The Department of Science, Technology, and Society held its second annual Undergraduate Research Day on April 25. Seven presentations of undergraduate projects were included.

The award for Outstanding Research Presentation went to Meron Abate, chemical engineering; William Hall, electrical engineering; Max McManus, university studies; and Matthew Schrage, architecture, for their presentation titled “Solar Energy in Developing Countries.”

Damien Williams, a doctoral student in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society, was a panelist at the New America conference on “What Sci-Fi Futures Can (and Can’t) Teach Us About AI Policy,” which was held May 7 in Washington, D.C.

The following College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences faculty members were awarded a Niles Research Grant during the 2018–2019 academic year: Mark V. Barrow, Jr., History; Shannon Elizabeth Bell, Sociology; Dwight Bigler, School of Performing Arts; Brian Britt, Religion and Culture; Toni M. Calasanti, Sociology; María del Carmen Caña Jiménez, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Mauro Caraccioli, Political Science and ASPECT Core Faculty; Koeun Choi, Human Development and Family Science; Katharine Cleland, English; Amanda C. Demmer, History; Katherine Haenschen and Daniel J. Tamul, Communication; Sharon P. Johnson, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Karin Kitchens, Political Science; Bryan Klausmeyer, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Allan Lumba, History; Richard Masters, School of Performing Arts; Deborah Milly, Political Science; Gonzalo Montero, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Carol A. Mullen, School of Education; Charles Nichols, School of Performing Arts; Corinne Noirot, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Philip Olson, Science, Technology, and Society; Michael Saffle, Religion and Culture; Carolyn Shivers, Human Development and Family Science; Brandi Watkins, Communication; Chelsea Woods, Communication; and Tingting Zhao, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures.

The 2019 College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Awards and Honors Ceremony and Reception took place on April 2 in Owens Banquet Hall. Presenting this year’s awards were Dean Rosemary Blieszner, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research E. Thomas Ewing, and Joseph Pitt, Philosophy and chair of the college’s Honors and Awards Committee.

Certificate of Teaching Excellence recipients were: Nancy López-Romero, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Paul Quigley, History; Robert P. Stephens, History; Vinodh Venkatesh, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; and Abby Walker, English.

Excellence in Advising Awards were presented to Nancy Bodenhorn, School of Education, and Sarah Sierra, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures.

Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award recipients were: Aarnes Gudmestad, Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures; Brett Jones, School of Education; and Brian ThorsettSchool of Performing Arts. Recognized as Land Grant Scholars were Barbara Allen, Science, Technology, and Society, and Katrina M. Powell, English.

Those presented with an Excellence in Outreach and International Initiatives Award were Yasuko KumazawaModern and Classical Languages and Literatures, and Paul Quigley, History.

The Diversity Award winners were Carmen Gitre, History, and Annie Stevens, School of Performing Arts.

Heather Gumbert, associate chair, History, garnered the Excellence in Administration Award.

This year’s ceremony included a staff award in addition to faculty awards. Katie Akers, fiscal technician Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, received the Staff Employee of the Year Award.

The featured speakers at this year’s ceremony were Kumazawa, Sierra, Thorsett, and Walker.

Daniel Breslau, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Science, Technology, and Society, published “Assembling Economic Actors: Time-varying Rates and the New Electricity Consumer,” in Contemporary Philosophy and Social Science: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue, ed. Michiru Nagatsu and Atilia Ruzzene (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2019), pp. 343–65.

The following faculty members were recognized as 2019–2020 Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment Scholars: principal investigator Matthew Fullen, School of Education, and co-investigators Nancy Brossoie, Center for Gerontology, Megan Dolbin-MacNab, Human Development and Family Science, and Gerard Lawson, School of Education, “Investigating the Impact of Medicare Mental Health Provider Policy on Rural Communities”; co-investigator Ben Katz, Human Development and Family Science, co-investigator Tina Savla, Human Development and Family Science and Center for Gerontology, principal investigator Brenda Davy, and co-investigator Kevin Davy, “Ketones Supplementation for Vascular and Cognitive Health in Middle-Aged Adults”; co-investigator Ben Katz, Human Development and Family Science, principal investigator Alec Smith, and co-investigators Sheryl Ball and Brooks King-Casas, “The Effect of HD-tDCS Stimulation over the Temporoparietal Junction on Social and Economic Cognition in Older Adults”; and principal investigator Lee Vinsel, Science, Technology, and Society, and co-investigators Jennifer Case and Marie Paretti, “What Do Engineers Do All Day? Innovation, Maintenance, and Everyday Engineering Work.”

