CNS Speaker Series

  • Apr
    3
    2014
    CNS Conference Room (Girvetz 2320)
    Ivan Amato, Patrick McCray

    Ivan Amato is a science and technology writer, editor and communicator based in Silver Spring, MD. Currently the journalist-in-residence at UCSB’s Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, he is the author of three books—Super Vision: A New View of Nature (2003), Pushing the Horizon: Seventy-five years of high stakes science and technology at the Naval Research Laboratory (1998), and Stuff: the materials the world is made of (1997). A former managing editor at Chemical and Engineering News, Amato recently has been organizing and running science cafés in Washington, D.C., and now here in Santa Barbara. 

    Patrick McCray is a CNS PI and professor in the UCSB Department of History where he researches and teaches about post-1945 and contemporary science and technology. Before coming to UCSB, McCray worked at the Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics and George Washington University. He is the author of numerous publications and books on the history of science and technology including Giant Telescopes: Astronomical Ambition and the Promise of Technology (Harvard, 2004). His most recent book is titled The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future (Princeton, 2012).

    If writer Ivan Amato creates an archive of contemporary scientific innovation, historian Patrick McCray studies that archive. In fact,...

  • Apr
    9
    2013
    Social Sciences and Media Studies Building, Room 2135
    Dr. Francesca Bray

    Dr. Francesca Bray is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh and President-elect of The Society for the History of Technology. Her research includes the history of science, technology and medicine in China, and the anthropology of technology in the contemporary world, including the politics of everyday domestic technologies in California. Her most recent publication is The Warp and the Weft: Graphics and Text in the Production of Technical Knowledge in China (Brill, 2007) and has 2 forthcoming works, Rice: New Networks and Global Histories (Cambridge) and Technology, Gender and History in Imperial China: Great Transformations Reconsidered (Routledge, expected May 2013)

    Technologies played a dramatic role in birthing the modern industrial world, so it is hardly surprising that classic and widely familiar histories of technology trace narratives of triumphant Western progress, contrasted to backwardness or...

  • Feb
    14
    2013
    Social Sciences and Media Studies Building, Room 2135
    Dr. Denis Simon

    Dr. Denis Simon is Vice Provost for International Strategic Initiatives at Arizona State University.  He also is Foundation Professor of Politics and Global Studies.  As one of the leading experts on S&T affairs in China, he has served as an adviser and consultant to the World Bank, UN, OECD, US Congress, and National Academy of Sciences as well as numerous multinational companies regarding the structure and operation of the Chinese R&D system. 

    China is aiming to overtake the United States and become a global leader in science and technology, which it sees as the key to its rising economic and political effort, from basic research to commercialization.  In July 2012, China's...

  • Oct
    29
    2012
    UCSB's Loma Pelona Conference Center
    Michael D. Gordin

    Professor of History

    Princeton University

    Princeton University Professor of History Michael Gordin discusses his new book,  The Pseudoscience Wars:...

  • Jul
    11
    2012
    2320 Girvetz
    Zach Horton
    UCSB

    Swerve is a film created by the Collaborative Media Commons (CMC) and directed by Zach Horton. The Film is set in a nano-contaminated...

  • Jun
    27
    2012
    Girvetz 2320
    Luciano Kay

    Postdoctoral Scholar, CNS-UCSB Interdisciplinary Research Group 2 

    UCSB

     

    Nanotechnology is the science of understanding, controlling and engineering matter at the one-to-100 nanometer scale. At this scale, scientific discoveries have unveiled novel properties that offer the potential for new applications...

  • Apr
    16
    2012
    Broida 1640
    Brian Krebs

    Editor of krebsonsecurity.com, a daily blog dedicated to in-depth Internet security news and investigation. From 1995 to 2009, Krebs was a reporter for The Washington Post, where he covered Internet security, cybercrime and privacy issues for the newspaper and the Web site. Krebs's blog has won numerous awards, including the honor of "Blog That Best Represents the Security Industry" two years in row at the RSA Security Conference. A frequent speaker on cybercrime topics, Krebs holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from George Mason University, and lives with his wife just outside of Washington, D.C.

