseminate information about American invention and innovation. The Lemelson Center's website is at: http://www.si.edu/lemelson The Travel to Collections Awards Program is designed to support research on the history of invention and innovation based on the extensive holdings of the Museum's Archives Center and curatorial divisions. The Archives Center is a manuscripts and special collections repository with more than 10,000 feet of holdings which are particularly strong in personal papers and business records documenting the history of American enterprise and technology. More information about the holdings is found at: http://www.si.edu/nmah/archives/ac-i.htm We offer travel awards to cover transportation costs and daily expenses up to $75 a day for a maximum of 21 days. Scholars, graduate students, and independent researchers are welcome to apply. The application deadline is January 15, 2000 and June 15, 2000. Please submit a completed application, a current curriculum vitae, and a statement of purpose of the visit. For more information, contact: Alison L. Oswald, Archivist, Archives Center, NMAH, Room C340, Washington, DC 20560-0601; telephone: 202.357.3780; fax 202.786.2453; email OSWALD@NMAH.SI.EDU.

SLATER FELLOWSHIP in HISTORY of 20th-CENTURY PHYSICAL SCIENCES. The fellowship supports doctoral dissertation research in the history of the physical sciences in the twentieth century. The Slater fellowship is open both to candidates for the doctorate in the United States and to those in universities abroad who propose to spend the fellowship year in association with an American university or other appropriate American research institution. Award, duration: The Slater fellowship carries a stipend of $12,000. Tenure of the fellowship usually coincides with the academic year, though it may begin July 1. Payments are in two installments, in separate calendar years; in compliance with federal regulations, the Society issues two 1099 miscellaneous income forms. Deadline, notification Applications are due no later than December 1. Application forms Requests to the Society for forms must indicate eligibility of both applicant and project; include a self-addressed mailing label. Telephone requests for forms cannot be honored. Write to: Slater Fellowship, American Philosophical Society, 104 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Forms are available at the website, http://www.amphilsoc.org

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Scholars in Health Policy Research Program is intended to foster the development of a new generation of creative thinkers in health policy, coming from the disciplines of economics, political science, and sociology. The program encourages individuals from these disciplines to turn their intellectual energies toward research questions that relate to health and health policy in the United States. Recent graduates of doctoral programs in these disciplines, including junior faculty, are invited to apply for this unique and challenging two-year fellowship. The scholars selected for this program will work with distinguished faculty from one of three outstanding universities – The University of California at Berkeley (In collaboration with UC San Francisco), The University of Michigan, and Yale University. The program brings together talented individuals – each rooted in one of the three disciplines – for the express purpose of learning about health, health policy, and the perspectives of the other two disciplines. Our hope is that the Scholars will pursue careers within their disciplines, making important research contributions to future health policy in the United States. Deadline for receipt of applications by the national program office: October 29, 1999. For further information, please contact: Scholars in Health Policy Research Program, Boston University, School of Management, 595 Commonwealth Ave. Room 546B, Boston, MA 02215-1704. Tel) 617-353-9220, Fax) 617-353-9227. http://www.rwjf.org


POSITIONS

Program Director for Science and Technology Studies, U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) The National Science Foundation invites applications for the position of Program Director, to begin preferably in August 2000. The position may be filled on a 1-to 2-year visiting scientist/ temporary basis or under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA). IPA applicants must be permanent, career employees of eligible organizations for at least 90 days prior to entering into a mobility assignment agreement with NSF. Reimbursement of salary and other related costs are negotiated between NSF and the individual's institution. Current annual salary for the program director position ranges from $68,570 to $106,868. The Program Director for Science and Technology Studies (STS) represents STS to colleagues in the NSF and other Federal science agencies and to the Administration. STS encompasses history, philosophy, and social science studies of science, engineering and technology. The Program Director provides intellectual leadership and is responsible for all aspects of program administration and development. He or she administers the review of research proposals submitted to NSF in this field and is responsible for recommending and documenting actions on the proposals reviewed, for dealing with administrative matters relating to active NSF grants, and for maintaining regular contact with the relevant research communities and providing advice and consultation to persons requesting them. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline, plus six or more years of successful research, research administration, and/or managerial experience pertinent to the position. Applicants should show evidence of initiative, administrative skill, and ability to work well with others. While the Foundation is interested in individuals with research interests in the environment and global change or innovation and society, these are not essential. Please direct inquiries and expressions of interest to Mr. William P. Butz, Director of the Division of Social and Economic Sciences, phone: (703) 306-1760; e-mail: wbutz@nsf.gov; or Dr. Michael Sokal, Program Director, Science and Technology Studies, phone: (703) 306-1742, e-mail: msokal@nsf.gov; or Dr. Rachelle D. Hollander, coordinator of the cluster housing the STS program, phone: (703) 306-1743, or e-mail: rholland@nsf.gov. All are located in Suite 995, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, fax: (703) 306-0485. Qualified persons who are women, ethnic/racial minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Announcement, Head, Division of Multidisciplinary Studies NC State University Applications are invited for headship of a 12-member division that offers a BA and BS in Multidisciplinary Studies and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies and includes the Bachelor of Social Work. Undergraduate focal areas are African Studies; Arts Studies; Environmental Science; Film Studies; Science, Technology, & Society; and Women & Gender Studies. Ph.D., active involvement in interdisciplinary teaching or research, successful administrative experience at departmental, division or college level, demonstrated interest in pedagogic excellence and innovation, and scholarly record appropriate for full professor appointment at a Research I university required. Ideal candidate will have grant experience and interests that support key strengths of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as cross-campus collaboration. Send letter indicating leadership experience and philosophy, ideas about interdisciplinary education, and research interests along with c.v., names of four references with addresses and phone numbers, and selected samples of interdisciplinary work in teaching, research, and/or grant-seeking. In its commitment to diversity and equity, NC State seeks applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. Screening of materials begins November 1, 1999 continuing until position is filled. For further information see http://www2.ncsu.edu/ncsu/chass/mds/. Send materials to Chair, MDS Head Search Committee, Box 7107, NC State, Raleigh, NC 27695-7107.

