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Spring Internship for the Office of Science and Technology Policy

OSTP Student Volunteer Oct DeadlineThe Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its Spring 2014 Internship Program.  The application deadline is 11:59pm Friday, October 4, 2013. Students who are U.S. citizens and who will be actively enrolled during the Spring 2014 semester are welcome to apply.

More information and application instructions are available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/about/student/.

About OSTP.  The Office of Science and Technology Policy advises the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. The office serves as a source of scientific and technological analysis and judgment for the President with respect to major policies, plans and programs of the Federal Government.

 

About the Internship Program.  Interns are accepted for one of three annual terms (Spring, Summer, or Fall), which each last no more than 90 days. While these positions are without compensation, the assignments provide educational enrichment, practical work experience, and network opportunities with other individuals in the science and technology policy arena.

For questions, please contact Rebecca Grimm rgrimm@ostp.eop.gov.

AAA Back-In-Print Program

In response to member demand for out-of-print AAA works, the AAA Publishing Department is pleased to announce that it has inventory of the following titles:

Order your books through the AAA online store to purchase your books at the discounted AAA member rate.  Stay tuned for upcoming releases on the Back-In-Print Program webpage.

Not a member? Join today!

Teaching Materials Exchange

Looking  for new ideas and materials for fall term? Check out AAA’s new Teaching Materials Exchange.
Run a search by course, syllabus, keyword or even instructor. Or browse through the database of more than 90 syllabi and teaching tools.

Don’t forget to submit your materials to share as well.

Action Alert: Ask Congress to Support NEH

The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee released its FY 2014 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill this morning with a 49 percent ($71 million) cut for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). If enacted, this funding level would devastate an agency that has already been reduced by 19 percent since 2010.

This drastic cut would end programs that provide critical support for humanities teaching, preservation, public programming, and research, and result in positive impacts on every community in the country. Programs supported by the NEH teach essential skills and habits including reading, writing, critical thinking, and effective communication that are crucial for ensuring that each individual has the opportunity to learn and become a productive member of society. Further, NEH’s programs strengthen communities by promoting understanding of our common ideals, enduring civic values, and shared cultural heritage.

The National Humanities Alliance has made it quick and easy to contact your Representative through their online form. Simply write to your Representative today and urge them to vote against these devastating cuts.

WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Programme

Please direct all inquiries about this opportunity to international.affairs@wzb.eu.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Located in the heart of Berlin, the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) is one of Europe’s largest non-university research institutes conducting basic social science research with a focus on problems of modern societies in a globalized world. Among the 160 German and international scientists are sociologists, political scientists, economists, legal scholars, and historians. The WZB offers a modern working environment where both equal opportunities and the compatibility of work and family are highly valued.

The International Social Science Council (ISSC) is an international organization that works to bring the best social science to bear on the biggest challenges of our time. It does this, for example, by publishing the World Social Science Report and organizing the World Social Science Forum. With its World Social Science Fellows programme, the ISSC aims to help build the next generation of social science leaders who can create knowledge for solutions to global challenges. In this programme, talented early career social scientists are brought together at seminars to create new, interdisciplinary perspectives on a global challenge. Following the seminars, World Social Science Fellows are part of a network that is expected to be the start of new, international research collaborations.

The WZB, in cooperation with the ISSC, invites applications for one early-career scientist (Post-Doctoral researcher with no more than 5 years’ work experience after their PhD or scientists without a PhD but with an equivalent level of research experience and output) residing and working in a developing country to conduct research for up to six months at the WZB. The research project of the fellow should focus on global societal problems with particular relevance to developing country contexts. Moreover, it should be linked to both research conducted at the WZB and to the notion of “Transforming Global Relations for a Just World,” which is the topic of the ISSC’s World Social Science Forum 2015.

Objective

Through their Global Fellowship Programme, the WZB and the ISSC aim at contributing to building a new generation of outstanding social scientists in developing countries who are willing and able to contribute to solving current global problems.

The WZB-ISSC Global Fellowship Programme enables an outstanding early-career social scientist from a developing country to spend four to six months in the exciting and stimulating environment of an exceptional social science research organisation in the heart of Germany. Besides allowing the Fellow to focus entirely on a dedicated research project, he/she is invited to participate in the intellectual life at the WZB. The Fellow will also become a member of the network of early career scientists the ISSC is building with its World Social Science Fellows programme.

While in residence, the selected fellow is required to:

  • Conduct a public lecture or an academic seminar at the WZB
  • Write a report outlining a vision of his/her research field with relevance to developing countries in the 5 to 10 years to come
  • Write or contribute towards a paper that can be presented at the World Social Science Forum 2015, to take place from 13 to 16 September 2015 in Durban, South Africa. On return to his/her home country, the fellow is expected to share his/her knowledge with the scientific community there as well as to contribute to the further development of the local science and education system. This could be achieved, for instance, through teaching Master’s or PhD level courses (where appropriate) based on the research done at the WZB.

