STS News & Events

Upcoming Events
Spring 2013
Global Financial Markets:
Architecture and Sociology
January 18 | HSH 201 | 12pm

Karin Knorr Cetina
Institute for Advanced Study,
Princeton University

This event is co-sponsored by the Sociology Department Colloquium Series
Anticipating Autism:Bodies of Science and Questions of Cause in the Post-Genomic Era
March 13 | HSH 201 | 2pm

Martine Lappé
Postdoctoral Fellow,
UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics
Will There Be a Good Debate About Reproductive Genetic Technologies?
April 19 | TBA | 12pm

John Evans
Professor of Sociology,
University of California, San Diego

This event is co-sponsored by the Sociology Department
STS Announces Summer Research Fellowships

We’re pleased to announce the following USC graduate students have been awarded STS Summer Research Fellowships. Yasuhito Abe (Communications) for his project, "Do-it-yourself (DIY) Movements after the Fukushima Nuclear Accident." Nadya Bair (Art History) for her project, "Photojournalism and the Partitioning of the Post-War World." Justin Clark (History) for his project, "Training the Eyes: Romantic Vision and Class Formation in Boston, 1830-1870.” Celeste Menchaca (American Studies and Ethnicity) for her project, “Scientific Vision and the Construction of the U.S.-Mexico Boundary Line, 1849-1858.”
New Issue of LIMN Available

The most recent issue of LIMN, edited by Stephen J. Collier, Christopher Kelty and Andrew Lakoff, examines the concept of systemic risk. LIMN is available both on line and in print.
STS Research Cluster Spotlighted by Dornsife

What Galileo Galilei really needed was a public relations firm to market his theories. The law of gravity is now an agreed-upon fact, but Galileo met with fierce opposition from the Catholic Church and fellow scientists when he introduced the theory in the late 16th century ... “For sociologists who study science, one of the biggest problems they face is when they say, ‘Listen, there is a social process involved in making facts and we need to understand this process in order to understand science better,’” said Dan Lainer-Vos, Ruth Ziegler Early Career Chair in Jewish Studies and assistant professor of sociology.
STS Welcomes New Faculty Member in Sociology

We are pleased to announce that Katie Hasson will join the STS Research Cluster as of the Fall 2012. Katie has recently accepted an appointment as an Assistant Professor in Sociology and Gender Studies at USC. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation, “No Need to Bleed: Technologies of Menstrual Suppression and Gendered Bodies,” uses the case of menstrual suppression birth control pills to examine the role of everyday medical technologies in the production of gendered bodies and selves, amid shifting configurations of medicine, markets, and the state. Her broader research agenda focuses on how science and technology are centrally involved in constructing and performing gendered bodies, identities, and politics.
Andrew Lakoff Awarded Borchard Foundation Grant

STS Director Andrew Lakoff has been awarded a Borchard Foundation grant to host an international colloquium at the Chateau de la Bretesche in Brittany in June 2012. The colloquium will bring together sociologists, anthropologists and STS scholars from France and the United States to consider the theme: "Heralds of Crisis: Ecological Risk and the Role of Sentinels."
STS welcomes John Brooks Slaughter

STS is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Slaughter, Professor of Education at Rossier School of Education and Professor of Engineering at Viterbi School of Engineering.

A former director of the National Science Foundation, chancellor of the University of Maryland, College Park, and president of Occidental College, Dr. Slaughter has served for many years as a leader in the education, engineering and scientific communities. He is well known for his commitment to increasing diversity in higher education with a special focus on the STEM disciplines.
New Issue of LIMN Available

The most recent issue of LIMN, edited by Stephen J. Collier, Christopher Kelty and Andrew Lakoff, examines the concept of systemic risk. LIMN is available both on line and in print.
Anne Balsamo's Latest Book Available from Duke University Press

In Designing Culture:The Technological Imagination at Work, Anne Balsamo examines extended moments of the technological imagination at work in the creation of innovative technologies at three important cultural sites: the industry research laboratory, the science/technology center, and the American research university.
Announcing Our New Postdoctoral Research Associate,
Mihir Pandya
The USC Research Cluster in Science, Technology and Society is pleased to announce the appointment of Mihir Pandya as our new Postdoctoral Research Associate, sponsored by the College 2020 Initiative.
Mihir is currently completing his Ph.D in cultural anthropology at the University of Chicago. His dissertation, The Stealth Effect: Aerospace and Cold War Southern California, is an historical ethnography of Cold War era stealth airplane projects and the culture of aerospace in the LA Basin from the 1970s through the early 1990s. His broader areas of interest include science and technology studies, the anthropology of security and secrecy, and the history of the Cold War. He is the current recipient of the Fellowship in Aerospace History jointly sponsored by the American Historical Association and NASA. Mihir's two-year appointment at USC, where he will be based in the Sociology Department, begins in January 2012.
STS Awards Summer Research Fellowships to Four USC Graduate Students

Kristina Burhman(History), Nadine Chan (Critical Studies), Sean Nelson (Art History) and Andie Reid (History) have been awarded STS summer research fellowships for 2011.