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"Roberta L. Millstein" <[log in to unmask]>
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New Approaches to Ancient Science
A Three-Year Colloquium of the American Philological Association.
Organized by Philip Thibodeau, University of Georgia
and Tiberiu Popa, University of Pittsburgh.
First Year:  Life Sciences
134th Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association
New Orleans, LA. January 2003

Call for Papers:
This three-year colloquium has been designed with the aims of
shedding new light on ancient science, enabling established and
emerging scholars to share their views with one another, and giving
this exciting branch of classics more prominence at the APA meetings.
We hope to spur a large audience to a renewed appreciation of the
power and sophistication, as well as the often telling limitations,
of ancient scientific theories.  The organizers invite researchers
from a wide range of disciplines – classics, history, and philosophy
of science, but also political and economic history, archaeology,
psychology - to examine ancient science from their own varied

In its first year the focus of the colloquium will be on the life
sciences in antiquity, a domain that has long commanded the attention
of leading scholars and has recently been the scene of intense and
fascinating debates. Among the issues open for discussion are:
methods of investigation within ancient zoology, botany, anatomy,
physiology, and ‘bio-chemistry’; polemical discourse within these
fields; biology as it was theorized vs. biology as it was practiced;
social factors that caused the life sciences to change over time;
reception in Islamic and Christian cultures; connections between
human medicine and biology; connections between biology and fields
such as physics and mechanics; the relationship between the inner
structures of scientific explanation and the ‘rhetoric’ of scientific

Abstracts of no more than 800 words should be sent by February 1,
2002 to Philip Thibodeau, Department of Classics, 221 Park Hall,
University of Georgia, Athens GA 30602-6203.  Email
([log in to unmask]) and hard-copy contributions are equally
welcome.  All abstracts will be judged anonymously by three referees;
notifications of the colloquium’s final decision will be sent out by
March 25, 2002.  Contributors must be members in good standing of the
American Philological Association.  For more information please visit
our website at

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Postdoctoral Fellowship, HPS, Sydney University

Sesqui Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2002
The University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowships were established in
1996 to support excellence in full-time research undertaken in any
Department or School at the University. Successful applicants are
expected to be based full-time at the University for the duration of
the Fellowship.

Applicants must have been awarded a PhD since 1 December 1996, or
providev evidence in the application of graduand status (ie. that all
the requirements for the award of the degree have been completed);
awards are tenable for three years.  A salary (taxable) will be
provided equal to the University's Level A (steps 6-8) Academic
salary scale, currently valued a A$47,294-A$50,767 per annum; a
research support grant of A$25,000 will be provided upon commencement
of appointment to assist Fellows establish their research in the host
Department/School; and minimum cost airfare direct to Sydney, and
return to point of departure on expiry of the Fellowship, will be
provided. The application form and related information is available
from the Research Office website at:

Applications must discuss the proposed project with the Head of the
host Department and arrange for a Report from the Head to be
submitted; for the Unit for HPS, please contact Rachel Ankeny on
[log in to unmask] The Unit and its associated faculty have
particular strengths in the history, philosophy and social studies of
biomedicine; bioethics; history of mathematics; general philosophy of
science; and science and colonisation.

Those considering applying are encouraged to consult the Unit for HPS
web page at

Closing date:   28 September 2001

Dr Rachel A. Ankeny, Director
Unit for History and Philosophy of Science
Carslaw F07
University of Sydney
phone: +61-2-9351-4801
fax: +61-2-9351-4224

