For a better experience, click the Compatibility Mode icon above to turn off Compatibility Mode, which is only for viewing older websites.

Science, Technology & Society News

  • 2018

    • Philadelphia skyline on a hot summer evening

      Boiling Down Warming Temperatures

      January 22, 2018

      Weather changes, such as the unseasonably high temperatures in Philadelphia this fall, can have serious impacts on health, says Drexel’s Ali Kenner, PhD, assistant professor of political science and of science, technology and society — especially for senior citizens, who are at higher risk for climate-related health complications.

      Read More

    • Drexel Associate Professor Gwen Ottinger, PhD

      A Breath of Fresh Air

      January 17, 2018

      If you live in a town or city like Philadelphia where industrial facilities are emitting chemicals into the air, there is plenty of reason to wonder: How is this affecting me? Few communities have access to ambient air-monitoring data, and those that do rarely use it because it is complicated and lacks context.

      Read More

    • Market Street - Photograph by Brent Luvaas, PhD

      Frame of Mind

      January 15, 2018

      Street photographer and Drexel anthropologist Brent Luvaas, PhD, has a way of blending in as he walks city streets. If he’s lucky, a certain slant of light will catch his eye and he will set the exposure for maximum depth of field, waiting patiently for the right subject to walk in front of the lens. Most often, however, the typical elements of a photographer’s labor — setup, composition and lighting — happen almost instantaneously

      Read More

    • Ethics of Algorithms

      NSF-Backed Study Investigates the Ethics of Algorithms

      January 08, 2018

      Computer algorithms — the sequences of instructions or rules computers follow to solve problems — influence many aspects of our lives, from the products we buy to the people we date and even the jobs we are offered. But who makes algorithms and code, and how do their values translate into the work they do? That's what Kelly Joyce, PhD, wanted to find out in 2013, when she and a fellow researcher were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for their study, The Ethics of Algorithms.

      Read More

  • 2017

    • Tiago accepting Pfizer award

      History Professor Tiago Saraiva Wins Pfizer Prize

      November 28, 2017

      Tiago Saraiva, PhD, was awarded the Pfizer Prize for best scholarly book, "Fascist Pigs: Technoscientific Organisms and the History of Fascism" (MIT Press, October 2016) at the 2017 History of Science Society (HSS) annual meeting.

      Read More

    • National Science Foundation Logo

      Investigating the Ethics of Autism Research

      November 08, 2017

      Autism spectrum disorder is a complex issue historically, culturally and scientifically. The broad definition of autism — which encompasses a range of symptoms related to communication, social responsiveness and behavior — raises unique challenges for scientists, many of whom may not have the tools to anticipate the ethical implications of their research.

      Read More

    • Laurel Smith-Doerr, Kelly Joyce, Susan Sterett, Elisa Martinez

      Whose Analysis? Whose Expertise?: Partnering for Better Data Analytics for Small Cities

      November 03, 2017

      On October 20, 2017, Kelly Joyce, PhD, Drexel University, and Susan Sterett, PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, gave a talk at University of Massachusetts, Amherst titled “Whose Analysis? Whose Expertise?: Partnering for Better Data Analytics for Small Cities.”

      Read More

    • Drexel Dragon Logo Blue

      Fall Courses

      September 25, 2017

      Students still looking for classes to fill their fall schedules can explore workplace identity, comparative social movements, citizen science and more in these fall courses.

      Read More

    • Oil Refinery Philadelphia

      Drexel Researcher Makes Air Pollution Data User-Friendly

      August 17, 2017

      If you live in a town or city where industrial facilities are emitting chemicals into the air, there is plenty of reason to wonder: How is this affecting me?

      Read More

    • Kelsey Boone

      Drexel Undergraduate Thrives in Unique STS Co-op

      June 27, 2017

      For her final co-op, Biology major/Politics minor Kelsey Boone found a unique position in the Center for Science, Technology, and Society that enables her to both use her interdisciplinary training and build new, marketable skill sets. Kelsey splits her time between Professor Gwen Ottinger’s research group (the Fair Tech Collective) in the Center for STS and the Chemical Heritage Foundation, an Old City-based non-profit dedicated to the history of chemistry.

      Read More

    • Ottinger

      Bridging Research and Policy in Taipei

      June 27, 2017

      From May 14 to May 27, 2017, Gwen Ottinger was a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Risk Society and Policy Research Center (RSPRC) at National Taiwan University in Taipei. Her visit included academic talks at National Kaohsiung Marine University, National Chengchi University and National Yang-Ming University, as well as a presentation at RSPRC's "I Breathe, I Decide" forum on air pollution.

