Toolbox Workshops at Tri-State EPSCoR meeting in New Mexico

January 19, 2015 at 9:20 pm

The Toolbox Project conducted two successful workshops as part of the Winter Tri-State Meeting of the Western Consortium for Watershed Analysis, Visualization and Exploration (WC-WAVE) in Albuquerque, New Mexico on 13 January 2015. Two Toolbox representatives, Sanford Eigenbrode (Idaho) and Michael O’Rourke (Michigan State), facilitated separate workshops, assisted by WC-WAVE personnel. Thirty WC-WAVE project members participated in the workshops, which ranged over issues related to modeling, uncertainty, the value of basic research, and objectivity. WC-WAVE is part of the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Track 2 Research Infrastructure Improvement Program. WC-WAVE goal is to “enable integration of creative observation and analytical strategies using advanced modeling approaches and CI in a virtual watershed platform” (

O’Rourke at the APA

December 12, 2014 at 4:32 am

MO113_editedProf. Michal O’Rourke will be speaking at this year’s American Philosophical Association’s Eastern Division Conference in Philadelphia. He’ll be speaking on “Prepositional Attitudes and Socially Relevant Philosophy” during the Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE) session.

If you’re at the conference, be sure to come by. It should be an exciting talk and session.

New Post-Doc: Brian Robinson

August 10, 2014 at 9:15 pm

We are happy to welcome Brian Robinsonbrian_robinson to the Toolbox Project as our new postdoctoral researcher. He will be joining Michael O’Rourke at Michigan State. He completed his PhD in 2011 at the City University of New York. He’s coming to us from grand Valley State University, where he has been a visiting professor for the last three years. We are excited about the contributions he will make to the project.

Departing Post-Doc: Chad Gonnerman

July 3, 2014 at 4:26 am

cgonnermanWe are happy to announce that our Chad Gonnerman (who has been a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Michigan State working on the Toolbox) will be moving on to greener pastures. He has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern Indiana.

We are thankful that though he’s leaving Michigan State, he is not leaving the Toolbox Project. He plans to continue all the terrific research he started this past year.

New Website

May 1, 2014 at 4:23 am

We are excited to unveil our new website here at We’re still migrating some material from our old site, so please be patient as this site gets up and running. We’ll be adding content regularly.

Toolbox @ the Workshop on Integration in Biology and Biomedicine

May 4, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Crowley and O’Rourke represented the Toolbox Project at the Workshop on Integration in Biology and Biomedicine at the University of Sydney. Their presentation was on “Using Philosophy of Science in Interventions to Facilitate Disciplinary Integration“.

Toolbox @ University of Sydney

April 30, 2012 at 1:51 am

Today, Crowley and O’Rourke presented their work on “Cross-Disciplinary Research and the Epistemology of Disagreement” to the Philosophy Department of the University of Sydney.