Newsletter of the Society for Social Studies of Science
Executive Editor: Linda Layne
Managing Editors:Lane DeNicola, Hector Postigo

Fall 2003: Volume 17, Number 3
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Last update: November 22, 2003


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Call for Papers
Job Opportunities
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From the Editors

Welcome back to Technoscience, the official newsletter of the Society for Social Studies of Science. We hope you have had a productive summer and are ready to return for the academic year. In this issue we have some announcements, and the most up-to-date version of the 4S conference schedule. We also bid farewell to Torin Monahan, one of our managing editors. Torin is now Assistant Professor in ASU’s School of Justice Studies. Congratulations to Torin for a job well done. We welcome Hector Postigo as new managing co-editor. Hector is a doctoral student at RPI writing his dissertation on digital copyright.

4S Conference Announcements

Election of 4S Student Representatives

Are you interested in becoming the next student representative for 4S? It provides the opportunity to shape student activities at the 4S conference, including social events and discussion forums of interest to students (e.g., panels on post-docs, jobs, how to publish). Other activities include the North/South book project and Grad exchange (see You will also attend 4S Council meetings as a representative of student concerns. The 4S student section is growing, and you'll have a chance to help that happen!

If you are interested in standing as 4S student representative or taking part in the organising committee please let Stefan or me know. Volunteers will be asked to write about 150 words introducing themselves and what they would like to do with the position. This statement should reach us by 3 October. It will then be sent out on the listserv before the conference and a vote will be held at the student section business meeting on Friday 17 October.

If you have any questions just ask either Stefan or myself.

Robert Doubleday (4S Student Rep 2001-2003)
Stefan Sperling (4S Student Rep 2002-2004)

4S Grad Student Book Exchange Project

In response to a plea made by Alexis De Greiff (of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia) at last year's 4S conference plenary session, several graduate students have been discussing ways of obtaining STS books for the departments of society members who work in poorly funded institutions.

Our first concrete effort will be to sponsor a book drive at the upcoming 4S meeting in Atlanta, for donation to Alexis and his colleagues. Please bring any "surplus" volumes in the STS field that you own to 4S. These books can be donated during the 6S business meeting on Friday at lunchtime (12:15-1:30), at the graduate student party that evening (9 pm on), or by depositing them in a marked box near the registration area. It would be helpful if the titles of books to be donated were emailed in advance to Shobita Parthasarathy, at:

We will accept voluntary donations ($3-5 suggested) from those who attend the grad student party at 4S. These will help subsidize the cost of shipping books, which is the project's most significant challenge.
If you would like more information about this book exchange project and its participants, please go to and click on North/South Book Project. We will post a wish list of books from Alexis's department on our site, once we receive it.

We have developed several other ideas about ways to contribute books to faculty in the global South and are eager to have more participants in this conversation. If you are interesting in assisting with the book exchange effort, please contact Rick Duque (, Aryn Martin (, or Eve Buckley (

General Announcements

Warwick H. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed Robert Turell Professor of Medical History and Population Health and Chair of the Department of Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2003, Basic Books published his book on the history of medicine and social thoughts in Australia, The Cultivation of Whiteness: Science, Health, and Racial Destiny in Australia.  Currently he is completing a book on the history of tropical medicine and ideas of race in the colonial Philippines. His next project concerns the history of investigations of kuru in the highlands of New Guinea.

Conferences, Lectures, & Workshops

Joseph Priestley, Universal Catalyst: A Bicentennial Celebration of His Life
National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Philadelphia, Aug 22-26, 2004

This is an international symposium celebrating the life of Joseph Priestley (1733 - 1804), at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during the week of August 22-26, 2004. It is sponsored by the Society's Division of the History of Chemistry. An American chemical icon, Priestley's Pennsylvania home has been described by ACS president Edgar Fahs Smith as a mecca for American chemists and his name graces the highest award given by the ACS. The Philadelphia ACS meeting brings together the unique conjuncture of the bicentennial of Priestley's death and the city in which his influence was so strongly felt, far beyond the realm of his science. As the capital of the United States in 1794, when Priestley arrived upon being driven from England for his heterodox views, advocacy of separation of church and state, and early support of the French Revolution, Philadelphia provides a singular setting for this symposium. Here Priestley met President George Washington, preached to John Adams, became a friend and educational advisor to Thomas Jefferson (his most prominent political disciple), and discussed medicine and chemistry with Benjamin Rush. The First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia originated in sermons Priestley gave there. Priestley's quest for universal truth indelibly imprinted his time-- and our own -- not only in science but in education, theology, and political philosophy. This Symposium intends to provide context for these achievements and show how broadly Priestley has impacted our culture, using Philadelphia -- home of his close friend Benjamin Franklin and birthplace of our nation -- as the historic setting. Contact Professor Roy Olofson at The Pennsylvania State University, for further information.
Please visit our new Web site:

