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2017 STS Making and Doing Program

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Pedagogy

STS projects that resulted in effective practices for education and training. The project can aim at different levels and forms of education and training, for instance university courses, high school classes, or special training courses. The presentation should indicate how the project increases awareness and understanding of STS scholarship.

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.

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.

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

George Hoagland

title The FemTechNet Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Workbook is a Scalar publication that provides scholarly resources for students, educators, activists, and community members. This presentation offers three ways to navigate the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Workbook (as author, teacher, and student), and investigates some of the challenges inherent to working with technology while thinking through structural inequalities associated with discourses of embodiment.

Doing STS at the science/policy intersection

Eric Kennedy

title Over the last two years, we have been engaged in an STS-inspired training program that traverses the interfaces between technoscience, society, and policy in Canada. In this exhibition, we present evaluation data that examines how participants come to discover and voice their own critiques of concepts such as technological determinism, the deficit model of science communication, and the linear model of science and societal outcomes.

Integrating STS into Bioethics and Medical Humanities Programs

Julia Knopes

title This presentation will highlight the inclusion of STS perspectives within a new track program in Bioethics at Case Western Reserve University: entitled Medicine, Society & Culture (MSC).

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

Michael Lachney

title Generative justice, a theoretical framework for understanding these phenomena, is defined as “the universal right to generate unalienated value and directly participate in its benefit; the rights of value generators to create their own conditions of production; and the rights of communities of value generation to nurture self-sustaining paths for its circulation.” This “Making and Doing” session reports on an effort that began in 2010, in which university faculty, graduate students and community members applied the framework of generative justice to re-conceptualizing the relation of K-12 STEM education to low-income community labor and environment.

Undergraduate STSers Learn by Doing in the Trump Era

Jane Lehr

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.

AirTRACS: Community-based Air Quality Monitoring

Maria Michails

title Using citizen science and critical making, the project has an unconventional goal: as a form of radical pedagogy and tactical intervention, the making and deploying of the devices during publicized events and alongside the New York State DEC's expert monitoring, the aim is to keep pressure on the agency to fulfill their promise of the year-long comprehensive study of air quality in the neighborhood.

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

Nicole Mogul

title Our methods are centered on building student self-awareness about identity formation so they can understand how pre-existing structural constraints often define their place in the STEM world. This helps students see how they can step out of these pre-determined roles and make socially responsible decisions in the future. In this session, we will share insights, collect ideas and incubate new activities.

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.

STS approaches to public engagement with science: Synthetic biology

Rae Ostman

title The Frankenstein Bicentennial Project is developing a suite of transmedia learning experiences that explore synthetic biology and other technologies, including an alternate reality game, creative making activities, and online challenges. This presentation will share STS approaches to engaging public audiences and scientists in conversations about emerging technologies, focusing on several related projects that consider synthetic biology. These projects share a common, overarching objective to change the way we as a society think, learn, and talk about science and technology.

Technological theory for all: Teaching experiments on STS in Chile

Martin Andrés Perez Comisso

title Between 2013 and 2017 at the University of Chile, we have been creating a set of teaching experiences, based on active learning about social studies of technology. In this context, we have created five teaching experiences for different audiences. These fans integrate diverse skills and today are a consistent offer for high-school students, university students, teacher improvement and the general public, where it allows to be introduced to the concepts of technology and society Developed in the last 50 years since STS.

Face-off! Platform versus Self: A photobooth experiment

Marie Steensen

title In this photo booth installation, we encourage conference participants to playfully engage with the sociotechnical relation of self / platform. We seek to deconstruct and playfully reconstruct possible sensemaking processes involved in negotiating self-categorization. The experiment serves as an interactive way to explore the continual and precarious dynamic of agential relation among elements of socio-technical design.

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

Alexandra Stern

title We are making and doing single- and collectively- authored papers and interventions, including creating a website that we envision as an international node for connecting Zika researchers and projects. ZSSN’s practices include familiar scholarly output and public engagement, as we meld our scholarship and activism to this collaborative endeavor.

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

Peter J. Taylor

title NewSSC topics span STS, science, and educational innovation—from social shaping of the use of genetic knowledge through collaborative generation of environmental knowledge and inquiry to new directions in epidemiological research. The workshops are small (10–16 participants), international (3-8 nationalities), mixed “rank” (new students to senior professors), and interdisciplinary (scholars from various STS fields, science educators and scientists interested in interdisciplinarity, and independent scholars and activists).

The making of an undergraduate Sociotechnical Ethics Society

Jennifer Terrell

title In the spring semester of 2017, the Sociotechnical Ethics Society (SES) became an official student organization on the campus of Indiana University. This presentation offers insights into in the making of a group of undergraduate students organized to “educate students and promote the growth of ethical thought, particularly in regards to Sociotechnical developments” (SES Constitution).

Making and Doing STS with Undergraduate Engineers: The UVA Approach

Caitlin Donahue Wylie

title Our exhibit will showcase student-produced artifacts, including undergraduate theses, proposals for the physical and social design of an imagined engineering research lab, and videos of students presenting their analyses of sociotechnical issues through the lens of STS theory. Our exhibit will also include faculty-produced lesson plans that demonstrate our pedagogical approaches to engaging engineers in “making and doing” STS.

Categories

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