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NSF is encouraging computer scientists and anthropologists to propose joint research. A report from the recent CRA/AAA workshop on Culture, Society and Advanced Information Technology can be downloaded from , in PostScript or Acrobat format. [John C. Cherniavsky , 9/24/96.]

The following are selected deadlines from the 10/96 NSF Bulletin. I've omitted programs for handicapped scientists, education or curriculum development, and international collaboration. [grants, 9/23/96.]

Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) programs: Theory of Computing, 10/1/96, . CISE Research Infrastructure Program, 10/21/96, . CISE Postdoctoral Associateships, 11/1/96, . Experimental Software Systems, 11/1/96 target, . Computer Systems, Architecture, and Software, 11/4/96 and 2/14/97, . Networking and Communications Research, 12/1/96, . New Millenium Computing Point Design Studies, 12/15/96, . CISE Institutional Infrastructure Program--Minority Institutions, 2/13/97, . Database and Expert Systems, 2/15/97 and 9/15/97 targets, . Information Technology and Organizations, 2/15/97 and 9/15/97 targets, . Interactive Systems, 2/15/97 and 9/15/97 targets, . Knowledge Models and Cognitive Systems, 2/15/97 and 9/15/97 targets, . Robotics and Machine Intelligence, 2/15/97 and 9/15/97 targets, . Numeric, Symbolic, and Geometric Computation (including computer graphics), 2/28/97 and 9/15/97, . CISE Educational Innovation Program, 3/18/97, . CISE Instrumentation, 8/7/97, . Software Engineering and Languages, 9/15/97, .

Education and Human Resources (EHR) programs: Academic Advancement in Research and Education (AARE) for nontenured scientists, 10/15/96 and 2/15/97, . Graduate and Minority Graduate Research Fellowships, 11/7/96, (423) 241-4300. Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement, 11/15/96, (703) 306-1666. NATO Postdoctoral Fellowships in Science and Engineering, mid-11/96, 306-1696. Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST), 12/1/96, . Advanced Technological Education, 12/10/96 and 4/29/97, 306-1668. Applications for Advanced Technologies, 1/15/97 target, 306-1651. Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)--Sites, 9/15/97, 306-1603.

Engineering (ENG) programs: Management of Technological Innovation, 10/1/96 and 4/1/97, . Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program, 10/17/96, . Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI), 1/5/97, (703) 306-1330. Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR), 1/17/97, 306-1391. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), 6/12/96.

Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) programs: University/Industry Cooperative Research Programs in the Mathematical Sciences, 11/13/96 target, (703) 306-1880. Research Planning Grants and Career Advancement Awards for Women Scientists and Engineers (RPG/CAA), 1/15/97 target, 306-1880. Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), 9/17/97 target, 306-1880.

Office of Science and Technology Infrastructure (STI) programs: Recognition Awards for the Integration of Research and Education, 11/15/96, (703) 306-1040. Academic Research Infrastructure Program (Instrumentation), TBA, .

Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) programs: International Research Fellow Awards (formerly Postdoctoral and Junior Investigator Research Fellowship Program), 11/1/96, (703) 306-1706. Decision, Risk, and Management Science, 1/15/97 target, 306-1757. Human Cognition and Perception, 1/15/97 and 7/15/97 targets, 306-1732. Linguistics, 1/15/97 and 7/15/97 targets, 306-1731. Also numerous programs with specific countries.

Staff changes: Frank Anger, PD for Software Engineering and Languages, (703) 306-1911; James M. Davenport, PD for Statistics and Probability, 306-1883; Raymon Glantz, PD for Computational Neuroscience, 306-1416; Anand Tripathi, PD for Computer Systems, Architecture, and Software, 306-1912; and Zeke Zalcstein, PD for Theory of Computing, 306-1912.

The following graduate and postgraduate grant sources are selected from a list on . [ucd.gsa, 8/16/96.]

NSF Graduate Fellowship and NSF Minority Graduate Fellowship 1997-98 for research-based master's or doctoral degrees in science, mathematics, and engineering. Stipend $14,400. 11/7/96; .

