Hollybush Institute


Activities Permanent Research Communities
These research communities develop and sustain interdisciplinary networks of faculty at Rowan University around research clusters within the Institute�s core themes. Serving as the knowledge infrastructure of the Institute, these communities are networks through which faculty communicate and exchange ideas on shared research interests. Each community also meets annually to outline thematic pursuits and joint activities. 


STEM in Context Teaching and Learning Brownbag Series
A series of brownbag talks on the critical importance of linking science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to the social sciences and humanities. These talks foster interdisciplinary dialogue on the social, cultural and policy connections with science, highlighting the value of expanding STEM offerings while building on a strong liberal arts tradition. 

Topics may include:

  • Introducing Scientists to the Philosophy of Science
  • Science as a Human Enterprise: Interpreting Data
  • When is Engineering Relevant for Disaster Relief?
  • Making Natural Sciences Legible to Policymakers
  • Engineering Ethics

Philosophy of Science Workshops
Interdisciplinary workshops on specific themes connecting science and the philosophy of science. At the workshop faculty and students will be exposed to ways in which their disciplines overlap and intersect in these areas. These workshops foster an interdisciplinary dialogue on campus as Rowan University expands its STEM offerings, linking offerings in the sciences, biomedical sciences, and engineering to Rowan’s strong liberal arts tradition.


Environment and Health Seminar Series
An annual seminar series on specific themes linking STEM with environment, sustainable development, and health issues. It will offer three talks per academic year on a specific theme selected by faculty. Visiting speakers will include academics, government officials, journalists, and leaders in medical and environmental industries (especially those from the region). Each academic year a different theme will be chosen for these three seminars.

Topics may include:

  • Bioethics
  • After Hurricane Sandy: Science & Engineering at the Shore
  • The Science of Aging
  • Making Choices and Modeling Behavior
  • Applications of Material Science
  • Green Buildings; Green Designs


Science, Technology and Security Visiting Speaker Series
This visiting speaker series links STEM with critical international security and homeland security issues. It offers occasional talks each academic year on topics ranging from Russian energy policies to national defense industries to changes local and state homeland security policies. Visiting speakers will include academics, government officials, journalists, and leaders in defense industries (especially those from the region).

Topics may include:

  • Science Applications to Homeland Security
  • Cybersecurity: Research, Development and Policy
  • Technology and Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Theory and Practice
  • Understanding Scientific Collaboration of the Cold War
  • Engaging East Asia: Technology and Change
  • Addressing Energy Security: Opportunities and Challenges


A New Cold War? Using Science to Engage Emerging Powers Conference
This conference, currently in the planning phase, will examine the ways in which science and scientists build bridges across political and historical divisions between countries. Using engagement during the Cold War as historical example, the conference will explore how cross-national collaborations, epistemic communities among scholars and policymakers, and non-governmental organizations may engage emerging powers in the 21st century (e.g., Brazil, Russia, India, China).


Hollybush Fellow
The Hollybush Fellow will be based in at least one of the program initiatives. Each spring semester, a new fellow will teach one honors course, give research talks, organize outside speakers, and support other activities of the Institute.