My OpEd is up at PBS about the importance of international collaboration in space exploration. Using the example of the extraordinarily successful Cassini mission to Saturn, I argue that turning away from our ESA partners as suggested in this current budget is a damaging move. Check it out!
I'll be speaking with Alice Marwick of Microsoft Research at a public forum on Feminism and Social Media at Rutgers University this Thursday evening, February 16, at Douglass Residential College. I'll also be visiting Georgia Tech's School of Interactive Computing Human Centered Computing (HCC) group to give a talk about my work on robotic spacecraft teams on March 23rd. Hope to see you there!
My Op Ed on women in technology got published in Forbes today! The Op Ed takes issue with the fact that of the Top 30 under 30 in Technology in Forbes' influential list, only three were women -- and those women were posed alongside men. It's time to move away from the mental image of the young man in his hoodie tinkering in his garage to a more inclusive vision of technological entrepreneurship, one in which the women who are already making a difference in the world of technology are visible, welcome, and celebrated too.
I've recently founded an informal group on campus - Princeton Tech/Soc - that is bringing together students and faculty around the topic of technology and society. Princeton has a lot of community members interested in this space, but they are spread out between Architecture, History of Science, Sociology, the Center for Information Technology Policy, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and even English. The purpose of the group is to gather for interdisciplinary discussion around key texts in Science and Technology Studies and Critical Informatics. We have an information site online with a reading list, and a Facebook Group that keeps things pretty lively! If you're in the area and interested in joining us, drop me a line!
I'm so excited to announce our double panel session at the Society for Social Studies of Science this year in Cleveland: STS 2.0: Taking the Canon Digital. Along with my colleague David Ribes at Georgetown University, we've assembled two outstanding panels of scholars in Science and Technology Studies to address the question of digital studies in our field. The key questions we're addressing are:
- How do we renew the STS canon for contemporary studies of digital environments/interactions?
- Within contemporary digital environments, what (new or old) STS topics and themes are coming to the fore?
Panelists include Trevor Pinch (Cornell University), Josh Greenberg (Sloan Foundation), Morana Alac (UCSD), and Lucy Suchman (Lancaster); Geof Bowker (Pittsburgh), Paul Dourish (UCI), Biella Coleman (NYU), and Anita Chan (Urbana-Champaign). But the real goal of the panels is to inspire discussion, and bring our community together around this important topic. As such, the panelists will only have a limited time for their provocative remarks: the rest is up to the audience. This should be an exciting moment for our community and I can't wait to see what everyone says! See you there!