Can apps care for healthcare? (Repost)

This essay by was published on the University of Minnesota Press blog and was authored by Ali Kenner as a preview to her new book, Breathtaking: Asthma Care in a Time of Climate Change (2018). When Cheryl Lansing discovered her asthma care app had disappeared from her smartphone, she was ...
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Breathtaking: Q&A on Asthma Care and Climate Change with Ali Kenner, PhD

Ali Kenner, PhD, assistant professor of politics and of science, technology and society, has studied how people live with and care for asthma for more than a decade. Her new book, “Breathtaking: Asthma Care in a Time of Climate Change,” published by the University of Minnesota Press, examines this chronic ...
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WHYY – So what’s the climate change/asthma connection?

This is a repost of WHYY's The Pulse segment on asthma and climate change which featured Dr. Kenner and was aired on October 18th, 2018. Jefferey Colter was diagnosed with asthma when he was 11, and, even as an adult, he often suffers asthma attacks and ends up in the ...
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Day 4: Participants at #AnthropocenePHL break out for discussion. Photo by Keith Wayne Brown

Cabinet of Curiosities for the Anthropocene

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 ...
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Stacked Cars In City Junkyard Will Be Used For Scrap, August 1973

Philadelphia Scrapyards & Auto Wrecking: Planning Considerations

Scrapyards have been on my radar since I moved to Philadelphia. They have been a pressing problem in parts of the River Wards planning district, but they've also been reported to be an important part of Philadelphia's micro-economies and an telling index of late industrialism. The City has long been ...
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CFP: Writing Slow Disaster in the Anthropocene

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 ...
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“Staying Cool in a Changing Climate” – 2017 Summary

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 ...
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A comparative map made by Nick Shapiro, based on our state health department survey

Indoor Air Across the States

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 ...
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Three views of the cleaning of a fossil specimen acquired in the late 19th century by the Academy of Natural Sciences. By Paul Callomon, August 2016.

New Course Offering: Civic Field School

I am really jazzed to be teaching a new course during Drexel’s summer quarter, “Civic Field School.” It’s an intensive -- a ten week course packed into five -- and also a hybrid, which means that half our time is spent in the classroom, and the other half is spent ...
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NSF Funding for The Asthma Files

The Asthma Files will be starting a three year investigation of environmental health governance in six cities: Albany, New York City, Philadelphia, Houston, Beijing, and Bengalura. The project focuses on efforts to understand and address the health effects of long term exposure to transportation-related air pollution: In each city studied, project researchers ...
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