Faculty Development Workshop: Integrating Ethics Into Environmental Studies: Ethics, Science, and Civic Responsibility
May 24-27, 2004, New York University

Cosponsored by:
Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs Center for Humans and Nature Environmental Conservation Education Program, New York University

There is a general consensus among scholars and scientists that the world is experiencing a global environmental crisis. However, there is no consensus as to the extent of the crisis, the appropriate responses to it, and--most importantly--the moral principles that should guide efforts to address global environmental problems.
Starting in the mid-1980s, academic institutions responded to this new challenge by developing interdisciplinary environmental studies programs. Over the last two decades educators have struggled to address the crisis by combining scientific knowledge with an awareness of the diverse geographic, cultural, political, and economic realities that affect the environment. Yet in this process the ethical dimensions of environmental issues have been poorly attended to. While many college-level environmental programs in the United States offer courses on environmental ethics, the overarching goal of devising tools for systematically examining environmental ethics and values in social science and natural science curricula is under-achieved.

The primary goal of this three and a half day workshop which builds upon a Carnegie Council faculty development workshop hosted by Holy Cross College (Worcester, MA) in May 2003--is to devise intellectual and pedagogical tools that will enable faculty to incorporate an understanding of environmental ethics and values into their research and teaching. In addition to the themes described above, this workshop will focus on two subjects related to these objectives: first, the development of the concept of "ecological citizenship" as a component of environmental ethics and environmental education; and second, overcoming the gap between the academy and those public and private organizations involved in environmental advocacy and protection.

"Ecological citizenship" refers to a set of normative goals in environmental education that extend from the substantive civic obligations necessary for the creation of what Harvard professor Robert Putnam termed "social capital." According to this concept, the healthiest public sphere is one in which citizens see their moral obligations to each other to be fulfilled not simply through minimal acts of citizenship, such as voting, but through more active involvement in public affairs. Ecological citizenship extends these ideas from the social realm, involving only humans, to the natural world as well. The question is whether and how integrating ethics into environmental education can enable students to see themselves as members of a community that encompasses both humans and nature and hence to see that their civic obligations to their communities are not limited to obligations to each other but to taking an active interest in critical environmental issues.

If the creation of better ecological citizens is seen as a worthy goal of environmental education, then it is necessary to first overcome the tendency for insularity in academic discourse on topics such as this one. Too often those in the academy working on environmental problems seek only to communicate with each other. Accordingly, this faculty development workshop will also focus on the question of how to create opportunities for those in the academy working on these issues to better serve those in public agencies and NGO's who grapple with these problems on the ground.

The workshop is open to faculty involved in environmental studies at the undergraduate level and within professional schools. We especially welcome applications from faculty interested in developing environmental studies programs within their home institution. Participants are selected on a competitive basis through the application process described below. We strive to reach a balance between the number of faculty in the social and physical sciences to help to ensure that the full range of ethical issues that affect the study of environmental problems are considered.

The workshop will feature talks and discussion sessions led by guest scholars and practitioners in the field (including Andrew Light and Dale Jamieson from NYU). Topics will include approaches to ethics, environmental ethics, the international dimensions of environmental ethics, the concept of ecological citizenship, politically engaged environmental studies, pedagogies, and organizational aspects of environmental studies programs. In addition, two or more sessions will be devoted to topics of specific interest to the selected participants, who will be invited to lead those sessions.
Local accommodations and meals will be provided to all participants for the duration of the workshop on the Washington Square campus of New York University, in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village. In addition, participants will receive in advance of the workshop a CD-Rom containing relevant readings and sample syllabi. Participants must arrange their own travel to and from New York.

Applications must include:

Completed applications must be received by January 15, 2004; selected participants will be notified by February 15, 2004. Applications may be sent by email or post to:

Yesim Yemni
Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs
170 East 64th Street New York, NY 10021
(212) 838-4120

Please feel free to copy this message to any list which may find it of interest.

Science and Technology in Context: An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference
April 24th – 25th, 2004

Sponsored by: The National Science Foundation George Mason University The George Washington University Virginia Polytechnic Institute

When: April 24th – 25th, 2004

Where: American Association for the Advancement of Science Headquarters, Washington, DC

Abstract Deadline: January 30th, 2004

This annual conference provides a forum for ideas on theory and application of science and technology (S&T) as components of global society. Graduate students from all kinds of disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs are invited to present their research of S&T in contexts ranging from local to global, public to private, micro- to macro-scale, speculative to legal, and history to future. In addition to presenting their papers, students will have the opportunity to interact with each other, as well as scholars and professionals in their field(s) of interest.
The conference organizing committee welcomes submissions of abstracts (up to 250 words) for a 10-15 minute presentation. Abstracts may be submitted via email to by January 30th, 2004. Responses to submitted abstracts will be given by March 1st, 2004. Final papers will be included on the conference website. We seek submissions from graduate students that are related, but not limited to the role of S&T in the following thematic areas:

Information concerning area lodging will be made available on the conference website by January 30, 2004. Travel funding is available for a limited number of presenters. Students in need of travel funds should indicate so when submitting their abstract. For further information, please visit the conference website at:

Abstracts are now invited for papers, posters, symposia and workshops at the second International Conference on Communication in Healthcare organised by EACH (European Association for Communication in Healthcare).

