Introducing 2022-2023 PEWS Interns and Sustainability Fellows

PEWS is excited to introduce four new interns and Sustainability Fellows for the academic year 2022-2023. With the support of UC Research2030, PEWS has named Dylan Carter (Anthropology) and Ahmad Khan (Civil Engineering) as Sustainability Fellows, and Collin Lucken (Philosophy, Engineering) as Video & Media Coordinator and Sarah Yaser (Neuroscience) as Web & Social Media Coordinator. … Continue reading Introducing 2022-2023 PEWS Interns and Sustainability Fellows

Conservation Changemakers Speaker Series 

Please join our community partner Cincinnati Nature Center for a series of online talks: Conservation Changemakers. These compelling speakers are changing the conversation about our environment, making an impact in their communities, and thinking about how to make nature more accessible and equitable for all.  Events will occur on Zoom; preregistration is required to access … Continue reading Conservation Changemakers Speaker Series 

New chapter on participatory research by Andrew Evans

We are excited to share a forthcoming chapter written by PEWS research assistant, Andrew Evans, and PEWS director, Angela Potochnik about participatory research. This book chapter, "Theorizing Participatory Research" is in press in Ethical Issues in Stakeholder-Engaged Health Research. The chapter examines the variety of participatory research, or research that includes public involvement, across fields … Continue reading New chapter on participatory research by Andrew Evans

PEWS Interdisciplinary Sustainability R&D Group – Spring 2022 Review

When someone mentions sustainability research, most people immediately think about engineering, environmental conservation, and other hard sciences. But so far, our group has welcomed scholars from the departments of English, Geology, Public Planning, Philosophy, Romance Languages and Literature, Physics, and Anthropology. United by an interest in research and sustainability, each member brings different skills, strengths, … Continue reading PEWS Interdisciplinary Sustainability R&D Group – Spring 2022 Review

Raising Ethical Questions About Off-Label Use of Covid-19 Vaccines

It is probably safe to say that many people who never previously took interest in US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory processes have been learning a lot about them this past year by paying close attention to the development, review, and roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines. Tens of thousands of individuals in the US enrolled … Continue reading Raising Ethical Questions About Off-Label Use of Covid-19 Vaccines

Cincinnati’s Informal Science Education Ecosystem

‘Informal science education,’ or ISE, occurs in community settings when scientific findings or concepts are presented to segments of the public, often in relatively brief encounters. Think of activities and demonstrations on the museum floor, for example, or animal encounters at a zoo. For academic scientists and other researchers interested in public outreach, informal science … Continue reading Cincinnati’s Informal Science Education Ecosystem

Ways of Knowing & Informal Science Education

What lies at the intersection of decoloniality and philosophy of science? To answer this question, I turned to the informal science educators at Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) for guidance. Informal science educators, Brenda Hunda and Brian Pollock were both speakers at the PEWS 2021 Workshop. I also watched Brenda’s presentation addressing Ways of Knowing while … Continue reading Ways of Knowing & Informal Science Education

Divergence of values and goals in participatory research

One of PEWS's continuing activities is an interdisciplinary 'R&D' (research and discussion) group. We're proud to announce that some of the members of that group have coauthored an article in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science that's now available online. The article, "Divergence of values and goals in participatory research," suggests that existing schemes for categorizing types of participatory research should be updated to reflect the relationship participants' goals bear to those of the researchers, a relationship that is significant for the value of the public participation in the research and of the research itself. The paper's authors are Lucas Dunlap, Amanda Corris, Melissa Jacquart, Zvi Biener, and Angela Potochnik. You can access the article at this link (freely available until September 2!)