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S&TS Graduate Student, Yulianto (Anto) Mohsin, Wins Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award

S&TS graduate student, Anto Mohsin, has received the Cornelia Ye Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for the important contributions he has made to enhancing undergraduate education at Cornell University.  Full Story.

 

Professor Sara Pritchard's new book "New Natures," released in June 2013

 New Natures broadens the dialogue between the disciplines of science and technology studies (STS) and environmental history in hopes of deepening and even transforming understandings of human-nature interactions. The volume presents historical studies that engage with key STS theories, offering models for how these theories can help crystallize central lessons from empirical histories, facilitate comparative analysis, and provide a language for complicated historical phenomena. Overall, the collection exemplifies the fruitfulness of cross-disciplinary thinking. Book details.

In The Lancet, Stephen Hilgartner and other STS scholars comment on the 150th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences.

NAS: speaking the truth to power for 150 years. Full Story.

Leuenberger leaps genre barriers

Christine Leuenberger has been researching the cultural and economic impact of the separation barrier between Israel and Palestine for several years. She also wrote about living in Israel while it was under attack by Hamas in November 2012. Full Story.

War for beginners: Christine Leuenberger in Tel Aviv

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Leuenberger, senior lecturer in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, was conducting research in Israel and the West Bank as a National Science Foundation Scholar Nov. 15, 2012, when bombs began to fall on Tel Aviv. That war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza lasted from Nov. 14-21. Full Story

In a NYT article, Trevor Pinch weighs in about Amazon reviews being used as attack weapons to "sink new books."

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 "Books used to die by being ignored, but now they can be killed — and perhaps unjustly killed," said Trevor Pinch, a Cornell sociologist who has studied Amazon reviews. "In theory, a very good book could be killed by a group of people for malicious reasons." Full New York Times Article

Vogel's book calls for new approach to assessing bioweapons threats

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The horrifying terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and the anthrax strikes that soon followed gave the United States new reason to fear unconventional enemies and atypical weapons. These fears have prompted extensive research, study and planning within the U.S. military, intelligence and policy communities regarding potential attacks involving biological weapons.

A new book, "Phantom Menace or Looming Danger? A New Framework for Assessing Bioweapons Threats" (The Johns Hopkins University Press), by Kathleen Vogel, associate professor in Cornell's Department of Science and Technology Studies, argues for a major shift in how analysts assess these and other bioweapons threats -- one that highlights how the U.S. analyses have failed in the past. Full Story

S&TS graduate student receives Fulbright-Hays Fellowship

 Congratulations to Tyson Vaughan, a graduate student in S&TS, who has received a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship! This achievement was mentioned in the Cornell Chronicle Full Story

Leuenberger to Study Israel/Palestine 'Map Wars'

Christine Leuenberger, senior lecturer in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, has been awarded more than $150,000 from the National Science Foundation's Division of Social and Economic Sciences. The award will fund a project to investigate the political use of maps in a conflict zone and how maps become part of territorial claims-making. Full story


Trevor Pinch Expounds on the Sounds of Commerce

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When we think of buying and selling, we usually think in terms of what we can see: money, material goods, electronic trading screens. "Sound is very much an afterthought," Trevor Pinch said Feb. 15 in the Society for the Humanities Annual Invitational Lecture.

But for Pinch, professor of science and technology studies and of sociology and author of the new book "The Oxford Handbook of Sound Studies" (Oxford Unviersity Press, 2012), sound is anything but an afterthought. Full Story

Christine Leuenberger to develop interactive course in Israel

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 Christine Leuenberger, senior lecturer in the Department of Science and Technology Studies, will return to Tel Aviv University's geography department this December for 42 days as a Fulbright specialist. Full Story

Hilgartner Tapped as Study Section Member with Center for Scientific Review

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Stephen Hilgartner, chair and associate professor of science and technology studies, has been chosen to serve as a member of the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Human Genetics Study Section with the Center for Scientific Review. Membership on a study section represents an opportunity for participants to contribute to national biomedical research. Full Story

Ithaca's Trevor Pinch emerges as analog half of Electric Golem

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Showcased proudly in the center of his basement studio, Trevor Pinch's homemade synthesizer,"Stray Capacitance," is an artifact of the early days of electronic music as well as a testament to Pinch's manifold life and career. Full Story

Events


Recent Workshop:

Imagining the Worst

April 19-21, 2013
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