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Newsletter of the Society for Social Studies of Science

Winter 2003: Volume 16, Number 1
Managing Editors: Lisa McLoughlin & Torin Monahan     Executive Editor: Linda Layne

Conferences, Lectures & Workshops
Call For Papers
Job Opportunities
Fellowships & Postdocs
Grants & Awards
New Publications
Web Projects, Links, & Discussion Groups



Welcome to another issue of Technoscience, and thank you to all who contributed.  The year 2002 was a productive one for 4S members, who, in addition to the usual accomplishments of researching, teaching, writing, and advising, have established several 4S ad-hoc committees to investigate immigration policies and ethical responsibilities in these times (see the “Announcements” section below).  As always, we invite you to submit content for the next issue in the following areas: announcements of publications, reviews, jobs, competitions, prizes, workshops, conferences, general STS news, and commentary.  If something important is missing from this newsletter, please let us know, and we’ll do our best to include it in upcoming issues.  Our deadlines remain: August 15 for fall publication, December 15 for winter publication and April 15 for late spring/summer publication.  The Technoscience newsletter website is updated once per month, found at:  We prefer to receive content in Word plain text format.  You can contact us at: TECHNOSCIENCE-L@LISTS.RPI.EDU.

This is the last issue of our newsletter for managing editor Lisa McLoughlin, who has co-edited Technoscience since it came to us at RPI three years ago.  She will be finishing her PhD on women in engineering education in a few months and is beginning the transition from student to professor in her native western Massachusetts .




As evinced by the animated discussion following the Presidential Plenary Lectures at the 4S conference this past November 2002, the crises of terrorism, war, censorship, and discrimination have prompted many 4S members to question the position and responsibilities of the organization in this globalized terrain.  4S has recently formed two ad-hoc committees to address these and other concerns:


The "Immigration Policy and Scholarly Work" committee includes members Gary Downey, Chair (, Hugh Gusterson, and Jane Summerton.  This committee has the following charge: investigate the extent to which strict immigration policies (notably but not exclusively those adopted by the US since 9/11) have negative implications for scholarly work and PhD training, in the social studies of science and technology and more generally propose appropriate actions for the 4S Ad Hoc Committee on Ethics and Public Policy.


The "4S Ad Hoc Committee on Ethics and Public Policy" is comprised of members Rachelle Hollander, Chair (, David Guston, Sheila Jasanoff, Knut Sorensen, and Judy Wajcman.  The committee is charged to advise the President on the question of 4S's involvement in issues of ethics and public policy. Such issues may appear on the 4S agenda because questions are addressed to the 4S by non-members, or by members. The committee will address especially the following question: by what procedures should 4S react to issues of ethics and politics, on which a stance is asked for? 


4S members are welcome to contact the respective ad-hoc committee chairs with input about these issues.





The Local and the Global: Contexts in Science and Technology (Graduate Student Conference)
American Association for the Advancement of Science Headquarters

Washington , DC, USA
April 2003

Deadline: 30 January 2003


The conference is an opportunity for graduate students to present their research in areas concerning science, technology and globalization, particularly as they relate to the concerns raised in the post-9/11 world. It will take place in conjunction with a workshop on science and technology policy careers planned by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and immediately follow their annual S&T colloquium.

For more information: or


Ethics Across the Curriculum Summer Workshop
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT),

24 June - 1 July 2003

Deadline: 28 February 2003


A practical workshop for integrating professional ethics into technical courses.  Stipend provided.

For more information:



Community Development Society's "Community as Place" Conference
Cornell University

Ithaca , New York , USA

19 - 23 July 2003


The Community Development Society invites you to join community development practitioners, researchers, policy makers, and citizen leaders from around the world. The theme of the conference is Community as Place. This conference embraces common efforts to foster meaningful collaborations, extend the community development networks, and holistically integrate community-based research, policy, and practice toward the goal of building healthy and sustainable communities of place.


For additional information please contact: Joan Lewis, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 382 Roberts Hall, Ithaca , NY 14853 , Phone: 607-255-2118, Fax: 607-255-0788, Email:



Connecting S&TS: The Academy, the Polity and the World

Cornell University

Ithaca , New York , USA

26 - 28 September 2003

In the past decade and a half, S&TS has evolved intellectually.  It has built institutional strength, and forged links with other disciplines.  New communities, and policy relevant areas have come within its purview.  S&TS has begun to make its mark in economic theory, anthropology, music, environmental governance, legal discourse, science education, and science policy.  A broad range of public institutions—from funding agencies to science museums to transnational NGOs are beginning to incorporate S&TS insights into their thinking.  This international conference will take stock of the widening relevance of S&TS, reflecting on the novel problems and opportunities.  There are thus two topics, the new links and the very process of creating, sustaining, and cutting links.


