A program for making important connections
Science, Technology and Society is an interdisciplinary minor program that offers courses and sponsors campus events relating to the interaction between science and society.
Through innovative courses such as "Population" and "The History of Medicine," students encounter cross-disciplinary issues of great import. Several of our upper-level courses are unique to Franklin & Marshall and would not generally be available at a liberal arts college.
With three distinct minors — History and Philosophy of Science, Science and Society, and Medicine in Society— STS enables students to design programs of study tailored to their particular interests with the help of the program chair and members of the faculty.
Each minor program is designed to culminate in an upper-level seminar or independent study involving original research. In close collaboration with faculty researchers, minors have pursued research on subjects ranging from the history of physiology and cell biology and reductionism in the life sciences to the political and geological considerations involved in siting several nuclear power plants and the Yucca Mt. radioactive waste repository in Nevada.
The program regularly sponsors visiting speakers, including the annual Darwin Day Lecture, which has been given by a string of very distinguished, and entertaining, scholars.
The Evolution of the Moral Sense: Implications for Modern Ethics
Each year the Program for Science, Technology and Society presents a luncheon and lecture presentation in honor of the birth of Charles Darwin (February 12, 1809), celebrating what has become known as "Darwin Day." This year's event took place on February 15 and featured F&M Assistant Professor of Psychology and Scientific & Philosophical Studies of Mind, Dr. Josh Rottman.
Dr. Rottman received a B.A.with honors in Cognitive Science from Vassar College in 2008 and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Boston University in 2015. Dr. Rottman's research lies at the intersection of cognitive development and moral psychology. His work primarily focuses on children's acquisition of moral norms, the role of disgust in moral judgment, and cognitive precursors of environmentalist ethics. He is the Director of the Developing Morals Lab here at F&M.
You may click on the video below to view the entire presentation: