Very proud that my colleagues have selected Gwen Ottinger this year's LMC Distinguished Alumna:
Gwen Ottinger, Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Drexel University, received bachelor’s degrees in STaC and Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech, and a Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from the University of California, Berkeley. Her book, Refining Expertise: How Responsible Engineers Subvert Environmental Justice Challenges (New York: NYU Press, 2013), was awarded the 2015 Rachel Carson Prize for a work of social or political relevance by the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), and she is the recipient of a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation. Focused on the dynamics of expertise in environmental justice controversy and policy, Ottinger’s work has three main aims: to characterize the disconnects between experts and communities’ understanding of environmental quality; to envision more environmentally just approaches to science and technology; and to develop and test information technologies for community empowerment. Her current project, in collaboration with engineers from Carnegie Mellon University and residents of Bay area refinery communities, makes real-time air monitoring data accessible to community members via an interactive website.
The official ceremony will be on April 12 at Atlanta's Academy of Medicine.