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by Riley Valentine (they/them)

My work analyzes contemporary neoliberalism as a form of normative reason that redefines specific political concepts, which are central to American liberalism – equality, liberty, the role of the State, freedom, and happiness. I contend that language is an important expression of normative reason and is a political text. Language is how political reason and the norms accompanying it are expressed. I move through Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt to Barack Obama, exploring the changes from a progressive liberal political reasoning to one that is neoliberal. By understanding the language of neoliberalism, I argue that we can better understand neoliberalism as a form of reason and grasp its implications.


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by Blake C. Stacey (he/him or they/them)

There are lots of reasons why learning science is hard, but we keep throwing up extra bonus obstacles. What social forces are preventing us from taking advantage of the technical solutions that we could use to lower at least one corner of one barrier?

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by Thomas Hodgson (he/him)

According to one tradition in philosophy of language, belief reports can tell us important things about meaning. Belief reports are sentences such as 'Alex believes that Conrad is an author'. I will give an introduction to that tradition. I will first introduce the idea that what we believe are abstract objects called 'propositions'. An example is the proposition that Conrad is an author, which Alex might or might not believe. I will then introduce a simple theory of belief reports according to which they report a relation between a person and a proposition that they believe. One question that arises is how many distinct propositions there are. I will describe an important argument that tries to establish a lower bound on the number of propositions. The argument relies on the simple theory, and on the observation that substitution of one name for another can change a true belief report into a false one even if both names refer to the same object. One example is substituting 'Conrad' with 'Korzeniowski'. In order to accommodate this, we must say that the proposition that Conrad is an author is distinct from the proposition that Korzeniowski is an author. Propositions are often taken to be the meanings of sentences. So, if it is sound, this argument also tells us something important about meaning. In particular, it tells us that different names for the same object have different meanings.



by Ruth Tillman (she/her)

In the 1960s, a bunch of librarians and early computing/data specialists got together to ask a question: how can we use computers to help patrons find books? Although elements of the standard have changed, many of the fundamentals remain the same. So how was it designed? What does it still do well? Why is it still in use?

by Danny Chan & Faz Alam (he/him & he/him)

Danny and Faz met online during their PhD studies through participation in a journal club on Twitter using the hashtag #microtwjc. Both are now working outside of academia in the related spaces of community labs and scientific publishing, respectively. A couple months into the COVID-19 pandemic they decided to reboot their prior online journal club experience and explore the scientific literature together. Initially, it was driven by a mutual desire to become more familiar with the SARS-CoV-2 literature and to nurture an old internet connection. It has grown into a fun creative outlet attempting to build a community around a shared enthusiasm for reading and reacting to the microbiology literature. The current format involves adding ~10 papers a week to a shared Zotero library and a ~1h live stream on YouTube summarizing and critiquing to those papers. Comments are invited both live and asynchronously over YouTube, Twitter and Mastodon. Periodically, we poll our social media followers to choose a paper to do a more involved figure by figure “explainer” video. Neither Faz nor Danny intend for this project to become a major component in their lives, but seek to allow it to evolve according to their perspective on science communication and the relative value it brings to the other parts of their lives. In this short presentation, we will share a story of how we developed and run the journal club, our perspectives on science communication, how the journal club fits into our lives, and possible future directions.

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by Kat Lucas-Healey (she/her)

In Australia, as in many other places, we are rapidly moving away from centralised coal power towards renewables. Much of this is decentralised - solar on people's rooftops and batteries in the garage.

Visions for this future are usually built around neoliberal ideas about producers and consumers actively engaging in markets, or autonomous independence from the grid. There are also imaginaries built on care for environment and community, but they tend to be hidden or not taken seriously.

I'm going to talk about different energy imaginaries, what they do, who they serve and who they exclude.


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by Esty (they/them)

At my current institution we are provided with the opportunity to have a seat at the table in department and faculty meetings. I would like to talk about how this can positively impact students and faculty, allow for grassroots advocacy for students within the department for issues they encounter day to day. I would like to present three small "case studies" where my department student union committee were informed by students about an issue and were able to push for recognition of the issue by staff and faculty, and push for change at a grassroots (department and/or faculty) level, namely:
- (Some) Relief of financial stresses experienced by students
- Bullying and (gender and age-based) harassment
- (Physical and emotional) Safety during field work

Historically, student union organizing has been known predominantly for it's national-scale activism. I would like to present an alternative to the national scale and show that it is possible to fight for small-scale but (hopefully) long lasting change.

by Sam Hames (he/him)

Computational text analytics has historically been a quantitative endeavour, aiming at measuring concrete properties of a text or texts, or building "objective" representations of collections of text to inform the retrieval of documents. On the other hand, interpretive/qualitative approaches to analysing text usually require time intensive close reading, limiting the scope of application of "capital Q" qualitative approaches to either small datasets, or subsets of larger collections.

