STEPHANIE BETH STEINHARDT
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One of these days I'll actually design this site...
I am a PhD candidate in the Cornell University Department of Communication interested in the social and ethical implications of scientific technology, particularly at the large scale. My research focuses on understanding how the development of technology and large-scale collaborative infrastructure shapes the organization, governance and practice of science, with current special interest in ocean science and climate-related endeavors. I am excited by the many ways infrastructures impact or build new forms of knowledge, careers and culture. I am interested in the politics of new and emergent forms of scientific work and technology's role in work and policy; how changes in the technological landscape empower, constrain or fail to support stakeholders; and how economic, political and cultural factors provide perspective on technological changes. I am also interested in how bottom-up organization (ex: open data, open source, commons-based products) and local culture fit, complement or conflict with top-down institutional or national science policies and plans.
As a previous backend infrastructure developer for a large national company, I see technology development as a lens for understanding the role of institutions in technology policy, governance and planning; the effect of large-scale technology development on defining what it means to be a scientist and to build a career in science; the relationship of science technology funding to broader social and cultural trends; the ways in which science is organized around large-scale technological investments.
Projects to which I contribute broadly span the themes of collaboration and computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), human-computer interaction (HCI), science & technology studies (STS), science policy, cyberinfrastructure and eScience, commons production and open source in science.