The conference will take place in Bruges, Belgium, 14-17 September 2004 and will address the following topics:

Authors should submit abstracts by 1 February 2004 online according to the guidelines at:

For further information and to register for a copy of the final programme, please visit:

or contact Gill Heaton at the Conference Secretariat at .

Call for Papers

Spring School and Conference: "SITES OF KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION"
March 9-12, 2004, University of Basel,Switzerland

The Spring School is jointly organized by Science, Technology and Science Studies in Switzerland ( and The Institute for Science Studies at the University of Basel (
Scientific committee:

- Prof. Dr. Sabine Maasen
- Dr. Martina Merz
- Dr. Martin Lengwiler
- Dr. Bernhard Truffer

The theme "sites of knowledge production" is to be understood in a broad sense: It refers to spatial dimensions of knowledge work with a focus on the locales, places or regions in which specific forms of knowledge are routinely produced. It refers also to delocalized institutional settings (networks, events, discourse arenas, etc.) which serve as temporary platforms for knowledge production. The question is raised how the different settings interrelate with scientific, technological or other practices, cultures, and institutions. Special emphasis is placed on how processes of knowledge production are socially, culturally, and historically situated, embedded, and contextualized.
Come and join the Spring School!

For further details, please visit

Job Opportunities

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 2004. This position may be appointed on a one or two year Visiting Scientist Appointment or under the terms of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Program.

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. Program Directors are also expected to engage in NSF-wide initiatives and interagency collaborations.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, and must be active in research in some area covered by the program. They should show evidence of initiative, administrative skill, and ability to work well with others. Six or more years of research experience beyond the Ph.D. are required for appointment as Program Director. The salary range, which includes a locality pay adjustment is from $81,602-$127,158 per annum depending on qualification and experience, and is comparable with academic salaries at major US institutions.

Please direct inquiries and expressions of interest to Dr. Richard O. Lempert, Division Director of the Division of Social and Economic Sciences, phone: (703) 292-7391; e-mail: ; or Dr. Keith Benson, Program Director, Science and Technology Studies, phone: (703) 292-8763, e-mail: ; or Mrs. Bonney Sheahan, coordinator of the cluster housing the STS program, phone: (703) 292-8764, or e-mail: . All are located in Suite 995, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, fax: (703) 292-9068.

Qualified persons who are women, ethnic/racial minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Hearing impaired individuals should call TDD: 703-292-8044.

The National Science Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to employing highly qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our nation.

Assistant Professor-Environmental Studies
College of Arts and Sciences, Seton Hall University

The College of Arts and Sciences at Seton Hall University invites applications for an entry-level Assistant Professorship, pending budgetary approval. Candidates in any field of study whose research focuses on Environmental Studies are encouraged to apply. Specialization in Environmental Science with expertise in spectroscopy, toxicology, geology, landscape ecology , water resources or waste management OR Environmental issues within the Humanities and / or Social Sciences, with expertise in fields such as Geography, Environmental Ethics, Environmental Law, Environmental Politics, and other related fields, are welcome.

Teaching load 4/4 with a regular one course reduction each semester for research and service; teaching regularly includes core courses and upper-level courses in specialty.  Send letter of application, vitae, three letters of reference, and a two-page statement of philosophy outlining relationship between research / teaching interests and the College's commitment to developing an inter-disciplinary Environmental Studies major, to Chair of Search Committee, C/O Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Fahy Hall, Seton Hall University, 400 South Orange Avenue, S. Orange, NJ 07079.  Deadline:  Dec 1, 2003.

Departments to which successful candidates may be appointed include Biology, Chemistry, History and Geography, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Religious Studies, and Sociology.

Seton Hall University, a diocesan Roman Catholic university, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.

Assistant Professor-Environmental Policy
The Policy Sciences Division at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)

The Policy Sciences Division at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning September 2004. The successful candidate must have research interests that integrate social science and environmental policy and must hold a Ph.D. in economics, sociology, public policy, or other appropriate social science discipline. A range of specializations within environmental policy will be considered, but expertise in issues pertaining to the urban environment, sustainable development, energy, or environmental technology is highly desirable. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to an internationally recognized research program in environmental policy as demonstrated by research grants and journal publications and to contribute to the undergraduate program in Environmental Science and the graduate program in Environmental Policy Studies. Collaborative research opportunities exist with NJIT’s Otto York Center for Environmental Engineering and Science.
Applicants should submit a letter of application, including a statement of research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, and 3 letters of reference by December 30, 2003 to:

Personnel Box: HSS-AP
University Heights
Newark, NJ 07102-1982

The University reserves the right to substitute equivalent education and/or experience at its discretion. NJIT is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, equal access employer.