This talk will outline a vision for a computational text analytics that embraces and enables interpretive inquiry without aiming to replace the necessary work of close reading. We will start by taking a closer look at the affordances needed of a computational model for interpretive work, then move onto how the model can actually be used to support interpretive inquiry. We will conclude with a short demo of a proof of concept and a discussion of future work I have planned.

by Ben Klemens (he/him)

The consensus among economists is that households move for better jobs and higher income, but the data shows that, controlling for other factors, moving has a weak relationship to future income gains. Using 1.7 billion observations over 16 years, we look at what other factors raise the chance of a household moving, and what factors are more likely to change post-move, controlling for all others. There is no typical mover, but along the way we learn more about retirees, grad students, and single parents.

by Artist Marcia X

This articles showcases the journey the artist undertakes through phenomenology in order to find a space to discuss Afro-Indigenous femme subjectivity. In referencing Latina Feminist and Afro-Caribbean phenomenologies, concepts such as existential-cultural crisis, the Vocal Void and Sycoraxic Subjectivity emerge. Through these concepts, the artist is able to not only write about their orientation in the multiple worlds in which they exist, but also cultivate artistic production that references this journey. Beginning with the Latina orientated in a colonial city and ending with the drafting for new works that encompass the journey, art and theory are created and discussed together.

by Sean Manning (he/him)

It might seem like shields and panel paintings do not have much in common. We expect to see painted wooden panels safe in galleries and shrines, whereas shields have a short and unhappy working life where they are rained on, shot at, and cut. But in fact, plank shields and panel paintings were two closely related technologies. In this talk we will explore how plank shields and wooden panels for painting were constructed, focusing on European shields and panels from the La Tène culture to the late middle ages.

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by L.J. (she/they)

Soseono (소서노, 召西奴) was an ancient Koreanic political leader who lived from the first century B.C. to the first century A.D. She was a founder of two of the ancient kingdoms of Korea, Goguryeoh in modern-day Manchuria and North Korea, and Baekje in the Southwest of the Korean peninsula. She lived at a time when Koreanic groups of the Yalu River tributary valleys were pushing back against the Han Chinese colony of Hyeondo, and the kingdoms she founded were ultimately instrumental to the fall of Hyeondo and later of Nakrang Colony in present-day Pyeonyang. This presentation explores her life and times at a period when Koreanic polities were forming centralized kingdoms and resisting Chinese imperialism, part of the long journey to the formation of "Koreans" as a group.

by Tamara Gupper (she/her)

In this presentation, I will explore visual representations of artificial intelligence in media, particularly in scientific communication. I will suggest that commonly used images such as humanoid figures or blue sketches of human brains are not representative of technologies typically subsumed under the term. I will further argue that using more realistic images is an important step to empower the public debate on how we want to live with technologies in the future.

by Wim Vanderbauwhede (he/they)

The problem:

The current emissions from computing are about 2% of the world total but are projected to rise steeply over the next two decades. By 2040 emissions from computing alone will be more than of half the emissions level acceptable to keep global warming below 1.5°C. This growth in computing emissions is unsustainable: it would make it virtually impossible to meet the emissions warming limit.
The emissions from production of computing devices far exceed the emissions from operating them, so even if devices are more energy efficient producing more of them will make the emissions problem worse. Therefore we must extend the useful life of our computing devices.

The solution:

As a society we need to start treating computational resources as finite and precious, to be utilised only when necessary, and as effectively as possible. We need frugal computing: achieving the same results for less energy.

The vision:

Imagine we can extend the useful life of our devices and even increase their capabilities without any increase in energy consumption.
Meanwhile, we will develop the technologies for the next generation of devices, designed for energy efficiency as well as long life.
Every subsequent cycle will last longer, until finally the world will have computing resources that last forever and hardly use any energy.

by Katrina Szetey (she/her)

In this presentation I am going to aim to give a potted summary of my entire PhD thesis. In my PhD project, I worked with a community in regional Australia to create pathways to the Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Sustainability Agenda. We co-developed scenario narratives of possible sustainability outcomes; we co-created a sustianability plan for the community; and we co-designed a system dynamics model to model the key socioeconomic and socioecological processes in the community. Finally, I quantified the scenario narratives and modelled them using the co-designed model to understand which pathways would achieve the most sustainable outcomes with the least uncertainty. I will finish up with a summary of the conclusions and recommendations from the research.

