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2017 STS Making and Doing Program

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Undergraduate STSers Learn by Doing in the Trump Era

Lehr, Jane, California Polytechnic State University


Jane Lehr, California Polytechnic State University; Matt R. Klepfer, California Polytechnic State University

The College of Liberal Arts at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly SLO) – an undergraduate-focused, publicly funded, comprehensive polytechnic university – launched a new Science, Technology & Society Minors Program in Fall 2015 that offers minors in Ethics, Public Policy, Science & Technology; Gender, Race, Culture, Science & Technology; Media Arts, Society & Technology; and Science & Risk Communication. Over 150 students are currently enrolled from each of the university’s six colleges, with the largest numbers in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Engineering. Like its home institution more broadly, Cal Poly STS focuses on undergraduate students and prioritizes Learn by Doing in its approach to teaching and knowledge production. Cal Poly STS students actively read and critique STS peer-reviewed scholarship, participate in existing STS communities, and constitute new STS communities. Undergraduate STSers at Cal Poly also produce original STS knowledge that engages with and potentially transforms the sensibilities of the field. However, although central to both the future of STS, and to, we believe, the future of the world, undergraduates who identify as STSers are typically absent as both attendees and as subjects of attention at 4S Annual Meetings. Co-curated by STS faculty member Jane Lehr in partnership with STS student Matthew Klepfer, this exhibit challenges the “common sense absence” of undergraduates at 4S via a project-based showcase of making, knowing, and doing by STSers from Cal Poly. In addition, student participants will share perspectives on doing STS at a predominantly white, historically conservative, polytechnic university in California during the Trump era, with a particular emphasis on individual and group strategies for critical STS intervention.

Browse 2017 Projects

Alac: STS Olfactorium

Battles: The Trial Balloon: buoyancy, embodied media, and patchy planetarity

Callahan: Rethinking Citizen Science through doing Citizen Science

Cardoso Llach: Tracing Design Ecologies

Clement: Snowden Surveillance Archive

Cohen: Toward Improving Public Policy for Struct Engrg Design of Bridge, Transport & Marine Infrastructure

Durnova: Politicizing the scientific self through media interventions

Erickson-Davis: What it is to see: a simulation of artificial vision

Gluzman: Feminist Theory Theater

Gomez-Marquez: Construction Sets for DIY Medical Technologies and their Black Box Counterparts

Hidalgo: Collaborative Research Toolkit: a copyleft resource for the co-design of research processes

Hoagland: Getting a Sense of the Place: Navigating FemTechNet’s Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Workbook

Houston: Collaborative urban sensing with the “Dustbox” air quality monitor

Howell: Emotional Interpretation & Materiality of Biosensing

Johnson: Engineering Comes Home: Co-designing local infrastructure with residents of a London housing estate

Kennedy: Doing STS at the science/policy intersection

Knopes: Integrating STS into Bioethics and Medical Humanities Programs

Lachney: Generative STEM: Circulating Unalienated Value in Education, Labor and Environment

Lawson: (T)racing Eyes and Hearts:  An Installation to Explore the Physiology of Empathy

Lehr: Undergraduate STSers Learn by Doing in the Trump Era

Lippman: Making Sensible in 360°

Michails: AirTRACS: Community-based Air Quality Monitoring

Mogul: A STS STEM Education Incubator: The Co-Making of Inquiry

Mohsin: QEERI’s Science Majlis

Murphy: Environmental Data and Governance Initiative: Engaged STS Responding to the U.S.Administration

Nafus: Data Sense

Navarro: Our Driverless Futures: Speculating Moral Dilemmas of Self-Driving Cars

Nieusma: STS Design and Innovation: Disciplinary Discomfiture

Onaga: Biomaterial Matters: Fitting Humans into Cocoons, A Speculative Prototype

Ostman: STS approaches to public engagement with science: Synthetic biology

Ostrowski: The Empirical Printing Program

Perez Comisso: Technological theory for all: Teaching experiments on STS in Chile

Rosado Murillo: Pedal Transcriba, an Ethnographic Device of (and for) Qualitative Research

Shapiro: Detoxifying the environment across temporalities

Steensen: Face-off! Platform versus Self: A photobooth experiment

Stern: Zika and Feminist STS: Building a Network, Doing Collective Scholarship

Taylor: Connecting-Probing-Reflecting Spaces: The New England Workshop on Science and Social Change (NewSSC)

Terrell: The making of an undergraduate Sociotechnical Ethics Society

Wentworth: Handholds: making sense of bodies through slaughter

Wong: Design Workbook Variations: Exploring Biosensing Privacy Futures

Wylie: Making and Doing STS with Undergraduate Engineers: The UVA Approach