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Below is some of the news relating to the Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard Kennedy School.

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2017

We're hosting Editorial Aspirations: Human Integrity at the Frontiers of Biology, April 26-28. Register here.

Join us on April 19th for our Science and Democracy Lecture with Carlos Moedas!

Missed our public lecture with Jonathon Porritt on "Nuclear Chimeras: Britain's Slow Death as a Nuclear Power"? You can find the video here.

We're pleased to announce a new STS blog - First 100 Days: Narratives of Normalization and Disruption.

2016

Wondering what we were up to in 2016? Our Fall 2016 Newsletter is now available!

Missed The Expertise and Public Trust Project's inaugural event "What Should Democracies Know?" featuring post-election reflections by Archon Fung, Ned Hall, Jane Mansbridge, David Kennedy and Sheila Jasanoff? The video and event summary are now available.

Missed our Science and Democracy Lecture with Rachel Kyte on Looking up: How coalitions of bottom-up organizations are driving action for sustainable development? Watch the video here.

Sheila Jasanoff's latest book The Ethics of Invention: Technology and the Human Future is now available for order at Amazon and at the publisher's link.

A summary of our workshop "The Molecularization of Identity: Science and Subjectivity in the 21st Century," is now available in Genetics ResearchThe summary was written by workshop organizers, and past STS Fellows, Ian McGonigle and Ruha Benjamin

Sheila Jasanoff was recently featured on a University of Melbourne podcast on "Twin Engines of Truth? How Science and Law Interact to Construct our World."

We're pleased to announce this year's STS Undergraduate Prize Competition winners: Nicole Bassoff, Leah Singer, and Emma Woo! Watch videos where the winners discuss their work here.

Missed our April 20th Science and Democracy panel with Yaron Ezrahi, Andy Stirling, Shiv Visvanathan, and Jane Mansbridge on "The Elusive Demos: Democracy in the Digital Age?" The video is now available. 

April 29-30th, we hosted"The Molecularization of Identity: Science and Subjectivity in the 21st Century," co-organized by current and former fellows, Ruha Benjamin and Ian McGonigle.

Former STS Fellow S.M. Amadae recently published Prisoners of Reason: Game Theory and Neoliberal Political Economy

On Wednesday, April 20th, we hosted a panel discussion with Yaron Ezrahi, Andy Stirling, Shiv Visvanathan, and Jane Mansbridge on "The Elusive Demos: Democracy in the Digital Age. Watch this space for the video when it becomes available!

Calling all Harvard undergraduates: submit your paper or thesis chapter for consideration in our STS Undergraduate Prize CompetitionDeadline: April 8th.

Ian McGonigle, a current STS Fellow and Harvard, Anthropology/Middle Eastern Studies doctoral student, recently published " two articles in Genetics Research. Find them here and here.

Join us February 24th for a book launch and reception in honor of David Kennedy's new book, A World of Struggle: How Power, Law, and Expertise Shape Global Political Economy.

2015

Our 2015 Newsletter is now available!  

Missed our Science and Democracy Lecture with William D. Nordhaus? The video is now available!

Check out this article in The Harvard Crimson on the state of STS@Harvard!

Former STS Fellow Tolu Odumosu and Venky Narayanamurti have a new article in Physics Today on the social science of creativity and research practice.

Our non-stipendiary fellowship application is now live. Apply by January 31st to join us as a fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year!

Ben Hurlbut, Kris Saha, and Sheila Jasanoff recently published an article on CRISPR in Issues.

The Fall 2015 STS Circle schedule is out now! Join us on Mondays, 12:15-2:00PM in Pierce 100F (unless otherwise noted).

Dreamscapes of Modernity: Sociotechnical Imaginaries and the Fabrication of Power, edited by Sheila Jasanoff and Sang-Hyun Kim, builds on research conducted as part of a National Science Foundation grant and was recently published by University of Chicago Press.

Spring 2015 STS Fellow Aleksandar Rankovic recently published an article in Science.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 STS Undergraduate Essay Prize Competition: Hilton Simmet, Bran Shim, and Rachel Taylor!

Former STS Fellow and current Secondary Field student, Ian McGoniglerecently published articles in Ethnos and in the Journal of Law and the Biosciences.

Registration is now open for the 14th Annual Meeting of the Science and Democracy Network

Missed last month's Science and Democracy Lecture with Peter Thiel?  The video is now available.

Science and Democracy: Making Knowledge and Making Power in the Biosciences and Beyond,  edited by Stephen Hilgartner, Clark Miller, and Rob Hagendijk, features contributions by many Harvard STS fellows and visitors.

On Monday, May 18th, our STS Fellows will host Visual Framings of Changing Orders, an exhibit of their work.

Join us April 28th, 2015 for Science and Its Publics: Conversations on Accountability, organized by some of this year's visiting fellows!

This Friday, April 24th,  we're pleased to host Francois Gemenne for a special seminar on Anthropocene and Its Victims: How We Name Those Displaced by Environmental Changes.

