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Women in Global Science and Technology
No. 25, November 2000
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2) INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON FEMINISM AND ECOLOGY: HISTORICAL AND
1) WOMEN WORK AND COMPUTERIZATION 2000: CHARTING A COURSE TO THE FUTURE
The Women, Work and Computerization 2000 Conference was a great success!
Published copies of conference programs, abstracts and proceedings are now
available. Limited copies are available. Please visit
http://www.sfu.ca/~aticdl/orderform.html. Or reply to firstname.lastname@example.org to
make any inquiries.
The conference addressed a range of topics concerning women and computing
and drew a number of academic and industry speakers and participants from
around the world. Speakers' topics ranged from theoretical critiques of
artificial intelligence, to qualitative and quantitative analyses of
workplace conditions and trends.
Copies of conference programs, abstracts and proceedings are available in
published form as follows:
* Selected conference papers have been published by Kluwer Press, and are
available as a hard cover bound volume from Kluwer for $130.00
US/$180.00CDN. However, while supplies are available, we are selling
copies of the Kluwer volume, as well as a CD-Rom containing additional
conference papers and the conference program for $100.00 CDN per set. *You
save almost half!
* As an incentive to purchase multiple copies, ten percent will be
deducted on purchases of five or more copies.
* The CD-Roms which contain a portion of the papers presented and a copy
of the conference program are available separately for $10.00 CDN.
* Copies of the conference abstract book can be purchased separately for
$5.00 CDN each. Abstract books are available until the limited number of
copies are gone. These include abstracts for all of the papers presented
at the conference.
JOB POSITIONS/FELLOWSHIPS/ACADEMIC OFFERINGS
1) AAUW EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION -- 2001 FOUNDATION SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE
Women scholars are invited to submit proposals for Washington, D.C.-based
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation
Scholar-in-Residence awards. Eligible research projects must focus on one
of the following broad topics:
* Women and economic security, including workplace and work-life issues
* Gender, technology, and the computer culture
We especially welcome proposals that focus on differences among girls and
women by race/ethnicity, class, and region, and that will help identify
positive institutional changes to educational and economic prospects for
both women and men.
Scholars-in-Residence will enhance the AAUW Educational Foundation's
current research as well as help define its future agenda. Over the past
decade, the AAUW Educational Foundation has produced groundbreaking
research on girls, gender, and education, with an emphasis on the K 12
context. Currently, the Foundation is maintaining its focus on K-12
education and education reform, but is broadening its research agenda to
include issues related to postsecondary and lifelong learning; economic
equity for women with an emphasis on the "learning and earning" link; and
women's status in the new economy, particularly as it is shaped by their
educational opportunities and experiences.
The award requires performance of the work primarily, but not exclusively,
in Washington, D.C. Scholars will interact informally, as possible, with
the Foundation community. Depending on professional and academic
accomplishments, the scholar could be considered for a research
appointment at American University's School of Education.
In the course of the award year, scholars will write a report on an aspect
of their research, to be published and broadly disseminated by the AAUW
Educational Foundation. They also may work on other projects during the
fellowship year, as feasible.
Scholar should demonstrate:
* A doctorate plus at least five years of related research experience
* A record of scholarly research and publishing is strongly preferred
* Evidence of previous work in educational equity for women and girls
Proposal should demonstrate:
* Relevance to the goals and purposes of the Foundation
* A clear writing style that is free of jargon, understandable to the
* Research experience and skills
* Feasibility of project and report completion within the proposed time
Up to $45,000 for 12 months, as determined by the nature and duration of
the research project proposed. Some additional benefits-including light
administrative support, limited research help, and office space--are
Receipt deadline for proposals: Feb. 10, 2001
Award announced: May, 2001
Award begins:September, 2001
Submit a five- to 10-page proposal describing the project you intend to
complete during the year, your general research interests related to the
topic, and a timeline for completion. Please also include a curriculum
vitae/resume and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three
professional references, by Feb. 10, 2001, to:
AAUW Educational Foundation
1111 Sixteenth St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
2)JOHNS HOPKINS INSTITUTE FOR POLICY STUDIES, INTERNATIONAL FELLOWS IN
The Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies, Center for Civil Society
Studies is pleased to announce a call for applications for the
International Fellows in Philanthropy Program for the 2000-2001 academic
year. This program based in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, affords an
opportunity for advances study, research, and training for up to eight
participants each year who are involved in studying or managing private
nonprofit, or philanthropic organizations outside of the United States, or
working as NGO liaisons in the public or commercial sectors. Fellowships,
which can be an academic year or semester, are available at both the
Junior and Senior level.