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    In this talk, Krebs will discuss his research into the underground economy, detailing the many asymmetries and seeming contradictions in the ...

  • Mar
    14
    2012
    SSMS 3017
    Christine Shearer
    UCSB

    IRG 3 postdoc researcher Dr. Christine Shearer will be on campus Wednesday, and will be giving a public lecture in the Sociology...

  • Feb
    23
    2012
    2135 Social Science & Media Studies Bldg.
    Denis Simon

    Vice-Provost for International Strategic Initiatives

    Arizona State University

    The PRC government’s ambitious program to catapult China into the ranks of the world’s leading innovation driven nations has led to the development of policies that conflict with...

  • Feb
    9
    2012
    2135 Social Science & Media Studies Bldg.
    CNS Globalization and Nanotechnology IRG Members

    Rich Appelbaum, Professor in the Department of Sociology and Professor and MacArthur Chair in the Department of Global and International Studies, a member of the CNS Executive Committee, and the leader of CNS-UCSB’s Globalization and Nanotechnology IRG.

    Aashish Mehta, Assistant Professor in the Department of Global and International Studies

    Matthew Gebbie, Ph.D. student in the Materials Department

    Shirley Han, Ph.D. student in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology

    Galen Stocking, Ph.D. student in the Department of Political Science

    UCSB

    China is investing heavily in “indigenous innovation,” in an effort to become less dependent on export-oriented low-cost manufacturing, and more self-reliant as a global high-tech leader. In this panel, members of...

  • Jan
    26
    2012
    Loma Pelona Conference Center
    Chris Mooney

    Lawrence Badash Memorial Lecture Series

    Science reporter and author Chris Mooney discusses the psychological factors contributing to today's polarized political environment. Many...

  • Jan
    13
    2012
    McCune Conference Room, 6020 HSSB
    Professor Peter Van Wyck (Concordia University) and Professor Andrew Lakoff (USC)

     

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  • Nov
    30
    2011
    Girvetz 2320
    Karl Bryant

    Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies

    State University of New York, New Paltz

    Karl Bryant will lead an interactive demonstration and workshop on how to use NVivo, a powerful qualitative data management program. We will cover a range of...

  • Oct
    26
    2011
    Girvetz 2320
    Sharon Ku

    CNS Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher

    Guest Researcher, National Institutes of Health Office of History

    This presentation analyzed the politics of the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) strategy and outcomes of its implementation. Primary sources from the National Institutes of Health’s...

  • Oct
    13
    2011
    2320 Girvetz Hall
    Cyrus Mody

    Assistant Professor, History of Science

    Rice University

    The late '60s and early '70s are remembered on many American campuses as times of strife and protest. It is well known to historians (...

  • Sep
    29
    2011
    2320 Girvetz Hall
    Stephen Zehr

    Professor, Sociology

    University of Southern Indiana

    The National Science Foundation is designed as a dynamic organization to take advantage of new trends and problems in scientific and policy communities. However, from the standpoint of researchers, NSF programs and funding initiatives may...

  • Aug
    11
    2011
    TBA
  • Aug
    2
    2011
    CNS Conference Room
    Cathy Boggs

    Acting Education and Communications Director.

    CNS INSET summer interns Sergio Cardenas, Alex Lyte, and William Reynolds will give their oral research presentations, plus a discussion of public speaking/presentation tips led by Cathy Boggs.

  • Jul
    26
    2011
    CNS Conference Room
    Barbara Herr Harthorn

    Director, NSF Center for Nanotechnology in Society; Research Executive Committee & IRG Leader, NSF/EPA Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology; Associate Professor of Feminist Studies, Anthropology, & Sociology.

