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CBS Speaks at the Philosophy of Science Association

Several CBS faculty members and graduate students recently attended the biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA) in Atlanta, GA. The meeting, held in conjunction with the History of Science Society (HSS), ran from Thursday, November 3 through Sunday, November 6, 2016.

PhD candidate Steve Elliott gave the first CBS talk in the “General Philosophy of Science” session on Thursday afternoon. Elliott’s talk, titled, “Problems and Questions in Scientific Practice”, was aimed at applying philosophy to scientific practices. 

Thursday evening, CBS PhD candidate, Paige Madison, and CBS Project Coordinator, Kate MacCord, reached out to teach members of the PSA and HSS communities about how to get their work to engage outside of the academy as part of an event organized by the Joint Caucus for Socially Engaged Philosophers and Historians of Science.

MacCord presented a paper co-authored by CBS Director and University Professor Jane Maienschein, and Elliott, on “Research, Outreach, and Education Systems: The HPS Repository, Embryo Project, and MBL History Project” the following day as part of a session on “Digital Humanities and the Philosophy of Science”. In her talk, MacCord attempted to step back from the details of digital humanities projects and give her audience an overview of principles to get started in the digital humanities.

Following MacCord, and anchoring the session on “Digital Humanities and the Philosophy of Science”, President’s Professor, Manfred Laubichler, spoke about “Detecting and Explaining Innovations in Science with Big Data Computational Methods and Modeling”. His research uses computational approaches to try to understand how innovations develop in the sciences.

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Kate MacCord