We are soliciting candidates who: 1) have demonstrated a high degree of
interest, experience, and professional competence in research, management,
or general leadership related to the voluntary, nongovernmental,
nonprofit, or philanthropic sector; or 2) nonprofit liaison officers
established by governments and multinational organizations who play a role
in linking with nonprofit organizations through project partnerships,
legal reform initiatives, and a variety of other activities.
Candidates are expected to have attained a university diploma equivalent
to the American Bachelors of Arts or Science degree and be capable of
carrying out independent research and inquiry. A high degree of English
fluency is required as demonstrated by a score of 600 or higher on the
There are no restrictions as to nationality (except that US citizens are
excluded from eligibility). Fellows are required to attend the annual
International Fellows in Philanthropy Conference prior to their fellowship
year and are strongly encouraged to participate in subsequent annual
For more information, or to download an application, visit:
www.jhu.edu/~philfellow/ or contact Program Manager Carol Wessner
ANNOUNCEMENTS AND NETWORKING
1) MARGARET ROSSITER - HISTORY OF SCIENCE SOCIETY WOMEN'S PRIZE
Sally Kohstedt, Rima Apple, and I are starting an informal effort to honor
Margaret Rossiter by making contributions in her name to the endowment of
the History of Science Society Women's Prize. We invite you to join us.
The History of Science Society Women's Prize has been given since 1987, in
alternate years for a book or an article (see
more information and a list of winners). The prize was created by the
initiative of the HSS Women's Caucus, which led the effort to raise an
endowment by individual contributions from members and friends. Because
of increases in the amount awarded for all the History of Science
Society's prizes that endowment of slightly over $10,000 is no longer
adequate, and another $10,000 needs to be raised.
The HSS Women's Caucus hopes that again this fundraising can show the
commitment of our members and friends and can additionally be a way for us
to honor Margaret Rossiter's contributions to the field. The three of us
leading this effort have pledged a total of $1500, so we are already a
good ways towards our goal. We encourage all contributions, whether small
or large; we very much value that this prize is built in large part on $25
and $50 contributions by a large number of people in all stages of their
careers who are interested in the history of women in science, broadly
defined. The History of Science Society is a tax-exempt organization and
contributions can be counted as charitable contributions for tax purposes.
If you are willing to join us in this effort please send a check made out
to "History of Science Society" to Mark Rothenberg, History of Science
Society Treasurer, 8533 Milford Ave., Silver Spring MD 20910, USA. Write
on the memo line of the check "Women's Prize Fund in Honor of Margaret
Rossiter". If you have questions about contributions in other forms you
can contact Mark by e-mail at: email@example.com
2) SCIENCE AND SCIENTISTS: CROSS-CULTURAL EVIDENCE AND PERSPECTIVES ON
PUPILS' INTERESTS,EXPERIENCES AND PERCEPTIONS
Background, Development and Selected Results by Svein Sjoberg, University
of Oslo, Dept of Teacher Education and School Development
This publication is a documentation of the SAS- project: "Science And
Scientists". This project is an investigation of interests, experiences
and perceptions of children in many countries that might be of relevance
for the learning of science. The project involves some 30 researchers
from 21 countries. Some 9 300 children at the age of 13 have answered the
The SAS-study should be seen as an attempt to open up for a critical
discussion on how one might approach teaching and learning in science in a
way that takes into consideration cultural diversity within one country as
well as differences between countries and cultures. The gender perspective
is of particular importance in the SAS project.
The SAS-study builds on the rationale that science curricula should be
meaningful and relevant for children in different cultures, and that the
contents of school science needs to be adapted to culture and context. It
is our hope that data from the project may form an empirical basis for
local and national adaptations of the science curriculum.
In this study the children in developing countries articulate a much more
positive view towards science and technology than children in the richer
countries do. Some children in the rich countries (mainly boys) portray
the scientist as a cruel and crazy person, while most children in
developing countries seem to consider scientists as idols, helpers and
heroes. The low interest for learning science and technology expressed by
Japanese children is remarkable. Gender differences in learning different
topics of science vary among countries, but seem to be higher in the
Nordic countries (and in Japan) than in other regions. The study also
provides examples to illustrate how different contexts and applications
appeal differently to girls and boys.
For more information, contact the author at: firstname.lastname@example.org
or view the summary report at http://www.ils.uio.no/~sveinsj/SASweb.htm.