The Division of Comparative Studies at Ohio State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in global studies of discourse and culture, beginning autumn 2000. Scholars with research and teaching interests in transnationalism, processes of globalization, postcoloniality, or in other areas that complement existing strengths of the Division are encouraged to apply. Comparative Studies is an interdisciplinary unit offering an M.A. in comparative cultural studies; a B.A. with concentrations in comparative literature, folklore, religious studies, and science studies; and minors in American studies and Asian American studies. Further information available at www.cohums.ohio-state.edu/comp. Applicants must have Ph.D. in hand at time of appointment. Please send letter of application, CV, and three letters of recommendation to: Abiola Irele, Chair, Discourse and Culture Search Committee Division of Comparative Studies The Ohio State University 308 Dulles Hall 230 W. Seventeenth Ave. Columbus, OH 43210-1311. To receive full consideration, applications must be received by October 29. OSU is an AA/EOE. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Il. Director of the program in Technical Communications and Information Design. Begin as early as January,2000. Rank open. Tenured or tenure-track position within the Lewis Department of Humanities. We seek candidates with proven leadership abilities who will work with I.I.T. faculty from a variety of fields to develop and expand our technical and professional communications programs. The ideal candidate will have significant publications and an ongoing research agenda in technical communications or related disciplines. We offer an M.S. degree, a B.S. degree,and two graduate certificates. Responsibilities will include administering and increasing the visibility of our graduate programs, directing the graduate curriculum and supervising master's theses and projects. We especially welcome candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: web, online, or document design; information management and design; or multimedia instruction. Salary and course load commensurate with rank and experience. EO/AAE. Send letter and dossier to Professor David Coogan, Search Committee, Lewis Dept. of Humanities, 3301 S. Dearborn, Siegel Hall, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL, 60616. For more information, go to http://www.iit.edu/departments/humanities/tcpgm. Email inquiries:coogan@iit.edu

ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLGY, CHICAGO, IL Assistant Professor, tenure track. Begin August 2000 The Lewis Department of Humanities seeks a teacher-scholar in any Humanistic discipline whose interests focus on the role of women in social, economic, or cultural change in Africa, Asia, or Latin America. We are especially interested in candidates whose research and teaching in the above areas complement the department's current strengths in the humanistic study of science, technology, architecture, and the city. We seek candidates who can develop curricula that will be of interest to IIT's diverse, international student body. Salary competitive. Ph.D. prior to appointment. Research promise; evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching. 3 courses per semester, undergraduate. To apply, send a 1-2 page statement, C.V., and three reference letters to: Thomas J. Misa, Chair; Search Committee; Lewis Department of Humanities; Illinois Institute of Technology; Chicago, IL 60616. Deadline 1 December, 1999. EO/AAE For more information: www.iit.edu/departments/humanities Email: misa@iit.edu Telephone: (312) 567-3465 Dear Colleagues

The Women and Gender Studies Program at North Carolina State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position to contribute to its new initiative on women and gender in science and engineering. Ideal candidates should have a Ph.D. in a social science field or a social-science related multidisciplinary area with a background in feminist scholarship, a research record in women's studies, and experience in or commitment to pursuing external grants. The Women's and Gender Studies Program reports to the Division of Multidisciplinary Studies. Please consult the MDS website http://www2.ncsu.edu/ncsu/chass/mds/index.html Review of applications begins on November 15, 1999 and will continue until the position is filled. Send letter of application, statement of research and teaching interest, a CV, and list of three references to Laura Severin, Box 7107, N.C. State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8105. In its commitment to diversity andequity, N.C. State seeks applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities desiring accomodations in the application process should contact Betty Swayne in the Division, at919/515-6964, 919/515/1828 (fax), or swayne@social.chass.ncsu.edu.

