PSA Newsletter: Vol. 3 No. 2: September 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 PAPERS
  3. PSA 1998 CHANGE OF MEETING DATES
  4. NEW EDITOR FOR PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE
  5. James S. McDonnell Centennial Fellowships
  6. NSF OPENNING FOR PROGRAM OFFICER FOR STS
  7. Post-Doctoral Position at the University of Chicago
  8. Postdoctoral Fellowship at Rice University
  9. Fourth Meeting of the Pittsburgh-Konstanz Colloquium
  10. JOURNAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE TEACHING GROUP
  11. History and Philosophy of Science Position at Dartmouth
  12. Philosophy of Science Position at University of Otago

Subject: 1. EDITOR'S NOTE:

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2. PSA 1998 CALL FOR PAPERS

Members of the PSA are invited to submit papers to be presented at the 1998 PSA meeting in Kansas City, October 21-24. Contributed papers may be on any topic in the philosophy of science, but in addition to inviting papers in traditional, core areas of the philosophy of science, the Program Committee wants also to encourage the submission of proposals in areas where the philosophy of science engages social issues in science or issues in science policy. The deadline for submissions will be February 1, 1998. The Program Committee expects to make its decisions by April 15, 1998.

In a departure from past practice, contributed papers accepted for presentation at the meeting will not be published before the meeting. Instead, after the meeting the Program Committee will make a selection of contributed papers for publication in a supplemental issue of Philosophy of Science. Papers whose authors so wish will be made available prior to the meeting on the PSA 1998 web site (http://scistud.umkc.edu/psa98) and abstracts of all papers accepted for presentation will be published in an expanded meeting program.

The maximum recommended manuscript length is 5,000 words, including footnotes and references. If the text includes tables or figures, an appropriate number of words should be subtracted from the limit. Submissions must include a 100-word abstract and a word count. Format and citation style should match those of the journal, Philosophy of Science (see a recent issue for details). Since papers will be blind refereed, the author's name, institutional affiliation, surface and email addresses, and fax and telephone numbers should appear only on a separate cover letter or cover sheet. Submissions will be accepted in hard copy by regular mail, by fax, or in electronic form by email, although email submissions will be accepted only if sent as attachments in a standard word-processor format, such as WordPerfect or Microsoft Word.

Authors of accepted papers are expected to present abbreviated versions of their papers, with a time limit of approximately twenty minutes (plus discussion) and to submit a final manuscript (perhaps incorporating revisions based upon discussion at the meeting) shortly after the meeting for consideration for publication.

The Program Committee for PSA 1998 is as follows: Robert Brandon (Duke University), James Cushing (University of Notre Dame), John Dupr (University of Exeter and Birkbeck College, University of London), Marc Lange (University of Washington), Lynn Hankinson Nelson (Rowan College of New Jersey), Kristin Shrader-Frechette (University of South Florida), and John Worrall (London School of Economics).

All inquiries and submissions should be directed to:

  • Don Howard, Chair
  • PSA 1998 Program Committee
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • 346 O'Shaughnessy
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Notre Dame, Indiana 46556
  • Tel. 219-631-5015 (Program Office)
  • 219-631-7547 (Private Office)
  • Fax 219-631-8209/4268

3. PSA 1998 CHANGE OF MEETING DATES

The Philosophy of Science Association's Governing Board has decided to make a slight change in the meeting dates for the 1998 meeting. In recent years, it has been customary for the PSA Biennial Meeting to occupy two and one-half days, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning, with registration beginning on Thursday evening. For the 1998 meeting, we will shift to a format in which the meeting will occupy three full days, Thursday, October 22, through Saturday, October 24. Registration will begin on Wednesday evening, October 21. This change will permit a modest expansion of the program and it will allow those whose travel plans require an early Sunday morning flight to depart without having to miss any Sunday morning conference sessions.