Join us April 16-17th, 2015 for Earthworks Unlimited: Problems and Prospects of Geoengineering, cosponsored by the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

The STS Program will host the 14th Annual Meeting of the Science and Democracy NetworkJune 25-27, 2015. Check out the call for abstracts to learn how you might present at this year's annual meeting!

Calling all undergraduates and undergraduate advisors! We are now accepting submissions for the 2015 Undergraduate STS Essay Prize Competition.

The STS Circle is back! Take a look at our Spring 2015 schedule

2014

See what we were up to in 2014! Check out our annual newsletter.

Our non-stipendiary fellowship application is now live. Apply by January 31st to join us as a fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year!

Missed our recent Science and Democracy Lecture with Martin Rees on  "Catastrophic Risks: The Downsides of Advancing Technology"? His lecture is available in PDF here and a video is available here.

Spring 2014 STS Fellow Ari Barell recently published Engineer king: David Ben-Gurion, Science and Nation Building

The STS Circle is back! Join us Mondays, 12:15-2PM in Pierce 100F.

STS Summer School: Science and Governance at the Frontiers of Life was held held July 27th-August 1st. The website for the school's students and faculty is located here.

Congratulations to our 2014 STS Undergraduate Essay Prize winner Lily Ostrer and honorable mentions Sandra Korn and Danny Wilson! Watch them discuss the relationship between STS and their winning essays here.

The video from our April 15th Science and Democracy Lecture with Craig Calhoun is now available.

Missed our recent lectures by Ken Feinberg and Alfred Nordmann? The videos are here and here.

Sheila Jasanoff answered questions about STS at Harvard and elsewhere in this month's issue of HKS Magazine.

See what we were up to in 2013! Check out our annual newsletter.

Join us on April 24-25th for Science, Identity, and Ethnicity: States and Citizens in Global Knowledge Regimes featuring a keynote by Nadia Abu El-Haj.

Calling all undergraduates and undergraduate advisors! We are now accepting submissions for the 2014 Undergraduate STS Essay Prize Competition.

The deadline for applications for the STS Summer School: Science and Governance at the Frontiers of Life has been extended until April 11th.

Tania Simoncelli,one of our recent Science and Democracy Lecture panelists and friend of Harvard STS, has been profiled in Nature.

The Spring 2014 STS Circle schedule is now available.

Join the STS Program as a Non-Stipendiary Research Fellow for 2014-2015! Apply by January 31, 2014.

2013

Tania Simoncelli,one of our recent Science and Democracy Lecture panelists and friend of Harvard STS, has been profiled in Nature.

Join the STS Program as a Non-Stipendiary Research Fellow for 2014-2015! Apply by January 31, 2014.

See what we were up to in 2013! Check out our annual newsletter.

Aziza Ahmed's paper, presented at the STS/IGLP workshop, was selected as a winner in the American Association of Law Schools New Voices in Gender Studies competition.

Missed our Science and Democracy Lecture with Chris Hansen last week? The video is now available here.

TheSTS Next 20 web portal is now live! Visit the site for vignettes, perspectives, and a map of current STS training centers.

Sheila Jasanoff's essay collection, Science and Public Reason, is now available in paperback from Routledge.

STS Fellow Zara Mirmalek is conducting fieldwork aboard the E/V Nautilus as part of her National Science Foundation funded research project. You can watch a live feed of the ship and the ongoing research here.

Stefan Helmreich and Noam Chomsky's keynotes from the Multispecies World Conference is now available here and here.  

Missed our recent Science and Democracy Lecture with Paul Nurse? The video is now available here.

STS Fellow Ruha Benjamin's vignette, "Beyond Tokenistic Inclusion; Science, Citizenship, and Changing the Questions" is up on the Huffington Post!

The Science and Democracy Network is hosting its annual meeting June 30-July 2nd, 2013 in Cambridge, MA. Check out the program and register here.

Join us April 25-26th for "Navigating a Multispecies World: A Graduate Student Conference on the Species Turn" featuring Stefan Helmreich and Noam Chomksy. Reserve your seat here.

On April 18th and 19th, we're co-sponsoring "Facts and Futures: Expertise Between Science and Law" with the Institute for Global Law and Policy at HLS. For more information and to RSVP, visit our event page.

Calling all undergraduates and undergraduate advisors! We are now accepting abstracts for the 2013 Undergraduate STS Essay Prize Competition. For details, please visit the announcement page.

Join us for "Energy Politics; After Carbon Democracy" with Timothy Mitchell (Columbia University) on March 5th at 4:00PM. See the event page for more details.

Applications are now invited for STS Program Non-stipendiary Fellowships with the Harvard STS Program. For details, please visit Fellows Program.

Join us on February 19th at 4:30PM for a discussion on Andrew Jewett's recent book featuring Theodore PorterSheila Jasanoff, and Charles Rosenberg.

2012

Our Director, Sheila Jasanoff, and former fellow, Mariachiara Tallacchini, were quoted in Nature on Italy's L'Aquila verdict. The Committee on the Use of Social Science Knowledge Public Policy, featuring Jasanoff, recently published "Using Science as Evidence in Public Policy."

