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STS Graduate Students Organize and Participate in STGlobal 2016

May 24, 2016

STGlobal Keynote Kinchey

Drexel University graduate students in the STS program, Mel Jeske, ‘15 and Derek Parrott ‘16, co-chaired the 2016 Board of Directors for STGlobal. This international graduate student conference is dedicated to inquiry into science and technology policy and science and technology studies. The conference also helps to promote the academic and professional advancement of graduate students in the field. The conference, held at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C., had over 200 attendees. Keynote speakers were Abby Kinchey, PhD, associate professor in science and technology studies at RPI, and Shobita Parthasarathy, PhD, associate professor of women's studies at the University of Michigan.

The annual STGlobal conference is organized and run by and for graduate – and an increasing number of undergraduate – students interested in science and technology studies, science policy and other related fields. The organizing committee consists of volunteer representatives from each partner school, led by a board of directors and guided by a faculty advisory committee. In addition to working out the schedules, designing the program, tabling the check-in and networking, Drexel students participated as presenters. The following graduate students presented original research:

Derek Parrott, ’16, Drexel University – Promethean Promises: Fusion Energy, ITER, and the United States' Enduring Commitment to Uncertain Research*
*Derek’s paper received a Best Paper Prize at the conference in 2016.

Kendall Darfler, ’17, Drexel University – Gamer Identity and Gender in Video Game Communities

Dalton George, ‘17, Drexel University – Shaping Disruptive Genomics Technologies: Asilomar to International Summit

Hined Rafeh, ‘16 and Liz Owens, ’16, Drexel University – Responsible Innovation and Stakeholder Evaluation of Smart Textiles

A Drexel undergraduate student, Abigail Mudd, BA chemistry ’16, presented the poster, A Little Medicine, A little Neeb: Interactions between Traditional and Biomedical Paradigms.

Through the Center for Science, Technology and Society, Drexel University is a Consortium Member of STGlobal. If you are interested in being a part of STGlobal, contact the organizing committee at