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Science and Technology Studies (STS)

Science and technology studies (STS) is a growing field of study that seeks to understand how science and technology shape human lives and livelihoods and how society and culture, in turn, shape the development of science and technology.

History of The Holtz Center

In the 1990s, Bob and Jean Holtz made an initial commitment that created the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies at UW-Madison.

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The Ph.D. minor (Option A) in STS is offered to graduate students who are candidates for a Ph.D. degree in another department or program. The minor is open to students in all campus departments, including the humanities, social sciences, natural scie

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ISSuES offers undergraduate students an opportunity to interact with the social sciences and humanities in a way that emphasizes the relationship between science, technology, engineering and society.

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January 2022

Holtz Center Steering Committee Meeting

January 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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February 2022

Lunch Seminar Series: Dr. Claudia Calderón

February 3 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Mutual learning for the defense, culturally respectful and ethical use of Indigenous biodiversity STS Lunch Seminar with Dr. Claudia Irene Calderón Faculty Associate, Horticulture February 3, 12:30-1:30 pm, Nafziger Room (5055 Vilas Communication Hall) Genetic…

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Lunch Seminar Series: Prof. Adena Rissman

February 17 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The politics of setting goals and measuring outcomes for land, water, and wildlife STS Lunch Seminar with Adena Rissman Professor, Forest and Wildlife Ecology February 17, 2022, 12:30-1:30 pm, Nafziger Room (5055 Vilas Communication Hall)…

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Holtz Center Steering Committee Meeting

February 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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March 2022

Lunch Seminar Series: Prof. Paul Kelleher

March 3 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The Most Important Number You’ve Never Heard of, Revisited STS Lunch Seminar with Paul Kelleher Associate Professor, Medical History and Bioethics March 3, 12:30-1:30 pm, via Zoom Zoom details TBA The Biden Administration is slated…

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Visiting Speaker Series: Prof. Daniel Kleinman

March 10 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

An STS Scholar’s Travels in Academic Administration Visiting Speaker Series: Daniel Kleinman Associate Provost for Graduate Affairs and Professor of Sociology, Boston University March 10, 4:00-5:30 pm, Nafziger Room (5055 Vilas Communication Hall) Details TBA

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Lunch Seminar Series: Prof. Jenell Johnson

March 24 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

A Sense of Commonality: The Rhetorical Alchemy of Deep Ecology STS Lunch Seminar with Jenell Johnson Associate Professor, Communication Arts March 24, 12:30-1:30 pm, Nafziger Room (5055 Vilas Communication Hall) In this talk, taken from…

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Holtz Center Steering Committee Meeting

March 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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April 2022

Lunch Seminar Series: Prof. LiLi Johnson

April 7 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Genetic Intimacies: 23andMe, Kinship, and the Racialization of Genetic Ancestry Testing STS Lunch Seminar with LiLi Johnson Assistant Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies April 7, 12:30-1:30 pm, Nafziger Room (5055 Vilas Communication Hall) abstract forthcoming…

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Lunch Seminar Series: Prof. Adrian Treves

April 21 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

What does best mean in “best available science”? STS Lunch Seminar with Adrian Treves Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies April 21, 12:30-1:30 pm, Nafziger Room (5055 Vilas Communication Hall) Best available science (BAS) is…

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