Month: February 2014
This week I begin to expand my weekly round up (under the clever title of Record of the Week) beyond academic literature.
- ‘A Home for Science: the Anthropology of Tropical and Arctic Field-Stations‘
- ‘Making up “persons” in personalized medicine with metabolomics
Savage Minds Blog,
An essay by Bianca C. Williams (Professor of Ethnic Studies), ‘Guard Your Heart and Your Purpose: Faithfully Writing Anthropology”
–> 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)
- ‘What an academic wants, what Kristof needs‘
- ‘Dear Nicholas Kristof: We are right here!‘
- ‘Look Who Nick Kristof’s Saving Now‘
- ‘On Breaking Professors out of the academy’s constraints‘
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,
NEW MEDIA / SOCIAL MEDIA / etc.
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: Reason and Reality blog at Big think, ‘Dangerous MIS-reasoning in the name of survival‘
There is a new science communication website in town, sciworthy.com (‘science news straight from the lab’).
– You can read why Graham Short (researcher at the California Academy of science) started sciworhty.com over at the Communication Breakdown blog
Knight Science Journalism ‘Why is the Washington Post reprinting university press releases in its Health & Science Section?‘
SCIENCE & SOCIETY
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
- Author commentaries can be found at the Climate Shift Project website, at The Breakthrough, at The Scientist, at The Conversation.
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.
UNIVERSITIES, HIGHER EDUCATION, etc.
A post from KMbeing blog on ‘Universities & Research in a Knowledge Society‘
Savage Minds blog – ‘What comes after the public university?
OTHER ROUND UPS
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.
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,
- Advance online publication, “Biodiversity, purity, and death: conservation biology as biopolitics“.
- Theme issue: A new apparatus: technology, government and the resilient city
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“
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!**