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The Holtz Center is a gathering place for scholars across campus - events & courses include a broad array of themes from diverse analytical perspectives.

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.

By focusing scholarly attention on science and technology as human institutions, situated in wider historical, social, and political contexts, STS provides insights into the relationship between science and technology and such basic categories of social thought as race and gender, poverty and development, trust and credibility, participation and democracy, health and pathology, risk and uncertainty, globalization, and environmental protection.

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April 2018

Brown Bag: Alternative Logics of Soviet “Pseudoscience”: Amateur Encounters with the Tunguska Explosion

April 5 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Andy Bruno, Ph.D. Associate Professor History and Environmental Studies Northern Illinois University Alternative Logics of Soviet “Pseudoscience”: Amateur Encounters with the Tunguska Explosion This talk will use the wide-ranging amateur expeditions that began in the…

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Iron Chef 2018: BATTLE BLACK GARLIC: Steph Tai vs. Steve Vig

April 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Brinklounge, 701 E Washington Ave, Ste 105
Madison, WI
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Holtz Center Member, Professor Steph Tai is competing in Iron Chef 2018, a Fundraiser for the Tenant Resource Center BATTLE BLACK GARLIC: Steph Tai vs. Steve Vig  

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Climate Solutions 2018: Assessing the Risks and the Options

Katharine Mach, Director, Stanford Environment Assessment Facility; Senior Research Scientist, Stanford University Earth System Science Abstract: Given rapid global change, knowledge about the environment is essential in real-time to societies making complex decisions. There is…

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Professional Development for Grad Students:  Publishing in STS Journals

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

Panelists: Greg Downey Nicole Nelson Samer Alatout Madi Pape Lunch will be served!

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Emerging Policy & Ethical Implications from Neuroscience, Genetics, and the Microbiome

April 12 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Thanks to technological advances, researchers know more about the human microbiome, a person's genetic makeup, and the human brain than anyone could have imagined decades earlier. This knowledge brings with it great potential but also…

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From Label to Table: Regulating Food in the Information Age, 1950s to 1990s

This lecture explores the origins of our present “Information Age” in food and diet markets, looking at the ways that regulatory institutions and market interests have sought to shape consumers’ understandings of food, diet, and…

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Workshop: Discussing “The informational turn in food politics” Social Studies of Science (2017)

This article traces the history of the US FDA regulation of nutrition labeling, identifying an ‘informational turn’ in the evolving politics of food, diet and health in America. By studying product labels as ‘information infrastructure’,…

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Deadline: Undergraduate Writing Competition

April 16 @ 5:00 pm

Have you written in the fall or are you writing a paper this spring on a theme related to how science and technology affect and are affected by social, political, cultural, or economic life? Are…

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Black Twitter, Big Data, and Deep Engagement

April 18 @ 4:00 pm

Black Twitter, Big Data, and Deep Engagement Meredith Clark, Ph.D., Assistant Professor Department of Media Studies, University of Virginia Prof. Clark establishes a theoretical framework for the social media phenomena of “Black Twitter,” defined as a…

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Deadline: Faculty & Staff Outreach Fellowship

April 18 @ 5:00 pm

The Holtz Center offers an annual Outreach Fellowship for UW-Madison Faculty and Staff.  The Holtz Center seeks, as one of its key missions, to promote public engagement with questions concerning the relationship of society and…

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