Seminar on the Science-Policy Interface Offered Winter Term
Katie Meehan of the Geography Department will teach a graduate level seminar.
About the class:
Why does science often fail to influence policy? What accounts for policy divergence in the face of sound, consensus-driven science? To what extent is science truly coherent or value-free? How are environmental policy decisions ultimately crafted and achieved? Drawing on science and technology studies (STS)—an interdisciplinary field that includes anthropology, sociology, geography, history, and policy studies—in this course we will explore core issues at the science-policy interface, including: the relationship between scientific knowledge and political power; how diffusion works and rifts are created and resolved; how science is embedded in institutions, laws, policies, and discourses; and the future role of science in democratic societies.
The course is aimed at graduate students—regardless of specialty of academic background—who are motivated to think more critically about what we mean by scientific discovery and policy innovation, what counts as scientific knowledge and why, and how science and technology intervene in the wider world.
GEOG 607, CRN 22478
R 0900 – 1150, 207 CON, 4 credits
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Winter Internships Through School Garden Project
Two internships with the School Garden Project of Lane County are available for winter term. Both positions are for a STEM Teaching Assistant with one in the elementary school level and the other in the middle school level.
Intern will assist SGP staff with 2-4 programs after-school weekly. During programs the intern will help guide either elementary or middle school aged students through projects focused on the STEM principals including experiments, computer work, cooking and garden tasks. Intern will also work directly with SGP staff to develop activities and projects with a STEM focus as well as research STEM teaching programs and potential projects.
For more information about the program, see www.schoolgardenproject.org. Contact Elizabeth for more information about the internship positions.
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