Newsletter of the Society for Social Studies of Science
Spring 2000: Volume 13, Number 3
GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL AWARDS AVAILABLE FOR 2001 ANNUAL MEETING
The 4S Council has received a small grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to support graduate student travel to the 4S Annual Meeting in Cambridge, Massachusetts, October 31-November 4. The application deadline is July 15, 2001.
Application information should be sent in the text of an email to Professor Kim Fortun: email@example.com . Applications must be graduate students presenting a paper at the conference, and a member of 4S. For complete details, see the announcement at the end of this issue.
IEEE 2001 Conference on the History of Telecommunications
25-27 July 2001, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Submission Deadline: 2 March 2001
The IEEE History Committee and the IEEE History Center at Rutgers University are organizing a conference on the history of telecommunications to be held at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's. As telecommunications become ever more important economically, politically, and socially, it is important to understand better their historical development. The variety of technologies is considerable, including, among others, telegraphy, telephony, radio, television, satellite communications, and computer networks. Yet there are a great many common themes, such as invention-push vs. market-pull; natural monopolies, government regulation, and international agreements; enabling technologies (such as microprocessors); establishment of standards; and a wide range of economic, political, and social implications. The emphasis of this conference will be on events of the last 50 years, although papers on all periods will be considered. Most papers will deal, at least in part, with the technologies themselves; some of the participants will be engineers who have participated in the developments.
The conference will consist of two and a half days of paper presentations and discussions, shared breakfasts and lunches, and optional evening activities and excursions in St John’s, the historic city where Marconi received the first transatlantic radio signal in 1901. St. John’s is a beautiful port city with much tourist appeal (including the first successful transatlantic cable station to which an excursion is planned). Moreover, participants’ costs need not be large, as it will be possible to room at the university and breakfasts and lunches will be included in the modest conference fee.
The General Chair of the conference is Dr. Martha Sloan; the Local Arrangements Chair is Wallace Read; the Program Co-Chairs are Dr. Frederik Nebeker and Dr. Michael Geselowitz. If you are interested in attending and presenting a paper, please send a proposed title, a one-paragraph abstract, and complete contact information by 2 March 2001 to: Program Co-Chairs, IEEE 2001 Conference on the History of Telecommunications, IEEE History Center, Rutgers University, 39 Union Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8538. Contact us by mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out our website: http://www.ieee.org/history_center/.
Important note: There will also be a student paper competition for IEEE Student Members. Regional winners will have an opportunity to have their way paid to the conference to present their contribution. Interested IEEE Student Members should contact the Program Co-Chairs above as soon as possible.
3rd International Summer Academy on Technology Studies:
User Involvement In Technological Innovation, July 8 – 14, 2001, Deutschlandsberg, Austria
The Summer Academy is organised by Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture (IFZ), Graz, in cooperation with University of Twente, Centre for Studies of Science, Technology and Society (WMW), and Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE), Department of Innovation Studies and History of Technology.
The general aim of this sequence of summer academies is to explore strategies for a more sustainable design of technologies as an issue of science and technology studies. An important issue within this context is the role of users in technological innovations and perspectives for a more active involvement of users. This issue raises questions such as: Would participative design processes improve the quality of innovations from the perspective of users? Do users have design-relevant knowledge and how can this knowledge be incorporated into technology development? Is it possible to organise user involvement effectively or do such strategies belong to the realm of symbolic policy making? We certainly will also have to ask questions like: What are the limits of user involvement? Who are the users (e.g. of technologies not yet developed?) and who speaks on behalf of users?
The summer academy shall provide a platform to combine both, theoretical analysis and practical policy questions of shaping technological change in a environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive way. An important aim of the summer academy also is to establish closer links to Central and Eastern European countries regarding the joint effort of shaping technology as a means of social and economic change. Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture will provide grants for researchers from CEE countries which cover accommodation and fees.
Participants are encouraged to present a paper related to the conference topic. Please submit a one page abstract and a maximum of one page on your work and research background. The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 30, 2001. A maximum of 40 participants will be accepted.
For further information on programme or registration, please visit our web site: http://www.ifz.tu-graz.ac.at/sumacad/
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Postgraduate Forum on Genetics and Society
5th Colloquium, June 21-22, 2001, University of Nottingham
The Postgraduate Forum on Genetics and Society (PFGS) will convene for its fifth colloquium on 21-22 June 2001 at the Genetics and Society Unit, University of Nottingham. The colloquium offers the unique opportunity to graduate researchers across Europe in the fields of science studies, sociology, philosophy, history, law, cultural studies, anthropology and genetics to meet in an informal and friendly environment to present and discuss their research on aspects of the new genetics. If you would like to register for the colloquium or are interested in presenting a paper, please contact the colloquium organizer Filippa Corneliussen at firstname.lastname@example.org, Genetics and Society Unit, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK. The closing date for registration is 1 June 2001.
