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Call for Proposals

DEADLINE: September 6, 2016 at 5PM

Scientia, an Institute for the History of Science and Culture, has been sponsoring lecture series and conferences that engage a broad range of disciplines since its founding in 1982. Our mission is to nurture a broadly cross/multi/interdisciplinary space for exploration of the intersections of science and culture. The purpose of our small conference program is to foster discussions, interactions, and a research agenda that operates at the interface between and among disciplines and offers potential to stimulate innovation/transformation in existing disciplinary understandings, concepts, paradigms, and practice.

We invite proposals from multidisciplinary groups of at least three faculty members for a conference or workshop. Proposals that bring together natural science/engineering disciplines and humanistic disciplines (including Architecture and Music) and/or social science disciplines are of particular interest. Partnerships with other individuals or organizations outside Rice will also be welcome. Funds of up to $35,000 are available for the conference; in addition, Scientia will provide some administrative and organizational support. During the grant period (not to exceed two years), organizers will be recognized as Fellows of Scientia. Funds may be used for preconference planning meetings, conference/workshop costs including Webcasting, and postconference/workshop follow-up, including publication and public outreach.

Proposals of no more than five pages should include:

  • Names, affiliations, and relevant interests of faculty organizers. Faculty from other local institutions may be included, but the coordinators must be Rice faculty.

  • Brief discussion of the topic and its significance with emphasis on the following:

    • Innovation. Does this topic represent a novel multidisciplinary interface? Does it have the potential to advance significantly an existing multidisciplinary approach or to stimulate disciplinary innovation?
    • Potential impact. How will the conversations and conference planning during the Fellowship period further the development of research interests and collaborations on campus and regionally? How will this process and conference impact the wider research community in the field?

  • Brief outline of a likely conference topic and estimated budget outline (not to exceed $35,000) with a list of potential external and Rice participants and a sentence indicating the proposed role for each person. Links to appropriate webpages can be included. The conference description should aim to illustrate the topic's potential. Additional development of the conference topic may continue during the initial months of the grant period.

Please submit proposals to scientia@rice.edu by September 6, 2016. Selection will be announced September 30, 2016. Questions may be addressed to Rick Wilson, Scientia Director (rkw@rice.edu).

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“Modeling and Mapping Historic Sites and Events"

April 8-9, 2016

Mapping and modeling allows the world to gain spatial, temporal, kinetic and aesthetic knowledge of
places as they once existed and see how they have changed since their origin. This gathering will
encourage collaboration among faculty, students, scholars and
technology innovators to explore and experience a variety of geo-mapping projects.

For additional information, please visit: http://hrc.rice.edu/spatialhumanities/

Co-creators of this conference are:

Farès el-Dahdah, Professor of the Humanities

Jeff Fleisher, Associate Professor of Anthropology

John Hopkins, Assistant Professor of Art History and Classical Studies

Alida Metcalf, Harris Masterson Jr., Professor of History

Linda Neagley, Associate Professor of Art History

Jan Odegard, Exec. Director Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology

Albert Pope, Gus Sessions Wortham Professor of Architecture

Lisa Spiro, Exec. Director Digital Scholarship Services 

Generously Supported by the De Lange Conference Endowment




“Space Exploration and Human Imagination: Space Futures"

April 11-12, 2013

A conference exploring the impact of space exploration on humanity’s self-perception.  This conference will examine how our growing understanding of the Universe is changing our perceptions of humanity, what the societal and cultural implications are of the expansion of human presence in space, and how the culture of space exploration is changing.  Leading experts will discuss these aspects through a series of lectures and Q&A.

For additional information, please visit: rsi.rice.edu/

Generously Supported by the De Lange Conference Endowment


Scientia, an Institute for the History of Science and Culture, presents
a conference honoring the memory of William Gordon

Scientia Conference on Research and Innovation in Undergraduate Science and Engineering Education

Friday February 11, 2011 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
(Reception Friday)

Saturday February 12, 2011 8:30 AM - 3:45 PM 
(Lunch served on Saturday)

McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall
Rice University, Houston, Texas


Schedule & Speakers
Conference Steering Committee
Contact Information
Webcast Information

A conference on Research and Innovation in Undergraduate Science and Engineering Education was hosted by Scientia, an interdisciplinary faculty institute, on the campus of Rice University, a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education.  The goals of the conference were to promote a diverse community focused on learning and to cultivate exceptional teaching.  The conference focused on new developments in pedagogy for first and second year undergraduate courses in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics and on research on how students learn in these courses. The conference brought to Rice distinguished researchers and innovative teachers from across the nation and providds a format for active learning about science and engineering teaching and learning.

Speakers included:

Robert Beichner
STEM Education Initiative and Physics Department, North Carolina State University

Mark L. Chang
Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Olin College of Engineering

Donald P. French

Professor, Science Education, Behavioral Ecology, Fish, Invertebrates,
Oklahoma State University 

Guershon Harel

Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of California, San Diego

Wendy Newstetter

Director of Learning Science Research ,Wallace H. Coulter Dept. of Biomedical Engineering Georgia Institute of Technology

Valerie K. Otero
Associate Professor of Science Education, University of Colorado, Boulder

Steven Pollock

Professor, Department of Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder

Angelica Stacy
Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley

Made possible by generous funding from the De Lange Conferences.
This conference was free and open to the public.


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