Sam Murison, Medicine Science and Society student at SSHM, has begun work as a Research Assistant on two projects at the University of Cambridge, which continue until September 2016. One project, ‘A Science of Human Nature?’, is about uncovering philosophical foundations and reconciling disputes at the interface of natural and social science. This project is based in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) and is funded by the European Research Council.
The other project, ‘HSS-Bio’, aims to establish a network of researchers in Cambridge who have shared interests in humanities and social science research that is related to biomedical sciences and medicine. This project is a collaboration between the Faculty of Law and HPS, and is enabled by a Research Collaboration Network grant.
More information can be found here: http://www.humannature.hps.cam.ac.uk/
The Department of Social Science Health & Medicine congratulates Sam on his achievement.
Before joining the teams at Cambridge, Sam worked as a Research Assistant at the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) at University College London, where he analysed how “impact” on parliament was defined in case studies from the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF). The “translational” dimensions of this project were particularly relevant to the “Connecting Medicine, Science & Society” module taught by Dr Claire Marris, which explores different conceptual approaches to the relationship between medicine, science and society.
As part of the curricular activities of the MSc in Medicine Science & Society Sam chose the Internship module, which he completed at the Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology (POST). At POST he advised on futures and trends for topics such as novel psychoactive substances (legal highs) and income and retirement.
Before joining SSHM as a Master’s student in Medicine Science & Society, Sam studied Anthropology and Philosophy at the University of Adelaide, where he graduated with an average grade of High Distinction. Some prizes Sam has been awarded are the Jefferis Memorial Medal for distinction in philosophy, the Professor Sir William Mitchell Essay Prize, the Rotary Club Carpe Diem Trust, and the Medicine, Science & Society 2014/15 bursary.