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1. New book: Les mondes darwiniens. L'Úvolution 
de l'Úvolution, edited by Thomas Heams (Agro 
Paris Tech), Philippe Huneman (CNRS, Paris), 
Guillaume Lecointre (MNHN, Paris) and Marc 
Silberstein. This book, written in French, 
includes about 40 chapters dealing with many 
aspects and issues of evolutionary theories, 
ranging from population genetics, molecular 
biology and Evo Devo to medicine, sociology, 
robotics and ethics. 

2. Call for papers: "Towards a Unified Science of 
Religion," Department of Philosophy, University 
of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 12-14 February 
2010.  This conference seeks to bring together 
different scientific theories of religion, in 
cognitive science, anthropology, and evolutionary 
psychology, to explore the possibility of a 
unified science of religion.  Deadline for 
abstracts: 15 December 2009. 

3. Call for applications at VALGEN (Value 
Addition Through Genomics and GE3LS.  Up to six 
doctoral thesis fellowships and three 
postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in the 
three major research areas of VALGEN: (1) 
intellectual property management, (2) regulation 
and governance, and (3) democratic engagement. 
Fellowships will be located in one of the 
universities in the VALGEN network. Deadline for 
applications: December 1, 2009. 

4. New book: Stephen G. Brush, Choosing 
Selection: The Revival of Natural Selection in 
Anglo-American Evolutionary Biology, 1930-1970, 
Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society. 
This book describes the establishment of the 
hypothesis that Charles Darwin's "natural 
selection," reformulated by R.A. Fisher, J.B. S. 
Haldane, and S. Wright in the light of Mendelian 
genetics, is the primary or exclusive mechanism 
for biological evolution. 

5. This View of Life: Evolutionary Art for the 
Year of Darwin, University of Guelph and Ed Video 
Media Arts Centre, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. 
Scientists and humanists at the University of 
Guelph have come together to organize an event 
that celebrates not only the scientific and 
historical significance of Darwin's work but also 
the ways that evolutionary theory and natural 
history continue to inspire creativity across the 
disciplines.  Exhibition: October 9 to 30. 
Opening reception: October 16. 

6. Call for applications: Izaak Walton Killam 
Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of 
Philosophy, University of Alberta (Canada). 
Deadline for applications: December 1, 2009. 

7. New Book: Debugging the Link between Social 
Theory and Social Insects, by Diane Rodgers 
(Northern Illinois University), Louisiana 
University State Press.  Using a critical science 
studies perspective not previously applied to 
research on social insect symbolism, Rodgers 
attempts to "debug" the theoretical 
co-construction of humans and social insects. 

8. Mark Aldrich announces a web site, "Cartooning 
Evolution," containing about 200 cartoons dealing 
with Darwin, evolution, and the Scopes Trial. 
The images on the web site all, in one way or 
another, deal with Darwin and his ideas or with 
related scientific issues. 

9. Lindley Darden's Reasoning in Biological 
Discoveries: Mechanisms, Interfield Relations, 
and Anomaly Resolution is now available in 
paperback from Cambridge University Press.  
Reasoning in Biological Discoveries brings 
together a series of essays, which focus on one 
of the most heavily debated topics of scientific 

10. The UCLA Center for Society and Genetics 
seeks a highly qualified candidate to serve in 
the position of the Center's Director.  The 
appointee will hold a full-time appointment at 
the Associate or Full Professorial level in the 
Center, as well as a joint appointment in a UCLA 
department appropriate to the appointee's 
disciplinary research interests. Initial review 
of applications will begin November 9, 2009 and 
will continue until the position is filled. 

11. The University of Cambridge invites 
applications for two doctoral studentships funded 
by a Wellcome strategic award in history of 
medicine. They seek outstanding candidates whose 
research would fall within the theme 'Generation 
to Reproduction'.  Deadlines vary based on 
funding applied for, but the earliest deadline, 
for applicants from the USA applying for a Gates 
Cambridge Scholarship, is 15 October 2009. 

12. Position as a doctoral research fellow 
available within the project "Philosophical 
Foundations for Systems Biology" (PSBio) at the 
Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of 
Art and Ideas (IFIKK), University of Oslo from 
January  2010.  Closing date: November 20, 2009. 

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