For further information:

Organizing Committee, Connecting S&TS Conference, Department of Science & Technology Studies, Cornell University, 632 Clark Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA.



18th National STS Meeting and Annual Conference for National Association of Science, Technology, and Society (NASTS)

Theme:  STS: Organizational Connections, Opportunities and Bridges

Inner Harbor, Baltimore , USA

20 - 22 February 2003

For information: Constantine Hadjilambrinos,;

Marxism and the World Stage Conference

University of Massachusetts at Amherst , USA

6-9 November 2003

Deadline: 15 September 2003


"Marxism and the World Stage" promises to register the heterogeneous work, achievements, shortcomings and failures of Marxist tradition, and to promote lively interchange and debate among these who draw on Marx in their contemporary theoretical, practical and expressive practices. The conference will feature the exchange of academic and political analysis while providing a venue for installation and performance art. The goal is to nurture the critical yet utopian spirit of Marxism while stimulating the senses and provoking the mind.


Further information:



Policy and Politics International Conference

"Policy and Politics in a Globalising World"

Bristol , UK

24-26 July 2003


This three-day conference explores the key forces shaping policy debates in the contemporary world.  It brings together key commentators on and those interested in global processes, policy making and the future of governance.  Discussion will focus on institutional transformation and emergent forms of governance; power, participation and the policy process; patterns of inequality and social differentiation; and the role and nature of citizenship.  The conference will also consider the goals of policy making in terms of enhancing quality of life in relation to the provision of healthcare, an ageing population and environmental degradation. Plenary speakers include: Alex Callinicos, Stephen Castles, Bob Deacon, Saskia Sassen and Linda Weiss. Workshop streams include: Governance, regulation and accountability; Citizenship, migration and human rights; Well-being and quality of life; Democracy and participation; Poverty, inequality and social justice.


Offers of papers in the form of a short abstract are welcome on any of the above themes. E-mail: or visit the website: for more details and to download a registration form.



IR 4.0: Broadening the Band

International and Interdisciplinary Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers

Toronto , Ontario , Canada

16 - 19 October 2003

Deadline: 1 March 2003


Internet Research (IR) 4.0 will feature a variety of perspectives on Internet, organized under the theme Broadening the Band. As in previous conferences, the aim is to develop a coherent theoretical and pragmatic understanding of the Internet and those that are empowered and disenfranchised by it. IR 4.0 will bring together prominent scholars, researchers, creators, and practitioners from many disciplines, fields and countries for a program of presentations, panel discussions, and informal exchanges.  This year's theme, Broadening the Band, encourages wide participation from diverse disciplines, communities, and points of view. Under the umbrella theme, contributors are called to reflect upon, theorize and articulate what we know from within the emerging interdisciplinary space known as Internet Research.


Conference Website: |



Computing and Philosophy Conference

Oregon State University , USA

7 - 9 August 2003

Deadline: 3 March 2003


The topics relevant to CAP are open-ended and CAP encourages innovative proposals. Broadly, there are two areas of concern at CAP: 1) Philosophical discussion and critique of computing and information

technology. 2) Uses of computing and information technology that are philosophically significant.  Typical topic areas include: artificial intelligence, computer ethics, information technology in education, philosophy of information, social/political issue of computing, artificial morality, robotics and logic.  CAP encourages dynamic, interactive presentation sessions as opposed to simple paper readings.


For more information: Jon Dorbolo, or



The New Web of History

A Conference about Crafting the History of Science and Technology On-line

Cambridge , Massachusetts , USA

28 - 29 March 2003


The Dibner/Sloan History of Recent Science and Technology Project (HRST) and the Dibner Institute invite you to a conference on the novel opportunities and challenges that the World Wide Web presents for historians of science and technology. The conference has two goals: first, to provide a snapshot of some of the most original projects that use the Web to produce, present and disseminate scholarly and educational materials; and second, to examine critically the challenges as well as the opportunities that such projects face.


For More Information: Carla Chrisfeld, CARLAC@MIT.EDU OR 617-253-8721.



