Monthly Archives: January 2014

Center for Culture, History and the Environment Graduate Student Symposium, February 8

by Lyn

CHE’s 7th Annual Graduate Student Symposium will take place Saturday, February 8.  Please see the link below for complete information.

CFP: Holtz Center Funds for Thematic Clusters in Science & Technology Studies

by Lyn

Call for Proposals

Thematic Clusters in Science and Technology Studies

Due February 21, 2014

The Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies invites proposals for a new program to create thematic clusters to advance research, teaching, and outreach on interdisciplinary topics within science and technology studies, conceived broadly.  Successful applicants will receive two years of funding at up to $15,000/year.  The Center will select the first group in spring 2014 with funding to begin AY2014-15.

Proposals are welcome from any faculty and staff doing STS-related work on campus.  We recommend discussing proposals with Holtz Center personnel before submission.  Lead faculty and staff in the groups should be willing to join the Holtz Center if not already affiliated.

The grant can be used to fund any activities that fall under the purview of the Holtz Center.  We welcome proposals that will build community and strengthen intellectual connections across campus in a sustainable way, especially by integrating teaching, research, and outreach.  The grant can be used to fund faculty workshops or conferences, engage graduate students, provide support for creating new or revised courses, organize outreach activities, and pay for outside speakers.

The applications are due by 6 pm February 21.  The following materials are required: a one-page cover letter summarizing the proposal and listing key personnel, a five-page, double-spaced project description, a one-page budget, and 2-page c.v.’s of key personnel.   Proposals should be sent to the Center’s Associate Director, Lyn Macgregor at

Successful proposals will be evaluated in part by their ability to promote the following goals:

• Forge new intellectual directions and thematic research clusters within STS
• Enhance and expand participation in the STS community at UW-Madison
• Build new connections across disciplines at UW-Madison

For more information, contact Holtz Center director Eric Schatzberg, at

Holtz Center Offering Top-Up Fellowships for Incoming Graduate Students

by Lyn

Top-Up Fellowships for New Graduate Students
Robert F. and Jean E Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies

Submission deadline: Friday, Feb. 7 at 5:00 pm

The Holtz Center announces a new program of top-up fellowships to help departments recruit graduate students who plan to work on topics related to science and technology studies, construed broadly.  We will offer up to five two-year fellowships.  Each fellowship totals $4000 distributed over two years.

These awards are open to incoming students in any department that includes faculty who are members of the Holtz Center.  We expect departments to use these awards to help recruit their most promising applicants, and these awards should supplement rather than replace other types of funding.

Students who accept these awards will be expected to attend the Holtz Center brown bag series and are encouraged to take the introductory graduate seminar, STS 901, as well as participate in other Holtz Center activities.

To nominate students for the top-up competition, departments should submit a single PDF file of each student’s complete admissions application by email to  In the text of the email, briefly explain the relevance of the student’s interests to STS.  The email must also describe the funding package being offered to the student, including nominations for University Fellowships.  The deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 7 at 5:00 pm.  Decisions will be announced by early March.

The Holtz center will announce a second round of top-up fellowships later this spring for current Ph.D. students.

If you have any questions, please contact Lyn Macgregor, associate director of the Holtz Center, at


About the Holtz Center

The Holtz Center applies the methods of the humanities and the social sciences to seek a better understanding of science, technology, and medicine as human institutions, using approaches associated with the interdisciplinary field of science and technology studies (STS).  STS is a growing field that studies how science and technology shape human lives, and in turn how society and culture shape the development of science and technology.  By focusing scholarly attention on science, technology, and medicine as human institutions, situated in wider historical, social, and political contexts, STS provides insights into the relationship between the these fields and basic categories of thought in the humanities and social sciences.

MA in Bioethics & Science Policy, Duke University

by Lyn

Advances in the sciences and technology shape our lives and our societies, raising a myriad of questions: Is it ethical to clone part of a human being? Should we use technologies that enhance or alter our brains? Will we permit the police to store DNA forever, even for those who have never committed a crime?

Duke’s MA in Bioethics & Science Policy invites students to address these questions and many more. The program:

·         Provides a foundation in the history, philosophy, legal, social, and theoretical approaches to both bioethics and science policy.

·         Enables students to identify, analyze, and propose solutions to complex problems at the intersection of science, technology, ethics, and policy.
Led by Nita Farahany, JD, Ph.D., whose scholarship focuses on the ethical, legal, and social implications of the biosciences, the MA program has a world-class core and affiliated interdisciplinary faculty from across the Duke community. Since 2010, Farahany has served on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

A distinctive feature of Duke’s MA in Bioethics & Science Policy is the opportunity for students to concentrate within a specific area of existing or emerging research that poses fundamental questions about the relationship between science, ethics, and society. Concentrations include: genomics, neuroscience, and public impact and engagement.
If you love science and are fascinated by how it changes—and is changed by—society, we invite you to explore the new Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy. We are now accepting applications for Fall 2014. Applications are due March 1.