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Morrisville State College to host symposium on alternative futures in transportation

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The relationships between society, technology and transportation will be the focus of Morrisville State College’s sixth annual Science Technology and Society Symposium, “Alternative Futures: Transportation,” taking place Thursday, April 19.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will focus on how transportation intersects many parts of human life, from specific mobilities, to settlement patterns, to distribution of consumer goods, and how transportation systems reflect the challenges society faces. Topics will include urban mass transit systems, walkable communities, and other transportation issues including those surrounding race, class, gender, disabilities, and health and identity.

The event will begin with breakout sessions, from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., and 1-2 p.m. in Crawford Hall focusing on automobile, bicycle and mass transit and will also feature academic experts, practical experts, and community business owners. An “explorations” exhibit will be held from 2-4 p.m. in the John W. Stewart Center for Student Activities (STUAC), followed by a panel discussion, “Transportation Matters,” from 4-5:30 p.m. in the STUAC Little Theatre.

The symposium, hosted by Morrisville State College’s science, technology and society B.S. degree program, is funded by the Sheila Johnson Institute.

For more information, or a complete agenda, visit www.morrisville.edu/sts.

Morrisville State College’s science, technology and society (STS) bachelor degree program offers a science degree that reflects not only the importance of substantive technical and scientific knowledge, but also seeks to understand it in the larger perspective of society.

Two concentrations are offered: renewable resources technology and information technology. Each track provides students with a base of technical knowledge within their concentration and connects it to historical, sociological, and philosophical perspectives on science and technology.

Morrisville State College sets the world in motion for students. Curriculums are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology. Lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs, the college was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Community Service Honor Roll. Visit www.morrisville.edu to experience, Morrisville in motion.