The Ann Johnson Institute for Science, Technology and Society News
The Problem of Isolating and Measuring Empathy
We want to thank Riana Betzler for her excellent talk, “The Problem of Isolating and
Measuring Empathy”, last Friday in the Philosophy Department. Dr. Betzler is a professor
at San José State University studying the philosophy of science and ethics. We also
enjoyed her company as a "local expert" at Dr. Serife Tekin's Book Manuscript Workshop
at the Spigner House. Betzler, now an AJI veteran, attended the AJI's inaugural Writer's
Retreat hosted at the Ampersand Inn last June. We are proud to be a part of bringing
scholars together in a collegial and connected environment where science and technology
Gratitude and Legacy: The Donation of Dr. Chris Toumey's Books
We want to thank Dr. Kathryn Luchok for donating a collection of books belonging to
her husband and professor at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Chris Toumey. Professor
Toumey was a beloved scholar at our university, whose work as an anthropologist focused
on nanotechnology. He was a dear friend of the AJI, and we miss having him join our
monthly HoSTE reading group. Professor Toumey was an active member in those gatherings
and championed the work of the AJI. He would be pleased to know his books ended up
in our growing library. Keeping his books on hand for future scholars is also a testament
to his important contributions to his field and our community.
The first annual Ann Johnson Institute Writer’s Retreat was a roaring success. In
a bucolic setting complete with a pool and local state park, our scholars completed
a host of projects, from book manuscripts to research articles. Attendees said the
collegiality and support they found during the retreat enriched their experience.
One reported that the week was a “rare and extraordinary opportunity to think more
broadly and creatively about my work,” noting that it helped her create “a community
of kind and smart scholars I plan to continue to connect with into the future.”
We hope you come back to our to apply for the 2024 cohort. Applications open October
On March 27, 2023, the AJI welcomes Drs. Record and Miller for a book manuscript workshop
onInter‐Knowledge: Trust, Information, and Belief in a Digital Age.
Dr. Record is a Professor of Teaching in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science
at Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University. His research seeks to situate
our epistemic and ethical circumstances within a network of values, capabilities,
and material and social technologies. Dr. Miller is a Senior Lecturer at the Department
of Management Information Systems, Zefat Academic College. He works in the philosophy
of science and technology and social epistemology.
We are excited to welcome them to campus and look forward to another enriching and
The &HSP, or the organization for Integrated History and Philosophy of Science, will
take place at the University of South Carolina in the spring of 2023. Hosted by the
Ann Johnson Institute, we look forward to welcoming keynote speakers Alisa Bokulich
from Boston University and Gregory Radick from the University of Leeds. We expect
to welcome scholars from various countries and around the United States. For more
information about this conference, please visit theconference website.
The Ann Johnson Institute will sponsor a panel and bring in scholars from London and
the United States to share their insights. Institute co-director Leah McClimans will
present in this group. For more details, check back in early 2023.
On March 13, 2023, the AJI and the Computer History Museum will co-host their first
Book Manuscript workshop for Dr. Sarah Appelhans, onPrecarity on the Bleeding Edge: Navigating Gender and Immigration Status in Semiconductor
Dr. Appelhans is an anthropologist and postdoctoral research assistant at Bucknell
University. She is currently the resident social scientist in the Electrical & Computer
Engineering Department at Bucknell, exploring how to teach undergraduate engineers
to work on complex
sociotechnical problems in interdisciplinary teams. Her book investigates the intersections
of gender, race/ethnicity, and immigration status in the high-velocity semiconductor
We look forward to a fruitful partnership with the Computer History Museum’s David
Brock, a historian of technology, the museum’s Director of Curatorial Affairs, and
an AJI Board Member. We expect a rich conversation combined with the excitement of
working in a new setting. We hope attendees will sneak in a visit to the CHM while
they are onsite.
Book Manuscript Workshop for Rachel Ankeny's project In Defense of Medical Cases, information forthcoming.
Professor Rachel A. Ankeny is an interdisciplinary teacher and scholar whose areas of expertise cross three
fields: history/philosophy of science particularly biological and biomedical sciences,
bioethics and science policy, and food studies. She is an Honorary Visiting Professor
in the College of Social Science and International Studies (Philosophy) at the University
of Exeter (UK) and editor in chief of Studies in History & Philosophy of Science.
Diving into Math with Emmy Noether comes to the University of South Carolina! A theatre performance by portraittheater
Vienna in co-operation with Freie Universität Berlin. Director: Sandra Schüddekopf,
Actress: Anita Zieher. Sponsored by the Ann Johnson Institute. Preview the play on YouTube.
The AJI held a Book Manuscript Worship for Dr. Elizabeth Rodwell (Digital Media Information
and Logistics Technology, Rice University). This workshop featured Dr. Roswell’s work Push the Button: Interactive Television and Collaborative Journalism in Japan. Push the Button explores the results of unprecedented access to the Japanese television industry
and, based on 18 months of fieldwork among broadcast and print journalists, contributes
to a mission within the fields of anthropology and communication studies to understand
how creative professionals are adapting to ongoing technological change and obsolescence
within their fields. Dr. Shultz (Professor of Journalism, Department of Journalism,
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz) and Dr. Condry (Cultural Anthropologist and
Director of MIT’s Spatial Sound Lab) presented as expert reviewers. For more on the author and expert reviewers, click on the links below.
Thank you for joining us in April 2022 for our first AJI + Columbia event: Climate Ready Columbia. This event gathered folks from around the city and the region. While the conversation
on climate change often focuses on national and state efforts, the conference spotlights
local and municipal policy options. The conference included 14 expert panels as well
as a keynote speech. Please visit the full event page for more information.
November 15, 2021:
The AJI held a Book Manuscript Workshop for Dr. Rosalind Donald (Rosenstiel School
of Climate Risks & Preparedness, University of Miami). This workshop featured Dr.
Donald’s work Greenlining: Environmental policies, Segregation, and Displacement in Miami from the
New Deal to the Climate Crisis. Greenlining investigates the relationship between environmental policies and displacement in
Miami-Dade, an area that is increasingly vulnerable to the effects of climate change
and the second-most unequal in the United States. Dr. Andrew Ross (Social and Cultural
Analysis, New York University) and Dr. Julie Sze (American Studies, UC- Davis) presented
as expert reviewers. See links to the participants below with bios and further information. Rosalind Donald, Author. Andrew Ross, Expert. Julie Sze, Expert.
The AJI held a Book Manuscript Workshop for Dr. Monica Barra (Anthropology, University
of South Carolina). This workshop featured Dr. Barra's work Good Sediment: Race, Geology and the Politics of Land Loss which is an ethnography that considers the complicated ways scientists and residents
conceptualize Louisiana's "losing a football field per hour" land loss crisis in the
context of historic and contemporary race relations in southeast Louisiana. Dr. Jessica
Cattelino (Anthropology, University of California - Los Angeles) and Dr. Amelia Moore
(Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island) presented as expert reviewers. For more on the author and expert presenters, click on the links below. Monica Barra, Author. Jessica Cattelino, Expert. Amelia Moore, Expert.
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