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Nancy J. Nersessian
Visiting Fellow
Technical University of Twente
Academic Year 1985-86

27 August 2006
Georgia Institute of Technology

Here are some things I'd like to report for 2005-2006. 


Benjamin White Whitney Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University 2005-2006

NEH Fellowship, 2005-2006

elected a Foreign Member, the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2006


Nersessian, N.J.:  “Model-based reasoning in distributed cognitive systems,” Philosophy of Science, 72, vol.5, in press, 2006

----------: “The cognitive-cultural systems of the research laboratory,” Organization Studies, 27:125-145, 2006

----------:  “Conceptual change: Creativity, cognition, and culture,” in Models of Discovery and Creativity, J. Meheus and T. Nickles, eds. (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2006) pp.1-39

----------: “Interpreting scientific and engineering practices: Integrating the cognitive, social, and  cultural dimensions,” in Scientific and Technological Thinking, M. Gorman, R. Tweney, & D. Gooding, eds. (Hillsdale, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2005), pp.17-56

Osbeck, L. & Nersessian, N.J.: “The distribution of representation,” The Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 36:141-160, 2006.

Sun, Y, Newstetter W., & Nersessian, N.J.: “Promoting model-based reasoning in problem-based learning,” Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society 28, 2006.

Davies, J., Nersessian, N.J., & Goel, A. K.: “Visual models in analogical problem solving,” Foundations of Science, 10:133-152, 2005

Malone, K., Nersessian, N.J., & Newstetter, W.: “Gender writ small: Gender enactments in organization and knowledge transmission in a biomedical engineering laboratory,” Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering 11: 61-82, 2005

Dogan, F. & Nersessian, N.J.:  “Design problem solving with conceptual diagrams,” Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Society, 27:600-605, 2005

Nersessian, N.J., Kurz-Milcke, E., & Davies, J.: “Ubiquitous computing in science and engineering research laboratories: A case study from biomedical engineering,” in In-Use Knowledge, G. Kouzelis, M. Pournari, M. Stšppler and V. Tselfes.G. Kuzoulis, eds. (Berlin: Peter Lang AK, 2005, pp. 167-195) 
Greek Translation inTopika, 10:203-237, 2005

Davies, J., Goel, A. K. & Nersessian, N. J.: “Transfer of problem-solving strategy using Cognitive Visual Language,” Proceedings of the Workshop on Visual Languages and Computing (VLC05), 2005

Davies, J., Goel, A. K., & Nersessian, N. J.:  “A cognitive model of visual analogical problem-solving transfer,” Proceedings of the Nineteenth Annual International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (short paper), 2005

Davies, J., Goel, A. K. & Nersessian, N. J.: “Transfer in visual case-based problem-solving. In H. Munoz-Avila & F. Ricci (Eds.), Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning (Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 2005, pp. 163-176)

Guest Editor (with L. Magnani) Foundations of Science, special issue on Scientific Discovery: Visual, Analogical, and Simulative Modeling 10:2, 2005

June 2008
Here are my highlights for the last year:

1) I was promoted to Regents' Professor at Georgia Institute of Technology
2) I participated in a workshop on Philosophy of Technology & Engineering Sciences in Eindhoven, the Netherlands
3) I gave a keynote address at EuroCogsci '07 in Delphi, Greece
4) Creating Scientific Concepts is in press at MIT and will be out late summer
5) I was elected to the Governing Board of PSA.

June 2010
Nancy Nersessian has received a new $1M research grant from NSF to investigate the computational modeling practices of integrative systems biologists. She was elected a Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society and has a new book co-authored with her research group due out in 2010 with Cambridge U. Press, Science as Psychology: Sense Making and Identity in Science Practice, Lisa Osbeck (former Pitt. Fellow), Nancy J. Nersessian, Kareen Malone, Wendy Newstetter.

June 2011
Nancy Nersessian received the inaugural Patrick Suppes Award in Philosophy of Science from the American Philosophical Society for her book Creating Scientific Concepts (MIT Press 2008). Her new book (co-authored with members of her research group, Lisa Osbeck (former Center Fellow), Nancy J. Nersessian, Kareen Malone, & Wendy Newstetter), Science and Psychology: Sense-Making and Identity in Science Practice, was published by Cambridge University Press.

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