Weathering the Storm? The Trump Administration Anti-Science Disaster & COVID-19

III.  Pandemic in an Anti-Science Era:  Reflections from and for STS The Trump presidency and its relationship to science and truth have prompted both reflection and action by STS scholars, including contributors to a recent thematic collection published in early 2020 in Engaging Science, Technology, and Society.  For this newsletter, we requested that the contributors to that collection re-visit the arguments made there in a … Continue reading Weathering the Storm? The Trump Administration Anti-Science Disaster & COVID-19

How do we “teach the virus”? Challenges and Resources for teaching COVID-19

By Katherine Darling, University of Maine at Augusta In the chaos of a pandemic, how do we teach the virus? Ann Fausto-Sterling laid down this challenge on Twitter as we were all flung into “emergency remote teaching” in March 2020. The pedagogical and logistical challenges of closing our universities and going online were compounded by much deeper societal, ethical and existential quandaries about how to … Continue reading How do we “teach the virus”? Challenges and Resources for teaching COVID-19

“On Publishing”: An Interview with Joanna Kempner

Coordinated by Danielle Giffort Joanna Kempner is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University. She studies, speaks and teaches about the politics of medicine, science, the body, and inequality. She is the author of Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health, an award winning book that examines the gendered social values embedded in the way we talk about, … Continue reading “On Publishing”: An Interview with Joanna Kempner

“On publishing”: An interview with Daniel Kleinman

Daniel Lee Kleinman, Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs at Boston University, is a widely published scholar in STS. He is also the founding editor of Engaging Science, Technology, and Society (ESTS). The SKAT Mentoring Committee asked Daniel to talk about his experiences publishing in STS and his advice for junior scholars navigating the publishing world. This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity. On … Continue reading “On publishing”: An interview with Daniel Kleinman

Interview with Miranda Waggoner, Winner of the 2019 Robert K. Merton Book Award

The Zero Trimester: How did we begin to think that pregnancy should last longer than 9 months? In June 2018 we were pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 SKAT Section Awards, which will be presented at the SKAT business meeting on Saturday, August 10th at 5:30pm in the Central Park West room (2nd Floor) at the Sheraton New York. In this Q&A, we highlight the winner … Continue reading Interview with Miranda Waggoner, Winner of the 2019 Robert K. Merton Book Award

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR SKAT COUNCIL MEMBERS AND STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

Want to get involved in SKAT governance? Now’s your chance! In Spring 2019, SKAT will hold elections for 2 Council Members (3-year term), 1 Student Representative (2-year term), and 1 Chair Elect (1-year term). Please send nominations and contact information, including self nominations, to Laurel Smith-Doerr (Chair, Nominations Committee) by January 6, 2019. Continue reading CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR SKAT COUNCIL MEMBERS AND STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

Interview with Shobita Parthasarathy

  In October 2017, Jennifer Singh had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Shobita Parthasarathy, Professor of Public Policy and Women’s Studies, and Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program, at the University of Michigan. Jennifer met with Shobita while she was visiting Georgia Tech’s School of Public Policy to discuss her recent book, Patent Politics: Life Forms, Markets, and the Public Interest … Continue reading Interview with Shobita Parthasarathy

Call for Nominations

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR SKAT COUNCIL MEMBERS AND STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE Want to get involved in SKAT governance? Now’s your chance! In Spring 2018, SKAT will hold elections for 2 Council Members (3-year term) and 1 Student Representative (2-year term). Please send nominations and contact information, including self nominations, to Scott Frickel (Chair, Nominations Committee) by Sunday, January 7, 2018. Continue reading Call for Nominations

Interview with Victoria Pitts-Taylor

Jennifer Singh caught up with Victoria Pitts-Taylor, Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University and winner of the 2017 Robert K. Merton Book Award for The Brain’s Body: Neuroscience and Corporeal Politics (Duke University Press, 2016). Her book was also awarded the Feminist Philosophy of Science Award from the Women’s Caucus of the Philosophy of Science Association. In our interview, Professor Pitts-Taylor … Continue reading Interview with Victoria Pitts-Taylor

Interview with Natasha Myers

David Peterson (Northwestern) spoke with Natasha Myers, Associate Professor of Anthropology at York University and winner of the 2016 Robert K. Merton Book Award for Rendering Life Molecular: Models, Modelers, and Excitable Matter (Duke University Press, 2015). In the interview, Professor Myers discussed theoretical innovations and the next directions of her work. David Peterson: What is the thesis of your book? Natasha Myers: This ethnography develops … Continue reading Interview with Natasha Myers