Sustainable Innovation 03

Towards Sustainable Product Design 8th international conference


27 - 28 October 2003

Deadline: 31 January 2003


Sustainable Innovation 03 will aim to explore the concept of sustainable innovation from a product, service and PSS viewpoint by providing a platform for discussion over best practice and new ideas. The event will analyse the problems, barriers and obstacles to sustainable innovation associated with existing social, legislative,

economic and management systems and will highlight new business, organisational and product development models and opportunities. A unique feature will be The Living Laboratory that will showcase new product, service and concepts and thinking. Sustainable Innovation 03 will essentially be about new perspectives, thinking differently and will be a learning experience.   For more information on Sustainable Innovation 03 please contact: Professor Martin Charter, Director, The Centre for Sustainable Design, The Surrey Institute of Art & Design, University College, Tel:  + 44 (0) 1252 892772, Fax: + 44 (0) 1252 892747, Email:, Website:



Information, Communication, Society Research Symposium

Balliol College and the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford , UK

17-20 September 2003

Deadline: 31 January 2003


This symposium seeks to take forward this debate by critically analyzing key issues emerging from new inter-relationships between information, communication, and society.  It aims to: examine the robustness of claims about the transformative effects and potential of the Internet and related wired and mobile ICTs; identify and discuss the methodologies that could be used to explore such claims; assess the current state of empirical research and highlight important gaps for future research; and provide an international forum for the exchange of ideas, data, and analysis, including a space for exploring emerging frameworks and perspectives applicable to social research about the Internet.


Proposals for papers should be submitted as abstracts of no more than 500 words, and should include details of the proposer's name, position, affiliation, and contact details.  Proposals should be submitted electronically to in RTF, Word or PDF format. Papers accepted for presentation at the research symposium will be eligible for review for publication by iCS, should the author(s) wish to have an expedited review.



Medical Sociology and Health Policy

6th European Sociological Association Conference of Sociology

Murcia , Spain

25-28 September 2003

Deadline: 31 January 2003


The 2001 Helsinki sessions of the 'Medical Sociology' Research Network were very successful. 

At Murcia , they plan to continue some of the conversations that started in Helsinki . As a consequence they are now calling for proposal for papers. Initial themes are: Defining health and illness Factors affecting medicine and medical professionals psych-social factors and health Sex, gender and representations Age and health.  However, papers which do not fit directly into these themes will also be welcome. Your proposal should be sent initially as an abstract in the following format: Paper Title, Author(s), Your e-mail, Your postal address, An Abstract of no more than 200 words.  Send to: Dr. Ian Shaw, School of Sociology & Social Policy, University of Nottingham , Nottingham NG7 2RD, Tel: 0115 9515409, Fax: 0115 9515232,



The Infrastructures of Digital Design: Thinking/Building/Living

University of California , San Diego , USA

31 January - 2 February 2003


"Infrastructures of Digital Design" will take place at the University of California San Diego Center for Research in Computing & the Arts. As part of the UC Digital Cultures Graduate Initiative, this symposium will feature paper presentations and new media works from 30 graduate students from inside and outside the University of California and from inside and outside of the United States, and will be supported by distinguished faculty members and invited guest speakers, including a keynote a keynote address by Howard Becker and plenary presentations by Geof Bowker, Sharon Daniel, Ed Hutchins, Lev Manovich, Kate Rich, Larry

Smarr and Leigh Star.  For more information:



Communities and Technologies (C&T 2003) International Conference

Amsterdam , Netherlands

19 - 21 September 2003

Deadline: 14 March 2003


Submission guidelines: Full research papers of not more than 20 pages should be send to the program chair: Volker Wulf, University of Siegen and Fraunhofer FIT, Germany :  Workshops will take place on 19 September 2003 . Workshop proposals should be submitted to the workshop chair: Erik Andriessen, TU Delft, The Netherlands:  More information about the conference is on the conference website:



Nordic post-graduate workshop in History of Science and Technology

Bjerringbro , Denmark

1 - 4 May 2003

Deadline: 3 February 2003


In recent years, studies of the history of science and technology have been conducted in an increasing number of institutional settings and from a variety of different perspectives. In the Nordic countries, young historians of science and technology often find themselves in relative academic isolation - working on individual projects and located at decentralized academic milieus of limited size. To help extend the network and interchange recent ideas and results among Nordic post-graduates colleagues are invited to participate in a Nordic post-graduate workshop in History of Science and Technology.  For further information see the workshop's website


International Conference on Advances in Infrastructure for e-Business, e-Education, e-Science, e-Medicine, and Mobile Technologies on the Internet
Congress Center, Telecom Italia Learning Services, L'Aquila, Italy
28 July -
3 August 2003


Keynotes: Kroto (Nobel Laureate), Patt (IEEE Eckert-Mauchly Laureate), Carlton (US Air Force Surgeon General).  To submit paper or ask questions: For more information:





Special Issue of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine on Women and Minorities in Information Technology

Deadline: 1 February 2003


This Special Issue, for publication in Fall 2003, seeks a range of views on how to improve the status of women and minorities in the IT education and workforce. These may include environment and culture factors, pre-college issues, undergraduate pipeline, career in IT, and graduate education in computer science.