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Department of Women's Studies, University of Albany

The Department of Women's Studies at the University at Albany invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with a background in interdisciplinary feminist scholarship and a research program in women and public policy broadly understood, which may include community building and action-oriented research. We encourage candidates with expertise in areas such as civil society studies, science and technology studies, disability studies, economics, government, law, health, education, and social welfare. We are looking for a candidate with demonstrable commitment to research and teaching from the intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, and nation and demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups of people. The successful candidate would teach undergraduate core courses in Women's Studies and the graduate core course Feminist Thought and Public Policy, and would present ideas for developing new courses. The department offers both an undergraduate minor and major as well as an M. A. in Women's Studies and has 5 full-time core faculty and numerous affiliated faculty from other departments who offer cross-listed courses. Visit our web site at Candidates should expect to have Ph.D. in hand by September, 2004. Send a letter of application, a "vision statement" for Women's Studies, curriculum vita, two writing samples, sample syllabi if available, and three letters of recommendation to: Dr. Marjorie Pryse, Chair, Department of Women's Studies, University at Albany, SUNY, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222. Review of applications will begin November 10, 2003, and will continue until position is filled. E-mail any questions to

*Position contingent on final budget approval.

The University at Albany is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Immigration Reform and Control Act/Americans with Disabilities Act Employer.

Assistant Professorof International Environmental Politics
Center for Energy and Environmental Studies, Boston University

The Department of International Relations and the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies at Boston University seek a scholar with interests in the role of environmental issues in international relations and government policy for an assistant professor position starting in September 2004.  Interests in the international aspects of other issues of common concern to mankind (e.g., development, human rights, refugees, minorities) also are desirable.
We welcome applications from academia, nongovernmental organizations, and foreign service (U.S. or foreign).  The successful candidate is expected to teach and supervise students at the undergraduate and MA level in the Department of International Relations and the Center for Energy and Environmental Studies. Send a CV and a description of teaching and research interests by November 30, 2003 to International Environmental Politics Search Committee, c/o Mr. David Clark, Department of International Relations, 152 Bay State Road, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts 02215. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.  Boston University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

The University of Florida
Assistant Professor, African Environmental Studies

The Center for African Studies at the University of Florida invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of African environmental studies, to begin in August, 2004. Academic discipline is open within any of the social or natural sciences. Candidates who have interdisciplinary research experience on African environmental issues are strongly encouraged to apply. The appointment will be made jointly between the Center and a relevant disciplinary department within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. The position calls for a scholar with substantial research experience in Africa, as well as a strong record of teaching and publication on African environmental topics.  Candidates should demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively across disciplinary boundaries with faculty members in various departments and colleges. Knowledge of an African language is also desirable.

The UF Center for African Studies (CAS) is a federally-funded Title VI National Resource Center. CAS draws on its nearly 100 faculty affiliates to create university-wide programs related to Africa. CAS cooperates with various units across the campus, including: the Land Use & Environmental Change Institute, the School of Natural Resources & Environment, the School of Forest Resources & Conservation, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, and the Center for Wetlands. CAS international relationships extend to universities and programs across Africa, with institutional linkages in Botswana, Mozambique, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda.

The University of Florida is a comprehensive university encompassing virtually all academic and professional disciplines. Its beautiful 2,000-acre campus is located within the city of Gainesville, a diverse community of over 100,000 people.

Please send a letter of application, CV, and any supporting materials postmarked by December 30, 2003. Three references should also be sent separately by this date to the address below. The University of Florida is an EEO/AA/ADA employer.

Dr. Todd H. Leedy
Chair, Environmental Studies Search Committee
Center for African Studies
University of Florida
P. O. Box 115560
Gainesville, FL 32611-5560

St. Lawrence University
Environmental Studies Position in Environmental Policy

St. Lawrence University seeks a qualified candidate for a tenure track position in environmental studies at the assistant professor level. The successful candidate will be a social scientist, with advanced interdisciplinary training in environmental studies and specific academic interest in environmental policy. Candidates might possess one of the following: a good understanding of institutional agreements and treaties, at either the domestic or international level; environmental impact analysis, including methodologies for assessment of environmental justice or international trade; comparative systems for policy formation or implementation, such as comprehensive rationalism versus co-management; and/or other related areas of specialty, which might contribute to a broad-based curriculum in environmental studies. This person will teach three courses per semester, which usually includes Introduction to Environmental Studies. The successful candidate will also have an on-going research program which can include undergraduate students. All faculty in environmental studies periodically teach a course in the University's first-year program, and opportunities exist for teaching in the University's summer session. Ph.D. is preferred; ABD will be considered. Review of applications begins 1 February 2004.

