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I really like Frank's mission statement. It is remarkably (or not so remarkably) like much of the mission purposes of the Science and Social Justice Teaching project that I and some grad students are collaborating on with the ARCUS Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College.  We now have over 30 syllabi of courses in the SSJ website that are a mix of courses on these issues taught by college/university faculty in sociology, etc. and some by faculty in science Departments. The courses include sessions that are meant to encourage science students to consider careers that pursue science that benefit the least served in society and/or to point out the support of science that is directed to oppressive ends as well as misuses*/misrepresentation of science that are used to oppressive ends. In addition to pursuing social justice in science, those subjects would include the defense of the teaching of evolutionary theory (contrasting it with the scientific claims such as Intelligent Design) and of the science of vaccination, climate change, etc. 
                                                            Jon
*I know that many have not liked the term "misuse" of science, but I think the two words together include many of the issues related to the question of to what ends science is used that we consider relevant .
 
Jonathan Beckwith
Harvard Medical School
Department of Microbiology and Immunobiology
HIM 1047
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115
617-432-1920     FAX 617-432-4787
home page beck2.med.harvard.edu
My memoir, "Making Genes, Making Waves: A Social Activist in Science"  (Harvard U. Press, 2002)
 

From: Rosenthal, Frank S. [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Tuesday, August 04, 2015 18:43
To: Romsted, Laurence; SftP Revitalization; Abha Sur; Ben Allen; Carol Cina; Charlie Welch; Claudia Pine; Frank Bove; Beckwith, Jonathan Roger; Julie Geredien; Kamran Nayeri; Katherine Yih; Paul Malachi; Rich Rosen; Richard Levins; Robert Shapiro; [log in to unmask]; Jean Aguilar-Valdez; Lisette Torres-Gerald
Subject: a revised SftP mission statement

Larry et al,

 

Attached is an alternative version based on Larry’s initial draft.  I tried to sharpen the political context and bring in the dialectical nature of science (i.e. its positive and negative uses).

 

I will be away on vacation until August 20 or so, and will have limited ability to interact further about this until then.

 

Thanks for considering my views on this.  I look forward to staying in touch.

 

Regards,

 

Frank

 

P.S.  I was one of the early activists in SftP, all the way back to when it was called SESPA.  I was particularly involved in actions at AAAS meetings and worked with the New York City chapter.

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Frank S. Rosenthal, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences

Purdue University School of Health Sciences

550 Stadium Mall Dr.

West Lafayette, IN 47907

 

Office:  Room 1273 Civil Engineering Building

Telephone: 765-494-0812    FAX: 765-496-1377

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From: Romsted, Laurence [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Sunday, August 02, 2015 11:13 PM
To: SftP Revitalization; Abha Sur; Ben Allen; Carol Cina; Charlie Welch; Claudia Pine; Frank Bove; Jonathan Beckwith; Julie Geredien; Kamran Nayeri; Katherine Yih; Romsted, Laurence; Paul Malachi; Rich Rosen; Richard Levins; Robert Shapiro; [log in to unmask]; Jean Aguilar-Valdez; Lisette Torres-Gerald; Rosenthal, Frank S.
Subject: Re: SftP Revitalization Conference Call - This Sunday, August 2nd at 7PM EST/6PM CST/4PM PST

 

Frank and all:

 

A general reply to the discussion on the conference call about the Mission Statement.  I am used to editing Word documents about chemistry research (not a document like a mission statement) and sending them to various countries, France, Spain, Portugal and Brazil, and my Chinese students.  Not always easy, but it can be done.

 

If you think there are serious problems in content or tone, please let me know.  Will be helpful to me to discuss them.

 

1.  Its a draft.  It can be changed.

 

2.  General comments are welcomed.

 

3.  What I appreciate even more than general comments is actual editing.  If you use Word’s editing functions, fine.  If you don’t use Words editing functions and you want to make improvements, please change the color.

 

4.  When editing by hand please print legibly, that is not too fast. I have trouble reading other handwritings until I am used to them

 

Larry

 

From: SftP Revitalization <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 5:04 PM
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Subject: SftP Revitalization Conference Call - This Sunday, August 2nd at 7PM EST/6PM CST/4PM PST

 

The Science for the People Revitalization group will have its next conference call this coming Sunday, August 2nd at 7PM EST/6PM CST/4PM PST.

 

This call will focus on developing our communications strategy and leveraging our resources like the website and social media. We need to think about what types of content we want to produce and ways to use these platforms to help organizing at the local, regional, and national levels. Also, it seems prudent to establish contacts for local efforts to put online. Even it is only a few of us at the beginning, I am sure this will grow over time.

 

The number and meeting ID are:

 

Dial-in Number: (712) 775-7031

 

Meeting ID: 621-072-494

 

Host ID: 6522

 

This group has a conference call the first Sunday of every month at 7PM EST/6PM CST/4PM PST.

 

If you are interested in further participation in the SftP revival, please reply to this email with your contact information.

 

Thanks,

Ben Allen