Tuesday, February 14, 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Buchanan Tower 1112
(Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and the Egesta Lab)
Minding the gap. My experiences teaching about the role of values in science in interdisciplinary settings
Science studies scholars have demonstrated beyond doubt that value-judgements play an integral role in science. However, few scientists are familiar with these findings, in part because of a wide-spread distrust among scientists about claims made by philosophers, historians, sociologists of science. Even so, science studies education rarely considers communication obstacles between natural scientists and science studies scholars. In this talk, I will share experiences from 20 years of tinkering with courses for science students and interdisciplinary groups about the role of values in science, and discuss how one might go about mending communication gaps between the natural sciences and science studies.