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Individual Projects and Publications

Rosalyn Berne

Current projects
  • Ethics and Belief inside the Development of Nanotechnology, funded by the National Science Foundation
  • An Anthology of Fiction about our Nanotechnology Future (funding proposal currently under review)
Recent publications
  • Nanotalk: Conversations with Scientists and Engineers about Ethics, Meaning and Belief in the Development of Nanotechnology, Lawrence Erlbaum Press, 2006 .
  • "Content and Pedagogy for Ethics Education in Nanoscale Science and Technology Development," in Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education: Issues, Trends and Future Directions, Aldrin E. Sweeney & Sudipta Seal, Editors, American Scientific Publishers, scheduled for publication, spring 2006
  • "Negotiations over Quality of Life in the Nanotechnology Initiative" in Societal Implications of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Vol. II: Maximizing Human Benefit, Michail Roco and Bill Bainbridge, editors. Springer Press (forthcoming, 2006).
  • "Teaching Societal and Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology to Engineering Students through Science Fiction," with Schummer, Joachim, Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, November 1 2005, Volume 25, No. 6

John K. Brown

Current project
  • Spanning the Continent: The Eads Bridge and the American Destiny This book will provide a broad historical overview of the genesis, construction, and working life of the Eads Bridge, an engineering milestone spanning the Mississippi River at St. Louis. In large measure, the bridge's history is a ready framework to describe the broad historical forces transforming the United States in the nineteenth century.
Recent publications
  • "An Integrated Introductory Course on Communications Skills and Engineering Practice," in David F. Ollis, Kay Neeley, and Heinz Luegenbiehl, eds., Liberal Education in 21st Century Engineering (New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2004).
  • "Technological Change in the Machine Tool Industry." in Joel Mokyr. ed., The Oxford Encyclopedia of Economic History, vol. 3. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2003)
  • Review in the series, "Classics Revisited" in Technology and Culture 44 (October 2003): 786-93 of Louis C. Hunter, Steamboats on the Western Rivers (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1949).

Patricia Click

Current project
  • Ethics Case Studies from the U.S. Civil War
Recent publications
  • Time Full of Trial: The Roanoke Island Freedmen's Colony, 1862-1867 (Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 2001).
  • "'Every Wheel, Spindle, and Pinion Again Revolving': Northern Evangelicals, Technology, and the Civil War," Humanities and Technology Association Review, 18 (Fall 1999): 5-19.
  • "Missionaries, Muskets, and Manufactures: Designing a Course on the Civil War and Technology," Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education (June 1999). CD-ROM.

Benjamin Cohen

Current Projects
  • The Moral Landscape of Adulteration: Cheating on Nature in the Age of Industrialized Food
  • The UVA Food Collaborative
  • Technoscience and Environmental Justice: Expert Cultures in a Grassroots Movement, ed. (MIT Press, forthcoming 2011) co-edited with Gwen Ottinger

Recent Publications

Joanne Cohoon

Recent Projects
  • "Collaborative Research: EXT: Mobilizing Implementation of Effective Practices to Increase Participation of Women in Computing." National Science Foundation award to UVA, U. Colorado, and U. Wisconsin. Total award, $2.5 million for 2005-2010, with $834,051 going to the University of Virginia.
Recent Publications
  • Cohoon, J. M. & Lord, H. "Women's Entry to Graduate Study in Computer Science and Computer Engineering in the United States." Forthcoming in Crossing Cultures, Changing Lives: Integrating Research on Girls Choices of IT Careers.
  • Women and Information Technology: Research on Underrepresentation. (In
press, 2006) Cohoon, J. M. and Aspray W., editors. MIT Press.

Deborah G. Johnson

Current project

Recent publications
  • D.G. Johnson and J. M. Wetmore, eds., Technology & Society: Engineering Our Sociotechnical Future. The MIT Press, 2009.
  • D.G. Johnson, Computer Ethics 4th edition. Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2009.
  • D.G. Johnson and Keith W. Miller, "Un-making artificial moral agents." Ethics and Information Technology
  • D.G. Johnson, "Computer Systems: Moral Entities but not Moral Agents" Ethics and Information Technology 8 4 2006: 195-204.

Peter Norton

Recent publications
  • Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City (MIT Press, 2008).
  • Street Rivals: Jaywalking and the Invention of the Motor Age Street. Technology and Culture 48 (April 2007), 331-359.

Edmund P. Russell

Current Projects
  • The Coevolution of Dogs and Society in Nineteenth Century Britain. Funded by National Science Foundation.
  • Evolutionary History: Uniting History and Biology to Understand Life on Earth (Book forthcoming)
  • The biological basis for our taste for sugar and the resulting environmental impact.
Recent publications:
  • Richard P. Tucker and Edmund Russell (editors), Natural Enemy, Natural Ally: Toward an Environmental History of War (Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2004). Edmund Russell, "Evolutionary History: Prospectus for a New Field," Environmental History 8 (April 2003): 204-228.
  • War and Nature: Fighting Humans and Insects with Chemicals from World War I to Silent Spring (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001).

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