“The Holtz Center allows me to collaborate with and learn from like-minded scholars.”, states one of our newest STS colleagues from the Information School, Corey Jackson. Jackson, who is a 2020-21 Anna Julia Cooper Postdoctoral Fellow, was recently added to the Holtz Center roster this fall, shortly after arriving on the UW-Madison campus.
Science and technology studies (STS) is a growing field of study in the United States and around the world 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.
“The field of Science and Technology Studies is relevant to so many disciplines across the University of Wisconsin.”, Jackson states. “At its core, my research is interdisciplinary, relying on knowledge from organization studies, computer science, and psychology. To investigate the challenges of using new scientific methods, such as the crowdsourced collection of scientific datasets, STS is a natural epistemological fit.”.
Jackson, who received his Ph.D. in Information Science and Technology from Syracuse University, states that his research centers primarily around virtual citizen science. Here, he focuses on understanding learning and motivational factors that enhance individual’s propensity to contribute to citizen science projects. In other research efforts, he explores science and technology studies, to better understand how professional scientists use citizen science artifacts. An STS perspective sheds light on the networks, re-configurations, tools, and ways that citizen science artifacts become instantiated in scientific practice.
Whether you are a new member of the UW-Madison community or are an established faculty member interested in science and technology studies, Holtz Center membership is open to faculty and academic staff interested in STS. To apply, simply contact our Associate Director, Lyn Macgregor, and share your involvement with STS on campus and your current CV.