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CAROLYN ATKINSON, Seamstress with weird esoteric major.




Major: Science, Technology and Society

College/Employer: Claremont Colleges

Year of Graduation: 2017

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

Contact: carolyn.atkinson@pomona.edu

I'm a senior majoring in Science, Technology and Society Studies (STS), which is an interdisciplinary major made up of history, philosophy, and "hard science". My specialization is on intersections of biology, biotechnology, and identity (specifically gender). Questions asked by people in my field of study include: How do technologies change the way we think about ourselves? Why is it important to have "diversity" in science and tech industries? Is science inherently exclusionary, and how do we fix it if it is? How do new technologies change medical outcomes beyond their designed function? What is objectivity and how do fallible humans ever get away with pretending that they have it? Can we engineer our way out of every problem? How does engineering at a problem change the way we thought about the problem in the first place?

I am also an avid fan of all things 'theater crafts' and I like to make props and costumes to wear to Comic-Con. I am a fan of DIY and learning manual skills by diving into a problem headfirst.



Past Classes

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M188: The World's Oldest Calculator (That You Can Take to Any Test) in Splash Spring 2017 (Feb. 25, 2017)
How high can you count on your fingers? 10? 18? 30? 1,023? In this class, we will learn a super sweet party trick: counting unusually high on just your 10 (or 1010) digits. More than just a terrific tool for tallying, we will discover how you (yes you!) have the laws of exponents written into your hands RIGHT NOW so that you never forget them on a math exam again.


X224: Hiding in Plain (Digital) Sight in Splash Spring 2017 (Feb. 25, 2017)
ALL GENDERS, ALL SKILLS! Facial recognition software is ubiquitous in our daily lives: from fun Snapchat filters to large-scale surveillance possibilities. One art project launched in 2010 called CV Dazzle seeks to use makeup and hair to obscure facial features beyond computer recognition without the use of masks. In this course we'll use theatrical-grade 2-D makeup to try and fool common facial detection software. Leave your Instabrows at the door. Expect to walk out looking like a rebel from the (imminent?) cyberpunk apocalypse! ALLERGY INFO: makeup sponges will be latex-free. Most products will be hypoallergenic (mostly Ben Nye). Some products may cause short-term staining to face or hair. Email the instructor if you are aware of any skin allergies.


S115: Debunking Scientific Fairy-Tales: Metaphors, Stereotypes, and Allocating Agency in Science Writing in Splash Spring 2016 (Feb. 27, 2016)
You've heard it before, the origin of human life: an egg cell sits around, at peril of 'wasting away' in menstruation unless an intrepid sperm cell makes it through the trials and tribulations of the vaginal canal in order to penetrate the egg and save the day! This 'sleeping beauty' model of human conception is still written into scientific literature as high up as professional journals, and it's in your textbook--but at what cost? In this course, we evaluate the risks and benefits of relying on social stereotypes as metaphors for purely biological processes, and we think critically about the baby-making story we have all been told in an effort to separate fact from fiction inside our bodies.


M153: The World's Oldest Calculator (That You Can Take to Any Test) in Splash Spring 2016 (Feb. 27, 2016)
How high can you count on your fingers? 10? 18? 30? 1,023? In this class, we will learn a super sweet party trick: counting unusually high on just your 10 (or 1010) digits. More than just a terrific tool for tallying, we will discover how you (yes you!) have the laws of exponents written into your hands RIGHT NOW so that you never forget them on a math exam again.