Cathryn Carson

Cathryn Carson

Title
Professor and Chair
Department
Dept of History
Phone
(510) 642-1971
Fax
(510) 643-5323
Research Expertise and Interest
history of physics, science and society, history of universities, German history, intellectual history, data science, nuclear waste, history of science and technology, ethics
Research Description

History of science and technology in contemporary research institutions. History of physics (19th and 20th centuries), intellectual history of philosophy and science, nuclear history, research institutions and politics in the United States and Germany, contemporary data science. Related administrative leadership work at Berkeley in data science. Current projects include the institutionalization of interdisciplinarity examined in the case of data science, the philosopher Martin Heidegger and theoretical physics, the history of probabilistic risk assessment in nuclear waste management, and data/tech ethics.

In the News

July 28, 2011

Nuclear science meets social science in novel summer program

A summer school program designed to improve the social scientific literacy of nuclear engineers will use Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis as a case study. The six-day program, to be held in Berkeley from July 31 to Aug. 5, is being organized by faculty at UC Berkeley and the University of Tokyo.

January 12, 2011

New Interdisciplinary Center Examines Nuclear Power

Several dozen scholars, analysts, scientists, and students gathered in Berkeley for an unprecedented and often contentious workshop on the future of nuclear power. The workshop, sponsored by UC Berkeley’s newly formed Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society, brought together social scientists and their counterparts in science, engineering, and policy.

In the News

July 28, 2011

Nuclear science meets social science in novel summer program

A summer school program designed to improve the social scientific literacy of nuclear engineers will use Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis as a case study. The six-day program, to be held in Berkeley from July 31 to Aug. 5, is being organized by faculty at UC Berkeley and the University of Tokyo.

January 12, 2011

New Interdisciplinary Center Examines Nuclear Power

Several dozen scholars, analysts, scientists, and students gathered in Berkeley for an unprecedented and often contentious workshop on the future of nuclear power. The workshop, sponsored by UC Berkeley’s newly formed Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society, brought together social scientists and their counterparts in science, engineering, and policy.

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