Don Howard, Chair
PSA 1998 Program Committee


4. NEW EDITOR FOR PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

Beginning in Summer 1999, Rose-Mary Sargent of Merrimac College will take over as editor of the Philosophy of Science Association's official journal, Philosophy of Science. Sargent succeeds Philip Kitcher of the University of California, San Diego. Kitcher has edited the journal since 1994.


5. James S. McDonnell Centennial Fellowships

The James S. McDonnell Foundation will award up to 10 $1,000,000 research fellowships to early career scientists and scholars. The fellowships will be awarded across five areas:

  • astrophysics and cosmology
  • human cognition
  • global and complex systems
  • human genetics
  • history and philosophy of science

Applications are due December 15, 1997. All information and application guidelines are available at www.jsmf.org or can be obtained via email by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by writing Centennial Fellowship Program, James S. McDonnell Foundation, 1034 South Brentwood Blvd, Suite 1850, Saint Louis, MO 63117 USA.

  • Susan M. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.
  • Program Officer
  • James S. McDonnell Fdn
  • 1034 South Brentwood Blvd, Suite 1850
  • St. Louis, Mo 63117
  • http://www.jsmf.org

6. NSF OPENNING FOR PROGRAM OFFICER FOR STS

The National Science Foundation is seeking applicants for appointment as Program Director for the Science and Technology Studies (STS) program, to begin preferably in August 1998. The position is a rotational one, carrying an initial one-year appointment, normally renewable for up to two years or more.

The Program Director for Science and Technology Studies represents STS to colleagues in the NSF and other Federal science agencies and to the Administration. He or she is responsible for all aspects of program administration and development in this substantive field, that encompasses history, philosophy, and social science studies of science, engineering and technology. The Program Director administers the review of research proposals submitted to NSF in this field and is responsible for recommending and documenting actions on the proposals reviewed, for dealing with administrative matters relating to active NSF grants, and for maintaining regular contact with the relevant research communities and providing advice and consultation to persons requesting them.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, and must be active in research in some area covered by the program. While the Foundation is interested in individuals with research interests in the environment and global change or innovation and society, these are not essential. Six or more years of research experience beyond the Ph.D. is desirable for appointment as Program Director. Salary is negotiable, and is comparable with academic salaries at major US institutions.

The National Science Foundation is located in Arlington, Virginia, immediately across the Potomac River from Washington, DC. The metropolitan Washington area, besides being the seat of the U.S. Government, is noted as a cultural center and as a growing center of high-tech industry. A wide variety of types of housing is available within close proximity to the NSF offices.

Please direct inquiries and expressions of interest to Mr. William P. Butz, Director of the Division of Social, Behavioral and Economic Research, phone: (703) 306-1760; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Dr. Edward J. Hackett, Program Director, Science and Technology Studies, phone: (703) 306-1742, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or Dr. Rachelle D. Hollander, coordinator of the cluster housing the STS program, phone: (703) 306-1743, or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All are located in Suite 995, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230, fax: (703) 306-0485.

Qualified persons who are women, ethnic/racial minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The National Science Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to employing highly qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our nation.


7. Post-Doctoral Position at the University of Chicago

The Committee on Conceptual Foundations of Science and the Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine at the University of Chicago invite applications for a post-doctoral position in history and/or philosophy of science. The tenure of the position will be for the two academic years 1998-1999 and 1999-2000. The field of specialization is open. The duties would include taking part in the administration of the undergraduate program in history and philosophy of science. The candidate would teach a total of three courses during the three-quarter academic year, and would participate in the various workshops and special seminars (e.g., Fishbein Workshop in the History of the Human Sciences and the Seminar on Important Things). All requirements for the Ph. D. must be completed by September 1, 1998. Applications should be received by December 1, 1997. Applicants should submit a letter, indicating the range of their teaching competence and experience, a vita, publications or samples of writing, and arrange for three letters to be sent to The Search Committee, Offices of the Fishbein Center and Conceptual Foundations of Science, The University of Chicago, 1126 E. 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637. The University of Chicago is also advertising to fill a regular, tenure-track position in history of science. Applicants who wish to apply for this position as well should indicate such in their letter. A duplicate set of credentials is not necessary.


