The Center for Science and Society at Columbia University has awarded its fifth round of course development grants, which support the creation of new undergraduate and graduate curricular offerings in the study of science and society. The aim is to introduce courses that can be offered within current departmental structures, or as part of already-existing majors and concentrations, that bring significant discussion of science and society into these offerings.
Course development grants were open to all Core Lecturers and tenured or tenure-track faculty at Columbia University (including Barnard College) in any discipline. Out of many qualified applications, the following three courses were chosen for funding:
The Afterlives of Cybernetics: A Secret History of the 20th Century taught by Adam Leeds (Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages).
Music and the Electrical Imaginary taught by Theodore Gordon (Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow/Lecturer in Music)
The Nature and Uses of Evidence in Science taught by Stuart Firestein (Professor of Biological Sciences) and Veronica Vieland (Vice President for Computational Research and the Director of the Battelle Center for Mathematical Medicine at the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics and Statistics at the Ohio State University)