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Archive of STS news

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STS Students on the BBC

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It's been a great week for STSers on the BBC!

Starting us off we have STS PhD student Mat Paskins spoke at Somerset House for BBC Radio 4's Four Thought series.


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Simon Werrett spoke at UCL's new Institute of Making on Friday 19 April about "Material Histories of Science". Werrett asked what a new history of material qualities might look like, and explored the history of that essential academic material - red ink!

Vacancy: Senior Lecturer in Science Communication

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UCL's Department of Science and Technology Studies seeks to appoint a full time Senior Lecturer in Science Communication.

The Spanish Collaboration

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Brian Balmer with Amparo Gomez in Tenerife

On April 4th 2013, Dr Brian Balmer gave a talk entitled “The Social Dimension of Technology” at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Education and Language, University of La Laguna, Tenerife. The talk was given to staff and students as part of their two day annual research conference and Faculty celebration.

Science and Security Grant

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Brian Balmer is to be the co-investigator on an eighteen month project funded by the ESRC and AHRC as a part of their Science and Security Progamme. The project is entitled The Formulation and Non-formulation of Security Concerns:Preventing the Destructive Application of the Life Sciences. The project involves a number of researchers compiling case studies on how security issues become "non-issues" in policy debate about biological weapons control. Brian will contribute a case study on the history of concerns over genetic engineering. The principal investigator on the project is Professor Brian Rappert at the University of Exeter. Ten projects were funded overall, of which two received AHRC support.

Semi Final Challenge

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The STS Department wishes the UCL Team the very best of luck in their University Challenge semi-final. The team, which includes STS undergraduate Simon Dennis as captain, have battled their way through numerous tricky questions to get to the penultimate round. Get ready to cheer them on!

STS Students Take Action

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Every year, we run a course called Action for Global Citizenship HPSC2017A/B. The objective is to get our second-year students to engage with the real world in a different way. Rather than coming to lectures and writing essays, this module asks them to plan and carry out an 'action'. This might be an event, a performance, a thing that they make or build. In the spring term term, our class split into two groups.

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