We welcome applications from candidates who bring diverse cultural, ethnic and national perspectives to their scholarship and teaching. St. Lawrence has a 10-year Master Plan that reflects support for excellence across the curriculum, a commitment to the quality and increased size of the faculty, a focus on well-balanced, learning-centered campus life and an historic investment in renovated and new facilities, all aimed to assure the University its place among the best institutions in the nation. St. Lawrence has a number of vibrant interdisciplinary programs, one of which is our nationally recognized team-taught program required of all first-year students. For more information please visit SLU's homepage at . St. Lawrence University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
St. Lawrence University, chartered in 1856, is the oldest continuously coeducational institution of higher learning in New York State. An independent, private university firmly committed to undergraduate liberal arts education and cross-cultural opportunities, St. Lawrence University offers a unique learning environment. The University's 2000 students come from most of the U.S. and more than two dozen other countries. Canton, the St. Lawrence River valley, the nearby Adirondack State Park, and the cities of Ottawa and Montreal provide the University community with many social, cultural, and outdoor recreation activities.

A letter of application, curriculum vita, transcripts, a short statement of research goals, brief descriptions of two upper level courses, and letters from 3 references should be sent to:

Chair, Environmental Studies Search
Environmental Studies Department
St. Lawrence University Canton, NY 13617

Duke Univeristy Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences (NSEES)
Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy

Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences (NSEES) has openings for two tenure-track, assistant professor of environmental policy positions. NSEES, with an interdisciplinary faculty of 50, offers professional (Master of Environmental Management) and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) degrees and directs Duke's undergraduate environmental programs. The candidate must have a Ph.D. in a relevant social science field, including political science, public policy or economics. Ability to teach qualitative and/or quantitative methods is preferred. Relevant research interests include: business and the environment, domestic environmental policy, energy economics and policy, environmental health policy, and international environmental policy.
The successful applicant is expected to develop a nationally recognized, externally funded research program and to teach 2.5 courses per year. There are numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration within the Nicholas School and with other academic units across the campus. Consideration begins October 1 and continues until the position is filled.

Send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, a one to two page summary of research and teaching plans, relevant papers and publications, and three reference letters to Chair, Environmental Policy Search Committee, Nicholas School of the Environment, Box 90328, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708-0328.

Duke University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

University of California at Berkeley College of Natural Resources
Assistant Professor of Bioethics and Society

This is a tenure-track assistant professor, nine-month career position in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management, Division of Society and Environment, and the Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of California at Berkeley, available July 1, 2004.

Applicants must have an earned doctoral degree in STS (Science, Technology, and Society), philosophy, cultural studies, or other relevant humanities, environmental science, or social science field, with a specialization in bioethics and the ethical, social, and political dimensions of biotechnology, genetic engineering, and/or environmental health.

The appointee will be expected to develop a nationally-recognized research program to investigate issues involving such questions as: science and social responsibility; race, gender, class, and biotechnology; the ethical limits to biomedical technologies and human genetic engineering; the ways that women, minorities, and indigenous peoples are affected by and address the ethical, social justice, and environmental aspects of biotechnology; the ethics of using genetically-modified organisms in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries; and/or the ecological and health effects of genetically manipulated and biopharmaceutical crops. The successful candidate will assume responsibility for teaching an undergraduate course in "Bioethics" (ESPM 162); a graduate course on ethical issues in biotechnology and society; and rotated core courses.
The incumbent will work to build connections on the campus and in relevant communities that will strengthen his/her teaching and research programs and contribute to the division's commitments to bioethics, environmental ethics, and social justice.

Please submit a cover letter (including a statement of your approach to questions of bioethics and the ethical, social, and political dimensions of biotechnology, genetic engineering, and/or environmental health), a curriculum vitae, a writing sample or representative publication, a statement of research and teaching interests, and three letters of recommendation by October 15, 2003 to Chair, Bioethics Search Committee, ESPM-Society and Environment, 135 Giannini Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA. 94720-3312.

Appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

Program in History of Science and Technology: Modern Biology (University of Minnesota)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus, invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position beginning September 2004, with speciality in the history of modern biology. Appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank is preferred, but candidates for Professor rank will be considered if warranted by their teaching experience and research achievements. Principal duties involve research and teaching in the history of science. Candidates should be able to teach and supervise research in both 19th- and 20th-century biology, to interact well with both scientists and historians, and must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by August 1, 2004.

Applicants should submit a vitae, publications or samples of writing, and arrange for at least three letters of recommendation to be sent to:

Chair, Search Committee Program in History of Science and Technology 116 Church Street S.E. University of Minnesota Minneapolis, MN 55455

The deadline for receipt of applications is December 1, 2003. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

Tenure-Track Appointment
History Department, University of British Columbia
History of Science and Technology

The University of British Columbia History Department invites applications for a tenure-track position in the History of Science and Technology at the rank of Assistant Professor effective 1 July 2004. We are seeking an historian who specializes in the study of Science and/or Technology. The approach, geographical area, and period are open. The preferred candidate will have a completed PhD, commitment to excellence in scholarship reflected in published or forthcoming work, and a superior record in teaching. There is an opportunity to instruct in existing cross-appointed undergraduate courses with Philosophy such as 'Science and society in the Modern World,' and to participate in UBC's many interdisciplinary programmes and research centres.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. The position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, letters of reference from three referees (under separate cover), a sample of written scholarship, a teaching dossier, and a summary of current and future research interests and should be received by 15 December.

