Monthly Archives: November 2014

IAS-STS Fellowship Programme Announcement 2015-2016

by Lyn

IAS-STS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME 2015-2016

INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDIES ON SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY (IAS-STS)

Fellowship Programme 2015-2016

The IAS-STS in Graz, Austria, promotes the interdisciplinary investigation of the links and interactions between science, technology and society, as well as technology assessment and research into the development and implementation of socially and environmentally sound technologies. Broadly speaking, the IAS-STS is an institute for the enhancement of science, technology and society studies.

The IAS-STS invites researchers to apply for a stay between 1 October 2015 and 30 June 2016 as a

– Research Fellow (up to nine months); or,
– Visiting Scholar (shorter period, e.g. a month).

The IAS-STS offers excellent research infrastructure. Close co-operation with researchers
at the IFZ (Inter-University Research Centre for Technology, Work and Culture; see: www.ifz.aau.at), guest lectures, colloquia, workshops, and conferences provide an atmosphere of creativity and scholarly discussion.

Furthermore, we can offer five grants, worth EUR 940 per month, for long-term Research Fellows at the IAS-STS.

The Fellowship Programme 2015-2016 is dedicated to projects
investigating the following issues:

1. Gender – Technology – Environment
This area of research particularly focuses on gender and queer dimensions in science and technology. On the one hand, individual perspectives of actors in the technological field are taken into account; on the other hand, educational, organisational, societal, environmental, and political issues are gaining more and more relevance. Queer perspectives on STS are of special interest, including analyses of the reproduction of sexual binaries or reproductions of marginalized/hegemonic positions and normalizations in and through science and technologies.

2. Life Sciences/Biotechnology
Applications are sought in two thematic areas:
First, following some 20 years of public debate, agricultural biotechnology continues to be
a deeply controversial issue in the EU, partly fueled by progress in science and technology
innovation such as GM industrial and energy crops, or novel breeding techniques. Research should contribute to a better understanding of the regulatory, broader policy and governance challenges of agricultural biotechnology, and/or explore strategies to
manage these challenges.

Second, in recent years, social studies of the life sciences were bound to large scale
research programmes. In many countries, these funding schemes have now come to an end. This is an opportunity to review these previous programmes via collaborative engagement with the life sciences, as well as to explore new ways of inquiry. Applicants are encouraged to address these issues when analysing the life sciences as a social process.

3. Sustainable and the supply side policy “Ecodesign”, and the demand side policy “Public
Procurement” are used to support the transition towards green, socially responsible and
innovative markets. Nonetheless, scientific research in these respective fields is still
limited. Researchers investigating the following areas are encouraged to apply:
The environmental impact or the innovation potential of green public procurement
and ‘Ecodesign’; the impact of socially responsible public procurement; the hurdles, success factors, efficacy, and wider implications of European or national policies for sustainable and innovative public procurement and ‘Ecodesign’.

4. Towards Low-Carbon Energy Systems
Based on analyses of social, technological and organisational frameworks of energy use, projects should contribute to the shaping of sustainable energy, climate and technology policies. They should focus on socio-economic aspects of energy technologies or on strategies of environmental technology policy. They should develop measures and strategies for the promotion of renewable energy sources; for the transition to a sustainable energy system; or, contribute to the field of sustainable construction. Regional governance, climate policy strategies, innovation policy and the role of users are important themes. In addition, the Manfred Heindler grant is awarded to research projects concerning the increased use of renewable energies and the more efficient use of energy.

5. Sustainable Food Systems
Food security, nutrition, food quality and safety, resource scarcity, carbon foot prints and other challenges faced in urban or rural areas are currently dominating the industrialized and globalized food systems. Research applications exploring different forms of sustainable food systems, as well as related social practices and socioeconomic/technical processes in the production, distribution, marketing, and consumption of food are encouraged. A particular focus lies on governance mechanisms, policies, and their (potential) contribution to a wider transformation towards more sustainable cities, regions and societies.

Applications must be submitted to the IAS-STS by 31 December 2014.

For application forms and further information:
Please visit our website: www.ias-sts.aau.at

Research Opportunities at Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center

by Lyn

Research Opportunities at the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center

Apps Due: 1 Dec 2014

The Lemelson Center Fellowship Program and Travel to Collections Award Program support projects that present creative approaches to the study of invention and innovation in American society. These include, but are not limited to, historical research and documentation projects resulting in dissertations, publications, exhibitions, educational initiatives, documentary films, or other multimedia products.

The programs provide access to the expertise of the Institution’s research staff and the vast invention and technology collections of the National Museum of American History (NMAH).  The NMAH Archives Center documents both individuals and firms across a range of time periods and subject areas.  Representative collections include the Western Union Telegraph Company Records, ca. 1840-1994 and the Earl S. Tupper Papers, documenting Tupper, and his invention, Tupperware.  In addition, the NMAH Library offers long runs of historical technology serials like Scientific American and American Machinist, and the American Trade Literature collection, which includes 300,000 catalogs, technical manuals, and advertising brochures for some 30,000 firms, primarily from 1880-1945.  For a comprehensive catalog of objects, manuscripts, images and research materials available at the NMAH (and other Smithsonian units), see http://www.collections.si.edu/.