    Grantwriting tips workshop led by Barbara Herr Harthorn, followed by a mini-farewell reception for departing CNS post-docs Gwen...

  • Apr
    20
    2011
    CNS Conference Room, Girvetz 2620
    Céline Lafontaine

    Professeur agrégée, Département de sociologie

    Université de Montréal

    Abstract: This presentation is based on a series of interviews with 20 Canadian nanotechnology researchers, focusing primarily on the economic, political and epistemological issues relating to the delineation of the...

  • Mar
    30
    2011
    CNS Conference Room, Girvetz 2320
    Luis Campos

    Assistant Professor of History

    Drew University

    Abstract:  Is synthetic biology the new new thing for nanostudies? Over the past decade, various laboratory efforts labeled "synthetic biology" often...

  • Feb
    9
    2011
    CNS Conference Room, Girvetz 2620
    Jackie Isaacs

    Professor in Mechanical Engineering

    Associate Director, Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (NSEC)

    Northeastern University

    Abstract:  The NSF-funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing...

  • Jan
    19
    2011
    CNS Conference Room, Girvetz 2620
    Fred Block

    Research Professor in Sociology

    UC Davis

    Abstract: The talk will put nanotechnology in the context of the broader innovation system and discuss the dilemmas we face in conceptualizing this system and improving its effectiveness.   The premise is that...

  • Dec
    1
    2010
    Multicultural Center Lounge
    Sheila Davis

    Executive Director, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition

    Abstract: How will manufacturing, recycling and disposal of nanotechnologies potentially impact the environment, the health of workers and communities' health? The CNS Speaker...

  • Oct
    28
    2010
    CNS Conference Room (Girvetz 2320)
    Guillermo Foladori & Edgar Zayago

    Dept of Development Studies, Universidad Autonoma de Zacatecas, Mexico

    Latin American Nanotechnology & Society Network (ReLANS)

    CNS will host two scholars from Mexico, who will address nanotechnology & society issues in Mexico.  Their visit is part of Workshop One coordinated under a UC...

  • Jul
    28
    2010
    CNS Conference Room, Girvetz 2320
    Dr. Gwen D'Arcangelis

    Postdoctoral Researcher, CNS-UCSB

    UC Santa Barbara
  • Apr
    12
    2010
    CNS Conference Room, Girvetz 2320
    Dr. Kalpana Sastry

    Head of Division of Agricultural Research Systems Management Policies

    National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, Hyderabad, India

    Dr. R. Kalpana Sastry is presently Head of Division of Agricultural Research Systems...

  • Apr
    5
    2010
    CNS Conference Room, Girvetz 2320
    Dr. Sarah Davies

    Arizona State University

    The CNS-UCSB Speaker Series welcomes Dr. Sarah Davies on Monday April 5, 2010.  Dr Davies will give...

  • Feb
    26
    2010
    CNS Conference Room, Girvetz 2320
    Dr. John Gastil

    John Gastil is Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington where he teaches small group decision making, political deliberation, inter-cultural communication, theory development, and public scholarship. His research centers on political communication and deliberation with vectors to group decision-making, civic engagement, public opinion and attitudes, elections, and governance.

    University of Washington

    This talk will introduce the theory of cultural cognition, which presents a concise account of how public opinion forms and changes over time in response to political cultural signals from elites. The presentation will review recent evidence on...

  • Feb
    10
    2010
    2320 Girvetz Hall
    Dominique Brossard

    Dr. Brossard is an associate professor in the department of Life Sciences Communication, with affiliations in Global Studies and the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is also leader of the Societal Implications of Nanotechnology group at the NSF-funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center. She teaches courses in strategic communication theory and research with a special emphasis on science and risk communication.

    Her timely talk discussed how audiences make sense of complex information related to new technologies such as nanotechnology. As news audiences increasingly turn to online sources for their information about science and technology, it is critical...