Articles should be based on empirical studies and substantive in nature. All manuscripts will be submitted for peer review. They should be sent (preferably as electronic attachments) to:

Guest Editor Roli Varma, School of Public Administration, University of New Mexico , Albuquerque , NM 87131 , Tel. No. (505) 277-7756 (w) Email



Call for Syllabi: Science, Knowledge, and Technology

Deadline: 15 February 2003


It is time to revise the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge and Technology publication of the "Syllabi and Instructional Materials for the Sociology of Science, Knowledge, and Technology."  (For more information, see ( Please consider submitting a copy of your syllabus, whether graduate or undergraduate, to this venture.  Prior categories have included: Sociology of Science; Technology and Society; Sociology of Knowledge; Science, Technology, and Gender; Environment, Risk & Agriculture; Computerization in Society.  Please suggest other categories or STS/SKAT related courses.  I have thought of science, technology, and medicine; Information Technology and Society; commercialization, technology transfer; science, technology, and law; science communication and S&T and media; organizations and economics of science, and I am sure that there are others which reflect the diverse

interests and teaching in the sociology S&T.


Please submit syllabi electronically (MS Word Preferred) or as hard copy to Jennifer Croissant, MSE 16C Harshbarger/Mines, Bldg. 12, University of Arizona , Tucson , AZ 85721-0012 , In the body of your email or in a brief note, please give some indication of teaching context and course level: for advanced undergraduates, graduate students, large-enrollment or general education course, and so on.






James Madison University

Integrated Science and Technology Department (ISAT), Faculty Position in Telecommunications

Harrisonburg , Virginia , USA

Deadline: 16 January 2003 (continuing until filled)


Description: The ideal candidate will have demonstrated expertise in one or more the following (but not limited to) areas of interest to the program: wired and wireless communications, satellite communications, networking and IP telephony, broadcasting, HDTV, and other mass-media technologies, as well as information theory, and unique telecommunications applications.


How to apply: Send a letter of application with a resume, statement of interdisciplinary teaching qualifications/philosophy, and the name, address, and telephone number of three references to: ISAT Information Systems Search Committee, College of Integrated Science and Technology, MS 4102, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 22807.


Program information:



Drexel University

Department of Culture and Communication, Assistant Professor of Sociology Position

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , USA

Deadline: 1 February 2003


Description: The Department of Culture and Communication at Drexel University seeks to hire a full-time tenure-track assistant professor to begin September 1, 2003 .  They seek candidates with demonstrable potential for funded research to work collaboratively in one or more of the department’s research areas, which include community based-research in the areas of health, environment, gerontology and education, all within an urban setting.  Ph.D. required by August 1, 2003 .  The Department of Culture and Communication includes faculty in Anthropology, Communication, and Sociology.  A BS degree in Sociology, and both BS and MS degrees in Communications are offered.  In addition, faculty participate in an interdisciplinary MS and PhD program in Environmental Science and Policy.  Applications accepted until position is filled. 


How to apply: Applicants should send (a) letter of application, including statement of teaching and research interests, (b) curriculum vita, (c) samples of scholarly publications, (d) evidence of teaching and/or external funding (if available), and (e) contact information for three (3) references (name, address, phone number and email) to: Chair, Sociology Search Committee, Drexel University, Department of Culture and Communication, Building #47, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Drexel University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourages qualified women, veterans, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply.



National Science Foundation Vacancy

Washington , DC , USA

Deadline: 3 February 2003


Description: Three positions to be filled in the Division of Social and Economic Sciences.  The National Science Foundation is located in the Washington DC metropolitan area.  The Division contains programs in the social sciences as well as in history and philosophy of science and science and ethics. Successful applicants will assist program managers in grant review and administration.  Annual salary ranges from $ 25,347 to $ 60,405. 


How to apply: For additional information and the complete announcement and materials, call Yvonne Woodward, at (703) 292-4386.  Hearing impaired individuals may call TDD (703) 292-8044. 



