the History of Science and Technology Society presents

Imagining Futures

Students in the History of Science and Technology program present a conference of their work. The conference will begin on Friday night with a keynote lecture presented by Amy Shira Teitel at 7 p.m. on Feburay 28 in the KTS Lecture Hall, followed by a series of student presentations on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.


Friday, Feb. 28

7 p.m. | Keynote Lecture

Amy Shira Teitel– “When Women Fought For Space”

Location: KTS Lecture Hall

Saturday, Feb. 29

10 – 11 a.m. | Inventing Futures

  • Lilian Barraclough – “ActivScore: An Active Index for Nova Scotia”
  • Alexander T. Long – “Alien Superpowers: A critical evaluation of the technological levels implied for the extraterrestrial civilizations in the films Contact (1997) and Interstellar (2014)”
  • Sammy Goldberg – “Down to Earth: An In-Depth Media Analysis of Old and New Spaceflight”

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 pm | Mind and Memory

  • Megan Krempa – “Obscurity as the decay of knowledge history: the people involved in the creation of theory to fact”
  • Chelsea McMillen – “The Failed Imitation Game: Machines’ Inability to Mimic the Human Capacity to Forget”
  • Christina Torrealba – “N400 Activity During Conversation Using EEG Hyperscanning”

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Regulating the Future

  • Pilar G. de Boismenu – “Reproduction, Productivity, and Sex: An Examination of Cuban Culture Around Sexual Health and Pregnancy”
  • Jacob Hermant – “Crafting Computers out of Clay: Alan Turing’s Imitation Game and Gershom Scholem’s Treatment of the Golem in Discussions of Legislating Autonomous Technology”
  • Sean Liam Galway – “Plastic Trouble: Donna Haraway and Post-Human Art-Making”

 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. | “Nature”

  • Hope Moon – “Darwin’s Selective Science and the Evolution of his Ideology”
  • Cédric Blais – “A Philosophical and Experimental Study of Lateral Gene Transfer in Eukaryotes”
  • Arden Rogalsky – “A Dialogue Between Carl Linnaeus and Three Flowers”