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Open Source PhD: September 2017

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I spent September struggling to stay afloat. The way work was structured, I was able to spend time thinking about fewer ideas, but exploring them more fully. This month, those ideas were:

  • what can one expect to achieve by encouraging engineers to talk about their “ethics”
  • how can you scale perspective transformation (in anyone, but particularly in engineers in open source communities)
  • would engineering + critical pedagogy = critical engineering?

Below is a list of books and articles I read this month.
Daniel Sarewitz. (n.d.). Does Science Policy Matter? Issues In Science and Technology, (Summer 2007), 31–38.
Dennis, M. A. (1994). “ Our First Line of Defense”: Two University Laboratories in the Postwar American State. Isis, 85(3), 427–455.
Edmund P. Russel. (1996). “Speaking of Annihilation”: Mobilizing for War Against Human and Insect Enemies, 1914-1945. The Journal of American History, 82(4), 1505–1529.
El-Zein, A. H., & Hedemann, C. (2016). Beyond problem solving: Engineering and the public good in the 21st century. Journal of Cleaner Production, 137, 692–700.
Erickson, P. (2010). Mathematical models, rational choice, and the search for Cold War culture. Isis, 101(2), 386–392.
Feenberg, A. (1992). Subversive rationalization: Technology, power, and democracy 1. Inquiry, 35(3–4), 301–322.
Florman, S. C. (1996). Small Is Dubious. In The Existential Pleasures of Engineering (2nd edition). New York: St. Martin’s Griffin.
Gieryn, Thomas F. (1983). Boundary-Work and the Demarcation of Science from Non-Science: Strains and Interests in Professional Ideologies of Scientists. American Sociological Review, 48(6), 781–795.
Hackett, E. J. (2005). Essential Tensions: Identity, Control, and Risk in Research. Social Studies of Science, 35(5), 787–826.
Harbin, A. (2014). Disorientation and the medicalization of struggle. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, 7(1), 99–121.
Hart, D. D., Buizer, J. L., Foley, J. A., Gilbert, L. E., Graumlich, L. J., Kapuscinski, A. R., … Silka, L. (2016). Mobilizing the power of higher education to tackle the grand challenge of sustainability: Lessons from novel initiatives. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 4, 0–9.
Ian Hacking. (2002). Making Up People. In Historical Ontology (pp. 98–114). Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.
Jasanoff, S. (2003). Technologies of humility: Citizen participation in governing science. In Wozu Experten? (pp. 370–389). Springer. Retrieved from
Langdon Winner. (1986). Do Artifacts Have Politics. In The Whale and the Reactor: The Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology (pp. 19–39). Chicago University Press.
Lewontin, Richard, & Levins, Richard. (n.d.). Let the Numbers Speak + The Politics of Averages. In Biology Under The Influence (pp. 65–74).
Maienschein, J. (1991). Epistemic Styles in German and American Embryology. Science in Context, 4(2), 407–427.
Mitman, G. (2005). In search of health: Landscape and disease in American environmental history. Environmental History, 10(2), 184–210.
Parker, J., & Crona, B. (2012). On being all things to all people: Boundary organizations and the contemporary research university. Social Studies of Science, 42(2), 262–289.
Pinch, T. J., & Bijker, W. E. (1984). The Social Construction of Facts and Artefacts: or How the Sociology of Science and the Sociology of Technology might Benefit Each Other. Social Studies of Science, 14(3), 399–441.
Reynolds, T. S. (1992). The Education of Engineers in America before the Morrill Act of 1862. History of Education Quarterly, 32(4), 459–482.
Robert K Merton. (n.d.). The Sociology of Science (selections). In The Sociology of Science.
Sterner, B., & Franz, N. M. (2017). Taxonomy for Humans or Computers? Cognitive Pragmatics for Big Data. Biological Theory, 12(2), 99–111.
Swierstra, T., & Rip, A. (2007). Nano-ethics as NEST-ethics: Patterns of Moral Argumentation About New and Emerging Science and Technology. NanoEthics, 1(1), 3–20.
Verbeek, P.-P. (2006). Materializing Morality: Design Ethics and Technological Mediation. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 31(3), 361–380.
Whitbeck, C. (1996). Ethics as Design: Doing Justice to Moral Problems. The Hastings Center Report, 26(3), 9.
Zimmerman, A. D. (1995). Toward a More Democratic Ethic of Technological Governance. Science, Technology, & Human Values, 20(1), 86–107.

One of the things I love most about working hard is tracking how hard I'm working. Total number of pages (including only the content above that contained page number data) read this month: 376