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Deborah Blizzard

Department Chair
Department of Science, Technology, and Society
College of Liberal Arts
Professor

585-475-4697
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Deborah Blizzard

Department Chair
Department of Science, Technology, and Society
College of Liberal Arts
Professor

Education

BA, Smith College; MS, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Bio

B.A. Government, Smith College

Independent Study Abroad, Edinburgh University (UK)
M.S. Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ph.D. Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Post Doctoral Studies, Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: sociocultural construction of fetoscopy (in utero fetal surgery); bereavement and hope in partially lost twin gestations; cultural analysis of contemporary close-up magic; (re) creation of the human-machine relationship through erotic dolls, feminist pedagogy; gender studies

Courses: Science, Technology and Values; Biomedical Issues: Science and Technology; Cyborg Theory: (Re)Thinking the Human Experience in the 21st Century; Gender, Science and Technology; Reality TV and the Construction of Reality; Magic, Science and Technology; Sexuality, Medicine, Science and Technology

585-475-4697

Currently Teaching

STSO-441
3 Credits
The developing cybernetic organism or cyborg challenges traditional concepts of what it means to be human. Today medical science and science fiction appear to merge in ways unimagined a century ago. By exploring scientific and cultural theories, science fiction, and public experience, this class examines the history and potential of the cyborg in Western cultures.