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1. Call for papers for a thematic special issue of the journal Science & Education on "Genetics and Society: Educating Scientifically Literate Citizens."  Researchers working on areas related to genetics, bioethics and genetics education are invited to contribute to this thematic issue.  Conceptual, theoretical, empirical or position-based manuscripts are welcome. Manuscripts should treat their topics with an explicit connection to the topic of educating scientifically literate citizens, or address educational issues with respect to genetics and society more generally.  Submission Date: October 30, 2011.

2. Call for expressions of interest and abstracts for a new anthology, Origins of Mind, for Springer's book series, Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology.  The book, Origins of Mind, will address a question that is fundamental to both philosophical and scientific inquiry: how and why did the human mind as we know it come to exist in the natural world?

3. The 46th Annual Joint Atlantic Seminar for History of Biology will be held Saturday, 9 April 2011 at Yale University in New Haven, CT. Graduate Students and Younger Scholars are encouraged to submit work for presentation. Deadline for abstracts: 25 February 2011

4. The Israeli Society for History & Philosophy of Science announces its eleventh annual conference, March 6, 2011 at the Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem. The conference constitutes a meeting site for scholars from different fields, such as history, philosophy, sociology, anthropology, political science, the natural and medical sciences, economics, and literature, who are all engaged in studying different aspects of the theoretical and applied sciences, medicine, and technology. Deadline for submission: January 1, 2011

5. Call for applications, "Biology and the Publlc: Participation and Exclusion from the Renaissance to the Present Day," The Twelfth Ischia Summer School on the History of the Life Sciences 'Villa Dohrn', Ischia, Italy, 26 June - 3 July 2011.  This week-long summer school provides advanced training in history of the life sciences, a lively international field that offers a long-term perspective on some of the most significant ideas, practices and institutions in the world today.  Deadline for applications: 31 January 2011
6. Position announcement: Senior Lecturer/Administrative Director, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard University.  The Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments is the oldest and most extensive university-based collection of its type in the United States, holding some 20,000 instruments dating from the 17th century to the present.  Closing date for applications: January 5, 2011

7. The December issue of the IHPST Newsletter is now available on the web.

8. Call for papers for an interdisciplinary textual studies essay collection that explores Darwinism in the American scene.  Essays will examine the ways in which Darwinian language and theories have made their way into American literary and cultural texts, initially providing writers with a new vocabulary to describe human affairs and interactions with other living organisms, and continuing to shape the discourse and debates of today.  Deadline for abstracts/essays: January 31, 2011

9. New book: A Foray into the Worlds of Animals and Humans.  Jakob von Uexküll embarks on an exploration of the unique social and physical environments that individual animal species, as well as individuals within species, build and inhabit. Uexküll's concept of the umwelt holds new possibilities for the terms of animality, life, and the framework of biopolitics.

10. New book: The Tendency for Diversity and Complexity to Increase in Evolutionary Systems.  Daniel W. McShea and Robert N. Brandon argue that there exists in evolution a spontaneous tendency toward increased diversity and complexity, one that acts whether natural selection is present or not. This law unifies the principles and data of biology under a single framework and invites a reconceptualization of the field of the same sort that Newton's First Law brought to physics.

11. New book: Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others, by David Livingstone Smith. This is the first book-length study of dehumanization. It draws on a rich mix of history, psychology, biology, anthropology and philosophy to document the pervasiveness of dehumanization, describe its forms, and explain how and why we so often resort to it.

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