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S&T Opportunities


IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute Science Policy Fellowship Program

This two-year fellowship provides recent bachelor’s or master’s degree recipients a unique opportunity to use their critical thinking and analytic skills to work on a diverse set of challenges in science and technology (S&T) policy areas including energy and the environment, innovation and competitiveness, evaluation and scientometrics, information technologies, national security, and life sciences. Fellows will be involved in collaborative research for leaders in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President and for such federal agencies as the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. Deadline: January 31, 2014. More information.

Science Communication Ethics: State of the Art

We live in a world dependent on science and technology, one that has been substantially modified by their application. As a result, communicating about science and understanding the complex relationship between science and society has gained ever-increasing importance. Too often the focus of this research has been on the effectiveness of communicating science to non-experts. What have remained overlooked are the ethical considerations underlying this communication process. How ought science be communicated to non-expert audiences?

These questions were raised at the third Iowa State University Summer Symposium on Science Communication. It became clear that while scholarship on these ethical issues is growing, it remains scattered and on the periphery of science communication scholarship. The decision was made to pursue the creation of a theoretically informed collected volume on science communication ethics as a means to extend and share this work with audiences in science communication studies, science communication practice, science and technology studies, and the broader scientific and science policy communities.
The collected volume we plan will be open to scholars in all disciplines who are able to connect their analyses to broader issues of theory in considering problems such as these:

  • What are the underlying goals of science communication?
  • What are the boundaries of appropriate advocacy and promotion?
  • What ethical obligations do scientists have to communicate to broader publics?
  • What ethical requirements should govern discussions of risks, benefits, “facts,” and uncertainties?
  • What is the role of the political process in the management of science and technology?

We invite contributions of 5000-7000 words that consider one of these or any other issue in the ethics of science communication and that are explicitly informed by some aspect of theory taken from the social sciences or humanities. The submission of ideas or extended abstracts to any of the editors for comment well prior to this deadline is strongly encouraged.

Papers should be submitted no later than October 15, 2015, to the volume’s lead editor, Dr. Susanna Priest. Questions may be addressed to Jean Goodwin or Michael Dahlstrom.

The fourth ISU Summer Symposium (29-31 May, 2014) is also open for scholars to receive feedback on early versions of work. More information.