The video of our recent Science and Democracy Lecture with Phillip A. Sharp (MIT) is now available here.

Our Fall STS Circle schedule has been announced! Please note the new location for the Fall, Pierce 100F at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

We're pleased to announce that Routledge has published a collection of essays by our Director, Sheila Jasanoff. More information on this new volume can be found here.

The videos from Anne Wojcicki's Science and Democracy Lecture and the Architectures for Life Workshop are now available!

In November 2011, we held a workshop on "The Constitutional Foundations of Bioethics: A Cross-National Comparison," generously funded by a grant from the Greenwall Foundation. Read the coverage from our cosponsor, The Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School, on page 15 of their newsletter.

Congratulations to Will Rafey, winner of the STS Undergraduate Prize, and to Melissa Oppenheim and Adrianna Stanley, who received honorable mentions in our annual essay competition!

The video from Anne Wojcicki's Science and Democracy lecture is now available! Follow the event coverage in the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Gazette.

STS Fellows Mads Dahl Gjefsen has been profiled by the Norwegian newspaper GD. In it, he describes his on-going research on carbon capture and storage and talks about the conversations taking place in Harvard's STS Program.  

2011

On April 30, 2012, we will be hosting "Human Nature in the Public Sphere", a symposium with John Carson (Michigan) and Baruch Fishhoff (Carnegie Mellon); co-sponsored with the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History at Harvard.

The video from Anne Wojcicki's Science and Democracy lecture is now available! Follow the event coverage in the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Gazette.

STS Fellows Mads Dahl Gjefsen has been profiled by the Norwegian newspaper GD. In it, he describes his on-going research on carbon capture and storage and talks about the conversations taking place in Harvard's STS Program.            

2010

The Program on STS has produced a Yearbook for 2008-2010. This booklet contains information about the people, events, and initatives associated with the Program on STS during this time. The program has also released a Fall 2010 newsletter on its most recent activities.

2009

The STS Program and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences welcomed their first joint post-doc, Samuel Evans, who recently received his D.Phil. from Oxford University and works on the politics of international export regulations of "dual-use" technologies.

The STS Program welcomed the first Bassetti Foundation fellow, Maggie Curnutte, who works on direct to consumer marketing of genetic tests. The Bassetti Foundation encourages research and dissemination related to responsible innovation in science and technology.

Over the summer, the STS Program hosted the Eighth Annual Meeting of the Science and Democracy Network. The Ninth Annual Meeting will be held in the UK, in collaboration with the Royal Society, on June 28-30, 2010.

On May 7-8, the STS Program observed the 50th anniversary of C.P. Snow's lecture on the "Two Cultures" with a panel discussion and workshop on the theme "Cultures in Common." For a report of the event, see "Still 'two cultures' but who's on top?"

The Science and Democracy Lecture Series hosted a talk by Raghuram Rajan on December 2 and a panel discussion on the theme of "Connected Publics" on March 11.

On March 1, 2009, Sheila Jasanoff received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the impact of the 1993 Supreme Court decision Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on the production and use of scientific evidence.

2008

In November, The STS Program held a workshop in Cambridge entitled "Sociotechnical Imaginaries: Cross-National Comparisons" supported by a grant from the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. The workshop complemented the Program's NSF-funded research project on the same theme.

On November 12, the Science and Democracy Lecture Series hosted a talk by Ulrich BeckHarold Varmus spoke in the series on April 3.

In October, STS Director Sheila Jasanoff delivered the Messenger Lectures at Cornell University on the theme "After Enlightenment: Rethinking Science's Place in Democracy."

In August, the STS Program collaborated with the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the European School of Molecular Medicine (SEMM) in Milan to host a summer school on Deconstructing and Reconstructing Life: From Classification to Design.

On June 29-July 1, the STS Program hosted the Seventh Annual Meeting of the Science and Democracy Network.

In June, the STS Program received a generous grant from the Harvard University Center for the Environment (HUCE) to support varied activities at the intersection of STS and environmental studies.

2007

In September, Sheila Jasanoff and STS Fellow Sang-Hyun Kim received a grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct a comparative study of "sociotechnical imaginaries" in the United States, South Korea, and Germany.

In June, the STS Program collaborated with the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge to co-sponsor the Sixth Annual Meeting of the Science and Democracy Network.

In April, the STS Program inaugurated the Science and Democracy Lecture Series, funded by a generous private donor, with a talk by Yaron Ezrahi on April 9. The second event in the series was a lecture by William Cronon on November 29.

2006

In the fall, the STS Program inaugurated the STS Circle, a weekly forum for interdisciplinary conversations about contemporary issues in science and technology that are relevant to people in fields such as anthropology, history of science, sociology, STS, law, government, public policy, and the natural sciences.

On December 1, 2006, Sheila Jasanoff received an honorary degree from the University of Twente, Netherlands. It was the first time in the university's 45-year history that they so honored a woman. Press releases from the University of Twente have been archived here: August 31 (Dutch), September 7 (English), November 9 (Dutch), and December 7 (Dutch).