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Center for the Study of Science and Society Records

1967-1972

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Abstract

Directed by Eugene I. Rabinowitch, the Center studied "human ecology" and interdiciplinary communications by sponsoring conferences, seminars, and symposia.

Summary

Creator:
State University of New York at Albany. Center for the Study of Science and Society
Date Coverage:
1967-1972
Quantity:
2.33 cubic ft. (about 2.33 boxes)

In the spring of 1966 Evan R. Collins, president of SUNYA, and Eugene Rabinowitch began a dialogue in which it was proposed that Rabinowitch come to SUNYA and help establish a research center which would be concerned with the impact of science and technology on public policy. In April 1967 the Educational Policies Council of the University Senate approved the creation of such a center, and an ad hoc planning committee was appointed. Throughout 1967 Rabinowitch working in conjunction with Eugene McLaren, assistant Dean of the Division of Science and Mathematics, organized the center and mapped out the future program and goals of the center.

By 1968 the Center for Science and the Future of Human Affairs was a reality. The Center was "organized for the purpose of orderly study of the interactions of modern science, its products and services, with the activities and aims of humankind." The Center was to develop "interdisciplinary research programs dealing with the impact of science and technology on man's personal and social existence" and considers "new approaches to education for life in the scientific age."

During 1967 and early 1968, Eugene Rabinowitch had presented a series of lectures at SUNYA. In September 1968 he was appointed as a professor of biology and chemistry at SUNYA with the additional duty of being senior advisor to the new Center.

On July 1, 1968 Victor Rabinowitch, son of Eugene Rabinowitch, was hired as director of the Center. Serving at the pleasure of SUNYA's president, Victor Rabinowitch was to be "senior administrator and manager of the operations of the Center." The director was assisted by an Advisory Committee drawn from the faculty of SUNYA.

The Center received a small planning grant from the Fleischmann Foundation in 1968. In 1969 another grant was received from the National Science Foundation; however, the Center never received sufficient support or funding from the state legislature, SUNY's central administration, or the SUNYA community.

In August 1969 the Center changed its name to the Center for the Study of Science and Society.

During its existence the Center did conduct at least four conferences. They include: The Scientific Revolution--Its Impact on Man and Society, March 1968; Evolutionary Processes, April 1970; The Integration of Science into General Education, May 1970; and, The Steady State Society, July 1971.

Frustrated by lack of support for the Center, Victor Rabinowitch, resigned as director on February 27, 1970. From March 1 to September 1, 1970 Eugene Rabinowitch was interim director of the Center. Heinz G. Pfeiffer was appointed director of the Center in April 1971, but by June 1971 he was no longer on the University payroll. The exact date that the Center ceased operations is unclear; however, this certainly happened by the time Eugene Rabinowitch left SUNYA in August 1972. The Center was finally a victim of the budget cuts and retrenchment which SUNYA underwent in the early 1970s.

The Center for the Study of Science and Society, 1966-1972, files contain the papers of Eugene Rabinowitch, Victor Rabinowitch, and Eugene H. McLaren. The files consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence, memoranda, reports, budgets, and financial statements, grant proposals, conference programs and papers, participant lists, resumes, press releases, reprints, pamphlets, leaflets, and clippings.

The files detail the history, structure, and activities of the Center. There are files relating to grants, which funded the Center. There are also files detailing the Center's relationship with other offices and departments on the SUNYA campus, as well as with SUNY Central Administration and the New York legislature. Several files detail the conferences and symposia sponsored by the Center. In addition, there are files containing materials from or about similar public policy programs at other institutions.

The files are arranged alphabetically by name of individual, name of organization, or subject. A general file for each letter of the alphabet precedes files for the same letter of the alphabet (ie.: "A" precedes "Advisory Committee"). Material within the files is arranged chronologically by year, month, and day. Partially dated material is placed at the end of the month or year; undated items are placed after dated materials. Enclosures are placed after their letter of transmittal.

All items in this collection were transferred to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives.

Processed by: unprocessed in 2016.

Collection record created by: Gregory Wiedeman

Published: 2016 April 22

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Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Center for the Study of Science and Society Records, 1967-1972. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Center for the Study of Science and Society Records).

Contents of Collection

BoxFolderContentsDate

nam_ua440.013-1

11A1967 December-1971 March

nam_ua440.013-2

12Ad Hoc Planning Committee1967 June-1967 November, undated

nam_ua440.013-3

13Advisory Committee, Correspondence1968 January-1970 December, undated

nam_ua440.013-4

14Advisory Committee, Members' VitaeUndated

nam_ua440.013-5

15Annual Report1969/1970, 1970 January-1970 February, undated

nam_ua440.013-6

16Anthropology Department1970 January-1970 February

nam_ua440.013-7

17B1967 April-1971 April, undated

nam_ua440.013-8

18Blum, Harold1968 March-1970 January, undated

nam_ua440.013-9

19Brim Report1969 August-1969 October

nam_ua440.013-10

110Budget and Finance1967 April-1971 May, undated

nam_ua440.013-11

111Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists1969 April-1971 March

