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2013-2014 American Geophysical Union Graduate Fellowship in the History of Science

The American Geophysical Union invites applications for a $5000 fellowship in the history of science to a doctoral student completing a dissertation in the history of the geophysical sciences, which include topics related to atmospheric sciences, biogeosciences, geodesy, geomagnetism and paleomagnetism, hydrology, ocean sciences, planetary sciences, seismology, space physics, aeronomy, tectonophysics, volocanology, geochemistry, and petrology. The fellowship must be used during the year following the start of the 2013 fall semester/quarter.

 

The goal of the fellowship is to assist doctoral students in the history of the geophysical sciences with the costs of travel to obtain archival/research materials needed to complete the dissertation.

 

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or hold permanent resident status, and must be pursuing a degree at a U.S. institution.
To apply for the travel grant, students must be doctoral candidates (i.e., have passed all comprehensive exams — ABD) in good standing and completing a dissertation on a history of geophysics topic. Candidates must submit the following:
• a cover letter with vita
• scanned transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions
• a detailed description of the dissertation topic and proposed research plan (10 typed pages maximum)
• three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the dissertation director

 

Application Procedures
Electronic packets are preferred. Please send cover letter, vita, scanned copies of transcripts, and topic description as e-mail attachments to HistoryofGeophysics@agu.org. Recommenders should send letters via e-mail attachment to the same address.

 

Questions?
Contact Paul Cooper at HistoryofGeophysics@agu.org

 

Applicants are responsible for getting all materials in by the 15 August deadline.

AGU encourages applications from women, minorities, and students with disabilities who are traditionally underrepresented in the geophysical sciences.

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AMS History Symposium Call for Papers

The theme for the 2014 American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting is “Extreme Weather—Climate and the Built Environment: New perspectives, opportunities, and tools.” Herein, we broadly define weather and climate extreme events to include, but not be limited to, severe storms, tornados, tropical cyclones, floods, winter storms, drought, temperature extremes, derechos, aircraft turbulence, wildfires, extreme solar activity, and ocean-land responses (e.g. storm surges, landslides, debris flows). Our society is a “built environment,” increasingly connected by cyber, energy, water, transportation, health, social, and other infrastructures—one that interacts with the natural environment through ecosystem functions supplied by wetlands, barrier islands, etc. The sustainability of this built environment and stewardship of our natural ecosystems are clearly related to quality of life. The theme is designed to explore the aforementioned “focal point” combining scientific inquiry, technological advances, societal implications, and public awareness through the lens of past, current, and future extreme weather and climate events.
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Researcher position

For Nordic speaking historians of science and technology, Universitetet i Bergen has a vacant temporary position as researcher on their project about the history of meteorology in Norway.

 

For more information, visit the job posting at http://www.jobbnorge.no/job.aspx?jobid=94946.

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Talking Weather event

We are holding a one-day event on ‘Talking Weather’, as part of our AHRC funded project ‘Weather Walks, Weather Talks’, and would like to invite early career researchers interested in the cultural spaces of climate, to participate in discussions. The purpose of ‘Talking Weather’ is to bring together individuals with an interest in weather study and cultural histories of the weather, to explore the ways in which people engage with and ascribe meanings to the weather and make sense of it. We will also be reflecting on the life and work of climatologist and geographer Gordon Manley whose archives have formed the basis of our research for the broader project.

 

Speakers include John Kettley (freelance broadcaster and weather consultant), Stephen Burt (author of The Weather Observer’s Handbook), Trevor Harley (University of Dundee and ‘psychometeorologist’), Cerys Jones (University of Aberystwyth) and Lorna Hughes (University of Wales), who will reflect on their experiences in engagement through the broadcast media, in print, and online, alongside others with direct connections to Gordon Manley and his work; John Adamson (Moor House National Nature Reserve), and Frank Oldfield (Emeritus Professor, University of Liverpool).

 

The event will be held at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), in London, on Tuesday 27th August 2013, between 10:00am and 4:30pm. It is timed just ahead of the RGS-IBG Annual Conference which begins on Wednesday 28th August.

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World Learning, International Honors Program – Traveling Faculty

Climate Change: Politics of Food, Energy and Water

Job Announcement: Traveling Faculty 2013 and 2014

 

The International Honors Program (IHP), a program of World Learning/School for International Training, offers international, comparative study abroad programs for university students. We are currently seeking six traveling faculty members to join an interdisciplinary team of faculty, fellows, and host country coordinators for IHPs Climate Change: Politics of Food, Water, and Energy program.

We seek three traveling faculty to travel fulltime and teach during the Fall semester of 2013 and three to do the same in the Spring semester of 2014. (Faculty can work both semesters if they wish, or hire on for just one semester per year, but the work and the travel that goes with it is very demanding; thus back to back semesters is not advised.)

Each four-month program will take approximately 30 to 35 students from top-tier U.S. colleges and universities to three countries to do inter-disciplinary research from a comparative perspective.

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The History of Climate Change and the Future of Global Governance

Department of History, Columbia University
May-August 2013

 

The Hertog Global Strategy Initiative (HGSI) seeks talented undergraduate and graduate students for its 2013 seminar on the History of Climate Change and the Future of Global Governance.

 

HGSI is a research program that explores how the world community has responded to planetary threats to derive lessons that will help us take on the challenges of the present and the future. Each summer, a select group of students from across the nation comes to Columbia University for three months to work with leading scholars and policymakers. This year’s initiative hopes to train a new generation of researchers and leaders who understand both the development of climate science and the changing nature of world politics.

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Call for Nominations and Self-nominations – ICHM

An election of officers for the International Commission on History of Meteorology (ICHM) will be held this summer with the results to be announced before the international congress in Manchseter 2013. Terms of office will be January 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2017.

Please send nominations and self-nominations for President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary/Webmaster to the chair of the nominating committee, Cornelia Lüdecke, C.Luedecke@lrz.uni-muenchen.de with a deadline of November 30, 2012.

The current bylaws are posted at http://www.meteohistory.org/bylaws.html

With best wishes
Cornelia Lüdecke
ICHM Past President

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Call for Papers (in French)

Appel à contribution

La brume et le brouillard dans la littérature et les arts.

Une esthétique de l’indistinction

dir. Karin Becker et Olivier Leplatre

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Call for Book Manuscript Authors and Editors

American Meteorological Society (AMS) Books publishes historical works in the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. We seek proposals for single authored and edited volumes in two categories: (1) books that reach beyond the academy to a broad readership and (2) monographs, or detailed studies on a single specialized topic, perhaps collecting the work of several authors, and resulting in a comprehensive, lasting contribution or volume of record.  Possibilities include, but are not limited to short, 50-60,000–word biographies, studies of transformative ideas or technologies, and other thematic approaches. All volumes are professionally produced in high quality print and electronic formats, and are marketed and distributed by the University of Chicago Press.  Authors earn royalties from the AMS and may be eligible for advances.

 

Prospective authors will find contact information and proposal guidelines at the AMS web site or may contact directly the managing editor, Sarah Jane Shangraw, sjshangraw@ametsoc.org or the historical editor, Jim Fleming, jfleming@colby.edu.