PSA Newsletter: Vol. 1 No. 2: May 1995

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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. NOTICE REGARDING FUNDING FOR HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE From Ron Giere
  3. STS (FORMERLY HPS) PROGRAM OFFICER AT NSF

Subject: 1. EDITOR'S NOTE:

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2. NOTICE REGARDING FUNDING FOR HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

Many members of PSA may have heard about proposals in the US Congress for eliminating funding for the social sciences within NSF. Such proposals would eliminate funding for history and philosophy of science within the NSF. Inquiries by some officers of PSA have determined that this is indeed a real possibility and, moreover, that this might happen quite quickly within the budget process now in progress, and continuing into the summer. The legal status of PSA prohibits the organization from engaging in political lobbying. Of course, members as individuals may take whatever actions they deem appropriate. Organizations, such as The Federation of Behavioral, Psychological and Cognitive Sciences, are urging their members immediately to contact their own representatives and senators regarding this matter. More information can be obtained from The Federation: e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; fax (202) 336-6158; telephone (202) 336-5920.

Ronald Giere
Past President
PSA


3. STS PROGRAM DIRECTOR AT NSF

Ron Overmann, who has been program officer for STS (previously HPS) at NSF, will soon be retiring. The position will be filled with a "visiting scientist." This is a one-year appointment, possibly renewable for up to three years. This is an extremely important position. It requires someone who can work effectively and fairly with philosophy, history, and social studies of science and technology and to be an advocate for these areas of study. What follows is the announcement of this position from NFS.

National Science Foundation: The Science and Technology Studies (STS) Program is searching for a new Program Director. The position is for a visiting scientist from an academic or research setting who is challenged by the opportunity to advance STS research in all the disciplines including history, philosophy and social science of science and technology. The term would start no later than January, 1996. The responsibilities include evaluating research proposals, representing the STS disciplines within the National Science Foundation, and representing NSF in the STS research community. Broad knowledge of the field, at least six years of research experience, administrative skills, and the ability to communicate effectively are required. Salary ranges from $60,925 to $94,953 annually (locality pay included). For more information, please contact Director, Division of Social, Behavioral and Economic Research at 703-306-1760 or Dr. Rachelle Hollander, Acting Program Director for Science and Technology Studies, at 703-306-1743. Send vita and letter of interest to Division Director, Division of Social, Behavioral and Economic Research, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd. Suite 995, Arlington VA 22230 to arrive no later than June 30, 1995.

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