Heidi Grasswick: NSF Grant to Explore Trust in Science

Heidi Grasswick (Philosophy) has been awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation to fund a project titled Trusting Knowledge: Agency, Dependence, and Responsible Knowing in a Scientific World. Starting from the premise that knowing agents’ social locations shape their possibilities for knowledge, it will develop a model that explores the need for, and limits of, trust in science. The project will provide support for her 2012-13 leave and for two undergraduate research assistants and will culminate in an eight-chapter monograph on the trust and trustworthiness required for scientific institutions and laypersons to engage in sound and effective knowing.