To find out more about us and our colloquia, visit the PFGS website: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/~lqzweb/genetics/pfgs
PRODUCING AND CONSUMING NATURES American Society for Environmental History, Denver, Colorado March 20-23, 2002
The conference seeks to explore the various ways humans have historically drawn nature into their lives -- through working and imagining, devouring and debating, transforming and transporting it. We encourage papers on the human history of nature as symbol as well as substance, in popular culture and consumption as well as production and extraction. By framing nature as plural, we also invite topics that engage a diversity of views about what nature is or should be, within or across cultures.
The program committee STRONGLY ENCOURAGES proposals for complete panels with two to three individual papers, a chair, and a commentator. Although we also welcome individual paper proposals, such proposals are more difficult to accommodate than full panels. The committee is seeking proposals from scholars across a broad range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Interdisciplinary panels are particularly encouraged.
Proposals must include FIVE copies of the following:
1) For panel proposals, provide a cover sheet with:
a. the title of the panel;
b. a 250-word abstract for the panel;
c. the title of each paper and the full name, title if applicable (e.g., professor), and affiliation (e.g., university) of each presenter;
d. the name, title, and affiliation of the chair and commentator (it is preferable to have different individuals for chair and commentator); and
e. the name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the contact person for the panel. (This information will be used to identify participants in the conference program)
2) For each paper proposal (including those on an organized panel), submit a 250-word abstract of the paper,
3) A short (two-page maximum) CV for each participant.
The deadline for submission is June 1, 2001.
Please send all five copies to: Christopher Sellers, Department of History, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY 11794. Tel: (631) 632-7514. For more information, please contact members of the program committee: Christopher Sellers email@example.com , Dale Goble firstname.lastname@example.org , Don Hughes email@example.com, and Jennifer Price firstname.lastname@example.org.
The NSF Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science, and Technology (SDEST) program is encouraging proposals for the upcoming August 1, 2001 target date. 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.
SDEST considers proposals that examine the full range of questions that arise in the interactions of science, technology, and society. It provides a home at NSF for research on the ethical, legal, economic, and political contexts for knowledge production and innovation. EVS is particularly interested in analysis of ethical questions surrounding new developments in biotechnology and information technology and of the value issues associated with social and individual choices concerning them. RST is particularly interested in projects that examine the implications of strategies for research support, and the outcomes of those strategies. Both program components are interested in the area of research ethics. For EVS, this is a core concern. For RST, issues of research ethics that have implications for research productivity and outcomes are important.
The SDEST announcement (NSF99-82) can be accessed at http://www.nsf.gov:80/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf9982; suggestions for applicants and information about prior awards are available at http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/ses/sdest/start.htm.
Other NSF Funding Opportunities
NSF has several ongoing initiatives with upcoming deadlines for applications, that scholars interested in ethical and social dimensions of science and technology might want to know about. One focuses on issues for minorities and women in the information technology workforce; the other focuses on environmental concerns.
The first is the Information Technology Workforce (ITWF). Details of the program announcement are posted on the Web at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2001/nsf0133/nsf0133.htm. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 19, 2001.
The other is the Biocomplexity in the Environment special competition, which has a deadline of March 16, 2001. It "promotes comprehensive, integrated investigations of environmental systems using advanced scientific and engineering methods. The concept of biocomplexity stresses the richness of biological systems and their capacity for adaptation and self-organizing behavior. By placing biocomplexity studies in an environmental context, this competition emphasizes research with the following characteristics: (a) a high degree of interdisciplinarity; (b) a focus on complex environmental systems that include interactions of non-human biota or humans; and (c) a focus on systems with high potential for exhibiting nonlinear behavior."
Within the Biocomplexity in the Environment initiative, the area of most interest for social scientists and scholars of environmental ethics is Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH), described at http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2001/nsf0134/nsf0134.htm. The web address for the Biocomplexity in the Environment program announcement is: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2001/nsf0134/nsf0134.htm.
In addition to the above programs, new funding opportunities at NSF often appear through special initiatives. One such initiative is the Information Technology Research initiative; see http://www.itr.nsf.gov/for more details. As well, the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency sponsor a joint program in areas of environmental research. The announcement for "Decision Making and Valuation for Environmental Policy," can be found in the NSF/EPA page: http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/epa/start.htm. You can go directly to the various announcement formats at: http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf00152.
