4s, EASST conference Day 3

August 25, 2008 at 9:06 pm 2 comments

Thursday, August 21, 2008

1st panel I went to,was called Future Science, Present Fiction.

went to some great panels today. nanotechnology is a 
big topic ofdiscussion.
a recommended fiction book on it is by 
Michael Cricton called Swarm. Marc
Audetat had some great resources, including 
CIPAST, Citizen Participation in
Science and Techology.http://www.cipast.org/ 
and also a site for Nanotechnology
and society http://www.unil.ch/nanopublic. 
Mark Erickson mentioned this very odd
game for introducing nanotechnology to kids called Nanomission. 

 went to a panel called The Mouse in Biomedical Reseearch,
there is this huge mouse selling web
site called The Jackson Laboratory where they sell
Jax (TM) transgenic mice.
they supply 2.4 million mice to researchers a year. It's
a weird study of marketing and science. 
Both Monika Cwiarka  and Gail
Davies referred to it. 
also the Mouse Genome project was mentioned,
can't right now remember by whom.

after lunch i went to a panel called 
Locations, Latin America. basically
some amazing discussions of completly 
different STS projects in different
parts of Latin America.
 Julia Rodriguez  has just finished a 
database of latin
american science..it's at www.hoslac.org.
Great resource on Latin American science and good images.
lots of other intersting
things too..did you know that 
scientific research on cassava and beans
 as food crops are much less studied in 
science than corn or rice. This was in a presentation 
by Christina Holmes.
Two more talks on Amniocentesis in Columbia 
by Maria Fernanda Olarte Sierra, and the 
history of a state supported truck
factory called FNM in Brazil presented by 
Ivan da Costa Marques.

at the end of the panel, the chairs 
invited us all to drinks later
on. i was delighted because I had 
decided after this panel to really
begin work on one of our INtransit 
issues called Scientific American
and was looking forward to good conversations.

after this panel, there was Dutch Treats 
time which i missed
because i was talking to someone, and 
then i went back to
the hostel because i was fried and 
figured i wanted to be up later
the night. when i got there, 
i had been evicted from my bed!
a girl was snoring in my bunk..
deciding that i could be a nomad
i moved down the hall where i met more STS conference folks.

I rented a bike and met the folks 
from the Latin American panel
at Big Ben's a weird dutch pub which 
supposedly is modeled
on an english pub, but 
fortunately stuck to dutch food and drinks.
that was fun! then i went on my bike 
to an art event at
V2: The Institute for Unstable Media. 
The event was called Hydrous,
and more work from the artists 
can be found at http://diffusion.org.uk/

-sam smiley

Entry filed under: conferences.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. anmane  |  August 26, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    Why “a weird study of marketing and science?”

  • 2. astrodime  |  August 26, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    i’ll have to clarify since i didn’t really make much sense on that.
    Monika Cwiarka’s textual analysis of the site was really interesting, but when i went to the site yesterday, the text analysis didn’t really prepare me for the euphemistic weirdness that the web site represents as a marketing instrument. Granted, marketing never says what something IS or what it DOES..marketing says what something PROMISES. But it is clear in the visual representations as well as the text that the mouse is an isolated marketable object-thing.

    thinking on it further, i do think that a textual analysis of a web site should exist hand in hand with a visual analysis. text alone does not describe the weirdness of that web site to me.

    -sam smiley


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