NSF 94-119 Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for research in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics. 10/17/96; .

NSF Computational Science/Experimental Computer Research postdoctoral research associateships. Must have finished PhD by 9/30/97 or less than 3 years before 11/8/96. 11/8/96; (703) 306-1970.

US Dept. of Energy Integrated Manufacturing Predoctoral Fellowships. US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents. 12/6/96; .

National Physical Science Consortium 6-year PhD fellowships for Minorities and Women in the Physical Sciences (including CS and mathematics). 11/15/96; 1 (800) 952-4118.

The National Center for Graduate Education for Minorities (GEM) 1997-98 MS/PhD Fellowship Programs in science and engineering. 12/1/96; .

American Assoc. of University Women (AAUW) 1997-98 Fellowships and Grants. American Fellowships for doctoral and postdoctoral study (with no restriction on place, field, or age); 11/15/96. Selected Professions Fellowships for MS/PhD students in fields with low female participation; 12/17/96. International Fellowships for graduate or postgraduate study by foreign women; 12/2/96. Career Development Grants for women with a bachelors degree before 6/92; 1/3/96. AAUW Educational Foundation, (319) 337-1716, (319) 337-1204 Fax.

Spencer Dissertation Fellowships for education research. 30 fellowships of $17K. 10/11/96; Spencer Foundation, (312) 337-7000.

Indiana University Minority Faculty Fellowship Program, to teach during the 1997 summer sessions and/or 1997-98 academic year. 10/15/96 and 11/15/96; Alberto Torchinsky, (812) 855-0543.

Ford Foundation Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships for Minorities, for research-based programs in the behavioral and social sciences, humanities, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences, and biological sciences. Early 11/96; .

1997-98 US Student Fulbright Grants and Other Grants for Graduate Study and Research Abroad. Full and travel grants for recent graduates and master's and doctoral candidates. Must be a US citizen at time of application. 10/1/96. (Check with your graduate studies office.)

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) -- Council for International Exchange of Scholars for lecturing or postdoctoral research abroad under the Fulbright Scholar Program. , (202) 686-7877.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Grants for Graduate Students, for study, research and information visits to Germany. DAAD-Fulbright Grants, 11/1/96. DAAD-Canadian government grants, 10/15/96. DAAD-Bourses Quebec-RFA, 10/12/96. Young Lawyers Program, 3/15/97. Study Visit Research grants for faculty, 11/1/96. Research Grants for Recent PhDs and PhD candidates, 11/1/96. DAAD-NSF Collaborative Research Grants, 4/1/97. DAAD-ACLS Collaborative Research Grants, various deadlines. or (212) 758-3223.

(For other grant sources, check with your reference library. One listing is the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, issued annually by the Office of Management and Budget and available from the Government Printing Office at (202) 512-1800.)

DELVE: software environment for statistical evaluation of NN and machine learning methods.

ain16121: DLL-based NN development kit for Windows 3.1 (replacing ainet120).

Neural Net OCX Control: simple NN for Windows 95.

nn/xnn shareware NN development and simulation system.


Fuzzy Logic & Control: hardware/software tool for learning/building fuzzy systems.

EMA-XPS 2.1.4: hybrid graphic expert system shell.

DragonXTools: VBX components for speech recognition.

CMU CL: CMU-lisp for Linux 2.0.

Information Exploration Shootout datasets: intrusion data and newspaper archives for discovery and visualization systems.

Signalworks 2.01: signal/sound/image/seismic data/time series/stock price processing and analysis software for Windows 3.1.

Baseline Wavelet Transform Coder Construction Kit: grayscale image compression source code.

SoundHack, Csound, MixViews, cmix, CommonLispMusic: programs for stretching and manipulating audio.

Sigma Chess 2.0: commercial chess program for Macintosh (review).

The Mathematica Programmer II: book/CD ROM by Maeder.

Expert Systems Design and Development: 800-page book by Durkin.

