Students converged on three themes when thinking of society’s misuse of science: 1) there is something wrong with the way science is communicated between science and non-science groups; 2) misusing science for private benefit is not right, and 3) it is important for people to comprehend sustainability along different scales of understanding and action. I hold a tremendous amount of gratitude and appreciation for your time and expertise.This thesis concludes that although to some extent students were familiar with moral features that stem from society’s misuse of science, they did not attribute their learning of those features from any of their required coursework within their programs of study. I also want to recognize the time and effort that my colleague, Tallie Segel, dedicated in helping me collect and analyze data.Your help allowed me to pull everything together in a short period of time while you were also completing a thesis.I would not have been able to complete this masters program if it were not for the support of the Sustainable Communities Graduate Assistantship and Department of Biology Teacher Assistantship. Luis Fernandez, Ginger Christenson, Lara Dickson, Dr. Michael Minicozzi for allowing me the opportunities that you have. I especially want to acknowledge the care and comfort from my mom and sister that helped me get through some very tough times in the years it took me to complete this work. For my colleagues, friends, and special someones, you offered me something that no amount of success through my work can offer, love.
In hindsight it seemed so innocent then that science could provide us with so many answers to so many questions we asked of the universe.
During my time as a graduate student, I became more aware that the uses of science were not as idealistic as I had once thought.
I began more deeply recognizing that the world I live in is a technologically-advanced, yet increasingly destructive, global consumerist society (Bowers, 2001; Greenwood, 2010; Illich, 1971; Orr, 2004; Polanyi, 1944).
Throughout my coursework and moments of deeply reflective discussion within my Sustainable Communities masters program, I began to realize that the education I received as an undergraduate rarely involved conversations centered around the moral dimensions of science.
When I mention the moral dimensions of science I am referring to the acknowledgement that science is not a benign field of altruistic intentions as I once believed as a kid.