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2010 Spring

 DECODINGS spring 2010

*ELECTION RESULTS
*SLSA 2010 CALL FOR PAPERS
*ANNOUNCEMENT: Guggenheim Award to Walls
*MEMBERSHIP
*PRIZES AND AWARDS

SLSA ELECTION RESULTS

Congratulations are due Robert Markley (incoming 2nd vice-president) and
Melissa Littlefield (incoming member at large)on their elections to
positions that will run from fall 2010 to fall 2012. Thanks also to
candidates John Hatch and Steven Oscherwitz on standing for election.

CALL FOR PAPERS--SLSA 2010

24th Annual Meeting of the Society for Literature Science and the Arts
PLACE: Indianapolis, Indiana
DATES: October 28-31, 2010

SITE COORDINATOR: Richard Nash, Indiana University
PROGRAM CHAIR: Elizabeth Wilson, Emory University

DUE DATE FOR ALL CONTRIBUTIONS: May 1, 2010
NOTIFICATION FOR ACCEPTANCE OF SUBMISSIONS: July 1, 2010

Submit 250-word abstract with title. Pre-organized panels for
consideration can contain an additional summary paragraph along with
proposed session title. Submit papers and register at
http://www.litsci.org/slsa10/.

Topics can represent ANY work in literature and science, history of
science, philosophy of science, science and art, or science studies.
SLSA conference programs have always represented the membership's wide
range of interests and research projects.  We are particularly
interested this year in submissions that might coordinate with a stream
of sessions on "Ends of Life," addressing issues in bioethics, medical
humanities, literature and medicine, and Animality Studies, but this is
an open topic conference where a wide range of work will be welcome. We
hope you will join us later this year in Indianapolis.

ANNOUNCEMENT: University of South Caroline Professor Laura Dassow Walls
has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for her work in biography. See
http://www.gf.org/fellows/16885-laura-walls

SLSA MEMBERSHIP:  Participants in the 2010 conference must be 2010
members of the Society for Literature Science and the Arts. For more
information about SLSA, please visit the organization website at
www.litsci.org.

BRUNS ESSAY PRIZE:The Bruns Graduate Essay Prize, in honor of Edward F.
Bruns, is awarded annually to the best essay written by a graduate
student member of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts.
Graduate students wishing to have their essays considered for the $250
prize should submit them by September 1 to N. Katherine Hayles,
Department of English, Duke University, via electronic mail to
katherine.hayles@duke.edu. Please send a copy of your formatted essay as
a PDF or Word file, or send a pointer to a URL where the essay is
posted.

SCHACHTERLE ESSAY PRIZE: Lance Schachterle, founding president of the
society, established an annual prize of $250 in honor of his parents to
recognize the best new essay on literature and science written in
English by a nontenured scholar. Eligible authors wishing to submit
essays (published or accepted for publication) should send them prior to
September 1 to the Executive Director via electronic mail to
carol.colatrella@lcc.gatech.edu. Please send a copy of your formatted
essay as a PDF or Word file, or send a pointer to a URL where the essay
is posted.

SLSA MICHELLE KENDRICK MEMORIAL BOOK PRIZE:
SLSA holds an annual competition for the Michelle Kendrick Memorial Book
Prize awarded each year to the best academic book on literature,
science, and the arts published by an SLSA member. Established in the
fall of 2006 in memory of Michelle Kendrick of Washington State
University-Vancouver, an energetic, well-loved scholar of literature and
science and long-time member of SLSA, the Kendrick Prize is open to any
book of original scholarship on literature, science, and the arts
published between January 1 and December 31 of the prior year. The
winner will receive $250.00.
To have your book considered for the Kendrick Prize, please send (or
have your publisher send) three copies by June 1 to: Professor Robert
Markley, Department of English, 608 South Wright Street, University of
Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801
Donations for the Kendrick Prize (checks made out to SLSA, with Kendrick
Prize in memo) can be sent to: Carol Colatrella, SLSA Executive
Director, LCC, Georgia Tech, 686 Cherry Street, Atlanta, GA 30332-0165


SLSA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (a new award)

The SLSA Executive Committee will each spring appoint a committee to
seek and review nominations for the SLSA Lifetime Achievement award.
Members of this committee will include a former President of SLSA,
who will serve as chair, one currently serving member at large, and
one other SLSA member. The Lifetime Achievement Awards Committee will
send out an announcement asking members to nominate candidates
whose significant, interdisciplinary scholarship is exemplary of
SLSA. The committee members will nominate candidates and should
collaborate on reviewing nominations from the membership to select a
recipient of the award or to decide not to make an award for that
year. The Lifetime Achievement award will be presented at the
business meeting of the annual meeting. The 2010 Lifetime Achievement
committee
will be chaired by Susan Squier of Penn State University
(sxs62@psu.edu); Trace
Reddell and Nigel Rothfels are members.

TRAVEL AWARDS (updated description)

SLSA provides a limited number of travel awards for underfunded
individuals attending the annual conference. Members of SLSA who
present at the annual conference may apply for travel
subventions. An applicant should email name, title of SLSA
presentation, an indication of how long one has been a member of
SLSA, and any information about funding for the conference to the
Executive Director at carol.colatrella@lcc.gatech.edu by September 1.
Please provide estimated travel expenses and the amount of support (if
any)
anticipated from other sources. If you have received travel support from
SLSA in
the past, please include information about that support (when and how
much). SLSA
officers will review applications and approve funds for as many
as our budget permits; preference will be given to students and
those most in need. Each person awarded funds will be presented with a
check at
the conference business meeting.

Note: all of the awards described above are presented during the
Business Meeting of the annual fall conference. One may submit only one
entry to one of the two essay prize competitions.