      Read More

    • Dalton George

      Dalton George Wins 2017 Excellence in Science, Technology and Society Prize

      June 27, 2017

      Dalton George, MS in science, technology and society '17, is the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Science, Technology and Society Prize. This is the second year that the Center for STS has offered this annual prize. Nominated and voted on by STS-affiliated faculty, the prize is presented to a STS graduate student who has demonstrated exemplary performance in research, academics and service to the STS program.

      Read More

    • Drexel Main Building Interior

      Fall Courses

      June 27, 2017

      Learn to think like a publicist, understand what it means to be a citizen scientist, and examine the idea of peace in these fall courses.

      Read More

    • ESS small

      Drexel Faculty and Students Present at the Annual ESS Meeting

      April 27, 2017

      The Eastern Sociological Society’s (ESS) Annual Meeting was held in Philadelphia, PA from February 23rd - 26th, 2017. ESS was founded in 1930 to support sociological research and networking in the northeast United States, and has about 1,200 members. There were approximately 1,450 registrants at this year’s annual meeting and approximately 200 undergraduates presented posters. Drexel was well represented at the annual meeting with both faculty and students presenting.

      Read More

    • Joint Atlantic Seminar in History of Biology 2017 Hosted by Drexel University

      Drexel hosts the Joint Atlantic Seminar in the History of Biology

      April 11, 2017

      Drexel’s Department of History and Center for Science, Technology and Society (STS) hosted the Joint Atlantic Seminar in the History of Biology on March 24-25, 2017. The event was organized by Lloyd Ackert, Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of History and affiliate faculty member with STS. Participants represented U.S. universities including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT, Brown, Penn, Franklin & Marshall, Temple, Cornell and Johns Hopkins; and international institutions such as the University of Paris and University of Vienna.

      Read More

    • Allison Brown (Penn State), Luke Stark (Dartmouth), Sarah Tracy (UCLA), Alexios Tsigkas (New School) field questions at the Stop Making Sense Symposium.

      Stop Making Sense: Sensory Science Meets STS

      April 06, 2017

      Drexel's STS Center, in conjunction with the Chemical Heritage Foundation and Drexel's Center for Hospitality and Sports Management, co-hosted a one-day symposium on March 10, 2017, "Stop Making Sense".

      Read More

    • STS Graduate Students Dalton George ’17, Jason Ludwig ’17, Kristy Birchard ’17, and Janine Bower ’18 at STGlobal.

      Drexel University's STS Students Present at the 2017 STGlobal Conference

      April 06, 2017

      Drexel University is a member of STGlobal Consortium. The STGlobal Consortium is a group of universities with students interested in science and technology studies (STS), science and technology policy (STP), and other related topics. It hosts an international graduate student conference is dedicated to inquiry into science and technology policy and science and technology studies.

      Read More

    • bill drust

      25 Faces 25 Years: Bill Drust

      March 01, 2017

      After seven years in a communications role at digital entertainment company Rovi, Bill Drust was looking for a change. While most career jumps look more like hops, Drust took a vaulting leap — and landed in Drexel’s Master’s Program in Science, Technology and Society (STS).

      Read More

  • 2016

    • The central corridor at the COP22 conference in Morocco.

      Climate Change Conference COP22 Energizes Drexel Faculty, Students

      December 15, 2016

      A group of 10 students and professors went to Morocco in November for the annual gathering of government delegates and climate researchers. They came back refocused and reinvigorated.

      Read More

    • Robert J. Brulle, PhD

      Drexel's Robert J. Brulle Receives Highest Honor in American Environmental Sociology

      July 07, 2016

      Robert Brulle, PhD, a professor of sociology and environmental science in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, is the 2016 recipient of the Frederick Buttel Distinguished Contribution Award. Brulle received the highest honor from theAmerican Sociological Association’s Section on Environment and Technology in recognition of his service, innovation and publications in environmental sociology.

      Read More

    • student working at chalkboard

      Fall Courses

      June 18, 2016

      Students will explore the origins of language, learn about Drexel's 125-year history, and discover the ins and outs of running a student newspaper in these fall courses.

      Read More

    • student at desk

      Student Job Opportunities

      June 17, 2016

      Need extra cash to fund your summer travels? Apply to work with the Department of Communication or the offices of STS, Public Policy and Sociology.

      Read More

    • James Bergey

      Jim Bergey Wins 2016 Excellence in Science, Technology and Society Prize

      June 06, 2016

      Jim Bergey, MS in science, technology and society '16, is the inaugural recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Science, Technology and Society Prize, which is presented to a STS graduate student who has demonstrated exemplary performance in research, academics and service to the STS program.

