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President’s Message, July 2016


Mullins and Edge Prize Announcements

It is my great pleasure to announce the two recipients of this year’s Mullins and Edge prizes!

Monamie Bhadra (Arizona State University, US) is the winner of the 2016 Nicholas C. Mullins award for her paper ‘Nation-Building Civic Epistemologies in India through Nuclear Politics.’ The Mullins Prize is awarded for an outstanding piece of scholarship by a graduate student in the field of Science and Technology Studies.

Click here for the extended announcement of the Mullins Prize award.

Kristoffer Whitney (Rochester Institute of Technology) is the winner of the 2016 David Edge prize for his article ‘Domesticating nature? Surveillance and conservation of migratory shorebirds in the “Atlantic Flyway”’ (2014) Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 45: 78–87. The Edge prize is awarded for an outstanding article in the area of science and technology studies

Click here for the extended announcement of the Edge Prize award.

My warmest congratulations to Monamie and Kristoffer!  Please join me as well in thanking 2016 Mullins Prize Committee members Tania Pérez-Bustos (Chair), Daniel Breslau, Shobita Parthasarathy, Kellie Owens, and 2016 Edge Prize Committee members Robert Evans and Park Doing.

This and other awards will be presented in the Presidential Awards Ceremony in Barcelona, the final session of the conference, on Saturday 3 September.

Registration news for EASST/4S in Barcelona 

By the end of the early registration period on 30 June, 1,859 people had registered for the EASST/4S conference ‘Science and Technology by Other Means: Exploring collectives, spaces, and futures,’ from 31 August to 3 September in Barcelona. Details of scheduling, room allocations and conference plenaries are now being finalized – our sincere thanks to the extremely hardworking local organizing committee! 

David Hakken Memorial 4S conference fund

David Hakken Memorial Conference Grants
Society for Social Studies of Science

In memory of Professor David Hakken, Barbara Andrews has very generously proposed the establishment of a fund to support participation in the 4S conference (registration fees, travel and/or accommodation) for 4S members who face financial difficulties due to un/underemployment, or employment in institutions or countries for which funding of conference expenses is limited.  Contributions to the fund can be made with an online donation on the 4S member site, or, alternatively, by sending a check payable to the Society for Social Studies of Science (please memo as David Hakken Fund) to our Treasurer, Paige Miller:

Paige Miller
Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology, KFA 326
University of Wisconsin-River Falls
River Falls, WI 54022

Application for these funds will open in time for next year’s 4S conference in Boston, Massachussetts, August 30 – Sept 2, 2017. 

Details on the EASST/4S Barcelona ‘Remembering David Hakken’ event will be available soon on the conference program schedule at

4S Statement of Purpose revised and updated

4S Council has completed its review and discussion of a proposed revision to the Society’s Statement of Purpose.  The Statement will be considered for formal adoption at the 4S Council and Business meetings in Barcelona – we welcome your thoughts on the final draft. 

4S Statement of Purpose – Final Draft

The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) is an international, nonprofit association founded in 1975 that fosters interdisciplinary and engaged scholarship in social studies of science, technology, and medicine (a field often referred to as STS). Comprising researchers and practitioners, the field of STS includes Science and Technology Studies; Science, Technology, and Society; and comparable domains of research and practice in many languages.

4S supports and encourages interested researchers and practitioners throughout the world. Its activities include:

  • Organization of an annual meeting in locations alternating between North America and other continents;
  • Support for a Student Section (6S), including travel grants to annual meetings and facilitation of mentoring sessions;
  • Editing of academic publications:
    • print journal Science, Technology, & Human Values
    • Handbook of Science and Technology Studies
    • open access journal Engaging Science, Technology, and Society
  • Publishing:
    • 4S blog Backchannels
    • 4S website, with resources for researchers and practitioners
    • monthly e-newsletter Technoscience Updates
  • Recognizing distinguished scholarly work, through the following awards:
    • John Desmond Bernal Prize (distinguished career contributions)
    • Ludwik Fleck Prize (outstanding book in STS)
    • Rachel Carson Prize (outstanding book in STS with a focus on issues of social or political relevance)
    • David Edge Prize (outstanding article in STS)
    • Nicholas C. Mullins Award (outstanding article in STS by a graduate student)
    • 4S Mentoring Award (distinguished contributions in mentoring)
    • STS Infrastructure Award (exemplary contributions to building and maintaining STS institutional and intellectual infrastructures)
    • STS Making and Doing Awards (excellence in participation, engagement, and intervention through STS work, as demonstrated at the annual meeting)
  • Maintaining a media presence regarding activities and developments in STS;
  • Producing resolutions and reports that mobilize STS analysis to critically inflect issues involving science, technology, and medicine.

Please send any comments to 4S Secretary Steve Zehr by 15 August, 2016.  Thanks to ad hoc Statement of Purpose committee members Claire Waterton and Gary Downey for drafting the statement.

4S Elections for Council and President-elect

Last but by no means least, the 4S Elections will be opening very soon, including the election of 3 new members of 4S Council and your next President.  I think I can guarantee that this will be one of the more rewarding voting opportunities in recent times for many of you, so please do vote!

all best wishes,