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by Marc Jones (he/him or they/them)

An account of a project with first year undergraduate students in Fall semester 2021, where a Content and Language Integrated Learning course focused upon the popular productivity literature. Students then created Open Educational Resources (OER) related to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, aimed at high school and/or university students learning English. These were edited by the instructor (me), and (by the time of presentation) uploaded to an online repository for download and reuse/remix by educators and learners. The merits and drawbacks experienced during the project will be detailed.

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by Neville Park (ze/hir)

An invasive spider species is blamed for infections, amputations, and even deaths, but in many incidents, a spider was never even seen. A celebrity's cause of death is widely reported to be a spider bite, but eventually attributed to alcoholic cirrhosis. A resident flees a "spider-infested" apartment—but was their situation abnormal or dangerous?

Stories about spider bites make news all around the world. Some are informative, and others are sensationalist, misleading, or just plain wrong. An international network of spider experts combed through 10 years of online news, covering stories in 40 languages and from 81 countries, to get the big picture. I'll explain how we did it and sum up what we found. You'll also learn which spiders are actually dangerous to humans, and how to critically evaluate news stories about spiders and spider bites.

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by The Doctor [412/724/301/415/510] (any/any)

When developing a conversational interface there are many ways to parse user input to determine what the user wants a bot to do and with what. Each method is suited for a particular general use case, with an associated degree of software complexity. The presenter will give a whirlwind tour of a number of techniques they've used in production code, what they're good for, and their strengths and weaknesses.

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Parsing User Input with Python, any% Speedrun, blog post, 21 October 2022. Archived at POSSE'd to Tumblr and Dreamwidth.

by csepp (it/its or they/them)

A short overview of how I made the book animations last year and how Guix helped keep it all organized and plans on applying reproducible art toolchains to bigger projects.

by Danny Chan (he/him)

The tools to do biological science are increasingly accessible both in terms of price and availability. Community biology labs are organizations distinct from academia and industry that bring together various pieces of infrastructure in order to increase the public’s capacity for research biology. Biotech Without Borders (BwoB) is a self-sustaining community lab committed to increasing the accessibility of scientific resources and knowledge, especially among socially and economically marginalized groups. We collectively maintain lab facilities to tinker with biotech tools, a community to share knowledge with, and a forum for critical discussions to support responsible innovation in biotechnology. Members are given access to the lab and participate in decisions that determine the types of infrastructure we deploy there. We also invite the public to participate in certain decisions via our online decision-making platform, and get a taste of our community through workshops and events. Our vision is that all those seeking to improve society through biotechnology—regardless of previous scientific background—are connected to local and global networks of community scientists, organized to Do-It-Together, and empowered to safely apply their hands-on understanding at the lab bench and at home. This short talk will elaborate a perspective on community biology, introduce Biotech Without Borders, and explain how we’re engaged a struggle for a more equitable society.

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by Petter Ericson (he/him)

The relatively recent hype in "AI" research has been matched with an increased role of big, monolithic, technology companies in all of academia. What once was a relatively niche area of research has now been co-opted and redesigned almost entirely in the image of these giants of capital, with far-ranging and very negative effects both on what research gets funding and labour, and on what gets published in journals and at conferences (and what conferences and journals get funding in turn), not to mention which research gets wide spread in media.

There are recent moves to bring more accountability and ethical conduct to AI research, and to look critically at the promises made by its biggest proponents and funders. This effort comes from many sides; there are individual researchers and teams trying to work within the large corporations, who run the risk of instead providing ethicswashing, or of being pushed out if they refuse to play ball; there are government initiatives to regulate AI use and development, who run the risk of regulatory capture and lack of global reach; and there are outsider groups and NGOs, who may lack the power to effect systemic change. However, most of these approaches work within the existing capitalist system, applying pressure to soften the impacts of the capitalist logic, or of countering its worst excesses.

