Vol. 18, No. 4 November 2001
IN THIS ISSUE
"REFLECTING ON A CENTURY OF FLIGHT" SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD
In conjunction with NASA's Centennial of Flight Coordinator, the national Centennial of Flight Commission, and various other cosponsors, the NASA History Office is pleased to announce an upcoming free event entitled "Reflecting on a Century of Flight: Honoring the Past, Inventing the Future." This event will take place at the Carnegie Institution of Washington at 1530 P Street, NW in Washington, D.C. (nearest Metro stop: Dupont Circle) on Friday, 14 December 2001 from 1 to 4 p.m.
On a cold windswept beach near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on 17 December 1903, two brothers changed the world. Wilbur and Orville Wright made the first controlled, powered flight on that day, ushering in a century of flight that has transformed our world and proved that the airplane has become indispensable worldwide.
You are invited to a half-day commemoration and reflection on the meaning of a century of flight, and a discussion of future possibilities. Among the topics to be considered:
Join us at the Carnegie Institution of Washington on the afternoon of 14 December 2001, for a unique opportunity to discuss the significance of a century of flight. This event is free, but seating is limited. RSVP required by 12 December 2001 to email@example.com. For more information, please contact John Childress at 202-358-4637 or check out http://www.aerospace.nasa.gov/centuryofflight/ on the Web.
2002-2003 FELLOWSHIP IN AEROSPACE HISTORY COMPETITION ANNOUNCED
The American Historical Association has announced the annual competition for the 2002-2003 Fellowship in Aerospace History. Supported by the NASA, this fellowship will fund at least one Fellow, for one academic year, to undertake a research project related to aerospace history. It will provide a Fellow with an opportunity to engage in significant and sustained advanced research in all aspects of the history of aerospace from the earliest human interest in flight to the present, including cultural and intellectual history, economic history, history of law and public policy, and the history of science, engineering, and management.
Eligibility: Applicants must possess a doctorate degree in history or in a closely related field, or be enrolled as a student (having completed all coursework) in a doctoral degree-granting program.
Term and Residency: The Fellowship term is for a period of at least six months, but not more than one year. The Fellow will be expected to devote the term entirely to the proposed research project. The Fellow will have (and be encouraged to take advantage of) the opportunity to use the documentary resources of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and may also spend the Fellowship in residence at the NASA headquarters or one of the NASA centers.
Other Requirements: The applicant must complete an application form and offer a specific and detailed research proposal that will be the basis of the Fellow's research during the term. At the term's conclusion, the Fellow will be expected to write a report, and to present a paper or a public lecture on the Fellowship experience.
Stipend: The stipend is $20,000 for a 6-9 month fellowship. This amount is adjustable to the length of the fellowship term. Funds may not be used to support tuition or fees. A Fellow may not hold other major fellowships or grants during the fellowship term, except sabbatical and supplemental grants from their own institutions, and small grants from other sources for specific research expenses. Sources of anticipated support must be listed in the application form.
Deadline, Submission Information, and Notification Applications and letters of recommendation must be postmarked by 1 March 2002. Submit to: Fellowship in Aerospace History, American Historical Association, 400 A Street, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003. Additional information is available at http://www.theaha.org/prizes/NASA.htm.
Notification: Names of the winner and alternate will be announced in May 2002.
PROPOSALS FOR A HISTORY OF KENNEDY SPACE CENTER WELCOMED
The Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Cape Canaveral, Florida, has recently approved funding for a three-year fixed-price contract to write its history since Apollo. The history would serve as an addition and sequel to Moonport, a history of the Center that deals with the 1960s. Moonport is available on-line at: http://www.hq.nasa.gov/office pao/History/SP-4204/cover.html. The Center will want the individual(s) working on this project to reside at the Cape and will provide office space, telephone, computer, etc., for the contractor on-site. The salary and fringe benefits will be in the assistant professor range.
Anyone who might have an interest should prepare a proposal for the history, including a vita, and send to Dr. Shannon Roberts at KSC. Her telephone number is 321-867-0867 and her e-mail address is Shannon.Robertsfirstname.lastname@example.org.
OTHER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
The US Army Corps of Engineers has an opening for a historian. The annual salary ranges from $44,353 to $69,099 and the position is located in Alexandria, VA. For more information contact Carol A. Koslow at (703) 428-7327 or email@example.com. To see the on-line posting visit www.cpol.army.mil.
