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Oral History OF Science, Oral History IN Science

March 16 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Two hemispheres, two presentations, light lunch, and discussion


  • Venkat Srinivasan , National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India
  • Douglas Lambert , PhD Candidate, UB Department of Environmental Engineering
  • Moderator: Michael Frisch , PhD, Principal, The Randforce Associates/ Talking Pictures LLC

Sponsors: UB Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering; UB
Humanities Institute Science Studies Research Workshop; The Innovation Center, Buffalo
Niagara Medical Campus; The Randforce Associates/Talking Pictures, LLC

Thirteen ways of looking at institutional history: A model for interconnected digital exhibits from science archives

Venkat Srinivasan is a researcher at the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, India, where he leads a team constructing an experimental digital archive exhibit. In dramatic new modes, this pulls archival material into coherent stories connecting personal narratives and established scientific records, illuminating scientific process in novel ways. He has been a research engineer at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford, and is an independent science writer with work in The Atlantic, Scientific American online, Nautilus, Aeon, Wired, and the Caravan. He will discuss the in-process digital exhibit as an example of the intersection of science journalism, collaborative scientific research and oral history.

Oral history in science: Engaging qualitative and anecdotal data in environmental engineering research

Douglas Lambert is a PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering at the University at Buffalo and Director of Technology for The Randforce Associates, a consulting firm led by historian Michael Frisch focused on digital oral history content management. In a major NSF project focused on groundwater contamination and restoration, Lambert and researchers from four disciplines have used oral history to explore complex issues not otherwise reachable in the technology-oriented publications of engineering. He led the design and execution of content management and controlled vocabulary to permit research within and across the project’s long-form, open-ended oral history interview recordings.

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Vera View Meeting Room (4th Floor)
The Innovation Center @ Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
640 Ellicott St, Buffalo, NY 14203


Science Studies Research Workshop


Innovation Center at Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
640 Ellicott St
Buffalo, NY 14203 United States
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