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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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October 2019

What is Food and Who Decides?: Insects as Food

October 22 @ 6:00 pm
Meadowridge Branch, Madison Public Library, 5726 Raymond Rd
Madison, WI 53711
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What is Food and Who Decides?: Insects as Food Details TBA

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Decedent as Epistemic Object: Ontologies, technologies, and enaction in a collaborative research program

October 24 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Decedent as Epistemic Object: Ontologies, technologies, and enaction in a collaborative research program A Brown Bag with Dylan Lott, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for Healthy Minds Abstract forthcoming.

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What is Food and Who Decides?: The Cases of Milk and Meat

October 29 @ 6:30 pm
Oregon Public Library, 256 Brook Street
Oregon, WI
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Should plant based milks be called milk? Is meat really meat if it is grown in a lab? Which stakeholders will get to have a say in making these decisions about or food? How can…

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November 2019

National Science Policy Network (NSPN) Annual Symposium

November 1 @ 8:00 am - November 3 @ 5:00 pm

National Science Policy Network (NSPN) Symposium: Catalysts for Science Policy is hosting the NSPN’s annual symposium here in Madison, WI on November 1-3, 2019! This year’s theme is “Leveraging Science and Technology to Benefit Marginalized…

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Faculty & Staff Travel Grants Deadline

November 1 @ 5:00 pm

Fall deadline: November 1 for travel January 1 – June 29 The Holtz Center is pleased to offer travel awards of up to $1000 to Holtz Center faculty and staff members presenting STS-related research at…

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Graduate Student Research Travel Grants Deadline

November 1 @ 5:00 pm

Fall deadline (for Winter/Spring Cycle): November 1 The Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center for Science & Technology Studies invites proposals for travel grants of up to $1,000 from graduate students working on STS-related…

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Humans as a model for animals: Patterning preclinical reproducibility reform after clinical research

November 7 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Humans as a model for animals: Patterning preclinical reproducibility reform after clinical research A Brown Bag with Nicole Nelson, Assistant Professor, Medical History and Bioethics Abstract forthcoming.

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A Roundtable on Value/Economy

November 14 @ 7:00 pm

The third series of events related to the Sawyer Seminar: Interrogating the Plantationocene: A UW-Madison Mellon Sawyer Seminar is right around the corner! The November events explore the theme of "value/economy". - VALUE/ECONOMY EVENTS -…

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Value/Economy Workshop

November 15 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

The third series of events related to the Sawyer Seminar: Interrogating the Plantationocene: A UW-Madison Mellon Sawyer Seminar is right around the corner! The November events explore the theme of "value/economy". - VALUE/ECONOMY EVENTS -…

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Ethics, Agency, and Automated Decision Systems

November 21 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Ethics, Agency, and Automated Decision Systems A Brown Bag with Alan Rubel, JD, PhD, Associate Professor, Information School; Director, Center for Law, Society & Justice Abstract forthcoming. Work presented is part of a collaborative project with Adam…

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