Who We Are

The Bubble Chamber was founded by the University of Toronto’s Science Policy Working Group. We are a group of history and philosophy of science graduate students who have been discussing ways to connect our work more directly to the public sphere.


Anthony J. GavinAnthony J. Gavin

M.A. in Philosophy at Concordia University
Research in Philosophy of Science, Epistemology, Social Justice, Metaphysics, and everything in between. Blog @ http://waysofworldmaking.com

Eleanor LousonEleanor Louson

Eleanor Louson is a PhD student in the Science and Technology Studies program at York University. She has degrees in biochemistry and philosophy from Bishop's University and a MA from the IHPST. She now works in the philosophy and history of biology, with a focus on wildlife films and the representation of animal behaviour.

Mike ThickeMike Thicke

Mike is a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Toronto's IHPST. His research concentrates on social epistemology, the use of economics in philosophy of science, and philosophy of economics. Mike's personal website is www.mikethicke.com.


Greg LuskGreg Lusk

Greg Lusk is a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto. His research is in the philosophy of science with special interests in climate change, computer simulation, and the use of evidence in scientific argumentation. You can follow him on twitter: @WxPhilosopher

Boaz MillerBoaz Miller

Boaz Miller is a postdoctoral fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Tel Aviv University. He has a PhD and MA from the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST) at the University of Toronto. His areas of specialization are philosophy of science and social epistemology. He works in the intersection of philosophy of science, analytic epistemology and science and technology studies. He studies scientific expertise, the relations between knowledge and consensus, and the relations between social values and evidence.
He has a BSc in computer science and "Amirim" Interdisciplinary Honors Program from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Curtis ForbesCurtis Forbes

Curtis actively works on a variety of topics in the philosophy of science. Three of his main interests are the ethics of scientific research, the nature of scientific representation, and the role of science and values in public policy-making.

Michael CournoyeaMichael Cournoyea

Michael Cournoyea is a doctoral student at the IHPST at the University of Toronto. He received his BSc at McGill University in Biology and Philosophy and has worked at the intersection of these disciplines for the last five years. He currently works as a don at Victoria College and is active in student life on campus. His work examines the pluralism and politics of causal explanations in medicine -- whether biomedical, evolutionary, phenomenological, or sociological. The implications of his work are pragmatic, engaging issues in racialized medicine, the sovereignty of patient health, and how we should live the healthy life.

Dave SmillieDave Smillie

A former scientist and journalist, Dave is for some reason interested in the communication of science to mass audiences.

Simon HayhoeSimon Hayhoe

Simon Hayhoe is a visiting academic in the Centre for the Philosophy of Natural & Social Science, London School of Economics and Political Science, an honourary schoolteacher study visitor at Pembroke College, Cambridge University and the head of ICT at Leicester Grammar School. He is the recipient of an All Disciplines Scholars’ Award from the Fulbright Commission to conduct research as a visiting fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and has been elected to a Fellowship of the British Computer Society.

Jonathan TurnerJonathan Turner

Jonathan is a PhD candidate at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto. He is writing a history of defence research in Canada from 1947 to 1974, which covers the story of the Defence Research Board. He blogs regularly at boffinsandcoldwarriors.blogspot.com/

Rebecca MooreRebecca Moore

Rebecca Moore is a fourth year Ph.D. student at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IHPST) at the University of Toronto. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph in history and microbiology and her MA at the University of Toronto in the history and philosophy of science. After working as the coordinator of a science communications program at the University of Guelph, Rebecca returned to the IHPST to complete her Ph.D. Rebecca is currently using the tools of the history and philosophy of science to look at the contemporary issue of genetically modified (GM) crops. She is especially interested in the intellectual property structures that allow for the patenting of GM crops and the popular understanding of the gene and its influence on the patenting process.

Julia BurstenJulia Bursten

Graduate student at University of Pittsburgh History and Philosophy of Science Department, specializing in history and philosophy of chemistry, with sides of quantum mechanics, Leibniz, and analytic philosophy. Lover of chemical bonds and pedagogy. Equestrian. Fan of hula hoops and outdoor adventures.

Matthew WallaceMatthew Wallace

I am a Senior Science Policy Analyst at Environment Canada (profile at http://tinyurl.com/33aj5xd), concurrently working on a Ph.D in History at Université du Québec à Montréal, within the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie. I'm interested in the history of meteorology and climate science in Canada since 1950. My previous studies have been in Physics (M.Sc, University of Ottawa) and Science and Technology Studies (M.A., Université de Strasbourg). I'm also interested in various aspects of scientometrics.

Cory LewisCory Lewis

Cory Lewis is a PhD candidate at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto. He works primarily on the philosophy of scientific explanation, trying to puzzle out the relationships between complexity, emergence and our explanatory projects.

Mike StuartMike Stuart

Postdoc at the Center for Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh.

Allan OlleyAllan Olley

Allan Olley is a historian of technology and computation based in Toronto Ontario Canada.