National Science Foundation Vacancy

Washington , DC , USA

Deadline: 10 February 2003


Description: Division of Social and Economic Sciences Senior Science Advisor position.


How to apply: For additional information and the complete announcement and materials:



Physicians for Social Responsibility

Legislative Director, Environment & Health Program

Washington , DC , USA


Description: Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) seeks a highly motivated and experienced individual to be the Legislative Director (LD) for its Environment & Health Program.  The LD will represent PSR, and its over 20,000 physicians and other health care providers, in PSR activities on Capitol Hill and with the Administration.  The LD is responsible for building and implementing PSR's policy strategy, including a specific focus on PSR's energy/climate/air legislative and policy issues.  In addition to working closely with the Director of the Environment & Health Program, the LD will participate in overall PSR legislative strategy discussions with PSR's Executive Director and the Nuclear Security and Violence Prevention programs.  The LD reports to the Director of the Environment & Health Program.  Salary commensurate with degree and experience.  PSR offers excellent benefits and a pleasant working environment.  They are an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. 


How to apply: Send cover letter, resume, and salary history to: Susan West Marmagas, MPH, Director, Environment & Health Programs, Physicians for Social Responsibility, 1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW Suite 1012 , Washington , DC 20009 . Email:




National Cheng Kung University College of Medicine

Department of Public Health, Faculty Positions


Deadline: 15 February 2003


For information:

Meei-shia Chen, Ph.D., MPH, Professor and Director:



University of Central Arkansas

Honors College , Assistant Professor of Science Studies

Conway , Arkansas , USA

Deadline: 24 February 2003


How to apply: Submit a curriculum vita, statement of teaching philosophy and the names of three references to Dr. Richard Scott, Honors College , McAlister 306, University of Central Arkansas , Conway , AR 72035 .  UCA is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.


For more information:



University of Wisconsin at Madison

Disability Studies Faculty Position

Madison , Wisconsin , USA

Deadline: 15 February 2003


Description: Disability Studies includes the interdisciplinary investigation of the interplay among the cultural, social, political, economic, and physiological factors that comprise the phenomenon referred to as disability. The cluster will address a host of complex societal problems, for example, from health care to welfare, education to genetics. For more information go to


How to apply: Send cover letter detailing areas of research or scholarship, teaching, and vision for a Disability Studies cluster; curriculum vitae; 3 letters of recommendation; and 3 examples of publications to: Marsha Mailick Seltzer, Ph.D. Chair, Disability Studies Cluster, Search Committee Director, Waisman Center , UW-Madison, 1500 Highland Ave. , Madison , WI 53705-2280 , 608-263-5940, (phone); 608-263-3300 (fax)



University of Houston

Environmental History, Assistant Professor Position

Houston , Texas , USA

Deadline: 31 January 2003


Description: The Department of History, University of Houston , announces a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level. The successful candidate will have research interests in Environmental History and will hold a Ph.D. in a field of history that will contribute to the department's world history emphasis. The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


How to apply: Send letters of application and current c.v. by January 31, 2003, to Professor Martin Melosi, Chair, Environmental History Search, Department of History, University of Houston, Houston, TX 77204-3003, Phone: (713) 743-3090, FAX: (713) 743-3216, Email:



New York University

Center for European Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science,

Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow position

New York , New York , USA

Deadline: 15 February 2003


Description: The Center for European Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Science at New York University invites applicants for an Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow position. The initial appointment will be for one year beginning September 1, 2003 , renewable annually for a maximum of three years, pending administrative and budgetary approval. CES/NYU seeks a scholar (from Europe or the United States) specializing in one or more of the following fields: comparative politics of Western Europe, international relations of Western Europe, European public policy, the politics of immigration in Europe, 20th Century European history, religion in Europe. The Program especially seeks an outstanding scholar who works on the European Union.


How to apply: Send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to: Professor Martin Schain, c/o Zoe Ragouzeos, Center for European Studies, New York University , 58 West 10th Street , New York , NY 10011 . Applications will be reviewed after February 15, 2003 , but accepted until the position is filled. For more information about the Center for European Studies visit our website at NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.



Yale University School of Medicine

Junior Faculty Position in Health Policy

New Haven , Connecticut , USA

Deadline: 1 March 2003


Description: The Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Division of Health Policy and Administration, is recruiting for a full-time position at the Assistant or Associate (untenured) level with expertise in health policy research. Candidates should have a demonstrated research ability, appropriate teaching interests, and the potential to compete successfully for extramural funding.  Applicants must have a doctoral degree in a relevant social science discipline (sociology, economics, or political science), or public health with a specialization in health policy, political or policy science, or in public policy.


