Wednesday, July 13, 2011
UWG’s Dr. Kareen R. Malone and Dr. Lisa Osbeck and two Georgia Tech professors studied the members of two biomedical engineering laboratories for their recently published book “Science as Psychology: Sense-making and Identity in Science Practice.”
The goal of their research was to show how the labs‘ complexities – the people, the work that they do and how they do it – can lead to a better understanding of the practice of science and of humans in general.
Dr. Malone and Dr. Osbeck worked with Georgia Tech’s Dr. Nancy J. Nersessian, regents' professor and professor of cognitive science, and Dr. Wendy Newstetter, director of Learning Sciences Research, on their multi-year research for the book.
They looked at two labs at a large research university. According to a recent review of the book “one was a well-established tissue-engineering laboratory directed by a senior scientist; the second, a new neural engineering laboratory directed by a much younger researcher.”
The reviewer, the philosopher of science Ronald Giere, called the book a "singular contribution to the psychology of science" in the July 8 issue of Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
“Science as Psychology” was published by Cambridge University Press this year.