Past Events

Critical Nutrition Symposium

March 8, 2013 9:00AM-5:30PM 261 Social Sciences I Advice about what to eat for health and well being is pervasive in the modern world, and such advice is delivered as if it were uncontroversial, universally applicable, welcome, and effective. When it appears not to work, rather than reflection on the scientific, cultural, and sociological underpinnings… Continue Reading Critical Nutrition Symposium

Measuring and Predicting Carbon Absorbed in Reforestation and Averted Forest Fires: Problems of Communicating Uncertainty about Landscape Change

Karen Holl (UCSC, Environmental Studies), Maggi Kelly (UCB, Environmental Sciences) and Tim Forsyth (London School of Economics, Int’l Development) discuss the challenges of carbon offsets, carbon markets and environmental change and international development policy. Continue Reading Measuring and Predicting Carbon Absorbed in Reforestation and Averted Forest Fires: Problems of Communicating Uncertainty about Landscape Change

Seeding Sustainability: Hunger, BioTech, and the Future of Food Systems

Saturday February 23, 2013 7:00-10:00PM UCSC Media Theater Confirmed Speakers: Miguel Altieri (UC Berkeley) Eric Holt-Gimenez (Food First) Kent Bradford (UC Davis) Moderator: Jacob Metcalf (UCSC Science & Justice Research Center) Registration (free) is kindly requested. In collaboration with the UCSC Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, the Science & Justice Research Center will… Continue Reading Seeding Sustainability: Hunger, BioTech, and the Future of Food Systems

Mast Fruiting and Ectomycorrhizal Associates: How Looking Below Ground Reshapes Above Ground Ecologies and Politics

February 19, 2013 4:00-6:00PM Engineering 2, Room 599 Lisa Curran (Woods Institute for the Environment/Department of Anthropology, Stanford University) Respondents: Anna Tsing (Anthropology, UCSC) and Andrew Mathews (Science & Justice Research Center and Anthropology, UCSC) Lisa Curran is an anthropologist and tropical ecologist who, over the last twenty five years, has carried out extensive research on forest ecology… Continue Reading Mast Fruiting and Ectomycorrhizal Associates: How Looking Below Ground Reshapes Above Ground Ecologies and Politics

Climate Data, Dams, and Water Demand: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation

Science & Justice Working Group Meeting November 27, 2012, 4:00-6:00pm Engineering 2, Rm. 599 Panelists: Ruth Langridge: Legal Studies/ Politics Department, UCSC Lori Pottinger: International Rivers Network Bruce Daniels: Earth and Planetary Sciences, UCSC; Soquel Water District Board of Directors Decades of anti-dam activism around the world have generated a greater public awareness of the… Continue Reading Climate Data, Dams, and Water Demand: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation

We are all lichens: How symbiosis research has reconstituted a new realm of individuality

Scott Gilbert (Howard A. Schneiderman Professor Swarthmore College) UCSC Philosophy Department Colloquium Thursday, November 15, 4 – 6 pm. Humanities 1, rm. 210 The notion of the “biological individual” is crucial to studies of genetics, immunology, evolution, development, anatomy, and physiology. Each of these biological sub-disciplines has a specific conception of individuality, which has historically provided conceptual… Continue Reading We are all lichens: How symbiosis research has reconstituted a new realm of individuality

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