PSA Newsletter: Vol. 7 No. 3: September 2001

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

IN THIS ISSUE:

  1. There will be a memorial concert in honor of Wes Salmon on Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 25, 2001. Christopher O'Riley will present the concert in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, on the University of Pittsburgh campus, at 7:30 PM.
  2. REMINDER: PSA 2002 Symposium and Workshop Proposals: DEADLINE Nov. 1.
  3. Calgary Job: Application DEADLINE: 15 September 2001.
  4. IMPORTANT information from NSF at http://philosophy.wisc.edu/PSA/NSF.htm.
  5. Call for Abstracts, Fourth Congress of the International Working Group in History of Philosophy of Science, Montreal, Canada. June 21-23, 2002. DEADLINE: 1 January 2002. (http://scistud.umkc.edu/hopos/hopos2002/call2002)
  6. Public Appeal for Material for the Paul K. Feyerabend Archive.
  7. CALL FOR PAPERS for "Technology, Cultural Interchange and Globalization," the 29th Symposium of ICOHTEC, June 22-26, 2002, Granada, Spain. DEADLINE: January 15, 2002. (http://www.icohtec.org/)
  8. Conference on "Ecology, Theology, and Judeo-Christian Environmental Ethics" DEADLINE Nov. 1. (http://www.nd.edu/~ecoltheo/)
  9. Ludus Vitalis, biannual journal of Philosophy of Life Sciences
  10. WORKSHOP ON THEORY OF KNOWLEDGE, Justification, Truth, Beliefs, 27-30 October 2001. Jablonna, near Warsaw. (http://www.jtb-forum.pl)
  11. PREVIOUS LINKS: REMEMBER the new PhilSci Archives: (http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/)

ENDNOTES:

  1. The purpose of this letter
  2. INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSIONS (please read!)
  3. DIRECTIONS FOR SUBSCRIBING OR UNSUBSCRIBING

1. There will be a memorial concert in honor of Wes Salmon on Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 25, 2001. Christopher O'Riley will present the concert in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, on the University of Pittsburgh campus, at 7:30 PM.


2. PSA 2002: Call for Symposium Proposals and Workshop Proposals. Philosophy of Science Association Eighteenth-Biennial Meeting, 7-10 November 2002, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Go to http://www.pitt.edu/~psa2002/ for full information.
URGENT: Symposium proposals should reach the chair of the Program Committee no later than 1 NOVEMBER 2001.


3. Calgary Job: The Faculty of Communication and Culture, and the Faculty of Science jointly invite applications for a junior chair to support interdisciplinary work that crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries.

For full ad, go to: http://philosophy.wisc.edu/PSA/CalgaryJob.htm


4. Notes From the NSF, by Bruce Seely and John Perhonis, Program Directors, Science and Technology Studies

[Editor's Note: For this IMPORTANT information, see the full letter in a more readable and printable form at http://philosophy.wisc.edu/PSA/NSF.htm]

We would like to alert PSA members about funding opportunities at the National Science Foundation's STS Program. We also want to convey to potential applicants a couple of concerns about difficulties found in recent submissions.

The Program reviewed 195 proposals in the Fall 2000 and Spring 2001 review cycles, and made 67 awards, including 16 for dissertations. In partial response to the increasing number of proposals, the STS Program received a 7 percent budget increase for FY 2001, to $3,827,000. The situation for FY 2002 is unclear, but projections are for flat budgets. Those interested in learning about the Program's activities are invited to look at the Program Announcement and other information on the STS Program's home page: http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/ses/sts/start.htm.

NOTES ON PROPOSALS TO STS

Over the past year, a number of proposals have given the STS Advisory Panel (which reviews all proposals) and the Program cause for slight concern. The difficulties can lead to lower evaluations, but are easily correctable. Our goal is to enable you to produce the best proposals possible.

Dissertation Proposals

We are concerned that some of these proposals are not following NSF guidelines. A very few have omitted required elements or presented budgets that do not adhere to the guidelines. Other problems suggest that faculty advisers have not carefully reviewed proposals with their graduate students. The most common difficulties are awkward or unclear writing, very general or weak work plans, and distracting grammatical and spelling errors. A few submissions included bibliographies that identified only the broad formative or theoretical literatures from which students intend to build their projects, and omitted citations to the specific subject content. These difficulties undermine the confidence of evaluators in projects. The Advisory Panel and Program realize dissertation proposals cannot exhibit the maturity of projects from established scholars. But faculty advisers are PIs on these projects for a reason, and proposals ultimately reflect upon them.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Proposals

