Spring 2012

ISSN 1558-9855

VOL. 8, NO. 1

Technology, Innovation, Social Change, and Globalization’

The Pandora’s Box of Biology  by Sonia Ben Ouaghram-Gormley

Concerns that bioterrorists might use published data on the H5N1 virus motivated the U.S. government to request that two scientific journals refrain from publishing details of an experiment. However, Ben Ouaghram-Gormley argues that access to written information alone does not allow the easy replication of previous work.


The Global Spread of Nuclear Power Seen through the Eyes of Proponents and Opponents  by Allison MacFarlane

MacFarlane argues that the much-touted nuclear renaissance has failed to materialize in any substantial way in the United States and Europe.  New nuclear build is concentrated in a few countries, notably China, India, and Russia.  But in the last five years a new group of nuclear “wannabes” has emerged: over sixty countries that do not currently have nuclear power have made noises about acquiring it.


Varying Perceptions of Nuclear Risk in the Debate Over India’s Kundankulam Nuclear Power Plant  by Chaitanya Ravi and Nayantara Sheoran

Ravi and Sheoran argue that a more democratic science that is structurally distant from the center of power and a local politics that is structurally closer to the center of dissent has benefitted those protesting the construction of a nuclear plant in Kundankulam, India.


Ruth presents a fascinating account of the implementation of a rural wireless internet service in the rugged upper mountains of central Nepal.  This article is about the strategic vision of Mahabir Pun and his ability to bring wireless technology to an inhospitable region, achieving some unheard-of technical and managerial results along the way.


The Global Chase for Innovation: Is STEM Education the Catalyst?  by Connie L. McNeely and Jong-on Hahm

McNeely and Hahm argue that government decisions about investment in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines should note two major cautionary issues:  1) STEM degree production relative to economic infrastructure development, and 2) actual interest in STEM as areas of study and careers over time.


International Collaboration by and for Women in Science and Technology by Lisa M. Frehill and Connie L. McNeely

In this article, Frehill and McNeely look to recent cooperative efforts aimed at gender mainstreaming goals in the fields of science and technology (S&T), providing research and recommendations for ameliorating gender disparities and effecting positive change in support of global innovation in S&T and for societal advancement more generally.