Thursday, March 17, 2005

Cell phones in the news

Cell phone survey shows love-hate relationship

More than 80 percent of cell phone users say the device has made their lives easier, a new University of Michigan survey shows. But 60 percent say that public use of cell phones has disturbed or irritated them...

Technology and development : The real digital divide

Encouraging the spread of mobile phones is the most sensible and effective response to the digital divide...

Driving 'n' dialing

Impairments of judgment, perception and reaction time caused by driving and dialing are approximately equal to the impairments caused by drinking the legal limit of alcohol, researchers say...

Monday, March 14, 2005


I've created presentation schedules for our final two classes on MAR 23 & MAR 30. Please check to see which day you will be presenting.

A few notes:

1) There are still people who have not signed up for their presentation. IF YOU DO NOT SEE YOUR NAME on these lists, please contact me immediately.

2) Each day there will be a TV/DVD/VCR, a computer and a data projector available to use. For multimedia presentations please come with files on CD, and COPIES SENT to me by email.

3) Each person has a MAXIMUM OF 5 MINUTES for their presentation. (You will be gently but unmistakably cut off!) In order to have time for all the presentations, it is important that you come prepared and keep within the time limits please.

4) Even if you are not presenting, it is your responsibility to ATTEND all the presentations and to COMPLETE A HANDOUT each week. Your attendance and the handout count towards your participation mark.

5) To make time for these presentations & discussion, please be prepared for class to RUN UNTIL 5:45 - 6:00 each week. I know it'll make for long classes, but I know you won't mind since you have no class during review week AND no exam ... Plus, I'm bringing hot drinks and snacks to keep us going ;)

I'm really looking forward to these couple of days and if you have any questions, just ask.

In the news

BBC News: science risks being tainted by the excessive intrusion of commercialism and there is a need for greater public engagement with science.

What risks - if any - do you see associated with commercial interests supporting scientific research?

Do you "trust scientists to tell the truth"? Do you think "science makes a good contribution to society"?

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Presentation schedule for Wed Mar 23

Sarah Larmour, Julie Brown, Adrian Chong & Pam Palma - Technology and piracy

Marc Waters & Albert Stoffers - Sports broadcasting and television consumption

Brad Morrison, Jennifer Leng, Mike Pietowski + one - GM foods

Giulio Wan - Science, technology and anime

Kelly Aulenback & Ryan Siwy - Video games and socialisation

Jamie Walts, Meg Hierlihy & Christine Hogan - Educational technology and socialisation

Melissa Clow - C.S.I. and public perceptions of science

Kevin Conway & Alex Korovessis - Artificial intelligence

Brian Danaher - Automobiles and society

Michael Handelman & Marisa Vicckies - Sex & sexuality

Presentation schedule for Wed Mar 30

Ken Doyle, Scott Willis & Rob Khan - Human cloning

Mitchell Blimkie - Technology and health care

Jeff Kelemen, Luc Biggs & Ben Postin - Material culture of sport

Jen Eysaman, Justin Davis & Christina Shurson - Technology and crime

Mike Cullen - Science and superheroes

Jeremy Citron, Joseph Witts, Crystal Lloyd & Daniel Wallerstein - Surveillance technologies

James Dockrill & Elizabeth Caracristi - Entertainment technology and socialisation

Nikolaus Sands & John Britton - Science, technology and sports supplements

Shawn McCallum, Pratik Lodha, Janice Laflair & Richard Harris - Ethics of human genetic manipulation