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Science and Technology Studies (STS)

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.

History of The Holtz Center

In the 1990s, Bob and Jean Holtz made an initial commitment that created the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies at UW-Madison.

Graduate Program

The Ph.D. minor (Option A) in STS is offered to graduate students who are candidates for a Ph.D. degree in another department or program. The minor is open to students in all campus departments, including the humanities, social sciences, natural scie

Undergraduate Certificate

ISSuES offers undergraduate students an opportunity to interact with the social sciences and humanities in a way that emphasizes the relationship between science, technology, engineering and society.

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February 2023

Sedona Chinn, Assistant Professor, Life Sciences Communication

February 2 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Aspirational Social Media, Wellness Lifestyles, and Science Communication 5013 Vilas As social media use has dramatically increased over the last decade, there has been a great deal of research on how social media may shape…

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Reginold Royston, Assistant Professor, Department of African Cultural Studies and the Information School

February 16 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Digital Diaspora: Beyond Wakanda Futurism Now on Zoom only due to weather: In this talk, Reginold Royston (UW iSchool and African Cultural Studies) will discuss transnational media exchanges between Black Americans, Ghanaian emigres, and…

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March 2023

Mrill Ingram, Research Scientist, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute / Research Fellow, Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, UW-Madison

March 2 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

5013 Vilas and on Zoom Loving Orphaned Space: The Art and Science of Belonging to Earth (Temple University Press, 2022) offers a framework for thinking and seeing in new ways about the plethora of…

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Running Deep – Understanding Water to Understand Our Future

March 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St.
Madison, WI
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Recording of this fantastic event available here: Join four leading experts on water and society to explore how water helps us understand the present moment -- and how thinking about water differently can help…

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Chaoqun Ni, Assistant Professor, Information School/School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences

March 23 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

How parenthood contributes to gender gaps in academia 5013 Vilas and on Zoom Being a parent has long been associated with gender disparities in academia. However, details of the mechanisms by which parenthood and…

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Visiting Speaker Series: Aditi Verma

March 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Critical masses: A research agenda for a more responsible nuclear field Visiting speaker Dr. Aditi Verma Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences Technology developers and policymakers in the US and globally…

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April 2023

Morgan Edwards, Assistant Professor of Climate Policy

April 6 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Evaluating technologies and policies to reduce natural gas emissions in U.S. cities 5013 Vilas and on Zoom (register here): A rapid and just transition away from unabated fossil fuel use is essential to addressing…

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Visiting Speaker Series: Chernoh Bah, Ph.D candidate, Department of History / Mellon Cluster Fellow in the Program of African Studies, Northwestern University

April 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

5055 Vilas Hall (821 University Avenue) & Zoom Zoom registration: Disease Narratives and Debates: Contending Origin of the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa Between 2014 and 2016, the largest and deadliest Ebola epidemic in…

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Corey Jackson, Assistant Professor, The Information School

April 20 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Interlocutors: Carving Out a Role for Information Professionals in Citizen Science 5013 Vilas and on Zoom Register for Zoom here: Citizen science — an approach whereby amateurs actively contribute to the production of scientific…

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May 2023

Student awardees

May 4 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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