The History of Science Society and the University of Oklahoma invite nominations and applications for the History of Science Society Bibliographer and Associate Editor of Isis and a term faculty appointment in the Department of the History of Science, each with a commitment of 50 percent time through 31 December 2003. Starting date is negotiable, but with a preference for appointment as soon as possible. This appointment covers the Current Bibliography for the years 2000 through 2003, with the possibility of 5-year renewal. The Bibliographer of the Society and Associate Editor of Isis is responsible for the compilation and editing of the annual Current Bibliography of the History of Science, for their production in camera-ready form for print publication, and for preparation of data for inclusion in the on-line RLIN HST database or equivalent. The work will be done in the History of Science Collections, University of Oklahoma Libraries, Norman, Oklahoma. For more information contact: Steven J. Livesey, Search Committee Chair, Department of the History of Science, University of Oklahoma, 601 Elm, Room 622, Norman, OK 73019-3106. Tel.: 405-325-2213; Fax: 405-325-2363; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Liberal Arts seeks applicants for Chair of its Public Policy Program. This is a full time tenure-track position at the Associate or Professor level. The position will be available 1 July 2002. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in an appropriate discipline, a record of significant scholarship, and superior teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates with policymaking or management experience within an applied science or technology area will be given special consideration. Applications, consisting of a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references should be sent to: William J. Daniels, Search Committee Chair, Department of Political Science, Rochester Institute of Technology, 92 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5604. Deadline for receiving applications is 30 November 2001.
"THEY TAUGHT THE WORLD TO FLY" SYMPOSIUM HELD
On 22-25 October 2001 the NASA History Office helped organize and participate in the historical symposium, "They Taught the World to Fly: The Wright Brothers and the Age of Flight." This major international symposium on aerospace history was held at North Carolina State University, Raleigh. Sponsored by the First Flight Centennial Commission and the First Flight Centennial Foundation of North Carolina, this exciting international symposium had more than 200 participants speaking on all manner of aerospace historical topics. Some of the featured speakers included:
The symposium featured a series of themes linking the Wright brothers and the larger history of flight. These included:
Roger Launius, NASA Chief Historian, served on the planning committee and organized four separate sessions on the program, including the plenary session on "Innovation in Flight" featuring the well-known historians Roger E. Bilstein, Hans-Joachim Braun, and Thomas P. Hughes. Stephen J. Garber of the office gave a paper at the symposium comparing the technology of the Space Shuttle and the Buran.
JOINT NASA HISTORY PROGRAM REVIEW/RECORDS MANAGERS MEETING POSTPONED
Each year since the creation of the Agency in 1958 the NASA History Office has held a meeting with our center history points of contact and with a group of outside scholars and aerospace professionals to assess the state of the NASA history program. This meeting, which was scheduled for the 5-6 November 2001 at Stennis Space Center, Mississippi has been postponed. For additional information about this meeting, contact email@example.com.
NEW NASA HISTORY SERIES PUBLICATIONS
We are pleased to announce the publication of Shuttle-Mir: The U.S. and Russia Share History’s Highest Stage (NASA SP-2001-4225, 2001), an attractive illustrated history by Clay Morgan. This multimedia history details the first major Russian/American space partnership after the fall of the Soviet Union, combining the America Space Shuttle’s ready access to space with Russia’s long-duration space station, Mir. This engagingly written book presents the human side of the Shuttle-Mir story, beginning by setting the historical stage. It then alternates between efforts of the team members on the ground, the missions of the Space Shuttle to and from Mir, and the tales of the seven American astronauts who, with their Russian crewmates, worked for months in Earth orbit, sometimes under challenging conditions. A CD-ROM accompanies the book with electronic versions of the text and pictures. The CD also contains extensive program documentation, full transcripts of more than 70 interviews, extensive imagery, video and full text search capability. The NASA History Office plans to re-issue the CD-ROM separately at a later date.
How to order: For sale for $93.00 (domestic postpaid), $116.25 (non-U.S.). By Phone: GPO Order Desk at (202) 512-1800 (DC Metro area) or 1-866-512-1800 (Toll-free) or fax (202) 512-2250. This book also may be ordered at http://bookstore.gpo.gov/index.html on the Web. Order stock number 033-000-01239-0.