On October 1, 2000 the National Science Foundation began to REQUIRE (with some minor exceptions) ALL proposals prepared for NSF consideration to be submitted via FastLane. Investigators planning to submit proposals to SDEST should take steps to comply with this requirement by making contact with their institution's Sponsored Programs Offices WELL IN ADVANCE of the program's next target date. ALL researchers with institutional affiliations should use FastLane. Individual applicants should contact FastLane well in advance also, to determine precise mechanisms for applying without institutional affiliation.
For further information about FastLane, please consult the FastLane Website: http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/, or Gail Williams of NSF's Division of Information Services email@example.com, or Philip Johnson, SBE Computer Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org. For information about the SDEST program, contact Program Director Rachelle Hollander, email@example.com . For information about SDEST dissertation awards, contact Program Director John Perhonis, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Minister of Research (France) is offering one-year post-doctoral research positions to foreign scholars under 35 years of age. Pending budget approval, the Centre Alexandre Koyré would like to welcome a post-doctoral candidate in the field of history of contemporary science and technology beginning in the Fall of 2001. Applicants have to submit a one page description of their research project (preferably in French) and a curriculum vitae by February 14th. In the project description, the candidate should present the problematic of the project, and its theoretical relevance and methodology, as well as his/her motivation. Further, the candidate must explain how the postdoctoral position will enhance the relationship between the home department and the Centre Alexandre Koyré (one short paragraph). The selected candidate will be notified by May 2001.
Located in Paris, the Centre Alexandre Koyré is affiliated with the Museum of Natural History, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and the Conseil national de la recherche scientifique. For further information on the postdoctoral position, please contact Amy Dahan Dahan@damesme.cnrs.fr, adjunct-director, or Stéphane Castonguay Castonguay@damesme.cnrs.fr, postdoctoral researcher. More information on the Centre is available at: http://www.ehess.fr/centres/koyre/Centre_A_KOYRE.html.
Science, Technology and Society Lectureship
Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA
The Science, Technology and Society Program at Stanford University seeks to fill a three-year lectureship (beginning September 2001), with the possibility of renewal. Applications from candidates with any appropriate disciplinary training are welcomed. Strong teaching and research experience in science and technology studies, familiarity with a range of real-world STS issues, ability to illuminate such issues with STS theoretical materials, and the ability to work productively in an interdisciplinary environment are required. The successful applicant should be able to offer introductory and advanced course in STS that deal with both the contemporary and historical aspects of modern science and technology.
Send a letter of application, cv, three letters of recommendation, and a description of four sample courses (including one for a senior colloquium required of all majors) by March 1, 2001 to: STS Lectureship Search, Science, Technology and Society Program, Stanford University, Building 370 ,Stanford, CA 94305-2120.
Applicants who have already submitted materials for the History of Modern Science and Technology position need only send a letter and sample course descriptions to be considered. Stanford University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that especially encourages the applications of women and minority candidates.
PROGRAMS OF SUPPORT FROM THE IEEE HISTORY CENTER
The IEEE History Center offers three different programs of support annually for young scholars pursuing the history of electrical engineering and computing: An Internship for a junior graduate student, a Dissertation Fellowship for an advanced graduate student or recent Ph.D.; and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship for a recent Ph.D. The Internship and the Dissertation Fellowship are funded by the IEEE Life members Committee; the Post-Doc is funded by Rutgers University. The Internship and the Post-Doc require residence at the IEEE History Center, on the Rutgers University Campus in new Brunswick, New Jersey; there is no residency requirement for the Dissertation Fellowship. The IEEE History Center is pleased to announce the competitions for the 2001 awards:
IEEE History Center Internship, 2001
Scholars at the beginning of their career studying the history of electrical technology and computing are invited to contact the Center to be considered for a paid internship at the Center's offices on the Rutgers University campus in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
The intern program seeks to provide research experience for graduate students in the history of electrical and computer technologies, while enlisting the help of promising young scholars for the Center's projects. The intern generally works full-time for two months at the History Center on a Center project that is connected to his or her own area of interest. This time is usually during the summer, but other arrangements will be considered. Interns are also encouraged to consult with the Center's staff and its associates, and guided to research resources in the area. The internship is designed for those near the beginning or middle of their graduate careers, but advanced undergraduates and advanced graduates will also be considered. Special consideration is often given to scholars from outside the United States who might not otherwise have an opportunity to visit historical resources in this country.
The stipend paid to the intern is US$3,500, but additional funds may be available to defray travel costs, depending on the intern's circumstances.
