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April 2003

Sigma Xi International Newsletter
Volume 2, Number 4
April 2003

This monthly electronic bulletin is designed to keep subscribers updated on developments in Sigma Xi's international activities as well as links and topics of interest to researchers around the world. To submit an item to the newsletter, contact the International Program Coordinator at international@sigmaxi.org. If you would like to, you can download and print a PDF version of this newsletter. To receive notice of this monthly newsletter, please use this online form.

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Book and Journal Donation Programs
Where do researchers go when they wish to either donate books and journals or obtain low-cost or free materials for their libraries and institutions? Many organizations accept donated books and journals for distribution in different countries around the world, but most programs only accept recent materials (published within the past 10 years or less) on certain subjects, with health sciences being the most popular topic. Quite a few organizations operate book and journal donation programs that accept and distribute materials on science and engineering, including international societies such as the
Third World Academy of Sciences and national programs such as the Netherlands Periodicals Project (NPP). You can check with your disciplinary society; several collect and distribute materials, such as the American Psychological Association, the American Chemical Society, and the Federation of European Biochemical Societies. Several different Web pages offer information on assorted book and journal donation programs. Of the sites listed on Sigma Xi's International Resources page, the University of Buffalo Health Sciences library currently has the largest collection of donation programs sorted into more than 25 different countries and regions where the materials are distributed. The World Library Partnership has an excellent compilation of book donation programs as well as some useful information on how these programs generally work. Finally, other sites describing multiple book and journal donation programs include the Sabre Foundation and the Special Libraries Association.

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Organization Created for Free Software and Open Source in Africa
Launched in February, the
Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) will be working to promote sustainable, viable and cost effective software products for Africa through education and local capacity building. Their stated strategies include: creating an awareness of free software and open source in Africa, building capacity in free software and open source, developing a knowledge warehouse of expertise in Africa, and developing the African Open Source Portal. They are currently building a database of organizations, institutions, companies and projects that are using open source to make a difference in Africa. Open source promotes software reliability and quality by supporting independent peer review and rapid evolution of source code. To be Open Source Initiative (OSI) certified, the software must be distributed under a license that guarantees the right to read, redistribute, modify, and use the software freely.

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Did You Know?
GenARDIS is a small grants fund to support work on gender issues in information and communication technologies in agricultural and rural development. The deadline for submitting applications for the non-renewable grants of up to €5,000 is April 15, 2003. For more information and an application form, send an e-mail to
GenARDIS@cta.nl.
[Source: Digital Dividend Digest]

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's TransCoop Programme supports transatlantic research cooperation among German, American and/or Canadian scholars in fields such as the social sciences and economics. Proposals can be funded for up to €45,000, and applications are due April 30, 2003.

The World Health Organization's Journalism Fellowship Programme is designed to provide reporters with an understanding of the forces shaping global public health. Winners will attend a two-week fellowship session in Geneva in October. The closing date for applying to this program is April 30, 2003. [Source: SciDev.Net]

IREX, the International Research and Exchanges Board, is awarding one-year grants of up to US$20,000 to cross-border teams of professionals and/or scholars on the topic of media and the Internet through its Starr Collaborative Research Grants Program. Research in or on several Eurasian countries will be supported, and the proposals must be submitted by May 1, 2003.

The Development Marketplace is a program that promotes innovative development ideas through early stage seed funding. Proposals in several areas, including health, education, energy, information and communication technology, and conservation are now being accepted until May 2 for the 2003 program (DM2003) Making Services Work for Poor People. The World Bank Group will provide roughly US$4 million in Development Marketplace Awards to the winners selected by an international jury. [Source: Digital Dividend Digest]

The Canon National Parks Science Scholars Program for the Americas has announced its 2003 competition. Eight scholarships of US$78,000 will be awarded to Ph.D. students throughout the Americas for research projects in the biological, physical, social and cultural sciences (and technology innovation). Projects should address conservation of local national parks. The program deadline is May 15, 2003.

The 2004 Selection Committee will select five Laureates of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise. The winners receive US$100,000 and a Rolex chronometer. Projects should be in the areas of science and medicine; technology and innovation; exploration and discovery; the environment; or cultural heritage. Deadlines based on geographic region start May 31, 2003. [Source: SciDev.Net]

All graduate students through post-doctoral scholars in any physical, biological, or social science field or any field of engineering, medicine/health, or veterinary medicine enrolled in US universities are eligible to apply for the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Internship Program at the National Academies. The program is designed to familiarize interns with the interactions of science, technology, and government. The deadline to apply for the 12-week Fall 2003 program is June 1, 2003.

INTAS, the International Association for the promotion of cooperation with scientists from the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union (NIS) has several open calls for projects and fellowships under the Sixth EU Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP6). Proposals and applications are being accepted for Research Projects and Networks, Fellowship Grants for Young Scientists and Innovation Grants. The first deadline is June 13, 2003 and the complete details are listed on the Web site when choosing 'funding opportunities from the menu.

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Upcoming Meetings
Energy and the Environment 2003: First International Conference on Sustainable Energy, Planning & Technology in Relationship to the Environment; Halkidiki, Greece; May 14-16, 2003.

University of Antioquia Bicentennial International Symposium: Toward a New Social Contract for Equitable Development in Science and Technology; Medellín, Colombia; May 18-21, 2003.

Twelfth International World Wide Web Conference; Budapest, Hungary; May 20-24, 2003.

XX IASP World Conference on Science and Technology Parks: Habitats of Excellence; Lisbon, Portugal; June 1-4, 2003.

Global Engineer: Education and Training for Mobility; Porto, Portugal; September 7-10, 2003.

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Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 USA
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