New Trends in Fuzzy Logic: proc. of the WILF '95 Italian Workshop on Fuzzy Logic (Naples).

Foundations of Neural Networks, Fuzzy Systems, and Knowledge Engineering: MIT Press book by Kasabov.

Computational neurobiologist and connectionist pioneer Terrence J. Sejnowski has won $15K with the 12th Wright Prize for interdisciplinary study in science and engineering. The award, from Harvey Mudd College, has new criteria favoring up-and-coming, early-to-mid career researchers. [, connectionists, 9/19/96.]

Nomination deadline for the 22nd Alan T. Waterman Award is 12/31/96. The award will be presented in May to an outstanding young science or engineering researcher. Mrs. Susan Fannoney, NSB, (703) 306-1096. [NSF Bulletin. grants, 9/23/96.]

I mentioned in TCC 6.63 that Juris Hartmanis of Cornell has been appointed assistant director of NSF/CISE. John Cherniavsky tells me that Hartmanis is a Turing Award winner with high academic credentials, as well as founder and chair of a major CS department. The Turing Award winners since 1966 are A.J. Perlis, Maurice V. Wilkes, Richard Hamming, Marvin Minsky, J.H. Wilkinson, John McCarthy, E.W. Dijkstra, Charles W. Bachman, Donald E. Knuth, Allen Newell, Herbert A. Simon, Michael O. Rabin, Dana S. Scott, John Backus, Robert W. Floyd, Kenneth E. Iverson, C. Anthony R. Hoare, Edgar F. Codd, Stephen A. Cook, Ken Thompson, Dennis M. Ritchie, Niklaus Wirth, Richard M. Karp, John Hopcroft, Robert Tarjan, John Cocke, Ivan Sutherland, William (Velvel) Kahan, Fernando J. Corbato', Robin Milner, Butler W. Lampson, Juris Hartmanis and Richard E. Stearns, Edward Feigenbaum and Raj Reddy, and Manuel Blum. [, 9/18/96.]

"..., the wise man should always follow the roads that have been trodden by the great, and imitate those who have most excelled, so that if he cannot reach their perfection, he may at least acquire something of its savour. Acting in this like the skillful archer, who seeing that the object he would hit is distant, and knowing the range of his bow, takes aim much above the destined mark; not designing that his arrow should strike so high, but that flying high it may alight at the point intended." -- Niccolo Machiavelli, "The Prince." [TFTD, 9/11/96.]

(John Cherniavsky and I have been discussing awards. He notes that nearly all of the Turing awardees have made fundamental contributions in AI and other fields, and continue as lifelong contributors to computer science and engineering. Such people can be entrusted with responsible positions. I don't dispute that, but I'm more concerned with motivating and empowering the rest of us. Do prestigious awards really motivate, or do they create despair of ever joining such elite ranks? They may create a glass ceiling, giving influence repeatedly to those who brought us here while denying opportunities to those who could take us further. Or perhaps the awards motivate those who are already close, such as PIs, department heads, conference chairs, and book authors -- and perhaps that's enough. Whatever; I rejoice that anyone can create any award that they wish. I'll probably create one myself someday.)

SIMPLICITER -- Excellence Without Excess -- is a new award for Web authors who have created profound, informative, intelligent, and entertaining pages without the use of extraneous graphic devices. It celebrates good taste and moderation. Winners will get a link on the Simpliciter home page and may display the Simpliciter logo on their pages. Anyone may nominate any page, and there is no limit on the number of awards. "Simpliciter is an independent effort by an independent Internet user." . [Keith Ammann , c.i.www.announce, 9/17/96.]

WWWorld Ribbon Award is a site giving out awards to the Web's best sites. A critique will be returned for any page submitted. . [, net-hap, 7/12/96.]

The awards compendium lists 70 sites where your URL can compete for awards. . [, net-hap, 8/19/96.]

If the world is slow to acknowledge you ... The Anarchy Award offers every Net junkie the chance to review his/her own site. . [Cecilia Franco White , BESTWEB, 6/28/96. net-hap.]

-- Ken