With the field of "AI" so intimately tied to capital, is there room for an anti-capitalist conception of AI? How would it differ from the current practise, and what are the concrete steps that can be taken by researchers, funding directors, institutions, and workers from both within and outside the tech industry to counteract the capitalist dynamics and structural forces that has left the field in its current state? This presentation will not attempt to answer these questions conclusively, but is intended as a way to initiate a discussion, and encourage further exploration of such practises.

by Brian Callahan (he/him)

Amateur radio has been a fruitful site of exploration, development, and public service for over 100 years. Experimentation in amateur radio has led to numerous breakthroughs that we rely on every day for global communications. However, long-established rules put a hamper on the future of this experimentation and other missions. In this talk, we will see how some potentially illegal amateur radio transmissions are little more than radio transmissions we rely on every day. We will consider how to update the rules of amateur radio to meet 21st Century needs. By doing so, we will work towards reimagining a hobby that can meet the future and continue to create a better technological world for everyone.

by Radu Diaconescu (he/him)

What is the brain for? An emerging theoretical framework called "predictive coding" suggests a simple answer: the brain's mission is to minimize its own surprise, because an organism that is bad at predicting threats and opportunities is unlikely to survive for long. Yet this seemingly straightforward idea has profound implications, drawing links between the physics of biological self-organization, theories of the origins of life, psychiatric disorders and theories of perception under one overarching precept called The Free Energy Principle. In this presentation, I will offer a friendly introduction to these ideas, using little more than a box of marbles to explain how thermodynamics and information theory relate to neuroscience, yielding a promising avenue for understanding the brain. I will also briefly discuss the current state of the field and highlight its ongoing challenges.

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by Amanda (she/her)

After watching The Old Guard (2020), falling in love with it, and seeing one too many bad takes about it on the internet, I decided to take matters into my own hands: I was going to write the best damn novel-length, historically-accurate, character-driven action drama fanfic that Tumblr and the Archive of Our Own had ever seen.

Or, at least, I was going to write a pretty decent one, and then challenge other writers to do the same.

This ended up being an interdisciplinary project that took over a year to complete and is accompanied by a ten-thousand-word document containing citations and commentary. This presentation focuses on one aspect of my process: creating the main character.

by Laura Ritchie (she/her)

The piece 'Resonance' was composed by Jill Jarman for me (Laura Ritchie) to play on cello. It was based on the science of cymatics, where musical pitches form patterns in sand on a metal plate. I have realised the music of this composition in graphic form. The graphics are the scientifically produced images of the notes using a (simulated) square metal plate measuring 434mm. Each note has a distinct pattern that resembles a mandala. The sound is made visual. I have taken the patterns produced by each note and formed them into a film that demonstrates their musical motion. This film accompanies my performance (which will be demonstrated in the presentation). Aspects of music understanding, reading, and notions of heard, seen, and felt expression will be discussed.

by Felipe Morales Carbonell (he/him/they/them)

Philosophers have acknowledged that there is a variety of things that can be the object of knowledge: propositions ("I know *that* my dog likes to nap near the fireplace"), things ("I know that painting"), experiences ("I know what it's like to feel sad"). In this talk, I want to discuss how we can make sense of a different category: knowledge of questions. Are questions like things? What kind of attitude is it to know a question? What is required? I sketch a way to make sense of knowledge of questions in terms of imagination and pretense: knowing a question is to know how to play a game of inquiry into the questions' subject matter.

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by Dave Riedstra (he / him)

In her 2016 book Staying with the Trouble: Making Kin in the Chthulucene, Donna Haraway invites readers to adopt an orientation to ongoing becoming-with in response to crises of degrading environmental and social conditions. I understand the text’s titular trouble to be neither the soft environmental chaos of the earth’s unfolding nor the hard ideas of a world one might try to bring about upon it, but rather their eternal co-composition in what Haraway calls a “thick present.” I try to intimate a sense of this feedback in my recent sounding work. Common is a composition played by three performers on one concert bass drum performed as part of this year’s SALT festival in Victoria, BC, Canada (the unceded traditional territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples). Ripples is a description of a performance by a solo performer on a drum topped with an inverted cymbal, and the name of a performance Brian Archinal gave of that score in Leeds, England. Haptic Box is a self-constructed sound sculpture and instrument. By teasing out and weaving together flyaway threads of these entangled endeavours, I fold the resulting fabric back into my practice. In doing so, I find a technique for getting on with analysis and intuition that we know as speculation: a technique which can’t predict its outcomes and which seems to be more interested in what else happens.

