The Interdisciplinary Committee on Science Studies invites applications from recently tenured-faculty and CUNY doctoral students who would like to participate in a research seminar on the theme of Embodiment.

Traditions of Science Studies have long provided a charter for interdisciplinary conversations about embodiment. We hope that this seminar will achieve a central goal of the Science Studies Committee by fostering critical friendships among scientists and humanists. Literary theory has long been exploring embodiment. Feminist theory, gender studies, queer theory, affect theory, and even earlier, prosodists analyzing sound and sense all concerned with the centrality of embodied forms of knowing and expression forecast current interest. Bringing insights from these fields in the humanities, into conversation with cutting-edge research from the sciences, promises to transform our understandings about embodiment. For example:

* In microbiology, findings about the exchange of genetic material across biological kingdoms, and about microorganisms living in and upon our bodies, have led scholars of science and society to conclude that “human nature is an interspecies relationship.”

* In computer science, there has been a turn from simulated intelligence to the construction of robots that interact with real environments. Classic studies of informatics and surveillance by social scientists including work on cyborgs and disembodied social network Technologies have given way to research on mechanical artificial agents. As robots are entering the arena of global war, and embodying the tactics of swarming, ethnographers of science are beginning to probe new ethical and biopolitical terrain.

* In neuroscience, there has been intense interest in the ways that perception and motor systems interact. Some have claimed that the sharp division between inputs and outputs is biologically untenable. Scholars of science and society, working in the ‘age of the brain’, have traced how neuroscientific knowledge and imagery is used to interpret and alter the body torquing personal identity, gender, sexuality, and making new “kinds” of people.

* In psychology, some researchers who study development argue that a child’s physical position influences performance on cognitive skill acquisition, such as object constancy. Cognitive psychologists have explored the role of motor skills in sentence processing. Feminist analyses of psychology have long investigated the construal of women’s bodies as hysterical, children’s bodies as malleable, and sexual variation as medical or perverse. Bringing together psychological insiders, and critical outsiders, promises to generate productive friction.

* In evolutionary biology, some researchers have investigated the impact of embodied emotions on the evolution of social cognition. Probing the assumptions underlying evolutionary explanation, queer theorists have applied insights from the cultural construction of gender and sexuality to understand sexual variation in other species, and challenge prevailing evolutionary models, such as sexual selection.

The Committee on Science Studies is eager to identify scholars who might generate critical crosstalk on such themes. Seminar participants will be able to exchange ideas, share work in progress, and forge professional ties across disciplinary lines that rarely get crossed.

ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS

Applications are invited from students of the humanities and humanistic social sciences such as anthropology, religion, sociology, philosophy, political science, history, English, art history, and comparative literature who engage and transect our seminar topic. THIS FELLOWSHIP IS OPEN ONLY TO CUNY GRADUATE CENTER DOCTORAL STUDENTS AND YOU MUST BE LEVEL III BY MAY 2011. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.

With generous support from the Mellon Foundation and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, successful candidates will be granted $10,000 for the Fall 2011-Spring 2012 academic year in return for a commitment to fully participate in the work of the Committee and in the weekly seminar. The basis for selection of participants will rest primarily on the relevance to the overall project of the work proposal submitted by applicants. In accord with the interdisciplinary aim of the program, selections will also be made with an eye to maintaining disciplinary diversity.

A completed Graduate Fellow Application comprises five parts:

1) Completed application form (attached)

2) 150 word abstract of project description

3) Project description (maximum 750 words about your dissertation and other related, relevant research interests)

4) a current short CV (maximum 5 pages)

5) a 250 word letter of reference from your advisor (can be e-mailed to the appropriate committee, but hard copy strongly recommended).

You must submit both paper and electronic applications. Send a PDF of your complete application to the appropriate committee e-mail, listed below. Also send an original PLUS five HARD copies of your completed application to:

Padmini Biswas, Assistant Director

The Committee on Science Studies

CUNY Graduate Center Room 5109

365 Fifth Avenue

New York, NY 10016

Inquiries should be directed to sciencestudies@gc.cuny.edu

SCIENCESTUDIES.GC.CUNY.EDU

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research has compiled a useful list of postdoc funding opportunities. To review the list, please visit http://www.cuny.edu/research/postdoctoral-development-program/funding-opportunities.html

Applications for the Udall Dissertation Fellowship are due February 24, 2011.

The Udall Foundation awards two one-year fellowships of $24,000 to doctoral candidates whose research concerns U.S. environmental public policy and/or U.S. environmental conflict resolution.

Applications and information on the Udall Fellowship, including eligibility, program conditions, and biographies of recent fellows, can be found on our website.

Please contact Jane Curlin, Senior Program Manager, at curlin@udall.gov with questions about the Udall Fellowship Program.

The Doctoral Students’ Council (DSC) provides financial support for events and other projects organized by students at the CUNY Graduate Center. So far in the 2010-11 academic year, DSC has awarded almost $8,300 in grants to a diverse set of student-organized events and projects. We invite you to submit proposals for the next round of grants.

