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Controversies in Science and Technology, Volume 4: From Sustainability to Surveillance

  • Discusses several current scientific debates, including ecosystem management, plastics and health, and food security.
  • A contributed volume that contains writing from experts from a variety of fields

Series: Controversies in Science and Technology Volume: 4

By: Daniel Lee Kleinman(Editor), Karen A Cloud-Hansen(Editor), Jo Handelsman(Editor)

304 pages, 2 illustrations

Oxford University Press USA

Hardback | Sep 2014 | #213716 | ISBN-13: 9780199383771
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About this book

When it comes to any current scientific debate, there are more than two sides to every story. Controversies in Science and Technology analyzes controversial topics in science and technology-infrastructure, ecosystem management, food security, and plastics and health-from multiple points of view. The editors have compiled thought-provoking essays from a variety of experts from academia and beyond, creating a volume that addresses many of the issues surrounding these scientific debates.

Part I of Controversies in Science and Technology discusses infrastructure, and the real meaning behind the term in today's society. Essays address the central issues that motivate current discussion about infrastructure, including writing on the vulnerability to disasters. Part II, titled "Food Policy," will focus on the challenges of feeding an ever-growing world and the costs of not doing so. Part III features essays on chemicals and environmental health, and works to define "safety" as it relates to today's scientific community. Controversies in Science and Technology's final section examines ecosystem management. In the end, Kleinman, Cloud-Hansen, and Handelsman provide a multifaceted volume that will be appropriate for anyone hoping to understand arguments surrounding several of today's most important scientific controversies



1. Introduction: From Sustainability to Surveillance
Robert M. Chiles

Part 1: Infrastructure Development: Resilience, Privacy, and Wellbeing
2. Our Fragile Infrastructure: Adapting to Global Warming
Matthys Levy
3. Critical Infrastructure in Extreme Events
Thomas A. Birkland and Megan K. Warnement
4. Privacy Concerns for Ubiquitous Data Aggregation and Storage
Jarrod Rifkind and Seymour Goodman
5. Transitioning to Renewable Sources of Electricity: Motivations, Policy, and Potential
Chelsea Schelly
6. Infrastructure and Health
Ka man Lai

Part 2: Food Policy: Balancing Productivity, Conservation, and Social Justice
7. How to Feed Ourselves-Could This Be the Biggest Question of the 21st Century?
Frances Moore Lappé
8. Global Obesity and Global Hunger
Kelly Moore and Judith Wittner
9. Food Sovereignty, Food Security: Markets and Dispossession
Annette Aurélie Desmarais and Jim Handy
10. Food Security and Gender
Belinda Dodson and Allison Goebel

Part 3: Chemicals and Environmental Health: Defining Safety
11. Endocrine Disruptors in the Environment
Nancy Langston
12. Chemicals Policy in the United States - The Need for New Directions
Joel A. Tickner
13. Politics in a Bottle: BPA, Children's Health, and the Fight for Toxics Reform
Jody A. Roberts
14. Of Baby Bottles and Bisphenol A: Debates about the safety of an endocrine disruptor
Sarah A. Vogel

Part 4: Ecosystem Management: Protecting Nature and Livelihoods
15. Biological Invasions: Impacts, Management, and Controversies
Daniel Simberloff
16. The Aliens in our Midst: Managing Our Ecosystems
Banu Subramaniam
17. Controversies in Aquatic Sciences
Judith S. Weis
18. On an Economic Treadmill of Agriculture: Efforts to Resolve Pollinator Decline
Sainath Suryanarayanan


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Daniel Lee Kleinman is Associate Dean for Social Studies in the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he is also a professor in the Department of Community and Environmental Sociology. Kleinman is the author of three books, including Impure Cultures: University Biology and the World of Commerce.

Karen A. Cloud-Hansen is a freelance editor specializing in biomedical publications. Dr. Cloud-Hansen earned a PhD in microbiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her work focused on mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis and environmental reservoirs of antibiotic resistance genes.

Jo Handelsman is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. She is one of the pioneers of functional metagenomics, an approach to accessing the genetic potential of unculturable bacteria in environmental samples for discovery of novel microbial products.

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