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Kelly Joyce

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 ... Read More »

Lee Gutkind

How to Write True Stories about Science and Society: The 'Godfather of Creative Nonfiction' Joins Drexel for Workshop

October 24, 2014
Have you ever written a report or scholarly paper and struggled with how to share your findings outside of your academic field? Or have you had to translate oth... Read More »
National Science Foundation

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, "En... Read More »

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  • Inherently Risky Reactors? The History of Soviet Reactor Design Choices and the Notion of Safety

    Tuesday, January 13, 2015

    3:30 PM-5:00 PM

    Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building (PISB) Room 120 33rd and Chestnut Streets (NE Corner)

    • Everyone

    After the Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986, many asked the question why Soviet nuclear experts chose the RBMK (the “Chernobyl-type reactor”) as a standard design for implementation all over the Soviet Union. Implicit in this question were assumptions about the RBMK’s inherent risks: why would anyone select a technically flawed reactor, and let insufficiently trained technicians operate it? Often, the Soviet system with its tightly integrated economic plans and political program has been blamed, again implying that “this could never happen here” (wherever the “here” might be). The Fukushima accident has complicated such straight-forward assignments of blame: severe accidents in
    American designed reactors, in a high-tech nation that adheres to democratic, free market principles could not be explained away as easily.

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  • College of Arts and Sciences Raft Debate: A Disciplinary Battle to Save Humanity

    Thursday, April 16, 2015

    4:30 PM-6:30 PM

    Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center, 3210 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

    • Alumni
    • Current Students
    • Faculty
    • Prospective Students
    • Public
    • Staff
    • Parents & Families


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