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Posted by Brooke Struck on 12/08/2016 - 13:42
Hello all, Digital Science recently published an article comparing a few interdisciplinarity indicators. In reading it, and many discussions on this listserv, I've often wondered whether our notion of interdisciplinarity is all that clear, especially as we apply it in a science policy context. There are certainly times when it feels like we spread the "interdisciplinarity" label on everything to give it that sparkle—like with "synergy" in the business world until finally the concept was totally emptied of any content whatsoever. In my latest blog post, I... [Read more]  

Posted by James Gover on 12/07/2016 - 07:42
Guest Columns Neglected manufacturing workforce needs help from D.C.By James Gover / Professor Emeritus, Kettering University Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 at 12:02am Albuquerque JournalSeveral voting blocs were responsible for electing Donald Trump as president. However, in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, this voting bloc was manufacturing workers whose real incomes have been in decline for three decades.In Kentucky and... [Read more]  

Posted by jobs on 12/07/2016 - 14:13
Kendall Fellowship: Voting Rights Center for Science and Democracy Union of Concerned Scientists Washington, DC or Cambridge, MA Office   Are you a scientist who wants to explore the intersection of voting rights and public policy? Do you think research can help remove barriers to enfranchisement? The Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists is inviting applications from qualified social... [Read more]  

Posted by Daniel S. Katz on 12/06/2016 - 05:56
The rOpenSci project based at the University of California, Berkeley seeks to hire a postdoctoral scholar to work on the research activities funded by the grant titled “Fostering the next generation of sustainable software and reproducible research practices in the scientific community”. The project develops open source software to promote reproducible research practices in the scientific community. The postdoctoral scholar will focus on a research topic aligned with their own interests in order to better understand and improve scientific software practices. Possible topics include... [Read more]  

Posted by Bornmann, Lutz on 12/06/2016 - 02:31
Dear colleague,   You might be interested in a special section of the Journal of Informetrics on the topic of statistical inference in citation analysis. The special section is available   Best,   Lutz   ---------------------------------------   Dr. Dr. habil. Lutz Bornmann Division for Science and Innovation Studies Administrative Headquarters of the Max Planck Society... [Read more]  

Posted by Schaaper, Martin on 12/02/2016 - 08:21
Dear colleagues,   UNESCO is looking for evaluators to conduct the first stand-alone external evaluation of the UNESCO Science Report (USR). Attached you will find the Terms of Reference.    Best regards, Martin Schaaper   Martin Schaaper Head of Section Science, Culture and Communication UNESCO Institute for Statistics   Tel.: +1 514 343 7841 Mob.: +1 514 465 4957 ... [Read more]  
Replied by Giorgio Sirilli on 12/02/2016 - 10:56
Dear Martin, thank you very much for sending me the proposal. It seems to me that the timing of the evaluation is unrealistic: starting in few days time and delivering the final report in early May is basically impossible (of course if you want a good evaluation performed by real experts). It is also unclear how many people will be involved as evaluation experts and how much money they will receive for their work. All the best. Giorgio "Schaaper, Martin" ha scritto: > Dear colleagues, > >... [Read more]  
Replied by Charles Weiss on 12/02/2016 - 06:27
All - If anyone is putting together a team, I'd be interested in being a member. I am former Science and Technology Adviser to the World Bank. Chuck WeissCharles WeissCo-author (with William B. Bonvillian) of Technological Innovation in Legacy Sectors (Oxford University Press, Sept., 2015)Visiting ScholarAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science1200 New York Ave., N.W., Washington DC 20005office tel. 202-326-6644Distinguished Professor (retired)Science, Technology and International AffairsSchool of Foreign Service, Georgetown University tel. 1/301-229-5643"Chance favors the... [Read more]  
Replied by Christopher Hill on 12/02/2016 - 11:15
Giorgio is right. The level of effort in relation to the tasks and expectations in the call is too low by at least a factor of five. Sent from my iPhone > On Dec 2, 2016, at 10:27 AM, Giorgio Sirilli wrote: > > Dear Martin, > > thank you very much for sending me the proposal. > It seems to me that the timing of the evaluation is unrealistic: starting in few days time and delivering the final report in early May is basically impossible (of course if you want a good evaluation performed by real experts). It is also unclear... [Read more]  