Dr. Dianne Newell, Chair of the Search Committee, History of Science and Technology Position
Department of History
University of British Columbia
Room 1297
1872 East Mall Vancouver, BC

Fellowships & Postdocs

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship
Department of Technology, Culture, and Communication (TCC), University of Virginia

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow. The Department of Technology, Culture, and Communication (TCC) in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia seeks to hire a postdoctoral teaching fellow with research and teaching experience in technology and society studies and/or technology policy. TCC is an interdisciplinary unit within the School of Engineering, focusing on technology, society, ethics, and policy. This is a two-year position. The Fellow will teach required and elective courses (with communications and ethics components) to engineering students. Teaching load will be five courses per academic year. Ph.D. required by June 1, 2004. Please submit letter of application, CV, three letters of reference, teaching evaluations, and samples of written work to: Professor Deborah G. Johnson, Chair, Department of TCC, SEAS, University of Virginia, Box 400744, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4744. Applications will be reviewed beginning January 1, 2004, and will remain open until filled. The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Specializing in Science & Technology Studies

The Department of Science & Technology Studies seeks candidates specializing in the social aspects of science and technology. A Ph.D. is required in science & technology studies or a closely-related field, such as the history, sociology, or anthropology of science. This postdoctoral teaching-research fellowship in the humanities, awarded for the one-year period beginning July 2004, offer stipends of $35,000. While in residence at Cornell, postdoctoral fellows will hold departmental affiliation and have limited teaching duties and the opportunity for scholarly work.
Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree after September 1998. Those who receive the Ph.D. degree by June 30, 2004 are also eligible to apply, however, those applicants must include a letter of confirmation. Fellowships are limited to citizens of the United States, Canada, or those with permanent U.S. residency cards.
Additional information and procedures for applying can be found at

Earth Institute Fellows Program in Sustainable Development
Post Doctoral Fellows Program at Columbia University

Earth Institute Fellows Program in Sustainable Development (granted for 24 months). Columbia University seeks post-doctoral candidates interested in enhancing their disciplinary research (in one of the core disciplines represented within the Earth Institute, i.e., any of the earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering sciences, social sciences, or health sciences), while at the same time acquiring the cross-disciplinary expertise and breadth needed to addresses critical issues related to sustainable development and reducing environmental degradation, poverty, hunger, and disease.
Applications are being accepted now for fellowships starting in the Summer of 2004. The deadline for receipt of on-line applications is December 1, 2003.

Information on the program and an application can be found at

Information on the Earth Institute can be found at:

David Leonard Downie Director, Earth Institute Fellows Program

University of California, Berkeley
S. V. Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellowships in Natural Resource Studies

The S.V. Ciriacy-Wantrup Postdoctoral Fellowships in Natural Resource Studies will be awarded for the 2004-2005 academic year to support advanced research at the University of California, Berkeley. Applications are open, but not limited, to scholars working in the areas of Agricultural & Natural Resource Economics, Business, Energy Studies, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Forestry, Geography, Law, Natural Resource Management, Public Health, and Public Policy. Preference will be given to proposals whose orientation is broadly institutional or historical, and which are conceptually and theoretically innovative. Proposals with a primarily statistical or econometric orientation are not eligible for consideration.

Two types of awards are available:
I. A one-year postdoctoral award with a salary of $41,940, renewable for a second year. It is expected that the applicant will possess a doctorate or equivalent conferred within the past five years.
II. A one-year award with a salary of $41,940 to support a professional or sabbatical leave from an academic or professional position, without option to renew. Applicants for sabbatical fellowships must have received their doctorate or equivalent within the last ten years.

Both types of fellowships include $2,000 toward research-related expenses and one-way economy airfare to Berkeley for each fellow and his/her immediate family.

Application Procedure:
Applications should be received, in triplicate, by Monday, January 12th, 2004. A complete application consists of the following: a one paragraph abstract; a research proposal of up to ten pages; curriculum vitae; verification of degree; one or more recent publications; and three letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with the candidate's research. The applicant should also indicate preferred departmental affiliation and/or faculty mentor for the fellowship tenure and specify type of award: postdoctoral or sabbatical. Further information about this award can be found on the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research’s website at .

Questions may be directed to Kristen Jensen by e-mail at or by phone at (510) 643-4797. Results will be announced in March 2004.

Send completed application and recommendations to:
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, c/o Kristen Jensen 119 California Hall University of California Berkeley, CA 94720-1500.

