Thursday, March 24, 2011

University of California Center for New Racial Studies (UCCNRS)

A message from Michelle Samura, Graduate Coordinator of the University of California Center for New Racial Studies:

I am the Academic Coordinator for the University of California Center for New Racial Studies (UCCNRS), a Multi-Campus Research Program supported by the University of California (UC) Office of the President and based on all ten campuses of the system.

UCCNRS is developing a consortium of researchers, scholars, and campus officials that examines issues and questions about race within the UC system. We anticipate efforts from the UC & Race Project will help create a new framework for examining, articulating, and addressing how the UC operates as a racial institution. Furthermore, we envision these efforts will contribute to larger collective efforts of UCCNRS to help reframe discussions nationally on racial issues. For more information about UCCNRS, please consult our website at:

As part of an inquiry phase of the UC & Race Project, I am working with a team of graduate students to identify and connect with faculty and graduate students who are engaged in (or who may be interested in) research on race-oriented topics within the context of the UC system. Information gathered through this inquiry will help shape the framework for an ongoing research agenda on the theme of race and higher education within California. An executive summary of the range of race-oriented research taking place across UC campuses also will be made available to you and other researchers interested in collaboration.

We would like to know more about your work and explore possibilities for collaboration. If you are willing to participate in a brief survey and/or are interested in being part of a UCCNRS graduate student network, please e-mail me

2nd Notes and Essay Award

2nd Notes and Records Essay Award
This is open to researchers in the history of science who have completed a
postgraduate degree within the last five years. The unpublished essay,
based on original research, should relate to aspects of the history of
science covered by the journal.
The winning entry is chosen using the journal's standard criteria for
selection (i.e. excellence and interest to a wide audience) and will be
published in the journal.
The 2010 winner was Daniel Mitchell for his essay entitled Reflecting
Nature: Chemistry and Comprehensibility in Gabriel Lippmann's 'Physical'
Method of Photographing Colours. The essay describes the career of Gabriel
Lippmann, Nobel Laureate and Foreign Member of the Royal Society, a
pioneer of colour photography.
The award consists of:
* A cash prize of £500
* Publication of the winning entry in Notes and Records
* A year's subscription to Notes and Records
Deadline for submission of an essay is 31st January 2012
Terms and conditions
The essay should be no more than 8000 words in length, including
references, and should reflect the style guidelines of the journal.
It should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. It must be
written in English.
The essay must be submitted electronically to
The submission must be accompanied by a covering message confirming the
postgraduate degree title and where and when it was awarded.
Entries will be subject to the normal standards of refereeing and
editorial review.
There will be a single prize-winner and no runners-up. However, authors
other than the winner may be invited to publish their work in Notes and
Records, if the judges of the essay award and the editorial board consider
such work to be of sufficient quality.
If no essay is deemed of a suitable standard, no award will be made. The
judges' decision will be final.
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Call for Presentations: A Joint INES/Prometheans Workshop prior to 4S

My Current Work and Its Possible Implications:
A Joint INES/Prometheans Workshop
Wednesday, November 2, 2011, Cleveland, Ohio

A call for 6 minute 40 second presentations and eager discussion participants

The International Network for Engineering Studies (INES) and the Prometheans
special interest group in the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT)
announce a joint one-day workshop on engineering studies and the history of

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at Cleveland State
University in Cleveland, Ohio. It is hosted by Peter Meiksins, Professor of
Sociology at Cleveland State. November 2 is the day before the joint
HSS/SHOT/4S meetings begin.

Thanks to sponsorship by Taylor & Francis/Routledge, publishers of Engineering
Studies: Journal of the International Network for Engineering Studies, the
meeting is free to members of INES and the Prometheans who pre-register. It
may include support for breakfast and lunch (more on logistics later).

The workshop's purpose is to bring researchers in engineering studies and
history of engineering together in concise, fast-moving, wide-ranging, and
hopefully entertaining discussions of the contents of current research and its
possible implications for different audiences inside and outside scholarly

The workshop's more general goals include deepening scholarly connections among
researchers; attracting more researchers to engineering studies and history of
engineering; heightening the visibility of this research across the memberships
of HSS, SHOT, and 4S; and increasing the extent to which this research makes a
difference beyond scholarly arenas.

The workshop will use a PechaKucha approach to presentation and discussion
( Speakers are free to draw on up to 20 slides for 20
seconds each. They must stop after their 6 minute 40 second slot expires (even
if in mid-sentence).