2) 3 YEAR RESEARCH PROJECT, GENDER-SENSITIVE IRRIGATION DESIGN
Carried out by HR Wallingford with funding from the UK government's
Department for International Development. Women's lack of participation
had already been identified as a problem in earlier research as had the
inappropriateness of some operations and equipment.
The research project was carried out to identify ways to improve the
user-friendliness of small-scale irrigation design with local partners in
Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa. A synthesis of findings and
recommendations is presented in Part 1 of the final report. Parts 2 and 5
describe field work and findings relating to agency assisted smallholder
schemes in Zimbabwe, Part 3 to individual smallholderirrigation investment
in Zambia and Part 4 to rehabiliatation of the structure and management
regimes of smallholder schemes in South Africa. Part 6 reports on farmer
focus group discussions on irrigation development in Zimbabwe.
These may be obtained as a set, or individually, by sending a request to
June Ward, email@example.com, at HR Wallingford.
4) ADDRESSING GENDER CONCERNS IN ENERGY RESEARCH WITHIN THE COMMISSION OF
THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY
A study by the Technology and Development Group of the University of
Twente (TDG), IT Power Ltd and Cornland International on behalf of the
Research Directorate of the Commission of the European Community (CEC) is
being undertaken to examine ways of reaching gender equity within the
non-nuclear and nuclear energy research programmes of the CEC. The aim is
to produce recommendations that will lead to a better integration of the
gender dimension in future research activities within these energy fields.
The outcome of the study should be recommendations that:
- in the short term encourage more women scientists to contribute to
Framework V, and
- in the longer term women, their concerns and experiences are
mainstreamed into the programme which could lead to a transformation of
the existing research agenda to better reflect any differences in women's
and men's energy concerns.
It is recognised that at present the numbers of women and men working in
scientific research are not equal. It is assumed therefore, in the
context of this study, that equity should as a minimum reflect the ratio
of women to men working in these fields. To achieve parity between men
and women requires fundamental social changes that lie outside of the
direct spheres of influence of the non-nuclear and nuclear programmes.
The team will produce three working papers:
- Working Paper 1: Gender and Energy ? Background and State of the Art
- Working Paper 2: Implementation of the specific work programme
- Working Paper 3: Analysis of Working Programmes and gender issues
The study will culminate in a set of recommendations. Work begins in June
2000 and final drafts of the three working papers have to be completed by
January 2001. The CEC intends to present the findings of this and 7
parallel studies in other research areas at an international conference
towards the end of 2001.
Outputs of the papers will include:
- The identification of women's specific concerns in energy
- Formulation of "best practice" for incorporating gender concerns in
The team will use a number of gender analytical tools to analyse research
programmes, procedures and processes within the CEC as well as conducting
literature surveys and interviews with women and men active in the
specified energy fields. Evaluation will also be made of approaches to
addressing gender concerns in energy research of a number of non European
Union countries and multi-lateral agencies.
For further information contact:
Joy Clancy (team leader),
University of Twente,
PO Box 217,
7500 AE Enschede,
BOOKS, JOURNALS, E-PUBLICATIONS
1) INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION (IJEE)
SPECIAL ISSUE ON WOMEN IN ENGINEERING
Contributions are invited for a special issue of IJEE on women in
engineering. We invite papers based on current research and development
projects that reflect what has been learnt from efforts to promote the
participation of women in engineering across a wide range of differing
contexts. The scope includes research and development work at the school,
tertiary training and workplace level. We are especially interested in
contributions based on research in the workplace context.
In addition we invite contributions that attempt to take a fresh look at
the challenge and go beyond the traditional studies that focus on numbers
and factors affecting the choice of engineering by women.
Expressions of interest in submitting are to be forwarded to the guest
editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for submission of papers is the 31st March 2001 .
Submissions must be sent electronically by email attachments in MS Word or
RTF format to the guest editor at email@example.com
Layout and format should conform to the guidelines given in the IJEE Notes
for Contributors (http://www.ijee.dit.ie/contrib.html).
2)CALL FOR PAPERS - WOMEN AND DIGITAL DIVIDE
Gender, Technology and Development seeks contributions to a special issue
on 'Women and Digital Divide' scheduled for publication in Winter 2001.
For this special issue, we will focus on feminist analysis of the
prevailing ways in which ICTs have been conceptualized and implemented and
how they have affected gender relations. This issue will look at the
emergence of professional Asian women as the preferred labor force in
high-tech industries, the transformation of culturally entrenched gender
roles and relations and the North-South distribution of power through new
communication and information technologies.
