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New Book Argues that Social Sciences Are Critical to Climate Conversation: Climate Change is a "People Problem"

August 20, 2015
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Pope Francis recently made an impassioned plea for a “cultural revolution” to combat climate change, calling for collective action and “a conversation which includes everyone.” Thus far, the climate conversation has ofte...

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STS graduate students, Mel Jeske and Britt Salen, recognized at Graduate Student Day

June 01, 2015
STS Student Melanie Jeske

Two STS students were honored at Drexel's 2015 Graduate Student Day.  Mel Jeske received a 2015 Research Excellence Award and Britt Salen was recognized as Highly Commended in the 2015 Research Award Competition....

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Gwen Ottinger, PhD, Wins Rachel Carson Prize for her Book, “Refining Expertise”

April 15, 2015
Gwen Ottinger, PhD

Gwen Ottinger, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Politics and the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, was awarded the Rachel Carson Prize for her latest book....

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Jonson Miller on "Engineers as Servant-Leaders of the Old South: The Southern Military Schools and the Foundation of the New South"

March 03, 2015
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Miller reports on his project, “Engineers as Servant-Leaders of the Old South: The Southern Military Schools and the Foundation of the New South” for the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medi...

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Five Things to Know about the Role of 'Place' in Asthma Research

February 24, 2015
Asthma Inhaler

A recent study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology claims that the long-held belief that asthma is more common in urban areas is not accurate....

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Exposing the Social Roots of Our Environmental Problems

February 09, 2015

From energy policy to honeybee health, climate change to disaster preparedness, Drexel social scientists are bringing important new perspectives to the nation's greatest environmental challenges.  Tim Hyland writes ...

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Shifting Energy Cultures Series

February 02, 2015
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The Shifting Energy Cultures Series is part of a multi-disciplinary research project funded by the Institute for Energy and the Environment that explores the social ordering of choices, problems and practices that shape ...

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Alison Kenner, PhD, and Mimi Sheller, PhD, are Co-PI's on Shifting Energy Cultures Lecture Series

January 27, 2015
Ali Kenner and Mimi Sheller double portrait

Alison Kenner, PhD, and Mimi Sheller, PhD collaborate with professors from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering for the Shifting Energy Cultures lectures series, funded by the A. J. Drexel Institute f...

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Mapping Perceptions of Environmental Health Risks: A Comparison of Three Philadelphia Communities

January 27, 2015
RiverWards Team August 2014

This past fall, Drexel researchers from the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, and the School of Public Health, in collaboration with the Clean Air Council, conducted a community survey that investigated how...

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Interview with Kelly Joyce, PhD, director of the Center for Science, Technology and Society

December 01, 2014
Kelly Joyce

Joyce talks about her first three years as Director of the Center, highlighting the collaborations it has fostered, as well as what is on the horizon. Joyce also recounts what she has gleaned from her STS students, Dr...

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How to Write True Stories about Science and Society: The 'Godfather of Creative Nonfiction' Joins Drexel for Workshop

October 24, 2014
Lee Gutkind

Have you ever written a report or scholarly paper and struggled with how to share your findings outside of your academic field? Or have you had to translate other people's research for the general public and found it to ...

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Gwen Ottinger, PhD, Receives CAREER Award from NSF for Project on Air Monitoring and Environmental Justice

September 30, 2014
National Science Foundation

Gwen Ottinger, assistant professor in the Center for STS, has been awarded a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for her project, "Environmental Justice and the Ethics of Science and Technology...

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Gwen Ottinger, PhD, to Co-host NSF-funded Workshop on Civic Science

September 29, 2014
Gwen Ottinger, PhD

On October 2 and 3, academics, foundation and non-profit leaders, and high-level policy makers will convene in Washington, D.C. to advance "civic science". Civic science addresses the most important, intractable challeng...

