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Congratulations, Dr Thebault!

Congratulations to Karim Thebault, whose PhD has just been passed with flying colours!

Congratulations, Kristie!

Warm congratulations to Kristie Miller, who has been appointed to a continuing Senior Lectureship in the Department of Philosophy. (She remains seconded to an ARC Senior Research Fellowship in the Centre until June 2016.)

Four postdoctoral positions advertised

In conjunction with our recent grant from the John Templeton Foundation for the interdisciplinary project 'New Agendas for the Study of Time: Connecting the Disciplines', the University of Sydney has advertised four 2-year postdoctoral fellowships. Two are tenable in the Department of Philosophy, SOPHI, in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, with specialisations in Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Physics, respectively. The other two are tenable in the Faculty of Science, in HPS and the School of Psychology, respectively. The closing date for all four positions is 1 March 2012. Further details and an online application system are available via the following links: Philosophy of Physics, Metaphysics, HPS, Psychology.

New Agendas for the Study of Time: Connecting the Disciplines

We are delighted to announce a new interdisciplinary project on time, generously funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The project is led by Huw Price and Kristie Miller in Philosophy, in conjunction with Dean Rickles (HPS) and Alex Holcombe (Psychology). It will support four postdoctoral fellowships, three international conferences, and a small research grants program. Further details are available here.

Farewell to Rachael

We are sad to have said goodbye to Rachael Briggs, who has moved to a new positions at ANU and Griffith – thanks, Rachael, and best wishes for your new jobs!

Welcome, Greg and John

A warm welcome to Greg Strom and John Maier, who have joined the Pragmatic Foundations Project on Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Congratulations, Sam

More congratulations to Sam Baron, whose paper 'Digging up the Easy Road to Nominalism' has been accepted for publication by Synthese.

Welcome, Salvador!

Warm congratulations to Rod Taveira and Jessica on the birth of their beautiful son, Salvador, who arrived on 24 May!

Congratulations ...

... to Sam Baron, whose paper 'Presentism and Causation Revisited' has been accepted for publication by Philosophical Papers; and to Karen Crowther, Shan Gao, Peter Evans and Sam Baron (again), who were all prize winners for 2010 at the recent SOPHI Prizes Ceremony.

Two Four new appointments in the Pragmatic Foundations Project

We are delighted to announce that John Maier and Gregory Strom will be joining the Pragmatic Foundations Project in mid-2011, on Postdoctoral Fellowships. John is currently at ANU, and works mainly on metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind and action. Greg is at Pittsburgh, and works on the metaphysics of action and on ethics, amongst other topics. Update: We are also pleased to announce that Alejandro Pérez Carballo and Hongwoo Kwon, both from MIT, will be joining the Pragmatic Foundations Project on short-term Postdoctoral Fellowships in mid-2012.

Congratulations to Owen Maroney!

Owen Maroney has been offered a three-year Research Fellowship in Oxford, on a project on Quantum Nanoscience: Fundamental Physics, Emerging Structures and Implications for Our Ultimate Reality. Well done, Owen!

Welcome to Alison Gopnik

The Centre for Time is delighted to welcome the world-renowned Berkeley psychologist, Professor Alison Gopnik, who will be a research visitor until March 2011. Her visit to Sydney is jointly sponsored by CLaS and MACCS at Macquarie University, as well the School of Psychology and Sydney Ideas, at the University of Sydney. (Recordings from our recent research workshop with Alison are available here.)

Farewell to Jenann Ismael

We are sad to have said goodbye to Jenann Ismael, who has now returned to the University of Arizona after five years with the Centre on an ARC QEII Fellowship. But we're happy that Jenann has agreed to be an Honorary Associate at the Centre, and will be back in Sydney as an invited speaker at our up-coming conference at the end of June.

Time's Arrow and Eddington's Challenge

Huw Price was Guest Lecturer at a celebration honouring Adolf Grünbaum's 50 years at the University of Pittsburgh, on 29 October 2010: details and photos at the Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science.

Congratulations Kristie!

Warm congratulations to Kristie Miller, on her success in winning an Australian Research Fellowship in the 2011 ARC funding round. Well done, Kristie!

Definitely not forgotten!

Congratulations once again to Mikey Slezak, whose blog article, "Is quantum mechanics messing with your memory?" has now been voted the second most popular semi-finalist in the 3QD Philosophy Prize 2010.

More congratulations!

Warm congratulations also to Rachael Briggs, who has had her recent paper "Distorted Reflection" (Philosophical Review 118, 59-85) selected for the Philosophers' Annual 2009, a selection by an international panel of 10 best philosophy articles published last year.

Warm congratulations ...

... to Kristie Miller, who has just been promoted to Level C.

Time in the news in Korea

While visiting Seoul this month as opening speaker at the Metaphysics of Science Conference at Kyung Hee University, Huw Price was interviewed by the leading South Korean daily, Dong-a Il Bo. Their article appears on-line here (PDF here), and in Google translation here.

Audio and slides from McDowell conference

MP3 recordings and texts from our recent conference Engaging McDowell are now available here. Many thanks to all those who helped to make this conference such a success!

Real success!

Congratulations to Rachael Briggs and Graeme Forbes, whose joint paper "The Real Truth About the Unreal Future" has just won the prestigious Oxford Studies in Metaphysics Younger Scholars Prize, sponsored by the Ammonius Foundation. (Centre for Time regulars will recall that Graeme is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield, UK, who was a Centre for Time visitor last year.)

Hawking got it backwards, says Owen Maroney

Congratulations to Owen on the publicity here for his recent paper "Does a Computer Have an Arrow of Time?" The news has been picked up in Spanish here and here.

More congratulations to Michael Slezak...

... whose MPhil thesis has now been passed with Distinction, with enthusiastic reports from the two readers–well done, Mikey!

Congratulations...

... to Owen Maroney and Jodie McGinn, on the birth of Madeika Storm McMinn; and to Michael Seevinck and Tineke, on the birth of Frederike Elisabeth! (Congratulations to Michael for his award from the Dutch Science Foundation, too!)

Collaboration agreement with Perimeter Institute, Canada

The Perimeter Institute–Australia Collaboration in Quantum Foundations ("PIAF") links the Centre for Time, together with researchers in the School of Physics and the HPS Unit at the University of Sydney, and at the University of Queensland and Griffith University, to the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada.
PIAF's second annual conference was held at the Perimeter Insitute form 27 September to 2 October, 2009. Further details are available here.

Congratulations to our own Michael Slezak

Michael's article, "Is quantum mechanics messing with your memory?" was recently published on The Guardian website.

Winter School 2009

We recently hosted our first Winter School for PG research students, in conjunction with the Department of Philosophy, UNC, Chapel Hill. Thanks to all who made this such a success!

Second Annual PIAF Conference

The Perimeter Institute-Australia Collaboration in Quantum Foundations ("PIAF") links the Centre for Time with researchers in the School of Physics and HPS Unit at the University of Sydney, and at the University of Queensland, Griffith University, and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada. PIAF's second annual conference was held at the Perimeter Institute from 27 September to 2 October, 2009. Further details are available here.

Audio and slides from Expressivism, Pluralism and Representationalism meeting

MP3 recordings and some texts from our highly successful recent meeting on Expressivism, Pluralism and Representationalism are now available here.