SFIS Alumni Brown Bag

When we asked the SFIS alumni/ae community what you missed most about your time as a student, by far the most common answer was “engaging in meaningful discussion” on topics and research core to SFIS. No matter where you are on the globe, we miss your contributions to our discussions too! This spring we are excited to invite you to take part in our first Alumni Digital Journal Club series. This is a casual and fun (mostly) monthly digital hangout with fellow alumni/ae to discuss an article, book chapter, or short book written by SFIS faculty, facilitated by the author. Our hope is this new program will give you an opportunity to keep abreast of new knowledge, contribute your insights to the school’s on-going research, and engage in thoughtful conversations with your peers.

How it Works: For the initial launch of the program, Journal Club meetings are hosted on Google Hangout, you will need a Gmail account to register and participate. 
One week before the Journal Club meeting, a PDF of the reading, discussion questions and detailed instructions for joining the online session will be emailed to you. 
This is a new program and we welcome all feedback on how we can improve this experience for you or suggestions for future topics you would like included.  Please send all comments and questions to Rebecca Pringle.

SFIS Alumni Digital Journal Club
Spring 2018 Schedule


Rethinking Infrastructure: Resilience in an Era of Unprecedented Weather Events
Date: Friday, February 16, 2018
Time: 10:00AM – 11:00 AM (MST)
Facilitator: Assistant Professor Thaddeus Miller
Description: A more integrated and systemic approach is needed to ensure the nation’s resilience in the face of a changing climate.
Miller, T.R., Chester, M., & Muñoz-Erickson, T.A. (Winter 2018). Rethinking Infrastructure: Resilience in an Era of Unprecedented Weather Events. Issues in Science and Technology, 46-58.

What can we learn about vacuum cleaners from vampires?

Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (MST)
Facilitator: Associate Professor Jameson Wetmore
Description: It is a common trope in horror stories that a vampire cannot simply walk into your house. However, if you invite a vampire into your home, that vampire has free rein to come and go as he or she pleases. Similarly, the U.S. legal system guarantees an expectation of basic privacy. However if we choose to invite others into our home, we give up that right to privacy. Join us as we explore what it means to let a smart vacuum roam free in your home.

RESCHEDULED: The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science

Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Time: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM (AZ Time)
Facilitator: Professor of Practice Darlene Cavalier
Description: This volume in The Rightful Place of Science series explores citizen science, the movement to reshape the relationship between science and the public. By not only participating in scientific projects but actively helping to decide what research questions are asked and how that research is conducted, ordinary citizens are transforming how science benefits society.

Through vivid chapters that describe the history and theory of citizen science, detailed examples of brilliant citizen science projects, and a look at the movement's future, The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science is the ideal guide for anyone interested in one of the most important trends in scientific practice.

Cavalier, D., and Kennedy, E.B., eds. 2016. The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science. Tempe, AZ: Consortium for Science, Policy &Outcomes.

Black Female Pilot Communicative Experiences: Applications and Extensions of Co-Cultural Theory

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (AZ Time)
Facilitator: Michael Zirulink
Description: The study investigates the way in which Black female pilots experience and manage their elite status as airline transport pilots (ATPs) and as co-cultural group members. Accordingly, Orbe's co-cultural theory is used as a frame to understand how women of color negotiate workplaces where White male cultural norms are omnipresent.

The Moviegoer’s Guide to the Future

Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (AZ Time)
Facilitator: Professor Andrew Maynard
Description:  PDF iconThis draft chapter is part of an in-progress book that explores the relationships between emerging technologies and society through twelve movies. Following the previous chapter based around Jurassic Park, this chapter explores the ethics of technologies that claim to pre-empt behavior; especially criminal behavior. This is a movie that is rich with themes and sub themes that touch on the social and ethical aspects of how we develop and use technologies, and while the central technology in it is fantastical, it nevertheless provides a powerful analogy for technologies we are currently playing with. The reading uses a mix of anecdotes, personal reflections and emerging science and technology, to explore the ethics around behavior prediction.