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Center for Science, Technology and Society gets new director

SANTA CLARA, Calif.-- July 8, 2004 Santa Clara University’s Center For Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS) announced the appointment of  Geoffrey Bowker as executive director. Bowker comes to SCU from the University of California, San Diego, where he was professor and chair of the communication department. As a professor in communication and environmental studies, Bowker will also be the first to hold the Regis and Dianne McKenna Chair in Science, Technology, and Society at SCU.

Bowker previously held appointments in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; the Center for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University of Manchester; and the Center for the Sociology of Innovation at the Paris School of Mines.

“CSTS is an internationally recognized center of distinction,” said Bowker.  “Its mission is to explore the wide range of social issues raised by today's technoscience and to encourage appropriate uses of science and technology." Bowker added that he was looking forward to working with industry experts and partners in Silicon Valley within the framework of  SCU’s guiding principles of competence, conscience, and compassion."

Bowker's partner, Susan Leigh Star, will join the CSTS as senior scholar and serve as a visiting professor of computer engineering.  Star is the incoming president of the Society for the Social Study of Science and is the coauthor with Bowker of Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences (MIT Press).

Bowker replaces Jim Koch as executive director of CSTS.  Koch, a professor of management and former dean of SCU’s Leavey School of Business, will remain with CSTS as founding director and will be active in international and social entrepreneurship projects. 

"I am truly delighted that Geof will be joining us," said Koch. “The best is yet to come for our work in promoting the common good of an increasingly technological world.”

Don Dodson, Santa Clara's vice provost for academic affairs who recruited Bowker and Star said, "These appointments will help move CSTS to a new level of quality and impact.”

About the Center for Science, Technology, and Society

The Center for Science, Technology and Society (CSTS) is one of four Centers of Distinction at Santa Clara University. The center seeks to foster a global network of scholars, practitioners and leaders to better understand the social dimensions of technological change and the potential for science and technology to create sustainable legacies for society. CSTS is a global network of academic and industry experts that promotes dialogue and studies issues related to the influence of new technologies on social and economic development, innovation and organizational change, and law and public policy.

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offers its 8,047 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the third-highest graduation rate among all U.S. master's universities, California's oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice.  More information is online at




<p>Geof Bowker is the new director for the Center for Science, Technology, and Society.</p>

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