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2016/17 Begins - The STS Welcome Party

The 2016/17 academic year is off to a flying start - the department now hosts well over 100 students, and to help introduce the new intake,  the traditional STS Welcome Party took place. Dr Chiara Ambrosio and Malcolm Chalmers hosted the annual STS quiz, and all agreed that the party was a resounding success.

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STS Students commended on Dean's List

Each year, the Dean's List awards commendations to the top 5% of graduating students, to recognise academic achievement substantially above the requirements of a first class degree.

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The Final Film Night at the Grant Museum


This week, The Grant Museum held the last ever Film Night in association with Prof. Joe Cain. After nearly 10 years and 40 films, the final event was a showing of the 1959 classic "The Great Behemoth". As usual, Prof. Cain began with a discussion of the merits (or otherwise) of the film, and as can be seen in the picture above, a considerable effort was made in the presentation.

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STS in the Media

STS Staff have made several appearances in the media recently.

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Book Launch at Cervantes Institute

STS staff and students took part in a book launch and roundtable discussion at the Institute Cervantes in London on 4 February 2016.  The event, " Science Policy in the 20th Century in Spain ,Italy and Argentina " marked the publication of an edited collection Science Policies and Twentieth Century Dictatorships by Ashgate Publishing (recently acquired by Taylor & Francis Group).   The book is edited by Amparo Gómez and Antonio Canales, from the University of La Laguna, Spain, and Brian Balmer from the STS Department.   The contributions to the book discuss the different relationships between science and politics in three countries that suffered considerable political upheaval in the twentieth century.   The event was opened by STS’s head of department, Joe Cain and all three editors, together with one of the contributors, Francisco González from the University Complutense de Madrid, each gave short talks about the book. 

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STS hosts Ancient Science Conference

STS has hosted the 10th London Ancient Science Conference, an annual conference in London to discuss current research in the field.

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Radio 4 Today Programme Christmas Eve 2015 - Dr Jack Stilgoe

Towards the end of 2015, the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee published their report on genetically modified insects. I had been asked to give evidence to the committee in October, not because I knew much about GM insects, but in order to help contextualise their report in previous debates about controversial emerging technologies. Their report, as such reports do, plucked some bits from what I said. But, if it hit some notes, it spectacularly missed the music. The committee’s chair, Lord Selborne, made some balanced comments at the press conference, but the report’s summary and its press release,as Sarah Hartley and I described here, demonstrated a level of blind support that even the scientists involved might be embarrassed by.

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You can BANKS on it

STS announces the award of an AHRC Research Networking Grant in which STS and the National Maritime Museum are the leading partners. 

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Irena McCabe (1931-2015)

STS sadly reports the death of one of our alumni, Dr Irena McCabe (1931-2015), who passed away on 23rd December 2015.

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Three STSers publish in special journal issue

STS is well represented in the latest issues of Studies on History and Philosophy of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences, including papers from a symposium on "Towards future archives and historiographies of ‘big biology’" (here).

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Leonard Darwin and Evolutionary Theory

Dr Norberto Serpente, STS Honorary Research Fellow, has published an article about the contribution of Leonard Darwin to evolutionary theory.

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PhD success! New discovery published

Congratulations to Dr Hsiang-Fu Huang (STS PhD 2015) on the publication of a project resulting from a discovery made during his PhD thesis research. 

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Stilgoe speaks to Parliament

STS senior lecturer Dr Jack Stilgoe was called as a witness to the House of Lords Science and Technology committee. The committee are currently conducting and inquiry into the use of genetically modified insects. 

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