The Aeronautics and Space Report of the President: Fiscal Year 2000 is now available in print and on-line. View the on-line version at http:// history.nasa.gov/presrep00/home.html. For a hard copy version send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the NASA History Office, Code IQ, Washington, DC 20546-0001.
Now available is Howard E. McCurdy’s latest study appearing in the "New Series in NASA History," Faster, Better, Cheaper: Low-Cost Innovation in the U.S. Space Program (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001). This short historical study analyzes the efforts within NASA to change its method of doing business in the 1990s. For sale for $34.95 by Johns Hopkins University Press at http://www.press.jhu.edu/press/books/titles/f01/f01m cfa.htm on the Web.
OTHER NEW PUBLICATIONS IN NASA HISTORY
Now available is Imagining Space: Achievements, Predictions, Possibilities, 1950-2050 (Chronicle Books, 2001). Written by Roger D. Launius and Howard E. McCurdy, this book uses the last fifty years in spaceflight to explore future possibilities. In 1949 Willy Ley wrote the classic work, The Conquest of Space, describing what he thought would happen in the next fifty years in space exploration, based upon what had already taken place up to that time. This book, in many respects, is a continuation of that earlier effort. The first part of it focuses on the predictions made about space exploration over the last fifty years and will analyze what was predicted and achieved, what was achieved but not predicted, and what was predicted but not achieved. The remainder of the book discusses the prospects for the future, looking out fifty years. Look for it now in a bookstore near you for the list price of $35.00.
Apollo 15–The NASA Mission Reports Volume I is now available from Apogee Books. The book includes the Press Kit, Pre and Post flight Mission Operation Reports, the crew technical debriefing and a CD-ROM of EVA footage and other pictorial histories. To order contact CG Publishing Inc, Box 62034, Burlington, Ontario, L7R 4K2, Canada. The cost is $17.95 (U.S.) plus $5 for shipping or $24.95 (Can.) plus $5 for shipping (international shipping $7).
Now also available is Arrows to the Moon by Chris Gainor (Apogee Books, 2001). Arrows to the Moon tells for the first time the story of the Canadian and British engineers from Avro Canada who played key roles in putting Americans on the Moon and in building today’s U.S. space program, including the space shuttle and the International Space Station. Other Canadian contributions to Apollo and a chapter on the Canadian space program are also included. Arrows to the Moon is available for $19.95. For information on how to order this book visit http://www.cgpublishing.com/apogee.htm.
Also recently appearing is Paul Dickson’s Sputnik: The Shock of the Century (New York: Walker & Co., 2001). This work tells the story of how the Soviet Union was propelled into international prominence on 4 October 1957 by becoming the first nation to launch an Earth orbiting satellite and the reaction Sputnik engendered in the United States. The Soviet spacecraft panicked Americans, who constantly looked up into the sky, spoke in hushed tones and feared that the satellite presaged an atomic attack. While President Eisenhower remained calm and tried to lead the country through the crisis, the Sputnik "debacle" led directly to creation of NASA and altered the political landscape. This new book is available for $28 at a bookstore near you.
FORTHCOMING NASA HISTORY PUBLICATIONS
Forthcoming in the NASA History Series is Uplink/Downlink: A History of the Deep Space Network (NASA SP-2001-4225, 2001), by Douglas J. Mudgway. The book will describe and analyze the complex history of the Deep Space Network (DSN) from its origins, as a result of the early years of the planetary science program in the late 1950s, through its current role as the most capable communications system in the world. It will assess the role of this critical communications method for both providing control to planetary probes and a means of obtaining the scientific data collected. This book should be available in late 2001. Stay tuned for more information about this work.
Appearing near the end of the year will be On the Frontier: Flight Research at Dryden, 1946-2000 (NASA SP-2001-4315, 2001), by Richard P. Hallion and Michael H. Gorn. This work is a revision of a 1984 NASA History Series publication about the Dryden Flight Research Center. It includes additional chapters and revisions to earlier material.
In early 2002, we will publish Asif A. Siddiqi’s Deep Space Chronicle: Robotic Exploration Missions to the Planets (NASA SP-2002-4524) as one of our "Monographs in Aerospace History." This monograph provides an overview of the missions, conducted by the United States, the Soviet Union/Russia, and the other spacefaring nations of the world, to the planets of the Solar System.
Finally, the program will also be publishing Peter W. Merlin’s monograph, Mach 3+: NASA/USAF YF-12 Flight Research, 1969-1979 (NASA SP-2002-4525, 2002). This is a study of the use of the YF-12/SR-71 in flight research at the Dryden Flight Research Center.
