John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values
Spring 2016 Newsletter
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A Message from the Director      

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you back for the 2016-2017 AY as the new Interim Director of the Reilly Center. I am looking forward to working with the fellows, staff, and students of the Center this year while Anjan Chakravartty is away on a Guggenheim fellowship.
For those of you who don’t know me, I have been a professor of economics and policy studies and the history and philosophy of science at Notre Dame since 1990 and have held visiting positions at universities around the world, including All Souls College at Oxford University; the Universidad de la Republica, Uruguay; the University of Aix‐Marseille, France; Erasmus University, Holland; Yale University; and Duke University. You can learn more here
There are many exciting developments in the works at the Reilly Center this year. In the Fall we will co-host the sixth meeting of the Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies (FEMMSS) and in the Spring a conference on "The Enduring Legacy of Ernan McMullin.” We also have a full slate of guests who will give lectures and lead workshops throughout the year, many in line with our three research areas and in service to our four academic program areas.
This year we will pay special attention to our longtime core programming. As you may know, the Reilly Center was founded in 1984 by Jack Reilly, in part to provide ongoing support to the university’s Arts and Letters/Engineering Dual-Degree Program (now the Reilly Dual Degree Program). The Reilly Center’s first independent academic initiative, in 1986, was our undergraduate minor Program in Science, Technology, and Values. These undergraduate programs currently house the university’s most ambitious interdisciplinary students and one of our goals is to incorporate them into the life of the center as much as possible.
To aid in this and our graduate educational initiatives (HPS and GLOBES), we have brought on two new staff members. Our new Assistant Director for Education is Dr. Anna Geltzer, who brings with her formal training in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University. Dr. Leah Ashe will take our new position of Undergraduate Programs Coordinator. Please do make an effort to welcome them.

I hope the following look back at all we’ve accomplished in Spring/Summer 2016 and look forward to our upcoming events will entice you to join us in this year’s educational, research, and outreach endeavors.

Philip E. Mirowski
Carl E. Koch Professor of Economics
Interim Director, Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values

New Staff at the Reilly Center

Anna Geltzer (M.A. New York University, Ph.D. Cornell University)
Assistant Director of Education, Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values
Geltzer’s research interests center on the relationship between biomedical epistemology and political economy of scientific knowledge. Her current book project, "Surrogate Epistemology: Reinventing Biomedicine in Post-Socialist Russia," explores how the disintegration of the Soviet state undermined not only the institutional structure within which biomedicine was practiced but also the epistemological foundations of biomedical knowledge production. Articles deriving from this project have appeared in Social Science and Medicine and the Journal of Cold War Studies. Her courses explore the entanglement of science as a practice and an institution with its social, political, cultural, and economic contexts.
She can be reached at

Leah Ashe (M.A. Università di Bologna, Ph.D. Cardiff University)
Undergraduate Programs Coordinator
Ashe started her career as an engineer, working with V-22 and Blackhawk helicopter components at Moog Aircraft Group, and went on to study the history of food and food planning in Europe, where she also served as a food researcher. Currently, she is interested in food system justice, authoritarian epistemologies, and medical ethics. She has published articles in International Planning Studies and Public Health Nutrition. She speaks Spanish, Italian, and French and is a 2001 Notre Dame alumna in mechanical engineering.
She can be reached at

Select Upcoming Events

You can always find the latest information on the Reilly Center's upcoming events on our calendar

On October 2-4, the Reilly Center, in partnership with ISLA and many other campus partners, will host “Inside, Outside, and Across Disciplines: Gender, Race, and Concepts of Difference,” the sixth meeting of the Association for Feminist Epistemologies, Methodologies, Metaphysics, and Science Studies (FEMMSS). The conference will feature a keynote address by Dr. Dorothy Roberts, the George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights at University of Pennsylvania. You can find more information, including a link to registration, at

On October 24-28, Helen King (Professor of Classical Studies, Open University) will join us for one week as part of the Provost’s Distinguished Women Lectures Program. Prof. King is a pioneer in the study of ancient medicine and gender in the ancient world. She is an expert on dozens of topics, including the female body, medical illustrations, infertility and childbirth in the ancient world, magic and medicine, ancient gynecology, hysteria, the reception of Hippocratic medicine, the history of pain, and the anthropology of death.
She will deliver two public lectures, visit classes, and be on hand to meet students and faculty interested in her work. Anyone wishing to meet with Prof. King (or who has students working in the medical humanities) should contact Dr. Jessica Baron ( as soon as possible.
This visit will be sponsored by ISLA’s Provost’s Distinguished Women’s Lecture Fund; the Department of Classics; the History and Philosophy of Science graduate program in the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values; the Reilly Center’s Philip S. and Joan C. Coogan Endowment for Excellence in the History of Medicine; the Program of Liberal Studies; and the Notre Dame Workshop on Ancient Philosophy.
We'd also like to bring to your attention an event hosted by English. Bruno Latour will be coming to Notre Dame as the English Department’s 2016 Yusko Ward-Phillips Lecturer on November 3. Updated information will be available here
2016 Sloan Prize

Monica Solomon is a doctoral candidate in History and Philosophy of Science and a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellow. Her dissertation is titled "On the Interaction between Mathematical Methods and Metaphysics in Isaac Newton’s Writings: The Case of Mathematical Forces."

