Campus & Community

Event: Hurricane Sandy in Perspective

In late October and early November 2012, citizens in New Jersey and New York endured Hurricane Sandy and its damage to foundational social and technological systems.  By exposing the vulnerabilities of these systems, Sandy forced us to confront some fundamental questions about the roles of science and technology in 21st century society: Why did our infrastructures develop the way that they did? How do scientists, political leaders, and citizens communicate during disasters? What are the moral and social obligations of scientists and engineers who develop everyday technologies? How can we as a society better prepare for disasters that might occur in the future?  

These questions, and others like them, are at the core of the College of Arts & Letters new undergraduate Program in Science & Technology Studies. The Program offers two undergraduate majors: B.S. in Science, Technology, & Society; and B.A. in Science Communication.

Please join us to reflect on Sandy, discuss issues at the crossroads of technology and society, and to learn more about the exciting new Program in STS!

This event is sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters and the Department of Science and Technology Studies and will take place on Wednesday, November 28, from 3:00-5:00 pm in Babbio 122. 

The event is free and open to the Stevens community and general public.


Introductions by Lisa Dolling, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters; and Andrew L. Russell, Director, Program in Science & Technology Studies
- James E. McClellan III, Professor of History
- Alan Blumberg, George Meade Bond Professor & Director of Center for Maritime Systems
- Allison Outwater ‘15
- Lee Vinsel, Assistant Professor of Science & Technology Studies

Comment from the audience.

For more information, contact Contact Andrew Russell ([email protected]) or visit