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
- TB/HIV: Distinct Histories, Entangled Futures. Towards an Epistemology of Co-infection
- A reader’s guide to the “ontological turn” – Part 4
The Huffington Post – White House Unveils Climate Data Website To ‘Empower America’s Communities To Prepare’
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
Universities UK blog – Universities’ economic impact – new research revealed soon
LSE Impact Blog –
- BIS report on UK Research Councils: Drop in income sees fewer researchers supported but more knowledge created.
- Open data sheds light on how universities are minority providers of commissioned research to government
- Research datasets need to be easy to find if they are to achieve their potential impact
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
SCIENCE – COMMUNICATION
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.
SCIENCE – EDUCATION
Cultural Studies of Science Education – A cultural historical theoretical perspective of discourse and design in the science classroom
Science Education –
- What’s In a Name?: Epistemology, “Epistemology,” and Science Education
- Epistemology of Science vs. Epistemology for Science
SCIENCE – POLICY
Journalist’s Resource – How policymakers can get a rigorous assessment of scientific opinion: Research brief
SCIENCE – PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (UK) Science & Society Blog –
- National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement – a strategic imperative: A manifesto for public engagement within higher education
- What do we know about UK public attitudes to science?
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
Journal of Computer-Mediated Activism –
- Uniting Political Bloggers in Diversity: Collective Identity and Web Activism [OPEN ACCESS]
- Sourcing the Arab Spring: A Case Study of Andy Carvin’s Sources on Twitter During the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions [OPEN ACCESS]
- Cultivating Social Resources on Social Network Sites: Facebook Relationship Maintenance Behaviors and Their Role in Social Capital Processes [OPEN ACCESS]
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]
Don’t Get Caught blog – The Weekend Read
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)
** Last updated on 24 March 2014 **
Here is some Science ,Technology and Society (STS)-type literature that caught my eye this week:/
Social Science & Medicine – Transnational nurse migration: Future directions for medical anthropological research
Environmental Policy & Governance – ‘Going Green’?: The Limitations of Behaviour Change Programmes as a Policy Response to Escalating Resource Consumption
Journal of Consumer Culture –
- From homemade to store bought: Annoying Orange and the professionalization of YouTube
- Prosumption: Evolution, revolution, or eternal return of the same?
- Conflicting values of ethical consumption in diverse worlds – A cultural approach
Journalist’s Resource – Impact of the new USDA school meal standards on food selection, consumption and waste
Globe and Mail –
- Hundreds arrested at anti-Keystone march in front of White House
- In Colorado referendum, fracking faces ‘catastrophe’
Environmental Policy & Governance – Which Way Does the Wind Blow? Analysing the State Context for Renewable Energy Deployment in the United States
Energy Geographies Working Group Blog – World map of energy research released
HEALTH, MEDICINE, etc.
Climate Central – China’s Toxic Air Pollution Resembles Nuclear Winter
R&D Management –
- Innovation without me: why employees do (not) participate in organizational innovation communities
- Innovating the innovation process: an organisational experiment in global pharma pursuing radical innovation
- Exploring the contribution of innovation intermediaries to the new product development (NPD) process: a typology and an empirical study
The Guardian – 25 things you might not know about the web
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society – Russia’s Policy and Standing in Nanotechnology
Risk Analysis –
- Growing Pains: How Risk Perception and Risk Communication Research Can Help to Manage the Challenges of Global Population Growth
- You Have Been Framed! How Antecedents of Information Need Mediate the Effects of Risk Communication Messages
Social Media Collective – Facebook “Courage” Page versus the Knights Templar’s Cartel
Campaign for Science & Engineering – UK science and growth: doing more with the same
The Scholarly Kitchen blog –
- The Four Yorkshiremen: What Do Researchers Want?
- Data Sharing and Science — Contemplating the Value of Empiricism, the Problem of Bias, and the Threats to Privacy
- PLOS ONE Output Falls Following Impact Factor Decline
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 –
- Data Interpretation in the Digital Age
- Introduction: Simulation, Visualization, and Scientific Understanding
The Crux blog – Einstein’s Lost Theory Describes a Universe Without a Big Bang
The Yale Forum on Climate Change & Media –
- Survey Released at AAAS: Scientists, Evangelicals Open to Collaboration
- Climate ‘Denialism’ Through Eyes of U.C. Davis Political Scientist
SCIENCE – COMMUNICATION
New York Times – A Successor to Sagan Reboots ‘Cosmos’
Ars Technica – First look: Cosmos rebooted with Neil deGrasse Tyson
University Affairs – Professor’s Surgery 101 podcasts are a huge hit
Science & Education – Special Issue: Science and Literature
New Genetics & Society – Autobiologies on YouTube: narratives of direct-to-consumer genetic testing
TED – My DNA vending machine
Physics Buzz Blog – The Misappropriated Marie Curie
Journal of Science of Communication – The uncertainties of climate change in Spanish daily newspapers: content analysis of press coverage from 2000 to 2010 [OPEN ACCESS]
SCIENCE – HISTORY
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
SCIENCE – PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT
Sciencewise – Confessions of a Citizen Group member
Sense about Science – We’re calling for the timely publication of all government research
Communication Breakdown – A Gap in the Market for Science — an Interview with Mark Henderson about Launching Mosaic
New Genetics & Society – Implicit 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
Open Culture – Getty Images Makes 35 Million Photos Free to Use Online
OTHER ROUND UPS
Don’t Get Caught – The 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
Nieman Journalism Lab – This 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 Examiner – This week in social media
Retraction Watch Blog – Weekend reads: “Too much success” in psychology, why hoaxes aren’t the real problem in science
** Last Updated 11 March 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!**
Useful practical advice that is not only applicable to scientists and engineers.
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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On the first of July I got a newsletter in my inbox from the Centre for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University. The newsletter informed me about an Open Access article that was published by Myers, et al. (The et. al includes M.C. Nisbet who runs the outstanding Age of Engagement blog) the previous week in the journal Climatic Change. The article is entitled, ‘A Public health frame arouses hopeful emotions about climate change.’
A look in history demonstrates that climate change has been primarily framed as environmental problem. Within social sciences, alternative frames emphasizing public health, natiaonl security, extreme weather events and/or the economy, have been previously suggested. They can potentially be more effective at engaging the audience.
The authors tested the assumption that the public health frame and/or national security frame may make climate change more personally relevant.
Specifically, the frames tested were
1) Environmental – emphasis is placed on the consequences of climate change to ecosystems;
2) National security – emphasis is placed on highlighting national security and benefits to national security;
3) Health frame – emphasis is placed on health risks that are associated with climate change and the corresponding potential beneftis of adaptation and mitigation actions.
– Health Frame was the most likely to produce feelings of hope (It was followed by the Environmental Frame and the National Security Frame
– The Health Message produced the least amount of anger (Just above it were the Environmental Message and the National Security Message)
This research demonstrates the potential of the public health frame to inspire hope in the context of climate change discussion, while simultaneously demonstrating the possibility that certain frames may be poorly perceived within some interpretive communities.
Myers, T.A., Nisbet, M.C., Maibach, E.W., Leiserowitz, A.L. (2012). ‘A Public health frame arouses hopeful emotions about climate change,’ Climatic Change (online first). doi: 10.1007/s10584-012-0513-6