There is no formal application form. To apply, please mail a curriculum vitae showing your studies in electrical history along with a cover letter describing the sort of project you would be interested in doing. The deadline for contacting the IEEE History Center is 30 March 2001.
IEEE Fellowship In Electrical History, Academic Year 2001/2002
The IEEE Fellowship in Electrical History supports either one year of full-time graduate work in the history of electrical science and technology at a college or university of recognized standing, or up to one year of post-doctoral research for a scholar in this field who has received his Ph.D. within the past three years. The current stipend is $15,000
Candidates with undergraduate degrees in engineering, the sciences, or the humanities are eligible for the Fellowship. For pre-doctoral applicants, however, the award is conditional upon acceptance of the candidate into an appropriate graduate program in history at a school of recognized standing. In addition, pre-doctoral recipients may not hold or subsequently receive other fellowships, but they may earn up to $5,000 for work that is directly related to their graduate studies. Pre-doctoral Fellows must pursue full-time graduate work and evidence of satisfactory academic performance is required. These restrictions do not apply to post-doctoral applicants.
The Fellow is selected on the basis of the candidate's potential for pursuing research in and contributing to electrical history. This completed application packet should be sent to the Chairman, IEEE Fellowship in Electrical History Committee, IEEE History Center, Rutgers--The State University of New Jersey, 39 Union Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8538. The deadline for receipt of applications is 1 February. Applicants will be notified of the results by 15 April.
The IEEE Fellowship in Electrical Engineering History is administered by the IEEE History Committee and supported by the IEEE Life Members Committee. Application forms are available on-line or by request from the IEEE History Center (see below). The deadline for completed applications is 1 February.
Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Electrical History, Academic Yr. 2001/2002 (NOTE: Pending final approval)
The History Department and the IEEE History Center of Rutgers University announce a post-doctoral position for one year, renewable up to three additional years, in the history of electrical engineering and computing, beginning Fall 2001 (pending final approval).
The post-doc will participate in the IEEE History Center's program of preserving, researching and promoting the history of electrical engineering and computing and will be expected to conduct original research in related topics. In addition, the Post-doc will teach undergraduate courses in the area of the history of technology for the History Department, typically one or two courses per year, and will participate broadly in the intellectual life of the Department, a top-rated program which features a new graduate major field in the history of technology, the environment, and health.
Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in the history of technology or a related field, and must demonstrate the potential to conduct professional-quality scholarship in the history of electrical or computer technologies, broadly defined. Teaching experience and a background in communicating with engineers or a non-academic audience are all desirable. Applicants should submit a letter of interest, including a description of areas of research interest, curriculum vitae, writing sample (article or dissertation chapter), and three letters of recommendation. The deadline for completed applications is 30 April 2001.
IEEE and Rutgers are AA/EO employers. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply for all positions.
The IEEE History Center is cosponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), the world's largest professional technical society, and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. The mission of the Center is to preserve, research, and promote the legacy of electrical engineering and computing. The Center can be contacted at: IEEE History Center Rutgers University 39 Union Street New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8538. Email: email@example.com, website: http://www.ieee.org/history_center/.
Literature Review Request
The NSF/Division of Science Resources Studies plans to fund literature reviews about the implications of IT for science. For a description and information on how to apply, go to www.nsf.gov/bfa/cpo/contract/sol.htm
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Requests for Quotes (RFQ)
RFQ CPO 000015
Implications of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Science Solicitation
The deadline for delivery of quotes (i.e., proposals) in hard copy to the NSF contracts office is 4 PM on March 30, 2001.
Contact Eileen Collins by phone or fax for further information: 703-292-7768, 703-292-9091.
Bonnie Kaplan Honored: Bonnie Kaplan was inducted as a fellow of The American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) at an invitational dinner held during the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) 2000 Annual Symposium. ACMI, founded in 1984, is an honorary organization of fellows who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of medical informatics. Bonnie also received the President's Award at the AMIA 2000 Annual Meeting. The President's Award is given to members of the association who have performed ongoing significant work on behalf of AMIA. Bonnie received the award for her recent work in spearheading the formulation of AMIA's Strategic Vision in Consumer Health Informatics and as Chair of the People and Organizational Issues Working Group. AMIA, formed in 1990, is a 3,200 member organization of individuals, institutions, and corporations dedicated to developing and using information technologies to improve health care. Bonnie Kaplan, Ph.D., is President of Kaplan Associates, a lecturer at the Yale Center for Medical Informatics and a member of Yale University's Interdisciplinary Bioethics Project, and a Senior Scientist at Boston University's Medical Information Systems Unit.
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