With up to 4 presentations in 45-minute slots every hour, separated by
15-minute breaks and lunch, as many as 24 scholars will present between 9am and
3:45pm. The organizers welcome suggestions for a final plenary discussion,
ending around 5pm.

To present at the workshop, send a confirming message to the INES
Secretary/Treasurer Crystal Harrell ( by May 15, 2011. Include
in the body of the message your name, institutional affiliation, title, and
50-100 word abstract of your proposed presentation. Offering to present
constitutes registration. The program committee will notify you by June 15
regarding your inclusion in the program.

To pre-register, send a message by September 15, 2011 to the same address
( Include your name, institutional affiliation, and
membership status in INES and/or the Prometheans. Note: please write now to
help us plan logistics.

Join us! It will be fun!

The program committee
Maria Paula Diogo (U Nova de Lisboa)
Gary Downey (Virginia Tech)
Ann Johnson (U South Carolina)
Peter Meiksins (Cleveland State U)
Cherrice Traver (Union College)

Introduction to INES

The International Network for Engineering Studies (INES) was founded in Paris
in 2004. INES operates as a collection of overlapping intellectual
communities, linked by workshops, conferences, its journal Engineering Studies

The field of engineering studies is a diverse, interdisciplinary arena of
scholarly research and teaching built around the question: What are the
relationships among the technical and the nontechnical dimensions of
engineering practices, and how do these relationships change over time and from
place to place? Addressing and responding to this question can sometimes
involve engineering studies researchers as critical participants in the
practices they study, including, for example, engineering formation,
engineering work, engineering design, equity in engineering (gender, racial,
ethnic, class, geopolitical), and engineering service to society.

Membership in INES is designed to complement memberships in other professional
societies. Its mission is threefold:

1. to advance research and teaching in historical, social, cultural,
political, philosophical, rhetorical, and organizational studies of engineers
and engineering;

2. to help build and serve diverse communities of researchers interested in
engineering studies; and

3. to link scholarly work in engineering studies to broader discussions and
debates about engineering education, research, practice, policy, and

INES is coordinated by Dr. Gary Downey, Alumni Distinguished Professor,
Department of Science and Technology in Society, Virginia Tech, USA; Maria
Paula Diogo, Associate Professor, Department of History, New University of
Lisbon, Portugal; and Dr. Chyuan Yuan Wu, Director, Institute of Sociology and
Program in Science, Technology and Society, National Tsing Hua University,

The INES Web Editor is Dr. Brent Jesiek, Assistant Professor, School of
Engineering Education and School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue

The Cleveland meeting is the 4th INES workshop. The first three were the 2006
Blacksburg workshop, 2008 Lisbon workshop, and 2009 Grafton workshop. INES has
also sponsored numerous paper sessions at 4S and SHOT and co-sponsored other
workshops and conferences.

You can join INES and subscribe to Engineering Studies through the INES
website. Note especially the invitation to sponsor another member!

Regular Rate (US $56): For professionals, INES membership includes a one-year
subscription to Engineering Studies at the discounted, at-cost rate of US $46
(vs. the regular individual rate of US $190), as well as a US $10 annual fee to
cover bank fees and web expenses.

Discounted Rate (US $46): For students, retirees, and scholars from non-OECD
countries, includes a one-year subscription to Engineering Studies at the
discounted, at-cost rate of US $46 (vs. the regular individual rate of US

Introduction to the Prometheans

The Prometheans' first meeting in 2005 was heralded by the announcement that
"the engineering community and its cousin the engineering-education community
remain important parts of SHOT's environment and valued segments of its

The Engineering Education working group of the SHOT Prometheans Special
Interest Group (SIG) is currently engaged in a number of different activities
to help promote:

a) A better understanding of engineering education by members of SHOT,
including an appreciation of new visions and proposed standards in engineering
education (such as ABET EC 2000, and the National Academy of Engineering's The
Engineer of 2020 in the United States),

b) The development of new humanistic curricula for engineers, and the exchange
of course syllabi to help make the current findings in the history of
technology and other related fields relevant to the engineers of tomorrow, and

c) Liaison with organizations such as the Liberal Education Division of the
American Society of Engineering Education, so that we can pursue a coordinated
approach to improvements in engineering education

For more information, visit the Prometheans website:

Elderhostel K. Patricia Cross $5,000 Doctoral Research Grant - Applications due May 2

Elderhostel is accepting applications for the Elderhostel K. Patricia Cross Doctoral Research Grant. This grant is open to U.S. and international students whose doctoral research focuses on lifelong and/or later-life learning. Elderhostel is the new program name of Elderhostel, Inc., the not-for-profit world leader in lifelong learning.

