The 2014 Fields of Inquiry Graduate Student Conference

Friday - Saturday
7 Mar - 8 Mar 2014

470 Stephens Hall

Event Type

Fields of Inquiry:

Science Crossing Scales, Epistemologies, and Environments

The conference will facilitate dialogue among graduate students, early career Ph.D.s, and senior scholars who study the relationship between science, society, and the environment – that is, the “space and place” of science.

Conference participants come from a range of fields in the humanities and social sciences, and architecture. Significant themes include the role of architecture, capital, the environment, and the movement of scientific knowledge. A roundtable session on applying interdisciplinary research methods in K-12 STEM (“Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math”) education is also a featured piece of the conference. A campus tour on Saturday will further ground the conference’s emphasis on the “space and place” of science, by showcasing how teaching and research has changed at UC Berkeley over time.

Friday, March 7

8:30am – 9am Breakfast

9am – 10am Introduction and Opening Conversation

Carla Yanni, Professor of Art History at Rutgers, interviewing Stuart W. Leslie, Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University

10am – 10:15am Coffee Break

10:15am – 11:45am Spaces of Capital/Systems of Science

James D. Skee, “Confidence and Consultants: Monorails and Presidents at the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair,” PhD Candidate, History, UC Berkeley

Damien Droney, “Buying Science: The Technological Sublime in Ghanaian Herbal Medicine,” PhD Candidate, Anthropology, Stanford University

Kristin Fraser, “Muriel Rukeyser’s Poetic and Scientific Systems,” PhD Candidate, English, University of Michigan

Commentator/Chair: Daniel Robert, PhD Candidate, History, UC Berkeley

Noon – 12:45pm Lunch

12:45pm to 2:15pm Mobile Knowledge

Bridget Harr, “Re/Situating Race and Science: Constructing and Contesting Racial Knowledge Within and Beyond the Academy,” PhD Candidate, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara

Christopher Heaney, “The Mismeasure of (Peruvian) Man: The Collection of Pre-Columbian Crania and Mummies in the Americas, 1820-1920,” PhD Candidate, History, University of Texas at Austin

Jameson Karns, “The Year of Balloons and Fireflies: Meteorology and Fire Science in the Pacific Theatre,” PhD Student, UC Berkeley

Commentator/Chair: Angelo Caglioti, PhD Candidate, History, UC Berkeley

2:15pm to 2:30pm – Coffee Break

2:30pm to 4:00pm – Roundtable: Approaches to STEM Education

Grayson Maas, “Underrepresentation in Science Education: A Tale of Structural Inequality and Identity,” PhD Candidate, Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara

Kathleen Oberlin, “Applying Interdisciplinary Research Methods in Undergraduate Teaching,” PhD Candidate, Sociology, Indiana University-Bloomington

Elisa Stone, “Training Future K-12 STEM Educators: The Cal Teach Program at Berkeley,” Executive Director, Berkeley Science & Math Initiative and Cal Teach Program Director, UC Berkeley

5pm – 7pm Symposium at Hearst Museum (315 Wheeler)

Grey Brechin, “The Hearst Plans for UC Berkeley,” Project Scientist, The Living New Deal, Department of Geography, UC Berkeley

7:30pm – 9:30pm Dinner

Saturday, March 8

8:30-9 Breakfast

9am – 11:00am Temporary, Opportune, and Adversarial Spaces

Philip W. Clements, “Science in extremis: Universalized Knowledge in Local Spaces on the 1963 American Mount Everest Expedition,” PhD Candidate, History of Science/Science Studies, UC San Diego

Wiltrud Simbuerger, “Spaces Made From Transience Experiments in architectural space-making with ice and soap film models,” Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

Jenna Tonn, “No Laboratory Work in the Hotel Room: Temporary Quarters and the Bermuda Biological Station, 1903-1926,” PhD Candidate, History of Science, Harvard University

Laura Ritchie Morgan, “In the Shop, House, and Street: John Conyers’s Pursuit of the New Science in Restoration London,” PhD Candidate, History, UCLA

Commentator/Chair: Carla Yanni, Rutgers University

11:00am – 11:15am Coffee Break

11:15am – 12:30pm Spaces and Objects

Sara Witty, “Popular Culture, Everyday Narratives, and shaping of the Environment,” PhD Candidate, History of Architecture, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Stephen Risi, “When Ecstasy Users Read Biomedical Literature: Online Discussions about Pre- and Post-loading on,” PhD Candidate, History, Stanford University

Commentator/Chair: Kathleen Irwin, PhD Student, College of Environmental Design, University of California, Berkeley

12:30pm – 1pm Lunch

1pm – 2:30pm Regulation and the Environment

Amanda Lewis, “Creating Amboseli: A History of Conservation through the Voices of the Past and Present,” PhD Candidate, History, Michigan State University

Tom Özden-Schilling, “Modeling Ethics on British Columbia’s Resource Frontier,” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, PhD Candidate, History, Anthropology, and Science, Technology and Society, MIT

Kimberly Killion, “Bringing California to the Table: Myer E. Jaffa and the Pure Food Movement,” PhD Student, History, UC Berkeley

Commentator/Chair: Aimi Hamraie, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society, Vanderbilt University

2:30pm – 4pm Campus Tour

Grey Brechin, Project Scientist, The Living New Deal, Department of Geography, UC Berkeley

4pm – 5pm Open Roundtable (all participants)

Next steps and directions: where do we go from here?

This event is sponsored by CSTMS.
Additional sponsorship comes from:  History Department • Office for the History of Science and Technology • Social Science Research Council • Townsend Center for the Humanities
Office for the History of Science and Technology

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