PSA Newsletter: Vol. 8 No. 2: March 2002

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Edited for the Philosophy of Science Association by Malcolm Forster, http://philosophy.wisc.edu/forster

IN THIS ISSUE:

  1. Workshop on the Mathematization of Nature: April 12-13, 2002 http://www.indiana.edu/~hpscdept/workshop.html
  2. Call for papers: Popper Centenary Conference, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 12-14 July, 2002: http://www.phil.canterbury.ac.nz/
  3. New Journal: Eighteenth-Century Thought. http://www.eighteenthcenturythought.org
  4. Employment Opportunity: Program Director for Science and Technology Studies, U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
  5. Employment Opportunity: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, Austin, TX

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1. The Department of History and Philosophy of Science at Indiana University is sponsoring an international workshop devoted to a discussion of the issues raised by different forms of the mathematization of nature. The workshop will be help April 12-13 on the Bloomington campus. Speakers include Nico Bertoloni Meli (Indiana), Mary Terrall (UCLA), Michael Friedman (Indiana), Mark Wilson (Pittsburgh), Jordi Cat (Indiana), Andrew Warwick (Imperial College, London), Michael Dickson (Indiana), and Juergen Renn (Max Planck Institute, Berlin). The discussions will be in various historical contexts, from the 17th to the 20th centuries. All are invited. For more information, please visit http://www.indiana.edu/~hpscdept/workshop.html


2. Call for papers for the Popper Centenary Conference, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, 12-14 July, 2002. Offers of papers should include the following: name, institution (if any), title, and an abstract. Given that it may be necessary to make a selection from the submissions, a draft of the paper would be welcome. The deadline for submissions is 3 May, 2002, and they should be addressed to: Popper Conference, Department of Philosophy, University of Canterbury, Private Bag 4800, Ilam, Christchurch, New Zealand. Keynote speakers include: Alan Chalmers, Anthony O'Hear, Peter Munz, Alan Musgrave, Alan Ryan, Jeremy Shearmur, Helmut Spinner. Further information obtainable via the conference button at: http://www.phil.canterbury.ac.nz/


3. New Journal: Eighteenth-Century Thought

Editor: James G. Buickerood, University of Missouri, St. Louis

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new international, interdisciplinary annual, Eighteenth-Century Thought. The goal of the journal is to support the study of early modern thought through the publication of research pertinent to the fields of philosophy, natural philosophy, medicine, law, historiography, political theory, religion, economics, and the human sciences as they were conceived and practiced from the mid seventeenth century to the early nineteenth century. The journal will distribute such studies in an overtly interdisciplinary forum, comprising not only papers on these subjects of common interest to scholars of these various disciplines, but also papers that themselves exemplify the highest standards of interdisciplinary research.

Editorial correspondence and submissions should be addressed to Professor James G. Buickerood, Editor, Eighteenth-Century Thought, Department of Philosophy, University of Missouri, St. Louis, 8001 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, MO 63121. Web site: http://www.eighteenthcenturythought.org


4. Employment Opportunity: 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 2002. The position is a rotational one, carrying an initial one-year appointment, normally renewable for up to two years or more.

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. Six or more years of research experience beyond the Ph.D. is desirable for appointment as Program Director. Salary is negotiable, and is comparable with academic salaries at major US institutions.

Please direct inquiries and expressions of interest to Dr. Daniel H. Newlon, Acting Division Director of the Division of Social and Economic Sciences, phone: (703) 292-8761; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Dr. Bruce Seely, Program Director, Science and Technology Studies, phone: (703) 292-8763, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Mrs. Bonney Sheahan, coordinator of the cluster housing the STS program, phone: (703) 292-8764, or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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. The National Science Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to employing highly qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our nation.


5. UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, Austin, TX. Subject to administrative approval. Open rank, tenure track, effective September 1, 2003. AOS: Philosophy of Science. AOC: History of Science. Duties include research, undergraduate and graduate teaching (typically, two courses/semester), thesis supervision, and service to the Department, the College of Liberal Arts, and the University. Limited summer teaching available. EO/AAE. Ph.D. required. Senior candidates must have a distinguished record of teaching and research; junior candidates must have demonstrated teaching ability and outstanding research potential. Senior applicants should submit a CV including the names of at least three references; junior candidates should submit at least three confidential letters of recommendation, a sample of written work, and teaching materials. Applications should be addressed as follows: The Search Committee, Department of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2002.

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