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STS Colloq: Mark Robinson (Feb 6, noon)

Translating the Translational Imperative: Industry-University Partnerships, Knowledge Markets and the Value of Innovation.
When Feb 06, 2012
from 12:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where SSH 1246
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Translating the Translational Imperative: Industry-University Partnerships, Knowledge Markets and the Value of Innovation. Mark Robinson PhD Student, Anthropology, Princeton University Visiting Scholar, Science, Technology and Society Center, UC Berkeley http://cstms.berkeley.edu/people/mark-robinson/ This paper examines the growth of translational science and translational medicine at the university. In light of shifts at the university and the growth of university-industry collaboration in the U.S., universities must contend with several issues including the value of scientific work (and the capacity for valuation of such work), the definition of social benefit, as well as the larger charter and mission of the university. Here, the university plays a multivalent role: the university is a preeminent symbol in national narratives about innovation and discovery, the university as too removed from the real world- including the practical needs of graduates. How has the push for market legibility impacted scientific practice? How has disciplinary anxiety at the university as well as financial incentives for research prefigured the very partnerships that have enabled a rapid growth of translational science? Following from field research about academic neuroscience and neurotechnology communities in northern California, this discussion explores various paradoxes at work in the growth of translational pushes at the university and it’s implications for innovation. This paper also explores notions of financial and social value inherent within the translational imperative and gestures towards a larger problem regarding how various constituents relate to questions of value in modern knowledge economies.

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