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Meet STS Professor Chloe Silverman

September 25, 2014
Chloe Silverman, PhD

Chloe Silverman, PhD, joined the College last fall as an associate professor in the Center for Science, Technology and Society. In this Q&A, the social scientist reveals why she's recently been sporting a beekeeper s...

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New Winter Courses

September 23, 2014

Study the history of witchcraft, understand the politics of disability, or learn about sleep and its disorders in these new courses....

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BS/MS Student Justin Carone Awarded Second Place in ANSI Student Paper Competition

September 02, 2014

Justin Carone, BS psychology ’12, MS science, technology and society ’15, was awarded second prize from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for the Annual Student Paper Competition. Carone's...

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Kelly Joyce, PhD, Receives NSF Grant for Research in Public Policy Project

July 17, 2014
Kelly Joyce, PhD

Kelly Joyce, PhD, professor and director of the Center for Science, Technology and Society, will serve as the co-principal investigator—along with Roberta Spalter-Roth, PhD, director of the American Sociological Associat...

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How Can You Make Science News Better? Ask a Historian or Sociologist of Science

June 05, 2014
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The nuanced reality of scientific and medical research is almost always a little more complicated than the attention-grabbing headlines claim. Even experienced health and science journalists struggle with how to balance ...

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A.J. Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment Announces Inaugural Class of Research Grants

May 13, 2014
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Reducing carbon emissions, improving efficiency of the power grid and using ultrasound to treat contaminated water are just a few of the research goals being pursued by the first round of projects funded by the A.J. Drex...

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Michael Khoo, PhD, Receives Award for Project "From 'Bug Data' to Big Data"

March 12, 2014
Michael Khoo, PhD

College of Computing and Informatics Assistant Professor Michael Khoo, PhD, along with co-investigator Gary Rosenberg, PhD, Pilsbry Chair and Curator of Malacology at the Academy of Natural Sciences, was awarded a $13...

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Christian Hunold, PhD, and Franco Montalto, PhD, Receive Grant to Explore and Understand the Dynamics of American Cities’ Responses to Climate Change

February 18, 2014

Dr. Christian Hunold, Associate Professor, Department of History and Politics and Dr. Franco Montalto, Associate Professor, Civil Architectural, and Environmental Engineering were recently awarded a  Social Scien...

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Mary Ebeling, PhD, Receives Award to Examine How Potential Reuses of Solid Waste are Understood

January 30, 2014
Mary Ebeling

Mary Ebeling, PhD , professor of Sociology, Department of Culture and Communication, and Mira Olson,  PhD,  professor of Civil Engineering, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, ...

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Spinoffs of Mobility Call for Papers

January 21, 2014
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The International Association for the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility (T²M) invites proposals for papers to be presented at the 12th International Conference on the History of Transport, Traffic and Mobility, ...

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Public Health Prof Receives Award to Survey Public Health Professionals’ Views about the Nature, Importance and Usefulness of Academic Public Health Ethics

December 18, 2013
John Rossi

The department of Community and Health & Prevention (CHP) Assistant Professor John Rossi, VMD, M.Bioethics along with co-investigators Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH; Amy Carroll-Scott, PhD, MPH from Drexel’s School ...

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STS Prof Receives Award to Measure Perceptions of Environmental Health Risk Against City Planning Priorities

December 18, 2013
Alison Kenner, PhD

Science, Technology and Society Assistant Professor Alison Kenner, PhD, along with co-investigators Igor Burstyn, PhD, from Drexel’s School of Public Health and John Lee, MPH, of the Clean Air Council, was awarded ...

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Faculty Extracurriculars: The Wildlife Photographer

December 11, 2013
Great Blue Heron, copyright Christian Hunold, PhD

Contrary to popular belief, faculty do not evaporate outside the walls of the classroom. Drexel Prof Christian Hunold shares the extracurricular exploits that keeps him connected and inspired—in and outside of the ...

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What Does an STS Student Look Like?