Applications must be received by:
Monday, January 12th, 2004

INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS)
Graz - Austria
FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME 2004/2005 (deadline for applications: 15 January 2004)

The Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS) offers five grants (EUR 1,000.- per month) for fellowships at the IAS- STS in Graz starting 1 October 2004, ending 30 June 2005. The IAS-STS promotes the interdisciplinary investigation of the links and interactions between science, technology and society as well as research on the development and implementation of socially and environmentally sound technologies. The IAS-STS provides the necessary research infrastructure, while a number of guest lecturers and workshops foster an atmosphere of creativity and scholarly discussion.

The grants of the fellowship programme 2004/2005 are dedicated to projects investigating the following issues:

  1. Gender – Technology – Environment Women with their various interests, competencies and potentials play important parts in the process of shaping socially sound and environmentally friendly, sustainable technologies – be it as users and consumers, or as experts. Applications should focus on research in the field of women in traditionally male fields of engineering, on ways of creating cultures of success for women engineers (students, graduates), and on masculinity and the culture of engineering.
  2. Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Genome Research and Biotechnology A main focus of the grant scheme lies on the analysis of ethical, legal and social aspects of genome research. Research projects are expected to provide a better understanding of life sciences in concrete socio-cultural contexts of their fabrication, application and regulation. Researchers investigating risk issues are especially encouraged to apply.
  3. Technology Studies and Sustainability Grants will be awarded for research projects contributing to the issue of sustainable development from the perspective of social studies or the history of science and technology. Projects should aim at socio-economic aspects of environmental technologies or at strategies of environmental technology policy, such as user participation, strategic niche management or ecological product policy. We encourage both theoretical analysis and practically oriented case studies.
The grant application must be submitted together with an application for a fellowship to the IAS-STS. Prof. Arno Bamme, Director of the IAS-STS, decides on the awarding of fellowships and grants in consultation with the Scientific Advisory Board.

Please note that it is also possible to apply for a fellowship without a grant or to apply for a short- term fellowship without grant (not longer than one month: Visiting Fellows). We also encourage senior scientists to apply as guest lecturers.

Closing date for applications is 15 January 2004.
For application forms and further information:
Please visit our website:
Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS)
Attn. Guenter Getzinger
Kopernikusgasse 9
Graz – Austria

Grants & Awards

The Rural Sociological Society Master's Thesis and Dissertation Research Awards Competition

Graduate student members of the Rural Sociological Society are encouraged to apply for master's thesis and PhD dissertation research awards. While a portion of available funds may be earmarked for proposals that address issues pertaining to youth, family and community issues in rural settings, we encourage submission of innovative proposals in all topical areas encompassed by the field of rural sociology, including proposals with an international dimension.
The dissertation award may be for up to $8,000, though typical awards are in the $4,000-$5,000 range. The master's thesis award may be for up to $5,000, but most awards are in the $3,000 to $4,000 range. Proposals approved for funding may receive budget allocations below the requested amounts, based on availability of funds and recommendations of the Endowment Committee.

Eight copies of the proposal should be submitted by February 2, 2004. Applications must include a short cover letter that includes a paragraph explaining how the thesis/dissertation will influence future work related to rural sociology. Proposals are limited to a maximum of 15 double-spaced pages (12 point font, 1" margins), and should include a tentative itemized budget for the work planned and a brief budget justification narrative (equipment purchases are not permitted with Endowment funds; use of matching funds is encouraged and should be detailed if such funds are available), a well-defined problem statement; a short literature review; a section detailing research methods, and a work plan schedule. Also required are a copy of the applicant's vita, and a letter from the student's major professor or thesis/dissertation chair that addresses the project's intellectual significance and the likelihood that work on the thesis/dissertation will begin no later than July 1, 2004. Awards will be made effective July 1, 2004.

The RSS Endowment Committee will provide a written summary of reviewer comments to all applicants. Winners of the master's thesis and dissertation research awards competition must provide a 500 word (approx.) write-up upon completion of their projects, which will be published in The Rural Sociologist .

ORI/NINDS/NINR/NIDA/ and AHRQ welcome grant applications on research topics associated with research integrity. Funding has been increased to $250,000 per year for three years (direct costs). To date, 22 grants have been awarded and the program is growing.

Applications are sought for research on research integrity. The purpose of this RFA is to foster empirical research on societal, organizational, group, and individual factors that affect, both positively and negatively, integrity in research.

Relevant research perspectives and disciplines include, but are not limited to: anthropology, applied philosophy, business, economics, education, information studies, law, organizational studies, political science, psychology, sociology and survey and evaluation research, plus the physical, biomedical, and clinical sciences, including nursing.

Deadline(s): November 14, 2003 application deadline.

