Past Events

Democracy Deluge: End Games of Science and Politics – Jenny Reardon

Jenny Reardon, Science & Justice Research Center Co-Director and Associate Professor of Sociology Sociology Department Colloquium Monday, November 26, 2012 12:30-2:00PM 301 College 8 Today ideals of participatory democracy that have long grounded Euro-American imaginaries of truth and freedom play important structuring roles in the natural sciences.  This represents a dramatic change for a domain… Continue Reading Democracy Deluge: End Games of Science and Politics – Jenny Reardon

Rethinking Development in Light of Climate Change

Interdisciplinary Development Working Group Saturday October 27, 2012 9AM-5:30PM  Oakes College Invited speaker: Dr. Hallie Eakin, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University. Increasingly climate change impacts have called into question the sustainability of development policies and practices. At the same time, development efforts share many of the goals of climate change adaptation and mitigation. Scholars… Continue Reading Rethinking Development in Light of Climate Change

Enacting Multiple Salmon: Conversation across disciplinary practices

Science & Justice Working Group Meeting October 25, 2012 2:00-4:00 PM Oakes Mural Room This event brings together different accounts of salmon, some from social scientists and some from natural scientists who each will describe, and reflect upon how ‘their’ salmon is constituted, first in describing their particular research on questions of wild and domestic… Continue Reading Enacting Multiple Salmon: Conversation across disciplinary practices

Genomics Gets Personal: Property, Persons, Privacy

Tremendous advances in sequencing technologies have transformed genomes into a valuable new source of data about the biology of individuals. While these new data promise a revolution in medical care, more immediately they pose fundamental new ethical, social and legal questions about ownership and control of our bodies and their molecular constituents. Panel discussion with Gail P. Jarvik, M.D., Ph.D., Robert Cook-Deegan, M.D., John Wilbanks and Ryan Phelan. Introduction by David Haussler and panel discussion moderated by Jenny Reardon. Continue Reading Genomics Gets Personal: Property, Persons, Privacy

Modelling pigs and humans: Exploring the practices of models across sciences

Wednesday October 19, 2011 Engineering 2, Room 599 PhD Fellow Vibeke Pihl, Medical Centre for Science and Technology Studies, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen. Vibeke Pihl’s research addresses how connections between humans and animals are shaped in contemporary biomedical research on human health. During an ethnographic multi-sited fieldwork, Vibeke has followed a group… Continue Reading Modelling pigs and humans: Exploring the practices of models across sciences

The Black Panther Party and The Fight Against Medical Discrimination

Alondra Nelson (Colombia, Sociology) Monday March 12, 2012 College 8, 301 Time: 12:30-2:00PM Between its founding in 1966 and its formal end in 1980, the Black Panther Party blazed a distinctive trail in American political culture. The Black Panthers are most often remembered for their revolutionary rhetoric and militant action. Here Alondra Nelson deftly recovers… Continue Reading The Black Panther Party and The Fight Against Medical Discrimination

Can Science Have Progressive Goals? A Discussion with Alondra Nelson

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 4-6:00 PM in Engineering 2, 599 Narratives of scientific progress are often paired with narratives about political progress, suggesting that the expansion of scientific knowledge always—or at least generally—leads to the betterment of humankind as a whole. But many socially disadvantaged and oppressed peoples contend that such “progress” is distributed unevenly… Continue Reading Can Science Have Progressive Goals? A Discussion with Alondra Nelson

Eating Information? Food and Metabolism in Epigenetic Perspective

Hannah Landecker (UCLA Center for Genetics and Society) Thursday January 26, 2012, 3:00-5:00 PM Engineering 2, Room 399 Epigenetics has turned food and its metabolism into a problem that is not just about how the body turns food its basic components–carbohydrates, fat, protein-but how food acts as a signal of the environment–both biological and political.… Continue Reading Eating Information? Food and Metabolism in Epigenetic Perspective