How to apply: Send materials to William White, Chair, HPA Search Committee-Policy, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yale School of Medicine, 60 College Street, P.O. Box 208034 , New Haven , Connecticut   06520 -8034 USA . Yale University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from women and minority candidates.



University of Wisconsin-Madison

Stem Cell Policy Faculty Position

Madison , Wisconsin , USA

Deadline: 14 February 2003


Description: The University of Wisconsin-Madison is seeking to hire a scholar of biotechnology policy, with an emphasis in public policy for stem cells and regenerative medicine. We welcome applications for a position available at the assistant professor rank (tenure track) or a higher rank if qualifications merit. Candidates should have a PhD in an appropriate field. 


How to apply: The position offers a competitive salary. Preferred starting date: August 2003. Additional information is available at: Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation by February 14, 2003 , to Timothy J. Kamp MD, PhD, Chair of Search Committee, Cluster Hire in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, Box 3248 CSC, 600 Highland Ave. , Madison WI 53792-3248 or electronically In their letter, candidates should reference Position Vacancy Listing #43520.






Coastal Management Fellowship

Charleston , South Carolina , USA

Deadline: 31 January 2003


Description: The Coastal Management Fellowship was established in 1996 to provide on-the-job education and training opportunities in coastal resource management and policy for postgraduate students and to provide project assistance to state coastal zone management programs. The program matches postgraduate students with state coastal zone programs to work on projects proposed by the state and selected by the fellowship sponsor, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Services Center .  This two-year opportunity offers a competitive salary, medical benefits, and travel and relocation expense reimbursement.


For more information: Jan Kucklick, Fellowship Program Manager, Tel: (843) 740-1279, E-mail:



Five Colleges Women’s Studies Research Center

South Hadley , Massachusetts , USA

Deadline: 10 February 2003


Description: A collaborative project of Amherst , Hampshire, Mount Holyoke , and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts , Amherst .  The Center invites applications for its Research Associateships for 2003-2004 from scholars and teachers at all levels of the educational system, as well as from artists, community organizers and political activists, both local and international.  Applicants should submit a project proposal (up to 4 pages), curriculum vitae, two letters of reference, and application cover sheet. In addition, Ford applicants should submit a two-page description of a women's studies course they are prepared to teach, which includes their pedagogical goals and techniques.


For more information: Five College Women's Studies Research Center, Mount Holyoke College, 50 College Street, South Hadley, MA 01075-6406, or



The Nature Conservancy Smith Fellowship Program


Deadline: 31 January 2003


Description: The Nature Conservancy’s David H. Smith Conservation Research Program is devoted exclusively to applied conservation research problems in the United States .  Each Fellow will receive an annual salary of $36,000 plus benefits, with the postdoctoral position expected to run for two consecutive years. In addition to the stipend, each Fellow receives a travel budget of approximately $9,000 and a research fund of $30,000 across the 2-year fellowship period.


For more information: or




IEEE Fellowship in Electrical History


Deadline: 1 February 2003


Description: 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. This award is supported by the IEEE Life Members Committee.  The Committee is pleased to announce that, beginning with the 2002/2003 Fellowship, the stipend was raised to $17,000, and a research budget of $3,000 was added.


For more information: or



Congressional Fellows Program

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.


Deadline: 1 April 2003


Description: The sponsor funds nine-month fellowships for graduate students, professionals with a minimum of five years of experience pursuing part-time graduate studies, or college faculty members to assist in the development of legislative and public policy initiatives while working as congressional staff.  Fellows receive a stipend comparable to most first-year congressional staff.  The stipend for 2000-2001 was $25,000 over a

nine-month period. 


For more information: Kelly Owens, Director:

Program URL:




Research Position for Doctoral Candidates
Kettering (Charles F.)

Dayton , Ohio , USA
Deadline: 15 March 2003


Description: The sponsor seeks doctoral candidates whose research interests include elements of deliberative democratic theory and practice. The position requires residency at the Foundation’s Dayton offices. Associates devote, on average, half of their working time to the Foundation’s research, and are provided space and resources to complete their dissertations. Positions are for one year.
Program URL:



Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Oncology

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore , Maryland , USA

Deadline: 27 January 2003


Description: The Institute of the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University is seeking to make a two-year postdoctoral appointment in the history of oncology. The fellowship is intended to support historical research on the development of the field of oncology with particular emphasis on clinical aspects of cancer treatment and research, the links between developments in the biomedical sciences and oncology, and the role of professional organizations in shaping the development of oncology. The fellowship is funded by a grant from the American Society for Clinical Oncology, which has a special interest in the Society's role in the history of oncology.


