Cutcliffe, Stephen H(osmer) 1947-

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CUTCLIFFE, Stephen H(osmer) 1947-

PERSONAL: Born January 17, 1947, in Melrose, MA; son of Woodrow A. and Elizabeth (Hosmer) Cutcliffe. Education: Bates College, A.B., 1968; Lehigh University, M.A., 1973, Ph.D., 1976.

ADDRESSES: Office—Science, Technology, and Society Program, 327 Maginnes Hall, 9 West Packer Ave., Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 18015.

CAREER: Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, administrative assistant to director of Science, Technology, and Society Program, 1976-83, assistant to provost for administration, 1982-83, director of Technology Studies Resource Center, 1983—, director of Lehigh University Press, 1987-90, currently director of Science, Technology, and Society Program (STS), and associate professor of STS and history. Visiting assistant professor at Lafayette College, 1980. Technology consultant to Historic Bethlehem, Inc., 1978-80, 1988-89, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1982, Monroe County Community College, 1983, Eastern Michigan University, 1985, Northwestern College, 1985, Colby College, 1986, Babson College, 1987, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 1989, Vassar College, 1992. Citizen's public advisory committee of Pennsylvania Power and Light Co., member, 1981-90, chair, 1982-84. Member of advisory council for documentary film Bethlehem: A Search for Community, 1977-78; member of board of directors, Historic Bethlehem, Inc., 1989-95; member, review panel, Ethics and Values Studies, National Science Foundation, 1992; member of advisory board, Attracting Minority Scholars to Ethics and Values Studies in Science and Technology, American Association for the Advancement of Science. Outside evaluator of Bachelor of Arts candidates in the College of Science in Society of Wesleyan University, 1981-82. Member, External Advisory Council, Center for Sustainable Systems Studies, Ohio, 1999—. Associated with the Lawrence Henry Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 1970—, member of executive council, 1982—. Military service: U.S. Army, 1968-70; became sergeant.

MEMBER: History of Science Society, American Society for Environmental History, Organization of American Historians, Society for the History of Technology (chair of technology studies and education committee, 1981-83; member of executive council, 1985-87, 1991-93; member of Robinson Prize committee, 1989-91), Dibner Museum Prize committee, 1997-99 (chair, 1998), Leonardo da Vinci Medal Award committee, (chair, 1998); Society for Philosophy and Technology, Society for Social Studies of Science, National Association for Science, Technology, and Society (member of board of directors, 1989-92; vice-president, 1990; president, 1991), Phi Alpha Theta.

AWARDS, HONORS: Golden Desk Award from Lehigh University, 1971-72; grant from Lawrence Henry Gipson Institute for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 1975; honorary director, Research Center of Science, Technology, Economy and Society, graduate school of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.


(With J. A. Mistichelli and C. M. Roysdon) Technology and Human Values in American Civilization, Gale (Detroit, MI), 1980.

(Editor with R. C. Post) In Context: History and the History of Technology, Essays in Honor of Melvin Kranzberg, Lehigh University Press (Bethlehem, PA), 1989.

(Editor with S. L. Goldman, M. Medina, and J. Sanmartin) New Worlds, New Technologies, New Issues, Lehigh University Press (Bethlehem, PA), 1992.

(Editor with Terry Reynolds) Technology and the West, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1997.

(Editor with Terry Reynolds) Technology and American History, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1997.

Ideas, Machines and Values: An Introductory Overview of Science, Technology and Society Studies, Rowman & Littlefield (Lanham, MD), 2000.

(With Carl Mitcham) Visions of STS: Counterpoints on Science, Technology and Society Studies, SUNY Press (New York, NY), 2001.

Contributor of numerous articles to periodicals, including Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, Technology in Society, Bulletin of Science, Technology, and Society, Science, Technology, and Human Values and Research in Philosophy and Technology. Editor of Science, Technology, and Society Curriculum Development Newsletter, 1977—; co-author of the annual bibliography for the Society of the History of Technology in Technology and Culture, 1984-89, contributor, 1990-99; editor of Science and Technology in the Eighteenth-Century Studies, 1984; editor of Working Papers in Technology Studies, 1984-88; advisory editor of Technology and Culture, 1989-99; co-editor with Steven Lubar, special theory issue, "New Perspectives in Industrial History Museums," The Public Historian summer, 2000.

SIDELIGHTS: Stephen H. Cutcliffe told CA: "The central theme or interpretation that comes through my writing is an understanding of science and technology as value-laden social processes. That is, neither science nor technology are autonomous juggernauts with lives of their own. Rather they are complex enterprises taking place in specific contexts shaped by, and in turn shaping, human values that are reflected and refracted through societal institutions, whether they be cultural, political, or economic. Thus, certain vested interests on the part of consumers, corporate managers, government policymakers, financiers, and others define the problems, set the parameters within which solutions to those problems will be sought, and determine what results will be acceptable. In the end, of course, science and technology affect the shaping and defining values and institutions, such that the relationship is a dynamic one of constant and complex recursive interactions."