NEW NASA HISTORICAL INFORMATION ON-LINE
We are pleased to announce that a history of Shuttle-Mir Phase I web page is now on-line at http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/history/shuttle-mir. Produced in conjunction with the newly released NASA book authored by Clay Morgan entitled Shuttle-Mir: The United States and Russia Share History’s Highest Stage (NASA SP-2001-4225), the fully searchable web page offers additional resources that exploit the full capabilities of the word wide web. These include on-line documents, text, videos, animation, interviews and audio that collectively chronicle the history of this unique program.
We are pleased to announce that Lunar Impact: A History of Project Ranger (Washington, D.C.: NASA SP-4210, 1977) by R. Cargill Hall is now on-line at http://history.nasa.gov/SP-4210/pages/Cover.htm on the Web. As the book's preface begins, "Ranger was the first successful American project of lunar exploration." This robotic spacecraft project of the early 1960s laid the groundwork for Project Apollo and much future robotic space science work. Hall tells an engaging story, complete with failures as well as triumphs and the scientific, engineering, and political struggles in between. Special thanks go to volunteer Dirk Stoffels for formatting the text and images of this out of print book for the Web.
Project Orion: A Design Study of a System for Detecting Extrasolar Planets (NASA SP-436, 1980), edited by David C. Black and formatted for web publication by Chris Gamble is also now on-line. Black discusses the motivation behind Project Orion, which can perhaps be best understood by answering the question "Why is a search for other planetary systems important?" This book is located on-line at http://history.nasa.gov/SP-436/sp436.htm
Skylab's Astronomy and Space Sciences (NASA SP-404, 1979), edited by Charles A. Lundquist. In addition to its well-known value as an orbital workshop that demonstrated the ability of astronauts to live in space for extended periods of time, the Skylab program also produced some significant scientific results. The Skylab crews' long times in orbit permitted them to make large contributions in areas such as far-ultraviolet astronomy and observations of the Comet Kohoutek. Special thanks to Chris Gamble for formatting the images and text of this informative volume for the Web. Skylab's Astronomy and Space Sciences is now on-line at http://history.nasa.gov/SP-404/sp404.htm.
Established by the United Nations, World Space Week was 4-10 October to commemorate the launch of Sputnik and the 1967 Outer Space Treaty. For more information on Sputnik, the Outer Space Treaty and to see how the rest of the world celebrated, visit http://history.nasa.gov/spaceweek.html.
NASA History has a new web page entitled SETI: The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Learn more about the quest to find out whether we are alone in the universe. This page, located at http://history.nasa.gov/seti.html, also has a variety of links, including an article describing the circumstances behind the Congressional cancellation of NASA's formal SETI effort as well as the publication, The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (NASA SP-419, 1977).
NASA’s Space Science Web Page has posted the introductory essays for each chapter of Exploring the Unknown: Selected Documents in the History of the U.S. Civil Space Program, Volume V: Exploring the Cosmos on-line. The essays are available at http://spacescience.nasa.gov/admin/pubs/history/index.htm.
We are also pleased to announce the on-line edition of Apollo by the Numbers: A Statistical Reference (NASA SP-2000-4029) by Richard W. Orloff. It is available from http://history.nasa.gov/SP-4029/SP-4029.htm on the Web. This on-line version includes all the extensive text and useful tables of the original hard copy edition. The author has also made a number of corrections to the data in the hard copy edition. The on-line version does not include the original photos. To purchase a hard copy edition of this book, see http://history.nasa.gov/gpo/order.html on the Web. Special thanks to Rich Orloff himself for formatting this publication for the Web. It is a great reference tool for all those who are interested in the Apollo project.
OTHER ELECTRONIC HISTORY RESOURCES ON-LINE
The National Remote Sensing and Space Law Center at the University of Mississippi School of Law announces the creation of their website. This site will post all activities and projects as well as information on the International Institute of Space Law Moot Court competition. This year’s case is about remote sensing. The site is continuously updated and can be found at http://www.spacelaw.olemiss.edu/.