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The New England Institute
Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Psychology The New England Institute
is an initiative by the University of New England to foster research and
education into the interdisciplinary nexus of cognitive science and
evolutionary psychology.  Cognitive science investigates the deep
structure of mental processes. Evolutionary psychology understands the
mind in the context of its biological origins. A sustained dialogue
between these disciplines is long overdue and timely.NEI provides a
platform of international scope for constructive debate and disparate
views on issues by offering a varied program of seminars, courses,
workshops, conferences , and talks for academics, researchers,
practitioners, and the general public. In offering these programs, NEI
will provide a forum for academics, practitioners, and the public to
learn from distinguished scientists and practitioners to keep abreast of
recent developments in research, theory and practice.For further
information, or to be placed on our mailing list, contact: The New
England Institute, University of New England,  Department of Social and
Behavioral Sciences, 11 Hills Beach Road, Biddeford, Maine, 04005, USA.
Email: [log in to unmask] ; Phone:(207) 283-0171, ext. 2236; FAX:
(207) 282-6379

DirectorDavid Livingstone Smith, PhD (University of New
England) Associate DirectorRobert E. Haskell, PhD (University of New
England) FellowsChristopher R. Badcock, PhD (LSE)Wilma S. Bucci, PhD
(Adelphi University)Linda A. W. Brakel, MD (University of Michigan)Noam
Chomsky, PhD (MIT)Richard Dawkins, PhD (Oxford University)Daniel C.
Dennett, PhD (Tufts University)Edward Erwin, PhD (University of
Miami)Paul Gilbert, PhD (University of Derby)Nicholas Humphrey, PhD
(LSE)Randolph M. Nesse, MD (University of Michigan)Steven Pinker, PhD
(MIT)Arthur Reber, PhD (CUNY)Mark Solms, PhD (University of
London)Robert L.Trivers, PhD (Rutgers University)Mark Turner, PhD
(University of Maryland)

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Lecturer, History/Sociology of Medicine
The Unit for History and Philosophy of Science (HPS), University of
Sydney, is located in the Faculty of Science, an arrangement unique
in Australia and offering a number of advantages to the discipline.
The Unit teaches majors in the degrees of Bachelor of Science,
Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Liberal Studies, and has strong
links with the Departments of Philosophy, History, and Gender Studies
in the Faculty of Arts. The Unit currently has three full-time staff,
active honours and postgraduate programs, and a strong research

Applications are invited for the position of Lecturer, Level B. The
successful candidate will have a completed PhD and a strong research
record with potential to recruit postgraduate students and attract
external funding; disciplinary knowledge in history of post-18th
century medicine as well as sociology of biomedical sciences/practice
or sociology of scientific knowledge; demonstrated teaching ability
in the history of medicine; and teaching and research experience in
at least two of the fields mentioned above in the disciplinary
context of HPS. Expertise in philosophy of science/medicine or
history of the physical sciences is also desirable, as is the ability
to teach an introduction to the history of science (e.g., the
scientific revolution) and teaching experience in other areas of HPS
not specified above.  Preference will be given to applicants with a
background in more than one of the constituent disciplines of this
interdisciplinary field.

The position is available from 1 July 2002 (with a possibility that
it may be available from 15 February 2002), and will be a continuing
position subject to a period of probation. Membership in a
University-approved superannuation fund is a condition of employment
for new appointees. For further information contact Dr Rachel A.
Ankeny, (02) 9351 4801, fax (02) 9351 4124, email
[log in to unmask] or visit our website at

Remuneration package: $63,214 - $75,045 p.a. (which includes a base
salary Lecturer Level B $53,440 - $63,461 p.a., leave loading and up
to 17% employerís contribution to superannuation)

Closing: Deadline for submission of applications is 31 October 2001,
with possible extension to 30 November 2001.

Four copies of applications quoting reference number, including
curriculum vitae, list of publications and names, addresses and fax
numbers of three confidential referees should be sent to: The
Personnel Officer, College of Sciences and Technology, Carslaw
Building (F07), University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.

