Call for Presentations

Call for Presentations

 The Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS) at Missouri University of Science and Technology announces its Spring 2019 STS symposium. The symposium will be held Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in the Havener Center on the S&T campus.

The theme of this Spring’s meeting is Maintenance. This symposium examines maintenance, broadly conceived, from infrastructure and systems maintenance and life cycle assessment to health maintenance to cultures of maintenance. While innovation is celebrated, the bulk of what most technologists and others who interact with technology actually do is some form of maintenance. As Andrew Russell and Lee Vinsel state, “Entire societies have come to talk about innovation as if it were an inherently desirable value, like love, fraternity, courage, beauty, dignity, or responsibility. Innovation-speak worships at the altar of change, but it rarely asks who benefits, or to what end? A focus on maintenance provides opportunities to ask questions about what we really want out of technologies. What do we really care about? What kind of society do we want to live in? Will this help get us there?” We are calling for abstracts of 150 words for presentations no longer than 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions. Presenters are encouraged to treat their session as an opportunity to tell a story and not necessarily to read aloud. Presenters have the option of using a projector to display slides, if they wish. We also welcome posters for a poster session. If you wish to submit a poster please include a 50 word abstract for a 48”x 36” poster. Please send a short abstract to Jeff Schramm, schrammj@mst.edu with a subject of “CSTS symposium” by Friday, March 29, 2019.  This event is free to attend.

MOST Workshop

Please join us for the Missouri Science Policy Workshop
254 Toomey Hall, Missouri S & T
April 9, 2019
3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

All faculty and graduate students are encouraged to attend

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Snakes, Shillelaghs, and Shenanigans: The History and Culture of St. Pat's

Please join us for a talk with Dr. Simon Bronner and Dr. Patrick Huber "Snakes, Shillelaghs, and Shenanigans: The History and Culture of St. Pat's"

March 6, 2019
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Havener Center-Ozark room 207
Free and open to the public

Dr. Simon J. Bronner is a Maxwell C. Weiner Distinguished Visiting Professor of Humanities
Dr. Patrick Huber is a Professor of History

 

Medical Cannabis in Missouri: Therapeutic Potential and Risks

Please join us for a seminar with speaker Dr. Marcel O. Bonn-Miller titled "Medical Cannabis in Missouri: Therapeutic Potential and Risks."

 February 28, 2019
3:oo p.m.
Butler Carlton Civil Engineering Hall - room
125

Everyone is welcome to attend

Dr. Marcel O. Bonn-Miller is with the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Pennsyvania Perelman School of Medicine & The Lambert Center, Thomas Jefferson University.

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STS Funding Opportunities from NSF

Please join us for a seminar with speaker John Parker titled "STS Funding Opportunities from NSF."

December 3, 2018
12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
Havener Center - Carver/Turner room
Everyone is welcome to attend

 John Parker is the program director at the National Science Foundation, Division of Social and Economic Sciences, in Alexandria Virginia. Dr. Parker leads two programs:  Science, Technology, and Society and Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM.

Implications of unmanned aircraft for society: case studies from the environmental sciences.

Please join us for a seminar with speaker Adam Watts titled, "Implications of unmanned aircraft for society: case studies from the environmental sciences.”

October 31, 2018
12:00 - 12:50 p.m.
Havener Center - Carver/Turner room
Everyone is welcome to attend

Adam Watts is an associate research professor of Fire Science and Unmanned Systems and the deputy director for the Climate, Ecosystems, and Fire Applications (CEFA) Program at the Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada.

U.S. National security space: Seizing New Opportunities and Facing New CHallenges

The Center for Science, Technology, and Society and the Department of History and Political Science present a special guest lecture by Chirag Parikh, the Deputy Director for the Office of Counterproliferation at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).  In this capacity, he is responsible for leading the organization in geospatial-intelligence analysis and production of worldwide research, development, testing, production, and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), missiles, space and counterspace capabilities, and advanced technology weapons.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

3:00 -- 4:50 pm

120 Butler-Carlton

All are welcome.

what made it possible for sally to ride? Gender Performance in Space

The Center for Science, Technology, and Society and the Department of History and Political Science present a special guest lecture by Dr. Erinn McComb, assistant professor of history at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas.  

What made it possible for Dr. Sally K. Ride to travel into space is complex, encompassing not only the Second Wave of Feminism and Ride’s awesome accomplishments, but also the cultural understanding that the space shuttle transitioned spaceflight technology from one of dangerous exploits to a safe, routine, and domesticated technology. Ride’s 1983 spaceflight illuminates an evolutionary path of changing gendered performances in American technology. The presentation examines how Cold War gendered technology and a perceived crisis of masculinity influenced the American public image of the astronaut.  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) commenced recruiting women into the astronaut corps in 1978. Women’s recruitment came shortly after the shuttle’s commissioning partly because of the belief that the new space transportation system no longer required a crew of “physically fit and rigorously trained men” but also due to NASA’s view that the shuttle’s purpose was that of “designing a home in space”.

Monday, March 12th, 2018  

3:00-4:00pm in BCE 315.

All are welcome.

Designing with Purpose: Human Factors Engineering

The Center for Science, Technology, and Society presents a special guest lecture by Layne Karafantis, center historian at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffet Field, California.

Human factors engineering (HFE) considers physical comfort in the composition of objects and systems to optimize human performance through design principles drawn from psychology, cognitive science and other fields. Karafantis will address the origin and development of HFE and how it has been used at NASA.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

3:00–4:00 p.m.

256 Toomey Hall

All are welcome.

BIOMedical humanities symposium

The Center for Science, Technology, and Society and the Center for Biomedical Research are partnering to present a one-day symposium on Biomedical Humanities.  All are welcome to attend.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

8:30 am -- 3:30 pm

140 Toomey Hall