Upcoming Events

Artificial Intelligence and You: The Social and Human Dimensions of AI

Missouri S&T Center for Science, Technology, and Society

April 25-26, 2024

Innovation Lab - Forum Room

650 Tim Bradley Way

Rolla, Missouri

The Missouri S&T Center for Science, Technology and Society invites proposals for paper presentations, poster sessions, and panel discussions for the Spring 2024 conference, Artificial Intelligence and You: The Social and Human Dimensions of AI

With the rise of the use of generative AI in most facets of human life, scholars, practitioners, and the general public should pause frequently to ask questions about the technologies that humans are rapidly allowing to have more and more agency over our daily lives. 

What is AI? What does it mean to be artificial? How is intelligence created? What are the advantages and disadvantages when data gathered by artificial intelligence impacts human decision-making in areas such as healthcare, personal security, or consumerism? What do you do when your smart device tells you to breathe or move or sleep and what does this suggest about the future of human agency? 

Please Register Here: https://mst.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1B2yrf2W15jkrSR

Final Program: AI and You Program

Keynote Speaker Dr. Joy Lisi Rankin: Rankin Bio and Abstract 

CSTS will live stream the events here: https://umsystem.zoom.us/j/93732637748

(There will be no online participation or recording of these events)

If you have any questions, please contact the Director of the CSTS, Dr. Kathleen Sheppard (sheppardka@mst.edu).


Past Events

Environmental Racism in St. Louis

September 26   12 pm


This talk will address the various ways in which environmentalism, racism, and disinvestment collide, disparately impacting Black St. Louisans and causing significant harm to health, safety, and financial stability.  

Tara A. Rocque is an Assistant Professor of Practice and Assistant Director of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic, focusing on issues of environmental justice, water protection, and the effects of coal-fired power plants. She joined the law school after over 10 years of litigation experience, including work on efforts to hold a mining and smelting organization responsible for lead poisoning caused by its operations.

Environmental Racism in St. Louis Flyer


S&T 2022 Student Research Symposium
Sponsored by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society
November 30, 2022
The Collaboratory, G-2 Humanities-Social Sciences

The Center for Science, Technology, and Society is accepting proposals for student
research presentations or posters for a Student Research Symposium on November 30,
2022. CSTS would like to showcase student research,
completed or in progress, related to
the interrelations of science, technology, and society.
We invite research from all disciplines—scientific, technological, philosophical, historical,
rhetorical, artistic, or any combination. Of particular interest this year are topics that
address the question of “technology and good living.” We hear a lot about smart living
and innovation. But how might or how has technology help/ed society to move toward
the “good”?

Student Research Symposium Flyer


Reflections on Engineering: Scholarship in Service to Society
May 5, 2022- 1 pm


Historically, engineering curricula and the research enterprise have remained highly focused and “inside the fence” of academic labs or under very controlled research settings in the field.  But increasingly, we see are seeing rapid growth and interest in community-engaged research, learning, and outreach by engineering academics.  Community-engaged work can occur in various forms: research in partnership with communities, service-learning oriented courses, and professional outreach through civic organizations or professional associations

Reflections on Engineering Flyer


Policing Electricity: Power Theft and Everyday Life in Mexico City, 1901-1918
November 10, 2021 2 pm

Diana J. Montaño's research interests include the construction of modern Latin American societies with a focus on technology and its relationship to nationalism, everyday life and domesticity. Her first book Electrifying Mexico: Technology and the Transformation of a Modern City examines how ordinary citizens used electricity, both symbolically and physically, in the construction of a modern nation. The book weaves together how these "electrifying agents" first crafted a discourse for an electrified future and secondly, how they shaped its consumption. It shows how these agents of modernity promoted and created both imaginary and tangible notions of this technology. Taking a user-based perspective, this study reconstructs how electricity was lived, consumed, rejected, and shaped in everyday life.

Policing Electricity Flyer

The Innovation Delusion: How Our Obsessions with the New Has Disrupted the Work thatMatters Most
December 2, 2021 1 pm

Since the 1950s, we have literally heard the word "innovation" more and more every year.  But is this innovation-speak getting us what we want? In this talk, I will examine the history of innovation-speak, argue that it isn't getting us more innovation and comes with serious costs, including distracting us from important issues like maintenance and repair. I will outline some of the ideas of The Maintainers community, which has been thinking about these topics for the past six years. The Maintainers is a global, interdisciplinary research network focused on maintenance, repair, and the mundane work that keeps our world going.

The Innovation Delusion Flyer

CSTS Symposium

September 24, 2021

The Futures of STS in Engineering and Polytechnic Universities

What does the future of STS look like in engineering and polytechnic universities? In such STEM-focused environments, where STS scholars often operate independently and without a central STS department or program, how can STS researchers maximize their impact on the education of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as on the original research conducted by (and often financially supported by) colleagues in engineering departments? How can STS researchers become indispensable to engineering and scientific research endeavors without being perceived as simply support personnel?  Assembling convergent research teams to tackle important social and scientific challenges is an acknowledged best practice, so how should STS researchers embrace convergent research endeavors in order to add value and lead inquiries into areas of new and developing knowledge? 

Please register for each panel individually by clicking on the registration links in the Symposium Program below.


Symposium Program


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