Monthly Archives: October 2015

Midwest Premier of Silent Sky at Forward Theater, 11.5-11.22

by Lyn

Silent Sky

by Lauren Gunderson

November 5th – 22nd, 2015

Midwestern Premiere!

A brilliant, headstrong pioneer at the dawn of modern astronomy, Henrietta Leavitt must leave her Wisconsin home to pursue her dream of studying the night sky. But she soon discovers that the distance to the stars is less than the distance to acceptance in the man’s world of turn-of-the-century science. Family, music, love and history come alive beneath a blanket of stars in this magical story of a scientist’s quest for the heavens in a society determined to keep a woman in her place.

3 Postdocs at the U of Copenhagen, “Vitality of Disease: Quality of Life in the Making”

by Lyn

“Learning to live with disease” & “Standardised subjects”

This is an exciting opportunity to join a new research team that will carry out collaborative ethnographic research on the making of quality of life; based in one of Europe’s most vibrant Anthropology departments at the University of Copenhagen and living in one of the world’s best cities. The research project “The Vitality of Disease – Quality of Life in the Making” (VITAL) is hiring two postdocs to commence duties in early 2016. Funded by the European Research Council, candidates will contribute to the overall objectives of VITAL ( by carrying out independent ethnographic studies within predefined problem fields. The country and concrete site of the studies will depend on the candidate and should be outlined in detail in the application. There are no geographic limitations, and while a strong effort will be made to have a diversity of project countries and sites, the strongest candidates will be offered the positions. VITAL postdocs will play a crucial role in the conceptual and methodological innovations required by the project as a collective endeavour. Candidates must hold a PhD degree in anthropology, sociology or science studies. Experience with social studies of medicine is preferred.

Fellowships in STS at Kennedy School

by Lyn

Call for Applications: Non-Stipendiary Fellowships

Program on Science, Technology and Society, Harvard Kennedy School

The Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard Kennedy School, a leading center for STS research and training, welcomes applications to its non-stipendiary pre- and postdoctoral fellowship program for AY 2016-2017. Predoctoral fellowships are most appropriate for Ph.D. students in STS or closely related fields who have completed their qualifying exams and embarked on dissertation research and writing. Postdoctoral fellowships are most appropriate for recent Ph.D.’s pursuing research that would benefit from systematic exposure to STS theories and methods.

The Program offers a unique collegial environment in which fellows receive intensive training in STS and become an integral part of the Cambridge-based STS community. Fellows meet weekly as a group to discuss each other’s research; they also attend weekly STS Circle seminars, audit relevant Harvard graduate courses, and participate in the Program’s major events. Each year’s cohort includes students from varied backgrounds, cultures, and countries. We have hosted students from the US, Canada, Brazil, South Korea, and several European countries (e.g., Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, and the Netherlands).

Non-stipendiary fellows are expected to participate in the Program for one academic year (September-May), but shorter stays of at least one semester (about three months) may be possible with appropriate justification under exceptional circumstances. Fellows may stay for a maximum of two years with appropriate external support.

Applicants will be evaluated for their fit with the Program’s intellectual strengths and substantive research foci. Accordingly, both the research statement and the supporting letter(s) should clearly address the question of fit.

Applicants for non-stipendiary fellowships should apply using the online application form by January 31, 2016. Applicants should submit the following:

  • A description of research interests and reasons for seeking affiliation with the Harvard STS Program (750 words);
  • A brief curriculum vitae (2 pages);
  • A supporting letter from an academic adviser evaluating the applicant’s academic performance, standing, and qualifications for the Harvard program (to be sent by the faculty member directly to Shana Rabinowich at
  • Optional: A second letter from a faculty member trained in STS who can speak to the applicant’s background in STS.

For more information on the STS Program, visit


Visiting Assistant Professor in History of Science & Technology at Carnegie Mellon

by Lyn

The History Department at Carnegie Mellon University invites applications for a one-year visiting assistant professor in History of Science and Technology and/or Science and Technology Studies for the 2016-2017 academic year. We encourage applications from scholars who can provide social and cultural insight into fields that have a strong presence at Carnegie Mellon. The successful applicant will teach two courses per semester (four total), including at least one broad introduction to the history and/or social studies of science and technology. Applicants should have their Ph.D. in hand by June 30, 2016.

Term of appointment: August 1, 2016-July 31, 2017. Compensation: $50,000 plus benefits, and $2,500 summer research budget. This position may be renewable for up to one additional year pending departmental approval and availability of sufficient funding to do so.

Please send letter of application (including information about previous teaching experience); full CV; graduate transcript; a single writing sample the equivalent of 60 or fewer double-spaced manuscript pages; and three letters of reference to HST/STS Search Committee, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University by email via the following address: All questions should be sent to this email address as well.

Carnegie Mellon is an AA/EOE employer committed to diversity.

Deadline for applications: January 31, 2016.

New Video on Gene Editing Features Holtz Member Kris Saha

by Lyn

Madeleine Pape uses research to weigh in on testosterone testing in athletes

by Lyn

Olympian turned researcher sways athletes’ view on gender

When a world-class athlete challenged the notion of what it means to be female, grad student — and former Olympian — Madeleine Pape found herself uniquely qualified to help.

Last summer, a track star from India named Dutee Chand made international headlines when she successfully challenged regulations on the naturally occurring testosterone levels of female athletes.

Among Chand’s supporters, Madeleine Pape brought an unusual combination of academic and athletic expertise. A UW-Madison doctoral student in sociology who studies the complexities of gender identification, Pape is also a middle distance runner who competed in the 2008 Olympics.

Pape credits her studies at UW-Madison with changing her views on how sport defines a “normal” female athlete. Her research gave her strong motivation to testify on Chand’s behalf.

See the complete story here:

4S Open Access Journal “Engaging Science, Technology & Society” Now Live

by Lyn

Inaugural editor Daniel Kleinman announces the arrival of 4S’s new open access journal, Engaging Science, Technology & Society.

Science and technology infuse the world in which we live, from the nature of healthcare and environmental policy to labor-management relationships in workplaces and the organization of political campaigns and political candidates’ platforms.  The centrality of science and technology in social life means there is a vital space for scholars of science, technology, and society to intervene in meaningful ways in discussions of the most crucial issues of the day.  Engaging Science, Technology, and Society is intended as a vibrant venue for these conversations.

Toward this end, Engaging Science, Technology, and Society will be a site of experimentation with new forms of writing and publication.  We will be a big tent that creates opportunities for those who formally identify with science and technology studies to publish alongside scholars from a range of other fields whose work speaks to the relationship between science/ technology and society/ culture.  Finally, Engaging Science, Technology, and Society will seek to be relevant and accessible to a wide array of audiences from STS scholars and undergraduate students to science and technology practitioners, policymakers and activists.

Engaging Science, Technology, and Society, an open access journal, aims to be a venue for realizing these “openness” objectives.   Toward this end, we are interested in publishing informed and rigorous work that takes risks, insightfully challenges established conceptual orientations and methods, and speaks boldly. We are committed to thorough and constructive double-blind peer review and consequent revision that will lead to the highest quality articles, and we will endeavor to produce work that is clear and engaging reading for multiple audiences.