Past Events

The Quants of Wall Street: Risk and the Ethics of New Financial Technologies

Who wins and who loses as Wall Street transforms from sweaty bodies on the stock exchange floor to quants and physicists designing swift, sleek stealth modes of moving financial data at a distance? What new opacities and inequalities accompany the rise of new financial technologies—such as Bitcoins, roboadvisers, and laser-linked data centers — the new coin and conduits of financial realms? The Science and Justice Research Center in collaboration with the Center for Analytical Finance will host a discussion with industry, academic and NGO leaders on these critical questions about who benefits and who loses in the high tech worlds of today’s financial markets. Continue Reading The Quants of Wall Street: Risk and the Ethics of New Financial Technologies

Soil Health and its Maladies: Field Notes with Farmers in the Global South

We draw upon our research with small farmers in Uganda and Colombia to discuss the way emergent ideas about “soil health” may serve to build collaborations between soil scientists, agricultural extensionists, and farmers in the global South. We also explore how a concern for soils pushes us beyond human-centric frameworks, and towards understanding the shared ecological nature of justice, ethics, well-being, and food production. Continue Reading Soil Health and its Maladies: Field Notes with Farmers in the Global South

The Genomic Open: Then and Now

The story of the Bermuda Principles and their codification of genome scientists’ commitment to save the human genome from private enclosure is the dominant story of the Human Genome Project. Twenty years after the first historic Bermuda meeting, this seminar will gather together at UC Santa Cruz key players in the creation of an ‘open’ approach… Continue Reading The Genomic Open: Then and Now

It’s About Time: How Perceptions of Time Influence Environmental Action

How do conceptions of time inform our perceptions of anthropogenic climate change and influence the political and societal will to respond? A round-table discussion with Adina Paytan (UCSC Research Professor of Marine Sciences), Zoey Kroll, (Internet Communications Coordinator, SF Dep’t of the Environment) and Elida Erickson (UCSC Sustainability Programs Manager). Continue Reading It’s About Time: How Perceptions of Time Influence Environmental Action