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Megan Halpern
Megan Halpern
Assistant Professor

Department: HPS
Address: E-193 Holmes
Phone: (517) 432-6141

Megan Halpern is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University in the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science at Lyman Briggs and in the Residential College of Arts and Humanities. Prior to joining the faculty at MSU, she was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University, where she worked with the Center for Science and the Imagination on Emerge: Artists + Scientists Redesign the Future. She earned her PhD in Science Communication at Cornell University. Her doctoral work focused on artist/scientist collaboration and the relationships between experts and publics, and on interaction design for audience participation. In addition to her research, she has co-created science performances and designed mobile applications that focus on engagement with art and science. While at Cornell, she worked with the Interaction Design Lab, where she created SunDial, a geocaching adventure around Ithaca’s Sciencenter, MoBoogie, an app that fosters creative expression through movement, and Frontstage, an audience participation system using mobile phones and tablets.  She also developed collaborative performances in conjunction with local artists and the Cornell Department for Performing and Media Arts. Megan has a background in theatrical design, and prior to her work at Cornell, she co-created Redshift Productions, a company that facilitated artist/scientist collaboration and produced science themed performances.

    Michigan State University Science and Society at State Collaborative Grant Award, (Halpern, Cass, Record, Wigner, Hendrickson), Future Design Studio [2017 -2017] $10,000
    Michigan State University Science and Society at State Collaborative Grant Award, (Latimore, Burroughs, Cheruvelil, Dreelin, Halpern, Nichols), Innovations in Science Communication and Engagement: Exploring How Better Training Can Improve Outcomes for Science and Society [2016 -2016] $10,000

    2016 Halpern, M., Sadowski, J., Eschrich, J., Finn, E. & Guston, D. (2016). Stitching Together Creativity and Responsibility: Interpreting Frankenstein Across Disciplines. Special Science Fiction Issue of the Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, 36 (1), 49-57. DOI: 10.1177/0270467616646637.
    2016 Halpern, M. & Humphreys, L. (2016). Iphoneography as an Emergent Art World. New Media & Society, 18(1), 62–81.
    2015 Forlano, L., & Halpern, M. (2015). Reimagining Work: Entanglements and Frictions around Future of Work Narratives. Special issue of Fibreculture Journal: Entanglements-activism and technology, (26), 32-59.
    2013 Halpern, M., Erickson, I., Forlano, L., & Gay, G. (2013). Designing Collaboration: Comparing Cases Exploring Cultural Probes as Boundary-Negotiating Objects. CSCW 2013 Conference Proceedings. San Antonio, TX.


The Rightful Place of Science: Frankenstein book image
The Rightful Place of Science: Frankenstein
Two hundred years after its publication, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein continues to speak to modern concerns about science, technology, and society. The story of Victor Frankenstein and his creature has become a cultural touchstone through myriad theatrical renditions, movies, and other adaptations and allusions. But Shelley’s original tale is far richer and more relevant to contemporary issues than the common interpretation of Frankenstein as a warning against scientific hubris. The authors of the essays in The Rightful Place of Science: Frankenstein examine the roots and origins of Shelley’s tragically flawed scientist and his benighted creature. They consider Frankenstein as a parable of creativity and responsibility that can help us better understand our current creative dilemmas. And they show how Shelley’s text foreshadows future technological innovations, and the challenges we anticipate from emerging fields such as synthetic biology and artificial intelligence. The bicentennial of this story of a scientist who failed to care for his creation provides an opportunity to explore creativity and responsibility across literary, scientific, social, and cultural dimensions.
Pages: 116
Publisher: Consortium for Science, Policy, & Outcomes
Date Published: October 2017
ISBN-13: 978-0692964170