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Deadline to Submit History of Science Annual Meeting Proposals Is Fast Approaching. March 26, 2012

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GECC Members are reminded that the deadline for submitting proposals for the History of Science Society’s Annual Meeting to be held 15-18 November 2012 in San Diego is this Monday, April 2. GECC’ers are encouraged to submit session and paper proposals and are especially encouraged to consider submitting a proposal to present at the Poster Sessions. Anyone interested in submitting a poster proposal should first visit Tips, Tricks, Wisdom, and a Few Links for Creating a Poster Presentation on the GECC website.

More information on submitting your proposal can be found at the History of Science Society’s website.

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Call for Papers: Second Annual Washington University in St. Louis Graduate History Conference: The History of the Body March 25, 2012

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Call for Papers: Second Annual Washington University in St. Louis Graduate
History Conference: The History of the Body

October 26-27, 2012 at Washington University in St. Louis

Keynote speaker: Professor Leor Halevi, Vanderbilt University

The Graduate Conference Committee of the History Department at Washington
University in St. Louis invites graduate students to submit proposals for
its second annual Graduate Conference.

Deadline for submission of proposals: June 1, 2012

Proposals for papers should be between 200-300 words. Final papers should
be approximately 20 minutes in length. Individual papers as well as
proposals for panels will be considered. Please submit proposals to the conference website,
http://history.artsci.wustl.edu/GHA/Conference/Submissions. For any
questions please contact Ethan Bennett at ethanrbennett@gmail.com.

Featured Conference: Fascinating Rhythms: A Conference on the History and Philosophy of Biological Rhythms Research March 24, 2012

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Graduate and Early Career Caucus member Tulley Long, a Post-Doc at the University of Minnesota, is on the Planning Committee of the Chronobiology Workshop’s Fascinating Rhythms: A Conference on the History and Philosophy of Biological Rhythms Research,” at the University of Minnesota on May 11-12, 2012.  This conference will provide a forum for historians, philosophers, and biologists to reflect on the origins and development of an important interdisciplinary activity that has proved significant to many areas of the biological and biomedical sciences.

Visit the conference website here.

Large national and international conferences provide important experiences for scholars at all levels and should be attended when time and funds permit. Smaller conferences such as Fascinating Rhythms are also valuable because they offer an intimate setting and allow for networking with people within your specialization and are often cheaper to attend.

For scholars in the dawn of their careers, working on the Planning, Steering, Local Arrangements, or other committees for conferences can also be a good way to build administrative experience while forming deeper connections and networks with colleagues.

“The experience of organizing this conference on the history of biological rhythms research has definitely strengthened my network connections and broadened my administrative skill set,” recommends Dr. Long. “Beyond the colleagues here on campus who are helping to make this conference a reality, the process of seeking participants and attendees has brought me into contact with many historians, philosophers, and scientists beyond Minnesota who I otherwise would not have encountered. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the conference, it has been a challenging (but fun!) exercise to try to craft a coherent and interesting program out of the diverse abstracts we received.  The practical nuts and bolts of the conference planning have taught me about how to approach a whole range of  other, less intellectual decisions — from budget to boxed lunches — which go into making a meeting a success. In all of this, I’m lucky and grateful to be learning from the experience and expertise of the other members of the planning committee!”

While large conferences tend to invite more established academics to serve on these committees, smaller and local conferences tend to be more open to graduate students and those who are looking, or have just accepted, their first jobs.

Keep up to date on the latest conferences related to the History of Science at the History of Science Society’s website.

Featured Position: Fellowship Opportunity at the Union for Concerned Scientists March 17, 2012

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Many of our members may not be aware of the Public Fellows Program at the American Council of Learned Societies. This program, now in its second year, places recent Ph.D.s from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows  participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring.

This year, the Union for Concerned Scientists is using this program to employ a Democracy Analyst to work in their Cambridge, MA, Washington, DC, or Berkeley, CA offices.  Historians of science have been urged to consider this position. The deadline is fast approaching (March 21, 2012) so apply quickly.

More information about positions at the Union of Concerned Scientists here.

More information about the Democracy Analyst position here.

More information on the ACLS Public Fellows Program here.

The ACLS link is worth bookmarking as this is an ongoing program.