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In an effort to strengthen science and technology capacity within the U.S. State Department, the three-year pilot Jefferson Science Fellows Program (JSF) will be administered by the U.S. National Academies. Through this program, five experienced, tenured research scientists and engineers will serve one-year assignments with the State Department in Washington, D.C. or at U.S. missions abroad. After their one-year assignments, the fellows will return to their academic careers but serve as consultants for short-term projects over a five-year period. U.S. academic institutions that have signed a JSF Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Department of State may nominate up to two candidates each year. Nominations are due on January 10, 2004. [Source: ITRInews]
The organizing committee of the World Science Forum and one of the co-sponsors, the Raiffeisen Bank, invite young scientists from all countries of the world to write papers on the subject of "Science and Business." Specifically, Ph.D. students from all countries can participate by e-mailing a paper on one of the following subtopics: involvement of venture-capital investors in research-and-development projects; private and public investment in science; solutions and consequences; knowledge capital as a factor of economic growth; and science as a profitable investment. In addition to receiving cash awards, winners will be invited to a follow-up workshop of the World Science Forum in 2004. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2004, and complete details are available online (see "permanent update" and then "call for papers").
The International Union for Pure and Applied Physics has announced its third edition of the pilot program of travel grants for women physicists from developing and eastern European countries to attend regional conferences and schools this fall. Approximately 25 winners will be funded at a maximum level of US$800 each. Applications for these grants must be received by February 29, 2004.
Through March 31, 2004, the Digital Youth Consortium is accepting submissions for the Global Junior Challenge. The purpose of this award is to identify and reward best practices on the use of information and communication technologies in (1) overcoming the Digital Divide between developed and developing countries, (2) education and training of young people, and (3) achieving equal opportunities between women and men in every sphere of their professional lives. The contest is open to all individuals as well as groups representing schools, universities, non-profit organizations, research centers and companies. [Source: Digital Dividend Digest]
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Focus on Access: a Workshop on Building Digital Collections and Services; Cape Town, South Africa; December 10 - 12, 2003.
Third Workshop on the Open Archives Initiative (OAI3); Geneva, Switzerland; February 12-14, 2004.
Early Stage Researcher Mobility in Europe: Meeting the Challenges and Promoting Best Practice; Lisbon, Portugal, February 25-27, 2004.
For more information on any of the programs mentioned in this newsletter, please contact:
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
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