PSA Newsletter: Vol. 3 No. 1: July 1997

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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. PSA 1998: Call for Symposia Proposals
  3. 1996 Election Results
  4. Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern
  5. New NSF Program for Women
  6. Sciece and Technology Studies at NSF
  7. Post Doctoral Fellowships at Columbia University
  8. History of Philosophy of Science Conference
  9. Rockefeller Archive Center Grants

Subject: 1. EDITOR'S NOTE:

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2. PSA 1998: Call for Symposia Proposals

Members of the PSA are invited to submit proposals for symposia to be presented at the 1998 PSA meeting in Kansas City, October 21-25. Proposals must include sufficient supporting material to permit the program committee to evaluate the quality and interest of the symposium. The proposal should include: (1) the title of the proposed symposium; (2) a description of the topic and a justification of its current importance to the discipline (about one to two pages); (3) titles and abstracts of papers; (4) a list of participants and either an abbreviated cv or a short biographical information file for each; (5) addresses of each participant, with the institutional affiliation, postal and email addresses, and telephone and fax numbers. Please indicate clearly the name of the organizer or contact person for the purposes of communication with the Program Committee.

A selection of symposium papers will be published after the meeting in PSA 1998, vol. 2, which will be published as a supplementary issue of Philosophy of Science. Organizers should make it clear to symposium participants that, normally, by accepting the invitation to participate in a symposium them agree to present a paper at the meeting and to deliver a manuscript for consideration for publication shortly after the meeting. Symposium organizers who wish to invite someone who would not submit a manuscript for publication should make that status clear in the symposium proposal.

Symposium proposals should reach the Program Committee Chair, Don Howard, no later than 31 July 1997. Send to: Don Howard, Chair, PSA 1998 Program Committee, History and Philosophy of Science, 346 O'Shaughnessy, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556. Telephone: 219-631-5015; Fax: 219-631-8209. email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Program Committee is: Robert Brandon (Duke), James Cushing (Notre Dame), John Dupre (Exeter and Birkbeck College, London), Marc Lange (Washington), Lynn Hankinson Nelson (Rowan College of New Jersey), Kristin Shrader-Frechette (South Florida) and John Worrall (London School of Economics).


3. 1996 Election Results

In the 1996 elections, Richard Jeffrey was elected President and Allan Franklin, Paul Humphreys, Helen Longino, and Jane Maienschein were elected to the Governing Board. Congratulations to all.


4. Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY, Evanston, IL. Postdoctoral fellowships in history of science and philosophy of science, definite, one year only, beginning fall, 1998. Indicate interest in either history of science or philosophy of science. $25,000 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, 1997.


5. New NSF Program for Women

A new program, Professional Opportunities for Women in Research and Education (POWRE), has just been announced by the National Science Foundation. This is a Foundation-wide program with proposal receipt deadlines of July 1, 1997 and December 9, 1997. The full program announcement is on the NSF Home Page under Crosscutting Programs, second bullet or http//www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/start.htm. It can also be found under Documents On-Line (97-91).. Women in the social and behavioral sciences who are interested are encouraged to submit proposals to this new program either by July or December.

Questions regarding the POWRE Program may be directed to the Infrastructure Program or to the appropriate disciplinary program officer.

Bonney Sheahan, Program Director, Infrastructure Phone: (703) 306-1733
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Disciplinary program officer phone numbers and e-mail addresses are listed on the SBER Home Page.


6. Sciece and Technology Studies at NSF

Two new NSF competitions are just announced or in the works, and a brief reminder:

1. IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training) these are large (5 years x $500,000) awards for groups of scholars to combine graduate education with research in an interdisciplinary area. The program announcement is now available on the NSF web page (www.nsf.gov) and questions should be directed to JOHN PERHONIS (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

2. The next Science and Technology Centers competition is in the works. These are very large in scope, and very unlikely to suit our field, but may be opportunities for us to collaborate with other fields on campus. Questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

3. And, in case you've forgotten, AUGUST 1 is the next target date for research grants, postdoctoral fellowships, Small Grants for Training and Research, and dissertation improvement awards from the Science and Technology Studies program.

In FY 1997 the program spent $3,000,000 on 40 or so research grants and about 20 dissertations.

Consult our web page (www.nsf.gov/sbe/sber/sts/start.htm) or contact Ed Hackett (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with questions.


7. Post Doctoral Fellowships at Columbia University

The Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities, with grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the William R. Kenan Trust, and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, will appoint a number of post-doctoral fellows in the humanities for the academic year 1998-99. Fellows newly appointed for 1998-99 must have received the Ph.D. between January 1, 1992 and July 1, 1998. The stipend will be $30,000, one half for independent research and one half for teaching in the undergraduate program in general education. An additional $1,000 is available to support research.

Applications forms can be obtained by writing tot he Director, Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Mail Code 5700, Columbia University, 2960 Broadway, New York, NY 10027. Deadline for receipt of completed application is October 15, 1997.


8. History of Philosophy of Science Conference

March 12-15, 1998. Second History of Philosophy of Science Conference. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana. Keynote address: Ernan McMullin. Submissions of abstracts for individual papers and full panels are due by September 1, 1997 to James Maffie, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Queries and correspondence by email are encouraged; papermail will be directed to 3280 Sentinel Drive, Boulder, CO 80301- 5498.


9. Rockefeller Archive Center Grants

The Rockefeller Archive Center, a division of The Rockefeller University, invites applications for its program of Grants for Travel and Research at the Rockefeller Archive Center for 1998. The competitive program makes grants of up to $1,500 to US and Canadian researchers and up to $2,000 to researchers from abroad in any discipline, usually graduate students or post-doctoral scholars, who are engaged in research that requires use of the collections at the Center. The Rockefeller Archive Center collections include the records of the Rockefeller family, The Rockefeller University, the Rockefeller Foundation, and other philanthropies and associated individuals.

In 1998 and 1999 the Rockefeller Archive Center will also have a substantial program of grants for supporting research on the history of Rockefeller University. These will include two (2) one-month residencies at the Center with stipends of %5,000 each.

The deadline for all grant applications is November 30, 1997; grant recipients will be announced in March 1998. Inquiries about the program and requests for applications should be addressed to Darwin H. Stapleton, Director, Rockefeller Archive Center, 15 Dayton Avenue, Pocantico Hills, Sleepy Hollow, New York 10591-1598. The grant application along with detailed information about the Rockefeller Archive Center and a guide to its collections can also be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.rockefeller.edu/archive.ctr/

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