  • Apr
    30
    2009
    Elings Hall 1601
    Michael Bess

    Chancellor's Professor of History

    Vanderbilt University

    Science fiction films and novels often present us with remarkably imaginative visions of the future.  In this talk I argue that all the most popular and influential versions of such...

  • Feb
    23
    2009
    1605 Elings Hall
    Dan Kahan

     

    Dan Kahan is the Elizabeth K. Dollard Professor of Law at Yale Law
    School. In addition to risk perception, his areas of research include
    criminal law and evidence. He is also one of the instructors in Yale Law
    School’s Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic. Prior to coming to Yale in
    1999, Professor Kahan was on the faculty of the University of Chicago
    Law School. He served as a law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall,
    of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge Harry Edwards of the United
    States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He received his B.A. from
    Middlebury College and his J.D. from Harvard University.

     

    The cultural cognition of risk refers to the tendency of
    individuals to conform their perceptions of the risks of putatively
    dangerous activities to their cultural evaluations of those activities.
    ...
  • Dec
    3
    2008
    3250 Elings Hall
    Atul Wad

     

    Dr. Wad has over 25 years of experience in technology and corporate
    strategy, global competitiveness, sustainable business development,
    technology and trade in emerging markets in Africa, Asia and Latin
    America and the Caribbean as a consultant, entrepreneur and
    academic. Bringing a strong emphasis on sustainability, innovation
    and governance, he specializes in the different aspects of designing
    and implementing value added technology based ventures that build
    upon the competitive resources of these countries and that produce
    social and environmental returns in addition to private. Dr. Wad has
    been involved in starting or building such ventures in various sectors.
    He has been active in developing support systems for sustainable
    technology based ventures (incubators), advising such companies in
    technology strategy, management, marketing, corporate governance,
    community engagement, trade and strategic alliance formation,
    assisting in raising financing at various stages in the growth of these
    companies, providing policy analysis to governmental and international
    agencies in the technology and trade areas, and conducting policy
    research on the issues involved in sustainable business development
    in emerging markets. He has also taught, lectured and published
    in this field. He is currently President of Sustainable Technology
    Ventures and a Visiting Fellow at CENTRIM, University of Brighton.
  • Nov
    12
    2008
    3001 Elings Hall
    Elena Simakova

    Dr. Simakova is a postdoctoral associate with the Department of
    Science and Technology Studies and the Center for Nanoscale
    Systems in Information Technologies at Cornell University. She is
    currently examining the brokering of collaborations and universityindustry
    knowledge and technology transfer around emerging
    nanotechnologies. Regulatory and funding agencies, together with
    governance mechanisms adopted by universities, arguably influence
    practices of commercialization of science, but in what sense?
    And how do various forms of accountability relations apply to and
    enact specific emerging technologies? Accordingly, her research
    aims at an analysis of collaboration as an element of scientific
    organizational discourse and as an accountability resource. Dr.
    Simakova’s other research interests include the construction of
    credible accounts of emerging technologies by corporate actors
    in the situations of uncertainty about the properties of new
    technologies. 

  • May
    20
    2008
    3001 Elings Hall
    Fred Block

    Dr. Fred Block is Professor of Sociology at UC Davis. His current
    research focuses on what he terms “stealth industrial policy” - the
    ways in which the U.S. government actively supports leading-edge
    technology sectors, despite the prevailing belief that technological and
    industrial advances are best left to market forces. He has authored
    numerous books including The Vampire State and Other Myths and
    Fallacies About the U.S. Economy; Postindustrial Possibilities: A
    Critique of Economic Discourse; and The Mean Season: Attack on the
    Welfare State. He currently serves on the editorial board of Politics and
    Society.Studies in Comparative International Development, and has
    been elected to the Sociological Research Association.

  • May
    15
    2008
    Dr. Arie Rip

    Professor of Philosophy of Science and Technology

    School of Management and Governance of the University of Twente, The Netherlands