MU Life Sciences and Society Program
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Life Sciences and Society Program
105h Bond Life Sciences Center
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Email: lssp@missouri.edu
Phone: (573) 884-6883

Affiliated Faculty


The faculty and professionals affiliated with the LSSP are interested in intersections of science and society that span a wide variety of disciplines, approaches, and methodologies. They are linked, however, by recognizing the importance of investigating science in the context of its complex cultural impacts and affiliations.

Our faculty's LSSP-related publications are listed under research and courses can be found under courses.

Appel, Heidi
Department: Plant Sciences
LSSP Related Interests: Evolutionary studies
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Ariew, André
Department: Philosophy
LSSP Related Interests: History and Philosophy of Science, especially evolutionary biology
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Bush, Sarah
Department: Biological Sciences
LSSP Related Interests: behavioral ecology; evolution of animal communication systems; katydid call diversification - evolutionary and neurobiological mechanisms
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Cameron, Glen
Department: School of Journalism
LSSP Related Interests: health journalism, science journalism
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Cocroft, Rex
Department: Biological Sciences
LSSP Related Interests: Evolution of animal communication systems; animal social behavior
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Engelstein, Stefani
Department: Life Sciences and Society Program; German and Russian Studies
LSSP Related Interests: literature and the history of the life sciences; historical theories of reproduction and inheritance; race studies; gender studies; social and cultural aspects of science
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Fleming, David
Department: Department of Internal Medicine, MU Center for Health Ethics
LSSP Related Interests: spirituality and wellness, end of life care, futility
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Flinn, Mark
Department: Anthropology
LSSP Related Interests: evolutionary human biology, behavior, and culture
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Folk, Bill
Department: Biochemistry
LSSP Related Interests: Life Sciences and policy issues.
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Freyermuth, Shari
Department: Biochemistry
LSSP Related Interests: Students' use of scientific evidence in decision making; classroom assessment; biotechnology curriculum design
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Geary, David
Department: Psychological Sciences
LSSP Related Interests: Evolution of human sex differences. Brain and cognitive evolution. Development of children’s mathematical competence.
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Golomb, Miriam
Department: Division of Biological Sciences
LSSP Related Interests: Genetics, virology, and social issues.
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Heringman, Noah
Department: English
LSSP Related Interests: British and European Romanticism; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century natural history and voyages of discovery; history of geology
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James, Harvey
Department: Agricultural Economics
LSSP Related Interests: Business ethics, economics of trust and ethical behavior, ethical issues in agriculture
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Johnson, Rebecca A.
Department: Sinclair School of Nursing; College of Veterinary Medicine
LSSP Related Interests: health benefits of human-companion animal interaction, successful aging—particularly as it relates to human-companion animal interaction
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Koditschek, Ted
Department: History
LSSP Related Interests: British History, Social Theory, Social Evolution
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Litton, Paul
Department: School of Law
LSSP Related Interests: Bioethics (especially the law and ethics of human subjects research) Free will/moral & criminal responsibility theory
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McClure, Bruce
Department: Biochemistry
LSSP Related Interests: Plant sexual reproduction, Informal science education
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Palmer, Craig T.
Department: Anthropology
LSSP Related Interests: Incorporating cultural traditions into evolutionary explanations of human behavior, with an emphasis on religion, sexual aggression, kinship and altruism. Canada is my primary fieldwork site.
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Patton, Martha D.
Department: English
LSSP Related Interests: writing-in-the-disciplines (WID), especially writing in the sciences
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Peters Jr, Philip
Department: Law
LSSP Related Interests: Health care law, Bioethics, Genetics and Law, Social and legal issues of genetically modified foods
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Pires, J. Chris
Department: Biological Sciences
LSSP Related Interests: “History, sociology and philosophy of evolutionary biology” “Relationship of science studies and biological sciences” “Hybrids and genome duplications”
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Prasad, Amit
Department: Sociology
LSSP Related Interests: Trans-national, global, and postcolonial transformations in science, technology, and medicine.
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Robbins, Philip
Department: Philosophy
LSSP Related Interests: Conceptual and empirical issues in the study of social cognition; foundations of situated (embodied, distributed) cognition; experimental philosophy, especially as applied to the study of intuitions about consciousness and morality; cognitive neuroscience of art and morality
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Sable, Margie
Department: School of Social Work
LSSP Related Interests: Reproductive health, HIV/AIDS
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Schultz, Jack
Department: Division of Plant Sciences
LSSP Related Interests: Evolutionary biology, science policy, communicating science
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Shenk, Mary
Department: Anthropology
LSSP Related Interests: Human behavioral ecology; anthropological demography; human marriage and family systems; parental investment, fertility; inheritance and property transfers; South Asia (primarily India and Bangladesh).
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Spain, Jim
Department: Provost Office and Animal Sciences
LSSP Related Interests: Nutrition and metabolism of the periparturient dairy cow - impact on fertility and reproductive function; heat stress and strategic cooling of dairy cattle.
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Stemmle, Jon
Department: School of Journalism
LSSP Related Interests: Health disparities, Health communication, Agenda setting, Social networking optimization
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Strathausen, Carsten
Department: German and Russian Studies Department
LSSP Related Interests: Bio-Aesthetics - the relationship between art, politics, and biology
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Vallentyne, Peter
Department: Philosophy
LSSP Related Interests: liberty and equality in moral and political theory.
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Walker, Rob
Department: Anthropology
LSSP Related Interests: Human bio-cultural variation, human life history evolution, hunter-gatherers, South America, Arawak language family, phylogenetic trees, growth and development, and metabolic scaling
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Ward, Carol
Department: Pathology & Anatomical Sciences
LSSP Related Interests: ape and human evolution, functional anatomy, locomotor behavior, torso, spine
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Westgren, Randall
Department: Agricultural Economics, CAFNR
LSSP Related Interests: Entrepreneurship in the food and life science sectors Social construction of markets for genetically-modified foodstuffs Consumer behavior toward functional characteristics and other attributes of food Porting models of competition and cooperation from biological sciences into organizational science
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