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February 2019

Science Studies Research Workshop: Barbara Heifferon, “Ministers vs. Doctors: Rhetoric of the First American Smallpox Inoculation”

February 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
545 Park Hall

Announcing a Lecture by Professor Emerita Barbara Heifferon  (English, Louisiana State University) “Ministers vs. Doctors: Rhetoric of the First American Smallpox Inoculation” My research is a rhetorical analysis of the controversy that followed these first inoculations in 1721-22 in which I examine the arguments for and against the practice. Previous research found one or two argumentative threads; my analysis includes a number of others: politics, religion, race, initiator's previous history, and power relations. Professor Heifferon is a founding scholar in…

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April 2019

[CANCELLED] Science Studies Research Workshop: Cary Wolfe, “(Auto)Immunities”

April 11, 2019 @ 2:10 pm - 4:00 pm
306 Clemens Hall

Message from the organizers: Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, Professor Cary Wolfe will be unable to travel to Buffalo to give his much anticipated talk, “(Auto)Immunities,” (see original announcement, below). He deeply regrets this turn of events, and we hope to have him come to UB at some later date. A lecture by Cary Wolfe, sponsored by the Science Studies Research Workshop. The first half of this talk will trace briefly the history of immune system discourse, emphasizing its evolution…

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May 2019

Madness, Violence, and Technologies of Care: A Symposium

May 8, 2019 @ 10:45 am - 5:00 pm
330 Student Union (UB North Campus)

Featuring Jesse Miller Lisa Diedrich Martin Summers Lisa Johnson Susan Cahn Jessica Lowell Mason Kathleen Brian Michael Rembis Wendy Gonaver Schedule Welcome – 10:45 AM Panel 1 – 11 AM – 12:30 PM | Communities of Care Jesse Miller, Books as Technologies of Care In this talk, I will examine the role that librarians in the US played in the emergence of the book as a technology of care, a tool for improving the mental health of individual patients and…

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October 2019

Science Studies Research Workshop: LSD as a medicine, “Did it work?”

October 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences – RM 2120B

The panels feature three leading U.S./Canadian historians of LSD and other hallucinogens. Speakers: Erika Dyck, University of Saskatchewan, author Psychedelic Psychiatry: LSD from Clinic to Campus; editor, A Culture’s Catalyst: Historical Encounters with Peyote and the Native American Church in Canada. Matthew Oram, author The Trials of Psychedelic Therapy: LSD Psychotherapy in America. Lucas Richert, University of Wisconsin-Madison, author Strange Trips: Science, Culture, and the Regulation of Drugs and Break On Through: Radical Psychiatry And the American Counterculture. Did it…

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Science Studies Research Workshop: LSD as medicine, “The Rise, Fall, and Rise of LSD”

October 10, 2019 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
330 Student Union (UB North Campus)

The Rise, Fall, and Rise of LSD 2:30pm-4:00pm | 330 Student Union Erika Dyck, Hitting highs at rock bottom In the 1950s, psychedelic research attracted attention for its dramatic breakthroughs in addiction treatment. Treating patients with a single dose of psychedelic was seen as an attractive, cost-effective approach for previously intractable problems. In the 21st century’s psychedelic renaissance, addictions are again a target for psychedelic research, now expanding beyond alcohol to include smoking and opioid addiction. Some speculate that psychedelics…

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December 2019

Science Studies Research Workshop: Faculty Seminar Series – Jordan Fox Besek, “Flying Fish, Environmental DNA, and the Politics of Limited Science”

December 5, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
830 Clemens Hall, University at Buffalo
Buffalo,
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Jordan Fox Besek (Assistant Professor of Sociology, UB), "Flying Fish, Environmental DNA, and the Politics of Limited Science" Political actors often want to know as much as possible about the social effects of environmental changes. Yet, because contemporary changes are so complex, the natural scientists who study environmental changes cannot always provide full guarantees regarding future impacts. The question at the center of this talk, then, is how do the limitations of performing science about environmental change interact with the…

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October 2020

Science Studies Research Workshop: Lourdes Vera, “Environmental Data Justice: Developing Civically Valid Air Monitoring Methods with Oil and Gas Fenceline Communities”

October 29, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Zoom

Environmental Data Justice: Developing Civically Valid Air Monitoring Methods with Oil and Gas Fenceline Communities Speaker: Lourdes Vera, Northeastern University Presented by: The Humanities Institute Science Studies Workshop CLICK HERE to register This is the story of how a group of residents, community organizers, and I learned to monitor the air for hazardous chemicals at homes neighboring oil and gas facilities in Karnes County, TX. Residents reported a number of problems: including dead livestock, rotten egg smells, nosebleeds, and respiratory…

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November 2020

Science Studies Research Workshop: Samuel K. Roberts, “Persistent Plagues: Race, Space, and Epidemiological Thinking in Illicit Drug Use Research, 1950-1980”

November 12, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Zoom

REGISTER HERE Please register by November 1. {zoom link will be sent after registration} Please join us Nov. 12 for Dr. Samuel K. Roberts’ inaugural keynote address for UB’s new series Race, Health, and Science. Dr. Samuel K. Roberts is Associate Professor of History and African-American Studies (Columbia University School of Arts & Sciences) and Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences (Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health) Presented by the Humanities Institute Science Studies Workshop, with generous support from UB’s…

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April 2021

Science Studies Research Workshop: Speaker Series | Race, Health, and Science – Nicolae Morar, “Recording Injustices Genetically? The Case of the Human Microbiome”

April 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom

Speaker Series: Race, Health, and Science Speaker: Nicolae Morar, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy and Associate Member of the Institute for Ecology and Evolution at the University of Oregon Title: “Recording Injustices Genetically? The Case of the Human Microbiome” Time: 12:00 to 1:30pm on Wednesday, April 28 Co-sponsored by the Humanities Institute Science Studies Research Workshop; UB Departments of Sociology, Philosophy, Environment and Sustainability, and the Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence Microbiome Center. Description: This is…

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October 2021

Science Studies Research Workshop: A Tour of “Lake Sturgeons’ Guide to Surviving the Anthropocene” with Media Artist Anna Scime

October 1 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Burchfield Penney Art Center, 1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222 United States
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This artist-guided event will explore Lake Sturgeons' Guide for Surviving the Anthropocene (LSGFSA), an experimental media artwork created by Anna Scime from nine years of research and fieldwork collaborations with scientists working in biology, geology and ecology. The work consists of a series of short video essays and interrelated multimedia installations that examine history, art, culture, and language through an ecological lens. Observational, reflexive and poetic displays flow together to create a dialogic portrait of the threatened Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser…

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