How to apply: Applicants should send a letter of interest describing their previous work in areas related to the history of oncology and/or clinical medicine, a cv, and three letters of reference to: Dr. Randall M. Packard, Director, Institute of the History of Medicine, 322 Welch Medical Library, 1900 East Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21205.



Lorenz Krueger Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Berlin , Germany

Deadline: 31 January 2003


Description: The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin announces the Lorenz Krueger postdoctoral fellowship for 2003/05 for an outstanding junior scholar whose current research combines perspectives from the history of science with those of the philosophy of science and/or the history of philosophy. The fellowship is named in honor of the late Professor Lorenz Krueger, of the University of Güttingen , whose work sought to connect philosophy with the history of science. The Lorenz Krueger Fellowship is awarded for a two year stay at the Institute in Berlin , beginning 1 October, 2003 .  The fellowship is open to scholars of all nationalities who have completed their Ph.D. no earlier than 1998 and no later than September 2003. The stipend for applicants from abroad is Euro 1.841 per month. Women are encouraged to apply. Qualifications being equal, precedence will be given to candidates with disabilities.


How to apply: Applicants are invited to send a curriculum vitae, a brief research proposal (maximum 1000 words), and two letters of recommendation by: 31 January, 2003 to: Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, "Lorenz Krueger Fellowship", Wilhelmstrasse 44, 10117 Berlin, Germany.

Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society

Graz , Austria

Deadline: 31 January 2003


Description: The Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS) is offering five grants (EUR 1,000.- per month) for fellowships at the IAS-STS in Graz starting 1 October 2003 , ending 30 June 2004 . 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. 


For application forms and further information: Please visit their website:



Reframing Rights: Constitutional Implications of Technological Change


Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts , USA

Deadline: 4 February 2003


Description: This training program for predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows at Harvard University 's John F. Kennedy School of Government aims to extend our conceptual framework for addressing the constitutional implications of epochal changes in science and technology (S&T), particularly in the areas of genetics, information, and the environment.  The program provides one year of support for study at Harvard.  Recipients are expected to be in residence at the Kennedy School throughout the fellowship period.  The training grant recognizes that the notion of constitutions has to be broadened to include the full range of processes by which individuals in modern societies order their relationships with the institutions that govern their lives. Under this expanded sense of constitutionalism, research and training will focus on the ways in which societal commitments about individual and collective rights enter into, and are transformed by, developments in genetic, informational, and environmental S&T.


Please address questions and inquiries, and send applications to: Seth Kirshenbaum, Science, Technology, and Society Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, 79 John F. Kennedy Street , Cambridge , MA   02138 , Tel. 617-495-5636, Fax. 617-496-5960, E-mail:, For additional information on the application process visit our website:






National Science Foundation Grants in Science, Technology, and Society

Deadline: 1 February 2003


The next target date for submitting proposals to the Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science, and Technology (SDEST) program is February 1, 2003 .  Societal Dimensions considers a wide variety of proposals for research and education about the interactions of engineering, science, technology, and society.  The Ethics and Values Studies (EVS) component supports examinations of the ethical and value dimensions in those interactions.  The Research on Knowledge, Science and Technology (RST) component supports research on the implications of social and strategic choices that influence knowledge production and innovations.


The program's home page is at; check out the links to other related sites and the assistance on "Preparing a Proposal, What You Should Know!!!!!!!!"


Information about submission procedures and the kinds of awards the program makes, including professional development and graduate training efforts, is in the program announcement, at


You can reach the SDEST program director Rachelle Hollander at, phone: 703-292-7272.  Program director John Perhonis handles dissertation proposals; he can be reached at; phone: 703-292-7279.


NASTS Grad Student Paper Contest
20-22 February 2003
Holiday Inn Inner Harbor , Baltimore MD
1 February 2003

National Association of Science, Technology, and Society (NASTS) graduate student paper contest: 1st place:  $100 and free registration for 2004conference.  2nd place: $50 and free registration for 2004 conference.  3rd place: Free membership for 2003-2004.  Submit normal proposal form for presentation to specific assembly or to Franz Foltz in general.  Write Graduate Contest by your title.