HISTORY NEWS FROM NASA FIELD CENTERS
The Dryden History Office has initiated a new book, tentatively titled Past and Present: A Pictorial History of the Dryden Flight Research Center and its Predecessors. It is due to be published in Fall 2002. Additionally, Michael Gorn of the Dryden History Office presented a paper at the International Symposium of the History of Flight. It is entitled "Friendly Persuasion: Hugh L. Dryden and Military Sponsorship of the X-15 Program." North Carolina State University and the North Carolina First Flight Centennial Commission sponsored the symposium.
Stennis Space Center commemorated its 40th anniversary on 25 October with a special program for all SSC employees, retirees and community leaders that related the development of the space center in the 1960s through its evolution into a multi-agency center. The highlight of the event was the presentation of a one-man play on Senator John C. Stennis’ career by a professional actor who also wrote the play based on a journal he kept while a college student serving as a caregiver to the Senator during his retirement
The transfer of Johnson Space Center’s extensive history collections has begun under a new memorandum of understanding signed this past February between JSC, NARA and the University of Houston’s Clear Lake campus. The agreement allows UHCL to receive and maintain JSC’s history collection as part of a continuing effort to create greater access and to share these resources with the academic community and the general public at large. The first in a series of planned collection moves from JSC to the new UHCL archives was completed this past September when 860 linear feet of records chronicling the Apollo program were moved. This material had formerly been housed at the Woodson Research Center at Rice University’s Fondren Library. In addition, more than 1,000 oral history interview tapes, transcripts and videos documenting the men and women that worked on the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs has also been moved to the new UHCL archives. UHCL has hired a full-time archivist along with a part-time assistant to manage their archives which includes working the JSC history collections housed at their facility. Access to the UHCL archives is currently available by appointment only. Regularly scheduled hours of operation will be posted later this year upon completion of the initial phase of collection moves from JSC. A formal dedication and opening of the new archives is currently being planned. For those wishing to make use of the these collections, they are encouraged to contact Shelly Kelly, the UHCL archivist at the following: UHCL Archives, Neumann Library, University of Houston–Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston TX 77058; PH: 281-283-3936; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transfer of JSC’s history collections to UHCL will allow the JSC historian to focus on processing the backlog of unprocessed material that has accumulated over the past ten years. This material, in turn, will be cataloged and indexed before eventually joining the rest of the collection at UHCL. Because of current space limitations in the UHCL archives, material to be transferred from JSC will be limited to available shelf space but long range plans as laid out in the MOU call for this to be an "active" and "growing" collection. Eventually, all of JSC’s history collections will be moved to the UHCL archives. Until then, JSC will house the remainder of its history series on site, which include Space Shuttle, Space Station and Center history. These collections will continue to be made available to researchers at JSC.
The NASA History Office is looking for permanent volunteers. We would like to find a suitable retiree to work approximately 20 hours per week in our office on an ongoing basis. This volunteer need not have specific experience working at NASA, but should exhibit strong interest in aerospace history and be willing to learn. Volunteers would have the opportunity to take on significant responsibilities in editing, researching, answering information requests, and preparing documents for the World Wide Web. For more information, please contact Steve Garber at 202-358-0385 or email@example.com.
In an ongoing effort to digitize select historical documents chronicling the U.S. human spaceflight program, the history office of the NASA Johnson Space Center is seeking volunteers willing to aid in reviewing and indexing pages of scanned text. Based on the success of the Mission Transcript Collection CD Project¾ volunteers from across the globe successfully reviewed, via the Internet, tens of thousands of pages of scanned transcripts from the Mercury through Apollo programs to create a two-CD-ROM¾ JSC plans to digitize its remaining mission transcript collection and other select historical documents. Documents are being scanned in Adobe Acrobat PDF format and additional volunteers are needed to review pages for correct page count, order, and quality of scans. Requirements for volunteers include reliable Internet access (high speed DSL connection preferred), familiarity in the use of Adobe Acrobat and MS Excel software, and a genuine interest in the history of spaceflight. Volunteers wishing to participate in this project are asked to contact: Glen E. Swanson, Historian; NASA Johnson Space Center; Mail Stop GP2 Bldg. 45 Rm 306; 2101 NASA Road 1; Houston, TX 77058-3696; 281/483-6924; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. gov.
