PSA Newsletter: Vol. 6 No. 2: May 2000

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IN THIS ISSUE:

  1. PSA ELECTION RESULTS
  2. NEW NSF FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
  3. CALL FOR PAPERS. Conference on "Value-Free Science: Ideal or Illusion?"
  4. NEW NSF STS PROGRAM DIRECTOR
  5. CONFERENCE: One Hundred Years of the Quantum
  6. A NEW JOURNAL AND A NEW BOOK SERIES

ENDNOTES:

  1. The purpose of this letter
  2. INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSIONS
  3. DIRECTIONS FOR SUBSCRIBING OR UNSUBSCRIBING

1. PSA ELECTION RESULTS

In the most recent PSA election, Harold Brown (Northern Illinois) and Sandra Mitchell (Pitt) were re-elected to their second and last terms on the governing board. Elected to new and first terms were Jeffrey Bub (Maryland) and Elisabeth Lloyd (Indiana).

Governing board terms are two years in length.

In the elections to nominating committee, Patricia Kitcher (Columbia), Richard Healy (Arizona) and John Worrall (LSE) were elected to serve two-year terms; Kitcher will serve as chair of the committee.

The Association is lucky to have had such an excellent slate of candidates for this election. Good candidates provide good officers, which makes PSA run well. Thanks to everyone who stood for election! I'm looking forward to working with everyone.

George Gale
Executive Secretary


2. New NSF Funding Opportunities in Science & Technology Studies

As the National Science Foundation continues to channel much support for research and training through new cross-disciplinary initiatives -- as opposed to traditional disciplinary-based programs, such as the Science & Technology Studies Program (STS) -- scholars in all fields have learned that these special initiatives often provide unusually rich opportunities. Two recently-announced special competitions seem of great potential interest to those practicing history, philosophy, and social studies of science and technology.

The first, "Enhancing Infrastructure for the Social and Behavioral Sciences," was recently announced through a formal Program Announcement issued by the NSF Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (which houses the NSF STS Program). This competition embodies a revision of a competition last held late in 1998 and offers support for a wide range of activities, including those that will "collect data from surveys, experiments, or administrative records; case or historical records; or objects of investigation (archaeological items, for example) [in a form] that will support broad-based investigations into the most important scientific questions facing social and behavioral science in the next decade." Much further information about this competition appears in the formal Program Announcement, most readily available at http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/ses/infra/start.htm. Proposals must be submitted to NSF by August 4, 2000.

The second, a solicitation for proposals addressing issues relating to the development of an "Information Technology Workforce," was announced recently through a "Dear Colleague Letter" issued by the NSF Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering. Among other topics, this competition especially seeks proposals that revolve around three basic themes -- (1) Environment and Culture; (2) IT Educational Continuum; and (3) IT Workplace -- and that address research questions related to the under-representation of women and minorities in the IT workforce. Multi-disciplinary collaboration among researchers in all fields are encouraged, and proposals must be submitted to NSF by June 22, 2000. The "Dear Colleague Letter" is most readily available at http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf0077.

Each of these Websites provides the names and e-mail addresses of those overseeing these competitions, from whom additional information may be requested. Potential applicants may also contact the NSF STS Program Officer, Michael M. Sokal, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


3. CALL FOR PAPERS. Conference on "Value-Free Science: Ideal or Illusion?"

February 23-25th, 2001. University of Alabama at Birmingham. Speakers include Elliott Sober, Wesley Salmon, John Dupre, Jed Buchwald, Anne Fausto-Sterling, Michael Root, and many others. Paper length: 10 pages. Submission deadline: November 1, 2000. Send papers to Harold Kincaid, Department of Philosophy, 900 13th St. So. Birmingham, Al, 35294-1260. Go to www.uab.edu/ethicscenter for further information.


4. NEW NSF STS PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Bruce E. Seely, Professor of History at Michigan Technological University, will become the next Director of the National Science Foundation's Science & Technology Studies Program, early in August 2000. Bruce has written extensively on the history of American technology; he is perhaps best known for his studies the role of engineers in 20th-century transportation policy making and his research on the history of American engineering education. He has previously served the NSF STS Program as a reviewer, a panelist, and a member of the program's early-1990s Committee of Visitors. He brings to the position extensive administrative experience derived from his current service as President of the MTU Faculty Senate and, more importantly, from his six-year term as Secretary of the Society for the History Technology. As SHOT Secretary, Bruce worked closely with members and officers of all U.S.-based organizations that promote research and teaching in all areas of the history, philosophy, and social studies of science and technology, and at NSF he will build effectively on this rich experience.

In assuming his position at NSF, Bruce will take on the full portfolio of responsibilities assigned to all NSF Program Officers. He now looks forward to working with all members of the extremely varied scholarly community that the NSF STS Program has served so well for many years.

Bruce will succeed Michael M. Sokal, who will complete his two-year "Rotatorship" in the position this summer. Mike will return to his permanent position as Professor of History at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.


5.CONFERENCE: ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF THE QUANTUM

The University of Puget Sound will host a symposium marking the centennial of the birth of quantum physics.

Dates: Sunday and Monday, 29 and 30 October, 2000
Location: University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington, USA
Deadline for registration: September 30,2000.

Note that the conference will be held in the Pacific Northwest just prior to the PSA/HSS meetings in Vancouver BC.

For details, go to: http://www.ups.edu/physics/maxplanck


6. A NEW JOURNAL AND A NEW BOOK SERIES

The title of the journal is Brain and Mind: A Transdisciplinary Journal of Neuroscience and Neurophilosophy. Kluwer has set up a web site for the journal on their Journals Homepage. The site contains information about the journal's aims and scope , the inaugural editorial board, instructions for authors (currently being expanded), and subscription information. The first issue of the first volume should be out April 2000; each annual volume will contain three issues. The journal's site can be reached directly at www.wkap.nl/journals/bam

In conjunction with the journal, Kluwer Academic Publishers will also start a book series, "Studies in Brain and Mind." This series will publish book-length manuscripts on interdisciplinary topics of interest to neuroscientists and neurophilosophers. It also has a site on Kluwer's web page, which can be reached directly at www.wkap.nl/series.htm/IBAM

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ENDNOTES:

A. The purpose of this newsletter

The PSA Newsletter is published electronically on an "as needed" basis by the Philosophy of Science Association to disseminate information. The newsletter is moderated and is restricted to information pertinent to members of the Association (e.g., official business of the Association, information about upcoming meetings or other information likely to be of interest to a broad range of membership). It is NOT intended for ongoing discussions of intellectual topics within philosophy of science.

B. INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUBMISSIONS

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