The Hollybush Institute’s activities center around three interdisciplinary programs that link science and technology to a range of issues of academic and policy significance. These programs link the activities of natural scientists, engineers, and social science professionals, with special reference to collaboration across disciplines and among students and faculty.
I. Science and Society Program
Situating science and technology within Rowan’s rich liberal arts tradition, this program explores issues ranging from philosophy of science debates to the social and political consequences of scientific investigation.
Science and Society Research Community
A permanent interdisciplinary network of faculty with shared research interests in the intersections of science, technology, social sciences and humanities.
Science and Society Teaching and Learning Brownbag Series
A series of brownbag talks that fosters an interdisciplinary dialogue on the social, cultural and policy connections with science, highlighting the value of science and technology 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, technology and philosophy of science questions, focusing on theory, method and evidence.
II. Environment and Health Program
This program links science and technology to ideas and research on how to promote environmentally sustainable development and socially responsible health policy. A central component of this program will be to promote research that uses field-based knowledge to study questions such as environmental governance, biomedical ethics and health care.
Environment and Health Research Community
A permanent interdisciplinary network of faculty with shared research interests in the intersections of science, technology, health and the environment.
Environment and Health Seminar Series
An annual seminar series on specific themes linking science and technology with environment, sustainable development, and health issues. 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:
- 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
III. Science, Technology and Security Program
This program is the principle venue for linking science and technology to international relations, security, and public policy. A key feature of the program is the integration of technical, scientific, and social scientific analyses of national and international security issues.
Science, Technology and Security Research Community
A permanent interdisciplinary network of faculty with shared research interests linking science and technology with historical and contemporary challenges of international peace and security.
Science, Technology and Security Visiting Speaker Series
This visiting speaker series links science and technology 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).