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2017 STS Making and Doing Program

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STS projects that resulted in policy papers, recommendations, regulations, devices, decision-making practices, or other policy outcomes. Policy arenas include medicine and health, development, infrastructures, and communication in addition to those explicitly oriented to science and technology.

Snowden Surveillance Archive

Andrew Clement

Publicly exhibiting the formerly secret documents that reveal evidence of illegal and unconstitutional behaviour by state agencies represents an act of solidarity (albeit a modest one) with Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers who at considerable personal cost have made significant contributions to our knowledge of important threats to democratic rights. It is also constructively asserts academic freedoms that all independent scholarship ultimately depends on at a time when these are under evidently growing threat.

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

Julie Mark Cohen

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.

Doing STS at the science/policy intersection

Eric Kennedy

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.

AirTRACS: Community-based Air Quality Monitoring

Maria Michails

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.

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

Michelle Murphy

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.

Detoxifying the environment across temporalities

Nick Shapiro

In this presentation, I document four different environmental making and doing projects that I am working on across four different temporalities or scales. The point of presenting them all collectively is to note the interdependence of short-term stopgap interventions and long-term utopic projects for detoxifying the atmosphere.


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