The following CLAHS graduate students participated in the Gender, Bodies, and Technology conference titled TechnoLogics: Power and Resistance. They were: Caroline Alphin, ASPECT, “Bulletproof Neoliberals: Rethinking Accelerationism and the Biohacker Within the Logic of Intensity”; Lyla Byers, Sociology, “‘Now I Could Be the Former Fatty Who Turned into a Brain. Or an Athlete. Or a Princess’: Weight Loss and Gender in Netflix’s Insatiable”; Linea Cutter, ASPECT, “Three Square Meals a Day: Biopolitics and the (Re)Production of (Dis)Order”; Joshua Earle, Science, Technology, and Society, “The Problem of the Sexy Cyborg: Transhumanism, Gender, and Morphological Freedom”; Sadie Giles, Sociology, “Rock that Body: Economies of Risk in Rock Climbing”; Whitney Hayes, Sociology, “Beauvoir in the Boudoir: A Feminist Approach to the Risks of Bedding Sex Robots”; Science, Technology, and Society student Hanna Herdegen and faculty member Ashley Shew, with Stephanie Arnold and Adri Ridings, “Disability, Experience, and Technological Imagination: First Stage Findings from Narrative Research”; Jessica Herling, Sociology, “Hidden Curriculum in Medical Education on LGBTQ Health”; Inaash Islam, Sociology, “Redefining What It Means to Be #YourAverageMuslim Woman: Muslim Female Digital Activists on Social Media”; Laura Lane, Science, Technology, and Science, “Busted Perceptions: A Visual and Verbal Dialogue about the Power Dynamics Behind the Identities We Embody”; Jack Leff, Science, Technology, and Society, “Atmospheric Thinking: The Political Technologies of Breath, Breathing, and Atmosphere”; Kuan-Hung Lo, Science, Technology, and Society, “Rethinking the Uncanny Valley: Feelings of Eeriness, Diversity/Mutation, and Performativity”; Ariel Ludwig, Science, Technology, and Society, “The Aesthetics/Anesthetics of the Virtual Prison and the Making of Virtual Prisoners: A Poetic Engagement with a Virtual Reality Marketplace”; Leigh McKagen, ASPECT, “Resistance Is Futile: Female Mentorship in Star Trek: Voyager”; Megan Nanney, Sociology, “My Home Is Not Your Home: Digital Community Building and Branding in Gender Segregated Higher Education”; Kate Natishan, Rhetoric and Writing, “Regulated Bodies: The Rhetoric of Gender in the U.S. Military”; Roan Parrish, Science, Technology, and Society, “Factors in the Overprescription of Antidepressants in Women”; Anne Patrick, Sociology, “Where’s the Beef? Masculinity, Gender, and Violence in Food Advertising”; Philip Ray, Sociology, “The Three Laws of Colonization: Robotic Bodies in Science Fiction”; Shaun Respess, ASPECT, “Intimacy Through/With Technology: An Evaluation of Care for Despondency”; Talitha Rose, Sociology, “#Craftivism and the Potentials for Feminist Craft as Activism”; Emma Stamm, ASPECT, “Acid Feminism: Psychedelic Dimensions of Gender Performativity”; Rayanne Streeter, Sociology, “#effyourbeautystandards: Resistance and Co-optation in the Body Positive Movement”; Maddie Tepper, ASPECT, “Conscious Embodiment: Aesthetic Cultivation as Resistance to Global Capitalism”; Sara Wenger, ASPECT, “Posthuman Anxiety in the Sex Industry: The Strange Case of Aura Dolls”; and Damien Williams, Science, Technology, and Society, “Extended Selves: Implications of VR and AR on How We Understand Ourselves and Each Other.”

The conference took place April 25–27 at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.

Ashley Shew, an assistant professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society, published “Transmobility: Possibilities in Cyborg (Cripborg) Bodies,” Catalyst 5.1 (2019), special issue on Crip Technoscience, with Mallory Kay Nelson and Bethany Stevens; and “Stop Depicting Technology as Redeeming Disabled People” on the blog project site Nursing Clio on April 23.

