Inaugurated in 2009, the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, & Society (CSTMS) brings together the communities of Science and Technology Studies, the History of Science and Technology, and the Medical Humanities, and advances cross-disciplinary research, teaching, and outreach on the histories and implications of scientific research, biomedicine, and new technologies.
Among its activities, the CSTMS organizes major conferences and symposia; holds public lectures by invited speakers from across the world; and hosts visiting scholars. The Center also delivers pedagogy and student training, and supports interdisciplinary research. CSTMS convenes students and faculty in the social sciences and humanities, the professional and medical schools, engineering, and the natural sciences to advance collaborative accounts of our complex world.
The Center provides a space for debate and dialogue on the implications of new technologies, from geo-engineering to synthetic biology; provides support for faculty and graduate students seeking extramural grants; and seeks to integrate leading academic research in science and technology studies with the work of policy makers, communities, and non-governmental organizations.