Last month, Harvard geneticist David Reich published a New York Times op-ed, entitled “How Genetics is Changing Our Understanding of ‘Race.’” In the piece, Reich argues that geneticists “are learning that while race may be a social construct, differences in genetic ancestry that happen to correlate to many of today’s racial constructs are real.” The article… Continue Reading Developing: Debate on ‘Race’ and Genomics
In Winter 2018, Science & Justice Visiting Scholar Kim Hendrickx convened a meeting in the lab of Distinguished Professor of MCD Biology Susan Strome to discuss C. elegans, the elegant see-through worm that has long served as a model in developmental biology research. Strome and lab members welcomed Hendrickx, Distinguished Professor Emerita Donna Haraway and… Continue Reading C’elegans: a Sculpted Reflection on Abstraction and the Notion of Progress in Science
67 natural and social scientists, including SJRC Director Jenny Reardon, produced an open letter asking for greater thoughtfulness and more collaboration around addressing the historically fraught nexus of “race” and genetics. Read the open letter on BuzzFeed News.
Paloma Medina, a Science & Justice Training Program Graduate Fellow at SJRC, contributes to the field of population genetics with a distinctly feminist mindset. By Bradley Jin, SJRC Communications Intern, UC Santa Cruz undergraduate in Sociology and Feminist Studies Biology has been integral in the formation of what is ‘natural.’ Concepts of the natural have… Continue Reading Paloma Medina: The Diversity of the Natural World
UC Santa Cruz offers a wide range of courses across its many disciplines whose curriculum questions the relationships between science, society and justice. The below list of courses (undergraduate and graduate, face to face and online) are taught across all five academic divisions. To add your course: email us at scijust[at]ucsc.edu Undergraduate Courses ANTH 106 Primate… Continue Reading Science and Justice Courses offered Spring 2018
On February 28, 2018 UC Santa Cruz will host the third annual Giving Day campaign, a 24-hour online fundraising event. Incentives to give include matching funds: if you are interested in matching funds for specific projects, please email email@example.com. Challenges throughout the day will reward teams attracting the greatest number of donors during specific times.… Continue Reading February 28th | Support Science & Justice on campus fundraising day
Science and Justice Research Center Director Jenny Reardon talks about how genomics engages some of the most fundamental questions of knowledge and justice of our times. Read More.
New book, The Postgenomic Condition: Ethics, Justice, and Knowledge After the Genome, assesses progress since 2000
Science and Justice Research Center Director Jenny Reardon evaluates the promise and pitfalls of genomics in her new book The Postgenomic Condition: Ethics, Justice, and Knowledge After the Genome (University of Chicago Press, 2017). Read More.
SJRC graduate student researcher, Andy Murray (Sociology), published an article in BioSocieties on “Meat cultures: Lab-grown meat and the politics of contamination”. Read the article at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1057/s41292-017-0082-z?wt_mc=Internal.Event.1.SEM.ArticleAuthorOnlineFirst More information about Andy’s work can be found at: https://collectiveferments.wordpress.com/ Information about Andy’s work with SJRC on “Bioengineering and Meat Cultures” can be found at: https://scijust.ucsc.edu/2014/01/16/human-non-human-collaboration-across-the-arts-sciences/
Director’s Letter: Welcome to Science and Justice The 2016-17 academic year proved a pivotal year for the Science and Justice Research Center. New faculty along with new initiatives led to a year of vibrant research and initiatives of importance not just to our campus, but to national and international efforts to forge science and justice.… Continue Reading SJRC Annual Report 2016-2017