Jane L. Lehr

Dr. Jane L. Lehr received her PhD and MS in Science & Technology Studies from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, with concentrations in the social, cultural, and political studies of science and technology, and Women¹s Studies. In 2005-06, she served as a Research Officer in the Center for Informal Learning and Schools (NSF ESI-0119787) in the Department of Education and Professional Studies at King¹s College London. Her current research explores how formal and informal education serves as a site of training for future participation by scientific and technical experts and public(s) in personal and public decision-making practices, with particular attention to issues of social justice, cultural and national differences, and democracy. She is founder and co-director of the Theatre Workshop in Science, Technology, and Society (TWISTS) at Virginia Tech, which uses an innovative workshop model that brings together experts on the social and technical dimensions of science and technology with theatre arts practitioners to develop original performance pieces. By combining theatre, music, movement, and discussion, TWISTS seeks to facilitate dialogue about contemporary scientific and technical controversies amongst student, public, and professional communities.

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