PSA Newsletter: Vol. 4 No. 1: January 1998

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Edited for the Philosophy of Science Association by:

William Bechtel
Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program
Department of Philosophy
Washington University in St. Louis

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CONTENTS:

  1. EDITOR'S NOTE
  2. Editorship of Philosophy of Science
  3. Conference on Science, Technology, and the Rise of Nature
  4. ERA/NSF Decision Making and Valuation for Environmental Policy program
  5. NSF: Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science, and Technology program
  6. Conference on Modeling and Simulation
  7. Workshop Modern Mathematical Thought II
  8. Special"Stream" at the Cognitive Science Society
  9. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Science
  10. Fellowship in the History of Information Processing, 1998-1999

Subject: 1. EDITOR'S NOTE:

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2. Editorship of Philosophy of Science

Professor Philip Kitcher has indicated that he does not wish to be considered for another term as Editor-in-chief of Philosophy of Science when his current term expires on June 30, 1999. With this notice, the Governing Board of the Association solicits applications and nominations for his replacement. The Editor-in-chief is appointed by the Governing Board for a five year term. Officially that term will not begin until July 1, 1999, but the new editor is expected to start managing the refereeing and selection of articles no later than the beginning of 1999 and to become increasingly involved in the production process during the course of the year. Due to the fact that there are already papers in the pipeline, the transition of editorship will necessarily be gradual.

The office of the Editor-in-chief is responsible for overseeing the refereeing system for the journal, deciding which articles are to be published, choosing those which will appear in a particular issue, copy editing manuscripts to conform to the style of Philosophy of Science, securing copyright transfer agreements from authors, obtaining reprint orders, sending galleys to authors for proofing, creating a master galley proof, proofing pages, and arranging for book reviews. The actual performance of some of these responsibilities (securing copyright, sending galleys to authors) is handled by staff at the University of Chicago Press and the Editor's task is simply one of oversight. Stan Walens will continue to serve as Managing Editor and will do the copy-editing of accepted manuscripts and correspondence with authors once a final manuscript has been received. The Editor appoints Associate Editors and members to the journal's Editorial Board, subject to the Governing Board's approval and also submits an annual report to the Executive Secretary for transmittal to the Governing Board. Article V of the PSA By-laws pertains to the position of Editor-in-chief of Philosophy of Science.

When reviewing the credentials of applicants and nominees, the following characteristics will be especially relevant: 1) broad interests in philosophy of science; 2) a record of professional work in the field over a period of at least ten years; 3) a home institution willing to support the undertaking (e.g., by providing appropriate space, released time, secretarial and editorial assistance); 4) colleagues who can provide support; 5) commitment to keeping the journal non-doctrinaire with respect to philosophical position; and 6) availability on the schedule and for the term described above. All other things being equal, an individual with some experience with the editorial process would be preferred.

The members of the selection committee are: William Bechtel, chair, Washington University; Lindley Darden, University of Maryland; George Gale, University of Missouri, Kansas City; Nancy Nersessian, Georgia Institute of Technology; and Kenneth F. Schaffner, George Washington. Nominations and applications should be sent to Professor William Bechtel, Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program, Campus Box 1073, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 63124 (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Both nominations and applications should include a vita and a letter discussing the individual's qualifications for the position. Evidence that institutional support will be forthcoming may be preliminary but must be provided. The selection committee will continue to consider applications until the position is filled, but will begin considering applications March 1, 1998.


3. Conference on Science, Technology, and the Rise of Nature

CALL FOR PAPERS

4S (Society for the Social Studies of Science) and ESAC (Environmental Studies Association of Canada) announce a call for papers for "Science, Technology, and the Rise of Nature", a jointly sponsored conference to be held from Wednesday, October 28 to Sunday, November 1, 1998 at the Hotel Halifax in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Papers dealing with any topic in the broadly defined field of science and technology studies are appropriate, and papers on the substantive theme of the conference (the interface between science, technology and the environment) are particularly encouraged. Abstracts must be typed and not exceed 300-500 words in length. Also include as many of the following as possible: title of the paper, name, present institutional affiliation (if any), preferred mailing address, work and home phone numbers, fax number and email. Send this information to Gary Bowden, Program Chair 4S/ESAC Conference, Department of Sociology, University of New Brunswick, P.O. Box 4400, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, E3B 5A3. Abstracts may also be submitted via fax (506-453-4659) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Abstracts must be received by Friday, February 20, 1998.


4. ERA/NSF Decision Making and Valuation for Environmental Policy program

The US Environmental Protection Agency and the US National Science Foundation are continuing to cooperate in considering proposals for research of interest to them. The new announcement for the Decision Making and Valuation for Environmental Policy program is available on the World Wide Web at

http://es.inel.gov/ncerqa/rfa/98valrfa.html

The Decision-making and Valuation for Environmental Policy competition encourages research on improving decision-making and understanding diverse values in environmental policy and related public issues. Within this component, priority will be given to research leading to advances in valuing environmental quality and economic growth and in improving environmental decisionmaking.

The program expects to spend about $2 million for grants, with a projected award range from $60,000 to $125,000 per award per year, and an approximate duration of 2 to 3 years. Field experiments, survey research, and multi-investigator projects may be considered for a higher funding level. Depending on the quality of proposals and the recommendations from merit review, the sponsoring agencies expect more than half the resources to be allocated to the component area of benefits of environmental policies and programs.

Proposals in response to this announcement must be received by January 15, 1998. It is anticipated that awards will be made by Fall 1998. Awards resulting from this competition may be made by either EPA or NSF, at the option of the agencies, not the grantee.

