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Roberta L. Millstein
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1.  Philosophy & Theory in Biology (P&TB) is a new peer-reviewed open-access online journal to be launched in the Fall of 2009, and it aims to bring together philosophers of science and theoretically inclined biologists in order to interact across disciplinary boundaries.  They seek papers that are methodologically diverse, including but not limited to standard philosophy of biology analyses of concepts or research programs and 'theoretical' papers by biologists.

2. To commemorate the bicentennial of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species, the California Academy of Sciences, in collaboration with the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, will sponsor a "Symposium on Darwin and the Galapagos" on August 14 and 15, 2009.  Those who register in advance for the AAASPD meeting may request a ticket in advance at no additional cost.  If space is available tickets can also be obtained at the door with on-site registration.

3. The Cohn Institute Tel Aviv University, The Edelstein Center, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Van Leer Institute of Jerusalem announce a workshop "Transformations of Lamarckism," June 7-10, 2009, Tel Aviv University. The workshop celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Lamarck's Philosophie Zoölogique and brings together historians, philosophers and biologists concerned with present-day issues in biology.  Admission is free.

4. Call for abstracts and papers for "Social Sciences," the 25th Boulder Conference on the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder, October 9-11, 2009.  Although preference will be given to papers dealing with the social sciences, submissions in any area of the history or philosophy of science will be considered. Deadline for submissions is August 15, 2009

5. The May issue of the International History & Philosophy of Science Teaching Group (IHPST) newsletter is now available on the web.  Item #2 includes up-dated registration, accommodation and travel details for the IHPST Group's coming Notre Dame conference; it includes a message for graduate students taking part in the meeting.

6. Call for extended abstracts for "Levels of Selection and Individuality in Evolution: Conceptual Issues and the Role of Artificial Life Models," Workshop at ECAL 2009 conference (13th-16th September, Budapest, Hungary).  Submissions are invited that discuss any aspect of levels of selection, organisation, and individuality in evolution.  Submission deadline: 22 June 2009.

7. Call for papers for "Emergence and Reduction in the Sciences," Second Pittsburgh-Paris Workshop, December 11-12, 2009 (possibly extending to morning, December 13) at the Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh (co-sponsored by l'Institut d'Histoire et de Philosophie des Sciences et des Techniques, Paris).  The organizers invite papers that address these dual notions in any science. Papers that connect the notions in several sciences are encouraged.  Deadline for submission: August 15, 2009

8. Call for papers for "Darwin in the Twenty-First Century: Nature, Humanity, and God," November 1-3, 2009, at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana.  The conference is devoted to evolutionary theory in its scientific, anthropological, philosophical, and theological dimensions as a contribution to the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species. Deadline for abstracts:  June 12, 2009.
9. The History and Philosophy of Science Program at Florida State University will be hosting its biennial Werkmeister Conference on June 2, 2009 and will be using the occasion to celebrate the 80th birthday of Edward O. Wilson.  There will be a series of papers given on topics related to the work of Dr. Wilson.  These talks will include short discussion and Professor Wilson will be invited to comment.  There is no charge, but space is limited, so registration is requested.

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