nam_ua440.013-12

112Business, School of1970 July

nam_ua440.013-13

113C1968 February-1971 May, undated

nam_ua440.013-14

114Case Western Reserve University, Science, Technology and Public Policy ProgramUndated

nam_ua440.013-15

115Center for Government Policy Analysis1970 October, undated

nam_ua440.013-16

116Center for International Programs and Services1967 October-1968 November

nam_ua440.013-17

117Center for International Programs and Services1969 January-1971 March

nam_ua440.013-18

118Comparative Development Studies Center1969 March-1970 July, undated

nam_ua440.013-19

119Cornell University, Science, Technology and Society Progra, Aug 1969 - July 19701969 August-1970 July

nam_ua440.013-20

120Criminal Justice, School of1968 January-1968 April

nam_ua440.013-21

121D1966 October-1971 February

nam_ua440.013-22

122Development of Science and Technology Seminar1969 February-1969 November

nam_ua440.013-23

123Director, Search for1970 February-1970 November

nam_ua440.013-24

124E1969 April-1971 May

nam_ua440.013-25

125Eastern Regional Conference on Science and Technology for Public Programs1969 February-1970 February

nam_ua440.013-26

126Economics Department1968 May-1971 August, undated

nam_ua440.013-27

127English Department1970 July

nam_ua440.013-28

128Environmental Issues1968 November-1969 February

nam_ua440.013-29

129Evolutionary Processes Conference1969 October-1970 September

nam_ua440.013-30

130F1968 October-1971 January, undated

nam_ua440.013-31

131Five Rivers Program1970 September-1970 October

nam_ua440.013-32

132Fleischmann Foundation, Correspondence1967 September-1971 February

nam_ua440.013-33

133Fleischmann Foundation, Grant, Financial Statements1968 June-1972 May

nam_ua440.013-34

134Fleischmann Foundation, Grant, Project Director's Report1968 February-1969 August

nam_ua440.013-35

135Fleischmann Foundation, Grant, Proposals1967 February-1967 September

nam_ua440.013-36

136Fleischmann Foundation, Grant, Proposals1967

nam_ua440.013-37

137Fleischmann Foundation, Grant, Proposals1970 June

nam_ua440.013-38

138G1968 April-1971 January

nam_ua440.013-39

139Graduate School of Public Affairs1968 October-1971 June

nam_ua440.013-40

140H1968 October-1970 September, undated

nam_ua440.013-41

141Hall, Warren A.1969 September-1971 December

nam_ua440.013-42

142Hirshom, Seth, "Center for the Study of Science and Society: A Case Study,"1972 February

nam_ua440.013-43

143Horn, Axel1969 March-1970 October

nam_ua440.013-44

144Hudson Institute1969 February-1970 January

nam_ua440.013-45

145Institute for International Development, State University of New York1969 January-1969 March

nam_ua440.013-46

146Institute on Man and Science1968 September-1971 March

nam_ua440.013-47

147Integration of Science Into General Education Symposium1969 July-1970 June, undated

nam_ua440.013-48

148International Center for Integrative Studies1968 February-1970 February

nam_ua440.013-49

149International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology1968 November-1970 February

nam_ua440.013-50

150J1968 April-1970 November

nam_ua440.013-51

151K1968 June-1970 February, undated

nam_ua440.013-52

152L1968 July-1970

nam_ua440.013-53

153Levey, Martin1968 November-1969 March, undated

nam_ua440.013-54

154Library Acquisitions1968 July-1971 March

nam_ua440.013-55

155M1967 September-1972 February, undated

nam_ua440.013-56

156McHale, John1967 August-1967 November

nam_ua440.013-57

157McHale, John1969 January-1969 March

nam_ua440.013-58

158McHale, John1969 March

nam_ua440.013-59

159McLaren, Eugene H1967 January-1970 February, undated

nam_ua440.013-60

160Man and Beast: Comparative Social Behavior Symposium, Smithsonian Institution1969 May

nam_ua440.013-61

21Manifesto, Mission and Management: A Position Paper1970 October

nam_ua440.013-62

22Manifesto, Mission and Management: A Position PaperUndated

nam_ua440.013-63

23Manpower Report on Sponsored Research1968 April-1968 July

nam_ua440.013-64

24Miscellaneous1966 October-1969 October, undated

nam_ua440.013-65

25N1968 April-1970 October, undated

nam_ua440.013-66

26National Academy of Sciences1969 March-1970 February

nam_ua440.013-67

27National Environmental Library1971 April

nam_ua440.013-68

28National Science Foundation, Correspondence1969 July-1970 May

nam_ua440.013-69

29National Science Foundation, Correspondence1970 June-1972 January

nam_ua440.013-70

210National Science Foundation, Grant, Financial Statements1969 September-1972 May

nam_ua440.013-71

211National Science Foundation, Grant, Project Director's Report1969 June-1969 August

nam_ua440.013-72

212National Science Foundation, Grant Proposal1969, undated

nam_ua440.013-73

213National Water Commission1969 May-1969 September

nam_ua440.013-74

214New York State Legislature1970 January-1971 February, undated

nam_ua440.013-75

215New York State Science and Technology Foundation1969 December-1970 November

nam_ua440.013-76

216New York University, Management of Science and Technology Course1967-1969 February

