Meet, Greet, Present, Plan

∼ Spring 2022 ∼

Monday, April 25, 12:15-1:45pm

STS NOW! – Conversations in Science, Technology, Society

Hybrid Event: Charles Library 364 and

Veronica Jacome (GUS)

Constructing “Bad” Electrical Users: Centralized Electricity Supply in the Early US Grid and Discourses of Development

Brian Tuohy (Katz)

Health Without Papers: Immigration, Citizenship, and Healthcare in the 21st Century

Friday, April 1, 3:00pm (2:30 refreshments)

BioLife Sciences Building, Room 234, and online at

The Maternal Imprint: The Contested Science of Maternal-Fetal Effects

Sarah S. Richardson (History of Science and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard)

Monday, February 21, 12:15-1:45pm

STS NOW! – Conversations in Science, Technology, Society

Erica Golemis (Fox Chase) – Capacity Building: Building a Department of Cancer Biology Linked to a Cancer Center; balancing multiple value systems while defining success


Lauren Olsen (Sociology) – Disciplining Docility: How Medical Educators use the Humanities to Maintain the Professional Status Quo

STS NOW Flier Feb 21

Monday, January 24, 12:15-1:45pm

A Discussion of Our Favorite Works by Robert K. Merton

Panelists: Tom Waidzunas (Sociology), Meghnaa Tallapragada (Advertising and Public Relations), Bruce Hardy (Communication and Social Influence), David Elesh (Sociology, Emeritus)

Merton Event Poster

Merton Readings:

Merton, 1938.  Science, Technology, and Society in Seventeenth Century England

Merton, 1942.  The Normative Structure of Science

Lazarsfeld and Merton, 1948.  Mass Communication, Popular Taste, and Organized Social Action

Merton, 1957.  The Role-Set_Problems in Sociological Theory

∼ Fall 2021 ∼

Hybrid meetings:
both in Charles Library, room 364 (enter room 375, turn left, then right around the corner)… and at

Monday, December 13, 12:15-1:45pm

Making the Invisible, Visible: Reimagining Scientific Discovery

Rebecca Kamen (Artist in residence, The Computational Neuroscience Initiative, UPenn)


Monday, November 8, 12:15-1:45pm

Societal Impacts of Nuclear Energy: An Introduction to STS

Jim Napolitano (Physics) and Tom Waidzunas (Sociology)

Monday, October 11, 12:15-1:45pm

Working Maintenance and Repair into Science and Technology Studies

Eli Alshanetsky (Philosophy) and Juris Milestone (Anthropology)

Monday, September 13, 12:15-1:45pm

A Conversation on Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions

Miriam Solomon (Philosophy) and Tom Waidzunas (Sociology)

∼ Spring 2021 ∼

Monday, April 12 via Zoom

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning can improve all aspects of our lives… Could it also replace us?

Slobodan Vucetic, Center for Hybrid Intelligence, Temple University
Richard Souvenir, CIS, Temple University
Bora Ozkan, Finance, Temple University
Cory Ng, Accounting, Temple University

W. Geoffrey Wright, Neuromotor Sciences, Temple University
Bertand Guillotin, Strategic Management, Temple University

Friday, March 5 via Zoom

With Global Studies, Temple Libraries, CHAT, and the Loretta C. Duckworth Scholars Studio

Modeling the Mind: From Buddhism to Artificial General Intelligence

Joscha Bach, AI Foundation, San Fransisco
Marcus Bingenheimer, Religion, Temple University
Pei Wang, Computer and Informational Sciences, Temple University
Simon Wiles, Center for Interdisciplinary Digital Research, Stanford University

Monday, February 8 via Zoom

Engineering Climate Change: Building LGBTQ-inclusive classrooms and workplaces in STEM

Stephanie Farrell, College of Engineering, Rowan University

∼ Fall 2020 ∼

Monday, December 14 via Zoom

Interdisciplinarity in the RCM era: Proposing a new undergraduate degree in Science, Technology, & Society

Jim Napolitano (Physics, College of Science and Technology, Temple University)