      Read More

    • Drexel Graduate Student Day logo 2016

      STS Students Justin Carone and Derek Parrott Recognized at Graduate Students Day

      June 03, 2016

      Derek Parrott and Justin Carone, both MS science, technology & society '16, were honored at Drexel's 2016 Graduate Student Day. Derek Parrott won a 2016 Research Excellence Award in the Social Sciences and Justin Carone won a 2016 Outstanding Promise Award for the Social Sciences.

      Read More

    • Alison Kenner, PhD

      Ali Kenner Receives Career Development Award and the CoAS Teaching Excellence Award

      May 31, 2016

      Ali Kenner, PhD, assistant professor of politics and science, technology and society, has received two Drexel University faculty awards: a 2016-2017 Career Development Award and the 2016 CoAS Teaching Excellence Award. 

      Read More

    • Drexel's Kelly Joyce, Hined Rafeh and Liz Owens pose with tech

      STS Student Research Spotlight: Wearable Technologies - Innovation and STS

      May 26, 2016

      Designed by a multidisciplinary team at Drexel University, the smart fabric technologies could replace hospital instruments used during labor and in the NICU to monitor infants. Professor Joyce, and graduate students Hined Rafeh and Liz Owens designed and led focus groups with those who have had recent birthing room experiences.

      Read More

    • ST Global Group Photo DC

      STS Graduate Students Organize and Participate in STGlobal 2016

      May 24, 2016

      STS Graduate students organized and participated in STGlobal 2016 in Washington, DC.

      Read More

    • Drexel Graduate Student Meghan O'Donnell

      Meghan O'Donnell Receives SWEP Scholarship

      May 23, 2016

      Meghan O’Donnell, MS environmental policy ’18, received a $2,500 Graduate Student Scholarship from the Society of Women Environmental Professionals of Greater Philadelphia, a nonprofit professional association of women involved or interested in environmental law, science, business and policy.

      Read More

    • Chloe Silverman, PhD

      Q&A with Professor Chloe Silverman

      May 11, 2016

      Drexel University's Chloe Silverman, PhD, will serve as co-principal investigator on a recently funded grant for autism research. Silverman will work as part of a research team which includes Drexel Professors Paul Shattuck, PhD, and Collette Sosnowy, PhD, and Connie Anderson, PhD, from Towson University. This research is funded through the Organization for Autism Research.

      Read More

    • Oil Refinery

      Professor Gwen Ottinger on Air Monitoring Data

      April 21, 2016

      What's in the air in the neighborhoods closest to oil refineries? In general, according to Department of Politics Professor Gwen Ottinger, we don't know, and even when we do know, remarkably little meaningful change happens with that data.

      Read More

    • Q&A with Professor Gwen Ottinger

      April 13, 2016

      Gwen Ottinger, PhD, has an impressive research agenda based on questioning the environmental justice implications of current modes of science and technology. For her current project, she has been traveling to the San Francisco Bay Area to do social science research in communities next to oil refineries, where residents are concerned about toxic chemicals in their air. We caught up with her to ask her about her research, her workshop and the virtues of inquiry that engages with communities’ real-world problems.

      Read More

    • Student Job Opportunities

      March 24, 2016

      Looking for a job this spring? Apply to work with the Department of Global Studies and Modern Languages, the offices of STS, Public Policy and Sociology, or the College of Computing and Informatics!

      Read More

    • New STS Spring Courses

      January 20, 2016

      Are you curious about STS? STS Lab courses are our signature courses. According to each course's theme, students in STS lab courses work in teams, gaining the collaborative skills, you will need as you enter your field. This spring, STS offers two new courses.

      Read More

    • Student Job Opportunity

      January 06, 2016

      The Center for Science, Technology and Society and the Center for Public Policy are looking for a department assistant with work-study hours. The position involves physical and electronic filing, information collection and organization, light editing, help with setup and breakdown of lectures and panel discussions, deliveries (not heavy) and other duties as assigned by the assistant director.

      Read More

  • 2015

  • 2014

    • Interview with Kelly Joyce, PhD, director of the Center for Science, Technology and Society

      December 01, 2014

      Joyce talks about her first three years as Director of the Center, highlighting the collaborations it has fostered, as well as what is on the horizon. Joyce also recounts what she has gleaned from her STS students, Drexel faculty and Drexel’s community.

      Read More

    • Gwen Ottinger, PhD, Receives CAREER Award from NSF for Project on Air Monitoring and Environmental Justice

      September 30, 2014

      Gwen Ottinger, assistant professor in the Center for STS, has been awarded a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for her project, "Environmental Justice and the Ethics of Science and Technology."  The study focuses on the efforts of community groups, non-profits, regulators, and oil companies to expand ambient air monitoring at refinery fencelines, asking: does the choice of monitoring technologies and/or the structure of collaboration among these groups affect the ethical claims that are made?

