Month: February 2014

Record of the Week (Week of 17 February)

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This week I begin to expand my weekly round up (under the clever title of Record of the Week) beyond academic literature.


Somatosphere Blog,

Savage Minds Blog

An essay by Bianca C. Williams (Professor of Ethnic Studies), ‘Guard Your Heart and Your Purpose: Faithfully Writing Anthropology

Doing Anthropology in Public 

–> This piece was inspired by the following Op-Ed column in the New York Times Sunday Review, ‘Professors, We Need You!

Understandably this has generated a tremendous response from academics (in addition to the ‘Doing Anthropology in Public’ piece)

Just Publics @365 has a Round up of Responses to Kristof’s Call for Professors in the Public Sphere

Also from Just Publics @365, ‘Cara Mertes on the Impact of Documentary

From Prof. Gillian Rose at Her Visual/Method/Culture/ Blog, ‘Interactive documentary – or interactive cinemascape?

Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology and Computing (CASTAC) blog, the question ‘What’s the Matter with artificial intelligence is asked?


Journal of Economic Geography,

The path- and place-dependent nature of scientific knowledge production in biotech 1986–2008

Technological dynamics and social capability: US states and European nations

On the Performativity of Pill Pricing: Theory and Reality in the Economics of Global Pharmaceuticalization


New Media and Society has a special section ‘Re: Search‘.

Nieman Journalism Lab, ‘Facebook friend of the court: The complicated relationship between social media and the courts

Social Media Collective Blog, ‘New anthology on media technologies, bringing together STS and Communication perspectives‘, and the link to Chapter 1 – Introduction


Public Health Perspectives of PLoS Blogs, ‘Breaking the cold chain: Why ditching refrigerators is a big deal for Africa

From PLoS One,  ‘Fate of Clinical Research Studies after Ethical Approval – Follow-Up of Study Protocols until Publication‘ [OPEN ACCESS]

RISK etc

Journal of Risk Research, ‘Risk policies and risk perceptions: a comparative study of environmental health risk policy and perception in six European countries

Risk: Reason and Reality blog at Big think, ‘Dangerous MIS-reasoning in the name of survival


There is a new science communication website in town, (‘science news straight from the lab’).
– You can read why Graham Short (researcher at the California Academy of science) started over at the Communication Breakdown blog

Knight Science Journalism ‘Why is the Washington Post reprinting university press releases in its Health & Science Section?

Science as Culture, ‘GM Crops in Hungary: Comparing Mass Media Framing and Public Understanding of Technoscientific Controversy


Matthew Nisbet and  Ezra M. Markowitz published in PLoS One the following [OPEN ACCESS] study, ‘Understanding Public Opinion in Debates over Biomedical Research: Looking beyond Political Partisanship to Focus on Beliefs about Science and Society

At The Guardian’s Political Science blog, Mike Galsworthy argues that within the context of the debate over Britain’s EU membership, Europe offers benefits for science and innovation. ‘Eurosceptics could damage British science and innovation

At the LSE Impact Blog, Dr. Mark Goodwin asks, ‘Do we need more scientists in Parliament?’His recently published research suggests that they make little difference?’
The original research article about which the above blog post was written can be found in the Journal of Parliamentary Affairs, ‘Political Science? Does Scientific Training Predict UK MPs Voting Behaviour?’

NSF (USA) released Science and Engineering Indicators on February 6 (I only came across it this week). This report provides an overview of the science and technology picture in the United States and comes out every two years. You can find a discussion of the chapter “Science and Technology: Public Attitudes and Understanding” at the Communication Breakdown blog.


A post from KMbeing blog on ‘Universities & Research in a Knowledge Society

Savage Minds  blog – ‘What comes after the public university?


I recognise my limitations in tracking all kinds of interesting STS-related literature. Consequently, here are a few links to other round ups from around the web.

‘Around the Web Digest’ from Savage Minds can be found here.

‘Impact Round Up from 22nd February’ – Channels of academic influence, visualisations and turning raw data into actionable knowledge’from LSE Impact Blog is found here.

‘I’ve Got your missing links right here (22 February 2014)’ from Ed Yong’s Not Exactly Rocket Science blog can be found here.


Record of the Week – in Journals (Week of 10 February)

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Just some articles that caught my attention over the last week…

Over at Science as Culture, ahead of print, ‘City under the Ice: The Closed World of Camp Century in Cold War Culture‘.

Science and Public Policy has a new issue out (Volume 41 Issue 1 February 2014).The following articles are part of the issue:

  • The Heterogeneity of Knowledge and the Academic Mode of Knowledge Governance: Italian Evidence in the First Part of the 20th Century
  • Nanotechnology: Rhetoric, Risk and Regulation.
  • Individual Perception vs. Structural Context: Searching for Multilevel Determinants of Social Acceptance of New Science and Technology across 34 Countries
  • Government R&D Funding in Economic Downturns: Testing the Varieties of Capitalism Conjecture.
  • The Fall of Research and Rise of Innovation: Changes in New Zealand Science Policy Discourse.
  • The European Research Council and the European Research Funding Landscape.
  • Which Extramural Scientists Were Funded by the US National Institutes of Health from Its ARRA Funds?
  • Argumentative Practices in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy: The Case of Clinician-Scientists and Translational Research.
  • Governing ‘dual-Use’ Research in Canada: A Policy Review.

Science, Technology, & Human and Values has a special a special issue [March 2014 39(2)] out, ‘The Conceptual and the Empirical – expanding STS’ . It includes the following articles for your consideration.

  • The Conceptual and the Empirical in Science and Technology Studies
  • Continuous Variations: The Conceptual and the Empirical in STS
  • The Ethnographic Machine: Experimenting with Context and Comparison in Strathernian Ethnography
  • The Empirical as Conceptual: Transdisciplinary Engagements with an “Experiential Medicine”
  • Seamful Spaces: Heterogeneous Infrastructures in Interaction
  • Who Killed WATERS? Mess, Method, and Forensic Explanation in the Making and Unmaking of Large-scale Science Networks

Information, Communication & Society, new article, “Digital inclusion and social inclusion: a tale of two cities

Environment and Planning D: Society and Space, 

Teaching and Teacher Education, special section ,”Scholarly Work Beyond Written Texts

Learning and Individual Differences, special section, Metacognition, Decision-making and Learning: New Trends and Developments

The Internet and Higher Education, special section, ” Digital Teaching Portfolios and the Professional Learning University Community ”

Learning and Instruction, special section, “Cognitive and Affective Processes in Multimedia Learning

International Journal of Public Health, “Smoking ban in workplaces reduces cardiovascular risk for workers

Journal of Science Communication, “Use of scientific research by South African winemakers

Risk Analysis, Evaluation of Take-Home Exposure and Risk Associated with the Handling of Clothing Contaminated with Chrysotile Asbestos

Journal of Risk Research, ” Dis-Ag-reement: the construction and negotiation of risk in the Swedish controversy over antibacterial silver

Annals of Science, “The ‘Chemistry of Space’: The Sources of Hermann Grassmann’s Scientific Achievements”  

The British Journal for the History of Science,  “‘We want no authors’: William Nicholson and the contested role of the scientific journal in Britain, 1797–1813″; also volume 47(01) for march 2014 is also out.


**The aim is to develop this into a comprehensive round up of literature that I come across  during the course of the week; not just the scholarly publications. Got to start somewhere!**