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Science, Technology & Society News

  • 2021

    • Julian Stirling and Valerian Sanga assemble OpenFlexure Microscopes for display at GOSH Global 2018

      Open Science Hardware Accelerates Innovation, Democratizes Science

      July 29, 2021

      Open Science Hardware (OSH) could be a game changer for the democratization of science, as long as there is infrastructure to prevent recreating existing inequities. Julieta Arancio, a postdoctoral researcher under the mentorship of Gwen Ottinger, is studying the OpenFlexure project to develop policy recommendations for university management, researchers and anyone trying to promote OSH.

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      Students Explore the Ethics of Science and Technology in STS Minor

      July 21, 2021

      Appealing to a wide range of students—from those who are pre-med, studying engineering or computing and informatics, to students who are interested in the societal and ethical impact of science and technology—the Science, Technology and Society (STS) minor allows students to explore the cultural, ethical, historical, political and institutional dimensions of science, medicine and technology.

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      #ForeverDragons: Save the Date for the CoAS Commencement 2021

      May 04, 2021

      On Tuesday, June 8, 2021, the College of Arts and Sciences will celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2021 with a virtual commencement. The ceremony will be live-streamed from Mandell Theater, where a small party of dignitaries and speakers will gather.

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      The Future of Artificial Intelligence Requires the Guidance of Sociology

      April 13, 2021

      In the race to out-compete other companies– artificial intelligence (AI) design is lacking a deep understanding of what data about humans mean and its relation to equity. Two Drexel University sociologists suggest we pay greater attention to the societal impact of AI, as it is appearing more frequently than ever before.

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  • 2020

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      September 29, 2020

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      August 26, 2020

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      July 27, 2020

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      CoAS Creates New Role: Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

      July 22, 2020

      The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that it will appoint an internal candidate to the new role of Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, with an expected start date of September 1, 2020. This new position will report directly to the Dean and become a member of the Dean’s Leadership Team, a group comprising Department Heads, Associate Deans and Directors.

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    • Daniel Drexler (Drex) ’20 and Sumita Gangwani, recipients of the 2020 Excellence in Science, Technology and Society (STS) Prize

      Daniel Drexler and Sumita Gangwani Win 2020 Excellence in Science, Technology and Society Prize

      June 10, 2020

      Two master’s students in science, technology and society, Daniel Drexler (Drex) ’20 and Sumita Gangwani, are the recipients of the 2020 Excellence in Science, Technology and Society (STS) Prize. This is the fifth year that the Center for STS has offered this annual prize.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      June 10, 2020

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      May 06, 2020

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      April 03, 2020

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      Living with Autoimmune Illnesses

      March 31, 2020

      Kelly Joyce, PhD, a professor in the Department of Sociology and the Center for Science, Technology and Society (STS), and Mel Jeske, an alum of Drexel’s MS in STS program, published a series of articles that explore how people living in the United States make sense of and manage autoimmune illnesses.

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      ‘But You Don’t Look Sick?’ How Broad Categories like Autoimmune Impact Patient Experience  

      March 23, 2020

      When your disease is hard to name and doesn’t have visible symptoms, it can be hard for others to understand that you are sick. And, when people don’t know much about your disease, it can be hard to explain it to family and friends.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      February 03, 2020

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • STS master’s student Ann Campbell’s theory model, “Multispecies Assemblages of the Capitalocene.”

      Course Methodology: STS Theory Studio

      January 08, 2020

      I did not expect that students would use their potluck dish as part of their final project submission. We ate heptapod brownies, inspired by the extraterrestrial species in the movie “Arrival,” and learned about bacteria, mold, and transnational technoscience as we sampled artisan cheeses. These potluck offerings were science, technology and society theory models, in edible form — nourishment for finals week at Drexel University.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      January 08, 2020

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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  • 2019

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      October 21, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      Winter Courses

      October 18, 2019

      Explore creativity in research, the history of the Earth, globalization and more in these new and noteworthy winter courses!

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      August 13, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      April 01, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      March 05, 2019

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of the members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Installation Shot, The Pearlstein Gallery, by Joelle Dietrick

      The Speed of Thinking Exhibition and Panel

      February 18, 2019

      The Center for Mobilities Research & Policy co-organized a panel discussion on February 13th, 2019 in association with the Pearlstein Gallery’s exhibition The Speed of Thinking.

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    • Drexel College of Arts and Sciences Graduation

      Why Consider Graduate School?

      February 05, 2019

      When it comes to life after graduation, there are many exciting decisions to consider, from choosing where to put down roots, to applying for jobs and determining if graduate or professional school is right for you.

