Science Studies Network
SSNet brings together faculty and graduate students at the University of Washington who share an interest in Science, Technology and Society Studies (STSS):
- history and philosophy of science;
- social and cultural studies of science and technology;
- ethics, equity and policy issues in the STEM fields.
We sponsor speakers, colloquia, workshops and conferences, and we maintain a calendar of STSS-related events on the University of Washington campuses and in the region. See About SSNet and the Archive / Podcast / Blog links for the details of for the details of past SSNet programs.
Notices for upcoming events are circulated through the SSNet email list and are available on the SSNet Calendar. To join SSNet and receive email notices please fill in the subscription form at the following link: SSNet Mailing List
The 20th century and ﬁrst years of the 21st have been characterized by staggering increases in biological knowledge, and by increasing worldwide use of that knowledge to manipulate and build living systems. The global impacts of these developments on our lives and environments are the focus of Biological Futures in a Globalized World (BFGW), a cluster of projects hosted by the Simpson Center for the Humanities in partnership with the Center for Biological Futures (CBF) at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center for two years, 2011-2013. BFGW initiatives for our second year (2012-2013) include:
- Research Ethics Curriculum Project: See pilot courses in prospect for this year and an overview of last year’s inventory project
- Colloquium Series: As part of the Biological Futures colloquium series, all lectures in our weekly Fall Quarter pilot course Research Ethics Exposed! are open to the community
- Summer Research Consortium (read about our 2012 Fellows);
For more details about BFGW, check http://depts.washington.edu/uwch/biofutures1011.html or http://tiny.cc/biological-futures
STSS Speakers and Discussion Groups - UW 2011-2012
A great many STSS visitors come to the UW campus each year, and a number of discussion groups meet regularly, sponsored by SSNet members’ home departments and by working groups in related areas. If you have information about any event that might be of interest to SSNet members, be sure to send us the information so we can post the date and details on our calendar, or send a notice directly to the SSNet email list:
Philosophy of Science Discussion Group
The UW Philosophy of Science Group continues its successful bi-weekly meetings this year. Its aim is to support faculty and graduate student research through a mix of readings-based meetings and discussions of work in progress by faculty and graduate students. All interested faculty and graduate students are welcome to join us! Discussion group meetings are scheduled for Wednesdays at 3:30 in Savery 359, three or four times each quarter. Topics and readings are available on the PhilSci Reading Group GoPost:
To receive regular email notices of Philosophy of Science meetings, please contact:
- Andrea Woody (email@example.com) - Fall quarter
- Alison Wylie (firstname.lastname@example.org) - Winter quarter
- John Manchak (email@example.com) - Spring quarter
or check the SSNet calendar for upcoming meetings.
Tuesday Colloquium in History of Science and STS
Please join us every Tuesday from 12:30 - 1:30 pm in Smith 306 for the Tuesday Colloquium in History of Science and STS. The colloquium is an opportunity for scholars in the field to share their work or works-in-progress with their peers in an informal setting. The topics vary significantly, but all fall within the broader purview of science studies. If you're interested in sharing your work, either this quarter or sometime during the year, please contact Antony Adler (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Al Miller (email@example.com).
FOSEP: Forum on Science, Ethics, and Policy
FOSEP is a multidisciplinary organization of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows hosted by the Graduate School that provides a unique opportunity for dialogue about the impact of science in our world. FOSEP continues to be an exciting and rewarding way of developing leadership skills for us, its graduate student and postdoctoral members. FOSEP also organizes events about the intersection of science and society for other members of the UW and greater Seattle community.
- For news and current events: http://seattle.fosep.org/
Annual Meeting of the Columbia History of Science Group
The Columbia History of Science Group meets every spring at the Friday Harbor Laboratories in the San Juan Islands of Washington. This year is their 30th anniversary: March 9-12, 2012. Registration deadline is February 12 - form can be downloaded from link below. CHSG is a regional history of science organization that offers a warm, collegial environment to present papers, meet other science studies scholars, and enjoy the comforts and atmosphere of the University of Washington’s marine biological laboratories.
- For more details: https://sites.google.com/site/columbiahistoryofsciencegroup/
Courses and Curriculum in Science, Technology and Society Studies
A founding goal of SSNet is to coordinate and build upon the rich array of courses and programs in science, technology and society studies (STSS) currently offered on all three UW campuses. See the Curriculum Project link for background of these initiatives. Our priority this year is to finalize plans for a graduate Certificate in STSS, and to work with the Biological Futures project developing an inventory of resources available for training in research ethics/research integrity. We also maintain a listing of STSS-relevant courses currently offered at UW. If you're teaching graduate or undergraduate courses in this area and would like to get the word out, please send us a brief description of your current and upcoming courses: click here to add your course to our list.
- For a current listing of STSS-relevant courses: On-line Directory of STSS Courses.
- For program details follow these links:
History and Philosophy of Science - Major (UW Seattle) http://depts.washington.edu/hps/
Science, Technology and Society - Major (UW Bothell)
Comparative History of Ideas - Major (UW Seattle)
Northwest STSS Consortium and Summer Institute
There is tremendous strength in STSS in the Pacific Northwest; as a UW-based network, SSNet is committed to building on these collective strengths and finding ways to productively link our existing discipline and institution-specific initiatives. We maintain a NW Regional STSS Calendar – so information about all STSS events at universities and colleges in the region is accessible in one place.
- If you’re sponsoring an event – speaker series, conference, workshop – send us the details and we’ll post them on our calendar: submit your event.
- For current and upcoming events: NW Regional STSS Calendar
- Alison Wylie (Philosophy and Anthropology): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Simon Werrett (History): email@example.com
- Leah Ceccarelli
SSNet Steering Committee:(Click on the Committee Member's name to read a short bio)
- Sareeta Amrute (Anthropology, UW-Seattle): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Kelly Edwards (Bioethics and Humanities, UW-Seattle): email@example.com
- Sarah Elwood (Geography, UW-Seattle): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stephanie [Malia] Fullerton (Bioethics and Humanities, UW-Seattle): email@example.com
- Angela Ginorio (Women Studies, UW-Seattle): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mott Greene (Earth and Space Sciences, UW-Seattle; University of Puget Sound): email@example.com // firstname.lastname@example.org
- Celia Lowe (Anthropology, UW-Seattle): email@example.com
- Lynn Hankinson Nelson (Philosophy, UW-Seattle): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gwen Ottinger (Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, UW-Bothell): email@example.com
- Margaret Pugh O'Mara (History, UW-Seattle): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Woody Sullivan (Astronomy, UW-Seattle): email@example.com
- Phillip Thurtle (CHID and History, UW-Seattle): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Matthew Weinstein (Education, UW-Tacoma): email@example.com
- Andrea Woody (Philosophy, UW-Seattle): firstname.lastname@example.org
Check back in September for Fall events!