The Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral position in conjunction with the project "Integrating Generic and Genetic Explanations of Biological Phenomena," sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation. This project brings together scholars in philosophy and biology to address the problem of integrating different types of explanations from scientific approaches to bridge the divide between genetic and generic or physical explanatory approaches for three domains of biological phenomena: development, evolutionary novelty, and evolvability (for more details, see: http://genericgenetic.umn.edu/). Position duration: 03/01/2015 to 08/31/2017

Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in the biological sciences with a background in cellular and molecular development, demonstrated interest in theoretical issues in development and evolution, and evidence or promise of scholarly achievement. Familiarity with computational modeling methods is preferred. The successful candidate will: (a) work with the core team members (http://genericgenetic.umn.edu/people/core-team) on conceptual aspects of integrating genetic and generic or physical explanatory approaches, and (b) carry out an experimental program focusing on the relationship between the gene expression networks and physical dynamics involved in limb pattern formation with the aim of identifying integrated models that provide necessary conditions for the development and evolution of distinctive digit phenotypes in vertebrates.

Apply online: http://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=125444

For questions regarding the position, please contact Alan Love at aclove@umn.edu.

Maria Rebolleda-Gomez was awarded an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship at MCPS for 2014-2015. This week the Minnesota Daily features an article about the challenges of obtaining funds for interdisciplinary research at the University and contrasts her experience with MCPS graduate student fellow Katherine Liu's funding. See the Minnesota Daily for full article

The Minnesota Center for Philosophy of Science joins with the STEM Education Center and the Bakken Museum in hosting

The 10th International Conference on History of Science and Science Education
"History and Inquiry in Science Education"

JULY 21-25, 2014
Murphy Hall 130

For details on the program, schedule and abstracts, see: http://ships.umn.edu/ichsse.
For further information, contact Douglas Allchin, Program Chair.

Alan Love elected MCPS Director

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Professor Alan Love has been appointed as the MCPS Director from June 16, 2014 for a three-year term. He follows Kenneth Waters' directorship (since 1996) as Ken moves to the University of Calgary this summer.

Marta Halina has just accepted the post of University Lecturer in the Philosophy of Psychology and Cognitive Science at the University of Cambridge. Marta received her bachelor degrees in Philosophy and Biology from the University of Minnesota. She wrote her undergraduate honors thesis (summa) on the philosophy of model organisms under the supervision of Ken Waters. She visited MCPS as a Graduate Student Fellow during the 2012-2013 academic year (from UCSD where she has received her PhD in philosophy). Marta will become a member of Cambridge University's HPS Department, a Fellow of Selwyn College, and a core contributor to the University's Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Tripos.

Roger Stuewer (Physics/HSTM)

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MCPS member Roger Stuewer been awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award of the Department of Physics of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which will be conferred at the department's annual awards banquet on May 2.

We are pleased to announce that Douglas Marshall (Harvard PhD, 2011), who has been an MCPS fellow since 2010, has accepted an offer to join the Carleton College Philosophy Department in the rank of assistant professor. He will start the position in fall of 2014.

Congratulations to Maria Rebolleda Gomez who has won an Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship Award to reside at the Center for the 2014-15 academic year. Maria's faculty sponsor at the Center will be Alan Love. Her PhD supervisor is Michael Travisano (EEB). Her project is entitled "Biological individuality and the evolution of multicellularity".

Associate Professor Alan Love has been awarded a $425,000 grant from the John Templeton Foundation for his project "Integrating Generic and Genetic Explanations of Biological Phenomena," with co-principal investigator William Wimsatt (Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts). This project brings together a diverse team of scholars in philosophy and biology to address the problem of integrating different types of explanations from scientific approaches to better understand life's complexity. The project will result in substantial advances in our understanding of three different domains of biological phenomena, establish a new collaborative networks of scientists, and illuminate the means and motivation of progress in biological knowledge over time.

Bill Wimsatt awarded Hull Prize

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Bill Wimsatt, Winton Professor the Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota and Residential Fellow of MCPS, is being honored with the David L. Hull Prize by the The International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB). This prize is awarded to an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to scholarship and service in ways that promote interdisciplinary connections between history, philosophy, social studies, and biology and that foster the careers of younger scholars. These are strengths that reflect the contributions of David Hull to our professions and to ISHPSSB.
Wimsatt_Hullprize2013.pdf