PSA Newsletter: Vol. 4 No. 2: October 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. Conference on Computing and Philosophy
  3. Post-Doctoral Fellow at Northwestern University
  4. DIBNER INSTITUTE FOR THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FELLOWS
  5. Positions at NSF
  6. Memberships in the School of Historical Studies

Subject: 1. EDITOR'S NOTE:

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2. Conference on Computing and Philosophy

The Fourteenth Annual Conference on Computing and Philosophy (CAP) will be held at Carnegie Mellon University on August 5th - 7th, 1999. This conference, which is co-sponsored by the APA Committee on Philosophy and Computers and the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon, has become the central meeting place for all aspects of computing and philosophy.

The deadline for submissions (2-3 page abstract, plus equipment needs) is Monday, February 15th.

Further information regarding the conference, including previous programs, submission FORMS, and on-line registration, can IV found at the CAP Home Page: caae.phil.cmu.edu/CAAE/CAP/CAPpage.html


3. Post-Doctoral Fellow at Northwestern University

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, Evanston, IL. Postdoctoral fellowships in history and philosophy of science, definite, one year only, beginning fall 1999. Indicate interest in either history of science or philosophy of science. $27,500 plus benefits. EO/AAE. Send complete dossier, including statement of proposed research, to: David L. Hull, Department of Philosophy, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208. Deadline for application is December 15, 1998.


4. DIBNER INSTITUTE FOR THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY FELLOWS

Fellows Programs 1999-2000
The Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology invites applications to its two fellowship programs for 1999-2000: the Senior Fellows program and the Post-Doctoral Fellows program. The Dibner Institute expects to have twenty-one Fellows each term.

Senior Fellows Program
Candidates for Senior Fellowships should have advanced degrees in appropriate fields and offer evidence of substantial scholarly accomplishment and professional experience. Senior fellows may apply for a second fellowship appointment after five years.

Scholars may apply to the Senior Fellows Program for the Fall (Term 1), the Spring (Term 2), or both. Term I extends from August I through December 31, with full activities beginning on September 1. Term 2 extends from January 1 through May 31, with full activities beginning on February 1. At the time of application, term- I candidates may request an arrival date in August; term-2 candidates may request an extension into June.

Post-Doctoral Fellows Program
Fellowships are awarded to outstanding young scholars of diverse countries of origin who have obtained the Ph.D. or equivalent within the previous five years. Post-Doctoral Fellowships run for one year, from September 1 through August 3 1, and may be extended for a second and fmal year at the discretion of the Dibner Institute.

The Dibner Institute is an international center for advanced research in the history of science and technology, established in Massachusetts in 1992. It includes the Bundy Library as its scholarly library resource and enjoys the participation in its programs of faculty members and students of consortiummember institutions including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as host institution, Boston University, Brandeis University and Harvard University.

All Dibner Fellows are expected to reside in the Boston area during the terms of their grants, to participate in the activities of the Dibner Institute community and to present their current work at appropriate occasions during their fellowship appointments.

Fellowships provides office space, support facilities and full privileges at the Bundy Library and at the libraries of consortium universities. Fellows will have access to the entire spectrum of activities that take place at the Dibner Institute, where they will be able to collaborate in an atmosphere of collegiality and find the resources and appropriate settings to carry on their work.

Funds are available for housing, living expenses and return travel costs. Estimates of costs, as well as the average stipend for 1998- 1999, are provided with the application forms. The for receipt of applications for 1999-2000 is December 31, 1998. Fellowship recipients will be announced in March, 1999. Please send requests for further information and for application forms directly to:

  • Trudy Kontoff, Program Coordinator
  • Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology
  • Dibner Building, MIT E56-100
  • 38 Memorial Drive
  • Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
  • Telephone: 617. 253.6989
  • Facsimile: 617. 253.9858

5. Positions at NSF

The Division of Science Resources Studies (SRS) of the National Science Foundation, is advertising to fill at least two positions in the near future. This is the division that has responsibility for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating data on the enterprise of science and engineering in the U.S. (education and employment of scientists and engineers, spending on research and development in all sectors of the economy, public attitudes towards science, outcomes of science and engineering...). These positions are for analysts in the division, to work with large scale survey data examining policy issues in science and engineering and overseeing the development of particular surveys. The positions vary in terms of the relative balance between analysis and survey oversight and development. However, over time, a broad variety of activities and opportunities will be available for new members of our staff.

