Member Achievements

Members of the Holtz Center are endlessly collaborating with other faculty and staff on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus and across their disciplines. These are just a small sample of the recent publications, projects and grants that our members have shared with the science and technology  community. Many of our members have also been recognized with various prestigious awards and honors in their field.


Books and Publications

Popkewitz Publishes The Impracticality of Practical Research

Tom Popkewitz examines the politics of practical knowledge and the paradoxes of exclusion in contemporary social and psychological sciences

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Oravec's article examines changes in shaming following the widespread use of computer networking, focusing in particular on administrative systems.

'Online Social Shaming and the Moralistic Imagination: The Emergence of Internet-based Performative Shaming in Policy & Internet' was recently published in "Policy & Internet" Journal (Oxford University).

Oravec addresses the ethical dimensions of the complex and evolving relationships between individuals and health-related selftracking devices in the context of workplace systems

'Digital iatrogenesis and workplace marginalization: Some ethical issues involving self-tracking medical technologies' was recently published in "Information, Communication & Society"

Richert keeps momentum with Break on Through

Richert has kept momentum and recently “broke on through”, when he released his second book of the calendar year. Break on Through: Radical Psychiatry and the American Counterculture debuted in October 2019.

Beilin co-edits collection of essays in "Hispanic Issues"

Kata Beilin (UW Spanish & Portuguese) has co-edited a collection of essays in "Hispanic Issues" Journal

Rudolph's new book describes changes in science teaching over time — and why it matters today

With the legitimacy of science increasingly under attack, UW–Madison’s John Rudolph has authored a new book that explains how and why we teach science in schools matters.

Tai explores "meat labeling" in Loyola Law Journal

What we call meat has become a contentious issue in the United States. This article is the first to explore the many dynamics behind meat labeling laws proposed by various state legislatures.

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Cooper publishes essay: "Figures for 'Gretter Knowing': Forms in the Treatise on the Astrolabe"

Cooper's essay seeks to elucidate the conjuncture of literary art with science in Chaucer’s Treatise on the Astrolabe, one of the earliest of technical treatises in English.

Chris Barcelos recently published a trio of articles of medical crowdfunding in trans communities

Check out Barcelos' collection of new articles on the politics, narratives, and inequalities of medical crowdfunding in trans communities.

Oravec publishes two peer-reviewed articles

“The ‘Dark Side’ of Academics? Emerging Issues in the Gaming and Manipulation of Metrics in Higher Education” and “Academic Metrics and the Community Engagement of Tertiary Education Institutions: Emerging Issues in Gaming, Manipulation, and Trust.”

Nemet's "How Solar Became Cheap" will be available June 2019

Gregory Nemet’s “How Solar Became Cheap: A Model for Low-Carbon Innovation” will be available in June 2019 and will be available for purchase on Amazon.

Oravec Publishes Article on Digital (or Virtual) Hoarding

This article outlines hoarding issues involving virtual goods including databases, videos, images, avatars, and digital documents in workplaces, households, and personal contexts.

Vijayanka Nair Publishes article on Governing India in Cybertime

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Stack Whitney and Nelson Co-Authored Chapter Included in "Living with Animals: Bonds across Species"

Nicole Nelson, together with Science and Technology Studies alumna, Dr. Kaitlin Stack Whitney have a new co-authored chapter included in “Living with Animals: Bonds across Species” (released September 2018).

Rima Apple Publishes Papers, Highlighting Public Health in Nursing

Professor Rima Apple recently published two papers, highlighting public health in nursing ...

Oravec Publishes Article on Artificial Intelligence, Automation, and Social Welfare

The potential societal impacts of automation using intelligent control and communications technologies have emerged as topics in a number of recent writings and public policy initiatives ...

Eschenfelder and Downey Develop a Synthesizing History of SSDAs

Kristin Eschenfelder and Greg Downey are finishing their four year Sloan funded exploration of the long-term sustainability challenges of science data infrastructures in the social sciences with co-PI Kalpana Shankar from UC Dublin ...

Technology and Adolescent Mental Health | Megan Moreno and Ana Radovic

This comprehensive book provides a framework for healthcare providers working with the dual challenges and opportunities presented by the intersection of mental health and technology ...

Future Remains: A Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene | Greg Mitman, Marco Armiero and Robert S. Emmett

What can a pesticide pump, a jar full of sand, or an old calico print tell us about the Anthropocene-the age of humans? Just as paleontologists look to fossil remains to infer past conditions of life on earth, so might past & present-day objects ...


Shiyanbola's project receives Baldwin Grant

Olayinka Shiyanbola's project, "Improving Diabetes Programs for Blacks in Wisconsin: Peers as Coaches in Medicine Use" was recently one of eight recipients of a Baldwin grant.

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"Multidisciplinary approach for redistricting knowledge" chosen for Round 6 of the UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative

Adeline Lo among investigators working on this project, which will be of value to groups working to improve the redistricting process and create more neutral maps, and provide information to broader public audiences.

"Ethics in Computing, Data, and Information" included in fourth round of cluster hires

UW–Madison recently announced its fourth round of cluster hires. Among the proposals chosen for funding was "Ethics in Computing, Data, and Information", led by Alan Rubel (UW-Madison Information School).

Popkewitz Organizes International Conference in Sweden

Thomas Popkewitz, a new member of the Holtz Center this spring, is currently organizing a three day conference at the University of Uppsalla, Sweden, Sweden’s first University.