Dr Rachel A. Ankeny, Director
Unit for History and Philosophy of Science
F07 Carslaw Building
The University of Sydney
+61-2-9351-4124 (fax)

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Dear ISHPSSB-members,

please find below information on the symposium "Contextualizing the
Genome" of this November. Please, notice that the list of speakers of
the symposium is closed by now. However, colleagues or students with
an orientation in philosophy of biology and an interest in
gene-centrism, conceptualizations in biology, interactionist views in
genetics and development, etc. might benefit from the topics
discussed during the symposium and are still welcome to attend the
conference (and/or to present posters illustrating their personal

Yours sincerely,
Lien V.S.
on behalf of the RCEC


International Interdisciplinary Symposium


25-28 November 2001
Ghent University – Het Pand - Belgium

Gertrudis Van de Vijver*
Lien Van Speybroeck*
Dani De Waele*
Denis Thieffry
Research Unit of the Scientific Research Community "Evolution and
Complexity", FWO – Flanders, (*) Ghent University, Dept. of
Philosophy and Moral Science

It is generally acknowledged that the expression of the genome
depends on various of its surrounding contexts (from intracellular to
environmental). However, can any of these contexts be seen as more
crucial than others in determining gene expression? Are they to be
seen as mutually determining? What is their respective impact on the
development and evolution of living beings? These problems of genomic
context will be explored from within epigenetics. Going 'beyond' a
strict gene-centrism, epigenetics studies processes and (heritable)
changes in gene function, development and evolution that cannot be
explained by changes in DNA sequence. Leading researchers in
molecular and developmental biology and philosophers of science are
asked (i) to reflect upon the biological relevance of recent
epigenetic experiments, and (ii) to investigate the implications of
epigenetics for the existing philosophical and scientific models and
views on more advanced theories on molecular genetics, developmental
biology and evolutionary theory.

complexity, development, epigenesis, epigenetics, epigenetic
variation, evolution, experimental molecular biology, gene,
gene-centrism, genetics, genomic context, heritability

Dept. of Philosophy and Moral Science, Ghent University (Belgium)
Dept. of Molecular Genetics, Ghent University (Belgium)
Dept. of Biology, Ghent University (Belgium)
Bernard FELTZ
Dept. of Philosophy of Science, Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium)
École Supérieure d'Ingénieurs de Luminy,
Université de la Méditerranée, Marseille (France)
Konrad Lorenz Institut for Evolution and Cognition Research (Austria)

Lectures up to 30 minutes. Short discussion after each lecture,
general discussion at the end of each session. Sessions arranged per
theme rather than per discipline. Possibility to submit posters until
1 October 2001. Registration fee, incl. book of abstracts & coffee:
USD 100 or BEF 4.000 (students: USD 25 or BEF 1.000). Late
registrations: USD 150 or BEF 6.000 (students: USD 50 or BEF 2.000).

     Mary ALLEMAN (USA)
     Denise BARLOW (Austria)
     David BAULCOMBE (UK)
     Vicky CHANDLER (USA)
     Anna DEPICKER (Belgium)
     Richard FLAVELL (USA)
     Evelyn FOX KELLER (USA)
     Scott GILBERT (USA)
     James GRIESEMER (USA)
     Eva JABLONKA (Israel)
     Marion LAMB (UK)
     Marjori MATZKE (Austria)
     Frederick MEINS, Jr. (CH)
     Michel MORANGE (France)
     Lenny MOSS (FR)
     Gerd MÜLLER (Austria)
     Jurek PASZKOWSKI (CH)
     Miroslaw RADMAN (France)
     James SHAPIRO (USA)
     Bernhard STRAUSS (Austria)
     Eörs SZATMARY (Hungary)
     Denis THIEFFRY (France)
     Richard VON STERNBERG (USA)
     Bruce WEBER (USA)
     William WIMSATT (USA)

and a public lecture by Clara PINTO-CORREIA (Portugal),
the author of "The Ovary of Eve"

1 October 2001

(see under "news")

Lien Van Speybroeck
Ghent University, Dept. of Philosophy & Moral Science
Blandijnberg 2 (room 210), B-9000 Ghent, Belgium
Fax: +32 (09) 264 41 97 - E-mail: [log in to unmask]

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Professor Roberta L. Millstein
Listserv Moderator, International Society for
History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology

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