Record of the Week (Week of 17 March 2014)

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This is some of the STS (science, technology, and society) literature that caught my attention during the course of the week of 17 March 2014).


Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC) – Auxiliary Motives and the Anthropology of Technology

Savage Minds – Ontology and wonder: an interview with Michael W. Scott

Somatosphere –


The Guardian – Climate change is putting world at risk of irreversible changes, scientists warn

The Huffington Post – White House Unveils Climate Data Website To ‘Empower America’s Communities To Prepare’


Environmental Communication – Environmental Risks in Newspaper Coverage: A Framing Analysis of Investigative Reports on Environmental Problems in 10 Chinese Newspapers

Harvard Business Review Blog Network – A Presentation Isn’t Always the Right Way to Communicate

Just Publics @365 Blog – Getting Academic Research into the Public Sphere: The Rundown on Repositories 


Journalist’s Resource – The impact of natural gas extraction and fracking on state and local roadways 

Climate Central – Drilling, Fracking Efficiency Fuels Oil and Gas Boom


New Genetics and Society – Making the Mexican diabetic: race, science, and the genetics of identity [AHEAD OF PRINT]


Geography Directions – Time to rethink the e-waste problem


The New York Times – Warming Up to the Culture of Wikipedia


AR Cameron blog – Mainstream not third stream: Inside Government seminar on implementing the Witty Review.

Universities UK blog – Universities’ economic impact – new research revealed soon

LSE Impact Blog –

Alliance for Useful Evidence – The creation of a new service to unlock research expertise – and you hold the key 

The Guardian – We aim to put research evidence on tap for UK politicians

The Guardian’s Higher Education Network – Is pressure on postdocs leading to ‘massaged’ research?

The Scholarly Kitchen Blog – Wellcome Money — In This Example of Open Access Funding, the Matthew Effect Dominates


Journal of Risk Research – Something old and something new: comparing views about nanotechnology and nuclear energy


Buzzfeed – Watch The Moment A Scientist Gets Told His Life’s Work Has Been Proven Right


SciLog’s Communication Breakdown Blog – Non-English Science Communication: An Overview

Scientific American Blogs: Symbioartic – What If All The Images Went Away

A Candle in the Dark Blog – Care about the future of science? Be visible.


Cultural Studies of Science Education – A cultural historical theoretical perspective of discourse and design in the science classroom

Science & Education – Scientists, Engineers and the Society of Free Choice: Enrollment as Policy and Practice in Swedish Science and Technology Education 1960–1990

Science Education –


Policy Science – Scientific opinion in policymaking: the case of climate change adaptation

Journalist’s Resource – How policymakers can get a rigorous assessment of scientific opinion: Research brief 


Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (UK) Science & Society Blog –

Social Science & Medicine – The use of citizens’ juries in health policy decision-making: A systematic review [OPEN ACCESS]


The Sociological Life blog – An interview in which I talk about using social media to promote academic research

Social Media Collective Research Blog – Why Snapchat is Valuable: It’s All About Attention

The Atlantic – Turkey’s Government Can’t Stop Twitter

LSE Impact Blog – Social media is a ticking time bomb for universities with an outdated web presence.

Journal of Computer-Mediated Activism –


TED talk – What I learned from going blind in space (Chris Hadfield)


Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (UK) Science & Society Blog – BBSRC – evaluating public dialogue: Synthetic Biology


Science, Technology, & Human Values – Constructing the East-West Boundary: The Contested Place of a Modern Imaging Technology in South Korea’s Dual Medical System [AHEAD OF PRINT]


The Atlantic – Creepy Crushes, Fictional QBs: The Week’s Best Pop-Culture Writing

Don’t Get Caught blog – The Weekend Read

LSE Impact Blog – Impact Round-Up 22nd March: Data journalism, code as a research object, and the cure for impact factor mania.

Nieman Journalism Lab – This Week in Review: Nate Silver and data journalism’s critics, and the roots of diversity problems

Savage Minds blog – Around the Web Digest: Week of March 16

Speakers of Science blog – Reads of the Week March 21st 2014 – The big bang, blogging, the sounds of your voice and more!

The Lancet – This Week in Medicine (March 22-28, 2014) 

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Record of the Week (Week of 3 March 2014)

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Here is some Science ,Technology and Society (STS)-type literature that caught my eye this week:/


Social Science & MedicineTransnational nurse migration: Future directions for medical anthropological research

Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing (CASTAC) Blog –  Dominic Boyer on the Anthropology of Infrastructure – Part 1 , Part 2


Environmental Policy & Governance ‘Going Green’?: The Limitations of Behaviour Change Programmes as a Policy Response to Escalating Resource Consumption

Journal of Consumer Culture

Journalist’s ResourceImpact of the new USDA school meal standards on food selection, consumption and waste


Globe and Mail

Environmental Policy & GovernanceWhich Way Does the Wind Blow? Analysing the State Context for Renewable Energy Deployment in the United States

Energy Geographies Working Group BlogWorld map of energy research released


Open CultureNew Google-Powered Site Tracks Global Deforestation in ‘Near-Real-Time’


Social Science & MedicineAttitudes toward vaccination and the H1N1 vaccine: poor people’s unfounded fears or legitimate concerns of the elite?