The following graduate students presented papers at the annual ASPECT Graduate Conference titled “Rethinking Otherness in the Age of Neoliberalism”: Judson Abraham, ASPECT, “The Question of ‘Corporatism’ in Left-Populist Discourse”; Caroline Alphin, ASPECT, presented “Bulletproof Neoliberals: Reframing the Biohacker as an Intensified Accelerationist”; Nada Berrada, ASPECT, “The Neoliberal State and Youth Policy in Morocco”; Allie Briggs, ASPECT, “The Perfect Crime: Race as Technology and Modern Liberal Sovereignty”; Jay Burkette, ASPECT, “Utopia as a Verb: Mutual Aid as Its Process”; Linea Cutter, ASPECT, “Spaces of Empire in Popular Culture: A Critical Analysis of To the Bone”; Joshua Earle, Science, Technology and Society, “The Problem of the Sexy Cyborg: Race, Gender, and Otherness in Transhumanism”; Jordan Fallon, Political Science, “‘Omar Comin’: Black Subversive Marginality and Neoliberal Subjectivity”; Rob Flahive, ASPECT, “Aesthetics of the Other: Reinscribing Colonial Urbanism through Preservation”; Jenni Gallagher, History “‘Remove Him to the Poorhouse’: Poor-Relief in Montgomery County, VA, 1830–1880”; Ruth Grene, Hispanic Studies, “Views of the Subaltern in Mexican Film”; Johannes Grow, ASPECT, “The Geopolitics of the ECSC”; Robert Hodges, ASPECT, “Two Differing Intentions Toward Alterning the International System: A Discussion of al-Qaeda and Islamic State Goals”; Jack R. Leff, Science, Technology, and Society, “Enclosable Futures: How Prisons Render Prisoners’ Futures for ‘Public’ Consumption”; John R. Legg, History, “White Lies, Native Revision: Public Memory and the U.S.–Dakota War of 1862”; Leigh McKagen, ASPECT, “An Imperial Journey: Castaway Narratives in Star Trek: Voyager”; Mohammed Pervaiz, ASPECT, “Valorizing and Other-ing Bodies: Examples in Historical and Contemporary Turkey”; Sarah Plummer, ASPECT, “Panoptic Policing: A Theory of Surveillance as Resistance”; Shaun Respess, ASPECT, “Why/When Suicide Offends the Neoliberal Us”; Mary Ryan, ASPECT, “The Last Gasp: How Racial Crisis Threatens U.S. Democracy”; Patrick Salmons, ASPECT, “Althusser’s Reproduction of Race in Society”; Katy Shepard, ASPECT, “Art as the Creative Process, Identity Building, and Liberation”; Faith Skiles, ASPECT, “Decidedly Neo-Confucian: Western Missionaries’ Ordering of Space in Korea”; Spenser Slough, ASPECT, “Consumerism, Material Culture, Gender, and Performance as Historical Method in Investigating Commonplace Financial Records of Rural Communities”; Emma Stamm, ASPECT, “Algorithmic Determinacy and Interpretative Psychedelic Science”; Alexander Stubberfield, ASPECT, “State of the Art: The Habitat Quantification Tool and the Environmental Defense Fund”; Anthony Szczurek, ASPECT, “Sacred Climate Futures: Hindutva Imaginaries of Climate Change (2015–2018)”; Madison Tepper, ASPECT, “Radical Counterperformance: Invoking Bodily Affect as to Global Capitalism”; Molly Todd, ASPECT, “Affective Juxtaposition and the Border Crossing Experience of Pixar’s Coco”; Shelby Ward, ASPECT, “State In/security and War Tourism: Sri Lankan Identity Politics and Tourism Mapping Practices”; Sara Wenger, ASPECT, “The Strange Case of Aura Dolls: Posthuman Anxiety and the Sex Work Debate”; Zachariah Wheeler, ASPECT, “Back to the Future: Symbolic Revolution, Aporia, and the Death of Neoliberalism”; Tara Wilson, Political Science, “Evaluating the Provable Successes of the United Nations Human Rights Council”; and Sengul Yildiz-Alanbay , ASPECT, “Constructing the ‘Other’ through a Discourse of Compassion: The Representation of the Iconic Image of Alan Kurdi in Turkey’s Foreign Policy Towards the EU.” The conference took place March 21–23 on campus.