nam_ua440.013-77

217Nonviolent Conflict Resolution Forum1970 May-1970 December, undated

nam_ua440.013-78

218Northern Arizona Field Research Expedition1969 April-1969 July

nam_ua440.013-79

219O1969 January-1970 February

nam_ua440.013-80

220Ozarow, Vernon1968 April-1969 November, undated

nam_ua440.013-81

221P1967 November-1971 May

nam_ua440.013-82

222Personnel1968 May-1971 January

nam_ua440.013-83

223Pfeiffer, Heinz G. 1970 September-1971 April

nam_ua440.013-84

224Philosophy Department1968 June, undated

nam_ua440.013-85

225Physical Facilities, Feb 1968 - Dec 1970, nd

nam_ua440.013-86

226Prescott College, Contemporary Affairs,Center, April - May 19691969 April-1969 May

nam_ua440.013-87

227President's Office1966 March-1971 May

nam_ua440.013-88

228Program on Aging1968 December-1969 April

nam_ua440.013-89

229Proposal for Center1966, undated

nam_ua440.013-90

230Prospectus1970 June-1971 March, undated

nam_ua440.013-91

231Publicity1968 March-1970 February

nam_ua440.013-92

232Purdue University, Science and Public Policy Program1967 July-1969 May

nam_ua440.013-93

233R1967 December-1971 May, undated

nam_ua440.013-94

234Rabinowitch, Eugene1966 November-1971 December, undated

nam_ua440.013-95

235Rabinowitch, Victor1968 February-1969 January

nam_ua440.013-96

236Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute1968 December-1971 March, undated

nam_ua440.013-97

237Research Office1967 April-1971 May, Undated

nam_ua440.013-98

238Russian and Soviet Scientific Thought1968

nam_ua440.013-99

239S1968 March-1972 February

nam_ua440.013-100

240St. Andrews Presbyterian College1970 May

nam_ua440.013-101

241Science and Development Conference1969 August-1970 October

nam_ua440.013-102

242Science and Mathematics Division1968 November-1969 July

nam_ua440.013-103

243Science and Public Policies Study Group, Correspondence1967 May-1971 January

nam_ua440.013-104

244Science and Public Policies Study Group, Newsletter1969 November-1971 March

nam_ua440.013-105

245The Scientific Revolution and Man's Situation, Course1968 June-1969 June, undated

nam_ua440.013-106

246The Scientific Revolution: Its Impact on Man and Society - Correspondence, Sept 1966 - 19671966 September-1967

nam_ua440.013-107

247The Scientific Revolution: Its Impact on Man and Society - Correspondence1968 January-1968 February

nam_ua440.013-108

248The Scientific Revolution: Its Impact on Man and Society - Correspondence1968 March-1969 January, undated

nam_ua440.013-109

249The Scientific Revolution: Its Impact on Man and Society - Financial Matters1968 March-1968 June, undated

nam_ua440.013-110

250The Scientific Revolution: Its Impact on Man and Society - Miscellaneous1967-1968, undated

nam_ua440.013-111

31Report of Conference1968 March-1968 April

nam_ua440.013-112

32Seminar on Change, Proposal by James W. Corbett1969 September, undated

nam_ua440.013-113

33Sloan Foundation1969 October-1969 December

nam_ua440.013-114

34Social Invention Conference, SUNY Binghamton1969 February-1969 May

nam_ua440.013-115

35Stanford University, Political and Social Issues Workshop1969

nam_ua440.013-116

36State University of New York, Central Administration1967 January-1971 May, undated

nam_ua440.013-117

37The Steady State Society Summer Institute - Correspondence1970 October-1971 August

nam_ua440.013-118

38The Steady State Society Summer Institute - Miscellaneous1966 February-1971 July, undated

nam_ua440.013-119

39The Steady State Society Summer Institute - Proposal1971 February-1971 March, undated

nam_ua440.013-120

310The Steady State Society Summer Institute - Readings1971 July

nam_ua440.013-121

311T1969 May-1970 September

nam_ua440.013-122

312Territory of Man1968 October-1968 December

nam_ua440.013-123

313Trends in Science Policy Seminar, Battelle Seattle Research Center1969 March-1969 April

nam_ua440.013-124

314U1968 January-1972 June

nam_ua440.013-125

315Unified Science Course1967 February

nam_ua440.013-126

316University of California, Davis, Political Science Department1968 January

nam_ua440.013-127

317University of Michigan1967 June-1969 September

nam_ua440.013-128

318University of Virginia, Center for the Study of Science, Technology and Public Policy1968 August-1970 June

nam_ua440.013-129

319V1968 December-1969 November

nam_ua440.013-130

320W1968 October-1971 October

nam_ua440.013-131

321Washington University, International Development and Technology Center1968 July

nam_ua440.013-132

322Working Group on Science and Public PolicyUndated

nam_ua440.013-133

323Z1968 October-1971 April