Please note that the application deadline has been extended one month later to Monday, May 2, 2011 due to an erroneous email sent with this later deadline date. The website will be updated with this date soon.

Please pass on the information below to anyone who would be interested in applying for this $5,000 grant, or anyone who may know someone interested in applying. We envision that graduate students researching later-life learning and older adults will want to know about this grant. Other faculty, department chairs and deans may also want to know about the grant.

Elderhostel K. Patricia Cross Doctoral Research Grant

For further information, including requirements and the online application, please

Elderhostel invites applications from doctoral candidates researching lifelong or later-life learning for the Elderhostel K. Patricia Cross Doctoral Research Grant. This $5,000 grant is awarded annually to a student in various disciplines including, but not limited to, psychology, education, gerontology, cognitive studies, neuroscience, leisure studies, aging and social work. Because the selection committee requires an abstract and description of your current research, you must already be engaged in your dissertation research. International graduate students welcome to apply.

The application deadline is Monday, May 2, 2011. Please be sure to have all application material submitted by 11:59pm Eastern Time, including your CV/resume, 2-3 page abstract and at least one of your recommendations.

The Elderhostel K. Patricia Cross Doctoral Research Grant recipient will be determined by a selection committee consisting of professors, practitioners and other leaders in the field of lifelong learning. The recipient will be announced in July 2011.

Elderhostel, founded in 1975, is a not-for-profit organization providing educational opportunities through travel for older adults across the United States and in 90 countries around the world. The Elderhostel K. Patricia Cross Doctoral Research Grant was created to support future leaders in the field of lifelong learning. Road Scholar is the program name of Elderhostel, Inc. To find our more about Elderhostel and its Road Scholar programs as it may be helpful to your grant application, please see

Should you have any questions about the Elderhostel K. Patricia Cross Doctoral Grant, please or call (617) 457-5529.

HSS Reingold Prize Nomination

The History of Science Society’s Nathan Reingold Prize for an original graduate student essay on the history of science and its cultural influences.

Deadline for Submission: 1 June 2011

The deadline for the History of Science Society’s 2011 Reingold Prize for an essay by a graduate student is 1 June 2011. Please share this information with the scholars and students in your department and encourage students to enter their essays. For more information on the Reingold prize, visit the HSS website at

The ideal Reingold Prize paper should be original; historiographically sophisticated; based on primary sources, either published or archival; clearly argued; well written; and interesting. Successful papers in the past have come from parts of dissertations in progress or revised seminar papers. The prize recognizes an original and unpublished article (articles that have been accepted for publication are ineligible) on the history of science and its cultural influences written by a graduate student enrolled at any college, university, or institute of technology. Essays in the history of medicine are not eligible for the prize; however, papers dealing with the relations between medicine and the non-medical sciences are welcome. It is hoped, but not assured, that the winning article will merit publication in Isis. Essays submitted for the competition must be thoroughly documented, written in English, must not exceed 8,000 words in length (exclusive of footnotes), and should conform to the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. We encourage electronic submissions of Word, rtf, or pdf documents (file size under 5 megabytes – pictures should be low resolution) to All information identifying the author by name or school should be removed from the document except for a coversheet that is separate from the body of the paper. If sending hard copies to the address below, send three copies of the essay with a detachable cover sheet (essays are read without knowledge of the authors' identity).

All essays are due at the Executive Office by 1 June 2011. All entries must be accompanied by proof that the author was a graduate student in good standing at a school, college, or university some time during 2011. This proof can take the form of a dated school ID, transcript, or letter of support from an advisor on school letterhead. For other suggestions for proof of eligibility, and all other questions regarding the Reingold Prize, contact the History of Science Society at


Manuela Fernandez
Graduate Assistant
History of Science Society

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Ingenious Acts: The Nature of Invention in Early Modern Europe

Please follow this link for information about this upcoming conference at the Huntington Library on April 1-2, 2011

