Document Type

Project

Publication Date

Fall 2017

Keywords

Different kinds of knowledge, Scientific knowledge, Social positioning

Abstract

In a series of poems, I reflect on what it means to be a scientist in society today, focusing on the fields of environmental science and biology. My project challenges the conception that science functions separately from social processes and societal structures. Reflecting on articles, books, and interviews conducted with Western students, I explore ideas concerning how the sciences could become more democratic or just. The readings were recommended to me by my faculty advisor based on my inquiry interests. The interview subjects were students and recent graduates of Huxley and the Biology department at Western Washington University. I was careful to describe the interview subjects’ stories in a way that did not allow for speculation about their identities to ensure they would not feel inhibited in their responses. The goal of the project was to examine my field of study and prospective career from a broader perspective.

Department

Environmental Studies

Genre/Form

student projects; term papers

Type

Text

Rights

Copying of this document in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this document for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author’s written permission.

Language

English

Format

application/pdf

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