December 10, 2013
STS Student Melanie Jeske

Joe Kyle and Melanie Jeske are both in the accelerated BS/MS program in science, technology and society (i.e. they will graduate with undergrad and grad degrees from Drexel in just five years). But although they may be i...

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Say Hello to Kelly Joyce

December 09, 2013
Kelly Joyce, PhD

Kelly Joyce, PhD, was lured to Drexel in the fall of 2012 to help build the master’s program in science, technology and society (STS). Instead, she went above and beyond and expanded the program into the College&rs...

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Kelly Joyce, PhD, and Kris Unsworth, PhD, Receive NSF Grant for Ethics of Algorithms Project

October 01, 2013
Kelly Joyce, PhD and Kris Unsworth, PhD

Kelly Joyce, PhD and Kris Unsworth PhD received a three-year $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the project "EESE: The Ethics of Algorithms."...

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Changing Attitudes Toward Driving and the Automobile

September 30, 2013
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Dr. Mimi Sheller, the Director of Drexel's Center for Mobilities, Research and Policy and a professor of Sociology was recently on "Radio Times", to discuss the changing attitudes toward driving and the automobile, and t...

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Rescuing Cities, Schools and Students: New Models for Municipal Banking Forum to be Held at Drexel

May 22, 2013
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A public forum entitled “Rescuing Cities, Schools and Students: New Models for Municipal Banking” will be held at Drexel University on Thursday, May 23, sponsored by Drexel's Center for Public Policy, th...

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Tips on How to Write a NSF Social Science Proposal with Dr. Carol Mershon

May 17, 2013
Dr. Carol Mershon

Are you interested in applying for a NSF grant? If so, Dr. Carol Mershon, an Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia and a former NSF program directorfor a free luncheon, where s...

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Spring Fling

May 16, 2013
Spring Fling

The Science, Technology and Society program will host a “Spring Fling” on Thursday, May 23, 2013 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM at 1st Floor Gallery of the Intercultural Center (30 S. 33rd Street). The Spring Fling is an opport...

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The History & Politics Department Presents:  
Arab Springs: The Heavy Burden the Middle East Conflict Has Imposed on Both Arabs & Israelis

April 09, 2013
Arab Springs Flyer

The Middle East Conflict has imposed heavy burdens on both Arabs and Israelis, but in a year when violence has erupted across many lands in this region for other reasons, it might be time not only to audit the costs of t...

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Science and Technology Studies: A Discussion with Dr. Giuseppina Pellegrino

April 01, 2013
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We are delighted that Dr. Pellegrino, current President of the Italian Society for the Study of Science and Technology will be on campus Thursday, April 4th, to give two talks. These events are sponsored by Drexel's STS ...

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The London Trip: History & Politics Seniors Dive into Research

March 18, 2013
Students at Big Ben

The Department of History and Politics added a new international experience to its Senior Thesis Program this year. Over winter break, seven history seniors and their thesis advisor, Dr. Lloyd Ackert, travelled to Londo...

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Learning from Sandy: Is Philadelphia Prepared for the Next Natural Disaster?

February 21, 2013
Hurricane Sandy at the Jersey Shore

The past 10 years were the costliest in U.S. history with regard to natural disasters. Hurricane Sandy left 131 Americans dead, more than 6 million without power and $50 billion worth of damages, making it the second mos...

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Workshop on the Ethics and Methods of Conducting Research in a Digital Age

February 20, 2013
Life Online Workshop

Drexel's Science, Technology and Society program will host a free, day-long workshop, "Life Online: The Ethics and Methods of Conducting Research in a Digital Age," on Thursday, March 14, 2013, 9 AM- 3 PM, in the Sky Vie...

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Q&A With History & Politics’ Dr. Kelly Joyce

October 10, 2012
Kelly Joyce

The College of Arts and Sciences welcomes Dr. Kelly Joyce to the Department of History and Politics. Joining us from the College of William and Mary where she served as Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Joyce will lead Dre...

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