Monday, November 9 via Zoom

A panel discussion on gene drive: On the fate of species via genetic manipulation


Virginie Courtier-Orgogozo (Institut Jacques Monod, University of Paris)

Darius Balciunas (Biology, Temple university)

Miriam Solomon (Philosophy, Temple University)

Bruce Hardy (Communication & Social Influence, Temple University)


Rob Kulathinal (Biology, Temple University)

Monday, September 14 via Zoom

Susan Lindee (History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania)

“Creating the Galapagos Field Station at Santa Cruz, 1950-1970”

Monday, October 12 via Zoom

Nancy Campbell (Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

Workshop: Designing an Undergraduate Major in STS

∼ Spring 2020 ∼

Wednesday, April  15

Virtual chat with the STSN@TU at the Center for Humanities

Monday, February 10

Gwen Ottinger (Center for Science, Technology and Society, Drexel University)

Charles Library

∼ Fall 2019 ∼

Monday, December 9

Justin Brody (Center for Data, Mathematical, & Computational Sciences, Goucher College) Machine Consciousness as a Pathway to Artificial General Intelligence

Charles Library

Monday, November 18

Allison Hayes-Conroy  (GUS) Building a Bio3Science Research and Training Network

Monday, October 14

 Juris Milestone (Anthropology) Disrupting Innovation’s Domination

Monday, September 9

Miriam Solomon (Philosophy) Evidence and Values in the DSM 5.X

Marcus Bingenheimer (Religion) and Rob Kulathinal (Biology) Sutra2DNA

∼ Spring 2019 ∼

Tuesday, April 30

Open Planning Meeting

Monday, April 15

Tom Waidzunas (Sociology) NSF LGBT Safe Zone Initiative

Monday, March 18

Aunshul Rege (Criminal Justice) – Proactive Cybersecurity & human behavior

Sue Wells (English) – Robert Burton, Medicine, & Early Modern Practices of Knowledge

Monday, February 18

Andrew Iliadis (Media Studies) – Semantic and embodied computing

Jess Newman (Anthropology) – Medical Anthropology

Monday, January 14

Planning Meeting

∼ Fall 2018 ∼

Monday, December 10th

Planning meeting

Monday, November 12th

Allison Hayes-Conroy, Carol Brandt, and Rob Kulathinal will present their ideas for a grant proposal

Miriam Solomon will present some ideas from her work on consensus in psychiatry

Monday, October 15th

Round Table on “Sokal Squared” controversy

Jim Napolitano (Physics) on bias in scientific discovery

Monday, September 17th

Steven Epstein, Northwestern University

∼ Summer 2018 ∼

Interdisciplinary Grants Meetup
Friday, June 15th

∼ Spring 2018 ∼

Monday, May 7th

Ralph Horwitz, Katz School of Medicine

“Medicine-Based Evidence”

Monday, April 16th

Marcus Bingenheimer, Religion

“Chinese Buddhist History as Network(s) – On the use of historical social network analysis in the study of Chinese Buddhism”

Rita Krueger, History

“Medical Authority in the Age of Smallpox: Knowledge Networks in Central Europe”

Monday, March 19th

Miriam Solomon, Philosophy – “Epistemic Collusion in Stem Cell Clinics”

Tom Waidzunas, Sociology – recent work on LGBT scientists

Monday, February 19th

Byron Wolfe, Photography

∼ Fall 2017 ∼

Monday, November 27th

Roderick Coover, Film and Media Arts and Guntram Werther, Fox

Monday, October 30th

Allison Hayes-Conroy, GUS, Rob Kulathinal, Biology, and Carol Brandt, Education 

The Bio-Social Partnerships graduate studio promotes collaboration and transdisciplinary research training across life sciences and social sciences, using the human body as a boundary object to bridge these domains.

Monday, October 2nd

Tania Jenkins, Sociology and Tom Waidzunas, Sociology

Tania Jenkins presented work coauthored with Susan Short (Brown University) that uses intersex as a case for theorizing the role of resistance in the sociology of diagnosis.