The Department of Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP) at Virginia Tech seeks to fill a tenure-track position in August 2000 at the assistant or associate professor level. The department will hire an individual with research and teaching interests in public policy generally but who also has special expertise in at least one of two areas: (1) policy, management, planning, or social aspects of information technology or 2) urban social policy. Candidates should have a Ph.D. Virginia Tech has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity, and, in that spirit, seeks a broad spectrum of candidates, including women, minorities, and people with disabilities. Application review will begin December 6, 1999 and continue until the position is filled. Please direct an application letter that specifies areas of expertise, including a curriculum vita and a list of four references with addresses and telephone numbers to: Dr. James Bohland, Dept. of Urban Affairs and Planning, 108 Architecture Annex, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA 24061. Telephone (540) 231-5517; FAX (540) 231-3367, jayjon@vt.edu

The Department of the History of Science at Harvard University invites applications to fill a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of the History of Science to begin July 1, 2000, with a focus on the history of the physical sciences and/or technology in the modern period (1750-present). We are open to various approaches – historical, sociological, anthropological, or philosophical. Candidates should be prepared to teach in the Department’s undergraduate and graduate programs and in the undergraduate tutorial program. Harvard University offers an attractive salary/benefits package, including paid leave and research support. Candidates will be expected to have completed the Ph.D. degree by July 1, 2000. Application deadline is November 15, 1999. Application materials should include a curriculum vitae and the names of appropriate references and be sent to: Professor Everett Mendelsohn, Chair, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University, Science Center 235, Cambridge, MA 02138 USA. Harvard University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. We particularly invite applications from women and minority candidates.

Editor--IEEE Technology and Society Magazine The Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) seeks applications and nominations for the position of Editor of IEEETechnology and Society Magazine (T&S) for a two year term (2001-2002). T&S is an award-winning magazine with circulation of over 3,000, including more than 2,000 members and affiliates of SSIT and approximately 800 research libraries. The scope of the magazine includes environmental, health and safety implications of technology; engineering ethics and professional responsibility; history of electrotechnology; technical expertise and public policy; and social issues related to energy, information technology and telecommunications. SSIT also employs and provides the Editor with the services of a professional Managing Editor, who works with and assists the Editor on editorial matters, and who coordinates the production of the Magazine. The position of Editor is a voluntary, non-salaried position. Questions, applications and nominations should be directed to: Joseph R. Herkert SSIT Publications Chair Division of Multidisciplinary StudiesBox 7107 North Carolina State University Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7107

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. The Department of Science and Technology Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position open at the assistant professor level. Completed PhD preferred. The ideal candidate should have active research and teaching interests in science, technology, and society (STS). Priority will be given to people with experience in (1) nineteenth or twentieth century history of, or historical approaches to, science, technology, or design; and (2) concern with policy, values, or institutional decision-making. The department offers a full range of STS degree programs from BS to PhD, and the successful candidate is expected to contribute to both undergraduate and graduate programs. The candidate is also expected to work well in an interdisciplinary environment that includes the humanities and social sciences at the department level as well as, preferably, the architecture and engineering disciplines in Rensselaer's new multidisciplinary, undergraduate program in product design and innovation. The department has a particular interest in gender, power, and race issues. Rensselaer is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women and members of minority groups. Send CV, three letters of reference, and one example of work to John Schumacher, Chair, STS Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York 12180-3590. Screening will begin December 1, 1999, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received after December 1, 1999, cannot be guaranteed full consideration. Starting date is August, 2000.

 


PUBLICATIONS

BOOKS

The 2nd edition of The Social Shaping of Technology, edited by Donald MacKenzie and Judy Wajcman, was published in March 1999 by Open University Press. * How does social context affect the development of technology? * What is the relationship between technology and gender? * Is production technology shaped by efficiency or by social control? The book draws on authors from Karl Marx to Cynthia Cockburn to show that production technology is shaped by social relations in the workplace. It moves on to the technologies of the household and biological reproduction, which are topics that male-dominated social science has tended to ignore or trivialise – though these are actually of crucial significance where powerful shaping factors are at work, normally unnoticed. The final section asks what shapes the most frightening technology of all – the technology of weaponry, especially nuclear weapons. The first edition of this reader, published in 1985, had a considerable influence on thinking about the relationship between technology and society. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and expanded to take into account new research and the emergence of new theoretical perspectives. Open University Press, to order this book, contact: enquiries@openup.co.uk http://www.openup.co.uk