The next application deadline is Wednesday, 26 January 2011. The maximum award amount for Regular Grants is $600, and $95 for Start-Up Grants. To learn more about DSC Grants and their requirements, or to submit an application, please visit us on the web at cunydsc.org/grants. If you have any questions or concerns, please email the Officer for Funding at funding@cunydsc.org.

NASA HQ has released a solicitation, entitled NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) – Fall 2011 Fellowship Start. The solicitation is available here [NASA.STRF_Fall2011], or by opening the NASA Research Opportunities homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/, selecting “Solicitations,” then selecting “Open Solicitations,” and, finally, selecting “NSTRF11”

NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) seeks to sponsor U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate student researchers who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s strategic goals and missions. his call for graduate fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. Universities on behalf of highly qualified individuals pursuing or planning to pursue Master’s (e.g., M.S.) or Doctoral (e.g., Ph.D.) degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at their respective institutions. This fellowship opportunity is open to students pursuing advanced degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The goal of NSTRF is to provide the nation with a pipeline of highly skilled engineers and technologists to improve America’s technological competitiveness. NASA Space Technology Fellows will perform innovative space technology research while building the skills necessary to become future technological leaders.

All applications must be submitted electronically through NSPIRES by an authorized organizational representative. Applications are due on or before February 23, 2011. Detailed submission instructions (for the faculty advisor, student and authorized organizational representative) are provided under “Other Documents” on the NSPIRES webpage.

Comments and questions may be addressed by e-mail to the NSTRF Point of Contact, Claudia Meyer, at hq-nstrf-call@mail.nasa.gov. Responses to inquiries will be answered by e-mail and also included in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document located on the NSPIRES page associated with the solicitation.

REMINDER APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 18th, 2011
Visit www.iie.org/iaf for eligibility criteria and how to apply.

IAF Fellowships support dissertation research in Latin America and the Caribbean undertaken by students who have advanced to Ph.D. candidacy in a university in the United States. Fellows must be U.S. citizens or citizens of the independent Latin American countries. Proficiency in the language(s) appropriate to the research proposal is required.

Awards are based on both development and scholarly criteria. Proposals should offer a practical orientation to field-based information on the following topics:
· Organizations promoting grassroots development among the poor;
· the financial sustainability and independence of such organizations;
· trends affecting historically excluded groups such as African descendants, indigenous peoples, women and others;
· transnational development;
· the role of corporate social responsibility in grassroots development;
· the impact of globalization on grassroots development;
· the impact of grassroots development activities on the quality of life of the poor.

The Fellowship includes:
· round-trip international transportation to the research site;
· a research allowance of up to $3,000;
· a monthly stipend of $1,500 for up to 12 months;
· emergency health insurance;
· expenses related to required attendance at a mid-year conference.

A revised version of the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide has been posted to the NSF website and is available electronically at: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=grantsgovguide.

This document is applicable to all applications submitted, or due, to NSF on or after January 18, 2011.
Please refer to Page 2 of the Guide for a summary of the significant changes, clarifications and other changes.
Any questions regarding the new Guide should be submitted electronically to policy@nsf.gov .

The Doctoral Students’ Council (DSC) provides grants in support of cultural events, conferences, performances, professional development activities,
publications, seminars, and other projects organized by students at the CUNY Graduate Center.

The maximum award amount for this fiscal year is $600, though applications for awards above this amount will be considered. The next deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 24th, 2010, at 11:59pm. The following application deadlines are January 26, 2011 and March 30, 2011.

For more information or to apply, please visit us on the web at cunydsc.org/grants or email funding@cunydsc.org.

Leigh University is offering a two-year pre-doctoral / post-doctoral fellowship in Latin American Studies.

They are soliciting applications from candidates whose research has a clear cultural studies focus, addressing such areas as social movements, identity (gender, ethnic, religious, etc.), migration, and/or urbanization. The field of specialization is open.

See the link for full description of the fellowship, eligibility, and conditions.

LINK: http://cas.lehigh.edu/CASWeb/default.aspx?id=125

The Program promotes a new generation of young North American scholars with specialized knowledge of modern and contemporary Germany and Europe. It supports scholars in all social science and humanities disciplines, including historians working on modern and contemporary German and European history. Fellowships are awarded for doctoral dissertation research as well as postdoctoral research that leads to the completion of a monograph. Following a model usually reserved for senior researchers at institutes of advanced study, the Berlin Program is a residential program that offers a stimulating academic environment that combines research opportunities with intellectual and cultural interaction. An integral part of the program is a biweekly interdisciplinary colloquium where fellows present their work. The program accepts applications form U.S. and Canadian nationals or permanent residents. Please see the website for more details and application instructions.

DUE: December 1
WRITE: Berlin Program
Program Coordinator
Freie Universitat Berlin
Garystr. 45
14195 Berlin GERMANY
WEB: http://www.fu-berlin.de/bprogram
E-MAIL: bprogram@zedat.fu-berlin.de