August 2015 Bulletin: Selected News Stories

19 August 2015

A selection of articles from the Balance Network’s August 2015 bulletin. To be added to our mailing list, please click the ‘Sign Up To Our Bulletins’ icon above.

  1. RCUK policy internships
  2. International Conference on Information Society 2015
  3. Recent Publications

1. RCUK policy internships
The next application deadline for RCUK policy internships is 28 August. These internships allow Research Council-funded PhD students to work for three months in highly influential policy organisations. The policy topic will be relevant to both the student and the host, and the student will be expected to produce a briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event. Dr Rosie Robison of the Balance Network undertook a placement at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology during her PhD and is happy to be in touch with PhD students thinking of applying.

2. International Conference on Information Society 2015 
The International Conference on Information Society (i-Society 2015) is calling for abstracts, papers, workshops and tutorials. The conference will be held in London in November and encapsulates the concept of interdisciplinary science that studies the societal and technological dimensions of knowledge evolution in digital society.

3. Recent Publications 
Earlier this year, the National Academy of Public Administration (the Academy) in the US published a study of digital technology use by the federal workforce. An interesting component of the study focused on work life balance. Some of those surveyed felt that “ever-present” technology hindered their personal lives while others felt that technology enabled them to have a much improved balance. To download the full report, visit the Academy publications page.

A multi-disciplinary team from the Department of Preventive Medicine and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University in the US and the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University in the US have just published a study on utilising smartphones to detect depression.

The Royal Academy of Engineering has published the discussions of three workshops that explored the relationship between the design of the built environment and human behaviour. Each workshop addressed: energy, water and waste; health and well-being; and performance and productivity.