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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 discovery.

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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