Monday, October 15, 2012

UMSI Faculty search

The School of Information at the University of Michigan (UMSI) seeks a tenure-track professor at any rank with expertise in interpretivist methods and theory who advances knowledge about the interactions between people, information and information technology.
While we encourage applications from both foundational and applied interpretivist researchers, we are particularly interested in candidates who are not merely consumers of ethnographically based methods, but who have deep expertise in at least one relevant theoretical literature as well as methods. For a brief background statement of the interpretivist perspective see, but we encourage candidates from other interpretivist traditions as well.

Applications submitted by November 1 receive fullest consideration

Research support in Japan

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science offers various opportunities to conduct research in Japan.
The JSPS Summer Program is for graduate students and postdocs.  It provides a round-trip plane ticket, travel insurance, maintenance allowance, research travel allowance, and research allowance for a 10-week summer program. In the US, you apply for this through the NSF’s EAPSI program.  Consequently, only research in NSF-funded disciplines is eligible.  This program has about a 33% success rate.  Application deadline: November 8, 2012
The JSPS Short-Term Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers grad students and post-doctoral researchers in any field, including the humanities, the chance to spend 1-12 months conducting research in Japan.  (Since grad students are eligible, the name of the program is something of a misnomer.)  The program offers a round-trip plane ticket, travel insurance, a maintenance allowance, a settling-in allowance, and research support allowance.  To apply, either have your host researcher in Japan submit an application for you, or apply through JSPS’s Washington, DC, office. Those in appropriate disciplines can apply through the NIH or the SSRC.  This program has about a 30% success rate.  Application deadline: varies, but as early as November 16, 2012
The JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program offers postdoctoral scholars in any field, including the humanities, the chance to spend 12-24 months conducting research in Japan.  The fellowship includes a round-trip plane ticket, travel insurance, a maintenance allowance, a settling-in allowance, and a grant-in-aid for scientific research.  To apply, have your host research in Japan submit an application for you, or those in appropriate disciplines can apply through the NIH or the SSRC.  This program has about a 15% success rate.  Application deadline: varies, but as early as December 1, 2012
Although it is not required, JSPS suggests that applicants first complete a summer program, then do the short-term postdoc program, and finally apply for the full postdoc fellowship, so that in the end, they have a strong working relationship with Japanese researchers.

Tenure-track Faculty search, Drexel University

Science, Technology, and Society [STS] Program, Drexel University

The following job description is posted at:

The Science, Technology, and Society [STS] Program in collaboration
with the Department of History and Politics at Drexel University
expects to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor. We invite
applications for this expected position at this time. The successful
applicant would begin September 1, 2013. This position continues the
re-invigoration of the research potential of the STS Program at Drexel
University, which included the successful recruitment in 2011 of both
a new Director and an Assistant Professor.

Although the particular sub-field is open, we are primarily interested
in candidates who investigate connections between health, science, and
society, with attention to how social, political, and economic
structures, policies, and/or cultural contexts inform medical
practice, medical technology, or medical knowledge. We are especially
interested in applicants with knowledge of research methods and strong
methodological skills (e.g., in-depth interviews, focus groups,
archival research, fieldwork, or statistical skills). We expect that
this person’s research and teaching, at both undergraduate and
graduate levels, will contribute to the STS Program, and that our new
colleague will participate in and initiate collaborations across the
Schools, Colleges, and Centers at Drexel.

Located in Philadelphia, Drexel is a privately endowed university
founded in 1891. With approximately 20,000 students, it has one of the
largest undergraduate cooperative education programs in the nation.
The University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition
remission, a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to
11%) and an opportunity to join an exceptional University, achieving
record growth and quality reputation. Drexel University is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. For more information about
Drexel University, please visit

Please apply online at: Only applications
submitted via the online system can be considered. The Department of
History and Politics is #3649 and this position is listed under it.
(The Department is simultaneously hiring in Political Science for an
Assistant Professor – this position is also listed in the online
application system.)

Candidates should include: 1) a cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3)
up to three samples of your scholarly writing; and 4) the names,
institutional affiliation, and email addresses only of at least three
references. Please do not submit reference letters at this time as
such letters will be requested at a later date for short-listed
applicants. The successful applicant must have completed all
requirements for their PhD by August 15, 2013.