NASM GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
The National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, wishes to announce the following fellowship opportunities for the academic year 2002-2003. Application deadline is 15 January 2002, and successful applicants will be notified by April. The National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, provides three residential fellowships to support research in aerospace history: the Guggenheim Fellowship for predoctoral and recent postdoctoral scholars, the A. Verville Fellowship, open to academic and nonacademic historians, and the Ramsey Fellowship in Naval Aviation History, which is similarly open. Stipends range from $20,000 to $45,000 a year, plus money for travel and miscellaneous expenses. The application deadline for academic year 2002-2003 is 15 January 2002, and successful applicants will be notified in mid-April. Further information can be found at:http://www.nasm.edu/nasm/joinnasm/fellow/fellow.htm on the web. Requests for fellowship application packages should be sent to: Ms. Collette Williams, Fellowship Coordinator, Rm. 3313, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.20560-0312; e-mail email@example.com. Application packages will be mailed around 15 November and will also be made available at the above web address. Potential applicants are also encouraged to investigate the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Fellowships and Grants program. Information can be found at: http://web1.si.edu/ofg/.
In addition, the Museum offers the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History. Senior scholars with distinguished records of publication who are working on, or anticipate working on; books in aerospace history are invited to write letters of interest for academic year 2003-2004 or later. The Lindbergh Chair is a one-year appointed position; support is available for replacement of salary and benefits up to a maximum of $100,000 a year. Please contact, for topics in aviation, Dr. Peter L. Jakab, Aeronautics Division, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560-0312, firstname.lastname@example.org; for space history topics, Dr. Michael J. Neufeld, Space History Division, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560-0311, email@example.com.
In addition, The National Air and Space Museum is offering a grant of $5,000, to be awarded every other year, to support research toward publication on aerospace topics. Funds may be used to support research travel and expenses, or research publications. Applicants for NASM or Smithsonian Fellowships are encouraged to apply for the Aviation/Space Writers Award. Recipients of the award need not be in residence at the National Air and Space Museum. Candidates should submit a letter proposal stating the subject of their research and publication goals, not exceeding five pages, by January 15, 2002. Proposals should be sent to: Ms. Collette Williams, Fellowship Coordinator, Rm. 3313, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. 20560-0312, firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please contact: Dr. Peter L. Jakab, Aeronautics Division, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 20560-0312, email@example.com
ROCKEFELLER ARCHIVE CENTER GRANTS
The Rockefeller Archive Center will award grants of up to $2500 for U.S. and Canadian residents and $3000 for residents of other nations for travel to the Center, to do research in its Cold War archival collection. Established scholars and doctoral candidates are encouraged to apply. The deadline for grant applications is 30 November 2001, and grant awardees will be notified in March 2002. For more information, please contact Darwin Stapleton, Director, Rockefeller Archive Center, 15 Dayton Avenue, Pocantico Hills, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591-1598, 814-631-4506, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY FELLOWSHIP
Northwestern University's Science in Human Culture Program (SHC) invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships in the contextual study of science, technology, and medicine, to start September 2002. They are seeking applicants in the history of science, the philosophy of science, and the sociology/anthropology of science, who will thrive in an interdisciplinary program. Probably two fellows will be appointed. They will be affiliated with both the SHC and an appropriate disciplinary department (history, philosophy, sociology, etc). They will pursue a program of independent scholarship and, by arrangement with the program director and chair of the fellow's department, teach two one-quarter courses a year, a seminar and a lecture course. They will help organize the SHC weekly faculty seminar series, and give one seminar a year. The annual stipend is $33,300. For more information contact Ken Alder, program director, at email@example.com.
SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION PRESS SEEKS MANUSCRIPTS
The Smithsonian Institution Press is expanding its publishing program in aviation, space, and military history. In addition, the SIP/National Air & Space Museum’s aviation history series has been expanded to include space history. Now called the Smithsonian History of Aviation and Spaceflight Series, the inaugural book in the refocused series is Beyond the Moon: A Golden Age of Planetary Exploration, 1971-1978 by Robert S. Kraemer. SIP is seeking substantive scholarly works and monographs, plus well-researched, well-written histories, biographies, and memoirs. Send complete or partial manuscripts, proposals, and queries to Mark Gatlin, Smithsonian Institution Press, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALLS FOR PAPERS
With its annual conference, the Cyberculture Working Group (CWG) seeks scholars from across the disciplines to examine and discuss the future of Cyberculture studies. The conference will feature an opening address from Joan Korenman, Director of the Center for Women and Information Technology at University of Maryland Baltimore County, and keynote speaker, Donna Haraway, professor in the program of History of Consciousness at the University of California at Santa Cruz. This years conference, CWG is interested in both the conceptualization and formation of "Critical Cyberculture Studies" and its position within the possible emergence of Cyberculture as an object of inquiry, field of study, or even as a new discipline. Is it desirable for scholars working within Cyberculture for this field to emerge as a discipline, and if so, how should the discipline be conceptualized? Proposals for individual papers (15-20 minutes) and full panels (2-3 papers plus a commentator and chair) should include a one-page abstract and a concise, one-page C.V. for each presenter. The deadline for submissions is 3 December 2001. Please send three copies of the proposal to: Donald Snyder, 2107b Holzapfel Hall, Department of American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742 or email proposal to email@example.com.
