This talk, by Dr. Lucy Suchman, will examine conjoinings of persons and machines within what Der Derian (2009) has named ‘MIME-net’, the military-industrial-media-entertainment network. Her focus is on logics and material practices of remotely-controlled weapon systems (particularly armed drones and weaponized robots), including the concept of ‘situation awareness’ as a central legitimizing premise. Drawing from news reports, military documents, and critical scholarship, Dr. Suchman examines connections between military discourses on keeping ‘our’ bodies safe, and the project of cutting the networks that might bring wars too close to home. These connections are multiply configured, as some bodies become increasingly entangled with machines, in the interest of keeping them apart from the bodies of others. Sheoffers an argument regarding the essential and inescapable tension between a commitment to distance, and to the requirements of ‘positive identification’ that underwrite canons of legal killing. This tension holds not only for those involved in command and control of the front lines (the focus of the military), but also for those of us responsible as citizens for grasping events in which we are, however indirectly, morally, politically and economically implicated.
Welcome to the official STEPPS blog, where STEPPS faculty, students, and graduates offer commentary about things related to science policy and to the Science, Technology, Environment, and Public Policy Specialization at M.S.U.
Our goal is to have each of the seven core STEPPS faculty members contribute something to this site at least once each week. We will also have invited contributors from among our students and our graduates providing content. We encourage all STEPPS community members to use the comment sections to offer their own input. Ideally, we see this as a place where we can share our thoughts and interests with one another and further build our community of scholars and students who are interested in local, national, and international science policy.
The freshest twelve posts are listed below, with the most recent ones first. Earlier posts can be found by clicking on the drop down menu in the “Archives,” which is located on the right side of this page. Also on the right, you will find a list of useful links to things like the STEPPS checklist and other online science policy resources.
The Hal and Jean Glassen Scholars Program will offer students exposure to policymaking in Michigan by gaining real-world experience through a senior-level class in natural resources policy that meets one night a week and all day Saturday (about two times per month) while working full-time as paid interns at state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations or businesses that focus on complex natural resource issues in Michigan. The internships and course curriculum will complement and advance the students’ learning through practical experience that will impact citizens and communities across the state on such issues as the role of hunting, fishing and trapping in the future of conservation, the value of these recreational activities and their contributions to natural resource management and the economy of Michigan.
The course will be taught through one, three-hour lecture and discussion sessions each week, augmented by weekend field trips designed to give class participants on-the-ground visits and experience with natural resources and conservation-related programs. The internship will be a 12-week, 40 hour per week, paid position.
Approximately May 27 – August 16, 2014
Greater Lansing area, potentially including Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor
POTENTIAL INTERNSHIP PARTNERS
Michigan-based offices of:
- National Rifle Association
- Safari Club International
- Ducks Unlimited
- Trout Unlimited
- National Wildlife Federation
- National Wild Turkey Federation
- Pheasants Forever
- The Ruffed Grouse Society
- The Nature Conservancy
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Forest Service
- U.S. Geological Survey
- Center for Michigan
- Michigan Council of Foundations
- League of Conservation Voters
- Michigan Association of Conservation Districts
- Michigan Farm Bureau
- Michigan United Conservation Clubs
- Heart of the Lakes
- Great Lakes Fishery Commission
- Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus
- Michigan Department of Natural Resources
- Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
- Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
- Outdoor gear and clothing manufacturers
- Business community
Glassen Scholars will earn between $1,000 – $1,500 per month depending on organization and placement location. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from their internships and class.
Michigan United Conservation Clubs, 2101 Wood Street, Lansing
ALL students MUST enroll for 3 credits of ANR 491 (Professional Internship in Ag and Natural Resources)–no exceptions.
WHO WILL TEACH THE COURSE
Patricia Stewart, Program Director and Academic Specialist
WHO SHOULD APPLY
Upper level undergraduates and graduate students
Send a resume to Patricia Stewart (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than November 30, 2013. Ms. Stewart will hold a 30- to 45-minute, face-to-face interview with selected candidates in early to mid-December (an additional interview date may be added depending on applicant pool size). Please note that this is a competitive process.