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    • Sumita Gangwani, Environmental Studies, Drexel University

      Rising Leaders: Sumita Gangwani

      January 25, 2019

      Sumita Gangwani has taken her passion for sustainability into diverse roles — studying green energy in Iceland, researching the politics of energy development in Philadelphia, and influencing sustainable retail policies on co-op in Washington, D.C. As an on-campus leader, she has advocated for Drexel to remain committed to its environmental initiatives and has helped empower new Dragons as a student ambassador and mentor.

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  • 2018

    • Sumita Gangwani, Environmental Studies, Drexel University

      Environmental Studies Major Promotes Sustainability in Retail

      December 21, 2018

      If IKEA sounds like an unlikely co-op employer for an Environmental Studies and Sustainability major, it’s not news to Sumita Gangwani. The sophomore received questioning looks when she told friends that she would complete her first co-op in corporate communications at the Swedish retail giant’s North American headquarters.

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      Breathtaking: Q&A on Asthma Care and Climate Change with Ali Kenner, PhD

      November 27, 2018

      Alison Kenner, PhD, assistant professor of politics and of science, technology and society, has studied how people live with and care for asthma for more than a decade. Her new book, “Breathtaking: Asthma Care in a Time of Climate Change,” published by the University of Minnesota Press, examines this chronic disorder in light of global environmental changes.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      November 26, 2018

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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    • Title page of a 1626 edition of the Thesaurus exorcismorum. Saint Louis University Libraries Special Collections.

      Did You Know Exorcisms Aren’t Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus?

      October 31, 2018

      Whether you are getting ready for a gory Halloween movie marathon, taking it to the streets to trick-or-treat – or priming your costume for a spooky soiree, remember, as we indulge in the spirit of make-believe and pretend, some scary traditions are based in reality — yikes!

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      Sociology Professors Awarded NSF Grant

      October 30, 2018

      Diane M. Sicotte and Kelly A. Joyce were awarded $345,270 from NSF through the Science, Technology and Society program for a three-year project, titled “Societal Aspects of Energy Infrastructure Expansion.”

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      Winter Courses

      October 15, 2018

      Explore how natural disasters shape our world, changing perceptions of mental illness, and the effects of social movements on theories of democracy in these new and noteworthy winter courses.

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      CoAS Accomplishments in Brief

      September 24, 2018

      We are pleased to recognize the recent grants, publications, presentations, awards and honors of members of the College of Arts and Sciences.

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      STS Faculty Win Awards

      May 03, 2018

      Three faculty—Vincent Duclos, Christian Hunold, and Ali Kenner—won Drexel Summer Faculty Research Awards. One faculty—Gwen Ottinger—won a Drexel Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity Award. These awards demonstrate STS faculty’s commitment to research, training students, and explaining research findings to diverse publics.

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    • Janine Bower

      Janine Bower Wins 2018 Excellence in Science, Technology and Society Prize

      May 03, 2018

      Janine Bower, MS in science, technology and society '18, is the recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Science, Technology and Society Prize. This is the third 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.

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    • Drexel Humanities and Social Sciences Lab

      Humanities and Social Sciences Lab Open House Fosters Interdisciplinary Collaboration

      April 03, 2018

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    • Drexel Global Studies Faculty Vincent Duclos

      Meet Global Studies and STS Prof Vincent Duclos

      April 02, 2018

      Vincent Duclos, PhD, assistant professor of global studies and of science, technology and society, pushes his students to experiment with the digital spaces they inhabit.

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    • Drexel Student Laurel Vaughan

      Student Spotlight: Data Science Major Brings Users into Design in STS Research Co-op

      March 16, 2018

      Stephanie Oppenheim, a sociology major and minor in science, technology and society, sat down with data science major Laurel Vaughan to talk about Vaughan’s STS research co-op. The co-op was funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) Award #1U01EB023035-01 with Kelly Joyce, PhD, professor of sociology and Director of the Center for Science, Technology and Society.

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    • Drexel Student Stephanie Oppenheim

      Student Spotlight: Sociology Major Discusses Her Minor in STS

      March 16, 2018

      Data science major Laurel Vaughan interviewed Stephanie Oppenheim, a sociology major with minors in political science and science, technology and society, about her decision to minor in STS.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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

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    • 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.

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  • 2017

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      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.

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      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.

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    • 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.”

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      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.

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      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?

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    • 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.

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      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.

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    • 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.

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      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.

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      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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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".

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    • 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.

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      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).
       

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  • 2016