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by Giulia Lorenzi (she/her )

Traditionally, philosophers of perception have focused their attention nearly exclusively on vision. Recently, however, the scientific and philosophical interest in studying other sensory modalities and their interaction has grown. In particular, auditory perception has become an important field of research (O’Callaghan 2007, Nudds & O’Callaghan 2009). In this context, listening to music is usually presented as one variety of auditory perception (O’Callaghan 2020). Nevertheless, at the moment, there is no satisfactory explanation for this classification.

The aim of my presentation (also main line of argument of my PhD Thesis) is to explain the uniqueness of the experience of listening to music. Starting from the analysis of the distinctiveness in a general sense and in a more specific knowledge-related sense, I formulate two possible hypotheses: 1) the distinctiveness comes from the objects of perception, 2) the distinctiveness comes from the type of experience, namely from how we engage with music. I show how the first hypothesis brings us to an unsatisfactory, partial reply and how the second puts us on the right direction.

After considering theories of the distinctiveness of the experience of music present in the literature (psychological model – Bigand and Poulin-Charronnat 2008, Scruton 1997, Hamilton 2009) and showing their limits, I move on proposing my solution. I suggest we need to rethink the nature of perceptual experience to be able to grasp the distinctiveness of the auditory case of music perception. Following O’Shaughnessy (2000) and Crowther’s (2009) works, I introduce the distinction between listening and hearing and identify in listening as a mental action, the type of engagement that makes musical perception special.

I show how considering listening an action allows us to bring inside the perceptual experience the framework we usually apply to actions (O’Brien 2014). This enables us to find a place to knowledge and goals in impacting our perceptual experience and systematise the idea of active engagement with music already present in the musical literature (cf. “quasi-hearing” in Levinson 1997).

However, a couple of difficulties arise. On one side, I need to clarify the relation between hearing and listening. On the other, it is important to provide a reply to the problem of double causality already identified by O’Shaughnessy (2000) in the ordinary case.

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by Kestral Gaian (She/They)

From Gamergate to Roe vs Wade, the socioethical landscape of the world seems to have seen some dramatic shifts in recent years. But how has education responded to this? And how does that differ from the political response, business response, and overall feeling of various communities across the globe? In this session we'll discuss the impact, the pitfalls, and why navigating a path forward might be easier than you think.

Content Warnings: this talk will mention world events from the past decade and the impact on LGBTQI+ and other minority communities.

by The research fairy (they/them)

The Covid-19 outbreak that became a global pandemic in 2020 has disrupted lives, families, industries and entire nations. This project aims to quantify some of the effects of Covid-19 on the enterprise of human research.

Over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, I developed a database of all NCT Numbers corresponding to clinical trials that were "stopped" (had their overall status changed to "Terminated," "Suspended," or "Withdrawn") after 2019-12-01. This dataset indicates the date that a trial was stopped, whether it was started again and on what date, and the contents of the "why stopped?" field on the date the trial stopped. This dataset also includes columns with manually coded data for whether the "why stopped?" field explicitly indicates that the reason for stopping included the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

Here, I narrate some of the dynamics present in these data and lessons learned for clinical trial conduct.

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by Manuel (He/him)

The concept of species, specially when applied to prokaryotes, has a fascinating history that continues to develop to this day. From being barely recognized as lifeforms to being acknowledged as the bulk of the tree of life, bacteria and their diversity provide an excellent example on which to map the development of technical research capabilities and the frameworks that have shaped the conclusions drawn from their continued study. Analysing how we have sought to understand them serves to underscore the biases often implied in the ways and words we insist on using to build our understanding of the diversity and evolution of life.


by Alejandro Gaita Ariño (he/him)

Magnetic molecules: what are they? Why are they beautiful? Are they any good? And what's the deal with so-called molecular qubits (and p-bits!)?
Also, our experience with data science for the chemical design of molecular nanomagnets.

by Paul Matthews (he/him)

AI, Alien and Posthuman characters are not often approached from a psychological PoV (e.g. first-person monologue, third-person psycho-narration). In this talk I will discuss some old and new examples from around the SF genre and what they can tell us about possible alternative kinds of consciousness. These will be based loosely on Cohn's narrative type framework and on the themes of expanded minds, hive mind and cognitive supercedure.

by Chuck Pearson (he/him)

In the United States, not only are conventional textbook costs a substantial financial obstacle towards effective course engagement in chemistry and physics coursework, but lab manual costs and online homework service costs can compound these difficulties. Multiple studies indicate that efforts towards utilization of open educational resources (OER) in college coursework do not negatively impact student performance (see Hilton, 2016 for a review).