As with dissertations proposals, the applicant is the co-PI with the sponsoring faculty member as PI. These have increased in number in recent years, and some share problems with the dissertations in terms of clarity and bibliographies. Equally a matter of concern has been postdoc proposals that did not specifically justify the choice of the institution and sponsoring faculty member in terms of the student's plan of research and training. A few proposals have failed to describe both the training component and the research activity. Finally, a number of postdoc proposals have given short shrift to the student's work plan. In the end, competitive postdoctoral fellowship proposals are built through careful cooperation between the applicant and the sponsoring faculty member. The Program and Advisory Panel worry that proposals not exhibiting such contact in the preparation stage will lead to unsatisfactory postdoc experiences.

Current and Pending Support Statements

A number of recent STS proposals of all types have slighted the required Statement on Current and Pending Support. This document should include information about other awards you have already received, as well as the other organizations to which you plan to submit applications covering the same ground as your NSF proposal. We encourage multiple submission of proposals, for NSF is always willing to work out sharing arrangements with sponsors when both find a project meritorious. While some organizations may not allow this, the STS Program can more quickly deal with budgets from multiple funding sources if we know about such possibilities from the outset. So please provide complete information on the Current and Pending Support Form at the time of the initial submission. And remember that investigators have an obligation to notify the STS program as soon as they learn that have been awarded funding for the same research project submitted to NSF.


5.Call for Abstracts, Fourth Congress of the International Working Group in History of Philosophy of Science, Montreal, Canada. June 21-23, 2002.

DEADLINE: 1 January 2002.
See: http://scistud.umkc.edu/hopos/hopos2002/call2002.html


6. Public Appeal for Feyerabend Archive Material

In 1996 the Philosophical Archives of the University of Konstanz acquired the papers of Paul K. Feyerabend. The recent gift of a significant number of letters and documents of Paul Feyerabend by his former assistant Christian Thomas gives us reason to presume that there is still more material in the possession of people who worked with Feyerabend or exchanged letters with him.

To prevent such material from being lost we kindly request all persons who own or know about letters, documents or unpublished writings by Paul K. Feyerabend to inform the Philosophical Archives at the address given below. If such persons wish to keep the original documents in their possession, it would still be very helpful to register their existence and to arrange an agreement with respect to their future use or at least to make copies of the originals.

Although it is the principle and practice of the Philosophical Archives to make all its holdings easily accessible to all interested users, items that make direct and personal reference to individuals alive today are sequestered unless such individuals declare their willingness to make the documents publicly available. As a rule, such items are entered in the catalogue, but are not open to the users of the archives. Please feel free to ask about details of the Philosophical Archives as an institution.

  • Contact: Philosophisches Archiv der Universit√§t Konstanz
  • D-78457 Konstanz
  • Prof. Dr. Gereon Wolters, director
  • phone: ++49-7531-88-2636
  • Dr. Brigitte Uhlemann, archivist
  • phone: ++49-7531-883729

7.CALL FOR PAPERS for "Technology, Cultural Interchange and Globalization," the 29th Symposium of ICOHTEC - The International Committee for the History of Technology, June 22-26, 2002, Granada, Spain.

ICOHTEC (http://www.icohtec.org) is an international scholarly organization associated with the International Union for the History and Philosophy of Science and UNESCO.

Full details at: http://www.icohtec.org


8.A conference on "Ecology, Theology, and Judeo-Christian Environmental Ethics"will be held at the University of Notre Dame from February 21-24, 2002. Abstracts for contributed papers and posters are being accepted through November 1. See the website, www.nd.edu/~ecoltheo for more information.


9. Ludus Vitalis, biannual journal of Philosophy of Life Sciences Edited in Mexico in Spanish, English and French, recently published its 14th number. This is a journal devoted to the study of and reflection on the metascientific (ontological, epistemological, methodological, ethical, historical, sociological) problems of such disciplines as biology, medicine, anthropology, linguistics, behavioral sciences and cognitive sciences. Its foremost thematic lines are History and Philosophy of Evolutionist Theories; Epistemology of Life Sciences; Mind-Body relation, Knowledge, Behaviour; Paleoanthropology and Studies on Humankind; Technique and Nature. The journal has a distinctly philosophical character, analytical and critical by definition. Its editorial policy does not subscribe to any one philosophical posture, but is interested in the debate between different positions and accepts any standpoint as long as it is supported with the analytical and argumentative rigor of professional philosophy. (www.ludusvitalis.org.mx).

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ENDNOTES:

A. The purpose of this newsletter

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