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The Science, Technology, and Society Initiative (STS) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was established to promote multidisciplinary collaboration among the natural, physical and social sciences, engineering and public policy. Located within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) and administratively based in the Center for Public Policy and Administration (CPPA), the STS Initiative serves as a catalyst for innovative research as well as an interdisciplinary forum to discuss issues in science and technology. The STS Initiative provides a single point of contact for campus-wide faculty collaborations, enabling effective teaming on new proposals and initiatives. Our website describes the STS Initiative, our affiliated researchers, and our sponsored research projects. It is also meant to point students, faculty and others to the rich resources on campus related to science, technology and society.

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Gender & Technology

caiteUnderstanding Women's Performance & Persistence in Information Technology Anna Branch, Assistant Professor of Sociology, is working with the Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education to investigate indicators of women's persistence and retention in information technology courses. [more]

Nano Videos Released

nanoNanotechnology & Society Workshop Videos available
Videos from the 3rd annual Nano & Society Workshop "Emerging Organizations, Oversight, and Public Policy Systems" are now available. Thanks to for hosting these videos! Visit the workshop website for more information about each presentation.

Ethics Reports

lazerThe Ethics in Science and Engineering National Clearinghouse (ESENCe) beta site released two workshop reports to advance ethics training and research in science and engineering disciplines. The reports, "Ethics in Science and Engineering: Redefining Tools and Resources" and Ethics Day: Engaging Librarians in the Responsible Conduct of Research" are available through STS [more]


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