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President’s message #11


Followup and evaluation of the Buenos Aires meeting, with video links to the Tango Show and Opening Plenary. Plans for a meeting review committee. Council initiates quarterly Webex meetings. Council approves STS Making and Doing meeting format.  Council approves 4S Mentoring Award. Re-design of 4S home page


President’s message #10


Approximately 1,000 people will participate in the ESOCITE/4S meeting, significantly more than the organizers had expected! Ours seems to be the largest meeting the hotel has ever hosted. Hotel staff are going overboard to accommodate this complex international meeting.

Council approved the “Resolution to Avoid Overlap in Annual Meetings with Neighboring Academic Organizations”. Please comment on a committee report recommending a 4S Building STS Award.

Daniel Kleinman (4S OA journal editor; U Wisconsin-Madison), Katie Vann (4S OA journal managing editor), and Kelly Moore (chair, 4S publications committee; Loyola U Chicago) met recently to outline actions and initiatives they will complete this fall to enable the journal to begin publication as early as possible in 2015!

The Committee on Resolutions and Reports invites members to submit proposed resolutions, as well as requests to Council to establish ad hoc report committees. See the Guidelines on the website.


President’s message #9


4S Election results!
I am pleased to announce that you have elected Lucy Suchman (Lancaster U) as your 22nd president! You have also elected Daniel Breslau (Virginia Tech), Shobita Parthasarathy (U Michigan), and Tania Pérez-Bustos (Pontificia U Javeriana) to Council!

Please comment on plans for a 4S Making and Doing meeting format and related awards!
The STS Making and Doing Committee has completed a draft call for submissions for a new meeting format and related awards. Council has approved the next step—seeking your comments.

Please comment on a committee report recommending a 4S Mentoring Award
The 4S Mentoring Award Committee has completed the “Proposal for a 4S Mentoring Award: Transferring Knowledge Across Generations and Domains of Practice.” Council has approved the next step—seeking your comments.


President’s message #8


4S election—deadline June 24!

We are fortunate to have strong candidates for President (Yuko Fujigaki, Lucy Suchman) and Council (Daniel Breslau, Sungook Hong, Shobita Parthasarathy, Tania Pérez-Bustos, Jody Roberts)!  You should have received by now a link to vote.  If not, please alert our webmaster, Steve Coffee (

For the first time, Council as a whole served as the nominations committee.  Council members followed a rigorous process for ranking...


STS Making and Doing Call for Submissions - DRAFT


After receiving comments from the 4S membership, the Making and Doing Committee will make final edits as appropriate and then formally submit the proposal to Council for approval.

STS Making and Doing
Call for Submissions

The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) invites proposed presentations for a new meeting format and related awards called “STS Making and Doing”.


President’s message #7


4S Election early June!

Council is now finalizing the slate of candidates for the next president and three Council members.  We expect to open the voting shortly after June 1.  Please exercise the franchise and vote. 

See message #6, April 2014, for a description of the process Council used to identify candidates.

Draft Guidelines for Resolutions and Reports

Council has approved draft Guidelines for Resolutions and Reports for review by the membership. The draft is below. ...


NSF Funding Threat: Frontiers of Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology Act


As many U.S. members of 4S are aware, a bill currently under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives would alter basic structures of the National Science Foundation and set specific budgets for each directorate. At the request of President Gary Downey, this message is intended to inform 4S members of several key features of the bill. 

The Frontiers of Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology Act (FIRST) (H.R. 4186.IH) is sponsored by Rep. Larry Bucshon (Republican-Indiana),... (...more)

President’s message #5


4S/ESOCITE Meeting/Congreso is on!

Submissions for the Buenos Aires gathering are strong in number and quality!  Nearly all arrived at the last minute, making some of us miss a few heartbeats.  The  program chairs report that "STS practices regarding deadlines are similar across South(s) and North(s)"!

The meeting/congreso is on!  See the summary below from the program chairs.

Thank you for completing the digital publications survey

Thanks to those members who responded to the...


President’s message #6


Nominations for David Edge Prize and Nicholas C. Mullins Award: May 1 deadline

The David Edge Prize is awarded for the best article in the area of science and technology studies.

The Nicholas C. Mullins Award is awarded for an outstanding piece of scholarship by a graduate student in the field of science and technology studies.   

Please submit nominations for the 2014 awards to by May 1, 2014. 

Please see the 4S website <> for eligibility,...


Buenos Aires at the Crossroads of STS – Part II


Since 1980s, the landscape of STS in Latin American has changed. A process of academization of the field took place vis-à-vis an increasing participation of STS scholars in government planning and policy making. Endowed with theories and methods (usually coming from Europe and the United States), academics were more concerned with rigorous empirical analysis which put aside more essayist-like approaches that had characterized the previous stage. As a consequence, ‘the structural...


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