While many state-level efforts exist to develop standard nomenclature for courses where resource costs are eliminated (see Freed et al., 2018 for an analysis of Oregon’s efforts, and Brandle et al., 2019 for survey analysis in the CUNY system), those efforts have not produced one consistent designation nationally. In this presentation, I will use the common designation zero-textbook-cost (or ZTC) to describe not merely the elimination of costs for traditional textbook materials, but ancillary materials as well.

Successfully eliminating all student resource costs, therefore, involves addressing the textbook, the lab manual, and the the online homework system. This presentation will describe the specific efforts taken at Tusculum University to eliminate student resource costs and create a genuine ZTC environment in the first-year general chemistry sequence (CHEM 101/102). The Tusculum course is typical for many small, rural colleges in the United States; it needs to be an access point to the discipline for students who do not receive exposure to chemistry beyond a physical science survey in high school, but it also needs to be conducted at a level of rigor sufficient to prepare students for a chemistry majors’ and pre-medical organic chemistry sequence in the sophomore year.

The reform of the sequence began in the 2018-2019 academic year, with a two-pronged effort: the shift of the textbook from a major-publisher text to the OpenStax text Chemistry: Atoms First, and the elimination of a standard lab manual in favor of a online interactive laboratory structure. Revision and upgrades of the laboratory structure carried the offering of the sequence through the pandemic year of 2020 and allowed the course to return to an in-person offering in Spring 2021 with many of the features of the offering intact and with the COVID-informed addition of an online examination structure that achieved a level of rigor equivalent to in-person examinations.

The final step of reform in currently in progress, with the construction of an online homework system through the open-source learning management software Moodle that can serve local needs better in replacement of the proprietary homework system Macmillan Achieve (formerly Sapling Learning) that was adopted at the initial step of course sequence reform.

Initial references:
S. Brandle et al. 2019. “But What Do The Students Think: Results of the CUNY Cross-Campus Zero-Textbook Cost Student Survey”. Open Praxis 11:1 (pages unnumbered).

B. Freed et al. 2018. “Evaluating Oregon’s Open Educational Resources Designation Requirement: A Report for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.” Retrieved from

J. Hilton. 2016. “Open educational resources and college textbook choices: a review of research on efficacy and perceptions.” Educational Technology Research and Development 64:573.

by Jennifer Miller (she/her)

Would you like to teach a course about open science that grounds the topic in human rights and is organized around the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science? Learn about a flexible model designed for easy course prep and suitable for the following contexts:

* As a PI-led special topics course in your lab or department
* In Maymester or summer session for potential or incoming STEM graduate students
* For current/retired STEM practitioners and educators in a community college or lifelong learning program

I developed this open syllabus and course materials through the UNESCO-sponsored program Open Education for a Better World (OE4BW). The course adapts the structure of the Creative Commons certificate courses incorporate their open pedagogy, to be discussion-based, to adapt to flexible modalities, and to require minimal preparation. Course materials including assignments, rubrics, and interactive self-grading multiple choice questions with feedback are openly licensed and available on Wikiversity and Zenodo: The open syllabus has been presented and well-received at OE4BW Eduscope, OEGlobal, and the First UNESCO Working Group on Open Science Capacity Building.

Your questions and suggestions for improvements and adaptations will be welcome at the session!

by honor ash (they/them)

this talk explores a preliminary vein of research in which i examine the ways that digital permanence and entropy differs from that of traditional media and past ways of organising our collective memory. it considers how this difference impacts the ways we view growth, forgiveness, and characterisations of others in an increasingly digital social landscape.

due to the growing reliance of professional and personal activity on online and digital spaces, the ways we interact with information and knowledge have been forever changed, and will continue to shift as technology develops. in this talk i begin to deconstruct the ways that the lenses through which we consider data, storage and permanence have evolved, and how this impacts the ways in which we view each other. i also consider possibilities for the ways in which forgiveness, growth and empathy could be recentred, and how they have been obscured by a landscape designed to imbue previously transitory moments and exchanges with a sense of perpetual relevance. i shall interrogate our attitudes towards storage and archiving, and the collection by those other than ourselves of data about our interests, hobbies and memories. i will look at who (or what) pushed us towards the landscape in which we now reside, and who (or what) this current environment serves.