I wanted to share my new article which came out in mid-July in the journal Perspectives on Global Development and Technology. Its empirical content discusses the appropriate technology movement as it plays out in the scientific field of ophthalmology. This work comes out of a larger research project analyzing 10+ months of observation and 80+ semi-structured interviews in India, Kenya, Mexico and Nepal.
The Future of Innovation Studies in Less Economically Developed Countries Published Online at Minerva
The online version of my co-authored article in Minerva (a science, education and policy journal) with Thomas S. Woodson is currently available from Springer publishing. The unofficial draft copy is available for free on my website. I am excited about my first STS-y publication, and invite feedback from anyone who is interested in providing it.
The NSF Triple Helix project in the department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer has funding for new Graduate Fellows beginning in AY2012 (starting August 2012). Graduate funding (tuition and stipend) is guaranteed for a minimum of 4 years.
Graduate fellows accepted for the program will explore how cutting-edge science and technology research might be adapted to address the problems encountered by low-income communities (health, environment, poverty, crime, information access, etc.). They will also teach in inner city middle school classrooms to apply these social/technical connections to education in communities affected by these challenges. Additional travel funding will be available for fellows interested in extending this research to low-income communities in Africa or Latin America, or among U.S. Native American populations. The Fellow must be a US citizen or permanent resident.
Current grads in the program come from a variety of backgrounds, including sociology, media arts, and urban development. Their projects include the use of cell phones for low-income health information, working with software developers to create new culture-based educational technologies, and deploying pollution sensors for both rural and urban communities. For further information see the Triple Helix website.
To apply send email describing your interests to:
Dr. Ron Eglash, Professor
Science and Technology Studies
Sage Labs 5502, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,
110 8th St, Troy, NY 12180-3590
Work: 518-276-2048 Fax: 518-276-2659
Logan primarily uses this blog to: reflect on policy and professionalization issues in STS (e.g. research funding, discipline formation, skill building, job-hunting, policy applications of STS theory) and to disseminate her own scholarship.
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