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Wendy Parker

Wendy Parker, Professor

Name, Title
Wendy Parker, Professor

Department of Philosophy
229 Major Williams Hall 0126
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg VA 24061

wendyparker@vt.edu

Wendy Parker is professor of philosophy at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on topics in general philosophy of science and philosophy of climate science/meteorology. To learn more, visit Dr. Parker's website.

  • Climate modeling
  • Computer simulation
  • Evidence
  • Uncertainty assessment
  • Values in science
  • Data and measurement
  • Explanation 
  • PhD in History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
  • MA in Philosophy, University of Pittsburgh, 2002
  • BA in Philosophy, Northern Illinois University, 1997
  • BS in Meteorology, Northern Illinois University, 1997
  • Northern Illinois University Liberal Arts & Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award, 2011
  • AMS/UCAR Congressional Science Fellowship, United States Senate, 2003-2004

Books and Edited Volumes

  • Shech, E. and W.S. Parker (Eds.) 2020. John D. Norton’s Material Theory of Induction and Beyond. Special Issue of Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.
  • Parker, W.S. (Ed.) 2018. Proceedings of the 25th Biennial Philosophy of Science Association Meeting, Volume 2: Symposium Papers. Philosophy of Science 85(5): 739-1215.
  • Parker, W.S. (Ed.) 2017. Proceedings of the 25th Biennial Philosophy of Science Association Meeting, Volume 1: Contributed Papers. Philosophy of Science 84(5): 795-1315.
  • Katzav, J. and W.S. Parker (Eds.) 2015. Assessing Climate Models: Knowledge, Values and Policy. Special issue of European Journal for Philosophy of Science 5(2): 141-257.
  • de Regt, H.W. and W.S. Parker (Eds.) 2014. Simulation, Visualization and Scientific Understanding. Special issue of Perspectives on Science 22(3): 311-422.

Journal Articles

Book Chapters

  • Parker, W.S. 2020. Evaluating Data Journeys: Climategate, Synthetic Data and the Benchmarking of Methods for Climate Data Processing. For S. Leonelli and N. Tempini (Eds.) Data Journeys in the Sciences. Springer, Cham.
  • Parker, W.S. 2018. Climate Modeling. In B. Hale and A. Light (Eds.) Routledge Companion to Environmental Ethics.
  • Parker, W.S. 2018. The significance of robust climate predictions. In E. Lloyd and E. Winsberg (Eds.) Conceptual and Philosophical Issues in Climate Modeling. [Revised version of "When climate models agree".]
  • Parker, W.S. 2016. Environmental Science: Empirical Claims in Environmental Ethics. In S. Gardiner and A. Thompson (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Environmental Ethics.
  • Parker, W.S. 2014. Climate Change and Social Science. In N. Cartwright and E. Montuschi (Eds.) Philosophy of Social Science: A New Introduction. OUP.
  • Parker, W.S. 2013. Computer Simulation. In S. Psillos and M. Curd (Eds.) The Routledge Companion to Philosophy of Science, 2nd Edition.
  • Parker, W.S. 2011. Communicating Science: Moral Responsibility in Theory and Practice. In D. Scott and B. Francis (Eds.), Debating Science: Deliberation, Values and the Common Good.
  • Parker, W.S. 2009. Distinguishing Real Results from Instrumental Artifacts: The Case of the Missing Rain. In G. Hon, J. Schickore, and F. Steinle (Eds.), Going Amiss in Experimental Research (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, Vol. 267).
  • U.S. National Science Foundation Standard Grant SES-1127710: Data Assimilation, Reanalysis & the Construction of Weather and Climate, 2011-2014. 
  • U.S. National Science Foundation Standard Grant SES-0824287: Ensemble Climate Prediction: Key Questions and Controversies, 2008-2011.

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