Tag Archives: Science Studies

Draper Student to Become Fulbright Scholar

Draperite Charles Kollmer has been granted a Fulbright award. He’ll be traveling to Germany to continue studies he began here at Draper. In Charles’ words:

My project centers on the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana, a small weed used by researchers to understand plant biology. It gained massive popularity in the 90s as a tool for exploring molecular genetics and is currently the most studied plant in the world. I’ll be working at the Technical University of Braunschweig with professors Bettina Wahrig and Nicole Karafyllis, attempting to reconstruct the experimental practices involved in the early phases of Arabidopsis research, which started in 1943 in Germany. I’d like to see how this humble plant, at once a living thing and a technical instrument, became embroiled in the international communications networks of scientists. I hope that this case study will help me reflect on broader, philosophical questions that I have about the evolving relationship between authorship and technology.
Charles will graduate this May with a thesis entitled “From Protocol Sentences To Open Biomedical Ontologies:A Secret History of Knowledge Representation,” advised by Theresa MacPhail. Both his thesis and his Fulbright project explore the overlap of concerns between biotechnology and philosophy of language.
Congratulations, Charles, and all the best for your future studies!

Scientists Can Dance, Too.

For four years, the journal and media outlet Science has sponsored a “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest, “a competition that recognizes the best dance interpretations of scientific doctoral work.” This year’s winner was Joel Miller, a biomedical engineer at the University of Western Australia in Perth, for his submission “Microstructure-Property relationships in Ti2448 components produced by Selective Laser Melting: A Love Story.” According to the article announcing the winners,

“Miller’s entry, which also notched the top score in the physics category, was based on his Ph.D. research using lasers to create titanium alloys strong and flexible enough for long-lasting hip replacements. Science also crowned winners in three other categories—chemistry, biology, and social sciences—for dances based on x-ray crystallography, fruit fly sex, and pigeon courtship.”

The videos for all the winning submissions can be seen here.

Unpacking Emotions: The Humanities and Sciences / Conference: NYU/CNRS (Sept. 23-24)

Unpacking Emotions: The Humanities and Sciences

SEPTEMBER 23 – 24, 2011

8:30 a.m – 5 p.m., Friday September 23
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday September 24

At the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, 972 5th Ave, New York N.Y., 10075

To register, email : unpackingemotions@gmail.com

Fee waived for students but PLEASE REGISTER AS SPACE IS LIMITED

Co- organized by the “TRANSITIONS” Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences and the Emotional Brain Institute, this conference inaugurates an interdisciplinary research program aimed at considering the nature of reason and emotions.

It will focus on the simple but fundamental question: “WHAT ARE EMOTIONS”, from the perspectives of the HUMANITIES, SCIENCES and the ARTS.

Emilienne Baneth ebn216@nyu.edu
Joseph Ledoux joseph.ledoux@nyu.edu

CFP: Science and Method in the Humanities (Due 11/11)

Science and Method in the Humanities
March 2, 2012

Abstracts Due: November 11, 2011

Full name / name of organization: Natura, Science and Epistemology Working Group, Rutgers University

contact email: lizzie.oldfather@gmail.com

Rutgers University announces “Science and Method in the Humanities,” an interdisciplinary graduate symposium to be held on March 2, 2012, with keynote speakers Peter Dear (Cornell University) and Barbara Herrnstein Smith (Duke University, Brown University).

The aim of the conference is to explore questions of method and methodology in the sciences and in humanities scholarship that engages the sciences. This one-day event will bring together scholars working across that curricular divide for an interdisciplinary discussion of science and method, ranging from the historical development of scientific methods and their various historical re-articulations to broader concerns of methodology across the humanities.

How does interdisciplinary scholarship reframe questions of methodology, broadly construed? How is method variously understood and how are its formulations shaped by historical, theoretical, and disciplinary concerns? How does method relate to matters of fact and theory? How do humanities disciplines appropriate and modify particular scientific methods?

Related themes/topics may include (but are not limited to):
•Scientific methods and the history of science
•Methodology, discciplinary history, and the professionalization of the humanities
•Method and form, genres of scientific knowledgge, aesthetics of science, or as science
•Inscription aand writing: media, authority, translation, referentiality
•Elements of method: hypothesis, collaboration, witneessing, objectivity
•Historical method: induction, deduuction, experimentation
•Philosophy and the Analytic/Coontinental divide
•Vitalism in the sciences and in crittical theory
•The afterlives of positivism
•The “cognitive revolution” and the humanities
•The curricuulum and the “two cultures” debate
•Science Studiess/STS, Actor Network Theory, and historical study
•Vernnacular Science and Mobile Technologies
•Digital humaniities: computation, quantitative analysis, electronic publishing and peer review

Please send 400-500-word abstracts to Lizzie Oldfather (lizzie.oldfather@gmail.com) by November 1, 2011.

For more information, please visit http://sciencemethodhumanities.wordpress.com/

Upcoming Talk at Bobst: Doing Science in the Open: 9/19

“Doing Science in the Open” by Michael Nielsen, Ph.D.

Monday, September 19, 2011 (please RSVP below)


Bobst Library, 2nd floor, AFC Avery Room

On Monday, Sept 19, the Coles Science Center and the NYU Libraries Information Futures Group present “Doing Science in the Open” by Michael Nielsen, PhD. In this talk, Dr. Nielsen will describe some leading-edge projects to show how online tools can radically change and improve science (using projects in Mathematics and Citizen Science as examples). He will talk about why these tools haven’t spread to all corners of science, and how we can change that.

Michael Nielsen is an internationally known scientist who helped pioneer the field of quantum computation. His book about open science, Reinventing Discovery, will be published by Princeton University Press in October 2011.

Refreshments will be served.

**RSVP required: http://tinyurl.com/scienceRSVP

For more information, please contact Margaret Smith <margaret.smith@nyu.edu>