Contact Patricia Stewart at 517-282-5357 or e-mail email@example.com
- The Wilderness Society
- House Natural Resources Committee
- National Association of Forest Owners
- Trout Unlimited (for person with fisheries experience)
- Trust for Public Land
- Government Accounting Office
- Environment & Energy Daily (for student interested in journalism)
- America Rice
- Society of American Foresters
- Pac West Communication
- Department of the Interior – Congressional Affairs
- National Science Foundation – Office of Legislative Affairs
- American Forests
- American Recreation Coalition
- U.S. Forest Service – Legislative Affairs
- Office of Management and Budget
Early Fall Application Deadline: October 11, 2013
Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the
biggest environmental challenges of our day.
In Green Corps’ yearlong paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others — with groups like Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch. And when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.
For more information, read on or visit http://www.greencorps.org/findoutmore.
In your year with Green Corps:
Be trained by the best: Green Corps organizers take part in trainings with leading figures in the environmental and social change movements: people like Sarah Hodgdon, National Program Director of the Sierra Club, and Bill McKibben, author and founder of 350.org.
Gain experience across the country: Green Corps sends organizers to jumpstart campaigns for groups such as the Sierra Club, Food & Water Watch, and Toxics Action Center across the country.
Make an impact on today’s environmental challenges: Green Corps organizers have built the campaigns that helped reign in dangerous factory farming; led to new laws to support clean, renewable energy; convinced major corporations to stop dumping in our oceans; and much, much more.
Get paid! Green Corps organizers earn a salary of $24,000. Organizers also have a chance to opt into our health care program with a pre-tax monthly salary deferral. We offer paid sick days and holidays, two weeks paid vacation and a student loan repayment program for those who qualify.
Launch your career: Green Corps will help connect you to environmental and progressive groups that are looking for full-time staff to build their organizations and help them create social change and protect our environment.
The Application Process:
In the next few months, we‘ll invite 35 college graduates to join Green Corps in 2014 -2015. We’re looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haul.
If you think you’re one of those people, visit www.greencorps.org to apply to join the 2014-2015 class of Green Corps’ Field School for Environmental Organizing.
Green Corps’ yearlong program begins in August 2014 with Introductory Classroom Training in Boston, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate.
I’m sure Steven Pinker’s recent essay in the New Republic, entitled “Science is not your Enemy,” received much comment, and generated some fine responses, but I just came across Leon Wieseltier’s lengthy and powerful response, also at TNR. An adequate treatment of the exchange would be worthwhile, and I may attempt it in a future post, but for the moment let me make a couple of quick observations. As Wieseltier himself intimates, this quarrel reminds of the great Snow/Leavis debate on Snow’s “Two Cultures” essay. But for all his fierce and learned eloquence, Wieseltier seems satisfied to play defense, that is, to insist on drawing a clear line between the sciences and the humanities, which he suggests corresponds to a distinction between facts and values, and perhaps also between man and the rest of nature. Of course we are familiar with such boundaries; they are some of the most fundamental features of our intellectual world. But they are problematic — and even ultimately unacceptable. For man is among the natural beings. And the whole is one. To have to settle for two sciences, or two incongruent modes of inquiry, is to declare that ultimately the human effort to understand the whole is impossible. So one or the other must claim primacy. I think Wieseltier is correct in charging Pinker with a covert argument subsume the humanities into the sciences. I also think he is correct that this is a doomed effort. So then what? I think an adequate engagement with this situation requires making the argument for the primacy of ‘the humanities’ — that science stands upon arguments that aren’t themselves scientific, and yet, for science to be anything serious, it must presume those arguments are true. Moreover, that the is/ought or fact/value distinction is methodological principle, not an ontological distinction. Our ‘values’ are decisively shaped by what we believe to be true about ourselves and our world. Science is thus both more and less serious than its most vocal advocates suggest. It is less serious, in that it cannot adequately justify itself (assert and defend its goodness) on its own, but it is more serious in that its findings really do matter to how humans understand themselves and so how they are — humans including scientists. Can Pinker’s neuroscience (his scientific findings) really explain Pinker’s neuroscience (his activity as a scientist)? And if so, would that not call into question the authority, admirability, and theoretical status of his findings?
Green Corps has advertised its 2013-4 field school. They will provide fellowships fro 35 graduating seniors. If you are interested in environmental policy, advocacy, and organizing, I would encourage you to apply.
Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day.
For more information, read below or visit our web site: www.greencorps.org.
Apply online today at greencorps.org/apply
STEPPS students who are looking for something to do this summer should check into this: