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Cora Olson

Cora Olson, Collegiate Assistant Professor

Cora Olson, Collegiate Assistant Professor

Department of Science, Technology, and Society
221 Lane Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061
cowebb@vt.edu

Hello, I’m Cora Olson, Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society. I guess at this point I’m a lifelong Hokie, having earned 3 degrees from Virginia Tech: a B.S. in Chemistry, and both a M.S. and Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies. My research has two key strands: the intertwined construction of biomedical knowledge and morality and critical STS pedagogical practices. I’m currently in the process of transitioning out of COVID related research back into sports related research within the first strand. In the second strand, I’m working on a couple of projects related to how we practice critical STS here at Virginia Tech.

  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Sports Studies
  • Medical Humanities
  • Ph.D., 2014, Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • M.S., 2007, Science and Technology Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • B.S., 2002, Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Advisor, Medicine and Society Minor
  • Member, STS undergraduate curriculum committee
  • Faculty Advisor, Medicine and Society Club
  • Co-organizer, Critical (STS) Pedagogy Group

Journal Articles

Olson, Cora and Claire Simpson. “Race: The Trajectory of an Aimless Disease.” Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology, October 2021. URL: http://www.spt.org/race-the-american-trajectory-of-an-aimless-disease/

Halfon, Saul, Cora Olson, Ann Kilkelly and Jane Lehr. “Engaging Theatre, Activating Publics: Theory and Practice of a Performance on Darwin.” Engaging Science, Technology, and Society. URL: https://estsjournal.org/index.php/ests/article/view/403

Goodrum, Matthew, and Cora Olson. "The Quest for an Absolute Chronology in Human Prehistory: Chemists, Anthropologists, and the Fluorine Dating Technique in Paleoanthropology." British Journal for the History of Science 42, no. 1 (2008): 19. URL: https://doi.org/10.1017/S000708740800157X

Book Chapters

Olson, Cora. “Unsettling Gendered Familial Care During a Public Health Crisis.” In Edited Collection, Ed. Zahra Meghani, expected publication 2023.

Other Creative Works

Olson, Cora, Ashley Shew, Miranda Fleck, and Chiara Tartaglino. “The Trouble with Distorted Histories.” Inside Higher Ed, September 21, 2021. URL: https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2021/09/21/mandatory-campus-vaccines-do-not-violate-medical-ethics-opinion

Olson, Cora and Claire Simpson. “Essential Problem: Essential Workers and the Vaccine Rollout.” Nursing Clio, January 28, 2021. URL: https://nursingclio.org/2021/01/26/the-essential-problem-essential-workers-category-and-vaccine-roll-outs/

Olson, Cora. “Mokgadi Caster Semenya v. The Patriarchy and its IAAF Minions.” Nursing Clio, October 9, 2019. URL:  https://nursingclio.org/2019/10/09/mokgadi-caster-semenya-v-the-patriarchy-and-its-iaaf-minions/

  • Pathways Development Grant, Course: Medical Dilemmas & Human Experiences II, Summer 2022, $10,000. Co-PI: Liora Goldensher, Collaborator: John Aggrey
  • Diversity & Inclusion Mini-Grant, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Spring 2022, $500.
  • Center for Humanities Research Associate, Fall 2021-Spring 2022, $500.
  • Pathways Assessment Grant, Part 1, Spring 2021, $100/each written for two instructors and one TA.
  • Pathways Assessment Grant, Part 2, Fall 2021, $100.
  • Pathways Assessment Grant, Part 3, Spring 2022, $200.
  • STS 3314, “Medical Dilemmas & Human Experience.”
  • VTC SOM, Interprofessional Domain,“Ethics.”
  • VTC SOM, Interprofessional Domain,“Medical Humanities.”
  • STS 1504, “Introduction to Science, Technology & Society.”
  • STS 2XXX, “Sports, Technology & Drugs.” 

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