The special issue seeks essays that explore (1) women's role in ICTs
through an analysis of gender relations and womenís position in the
infotech economy; (2) the role of IT-enabled services in
influencing/changing the lives of women; and (3) women's economic,
political and social decision-making powers in the new knowledge society.
Reports on women's communities in cyberspace and the innovative use of
technologies to transform gender relations are welcome. Research papers
that critically examine cyberfeminism in Asian societies or the use of
Internet to perpetuate stereotyped images of women are particularly
Please send three copies of the submission by March 31, 2001 to:
Gender, Technology and Development, Gender and Development Studies,
Asian Institute of Technology, PO Box 4, Klong Luang,
Pathumthani 12120, Thailand.
3) ONLINE JOURNAL, TECHKNOWLOGIA,
Available on the web: http://www.techKnowLogia.org. You do not need to
The thematic focus of this Issue is on TEACHER DEVELOPMENT AND TECHNOLOGY.
We invite you to visit the site and enjoy the wealth of informative and
engaging articles (all 28 of them!) written by top experts in this field.
The September/October Issue has been moved to the ARCHIVE on our web site,
to be searched and read at any time.
We also wish to alert you that the thematic focus of the January/February
2001 Issue will be: TECHNOLOGY AND THE MANAGEMENT OF EDUCATION SYSTEMS.
For those without WWW access, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
4) NOW AVAILABLE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL FOOD POLICY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
1. Research Report 113, September 2000
2. Call for comments on "Information and Communications Technologies and
IFPRI's Mandate: A Conceptual Framework" (draft, September 18, 2000)
3. Datasets that support IFPRI research
4. Review IFPRI research projects by country
Most available to download or order online at
Note: Most IFPRI documents require Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you can
install for free from http://www.adobe.com
Text Only web site:
* A META-ANALYSIS OF RATES OF RETURN TO AGRICULTURAL R&D: EX PEDE
by Julian M. Alston, Connie Chan-Kang, Michele C. Marra, Philip G. Pardey,
and TJ Wyatt
Research Report 113 (148 pages)
Evidence has shown high rates of return to agricultural research, but
reported rates remain controversial. This study represents the first
attempt to take a comprehensive look at all the available evidence on
rates of return to investments in agricultural R&D since 1953, and the
only attempt to do so in a formal statistical fashion.
* INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES AND IFPRI'S MANDATE: A
by Nuimuddin Chowdhury (draft, September 18, 2000)
Give us your view: Can modern information and communications technologies
help the poor? Unprecedented changes are underway in the information and
communications technologies (ICTs) sector. Optimism is high that these
technologies can help developing countries leap frog past the constraints
keeping so many people poor and underfed.
IFPRI is undertaking exploratory research and expert dialogues to
determine what is needed to maximize the benefits of ICTs for the poor. To
speed up this process, we commissioned a draft conceptual paper (click the
hot link below). We are very interested in your views, ideas, suggestions
and comments. Please email your thoughts to email@example.com by October
31,2000, at the latest. Respondents will get the final version of the paper
and copies of any other IFPRI materials developed on ICTs.
* ACCESS AND REVIEW IFPRI RESEARCH BY COUNTRY
IFPRI's research projects are now listed by region and country on its
website. Project descriptions, project teams, in-country collaborators,
and other information is provided.
New datasets -- including Ghana, Mozambique, South Africa, and Zambia, as
well as updated datasets for Egypt -- that support IFPRI research and
policy analysis are now available for online ordering. Detailed
descriptions of data collected in these and other countries and ordering
information appear on IFPRI's website. Requested datasets and
documentation will be sent to your mailing address.
5) CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS- CHUSMA HOUSE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN WRITERS PROJECT
Chusma House (US) is currently seeking narratives written by women around
the world who will give intimate voice to the realities they face in the
global community. We are looking for non-fiction stories that reflect
responses to the everyday challenges and obstacles presented by the
societies in which you live and persevere. Topics may include stories of
efforts to uphold your dignity, faith, and/or individuality in the face of
local events, political conditions, economic restraints, religious
customs, or social conventions.
Submissions in English
Typed, double spaced
Include short biography
Also accepting artwork: black/white or color
Note: Please do not send originals.
Entries should include a SASE (self-addressed, stamped envelope or
international reply coupons) if you would like your submission returned.
The deadline for submission is December 31, 2000.
Payment for accepted stories will be two (2) copies of the published book.
Please send entries to
Chusma House Publications
c/o Tracey Hullm
P.O. Box 467
San José, CA 95103
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