Science & Society
In the spirit of a true liberal arts education, Science & Society Lang Center associates are here to help you connect your “hard sciences” education in the classroom with your social calling. It is imperative to include the natural sciences in the conversation on social justice, as technologies and sciences have the rich capacity to expedite and maximize social impact.
Key Faculty and Staff
- Denise Crossan, Lang Visiting Professor & Director of Social Innovation Lab
- Katie Clark, Director of the Center for Innovation and Leadership
- Benjamin Geller, Physics & Astronomy Department
Catherine Crouch, Physics & Astronomy Department
Arthur McGarity, Engineering Department
Kevin Webb, CS Department (Tech + Social Good sponsor)
Ameet Soni, CS Department (Ethics & Technology Professor)
Krista Thomason, CS Department (Ethics & Technology Professor)
- Women+ in Computer Science | Contact: Rachel Choe '22 & Tiffany Zheng '22
- Society of Women Engineering | Contact: Emma Ricci '21 & Natalie Balbuena '21
- Swat Tech for Social Good | Contact: Sharon Hu '21, Sidhika Tripathee '22
- CS 63 - Artificial Intelligence
CS 82/ENG 28 - Mobile Robotics
ENGR 003 - Problems in Technology
ENGR 35 - Solar Energy Systems
PHYS 001C - The Earth's Climate and Global Warming
PHYS 003L - Motion, Forces, Energy with Biological and Medical Applications
- Study Abroad Program: Globalization, Environment & Society in South Africa
- BIOL B115 - Computing Through Biology: An Introduction
- BIOL B210 - Biology and Public Policy
- GEOL B108 - Earth's Oceans: Past, Present, and Future
- MATH B295 - Math Modeling and Sustainability
- BIOLH102B001 - Perspectives in Biology: Genetic Engineering, Farming, and Food
- PSYCH329B001 - Neuroscience and Society
The Swarthmore Spheromak Experiment - Under the leadership of Professor of Physics Michael Brown, student researchers in the SSX Lab study turbulence and plasma astrophysics partially to probe into the question of fusion energy, which would revolutionize the future energy supply chain.
Current Lang Scholars and their projects:
Seimi Park ’20 Press for Peace is an initiative dedicated to promoting the education of women in journalism, media, and communications, with a defined focus on data and technology as platform for impact.
Rose Ridder '20 Phapangwittaya Water Project (โครงการน้ำโรงเรียนผาปังวิทยา) aims to improve experiential science access in Phapang and surrounding communities in Thailand.
Eriko Shrestha '19 Nagar Mitra's E-waste Network in Kathmandu, Nepal, a network on advocacy education, and collection of e-waste.
Past Lang Scholars and their projects:
Eriko Shreshta '19: Nagar Mitra's E-waste Network in Kathmandu, Nepal, a network on advocacy education, and collection of e-waste.
Tyler Huntington ’18: Harvest Circle aims to increase healthy food access throughout the greater Philadelphia area by enhancing the capacity of existing nutrition resources in both the emergency food sector and the urban retail environment.
Mariko Ching ‘16: Bijli Bicycle or “Bicycle Electricity” is providing rural North Indian communities with independent and renewable sources of electricity and lighting.
Akunna Uka ’14: The mission of SkillQuest, Akunna's Lang Project, is to support existing efforts to provide adult education in Chester, PA and expand the delivery of adult education in technology.