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Glassy Environments

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Simon Werrett spoke at the annual meeting of the European Society for Environmental History held in Munich last week. Werrett, who was a fellow of Munich's Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in 2011, gave a commentary on a session on the role of glass in making fragile and elusive marine species accessible and observable in nineteenth-century science. In the session, Christina Wessely (Humboldt University) argued that the use of glass aquaria in this period prompted new ecological ways of thinking about marine and other environments, while Florian Huber (University of Vienna) explored the way the extraordinary glass models of the Blaschka family simulated inaccessible marine environments.


100 Hours: 25 Days To Go!

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The 100 Hours project is an interdisciplinary investigation of material culture and history that will take place throughout 2013-14. Participants from STS include Simon Werrett, and Matthew Paskins, and history of science will be a key focus of 100 Hours events. A brand new website for the project is now online, and you can access it here:


STS PhD students publish

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STS PhD students publish scholarly work in history and philosophy of science.

August 2013 sees publication of papers from the 2011 conference, The Harmony of the Sphere: Kant and Herschel on the Universe and the Astronomical Phenomena. The conference featured a unique musical programme (link).

Vacancy: Teaching Fellow in Sociology of Technology

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UCL's Department of Science and Technology Studies seeks to appoint a full time Teaching Fellow in Sociology of Technology for the 2013-14 academic year.
The closing date for applications is Friday 4th September 2013.

Job Description and further information

View the UCL job advertisement, HR information and apply online

Steph McGovern to speak at MAPS Faculty Graduation Ceremony

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Steph McGovern

BBC Breakfast’s Steph McGovern is to be one of the speakers at this year’s UCL Graduation Ceremonies. Steph, who is the main business presenter for BBC t.v.’s early morning news and current affairs show, is an alumna of the Department of Science and Technology Studies and former winner of the Faculty Prize of the Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MAPS) Faculty (2005).

Professor Steve Miller, who was STS Head of Department during Steph’s time at UCL, said: “It’s great that Steph is coming to our Graduation Ceremony. She was a terrific student and made an enormous contribution to the intellectual and social life of the Department. I’m sure that her contribution will be an inspiration to graduands from across the Faculty.”

Steph will be speaking at the MAPS Faculty Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, September 5, at 2:45pm, in Bedford Square Garden. See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/graduation/ for details

STS is holding its 20th Anniversary Celebrations on Friday, October 18. See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sts/sts-publication-news/2013_06_20_reunionbooking for details.

A Science Fit for the Future?

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STS's Melanie Smallmen writes on environmental campaigners attitudes to science in The Guardian's Political Science blog.

Vacancies: Teaching Fellows

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UCL's Department of Science and Technology Studies seeks to appoint a number of Teaching Fellows for the 2013-14 academic year.

Spotlight on...ProfJoeCain

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UCL News has put a "spotlight" on Prof Joe Cain in their weekly UCL newsletter (link). Anything surprise you? Tweet @stsucl

3 STS staff promoted

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Now the news has been made public, we can formally announce what are,­ no doubt, some of the worst kept secrets at UCL. 

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