      Read More

    • Gwen Ottinger, PhD, to Co-host NSF-funded Workshop on Civic Science

      September 29, 2014

      On October 2 and 3, academics, foundation and non-profit leaders, and high-level policy makers will convene in Washington, D.C. to advance "civic science". Civic science addresses the most important, intractable challenges of our age-including health care, education, and the environment-through transdisciplinary, participatory research that advances knowledge and democracy simultaneously.

      Read More

    • Meet STS Professor Chloe Silverman

      September 25, 2014

      Chloe Silverman, PhD, joined the College last fall as an associate professor in the Center for Science, Technology and Society. In this Q&A, the social scientist reveals why she's recently been sporting a beekeeper suit and what she hopes to add to the CoAS community.

      Read More

    • New Winter Courses

      September 25, 2014

      Study the history of witchcraft, understand the politics of disability, or learn about sleep and its disorders in these new courses.

      Read More

    • BS/MS Student Justin Carone Awarded Second Place in ANSI Student Paper Competition

      September 02, 2014

      Justin Carone, BS psychology ’12, MS science, technology and society ’15, was awarded second prize from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for the Annual Student Paper Competition. Carone's paper, “Standards as Social Design Practice: From the Americans with Disabilities Act to the Accessible Icon Project,” was developed for the STS course Science, Technology and Diversity, taught by History Professor Amy Slaton, PhD, in spring of 2014.

      Read More

    • Kelly Joyce, PhD, Receives NSF Grant for Research in Public Policy Project

      July 17, 2014

      Kelly Joyce, PhD, professor and director of the Center for Science, Technology and Society, will serve as the co-principal investigator—along with Roberta Spalter-Roth, PhD, director of the American Sociological Association’s Research Department—on a $70,000 NSF grant to explore a Relational Model for Understanding the Use of Research in the Public Policy Process.

      Read More

    • A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment Announces Inaugural Class of Research Grants

      May 13, 2014

      Reducing carbon emissions, improving efficiency of the power grid and using ultrasound to treat contaminated water are just a few of the research goals being pursued by the first round of projects funded by the A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment. In all six projects received seed funding totaling $270,000 to investigate topics related to environmental protection and sustainability.

      Read More

    • Michael Khoo, PhD, Receives Award for Project "From 'Bug Data' to Big Data"

      March 12, 2014

      College of Computing and Informatics Assistant Professor Michael Khoo, PhD, along with co-investigator Gary Rosenberg, PhD, Pilsbry Chair and Curator of Malacology at the Academy of Natural Sciences, was awarded a $13,000 grant from the Social Science Research fund (SSRF) for the project “From ‘Bug Data’ to Big Data: Communities of Practice, Networks of Practice, and Information Systems at the Academy of Natural Sciences.”

      Read More

    • Christian Hunold, PhD, and Franco Montalto, PhD, Receive Grant to Explore and Understand the Dynamics of American Cities’ Responses to Climate Change

      February 18, 2014

      Dr. Christian Hunold, Associate Professor, Department of History and Politics and Dr. Franco Montalto, Associate Professor, Civil Architectural, and Environmental Engineering were recently awarded a  Social Science Research Fund (SSRF) grant in the amount of $7,600 for the project  “Cities and Climate Change: Comparing Philadelphia, Phoenix, and San Diego.”

      Read More

    • Mary Ebeling, PhD, Receives Award to Examine How Potential Reuses of Solid Waste are Understood

      January 30, 2014

      Mary Ebeling, PhD , professor of Sociology, Department of Culture and Communication, and Mira Olson,  PhD,  professor of Civil Engineering, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering,  was awarded a $13,500 grant from the Social Science Research Fun (SSRF) for the project “Refuse, Reuse, Revalue: Waste and Redefining Value in Postindustrial Cities.”

      Read More

    • Spinoffs of Mobility Call for Papers

      January 21, 2014

      The International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T²M) invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 12th International Conference on the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility, to be held at Drexel University on 18-21 September, 2014.  

      Read More

  • 2013

  • 2012

    • Q&A With History & Politics’ Dr. Kelly Joyce

      October 10, 2012

      The College of Arts and Sciences welcomes Dr. Kelly Joyce to the Department of History and Politics. Joining us from the College of William and Mary where she served as Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Joyce will lead Drexel’s Science, Technology and Society program as program director.

      Read More