Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - 4:10pm - 5:30pm
224 Oechsle Hall (Auditorium)
Kelly Joyce, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology and Director of The Center for Science, Technology, and Society, Drexel University

Science and technology are central to the lived experiences of aging people. From pharmaceuticals, to walking aids, to cell phones, old people interact with technologies and science on a daily basis. Everyday technologies as well as biomedical interventions can be part of the way older adults pursue, maintain, and negotiate life. In this way, old people are cyborgs in contemporary life, blending machine and biology in both their personal identities and their relations to other people and society. This talk highlights the rise of aging research centers in the United States and examines recent research and development focused on technologies for old people. Working through case studies such as robots for elders, we will examine what works and what does not work in regards to elder centered design. The talk will also examine what a science and technology studies approach can bring to studies of aging.


Dr. Kelly Joyce is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Drexel University. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Boston College. Prof. Joyce is the author of the book Magnetic Appeal: MRI and the Myth of Transparency (Cornell University Press, 2008) and co-editor of Technogenarians: Studying Health and Illness through an Aging, Science, and Technology Lens (Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2010). Dr. Joyce is the principal investigator of Ethics of Algorithms (NSF#1338205), a project that investigates the ethics and values that shape decisions in the creation of algorithms.  Dr. Joyce's second research project investigates the economic, cultural, and political dimensions of autoimmune illnesses.  In this work, she examines the stakeholders who created and mobilized the category autoimmunity, people’s experiences of living with these varied illnesses overtime, and the technologies used to measure environmental exposure in relation to autoimmune illnesses.

Sponsored by Aging Studies Program and Preminger Gerontology Scholarship Program.


Sponsored by: 
Aging Studies Program and Preminger Gerontology Scholarship Program (Co-sponsors: The Center for the Integration of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship, Division of Engineering, Office of the Provost, and the Department of Anthropology and Sociology)

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