UWSMPH's Moreno teams up with Facebook to explore Teen Relationships with Digital Technologies

Facebook and UWSMPH are teaming up to explore the relationship between teens and their use of digital technologies. Holtz Center member, Dr. Megan Moreno was recently interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio.

Hausman Studies and Writes in London

During the 2017-2018 academic year, while on sabbatical, Dan Hausman has been a Ludwig Lachmann research fellow at the London School of Economics. He has been studying the explicit use of cost-effectiveness information ...

The Land Beneath Our Feet | Co-directed by Greg Mitman and Sarita Siegel

The Land Beneath Our Feet weaves together rare archival footage from a 1926 Harvard expedition to Liberia with the journey of a young Liberian man, uprooted by war, seeking to understand how the past has shaped land conflicts in his country today ...

Awards and Honors

Bier lands NSF grant to study human, machine learning

Vicki Bier has received a $200,000 exploratory grant from the National Science Foundation to support her research exploring the gaps between human and machine learning.

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Caroline Gottschalk Druschke among 11 Morgridge Fellows selected

The fellows were selected through a juried process to participate in the year-long learning community designed to further institutionalize and support community-engaged scholarship.

Nyhart & Brossard are among this year's WARF, Kellett, Romnes award recipients

Lynn Nyhart and Dominique Brossard are among thirty-two members of the UW–Madison faculty who have been awarded faculty fellowships for 2020-21.

Dominique Brossard Receives Two Major UW-Madison Honors

In one week's time, Brossard was awarded the CALS 2020 Arthur Maurer Extra Mile Award & the UW-Madison Kellett Mid-Career Award.

Laurie Beth Clark Receives a 2020 Hilldale Award

One faculty member each from the arts and humanities, social sciences, physical sciences and biological sciences is selected from nominations by department chairs.

Graves Receives 2019 Bob Franklin Journal Article Award for 'Boundaries Not Drawn: Mapping the institutional roots of the global fact-checking movement'

The award recognizes the article that best contributes to our understanding of “connections between culture and society and journalism practices, journalism studies and/or digital media/new technologies.”

Dietram Scheufele Named Lifetime National Associate of the National Academies

Each year, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) awards a select number of individuals with the title of a Lifetime National Associate in the NASEM.

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Dietram Scheufele wins 2019 Spitzer Excellence in Teaching Award

Congratulations to Dietram Scheufele on receiving the 2019 Spitzer Excellence in Teaching Award in CALS.

Dietram Scheufele Selected as Taylor-Bascom Chair

The new chaired professorship provides crucial support for Scheufele’s teaching and scholarly activities and is a continued recognition of the global impact that his work has had.

Dr. Shiyanbola’s Project Receives Contemporary Social Problems Initiative Award

Olayinka Shiyanbola, a new member of the Holtz Center, and an Assistant Professor of Social and Administrative Sciences in the School of Pharmacy, recently received a UW-Madison Contemporary Social Problems Initiative grant.

Nelson Awarded Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study Residential Fellowship

Holtz Center member, Nicole Nelson was awarded a one-year residential fellowship (2018-19) at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University to begin a new project on the "reproducibility crisis" in biomedicine.

Fujimura Receives an NSF Scholars Award for Upcoming Project

Fujimura's project examines the role of infrastructures in the production of knowledge about genetics, blood, and race. In particular, we examine how cultural and social notions of contemporary racial groups became embedded in infrastructures ...

Joan Fujimura Elected as President of the Society for the Social Studies of Science

UW-Madison Sociology Professor, Joan Fujimura, has been elected to a four-year term as President of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S).

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Dominique Brossard selected to serve on NASEM’s Board on Life Sciences

Dominique Brossard, professor and chair for the Department of Life Sciences Communication, was recently selected to serve on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Life Sciences.

Apple Receives Genevieve Miller Lifetime Achievement Award

In May 2018, the American Association for the History of Medicine presented the Genevieve Miller Lifetime Achievement Award to Professor Rima Apple, given annually to a member of the Association who has retired from regular institutional affiliation.

Sober Honored with a 2018 L&S Honors Program Distinguished Teaching Award

UW Letters and Science Honors Program Distinguished Faculty Award (2018)

Elliott Sober Receives 2017 Lebowitz Prize

Elilott Sober was one of two recipients of the 2017 Dr. Martin R. Lebowitz and Eve Lewellis Lebowitz Prize for Philosophical Achievement and Contribution. A top honor recognizing outstanding achievement in the field, the Phi Beta Kappa Society ...

Saha Lab Receives a UW2020 Award | Krishanu Saha

Seventeen innovative projects have been chosen to join the UW2020: WARF Discovery Initiative grant cohort, including a project led by Professor Kirshanu Saha,
Gene Editing Nanomedicines to Correct Pathogenic Mutations in Retinal Pigmented Epithelium

Maynard Recipient of 2018 Cooley-Mead Award

Doug Maynard has been selected as the recipient of the 2018 Cooley-Mead Award from the Social Psychology section of the American Sociological Association (ASA) ...


Holtz Center's Michelle Kelly quoted in Washington Post

Kelly was quoted in a recent Washington Post article about how tablet-based bedside patient portals can help parents of hospitalized children maintain a sense of control and better advocate for their child's care.