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NEW BOOK: Prof. Lindsay Poirier - Anthropological Data in the Digital Age: New Possibilities - New Challenges

For more than two decades, anthropologists have wrestled with new digital technologies and their impacts on how their data are collected, managed, and ultimately presented. Anthropological Data in the Digital Age compiles a range of academics in anthropology and the information sciences, archivists, and librarians to offer in-depth discussions of the issues raised by digital scholarship.

NEW BOOK: Software Rights - by Prof. Gerardo Con Diaz

A new perspective on United States software development, seen through the patent battles that shaped our technological landscape.

This first comprehensive history of software patenting explores how patent law made software development the powerful industry that it is today. Historian Gerardo Con Díaz shows how patent law has transformed the ways computing firms make, own, and profit from software.

Professor Emily Merchant Named an Aggie Hero!

STS Professor Emily Merchant has been named one of the 2018-19 Aggie Heroes — students, staff and faculty chosen throughout the academic year for “using their talents and powers for the greater good of our university and beyond.”

Prof. Merchant and the other Aggie Heroes were recognized at a reception held at the Chancellor's Residence on May 30. Please read about their contributions below at the following links:

Professor Jim Griesemer Presents Keynote Address at the Australian Academy of Sciences' National Committee for the History and Philosophy of Science

Professor of Philosophy Griesemer's keynote address "What Salamander Biologists Have Taught Us About Evo-Devo" took place in Sydney, Australia in September 2012.

Earlier in 2012, Dr. Griesemer also presented the Alberto Coffa Memorial Lecture at Indiana University: "On the Status of Hybrids: A Relational View of Individuality, Development and Units of Inheritance."

Looking forward, Dr. Griesemer will present the keynote address at the Society for the Philosophy of Science in Practice Conference in Toronto, Canada (June 26-29, 2013): "Model Taxa in Theory and Practice."

Professor Lee Presents Paper at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

As an invited guest of the Office of the Chief Economist, Professor Peter Lee recently presented a paper entitled "Patents and the University" at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia. Professor's Lee's work-in-progress examines the intersection of academic science and the patent system and offers policy prescriptions for improving university patenting. In addition to presenting his work-in-progress, Professor Lee participated in meetings with the Chief Economist as well as other patent officials.

Prof. Choy presents in Johannesburg and Berkeley

Prof. Tim Choy recently participated in the "Futures of Nature" workshop in
Johannesburg, February 2-6, 2012, as part of a partneship between the Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism (JWTC) and UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI).

He also presented at the conference, "What's New about New Materialisms?" at UC Berkeley on May 4-5, 2012. 

Professor Chander Lectures in Mainland China and Hong Kong

Professor Chander delivered a lecture at Zhejiang University Guanghua Law School in Hangzhou, China in March. He spoke on his new paper, "How Law Made Silicon Valley." The paper examines law's role in the success of Silicon Valley.

He also delivered a lecture on his forthcoming book "The Electronic Silk Road" at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in late March. The book analyzes the rise of trade in services via the Internet, from Bangalore to Silicon Valley.

Professor Lee Presents Work-in-Progress at George Washington University and the University of San Francisco

Professor Peter Lee recently presented a work-in-progress entitled "Transcending the Tacit Dimension: Patents, Relationships, and the Industrial Organization of Technology Transfer" at faculty workshops at George Washington Law School and the University of San Francisco School of Law.  The piece explores the roles of inventor-licensee relationships and organizational integration in transferring patented academic technologies to the private sector for commercialization.