The mission of C-STES is to produce interdisciplinary knowledge and critical thinking about the ethical, social, and policy dimensions of science, technology, and medicine.
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- To facilitate interdisciplinary research collaborations among faculty and students, particularly on the ways that science, technology and medicine impact rural communities and existing inequities.
- To cultivate ethical thinking and behavior in research.
- To expand and enhance engagement between researchers and the public in ways that benefit all stakeholders.
C-STES is currently pursuing six areas of research focus.
- What are the potential social implications of relying on AI, machine learning and algorithms?
- How do these technologies impact different social groups?
- What are the ethical responsibilities of engineers and programmers?
- Do these technologies change or transform what it means to be "intelligent" or human?
Internet & Data Ethics
- Who "owns" data?
- How can we address concerns about privacy, confidentiality, and identity theft?
- Should data or the way data is compiled be more transparent?
- How can we protect against cyber attacks or failures?
- What are the positive and negative impacts of internet technologies and social media?
Sustainability & Justice
- How are different social groups impacted by environmental issues differently?
- How can agricultural and water technologies be developed and implemented in ways that address the needs of all?
- What is fair and just in addressing problems related to climate change?
- How can technology be harnessed to produce alternative energy and sustainable materials?
- What are the central health threats different rural communities and populations face?
- What are the challenges faced by rural communities in having access to high quality and affordable healthcare?
- How can technology and new medical interventions address these challenges?
- How can we best combat health inequalities?
- What are the potential promising applications of gene editing and engineering technologies?
- How can such technologies result in better clinical health outcomes?
- How can such technologies be used in agriculture, material sciences, or other interdisciplinary fields?
- What are the potential risks or consequences of using such technologies and how can risks be minimized?
- Who has access to such technologies?
- Will they contribute to or address social inequalities?
Inclusivity & Equity in STEM
- What barriers exist that discourage ability to desire to participate in STEM disciplines?
- How can we best overcome these challenges?
- How are different groups and different users impacted by technology?
- How can we design technology in ways that are inclusive?
People & Partners