Finished papers (5000-10000 words in length) need to be emailed to by February 1st so that they may be peer reviewed by the Bulletin for STS prior to conference.  It is possible that all or none of the papers will be accepted.  Hopefully, all submitted papers will be accepted.  Presentations will be throughout conference during regularly scheduled sessions.  Awards to be presented at Saturday night Conference Dinner.





Gili S. Drori, John W. Meyer, Francisco O. Ramirez, and Evan Schofer.  2003.  Science in the Modern World Polity: Institutionalization and Globalization.  Stanford University Press.


Science in the Modern World Polity presents empirical studies of the rise, expansion, and influence of scientific discourse and organization throughout the world over the past century.  Using quantitative cross-national data, it shows the impact of this scientized world polity on national societies and examines how this world scientific system and national reflections of it have influenced a wide variety of institutional spheres—the economy, political systems, human rights, environmentalism, and organizational reforms.


The authors argue that the triumph of science across social domains and around the world is due to its institutionalized cultural authority rather than to its instrumental utility for societies or for their dominant elites.  Thus, following the Stanford approach to institutional theory in sociology, the book emphasizes the symbolic or religious role science plays in the modern world.



Linda L. Layne.  2002.  Motherhood Lost: A Feminist Account of Pregnancy Loss in America .  Routledge.

Layne recommends that feminists promote open discussion of pregnancy loss and that doctors educate patients better about possible pregnancy difficulties. She also urges science reporters to offer more measured perspectives about the state of reproductive medicine.



The Digital Society Project


The Digital Society is a project open mainly to the Internet Community and the Information Society Community in Latin American, however without restrictions to any other countries or regions in the world. It is about the creation of the first forum to Portuguese and Spanish speaking specialists, under the structure of an internet gate.  The structure of this space is divided, in its first level, into areas considered of extreme importance to the development of the Information Society, such as language, (brechas digitais), e-Government, special studies, legislation and country information. On a second level, there are interactive elements such as news, special projects and information centres designed to promote interchanges and synergy between regional specialists, always searching for new models, applications and research results, benefiting all users and paving the road between the Information Society and the Knowledge Society.



American Anthropologist Journal Archive Project


Visitors can now search for any author, name, subject, or cultural group written about in American Anthropologist from 1888 through 2000 and can get a summary of what was said by whom.  Besides finding a particular author, name, subject, or cultural group, you can also take a particular year - say 1890 - and see what topics were covered in what ways focusing on which cultural groups.  Better yet, you can compare several years - say 1890, 1920, 1950, 1970, and 2000 - to see to what degree and in what ways anthropology has developed over that past 110 years: How have the questions and topics changed? In what ways has there been progress? (You can even see how your own article is summarized in American Anthropologist.)


Networking on the Network:
A Guide to Professional Skills for PhD Students
Philip E. Agre

Advice for every step of academic professionalization.


STS Graduate Student Discussion Group
Cornell University

The listserv, STSGRAD-L, is intended to facilitate the formation of an international network of junior scholars (eg., graduate students, postdocs, junior scholars) who are interested in the field of Science and Technology Studies. This listserv will have three purposes: 1) to circulate information about upcoming conferences, opportunities to present or publish papers, and job postings; 2) help establish linkages among scholars with similar theoretical and empirical interests; and 3) provide a forum to generate broad discussion about issues important to young scholars across the world engaged with the field of Science and Technology Studies.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind with regard to the listserv. First, if you have any friends or colleagues who might be interested in subscribing, please forward them this message and information about subscribing to the list. This network is not intended to be restrictive to any particular organization, institution, or theoretical perspective. The more the merrier! Second, this listserv is intended to be a collective effort. If you see any interesting job or conference postings, opportunities for publication or presentation, or are seeking expertise in a particular area, please take advantage of this great resource.

How to subscribe:  Send a message to In the text of the message, write: subscribe STSGRAD-L First Name Last Name. If you want to send messages to the list, you send them to


The International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP)


The IACAP is currently being formed on the basis of a sixteen-year history of Computing and Philosophy (CAP) conferences. Its purpose is to support a global communications system to facilitate these conferences (and other events), to help researchers interested in the intersection between philosophy and computing collaborate with each other, and to promote the study of philosophy in general by employing computational systems to organize philosophical content on the Internet.



Complexity, Trust and Terror

Langdon Winner

Tech Knowledge Revue 3.1

22 October 2002


"What would happen to our own society if the long-standing conventions of openness and trust were suddenly afflicted by a pervasive sense of vulnerability and dread? Would our rights, liberties and democratic institutions survive?"