Liesl Schroedl from Albuquerque, New Mexico, was an SCPP major with a minor in science, technology and values (STV). Liesl will work as a medical assistant while applying to medical school.

Alumnus Update

Santiago Garces graduated from the Reilly Dual-Degree Program with a BS in Electrical Engineering ('10) and a BA in Political Science ('11). He is now the city of South Bend's first Chief Innovation Officer. 

South Bend and the University of Notre Dame have entered into an agreement that identifies Garces as the point of contact for the city in its collaborations for smart city research. In September of 2015, South Bend and Notre Dame became founding members of the Metro Lab Network, an ensemble of City-University partnerships across the nation that research, develop, and deploy smart city solutions. Mr. Garces is part of the steering committee of the Metro Lab. 

Garces received his Master's degree in Technology Entrepreneurship from ND's ESTEEM program in 2012. 

2016 Reilly Fellows

Reilly Fellows are nominated and elected each semester at the Fellows Meeting. 

The Reilly Fellows for Spring 2016 are:

Fr. Terrence Ehrman
(Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing)

Essaka Joshua
(English; Disabilities Studies Forum)

Candida Moss

Natalie Porter

If you would like to nominate a colleague as a Reilly Fellow, please e-mail Phil Mirowski with a brief description of their relevant work and, if possible, a copy of their CV. 

GLOBES Celebrates 10 Years

The GLOBES Program in Environment and Society will soon mark an important 10th anniversary milestone.  In August of 2006, the first cohort of eight graduate students began a regimen of interdisciplinary training activities designed to prepare young researchers to work across disciplines and to contribute lasting solutions to grand challenges in the environment and human health. Under the direction of Professor Jeffrey Feder, Department of Biological Sciences, GLOBES administered more than 50 fellowship awards over a period of seven years with funding support from the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) $3M grant award.

Dozens of GLOBES graduates now fill key roles in academic, government, corporate, and non-profit sectors. They are meeting the growing demand for scientists capable of contributing answers to vital research questions and impacting regional, national, and global decision-making at the intersection of the environment and society.

Click here to read the story >


Students from the Reilly Center's education programs dominated the first annual Notre Dame Three-Minute Thesis competition. The goal of the 3MT® competition is for Ph.D. students to cultivate the ability to explain their research in a language appropriate to an audience containing both specialists and non-specialists, all within 3 minutes.

The finalists this year included Maria Gibbs (Computer Science and Engineering) and Dr. Laura Bland (History and Philosophy of Science).

Maria (the winner of the competition) is part of the Reilly Center's Social Responsibilities for Researchers (SRR) program, and Dr. Bland recently defended her dissertation in the History and Philosophy of Science Program. Several other students who participated were members of the GLOBES Communication Training Modules. 
You can watch videos from the competition here

Reilly Center Mini Grants

The Reilly Center provides research support to members of our campus community whose projects align with our mission to explore the impact of science and technology on society. Click here to learn more. 

Here's a look at our most recent awards:

A Portal Through Time: An Enhanced, Immersive Adaptation of the South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center’s African American Landmark Tour
Miriam Moore
Having developed an augmented reality tour of the South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center’s African American Landmark Tour, Moore sought to attend the Space and Place global meeting at Oxford to explore how mobile phones compress space and extend presence among others all while enabling us to inhabit new spaces. This project will engage the public in dialogue about current civil rights issues through events and exhibitions. 

IXTOC I and Deepwater Horizon: Documenting the Path Toward Restoration in the Aftermath of Gulf of Mexico Oil Spills
John Haley
Learning from filmmaker Jeff Price, this mini-grant project allowed Haley to collaborate with the University of South Florida to document the restoration—environmentally and financially—of the communities affected by oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Networks of James Bryant Conant—the Philosophy of Science, Values, and Public Policy
Christopher Hamlin
This research project investigates archives chronicling James Bryant Conant—chemist, science policy advisor, and Harvard President—to further develop writings situating Conant’s role in the emergence of the history of science in higher education during the 1940s and 1950s. 