SRS is a very exciting place to work for people interested in quantitative social science research. These particular positions have a great deal of career-building potential and should be of great interest to nearly completed- or recent-PhDs in the social sciences, or for young people with comparable experience. SRS, and NSF more generally, is particularly searching to hire a staff that reflects the nation's diverse population. Copies of the vacancy announcements that explain what the general duties and responsibilities will be, what factors applications will be ranked on, and how to apply are avilable on the NSF Homepage, at http://www.nsf.gov/home/chart/start.htm, under Vacancies, then under Scientific and Professional. The SRS Homepage, that gives a good deal of information about the scope of work at SRS, is at http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/srs. Interested applicants should be sure to read the entire announcement carefully, as incomplete applications are not looked upon favorably by government personnel offices!

You will note that there are two vacancy announcements; these are for exactly the same positions, but reflect two ways that NSF hires staff - either as excepted service positions (AD-2) or as general service positions (GS-11/12/13). These distinctions should not be important at this point in the process; if someone is interested we will discuss them at an appropriate time. The salary level we hire at will depend on the experience and qualifications of the applicant, but it ranges from $39,270 to $72,758.

Potential applicants who have any questions about these positions or how to apply may call Jeanne E. Griffith at 703-306-1785, or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


6. Memberships in the School of Historical Studies

INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY, Princeton, New Jersey

ANNOUNCEMENT OF MEMBERSHIPS IN THE SCHOOL OF HISTORICAL STUDIES for the academic year 1999 - 2000

THE INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY was founded in 1930 as a community of scholars in which intellectual inquiry can be carried out in the most favorable circumstances. It provides Members and Visitors with libraries, offices, seminar and lecture rooms, subsidized restaurant and housing facilities and some secretarial and word-processing services.

THE SCHOOL OF HISTORICAL STUDIES is concerned principally with the history of western and near eastern civilization, with particular emphasis upon Greek and Roman civilization, the history of Europe, Islamic culture, the history of art and the history of modern international relations. In addition to these fields, in the academic year 1999 - 2000 the School of Historical Studies will support three Members in the history and culture of traditional China. Qualified candidates of any nationality specializing in these fields are invited to apply for memberships. Apart from residence in Princeton during term time, the only obligation of visiting Members is to pursue their own research. If they wish, however, Members may participate in seminars and meetings both within the Institute and at nearby universities, and there are ample opportunities for contacts with other scholars.

Approximately forty visiting Members are appointed each year. The Ph.D. (or equivalent) and substantial publications are required of all candidates at the time of application. Member awards are funded by the Institute for Advanced Study or by other sources, including the National Endowment for the Humanities whose support will enable three U.S. citizens to take up full-year memberships in the academic year 1999-2000.

APPLICATION may be made for one or two terms (September to December, January to April). Further information and application materials may be obtained from the Administrative Officer, School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey 08540 (electronic mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Completed applications must be returned to the Administrative Officer by 15 November 1998.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

MELLON FELLOWSHIPS FOR ASSISTANT PROFESSORS are also offered each year to two qualified Assistant Professors. These full year memberships are designed specifically for assistant professors at universities and colleges in the United States and Canada to support promising young scholars who have embarked on professional careers. Applicants must have served at least two, and not more than four years as assistant professors in institutions of higher learning in the United States or Canada, and must have approval to return to their institution following the period of membership. Stipends will match the combined salary and benefits at the Member's home institution, and all the privileges of membership at the Institute for Advanced Study will apply. Qualified applicants may apply for one type of membership only. No dual applications will be accepted. For additional information and application forms contact the Administrative Officer at the address above.

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