Administration

Adminstration

Below are Center for Science and Society staff, cluster administrators, and work-study students. 

  • Pamela H. Smith is Seth Low Professor of History at Columbia University and Founding Director of the Center for Science and Society. At Columbia, she teaches history of early modern Europe and the history of science. She is the author of The Business of Alchemy: Science and Culture in the Holy Roman Empire (Princeton 1994; 1995 Pfizer Prize), and The Body of the Artisan: Art and Experience in the Scientific Revolution (Chicago 2004; 2005 Leo Gershoy Prize). Her work on alchemy, artisans, and the making of vernacular and scientific knowledge has been supported by fellowships at the Wissenschafts-Kolleg, as a Guggenheim Fellow, a Getty Scholar, a Samuel Kress Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts in Washington, DC, and by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.

    Pamela Smith leads the Making and Knowing Research Cluster and serves as an Executive Committee and Advisory Board Member. 

  • Naomi Rosenkranz joined the Making and Knowing Project in August 2015 as the Project Manager before becoming Assistant Director in 2019. She serves as the main administrative liaison, supports the historical reconstruction research, oversees the Project’s chemical laboratory, and maintains the digital collaboration systems. Naomi studied physics at Barnard College with minors in mathematics and Latin American/Iberian studies. She served as the inaugural Science Resident in Conservation with Columbia’s Ancient Ink Lab, identifying and characterizing ancient carbon-based inks. She continued her investigation of inks at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, working with the departments of Scientific Research and Paper Conservation to examine medieval iron-tannate black inks through recipe reconstructions and spectral analysis of museum objects.

  • Melinda Miller is the Senior Associate Director of the Center for Science and Society and Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program, where she oversees the development and administration of the Center and its research clusters, Scholars, grant programs, activities, and events. Melinda received a PhD in life sciences (neuroscience concentration) from Rockefeller University and a BS in neural science and psychology from New York University. Her research examined individual differences in the brain and behavior in response to stress, which she studied in both animal models and human populations. Prior to joining Columbia University in 2015, she worked as a senior program manager at the New York Academy of Sciences, where she helped to develop, organize, and raise funds for scientific conferences and cross-disciplinary public events.

  • Madi Whitman is a postdoctoral research scholar and assistant director of curriculum development in the Center for Science and Society. As a sociocultural anthropologist and science and technology studies (STS) researcher, Madi studies how technologies, institutions, and subjectivities are made together. This research is currently animated by questions about surveillance and marginality in changing regimes of data collection in higher education in the United States.

    Madi’s pedagogical work includes supporting interdisciplinary co-teaching at Columbia, developing curricula in science and society, and investigating the landscape of STS education in the U.S. Prior to coming to Columbia, Madi was involved in collaborations with the National Science Foundation Center for Science of Information in creating critical data modules for students. Madi earned a PhD in anthropology from Purdue University in 2020, completed a BA in anthropology at the University of North Dakota, and was previously a Visiting Research Fellow in the Program on Science, Technology and Society at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

  • Jozef Sulik is the assistant director of the Center for Science and Society and Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program. Jozef manages events, grants, communications, and budgets. He also provides administrative support for the postdoctoral scholars affiliated with the Center and their research projects. Before joining Columbia University, Jozef worked in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships at Harvard College and spent several years as an agent in talent management in the UK. Jozef received his BA in government from Harvard University Extension School. 

  • Caroline Surman is the Project and Communications Coordinator with the Center for Science and Society and the Making and Knowing Project. She assists in planning events and programming (fulfilling her love of organization), and oversees communications and social media. She is also responsible for training and overseeing the Center's Work Study Administrative Assistants. Caroline studied Anthropology with a minor in Environmental Science at Barnard College. Previously, she worked for Bank Street School for Children and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

  • Ariana Novo is an undergraduate work-study student at the Center for Science and Society, studying civil engineering with a minor in sustainability studies. Although she's entering a technical field, she is interested in politics and journalism, finding ways to get involved with the Columbia community through Engineering Student Council, Hall Council, and Spectator. She’s also very active in her New Jersey hometown, having volunteered at local hospitals, libraries, and various service organizations. She is fluent in both Spanish and English. In her free time, Ariana likes to watch and discuss movies with friends and attend social events to meet new people.

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