Uranium Mining Legacy: Advocating for the Remediation of Navajo Land
Teresa Baumer and Rachel A.K. Lopez
This research project analyzes several sites on the Navajo Nation to further understand the extent of contamination that has resulted from uranium mining. This collected information will help members of the Navajo Nation petition the U.S. government for remediation and assistance in the health and environmental fallout of uranium mining on Navajo land.

Aquatic Conservation & Science Diplomacy Laboratory
Whitney Conard, Salvatore Curasi, Chelsey Fattal, Raven Forrest-Fruscalzo, Rachel Oitdman, and Katherine O’Reilly
The Diplomacy Lab Project partners the Department of State with universities across the country allowing the DOS to harness the knowledge of students and faculty to research issues of importance to U.S. foreign policy through “course sourcing.” The Mini-grant program funded the Science Diplomacy Lab to attend a course in Washington, D.C.

Greenhouse Gas Awareness Day
Fabrizio Sabba and Tessa Clarizio
On April 14, 2016, two students convened local policymakers, scientists, and activists to raise awareness of the nexus of greenhouse gas emission and water treatment facilities. The event educated students at the university and encouraged the local community to use its science and engineering expertise to push for policies which require more sustainable water treatment technologies.

Reilly Fellow News

Ginna Anderson, GLOBES program coordinator since its inception, retired from the University of Notre Dame after ten years of service this June.

Jessica Baron (Reilly Center, History of Science Society) was named to the 2016 class of Michiana’s 40 Under 40, which recognizes 40 regional business and professional leaders who have achieved success before the age of 40. She also joined members of the Consortium of Social Science Associations on Capitol Hill in March, meeting with Senator Joe Donnelly and Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, to advocate for social sciences funding in the NSF and NIH budgets.

Gary Bernstein (Electrical Engineering) has been named this year’s recipient of the
1st Source Bank Commercialization Award.

Rev. Terrence P. Ehrman, C.S.C. has been appointed as the Assistant Director of Life Sciences Research and Outreach at the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing (CTSHF). In this role, Ehrman will expand the center’s portfolio of life sciences research projects and oversee the center’s outreach efforts across campus and more broadly.
Jeffrey Feder (Biological Sciences), Director of GLOBES from 2005-2012, is one of two winners of the 2016 James A. Burns, C.S.C., Graduate School Award. Given annually to a faculty member for distinction in graduate teaching or other exemplary contribution to graduate education, the award honors Feder's "remarkable vision, coupled with unrelenting tenacity, in conceiving of and successfully implementing the GLOBES program."

Melinda Gormley (Reilly Center) has published
“Pulp Science: Education and Communication in The Paperback Book Revolution” in the most recent issue of Endeavour. She has also contributed posts to Sci on the Fly, a blog written by AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows, as well as the History of Science Society.
Bruce Huber (Law School)
has been appointed the Robert and Marion Short Scholar, a three-year rotating appointment for pre-tenure faculty members.

Gary Lamberti (Biological Sciences) has agreed to serve as Director of GLOBES through 2018 after serving as interim director during AY2015/16.

Marya Lieberman was promoted to Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
Kate Marshall
has been named the 2016-2017 Founders’ Fellow at the National Humanities Center, and will spend the year there working on her book, Novels by Aliens

Mark McKenna (Law School) was recently recognized as a top-cited scholar in intellectual property law. Several of McKenna’s articles appeared on a 
recent list of the most-cited intellectual property articles published in the last 10 years. 

Philip Mirowski has been named Acting Director of the Reilly Center. Recently, he was one of around 30 science policy experts invited to the Robert Bosch Stiftung
consultation on the future of science in Berlin. His book with Edward Nik-Khah entitled The Knowledge we have Lost in Information will be out from Oxford University Press this Fall.
Darcia Narvaez (Psychology) has been 
named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, an honor bestowed on academics with notable and sustained research achievements.

Jess Nickrand has accepted a position as Grants Manager at
Urban Homeworks in Minneapolis, MN. Her last day at the Reilly Center was August 12.
Jessica Payne (Psychology) received a 2016 Joyce Award, which honors faculty members who have had a profound influence on undergraduate students through sustained exemplary teaching, and, in particular, recognize professors who create environments that stimulate significant student learning, elevate students to a new level of intellectual engagement and foster students’ ability to express themselves effectively within their disciplines.

John Sitter (English) was named a Distinguished Fellow of the NDIAS (Spring 2017) where he will research the relation of major eighteenth-century writers to contemporary cultural issues of sustainability.

Tom Stapleford has been appointed chair of the Program of Liberal Studies.
Jennifer Tank (Biological Sciences, ND-ECI) received the 2016 
Rodney F. Ganey, Ph.D., Community-Based Research Award for working together with Kosciusko County farmers and local conservation staff to reduce nutrient runoff in the Shatto Ditch watershed.

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