The Proceedings of the 4th Int. History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Conference, held in Calgary in June 1997 are now available on CD. TOWARD SCIENTIFIC LITERACY: THE HISTORY & PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE AND SCIENCE TEACHING Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference -Calgary, Alberta, Canada - June 21-24, 1997. Edited by Linda Lentz and Ian Winchester. Calgary, AB: Faculty of Education, University of Calgary, 1999. Compact Disk Format. 991 pages. Publications Office, Faculty of Education University of Calgary 2500 University Drive NW Calgary, Alberta, CANADA T2N 1N4 hpsst@ucalgary.ca

The 8th edition of Technology and the Future, edited by Albert H. Teich, has been published by Bedford/St. Martin's. The book, which seeks to provide a balanced treatment of technology and society issues, has been in print since 1972 and is used widely in college and university courses in STS and many disciplines at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Eleven of the 27 readings in the book are new to the 8th edition. Authors represented include Leo Marx, Neil Postman, Langdon Winner, Nicholas Negroponte, Thomas Hughes, E.F. Schumacher, Wendell Berry, and Richard Sclove. Topics range from social construction of technology to futurism and technological forecasting, the revolution in genetics, the changing character of work, and electronic privacy. The table of contents, preface, links to other works by the chapter authors, and many other STS resources can be found on Al Teich's new web site, http://www.alteich.com. Faculty considering using the book in a course can request an examination copy by e-mail from: faculty_services@bfwpub.com or by phone from 1-800-446-8923

 


ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS

DARWIN-AND-DARWINISMN listserve is replacing the old address darwin-and-darwinism@sheffield.ac.uk to new address at darwin-and-darwinism@egroups.com The moderators decided to move it to a more convenient host at eGroups.com, but the old site and its subscriber list got deleted before the (179) subscribers could be moved. We therefore ask old subscribers, as well as new people interested in the topics mentioned below, to subscribe anew: see end of message for instructions. This is is a forum for discussion of any and all matters concerned with evolution. This means Darwin, his life and theories, Darwinian scholarship, including other approaches to evolution in the past and present. It is also intended to include findings, debates, concepts and philosophical disscussions about Darwinian ideas in other disciplines as well. Forum Moderator: Prof. Robert M. Young Editor, Science as Culture robert@rmy1.demon.co.uk Co-Moderator: Ian Pitchford Ian.Pitchford@scientist.com To subscribe, write to darwin-and-darwinism-subscribe@egroups.com or join via the web site. The messages of the group are found at http://www.egroups.com/list/radical-science/

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GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Dear Colleagues: With great sadness and regret I must inform you of the sudden death of Dr. Richard Hadden, our esteemed colleague. As you know, Dr. Hadden organized the last 4S meeting in Halifax and was a candidate for 4S Council in the election this year. Gary Bowden will organize a session in Rick's honor in San Diego. Wesley Shrum.

THE BRITISH SOCIETY FOR THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE IVAN SLADE PRIZE. The British Society for the History of Science is pleased to announce the inauguration of a new prize generously donated by one of its members, Dr. Ivan Slade. The competition will take place biennially, and the prize of GBP 300 is offered for an essay (published or unpublished) that makes a critical contribution to the history of science. Examples would be scholarly work that critically engages a prevalent interpretation of a historical episode, scientific innovation or scientific controversy. The prize will be awarded for the first time in 1999 and submissions are now invited. There is no age limit, and entry is not limited to members of BSHS or UK citizens. Entries should be in English, and should have been published or written in the two years prior to the closing date. They should not exceed 10,000 words in length and should be accompanied by an abstract of 500 words. Three copies of the essay and abstract should be sent to the BSHS Secretary, Dr. Jeff Hughes, CHSTM, Maths Tower, University of Manchester, Manchester. M13 9PL, to arrive by 31 October 1999.

Readers of Technoscience are invited to join CPSR.  Computer Professionals for Social Resonibility (CPSR) bridges the worlds of thought and action, speaking to truth to power in the politics of information technology.  With a membership in the thousands, CPSR's activist members have a long record of working together to realize the public interest.  When founded in 1983 CPSR was a leader in correcting misconceptions of the technical reliability of the Star Wars/SDI system.  CPSR later pioneered civil liberty advocacy in cyberspace.   It also helped launch community networks throughout the U.S.  Today CPSR is promoting free speech and social responsibility in the governing institutions for the Internet.  For readers of Technoscience, CPSR offers many opportunities to participate in the social shaping of technology and society. Translate thought into action -- join CPSR! www.cpsr.org  Hans Klein, Chairman of the Board, CPSR and Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Georgia Tech.



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