STS Summer Retreat

Hello all,  It is that time of year again. Time to start preparing for the Annual STS Summer Retreat!  This year we will be celebrating our 5th Anniversary spending time talking and walking in the beautiful Marin Headlands. The retreat will be held June 17-19. Most importantly at this point we are contacting you about attendance, workshops, and perhaps fundraising. More details will follow soon, this is to just get us going.  Please circulate this to anyone, any lists at California universities that might be interested. STS lives in lots of corner and each year we need help finding them. If you did not get this directly and want to be on our list, please email us at  OVERALL we will continue with the successful events from the past: * STS in 3 minutes * Dissertation proposal groups * Mini-Workshops taught by faculty * Professionalization Sessions (grants, jobs, writing, teaching, etc) * Visual/Film/Documentary Teaching * Nature & Beach Theory Walks * Great meals and lots of coffee  1) ATTENDANCE & DEPOSITS  Same as last year, we will cap the attendance to 60 people - first come first served (grads, faculty, postdocs). Since there is a limited number of spots available, we ask that everyone confirm their attendance by sending their deposit of $100 no later than March 20. Again it is first come, first serve.  Please make your checks payable to UC Regents and send your deposits to:  Nicole Kramer UC Davis Science & Technology Studies SSH Bldg., Room 1240 Davis, CA 95616  If you need a receipt please indicate with a note included with your deposit.  Of note, this year will have children join us!  Families are always welcome and we are working out the logistics to secure semi-private sleeping quarters etc. If you are thinking about coming and would like to be able to bring along your little ones please let us know immediately as rooms are going quickly. We are working to coordinate onsite needs including ideas about cooperative childcare.  2) WORKSHOPS  This year's workshops will be hosted by: David Serlin (UCSD), Sharon Traweek (UCLA), Matthew Wolf-Meyer (UCSC). We will post information about the titles, themes and homework closer to the date of the retreat.  3) FUNDRAISING and OTHER JOBS  If you want to help with other aspects of organizing, have ideas you wanted to see implemented, help us work on a "logo" or design, suggestions for evening activities, etc. Or if you want to help organize and spread the word around your campus, PLEASE join our organizing committee.  Also please let us know if you can help with fundraising. We realize that in these times it is almost impossible to ask for money, but occasionally there is still room in budgets near the end of the year. So if you can fund raise for the general retreat fund, please let us know and do so!  Please feel free to contact me with any questions you might have.  Thanks! Michelle on behalf of organizing committee (Joe, Tim, Michelle & Chris)  NUTS AND BOLTS: Where: Marin Headlands [] When: June 17-19  *Tentative* Schedule   FRIDAY   12:00- 1:30 pm: Arrive by noon for Orientation and lunch to follow on site  2:00-5:00: 3 Minute project descriptions (2 slides = 2 clicks)  5:00-6:00: Nature Walks!  6:00-7:00: Dinner  8:00-9:30: Dissertation Workshops (grads you will need to prep a short  project description details to follow)   SATURDAY   8:00-9:00: Breakfast  9:30-11:30: WORKSHOP 1  11:30-12:30: WORKSHOP 2 or Theory Walks  12:30-1:30: Lunch  2:00-4:00: Professionalization Session #1  4:00-6:00: Professionalization Session #2  6:00-7:00: Dinner  7:30-9:00: Visual Work and Documentaries to Teach with  9:30 .... Evening events, suggestions, games welcome   SUNDAY   8:00-9:00: Breakfast  9:15-11:15: WORKSHOP 3  11:15-12:15: Conference eval, compare notes, where to go from here etc.  12:30-1:30: Lunch  ....Drive home after some lovely hiking in the Headlands! REMEMBER: We  have permission to park our cars until sunset so feel free to continue  your chats and nature escapes all afternoon.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Situating Science - streamed live


Situating Science invites you to join us online for Pt. 3 of the Science and its Publics national lecture series.

This event will be live streamed at and Live chat will be enabled to pose questions during Q+A.

Tuesday, March 8, 7:30 PM AST

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic

1675 Lower Water Street

Halifax, NS

The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs (CCEPA) and the Situating Science Knowledge Cluster are pleased to present:

Science and its Publics

A multi-part series examining the roles of the public in the translation and understanding of the knowledge of science

PART 3: Provenance and the Role of the Public Museum:

How the Life Stories of Artifacts Challenge Traditional Accounts of Science and History (Poster appended)

Keynote: Dr. David Pantalony, Curator, Physical Sciences and Medicine, Canadian Science and Technology Museum and Adjunct Professor, Department of History, University of Ottawa

Respondent: Robert Bean, Professor, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design

Respondent: Ted Cavanagh, Professor, Architecture, Dalhousie University

Free Admission – Reception to Follow