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[2011/11/16] University Faculty Wins 4S Award

University Faculty Wins 4S Award

[100/11/16]

University Faculty Wins 4S Award

We are pleased to announce that Wen-Hua Kuo, Associate Professor of the Institute of Science, Technology and Society, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, was awarded the David Edge Prize of the best article in the area of science and technology studies. It was announced at the annual meeting of Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), the most important professional organization of the field, held in Cleveland from November 2 to 6, 2011.

Named in memory of Dr. David Edge (1932-2003), the co-founder and long-term editor of Social Studies of Science and the former president of the 4S, this prize is created to continue his unfailing enthusiasm and encouragement with researchers in the field.

Professor Kuo's article "The Voice on the Bridge: Taiwan's Regulatory Engagement with Global Pharmaceuticals", published in East Asian Science, Technology and Society: an International Journal, addresses the conceptual gap between the illusion of a unified world and the reality of persistently divided nation-states. Through delicate analyses on the clinical trial schemes concerning ethnic differences, this paper explores not only the complexity of interactions in the technical field of regulatory science, but also argues that looking at such entanglements of science and society makes it possible to move beyond simple interpretations of globalization. In the history of 4S, it is the first prize-winning article that makes Taiwan its main theme.

Holding a joint appointment with the Institute of Public Health, Professor Kuo's research interests have been revolving around how Asian states are engaging and transforming medical biotechnology and pharmaceutical enterprises in a transnational context. This paper belongs to his long-term project on the harmonization of clinical trial regulations in East Asia, which has been supported by the University and National Science Council.

We congratulate Professor Kuo on this honor.

Dr.  Kuo was awarded the David Edge Prize.

Dr. Kuo was awarded the David Edge Prize.


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