Climate CentralChina’s Toxic Air Pollution Resembles Nuclear Winter


R&D Management – 


Information, Communication & SocietyRevisiting the digital divide in Canada: the impact of demographic factors on access to the internet, level of online activity, and social networking site usage

The Guardian25 things you might not know about the web


Bulletin of Science, Technology & SocietyRussia’s Policy and Standing in Nanotechnology


Social Science & MedicineGender difference in the health risk perception of radiation from Fukushima in Japan: The role of hegemonic masculinity

Risk Analysis


Social Media CollectiveFacebook “Courage” Page versus the Knights Templar’s Cartel

Journalist’s ResourceWhat’s new in digital and social media research, February 2014: From Twitter and the Trayvon Martin story to geolocation and robot journalism 


Campaign for Science & Engineering – UK science and growth: doing more with the same

The Scholarly Kitchen blog –

Science & Technology Committee (UK)Eighth Special Report – Work of the European and UK Space Agencies: Government Response to the Committee’s Fourth Report of Session 2013-1

Perspectives on Science

TEDA 50-cent microscope that folds like origami

The Crux blog – Einstein’s Lost Theory Describes a Universe Without a Big Bang

Retraction Watch Blog – Nobel Prize winner calls peer review “very distorted,” “completely corrupt,” and “simply a regression to the mean”

The Yale Forum on Climate Change & Media


New York TimesA Successor to Sagan Reboots ‘Cosmos’

Ars TechnicaFirst look: Cosmos rebooted with Neil deGrasse Tyson

University AffairsProfessor’s Surgery 101 podcasts are a huge hit

Science & EducationSpecial Issue: Science and Literature

New Genetics & SocietyAutobiologies on YouTube: narratives of direct-to-consumer genetic testing

TEDMy DNA vending machine

Physics Buzz Blog – The Misappropriated Marie Curie

Journal of Science of CommunicationThe uncertainties of climate change in Spanish daily newspapers: content analysis of press coverage from 2000 to 2010 [OPEN ACCESS]


The British Journal for the History of Science – John Flamsteed and the turn of the screw: mechanical uncertainty, the skilful astronomer and the burden of seeing correctly at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich

15 Minute History podcast – Episode 44: Climate Change and World History


SciencewiseConfessions of a Citizen Group member

Sense about ScienceWe’re calling for the timely publication of all government research

Communication BreakdownA Gap in the Market for Science — an Interview with Mark Henderson about Launching Mosaic

New Genetics & SocietyImplicit and explicit notions of valorization in genomics research

Science, I Choose You blog – How to expand your science outreach program? My slides from #IPSEC2014 conference

Climate DeskCitizen Scientists: Now You Can Link the UK Winter Deluge To Climate Change


Brain PickingsBrian Eno’s Reading List: 20 Essential Books for Sustaining Civilization

Open CultureGetty Images Makes 35 Million Photos Free to Use Online


Don’t Get CaughtThe Weekend read

Ed Yong’s Not Exactly Rocket Science blog – I’ve Got Your Missing Links Right Here (08 March 2014)

Ideating Energy blog – Weekly roundup (3 to 7 March): Energy, Education, Caste, Postcolonialism, Spivak

LSE Impact Blog – Impact Round-Up 8th March: Happy International Women’s Day, the failures of PowerPoint, and mental health in academia

Nieman Journalism LabThis Week in Review: Flipboard scoops up Zite, and Getty sets its photos free (kind of)

Savage Minds Around the Web Digest: Week of March 2

Social Media ExaminerThis week in social media

Retraction Watch Blog – Weekend reads: “Too much success” in psychology, why hoaxes aren’t the real problem in science

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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, 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 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!**

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Useful practical advice that is not only applicable to scientists and engineers.

TED Blog

Melissa Marshall has a message for scientists and engineers: Contrary to popular belief, the general public is interested in your work and does want to hear the details of your research. The trick is that you must communicate your ideas clearly, because they will start snoring in their seats if you assault them with a slew of jargon and details they’re not prepared to understand.

See, Marshall is a communications teacher. And as she explains in this talk from TEDGlobal 2012 University, she was asked several years ago to teach a communications class for engineering students. The experience highlighted for her that the ability to speak clearly does not come part and parcel with the ability to do great technical work.

“Our scientists and engineers are the ones tackling our grandest challenges from energy, to environment, to healthcare, among others. But if we don’t know about it and understand…

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How stranded scientists communicate?

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Every wonder how stranded scientists communicate?

The good people at I fucking love science have an idea.

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