If you wish further information about this component of the EPA-NSF Partnership for Environmental Research, please contact any one of the following individuals:

  • Ms. Deborah Hanlon
  • fax (202) 565-2447, voice (202) 564-6836

5. NSF: Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science, and Technology program

The Societal Dimensions of Engineering, Science, and Technology program - Ethics and Values Studies, and Research on Science and Technology, in the Division of Social, Behavioral and Economic Research, is issuing a call for proposals for the February 1, 1998 target date. Information about the program and submission procedures can be found at http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/sber/sdest

You can also get an electronic copy of the announcement by sending an e-mail message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In the text of the message, write get nsf9728.txt and it will be sent to you. Once you have reviewed the material, if you have ideas that you wish to discuss, contact program directors Rachelle Hollander or John Perhonis, NSF, Room 995, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone: 703-306-1743. Fax: 703-306-0485 or 0486. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The program has approximately $1 million to support awards from the proposals submitted.

Program Description: In SDEST, the Ethics and Values Studies (EVS) component focuses on developing and transmitting knowledge about ethical and value dimensions associated with the conduct and impacts of science, engineering, and technology. The Research on Science and Technology (RST) component supports research to improve approaches and information for decision making concerning management and direction of research, science, and technology.


6. CONFERENCE ON MODELING AND SIMULATION

The first of two conferences on philosophical and methodological issues in scientific modeling and simulation will be held at the University of Virginia March 27- 29 1998. A second conference will be held at the University of Chicago in October 1998. Funding for the conferences is provided by the National Science Foundation. The speakers at Virginia will include Hal Caswell (Biology, Woods Hole), David Freedman (Statistics, Berkeley),Peter Galison (History of Science, Harvard), Gerd Gigerenzer (Max Planck Institute, Berlin), John Hawley (Astrophysics, Virginia), Deborah Mayo (Philosophy, Virginia Tech), Sahotra Sarkar (Max Planck Institute, Berlin), Patrick Suppes (IMSSS, Stanford), Bill Wimsatt (Philosophy, Chicago), Alison Wylie (Philosophy, Western Ontario). Details of the conference can be found at the Web site http://modeling.clas.virginia.edu, by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by writing to Paul Humphreys, Corcoran Department of Philosophy, 512 Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA 222903-2443, USA.


7. Workshop Modern Mathematical Thought II

Joint Workshop at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University

Modern Mathematical Thought II: Historical and Philosophical Approaches

MAY 1 - MAY 4, 1998

The workshop is the second in a successful collaboration between the editors of David Hilbert's unpublished papers and a select group of historians and philosophers of mathematics. The aim is both to further the assessment of Hilbert's foundational work on mathematics and physics, its background and impact, and to highlight alternative approaches to conceptual problems in the philosophy and history of mathematics in which these disciplines can complement each other. The workshop will draw together an international group of philosophers, historians and logicians of diverse perspectives; among them will be: Karine Chemla, William Ewald, Michael Friedman, Emily Grosholz, Michael Hallett, Ralf Haubrich, Jesper Lutzen, Ulrich Majer, Kenneth Manders, Charles Parsons, Tilman Sauer, Wilfried Sieg, Howard Stein, William Tait, and Mark Wilson.

For further information visit the Center for Philosophy of Science Schedule of Events web site at: http://www.pitt.edu/~pittcntr or contact Jim Lennox at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by fax 412-624-3895.


8. Special"Stream" at the Cognitive Science Society

There will be a special stream of papers at the upcoming Cognitive Science Society meetings, August 1-4, 1998, in Madison, WI on foundational, philosophical issues in cognitive science. The "stream" will consist of at least two paper sessions (a total of 8 paper 20 minutes each) at the Cognitive Science Society. If there are enough good submissions, more paper sessions more paper sessions will be requested.

Contributors should attach a separate cover page, indicating that their submissions are intended for the stream chaired by Sean O Nuallain and Robert Campbell.

Contributors should make their submissions to the Cognitive Science Society, following the standard rules for formatting their papers (if you have not received the hard-copy call for papers, check the CSS Web site at http://www.umich.edu/~cogsci/cogsci.html).

THE DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 6, 1998.

Co-chairs of the special stream:

Sean O Nuallain

Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland & National Research Council, Ottawa, Canada (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Robert L. Campbell

Department of Psychology, Clemson University, Clemson, SC USA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


9. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Science

The University of Oklahoma announces a junior- or senior-level Andrew W. Mellow Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Science for the 1998-1999 academic year. The fellowship will be awarded for research and teaching that explore the intersections of the biological and social at the borders of science and culture, with a strong preference given to the historical projects situated at the crossroads of human science, life science, and culture. The fellowship carries a stipend up to $30,000, with benefits including a budget for travel and research expenses. Deadline, January 10, 1998. Contact Dr. Katherine Pandora, Department of the History of Science, The University of Oklahoma, 601 Elm, Room 622, Norman, OK 73019-0315; Phone: 405.325.3427, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


10. Fellowship in the History of Information Processing, 1998-1999

The Charles Babbage Institute is accepting applications for the Adelle and Erwin Tomash Graduate Fellowship to be awarded for the 1998-1999 academic year to a graduate student whose dissertation will address a topic in the history of computers and information processing. The stipend is for $10,000 plus up to $2,000 for tuition, fees, travel to the Charles Babbage Institute and relevant archives, etc. For information, contact the Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota, 103 Walter Library, 117 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Deadine: January 15, 1998

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