See the following link for more details:

Mail Code 015A-74
Pasadena, California 91125
(626) 395-2704 – Fax (626) 793-8756


The Victor and Joy Wouk Grant-in-Aid Program—new in 2003—offers research assistance up to $2000 for work in the Papers of Victor Wouk in the Caltech Archives. The Maurice A. Biot Archives Fund and other designated funds offer research assistance up to $1500 to use the collections of the Caltech Archives. For all funds, applications will be accepted from students working towards a graduate degree or from established scholars. Graduate students must have completed one year of study prior to receiving a grant-in-aid. For the Biot award, preference will be given to those working in the history of technology, especially in the fields of aeronautics, applied mechanics and geophysics. No applicant may receive more than two awards, and awards will not be given to the same applicant in consecutive 12-month periods.
Grants-in-aid may be used for travel and living expenses, for photocopy or other photo-reproduction costs related to the research project, and for miscellaneous research expenses. Funds may not be used for the purchase of computer software or hardware.

For further information on holdings and online resources, please consult the Archives' Web page: Application forms may be downloaded from the web site (through the link “Grants-in-Aid”) or may be obtained by email or by writing to the Archivist at the letterhead address. Applications will be reviewed quarterly, on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 of each year.

New Publications

Two New Titles from the Chemical Heritage Foundation

Chemical Heritage Foundation will be publishing two books on the history of chemistry in the near future. Please contact me if you would like a review copy of either book.

On December 1st, a new book by Peter Spitz titled "The Chemical Industry at the Millennium - Maturity, Restructuring and Globalization" will be available from Chemical Heritage Press. Peter wrote a book about the petrochemical industry that is a still a standard reference after more than a decade. More information is available at or at

In January, we will be publishing an English translation of a German biography of Fritz Haber written by Dietrich Stoltzenburg. This long-awaited biography of Fritz Haber, now abridged by the author and translated into English, illuminates the life of one of the most gifted yet controversial figures of the 20th century.

Haber pioneered in electrochemistry and thermodynamics and won the Nobel Prize for his synthesis of ammonia, a process essential for both fertilizer and explosives. His ardent patriotism led him to develop chemical weapons for World War I and to try to extract gold from seawater, to help pay for Germanys huge war reparations. Yet Haber, a Jew by birth, was exiled from his homeland in 1933 by the Nazi party and died shortly after. For more information on Haber:

Black Death: AIDS in Africa

Black Death: AIDS in Africa, by Susan Hunter, is being released by Palgrave/MacMillan on November 1, and takes a uniquely anthroplogical, holistic approach to the epidemic. The book has received rave reviews from the likes of Peter Piot, Stephen Lewis, and Paul Zietz (see attached press statement), and goes far beyond the usual book on AIDS to look at the whole relationship of humans and disesase, and the role sexually transmitted infections plays in human evolution. The book has four central themes (Africa, AIDS, the history of epidemics, and evolutionary biology), interwoven with two recurrent stories about community life in the time of AIDS in Uganda and Charles Darwin's discovery of evolution.

Report on PATIENT ORGANIZATION MOVEMENTS SYMPOSIUM beautifully organized by Kyra Landzelius and Joe Dumit, Held in Gothenburg Sweden June 12-14, 2003 and funded by the Swedish Research Council and the Axel Wenner-Gren Foundation for International Scientific Exchange report submitted by Linda Layne.

The papers growing out of this workshop are earmarked for a special issue of Social Science and Medicine. They include:

Nelly Oudshoorn, University of Twente
"Contested Hybridity: Patient Organizations and the Design of Health Web Sites"

Courtney Mykytyn, U. of Southern Calif., Inst. for Advanced Studies, Graz
"Anti-Aging Movement and the Irrelevance of Being Natural: A Patient/Practitioner Movement to Redefine Aging?

Nick Crossley, Manchester University
"The Field of Psychiatry Contention in the UK, 1960-2000"
Anita Hardon, University of Amsterdam
"Actions and Reactions: The Global Womens Health Movement Contests New Contraceptive Technologies"

Maren Klawiter, Georgia Institute of Technology
"Beyond Binaries and Boundaries: Mammogram Advocacy in the US"

Linda Layne,  Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
"Pregnancy Loss Support: A Patient Organization Movement?"

Joe Dumit, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
"How to Do Things With Science: Factors as Forces in an Uncertain World"

Patricia Radin, California State University-Hayward
"To Me, Its My Life: Medical Communication, Trust & Activism in Cyberspace"
Fran McInerney, Victoria University, Australia
"Requested Death: Popular Media Discursive Constructions around the Requested Death Movement in Australia in the mid 1990s"

Janine Barbot, Centre de Recherches Médecine, Sciences, Santé et Sociéte
"How to Build an Active Patient: the Normative Work of Associations Fighting AIDS in France"Vololona

Rabeharisoa, Ecole des Mines de Paris
"Orphan Diseases and Collective Mobilization: The Role of the French Muscular Dystrophy Association in the Production of New Identities"

Kyra Landzelius, Göteborg University 
"The Incubation of a Social Movement: Preterm Babies, Parent Activists and Other Neonatology Productions"

Web Projects, Links & Discussion Groups

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Program (4S 2003)

Both the short and the long (including abstracts) versions of the program for the 2003 4S Conference in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) are now available (in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat/PDF formats) off the conference website (the short version was reproduced in the paper version of this newsletter).