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2017 STS Infrastructure Award

Professors Trevor Pinch and Michael Lynch were among the recipients of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) 2017 Infrastructure Award, given to editors of the Handbooks for Science and Technology Studies.  In his acceptance of this award on behalf of all the recipients (1977-2017), Edward J. Hacket thanked the society for their recognition (see excerpt below).

Four Handbooks have been published to date—1977, 1995, 2008, and 2017—and each represents the ideas, commitments, and plans of our community at a particular moment. The first Handbook drew together disciplinary studies of science and technology, with a focus on policy, while later volumes represent an academic community in formation, mapping its terrain, consolidating its intellectual achievements, and inviting others to join the community or draw on its insights and achievements.  In each instance the editors’ role was to elicit and blend relevant voices, seeking harmony and counterpoint, all the while maintaining tempo and rhythm for hundreds of pages and shelf-lives of several years.  Too often editing is counted among academe’s most thankless tasks, and in the current context of academic evaluation the work involved in authoring and reviewing book chapters is similarly undervalued.  But by honoring those associated with the Handbooks, the Society takes a welcome stand against this unfortunate practice. 

Click here to read  more about the 2017 STS Infrastructure Award.