The Lemelson Center invites applications covering a broad spectrum of research topics that resonate with its mission to foster a greater understanding of invention and innovation, broadly defined.  However, the Center especially encourages project proposals that will illuminate the role of women inventors; inventors with disabilities; inventors from diverse backgrounds; or any inventions and technologies associated with groups that are traditionally under-represented in the historical record.  Pertinent NMAH collections include the papers of Victor L. Ochoa, a Mexican-American aeronautical inventor; the papers of Dr. Patricia Bath, an African-American inventor of a patented cataracts treatment; the Safko International papers, documenting assistive technologies built for the physically disabled; and the HIV/AIDS and LGBT Reference Collections, which document innovative public health programs and associated technologies.

The Lemelson Center Fellowship Program annually awards 2 to 3 fellowships to pre-doctoral graduate students, post-doctoral scholars, and other professionals who have completed advanced training.  Fellows are expected to reside in the Washington, D.C. area, to participate in the Center’s activities, and to make a presentation of their work to colleagues at the museum.  Fellowship tenure is based upon the applicants’ stated needs (and available funding) up to a maximum of ten weeks.  Stipends for 2015-2016 will be $630/week for pre-doctoral fellows and $925/week for post-doctoral and professional fellows.  Applications are due December 1, 2014.  For application procedures and additional information, see http://invention.smithsonian.org/resources/research_fellowships.aspx.**  Researchers are encouraged to consult with the fellowship coordinator before submitting a proposal – contact historian Eric S. Hintz, Ph.D. at +1 202-633-3734 or hintze@si.edu.

The Lemelson Center Travel to Collections Award Program annually awards 2 to 3 short-term travel grants to encourage the use of its invention-related collections.  Awards are $150 per day for a maximum of 10 business days and may be used to cover transportation, living, and reproduction expenses; they are intended only for applicants who reside or attend school beyond commuting distance of the NMAH.  Applications are due December 1, 2014.  See http://invention.smithsonian.org/resources/research_travel.aspx** for application procedures and additional information.  Researchers are encouraged to consult with the travel award coordinator before submitting a proposal – contact archivist Alison Oswald at +1 202-633-3726 or oswalda@si.edu.

Spring Course Announcement for Grad Students: Politics in the Age of Digital Media

by Lyn

Politics in the Age of Digital Media (Graduate Seminar)
Instructor: Young Mie Kim (Associate Professor, Journalism and Mass Communication)

Meeting Time: 9:30-11:30 Thursdays

What are the common features of the following: The 2008 Obama campaign, the Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street movements, and the rise of online niche news and pundits? Our media landscape has rapidly evolved and political actors—political elites, advocacy groups, and citizens have been constantly adapting themselves to the “new” media environment. This course is a graduate seminar designed to illuminate the fundamentals in “digital politics” at the multiple levels (individual citizens, groups, and political elite institutions) and to examine the way in which political actors exchange information, form opinions, and participate in democratic decision making processes. The course discusses the dilemmas inherent in digital politics and the challenges and opportunities posed by digital media in political communication processes. Ultimately, the course illuminates the normative implications of digital media for the functioning of democracy. For more information, contact Dr. Kim at ymkim5@wisc.edu

CFP: CHE Grad Student Symposium, Deadline Extended to 11/28

by Lyn
The 8th annual Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE) Graduate Student Symposium will be held February 7, 2015 here at UW. The Symposium’s goal is to provide a supportive space in which graduate students can showcase and solicit feedback on work related to environmental and cultural change in the full sweep of human history. Work on all geographic locations, time periods, and from all disciplines is welcome.

The day-long event will feature a variety of presentation formats that exemplify CHE’s commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship engaging a variety of audiences. Graduate student participants are sought who have an interest in presenting in any of the following formats:

A paper presentation (An individual paper presentation as part of a panel: 18-20 mins, or 8-10 pages for each presenter)

A themed panel (Propose and moderate a themed panel)

A 3×5 presentation (3 mins to talk, 5 slides)
A roundtable discussion (Propose and moderate a roundtable discussion)
Non-traditional media presentation (Posters, video, audio, visual art, performance are welcomed)

For individual papers, please submit a 250-word proposal and brief biographical sketch. For a proposed panel or roundtable, please submit a brief overview of the event and a brief biography of each presenter, including the topic they’ll be presenting on. For a 3×5 presentation, please indicate the topic you’ll be fast-talking about. For a non-traditional media presentation, please submit a 250-word description of the project and any audiovisual requirements for display.
For all proposals, please indicate whether presenting at the Symposium will help fulfill the requirements for the CHE Certificate. If you are interested in serving as a commentator this year, please let the CHE Symposium planning committee know. For all submissions or to serve as a commentator, please email CHE.Symposium@gmail.com by Friday, November 21, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Lecturer Wanted for Spring 2015 section of Global Environmental Health

by Lyn

The department of Medical History and Bioethics is looking for someone with a background in the history of medicine or public health to teach an undergraduate course in spring 2015 on Global Environmental Health.  See the PVL at the link below:

http://www.ohr.wisc.edu/WebListing/Unclassified/PVLSummary.aspx?pvl_num=81129

“Secret Pot-Growing in America’s Cornfields:” Kaitlin Stack Whitney’s Latest in The Atlantic On-line

by Lyn

The Secret Pot-Growing Operations in America’s Cornfields

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/09/the-secret-pot-growing-operations-in-americas-cornfields/375913/