Monday, October 24, 2011

International Humanities Conference

Please see the announcement below regarding an interdisciplinary and international conference on "New Directions in the Humanities." The conference will focus on several themes, including "Meaning and Communication," "Frames of Reference," and "Humanities in Practice." Conference organizers are accepting applications from a variety of disciplines. The deadline  

Announcing the Tenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, to be held at the Centre Mont-Royal in MontrĂ©al, Canada from June 14th to 17th, 2012.
The Conference will address a range of critically important themes in the various fields that make up the humanities today. Plenary speakers will include some of the world’s leading thinkers in the humanities, as well as numerous paper, workshop and colloquium presentations by teachers and researchers.
Participants are invited to submit a presentation proposal for a paper presentationworkshop/interactive sessionroundtable discussion, or jointly presented colloquiumParallel sessions are loosely grouped into streams reflecting different perspectives or disciplines. Each stream also has its own talking circle, a forum for focused discussion of issues.
Presenters may choose to submit written papers to The International Journal of the Humanities, a fully refereed academic Journal.Virtual participation also have the option to submit papers for consideration by the Journal. All registered Conference participants receive a complimentary online subscription to the Journal when registration is finalized. This subscription is valid until one year after the Conference end date.
If you would like to know more about this Conference, visit the website ( or subscribe to the Conference and Journal Newsletter.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Annual Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching

For over 30 years, Lilly Conferences have been offering an opportunity for individuals from a variety of disciplines to gather and discuss important issues related to teaching and student learning. 

The Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching-DC is now Accepting Proposals for the May 31 – June 3, 2012 Conference

The Deadline for Proposal Submission is November 28, 2011.

Please submit your proposal and share your professional work. Proposals are blind reviewed by college and university faculty and selected presentations may be submitted for publication in the conference proceedings.  

Conference Themes this year include:
Advancing Active Learning
Creating a Community of Learners
Preparing Future Faculty
Teaching Responsibly (and Well) with Technology

The Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching – DC Area begins Thursday at 1:00 PM and runs through Sunday at 11:00 am. In 2011, we showcased over 200 presenters from all over the United States and increasingly throughout the world. You may submit a proposal for a concurrent session, poster session, or round table discussion. If you have any questions about session format, please see our website or give me a call 919-636-8170. 

To submit a proposal, please visit:

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Customize Your Textbooks

Have you ever wanted to take different chapters or articles from multiple sources and put them together into one course textbook? Now you can digitally. A recent Chronicle article explains how digital publishing companies are allowing instructors to mix and match material and to deliver this package as a digital textbook, all for about $20.
Read more about this approach in the Chronicle article by Alex Campbell.

International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction

Faculty in the areas of Computing, Technology, Engineering, Philosophy, Psychology, Mathematics, and Physics may be particularly interested in this interdisciplinary conference. Paper submissions are due October 30th, 2011.

2012 International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ICACII 2012)

This conference offers a great opportunity for scientists, engineers, and practitioners to present the latest research results, ideas, developments, and applications, as well as to facilitate interactions between scholars and practitioners. We cordially invite you to attend the 2012 International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ICACII 2012), which will be held in Taipei, Taiwan, February 27-28, 2012.
ICACII 2012 Conference Proceedings will be published by Springer, which will be included in Springer Link, indexed by ISI Proceedings, EI-Compendex, and SCOPUS.
Paper Submission DueOctober 30, 2011
Contact Email:
Tel: + (86) 18672982985 or 18627872331
For detailed information, please see

Friday, October 7, 2011

Conference on Applied Social Science

Please see the information below for an interdisciplinary conference. Deadlines for submission are December 1st, 2011.

2012 2nd International Conference on Applied Social Science (ICASS 2012)
February 1-2, 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The goal of this Conference is to bring together the researchers from academia and industry as well as practitioners to share ideas, problems and solutions relating to the multifaceted aspects of Applied Social Science.
All accepted and registered papers will be included in the proceedings, which will be published by Information Engineering Research Institute, USA. All the papers will be indexed by ISTP.
Paper Submission DueDecember 1, 2011
Contact Email:
Tel: + (86) 18627872331
For detailed information, please see

Thursday, October 6, 2011

NSF Goes Global

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has launched a new program that connects scientists across international boarders. The Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) program not only promotes international research collaboration, but it has a distinct interdisciplinary approach.
NSF has provided a fact sheet to further describe the program.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Guns May Become More Common On Campus

There is a battle going on right now between university officials who want to keep guns off campus to protect students, faculty, and staff and others (mostly students) who want to exercise their right to bear arms.A UNF student and member of a gun rights group has filed a lawsuit against UNF (read more). The issue rests on whether colleges have the right to regulate gun use.

As a signal of things to come, an Oregon Appeals Court recently ruled that the State University System did not have the right to regulate gun use. Students may begin to exercise their right to carry loaded guns on campus.

Managing Data Might Get Easier

A new consortium initiated by the National Science Foundation aims to make data sharing easier. New technologies make sharing of large data sets through networks possible. The availability of a stable infrastructure for multi-point sharing of large data sets will open many new opportunities for collaboration and effective data use.
Read more about the project in a recent Chronicle Article.

Researcher Receives Sanctions for Plagiarism and Data Falsification

A University of Pittsburgh Assistant Professor has received sanctions for plagiarism and falsification of data on grant applications with the National Institutes of Health.
See the Chronicle post for a brief description of the sanctions. 
To read more details about the case, visit the Office of Research Integrity information page.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

E-Books are On the Rise for Academic Publishing

E-books have become an increasingly desirable option for scholarly publications. Time to publish and immediate global access have been features of e-publishing that have driven demand for these options. One of the challenges to e-book publishing, however, has been the need for established credibility of the work.

In a recent Chronicle article, Jennifer Howard  describes how some recent changes in the e-book market will impact credibility and demand for e-books. Several important University Press publishers are expanding their e-book offerings. This move is sure to  increase the prominence of e-books in the marketplace.
Read more about these recent developments.