The 2002 International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS'02): "Social Implications of Information and Communication Technology" has been scheduled to take place 6-8 June 2002 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The goal of ISTAS'02 is to bring together Information and Communication Technology (ICT) professionals, computer science and engineering educators, teachers and scholars in the humanities and social sciences, policymakers, students, and ICT users for the purpose of establishing critical dialogue on the social and ethical dimensions of ICT. Contributions are encourage for topics related to the conference theme. Papers are also welcomed in additional general areas of interest to the members of SSIT: environmental, health, safety, and peace-related implications of technology; social, economic, and ethical issues involving energy, in formation, and telecommunications technologies; history of technology; systems analysis in public policy decisions; and research methods for technology-policy analysis. Submit a one page abstract for a paper, or a proposal for a paper session or panel discussion to the Conference Chair (email preferred):
Joseph R. Herkert, Division of Multidisciplinary Studies, Box 7107, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7107, Voice: 919-515-7993, Fax: 919-515-1828, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadlines for proposals for sessions, panels, or individual papers: 13 December 2001.
The New Directions Initiative (NDI) will award up to six matching grants to support collaborative partnerships between scholars in the Earth/ environmental sciences and the humanities. The projects being proposed should be case-based, that is, tied to environmental issues of concern to local, state, regional, national or international governments, private corporations, and/or community groups. The outcomes of this collaboration will include a presentation at the New Directions national conference and an essay in the subsequent proceedings volume. Proposals are welcome across a wide spectrum of disciplines within both the Earth sciences and the humanities. Proposals are also welcome from individuals in interdisciplinary fields such as science, technology, and society and cultural studies. Proposals are due by 15 January 2002. Please identify the primary contact, including phone, fax, and email. Submissions may be made by fax, email, or mail, but not by more than one of these methods. Send email submissions to: email@example.com; hard copies to New Directions Interdisciplinary Team Competition Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education (SPACE), Colorado School of Mines, CSM Annex, 1600 Arapahoe, Golden, CO 80401.
The Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science (CSHPS) is holding its annual conference at University of Toronto, 26-28 May 2002. The program committee invites historians, philosophers and other scholars of the social sciences and humanities to submit paper, panel or workshop proposals. The proposals and papers may be in English or French, and should have a title, a brief abstract of 150 to 250 words, and the complete information for correspondence. Proposals must be received by 31 January 2002 and may be sent by e-mail, fax or post to one of the members of the program committee. For more information please visit the following websites: Program Web Site: http://www.er.uqam.ca/nobel/r20430/schps_toronto_2002/, Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science: http://www.ukings.ns.ca/cshps/ and the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities: http://www.hssfc.ca/.
The Graduate Student Conference: "The Local and the Global: Contexts in Science and Technology" has issued a call for papers. The conference will be held 13-14 April 2002 at The National Academies, Washington, DC. This graduate student conference will provide a forum for thinking, speculating and theorizing about global and local trends on issues concerning science and technology from an interdisciplinary perspective. The conference organizing committee welcomes submissions of abstracts to present current or recent research. Abstracts (up to 250 words) for a 10-15 minute presentation should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 January 2002. For more information on the conference and requirements for papers, visit http://www.nvgc.vt.edu/sts.gradconf.
The Council on America’s Military Past (CAMP) is looking for papers for its 36th Annual Military History Conference. The conference will be held 10-14 July 2002, at the Wyndham Old San Juan Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The emphasis of the conference is U.S. military activities in the Caribbean from early history to the Cold War. Send proposals to: CAMP ’02 Conference Papers, PO Box 1151, Fort Myer, VA 22211-1151 by 5 February 2002. Email email@example.com for more information
The Cold War Museum is looking for articles for its magazine, Cold War Times. To submit an article, contact Bryan Dickerson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information on the Cold War Times can be found at http://www.coldwar.org/education/coldwar_magazine.html on the web.
