Arizona State University Visiting Graduate Training Program

Arizona State University visiting graduate student training program is now accepting applications for its January 2013 session. We will select a cohort of visiting graduate students to join our project for writing, editing, and digital humanities training as part of the Embryo Project, our large NSF funded digital humanities initiative. For this training program you need not specialize in history of embryology, but in any area of history of life sciences with a willingness to find points of contact and to learn.

Visitors must be graduate students in good standing at another university (domestic or international), with funding that covers your salary and health insurance. ASU will make you a visiting scholar and provide for local housing and transportation. Students should be in residence for 8 weeks, from mid January to mid March, and may request to stay the entire semester. Office space will make it easy for students to join the dynamic group of historians and philosophers of science at the Center for Biology and Society at ASU. In addition, all participants are welcome to join the History of Biology Seminar at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, which we hold annually as part of the new ASU-MBL HPS Program (though the seminar has been taking place for over 25 years).

Overall, the Embryo Project (EP) engages and connects researchers who aim to capture and investigate the history, science, and contexts of embryology and reproductive medicine in new ways. The EP combines scholarly research with the emerging field of digital humanities and the science of informatics. The primary result is the Embryo Project Encyclopedia, an online Open Access repository that grows weekly. The repository stores encyclopedia entries and interpretive essays, plus pictures, videos, timelines, and other types of objects related to the history of embryology. Remember, participants need not specialize in history of embryology, but just have a relevant interest that will make this focus appealing. This project is part of a cluster that also includes a focus on biodiversity, and we also welcome students interested in that area.

To express interest or for more information, please contact:

Jane Maienschein ( or Nathan Crowe (


Free Registration at HSS/PSA Meeting in San Diego: A Call for Volunteers

HSS Executive Director Jay Malone exudes genuine happiness while registering attendees at the Three Society Meeting in Philadelphia in July. Since the HSS/PSA Annual Meeting will draw as much as three times as many people, volunteering in San Diego should make you three times as happy. And don’t forget the free registration.

Call for Volunteers             

HSS/PSA Meeting

15-18 November, 2012                                    

Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina

 Volunteer and Receive a Complimentary Registration to Attend the History of Science Society Annual Meeting and the Philosophy of Science Association Biennial Conference in San Diego, California.

 Graduate students are invited to volunteer at the HSS/PSA conferences for 4.5 hours in exchange for their registration fee.  There are a number of jobs for which we need assistance to ensure that the conferences run smoothly.

·        Packet stuffing: 3-4 volunteers are needed the Wednesday evening before the conference (14 Nov) and the Thursday morning (15 Nov) to collate and stuff attendee packets. This is a behind-the-scenes job, which will not require interacting with attendees and comfortable attire is permitted.

·        Registration Desk: we need volunteers from 10:00 am Thursday to noon Sunday to welcome attendees, check them in, give them their registration materials, conduct on-site registration as needed, answer questions, and be the first line of assistance for any issues that may arise. While there will always be an HSS staff member on hand, this job requires volunteers to be helpful, polite, and presentable.

·        Collective Book Exhibit: 1 volunteer per shift will be needed to staff the HSS/PSA table in the exhibition hall. This table will contain book titles from publishers who could not send a representative. As with the Registration Desk, these volunteers will need to be helpful, polite, and presentable.

Volunteers local to the San Diego area are encouraged to think about volunteering for shifts either early or late in the conference. Since many out-of-town volunteers arrive only during the middle of the conference, the outlying shifts are harder to fill but these shifts offer the advantage of having fewer conflicts with the program: see This is especially true of the Packet-Stuffing sessions that need to be done before the conference begins.

We would also like to spread local volunteers among the many shifts, so that someone with local knowledge will be on hand to answer questions about the community. Please let us know when applying if you can be helpful in this regard.

Regardless of the job you are assigned we hope that all volunteers will be flexible during their shift as needs arise and the unexpected happens.

Early volunteers will get first pick of shifts and jobs, but we ask everyone to be flexible so that everyone can be accommodated. It is essential that if you do commit to a shift that you arrive on time.

Although volunteering for 4.5 hours will earn graduate students their registration, you will still be responsible for paying for dinners, hotel, transportation, and all incidentals.

If you are interested, please contact Manuela Fernández in the HSS office at for more information.

Finally, publishers who attend the exhibit typically look for students to staff their tables during lunches, author interviews, breaks, etc. The publishers pay and/or provide books for such service. If you are interested in doing this, please let me know.

For more information on the History of Science Society and the Philosophy of Science Association go to and

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science Predoctoral Position

Predoctoral Position

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, Department I (Prof. Jürgen Renn), announces a four year predoctoral position startingNovember 01, 2012.

Outstanding junior scholars are invited to apply. The position is awarded as part of the research project CRC 980 “Episteme in Bewegung (Episteme in Motion),” Sub-project B6 “Formation of Cosmological Knowledge in the Pre Modern Era: Transmission and Change in Diachronic and TransculturalPerspectives” (http://www.mpiwg The predoctoral fellow is also  expected to participate in at least one other research project of the Institute.

Research projects should concern the medieval and early modern history of astronomy, in particular, the sphaera-tradition (see We encourage interdisciplinary projects, especially in the fields of the history of science, cultural and intellectual history, philosophy and literature.

Preference will be given to candidates with a Masters degree in the history of science, history, history of philosophyor classical philology, and with basic knowledge of the history of astronomy. The candidate should have experience of working with primary sources and very good knowledge of Latin. Knowledge of other languages relevant for the history of science (such as Greek, Arabic or Hebrew) is desirable but not essential.

The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science is an international and interdisciplinary research institute ( The interview language is English or German. Candidates are expected to present their own work and discuss that of others fluently in English. Applications, however, may be submitted in German, English, French, Spanish or Italian.

The position will be endowed as a predoctoral fellow employment rated 50% TVöD E13 in the German system. Candidates of all nationalities are welcome to apply; applications from women are especially welcomed. The Max Planck Society is committed to employing handicapped individuals and encourages them to apply.

Candidates are requested to send a cover letter presenting their research interests in relation to the project theme as well as their motivations, curriculum vitae, copies of certificates, and a reference letter from their Masters advisor (this letter may be sent separately) no later than September 25, 2012 to:

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Administration, Predoc. Dept. I (SFB 980), Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany.

For questions concerning the research project, please contact Dr. Pietro Daniel Omodeo (; for general questions, please contact Claudia Paaß (, Head of Administration, or Jochen Schneider (, Research Coordinator.

The short-list selection will begin immediately after the deadline on September 25.

The British Society for the History of Science Postgraduate Conference 2013

University of Kent, Canterbury

3 – 5 January 2013

This annual 3-day event gives postgraduates in the history of science, technology and medicine a chance to get to know each other and to present their work to a wider audience. The conference is organised by and for postgraduates, aiming to offer the opportunity of presenting a fifteen minute paper in a supportive environment. Our aim is for postgraduates to convene from a wide range of universities and disciplines to discuss our common interests, share experiences and network in a friendly and receptive environment.

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