Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She has held academic positions at Cornell, Yale, Oxford, and Kyoto. At Cornell, she founded and chaired the Department of Science and Technology Studies. She has also been a Leverhulme Visiting Professor at Cambridge, Fellow at the Berlin Institute for Advanced Study, and Resident Scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio study center. Her research concerns the role of science and technology in the law, politics, and public policy of modern democracies, with a particular focus on the challenges of globalization. She has written and lectured widely on problems of environmental regulation, risk management, and biotechnology in the United States, Europe, and India. Her books include Controlling Chemicals (1985), The Fifth Branch (1990), Science at the Bar (1995), and Designs on Nature (2005).

Jasanoff has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and as President of the Society for Social Studies of Science.


Christopher Reddy is a chemist who studies pollution, especially oil spills, in the marine environment. He often employs novel analytical techniques to solve difficult, “real world” problems. His overall goal is to provide society with the most pertinent and concrete information necessary for addressing the health of the environment.
Chris is a 2009-2010 Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and author of three books, including the New York Times bestselling The Republican War on Sciencedubbed “a landmark in contemporary political reporting” by Salon.com and a “well-researched, closely argued and amply referenced indictment of the right wing’s assault on science and scientists” by Scientific AmericanStorm World, and Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, co-authored by Sheril Kirshenbaum. They also write“The Intersection” blog together for Discover blogs.
Jean Sideris is the Outreach Coordinator for the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She works with scientists and economists to educate the public and policymakers on climate change science, impacts, and solutions and on the need for strong action to reduce emissions. Jean has a master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University; a bachelor’s in anthropology from the University of Colorado; and has been with UCS for 5 years. Gerard Ostheimer is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Biological Engineering at MIT.  Working in the laboratories of Michael Yaffe and Douglas Lauffenburger he integrates computational and experimental approaches to study the response of cancer cells to chemotherapy.  Gerry is a co-founder and leader of the MIT Science Policy Initiative that teaches young scientists how science policy is made in the U.S. and how they can become active in that process.

Register for the STP Mixer in October

To follow up after the success of our first symposium this spring and bridge the long tine until our symposium in spring 2011, we will organize a mixer on October 20! Join the event and connect with other researchers, students and groups from the greater Cambridge area, interested in the intersection of Science, Technology and [...]

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Profile: Technology and Policy Student Society

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