Monthly Archives: February 2013

Affiliates Dunwoody and Scheufele to Present at Next Wisconsin Academy Evening

by Lyn

Holtz Center affiliates Dietram Scheufele and Sharon Dunwoody will take part in a panel discussion entitled Barriers to Addressing Our Climate and Energy Challenges, Tuesday March 5 from 7:00-8:30 P.M.  The forum, sponsored by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, is part of the Academy’s broader initiative on Climate and Energy Future.  For more information, please visit

Dominique Brossard on NPR’s Science Friday

by Lyn

Professor of Life Sciences Communication Dominique Brossard, affiliate and current Holtz Center Steering Committee member, recently joined Ira Flatow and two other guests on NPR’s Talk of the Nation Science Friday to discuss science news in the internet age.  Listen to the program here:

Job Announcement: Postdoc at NC State

by Lyn

The School of Public and International Affairs at NC State invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position in politics of science and technology policy beginning August 16, 2013. The position is for a one-year appointment in the Department of Political Science. The successful candidate should have a strong background a research agenda that address the issues of science and technology politics and policy in addition to experience as a teaching assistant or instructor.

Motivation to teach and conduct and publish research is expected. The Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar will teach one course per semester in political science, and we are particularly interested in candidates who are prepared to teach courses in science and technology policy and public policy. The successful candidate will pursue his/her own research, give talks, participate in various ongoing projects in the department and beyond, and deliver a research presentation in the spring semester summarizing the research progress that is expected to result in publications.

Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., M.D., D.V.M., Sc.D.) in appropriate field awarded no more than five (5) years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment. Ph.D. in political science, public administration, public policy, or related field awarded no more than five years from date of postdoctoral appointment.

Postdoctoral Fellow in Infrastructure Studies, University of Michigan

by Lyn

The Department of Communication Studies (in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts) and the School of Information are jointly offering a postdoctoral fellow position in the multidisciplinary area of “infrastructure studies.”

The addition of information technology is transforming the way society provides important infrastructures, including those that support media, telecommunications, power, and transport, but also those that support  knowledge, culture, and scientific data. Thanks to new capabilities in computing and control, every year our infrastructures claim to be “smarter,” with new capacities for distributed processing, analysis, sensing, adapting, and autonomous self-improvement. This radical transformation is well underway, but the assessment of its consequences is still in its infancy. For example, infrastructure unevenly distributes benefits and capabilities, with complex and sometimes unforeseen implications for politics, economics, knowledge, and social justice (to name just a few domains). This position will fund a researcher who will have the opportunity to work alongside senior collaborators to define and shape this new area of scholarship.


The successful applicant will have completed the Ph.D. in a related area by the start date (September 1, 2023) with a dissertation related to information and/or media infrastructures, broadly defined. The ideal candidate may be trained in science & technology studies, information science, media theory, computer-supported collaborative work, and/or human-computer interaction. Applicants should have some familiarity with qualitative research methods. Applicants who also have some technical background related to the infrastructure(s) they study are of particular interest, but this is not required.

This position is jointly sponsored by two academic units located on adjacent floors of the same building. The postdoctoral fellow will have office space in the Department of Communication Studies and may have the opportunity to teach one course in the School of Information (to be negotiated). The postdoctoral fellow will pursue his or her own independent research agenda, but will also be expected to collaborate with the faculty on the convening committee (listed below).

The postdoctoral fellow will be an equal member of the research group. S/he will be expected not only to conduct independent research, but also to collaborate actively in joint research projects with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate research assistants. This responsibility includes regular communication and coordination with the project team. The postdoc will also be expected to contribute substantially to publications related to “infrastructure studies,” acting as first author on some and as a secondary author on others.

Convening committee:

Prof. Christian Sandvig (chair) <>
Prof. Carl Lagoze <>
Prof. Paul N. Edwards <>

Please feel free to contact any member of the convening committee with questions about this position. Please send application materials to the search committee <infra-postdoc@umich.eduand not to individual committee members.


Salary: $50-60,000 per year (depending on negotiated duties), plus a competitive benefits package, $5,000 in discretionary funding, and the opportunity to appoint and supervise one or more paid undergraduate research assistants to work on projects of your choice.

To apply:

Candidates should submit the following materials electronically to Prof. Christian Sandvig at <>

Email <> one PDF file which includes:

  1. A statement of interest describing your relevant background and skills
  2. A current curriculum vitae
  3. The name and contact information for three references. (One reference should be your doctoral advisor.) Letters of recommendation will only be solicited from finalists.
  4. Two publications or other writing samples

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the Senior Director for Institutional Equity, and Title IX/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Office of Institutional Equity, 2072 Administrative Services Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1432, 734-763-0235, TTY 734-647-1388. For other University of Michigan information call 734-764-1817.

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Social Studies of Clinical Trials, UNC Chapel Hill

by Lyn

“Factors Affecting Healthy Volunteers’ Long-Term Participation in Clinical Trials” Applications are now being accepted to fill a postdoctoral fellowship as part of an NIH-funded study investigating the participation of healthy volunteers in pharmaceutical Phase I clinical trials. The position is part of a new five-year longitudinal study to investigate healthy volunteers’ patterns of participation in clinical trials. The research will focus on the relationship over time between healthy volunteers’ perceptions of the risks and benefits of trial participation and their behaviors and decision-making surrounding enrollment in those studies. The principal investigator on the project is Jill Fisher. This will be a one-year position beginning no later than July 1, 2013, with the possibility of annual renewal for four additional years. This fellowship is made possible through a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, one of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

For complete information, please see