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  Of Professional Interest  
  I Take it BackThe website Retraction Watch offers a running commentary on the scientific process gone awry.   Getting DiRTYA wiki that gathers useful digital research tools (DiRT) for humanists and social scientists.  
  Prospectus   Job Search  
  Tackling the Dissertation Prospectus This is a genre you must master, even if you may have to obey its requirements only once.   Manage Your Dossier for the Job SearchThe best piece of advice: Do what your discipline requires and expects.  
  Going Non-Places with a GPSMoving through space is not what it used to be, argues Ari Schulman.New Scholarly Books by Field(requires Columbia connection or subscription to CHE)   GPS  
  Deadlines and Events  
  First GSAC Meeting of the Year: Tuesday, September 20, 2011The Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC) will hold its first meeting of the academic year on Tuesday, September 20, at 7:00 p.m. in Philosophy 301. You should attend this meeting if you want to become involved in graduate student government. GSAC will be electing the graduate student representative from the Social Sciences to the University Senate, outlining projects for the current academic year, and forming student committees such as Arts and Entertainment, Social, CUInspires, Alumni Relations and Career Services, and Quality of Life. Please also join GSAC on Twitter and Facebook.  
  Tech Talk: Moving the Classroom into the Cloud
Wednesday, September 21, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., Davis Auditorium, The Schapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research
Jeff Moroski is a senior member of the technical staff at VMware. He has been with the company since 2010, working on VMware's flagship cloud offering, vCloud Director. He is also the architect and technical lead of the Student Cloud. Prior to joining VMware, he worked for Cynergy System as a consultant, designing and building rich internet applications using Flex, Silverlight, and Java. Before that he worked for a document management company, leading the redesign and development of a legacy product suite as a Spring-based web application. The event is sponsored by the Engineering Graduate Student Council and Columbia University Center for Career Education.
 
  Therapy after Terror: 9/11, Psychotherapists, and Mental Health
Monday, September 26, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m., PicNic Café, 2665 Broadway (between 101st and 102nd)
Psychotherapist and anthropologist Karen Seeley will discuss 9/11 from the perspectives of New York City therapists who treated those psychologically wounded by the World Trade Center attacks. During the following months and years, thousands of therapists tended to the injured, listening for hours as patients discussed the attack in horrific detail. Yet few therapists were experienced in treating survivors of trauma, let alone of a deadly terrorist attack. Seeley will discuss the unexpected impact of this work on therapists who delivered mental health services to populations they had never been trained to treat. Café Social Science is a series of informal discussions about major issues in the social sciences today hosted by Columbia's Alumni Association.
 
  Announcements  
 
Students in the Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies program at Columbia (MODA) have launched Interventions, an online journal. The inaugural editorial says: "Curatorial studies in the 21st century is not a hermetic practice; on the contrary, it is inherently interdisciplinary and necessarily socially engaged. Its very definition is constantly in flux and requires frequent reappraisal. As students in the Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies program at Columbia University, we felt strongly that a true education in this area should extend beyond the classroom and the texts and theories discussed therein. Interventions is therefore conceptualized as a curatorial platform featuring essays, interviews, web-based art projects, and experimental investigations of the implicit cross-sections between these practices. Flexible in format, the project aims to cultivate dialogue among a diverse body of participants, including curators, artists, and art and architectural historians, in order to establish a common space and archive of exchange."   Interventions Journal
Go Ask Alice! Columbia's online health Q&A service is one of the most comprehensive resources of its kind for students. Please take time to familiarize yourself with everything it has to offer. See also the Alice! Health Promotion site, where you can find information about nutrition initiatives, outreach options, sexual and reproductive health resources, sleep, stress coping, and stressbusters.   Ask Alice!
Beginning on September 1, 2011, applications will be accepted for the 2012 Ford Diversity Fellowships Program for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. Eligibility Requirements: U.S. Citizen or National planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based field of science, social science, or humanities. Approximately 60 predoctoral, 35 dissertation, and 20 postdoctoral fellowships sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies. Application Deadline Dates: Predoctoral: November 14, 2011; Dissertation: November 17, 2011; Postdoctoral: November 17, 2011.   Allegory of Teaching
The academic job market for Sociology appears to be making a recovery, according to a report issued last month by the American Sociological Association. The American Political Science Association announced similar news earlier in the summer. But candidates will continue to face challenges in the immediate future, both associations reported as well.   Jobs Graph
 
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