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2017 STS Making and Doing Program

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Design and Planning

STS projects that resulted in the design and creation of effective products, graphics, spaces, and landscapes. The outcomes can be large or small in scale, and can be digital in content. Projects can be organized around different design themes, .e.g. participatory design, sustainable design, etc. The presentation should show explanation of design process and how various actors are involved in the process.

Rethinking Citizen Science through doing Citizen Science

Brian Robert Callahan

In our workshop we will create a small participatory citizen science project, devising a methodological bridge between science/engineering and STS. The team members will be given scientific and engineering instruments and will then conduct research on their immediate environment, then have a dialogue about the research process and how the participants should receive credit. This workshop aims to be a first step for moving away from making critique and into doing citizen science.

Tracing Design Ecologies

Daniel Cardoso Llach

title What does the phenomenon of design look like from the perspective of data? This Making and Doing exhibit showcases a series of data visualizations created by defining, collecting and visualizing digital traces of processes of socio-technical design.

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

Julie Mark Cohen

title This project serves as the analytical foundation for the author's larger effort, 'U.S. Structural Engineers: Constraints on Design Decisions and Recurring, Costly Infrastructure Failures, 1930-2017.' More importantly, it introduces the STS community to a new STS hybrid conceptual framework that can be employed when 'intellectual blindness' can be attributed to recurring failures in another field in engineering, or in science, medicine, or another technical field.

Construction Sets for DIY Medical Technologies and their Black Box Counterparts

Anna K Young

This is exhibit will host an array of modern health technologies which feature a spectrum of access and disparities scores ranging from highly blackboxes devices, analog transparent designs, and health technology construction sets built for open ended reproducibility and community design. These are part of an ongoing approach to democratize medical fabrication that is highlighting policy implications for regulatory strategy, intellectual property, medical education and patient ethics.

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

Enric Hidalgo Senabre

title The 'ColMeth' toolkit consists in a series of canvas and additional offline artifacts that can help science teams and communities of interest to collaboratively: (1) brainstorm about concerns, issues and areas of interest for a research process; (2) select possibilities about specific topics, according to different criteria; (3) co-develop and discuss research questions and refine them; (4) generate diagrams and 'prototypes' of experiments and inquiry processes and (5) identify and coordinate specific tasks and needs related to the management of research.

Collaborative urban sensing with the “Dustbox” air quality monitor

Lara Houston

title As part of our research on “Urban Sensing” in Southeast London, we collaboratively formed a community-based air quality monitoring infrastructure. Residents and community groups in Deptford and New Cross were invited to take up air quality monitoring with the Citizen Sense Dustbox as part of a participatory methodology encompassing a series of collaborative workshops and walks.

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

Charlotte Johnson

title Engineering Comes Home turns engineering design on its head. The project starts with household needs and looks outward to design technologies and infrastructure, not the other way around. It puts people and their everyday needs and desires first, and acknowledges complex patterns of resource consumption in households that arise from interactions with socio-technical systems.

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

Michelle Murphy

title The Environmental Data and Governance Initiative (EDGI) is a grassroots network of nearly 90 composed of STS researchers, social and information scientists, natural and physical scientists, lawyers, and coders, as well as non-profit partners that formed in response to the Trump administration's hostile stances to existing federal environmental and energy policy, evidence and research, as well as to the scientific research infrastructure built to investigate, inform, and enforce environmental and climate regulations.

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

Lorina Mercado Navarro

By unpacking potential eventualities and contestations into narrative form, “Our Driverless Futures” attempts to raise humanistic concerns beyond solutionist framings of ambiguous new technologies, question the “view from nowhere” of moral algorithms, and encourage discussions of alternative, equitable and inclusive modes of public transportation

STS Design and Innovation: Disciplinary Discomfiture

Dean Nieusma

title We will attempt the answer the question, “What does it mean to do STS (in an interdisciplinary design context)?” in a way that extends beyond undergraduate education per se and engages other disciplinary problem-solving approaches on their own terms and in their full richness. We will also share some of the challenges faced by the program in terms of managing disciplinary content and participant identity in a design program embedded wholly within an STS Department.

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All 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