The ‘cabinet of curiosities’ is a presentation format from Renaissance Europe used by middle class and wealthy collectors to display odd or rare items. Such cabinets were quite performative, pre-science exhibits that anticipated museums. Often the objects displayed were subject to inquiry and debate, and many fields of social and natural science have genealogic ties […]

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Writing Slow Disaster in the Anthropocene – Call for Participants Conveners: Ali Kenner (Drexel University) and Timothy Neale (Deakin University) Supported by: Drexel’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society and the Deakin Science and Society Network. Dates/locations: 1:00PM-4:00PM EST, Thursday 19th April, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA 9:00AM-12:00PM AEDT, Friday 20th April, Deakin Downtown, Melbourne, […]

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This summer the ‘Climate, Health, and Home’ project team ran three workshops in Philadelphia. The workshop theme this year focused on senior citizens, heat waves, and emergency preparedness. The presentations also provided basic information about climate change in Philadelphia, how climate change impacts health, and how Philadelphians can modify their home environments with air quality, […]

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Among the many things I’ve learned over the years is that environmental health today is very much entangled, produced even, by infrastructures of all kinds — information and scientific, governmental and built, and of course healthcare systems. It’s easy for infrastructure to slip from view, if it’s ever seen at all. Given these traits, I […]

The “Climate, Health, and Home” project is a collaborative series of workshops focused on the health-impacts of climate change in Philadelphia. In Community Engagement: Guidelines for Excellence, the NAAEE uses “Climate, Health, and Home” as a case study to explore community engagement about climate change and health (page 27). Read the report here

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I’m in Southern California for the next six days, hanging out with anthropologists and talking about research, design, and ethics. “Ethnography and Design: Mutual Provocations” is organized and hosted by CoLED; the conference is situated in the tradition of experimental ethnography. In addition to learning about CoLED and the work of scholars and practitioners in the […]


At the first Drexel STS Works in Progress talk, Alex Skula and I presented some findings from our study with Public Lab. We’ve been working with Gretchen Gehreke and Nick Shapiro this year, surveying state health departments about their capacity to respond to citizen requests for information about indoor air contaminants, and residential testing. I […]

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Summer is officially ending over here at Drexel, and PHEEL had its first meeting of 2016-2017 on Friday September 16th. As I mentioned back in June, about two-thirds of our team graduated (yay!! + what?!) so this meeting focused on regrouping and setting an agenda for the year. We have a few key items to […]

(This text was written for The Asthma Files quarterly newsletter) We ran the first 6Cities field school in Philadelphia this summer. Based out of Drexel University, I had the opportunity to run the field school as a 4-credit course in the College of Arts and Sciences during the summer quarter. Rather than taking the full […]