In addition, the selected fellow will be encouraged to:

  • Take up the opportunity to contribute an article to the WZB discussion paper series or to the quarterly journal addressing issues of public concern for an expert readership beyond academia
  • To keep the WZB and ISSC informed of any publications that result from the research stay in Berlin,

The above outcomes will be profiled by the WZB and the ISSC, for example on their websites. The WZB offers a grant for up to six months at a level commensurate with a German Post-Doctoral researcher, as well as a contribution to local accommodation (up to 500 EUR per month). Economy travel costs to and from Berlin will be reimbursed according to the German Federal Travel Expenses Regulations. We offer a work place (equipped with PC, Internet access and communication support) as well as full library privileges and additional technical services. The selected Fellow will also receive support to participate in the World Social Science Forum 2015.

Selection Process

Candidates should present:

a) A letter of motivation (what is the project, why is it important, what will be the outcome), including the preferred timing of the research stay at the WZB as well as an explanation of the difference the stay will make in their personal careers and in their home institutions (maximum 1 page).

b) A summary of their main research and teaching contributions, indicating how these relate to the research topics at the WZB. Candidates should also address the societal relevance of their research (maximum 1 page).

c) 2 letters of recommendation from current or past senior colleagues.

d) A curriculum vitae, including information on education, publications, participation in research projects and networks, teaching experience, awards and prizes received and other pertinent experiences. (Note: The majority of the degrees should have been awarded in developing countries).

e) An indication of the candidate’s English language proficiency.

f) Agreement from their home institution to the research stay in Germany, if selected (applicable only if the candidate will be employed during the proposed period of the Fellowship).

All information should be submitted electronically, preferably in one PDF document, to international.affairs@wzb.eu.

The closing date for applications is 15 September 2013.

Grant Opportunity – USIEF

Below is a request for proposal for U.S.-India Institutional Partnership Grants. Please contact USIEF directly with questions:

United States – India Educational Foundation

ANNOUNCEMENT: Request for Proposal

OBAMA – SINGH 21st CENTURY KNOWLEDGE INITIATIVE (OSI)

U.S. – India Institutional Partnership Grants
The United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) announces an open competition for the support of projects through the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative (OSI).  Announced by the U.S. and Indian governments, OSI aims to strengthen collaboration and build partnerships between American and Indian institutions of higher education. Accredited U.S. post-secondary educational institutions meeting the provisions described in Internal Revenue Code section 26 U.S.C. 501c(3) may submit proposals to support the program’s goals of encouraging mutual understanding, facilitating educational reform, fostering economic development, and engaging civil society through academic cooperation with Indian post-secondary educational institutions.

Exchange activities may include but are not limited to curriculum design, research collaboration, team teaching, focused series of exchanges, seminars, among other activities. Activities should be designed to develop expertise, advance scholarship and teaching, and promote long-term ties between partner institutions.

Proposals in the following fields are eligible: Energy, Climate Change and Environmental Studies; Education and Educational Reform; Public Health; and Community Development and Sustainable Development.

Deadline: November 1, 2013

Full application details can be found at: www.usief.org.in/osi

The Time is Now to Support the AAA Summer Internship

Campaign ThermometerThe summer interns will be arriving in just a few weeks.

The program is exclusively member funded and is now in its third consecutive year. While the interns are not paid, housing and a stipend to cover meals and  travel expenses during their internship is provided. It costs $4,000 per intern to provide this valuable opportunity for anthropology students.

Currently, we need to raise $1,974 dollars to reach our goal of $12,000 to support the three interns.

Donate online today!

Student Opportunity at the Office of Science and Technology Policy

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is currently accepting applications for its Fall 2013 Student Volunteer Program.OSTP Student Volunteer

Supporting the AAA Summer Internship Program

Campaign ThermometerThe summer interns will be arriving in just a few weeks.

The program is exclusively member funded and is now in its third consecutive year. While the interns are not paid, housing and a stipend to cover meals and  travel expenses during their internship is provided. It costs $4,000 per intern to provide this valuable opportunity for anthropology students.

Currently, we need to raise $1,974 dollars to reach our goal of $12,000 to support the three interns.

Donate online today!

Zero Tolerance for Sexual Harassment

In response to the recent survey about sexual harassment in anthropology, reported by Kathryn Clancy (U Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Katie Hinde (Harvard), Robin Nelson (U California, Riverside), and Julienne Rutherford (U Illinois, Chicago) the American Anthropological Association has issued the following statement on behalf of its more than 11,000 members.

 The American Anthropological Association (AAA) is shocked and dismayed to learn about the results of a recent survey reported at the April 2013 meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Knoxville, TN. The AAA has zero tolerance for sexual harassment in academic, professional, fieldwork or any other settings where our members work.  While the AAA does not have adjudicatory authority over these matters, our Statement on Ethics: Code of Professional Responsibility sets out our clear expectation that anthropologists “…have a responsibility to maintain respectful relationships with others. In mentoring students, interacting with colleagues, working with clients, acting as a reviewer or evaluator, or supervising staff, anthropologists should comport themselves in ways that promote an equitable, supportive and sustainable workplace environment.”

 We deplore the reported incidents of sexual harassment, and  expect employers and institutions of higher education to enforce the law as well as their specific anti-harassment policies for implementing the law. While sexual harassment is an issue that affects men and women alike, women bear the greatest burden of these incidents by far. The AAA has a long-term commitment to monitoring the status of women in anthropology through the Committee on the Status of Women in Anthropology, renamed in 2011 the Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology. We encourage harassment victims who do not feel that adequate protections are available through their employer or home institution to contact the Association’s Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology confidentially for advice.

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