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2012 and continue until
filled. Please address all queries to Prof. Kelly Joyce at

Drexel University
ATTN: Search Committee
STS Program
3250-60 Chestnut Street
3025 MacAlister Hall

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Talk by Dr. Evelyn Fox Keller Streamed Live, Oct. 30th

The Situating Science Strategic Knowledge Cluster, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and its partners are pleased to announce Dr. Evelyn Fox Keller as the Situating Science Visiting Scholar in Halifax Oct. 15th-Nov.7th. During her stay, Dr. Keller will participate in a series of public events (below), including a special public evening lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 30th.

Dr. Evelyn Fox Keller,
Professor Emerita of History and Philosophy of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Alumni Hall, New Academic Building at the University of King’s College,
6350 Coburg Road., Halifax, NS
“Join” our Situating Science Page Facebook event


For event poster, live online viewing and latest information on all her activities, please visit our website:

Fifty years ago, Thomas Kuhn irrevocably transformed our thinking about the sciences with the publication of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. For all his success, debate about the adequacy and applicability of his formulation persists to this day. Are there scientific revolutions in biology? Molecular genetics, for example, is currently undergoing a major transformation in its understanding of what genes are and of what role they play in an organism's development and evolution. Is this a revolution? More specifically, is this a revolution of the sort that Kuhn had in mind? How is language used? What implications can we draw from this?

Dr. Keller is the recipient of the prestigious MacArthur 'Genius' Award and author of many influential works on science, society and modern biology such as: A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock (1983), Reflections on Gender and Science (1985), Secrets of Life, Secrets of Death: Essays on Language, Gender, and Science (1992), The Century of the Gene (2000), Making Sense of Life: Explaining Biological Development with Models, Metaphors and Machines (2002) and The Mirage of a Space Between Nature and Nurture (2010).

From Oct. 15th to Nov. 7th, Dr. Keller will conduct research on genomic plasticity and developmental stability. She will be housed jointly at the University of King’s College and the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University and will engage in various disciplinary and interdisciplinary sessions with students, faculty and the public. She will then continue on to Montreal and Toronto for other events. Please visit our website for more on those events.

Situating Science Strategic Knowledge Cluster; Evolution Studies Group (funded with assistance from Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, CIFAR); Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Genetics Community Support Program, Dalhousie University Department of Biology, Department of Philosophy and Health Law Institute; University of King’s College President’s Office, History of Science and Technology Programme, Contemporary Studies Programme, and Centre for Interdisciplinary Research; Nova Scotia Institute of Science; Saint Mary’s University Department of Philosophy and Faculty of Science;  Mount Saint-Vincent NSERC Atlantic Chair for Women in Science and Engineering, Dean of Arts, and Science and Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice.

CFP: 13th Annual Conference on Science & Technology in Society

13th Annual Conference on Science & Technology in Society
Abstracts due November 30, 2012

Bridging Boundaries between Science & Technology Policy & Studies
April 5-6, 2013, Washington, DC

Topics: Abstracts are welcome on issues relevant to science & technology policy (STP), science & technology studies (STS), and related fields including but not limited to health; energy and environment; space; information and communications; innovation; education; and ethical, legal and social implications of science and technology.

Two Categories: 
       Completed Research:  Full paper presentations, moderated by professor
       Work-in-progress: Presentation of current work-in-progress, emphasis on peer feedback

Eligibility: Open only to students enrolled in a graduate program* at the time of submitting an abstract, for work performed while enrolled. Recent graduates who were enrolled students at the time of submitting abstract are also eligible.

Submission Guidelines: Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words, setting out the main research questions, theoretical framework, methodology, and research findings (tentative for work-in-progress submissions). Submit abstracts via e-mail to Above your abstract narrative (not included in 250 word count), please provide:
       Whether submission is under "completed research" or "work-in -progress"
       Title of your research
       Your full contact information
       Your expected date of graduation
       University + name and website of your academic program/department
       Whether you are applying for a travel grant

Questions?  Email

* Exception made for members of the Triple Helix