History Matters: The U.S. Survey on the Web is a resource for teachers of U.S. history. Contributions from educators are sought in several areas in exchange for a modest honorarium. For more information, see the web site at http://historymatters.gmu.edu or contact Ellen Noonan at email@example.com.
History and Technology is an international journal that encourages submissions from both graduate students and more established scholars interested in the mutual shaping of technology and society in an historical perspective. The journal is published four times a year and usually includes three articles and a small book review section, with considerable emphasis given to work of the twentieth century. Guest editors sometimes take responsibility for a single number dealing with a coherent theme. The time to publication is relatively brief as the journal works on a flow system; i.e. when there is enough material available they will proceed with publication. Interested authors should submit articles to: Dr. John Krige, School of History, Technology and Society, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA 30332-0345, 404-894-7765, fax 404-894-0535.
On 6-7 December 2001, join leading scientists and policymakers from around the world to discuss how science can contribute to solutions for achieving sustainable communities, locally and globally. Conference highlights include a keynote address by Dr. Donald Kennedy, editor-in-chief, Science, and Stanford University president emeritus, plus a series of sustainability success stories and a special exhibition of technologies and resources for sustainable communities. For more information, see http://www.cnie.org/NCSEconference/2001conference/.
The President's Reception for the Society for History in the Federal Government will be held on Thursday, 13 December 2001, in room 105 of the National Archives, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. Please join your colleagues for this special annual event, honoring the past presidents of the Society.
The American Historical Association will hold its annual meeting in San Francisco, California, on 3-6 January 2002. Contact: Philippa Levine, Dept. of History, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0034, Tel.: (213) 740-1670, fax –6999, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit will take place on 14-17 January 2002, at the Reno Hilton in Reno, Nevada. Three aerospace history sessions have been planned for this meeting. Additionally, the AIAA’s Evolution of Flight Committee meeting will be held in conjunction with this meeting on Monday, 14 January, between 8:00 AM and 2:00 PM. For more information on this meeting see http://www.aiaa.org/calendar/.
On 6-9 March 2002 the American Association for History and Computing will hold its annual meeting at the Nashville Marriott Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee. This year’s theme will be "Reading Clio's Compass: Assessing Where We Are with History and Instructional Technology." Contact: Ken Dvorak, Secretary and Director of Publicity, AAHC, Lansing Community College, Lansing, Michigan, 40010, Tel.: (517) 483.1280, Email: email@example.com.
On 14-17 March 2002 the 20th Annual Mephistos Conference on Science and Technology History Studies will be held on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Contact: Mephistos 2002, Graduate Program in Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Tech, 131 Lane Hall, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0227, Tel.: (540) 231-6547, Fax x7013, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 16-19 March 2002 the National Air & Space Museum will host its 15th Annual Mutual Concerns of Air & Space Museums Seminar in Washington, DC. Contact: Jane Pisano, National Air & Space Museum, MRC 310, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC 20560-0310, Tel.: (202) 357-4473, Fax x4579, E-Mail: email@example.com.
On 19-20 March 2002 the American Astronautical Society will host its 40th Annual Goddard Memorial Symposium at the Greenbelt Marriott Hotel in Greenbelt, Maryland. Contact: The American Astronautical Society, 6352 Rolling Mill Place, Suite 102, Springfield VA 22152-2354, Tel.: (703) 866-0020, http://www.astronautical.org.
The annual meeting of the Society for History in the Federal Government will be held on Thursday, 11 April 2002, at the Library of Congress, Jefferson Building. This year's theme: A Dynamic Relationship: The Federal Legislature, Executive, and Judiciary in Operations. For more information, or to suggest papers/panels, contact program chair Richard Myers at Dick.Myers@nara.gov.
The National Remote Sensing and Space Law Center is hosting The First International Conference on the State of Remote Sensing Law 18-19 April 2002. For more information, contact Prof. Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Between July 27 and July 31, 2002, Ottawa will be the host of the 12th International Conference of Women Engineers and Scientists (ICWES 12). The general theme of the conference is "Women in a knowledge-based society". All interested scholars from Women's Studies, the Humanities and the Social Sciences are invited to attend the Conference. For more information consult the Conference's main website at: http://www.icwes12.org.
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