Posted by Stephen Fiore on 12/02/2016 - 00:42
Hi Everyone - there is a new DARPA solicitation out that continues in the flavor of few earlier interesting ones DARPA and IARPA have been pursuing about predicting changes in science. Below the solicitation is an email I sent out earlier this year that has links to some of these older programs (e.g., "Foresight and Understanding from Scientific Exposition"). Best, Steve Fiore   Gamifying the Search for Strategic Surprise (GS3)    OBJECTIVE AND DESCRIPTION  National security challenges today are increasingly complex and multi-... [Read more]  

Posted by Holly Falk-Krzesinski on 11/29/2016 - 17:18
*Correction: Please note the Workshop Submission due date is January 23, 2017* (Abstract Submission deadline remains March 17, 2017)   Don't Miss the ​ Science of Team Science (SciTS) 2017 Conference!   The Science of Team Science (SciTS) is a rapidly growing cross-disciplinary field of study that aims to build an evidence-base and to develop translational applications to help maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of team based research.   The... [Read more]  

Posted by Mindee Forman on 11/29/2016 - 17:33
***Please forgive cross postings***   Call for Nominations 2017 Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research Nomination Deadline: January 17, 2017   The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is pleased to announce that the nomination period is now open for the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research (KJFF). The Kauffman Foundation will award up to seven Junior Faculty Fellowship grants to junior faculty members in the United States whose research has the potential to make significant contributions to the... [Read more]  

Posted by Stephen Fiore on 11/28/2016 - 16:59
I was just reading this new piece in Nature and thought it relevant in light of some of the discussions on the writings of the likes of Frodeman/Briggle and Sarewitz. Best, Steve Fiore "Scientists and philosophers should be shocked by the idea of post-truth, and they should speak up when scientific findings are ignored by those in power or treated as mere matters of faith. Scientists must keep reminding society of the importance of the social mission of science — to provide the best information possible as the basis for public policy. And they should... [Read more]  
Replied by Frodeman, Robert on 11/28/2016 - 21:39
Thanks, Steve. This is the best piece I’ve read recently on the topic:   _________ Robert Frodeman               Dept of Philosophy and Religion University of North Texas   --Socrates Tenured: the Institutions of 21st C Philosophy (out Sept ’... [Read more]  
Replied by Richard J Bookman on 11/28/2016 - 18:55
Hi Steve,And to the discussion about ‘post-truth', let’s add this brilliant essay in Lawfareblog by Quinta Jurecic titled, "On Bullshit and the Oath of Office: The “LOL Nothing Matters” Presidency”. Higgins' essay in Nature generally takes the position that post-truth is about lying or a variable truth depending on context. Jurecic reexamines Princeton philosopher Harry Frankfurt’s 1986 essay “... [Read more]  
Replied by Amy Shimshon-Santo on 11/28/2016 - 16:25
Loved this! Thanks!Amy Shimshon-Santo, Ph.D.web: twitter: @amyshimshon* (310) 413-4897P Please consider the environment before printing this email.  [Read more]  
Replied by Stephen Fiore on 11/29/2016 - 00:47
Thanks for sending that essay, Richard - I'll take a look.  Frankfurt actually wrote about his views on "bullshit" during the earlier days of the Trump candidacy back in May.  More recently, an essay in the NYT's "The Stone" had another and harsher take on things.  That was one of the first to acknowledge that the press is inadequately prepared to address this problem.  So it was nice to see that philosophers were, not only becoming engaged in the public discourse, but also helping the rest of world problematize this situation.  Both links are below. Best,... [Read more]  
Replied by Susan Fitzpatrick on 11/29/2016 - 05:22
Be interesting to have this same level of irony, scrutiny, and cynicsm directed at the biomedical/life sciences/psychology research communities.    I have begun to seriously wonder if some aspects of academic research have not become “post-science.”  I often hear a series of talks or read several papers in succession that cannot all be “true” (in fact some of it is good old-fashioned BS) and yet I have yet to witness the research community get exercised over it.    When I try to raise an objection to a very sloppy chain of assertions leading to a popular conclusion I am often told to... [Read more]  
Replied by Denis Gray on 11/29/2016 - 07:05
Susan the answer is yes.  You mentioned psychology in your commentary and you might be aware a research team from U. Virginia completed and published an article on the "replication problem" in psychology.  After rerunning a number of influential studies (many with small sample sizes) they found the majority could not be replicated. This has stimulated a very healthy self-examination of the value and robustness of some psychological research. One of the primary values of science is it is or at least should be a self-correcting system of knowledge.Denis GrayDenis O. Gray, Ph.D.Alumni ... [Read more]