8. Postdoctoral Fellowship at Rice University

Rice University-Center for the Study of Science and Technology AOS Philosophy of Science The Center for the Study of Science and Technology at Rice University announces a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in history/philosophy/sociology of recent science or technology. Besides pursuing his/her own research, the Fellow will be expected initially to teach one course per semester in an experimental program to develop courses for majors in the Humanities and Social Sciences that fulfill Science distribution requirements. In the second and third years a third course in the Fellow's specialty will be added. The Fellow will be appointed in the appropriate department in the School of Science or Engineering and be a member of the Center for the Study of Science and Technology. Candidates should have received the Ph. D. very recently or expect it by the summer of 1998. Applicants should send a description of their research, proposals for courses, a c.v., three letters of recommendation, evidence of successful teaching should be provided where available, and a chapter of their dissertation by 1 November to Albert Van Helden, Department of History, Rice University, 6100 Main Street, Houston, TX 77005-1892. Rice is an AA/EOE Employer. Interviews for philosophy candidates will be held at the Eastern APA.


9. Fourth Meeting of the Pittsburgh-Konstanz Colloquium

The fourth meeting of the Pittsburgh-Konstanz Colloquium that is taking place October 3-7 and which, this year, is being sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science. For the program, additional information, abstracts of colloquium papers, etc., please visit the home page of the Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, on the World Wide Web at http://www.pitt.edu/~pittcntr and click on Schedule of Events.


10. JOURNAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY AND SCIENCE TEACHING GROUP

Science & Education is published by Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. It is edited by Michael R. Matthews This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and is associated with the International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching Group.

The Group is concerned to promote the betterment of school and university science education by making them informed by the history, philosophy, and sociology of science. It has a particular interests in bringing these spheres of knowledge into teacher-education programmes, and in applying them to theoretical and pedagogical issues in science education.

ELECTRONIC MAIL NETWORK

The group maintains an Electronic Mail list for exchange of information. Details about this can be obtained from Professor Skip Hills, Faculty of Education, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FIFTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE, PAVIA, SEPTEMBER 1999

For details, and mailing list entry, contact: Professor Fabio Bevilacqua Dipartimento di Fisica, Universita di Pavia, 27100 Pavia, Italy


11. History and Philosophy of Science Position at Dartmouth

The Department of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College, invites applications for a tenure track Assistant or early-career Associate Professor position in the History and/or Philosophy of Twentieth-Century Life Sciences. The position will begin July 1, 1998. We seek candidates whose scholarship will lead them to interact with biologists as well as with historians and/or philosophers. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vigorous, externally funded research program and teach courses in the history and /or philosophy of life science to biology majors and non-majors. Ph.D. must be in hand prior to appointment. Please submit a curriculum vitae, statement of research and teaching interests and three letters of recommendation to:

  • Mary Lou Guerinot, Chair
  • History/Philosophy of Science Search
  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • Dartmouth College
  • 6044 Gilman Hall
  • Hanover, New Hampshire 03755

12. Philosophy of Science Position at University of Otago

Applications are invited for a tenurable Lecturership in Philosophy. The field of specialisation of the position is open, but preference may be given to candidates with expertise in philosophy of science and/or language and/or mind. The Department teaches a broad range of courses, with strengths in ethics, philosophy of science and philosophy of mind. It has close connections with the Bioethics Research Centre in the Otago Medical School.

Candidates should have obtained or be near to obtaining their PhD by the time of appointment. The successful candidate will be required to teach about three courses annually, to supervise Honours, MA and PhD dissertations, and to engage in research.

Commencing salary will be established within the Lecturer scale (currently $NZ42,750 to $NZ53,250 per annum). The level of appointment and commencing salary will depend on the qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

Conditions of appointment and method of application are available from the Registry, University of Otago, P O Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand, fax 64-3-474-1607, with whom applications, quoting reference number A97/88 close on 1 November 1997.

Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

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