Started in 2010 with a grant from the National Science Foundation, 2020 marked the 10 year anniversary of the internationally-recognized Science & Justice Training Program (SJTP), and will be offered again in 2022.
Now more than ever the training offered by the SJTP is critical to addressing the problems of our times: ecological destruction and pandemics; data justice in an age of AI; growing inequalities in access to novel therapeutics; access to basic health care in the jails and prisons.
These are problems that are not the domain of one discipline or area of practice. They require working across fields and industries of knowledge, methods, and practice. The SJTP provides the space and transdisciplinary tools and thought needed for social science, humanities, engineering, physical and biological science, and arts students to collaborate with each other and our community partners to respond to core concerns of our times.
Over the last decade, our students have produced innovative research and projects. A SJTP graduate fellow from Biomolecular Science and Engineering worked with marine biologists and illustrators to self-publish the children’s book Looking For Marla (Buscando a Marla), a tale of diverse expressions of gender and sexual identity among marine creatures. Physics graduate students and artists came together to develop a novel solar green-house that highlighted problems of energy use and access to new material sciences in agriculture. They went on to secure tenure-track positions in which they found a route to incorporating justice into both their teaching and research. In these and many other instances, the SJTP are part of a next generation of researchers and policy makers who seek to place a commitment to ethics and justice at the heart of science and technology.
Central to the success of our students is their ability to work on their Science & Justice projects during the summer. With your help, we can offer summer fellowships that support this critical dimension of the training of future leaders in the emerging field of Science and Justice.
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