Monthly Archives: February 2015

Undergraduate Essay Contest on Disclosing/Enclosing Information, $500 prize

by Lyn

Announcing the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies Thematic Undergraduate Essay Contest

Sponsored by the Disclosing/Enclosing Research Cluster

Prompt: Discuss a situation in your life where you are revealing or trying to keep from revealing information. What are the long term consequences of disclosures? What expertise would you need to draw on to create a solution to this problem? How does the act of revealing something simultaneously conceal something else? Feel free to go beyond your own experiences by discussing essays/commentaries on this topic by other writers or speakers you’ve encountered in college.

NOTE: All submissions are to be original essays. 1,000-1,250 words in length, typed, double-spaced. Each essay must include a title page with the following information: title of essay, student’s name, major, institution, college and home address, e-mail address, telephone number, and the following statement:

“I hereby affirm that this is an original essay and my own work.”

Eligibility: This competition is open to UW System undergraduates in good academic standing.

Award: There will be one award for $500 and two honorable mentions. The winning essays will be posted on the Enclosing/Disclosing website. Winning essays will be selected by the co-PI’s of the thematic cluster. There will be a reception April 30 to announce the winners.

Submission: Email your submission to Student Assistant Julia Tabat at The deadline for submission is FRIDAY, APRIL 10th, 2015 AT MIDNIGHT, CENTRAL STANDARD TIME.

Washington Post: We don’t need more STEM majors, we need STEM majors with liberal arts training.

by Lyn


What Robert Holtz knew so well:

Thank you, Mr. Holtz for your thoughtful bequest that allows us to help undergraduate STEM field majors make meaningful connections with the liberal arts every day.

Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy Information Sessions

by Lyn

Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy Information Sessions

Is it ever ethical to clone a human being? How should genetic information be used in law enforcement? Should we use technologies that enhance or alter our brains? The Duke MA in Bioethics & Science Policy invites students to address these questions and many more. The Duke MA is the only program in the US that combines bioethics and science policy to prepare you to address the societal impact of advances in the biosciences, medicine, and technology. Please join us for one of the following online information sessions to learn more about this one-year MA program.

  • Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, noon (EST)
  • Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2015, noon (EST)

In each session, we will explore the MA curriculum, concentrations, practicum opportunities, admissions, financial aid, and the unique and individualized student experience. RSVP for the online session. Application deadline: March 31, 2015.