SFIS Newsletter – April 2020

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At a time of social distancing, ASU continues to promote social embeddedness — virtually

For the first time, Arizona State University’s Social Embeddedness Network Conference was hosted virtually, via Zoom on March 24, due to social distancing recommendations because of the COVID-19 pandemic. SFIS Associate Research Professor Rae Ostman and Postdoc Research Associate Nicolas Weller spoke about how social embeddedness can have a positive impact and empower museum professionals to make sustainable changes

Kiki Jenkins speaks with a student

Engendering equality in research

Despite making up half the population, women aren’t considered “typical” subjects in many facets of research. SFIS Associate Professor Kiki Jenkins discusses how the systems in and around scientific research facilitate the underrepresentation of women, particularly in STEM, and how her personal experiences have fueled her passion for being an advocate for young girls and people of color in science. 

Researchers in a lab setting

Pandemic science and politics

Professor and CSPO Co-Director Daniel Sarewitz explores the relationship between science and politics, and how the coronavirus offers a clear lesson about the appropriate role of science in helping guide us toward a better future.

Sacks of varied dried beans

Emerge 2020 will offer a menu of sensory experiences

What does it mean to eat in a world of increasing environmental extremes? The Arizona State University community will explore this question and other mind-bending scenarios at Emerge 2020: Eating at the Edges. The 10th annual Emerge event will be an immersive experience that will transform the Mesa Arts Center from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 21. The event is free and open to the public, and it will include hands-on activities, performances, workshops, exhibits, experiments and interactive experiences. 

Editor’s Note: In light of the current public health emergency, the March 21 Emerge 2020 event has been postponed until further notice. A new date and time have not been set, but we will keep you updated as we learn more.


PhD Student Gabrielle Lout presents research

SFIS Doctoral Student recognized at Graduate College’s Knowledge Mobilization Awards

Gabrielle Lout won in the “Doctoral: Research in Progress” group for her project “Swimming Towards Sustainability: Integrating Social Responsibility into Guyana’s Green Economy.”  

Andrew Maynard speaking at conference

Maynard delivers keynote

SFIS Professor Andrew Maynard gave a keynote at the KEEN National Conference to address how students want to make the world a better place. 

Largest NSF-GRFP advising program in academia

NSF Graduate Research Fellow J.P. Nelson has been named an advisor on ASU’s new university-wide NSF-GRFP advising initiative, the largest in academia. SFIS Associate Professor Kiki Jenkins spoke about the importance of the new program, and how it will give ASU students intensive one-on-one advising.


Lauren Withycombe Keeler, Michael Bernstein, Andrew Dana Hudson
The Future of Ageing in Smart Environments: Scenarios of 2050
March 3, 2020

 Thad Miller (co-author)
Governing urban resilience: Organisational structures and coordination strategies in 20 North American city governments
SAGE Journals
March 13, 2020 

Jesse Senko and Kiki Jenkins
Do Sea Turtles See the Light? Developing Solar-Powered Illuminated Nets to Reduce Sea Turtle Bycatch
SWOT: The State of the World’s Sea Turtles
March 17, 2020 

Walter Valdiva
Bolivia’s Electoral Fraud Reckoning
Project Syndicate
March 17, 2020

Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty
The Ethical Dark Side of the New Space Age
March 25, 2020

Christy Spackman
How to Measure Smell
Queen’s Quarterly

Gregg Zachary
The Technology Treadmill
Stanford Social Innovation Review

Netra Chhetri
An institutional analysis of glacial floods and disaster risk management in the Nepal Himalaya
International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 

In the Media

Katina Michael 
My GPS Made Me Do It
Zombified Podcast
March 3, 2020

Clark Miller 
This is Democracy: Energy Transitions
This is Democracy Podcast 
March 6, 2020

Anna Muldoon and Andrew Maynard
Novel Coronavirus: A Guide for Students on Staying Healthy, Safe & Sane
Risk Bites
March 10, 2020

Anna Muldoon
Love — and sex — in the time of coronavirus
March 11, 2020  

Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty
Are We Ready For Mediation In Outer Space Disputes?
Space in Africa
March 17, 2020

Andrew Maynard
Building The Future
Through Conversations Podcast
March 18, 2020

Christy Spackman
Food, a Basic Pleasure, Is Suddenly Fraught
The New York Times
March 19, 2020

David Guston
After Shock
Ian Khan Show
March 20, 2020

Andrew Maynard
Precautionary Behavior Around Coronavirus Aligns With Perceived Risk
March 21, 2020

Michael Bernstein
A Short Guide to Self-Care and Social Distancing
Risk Bites
March 23, 2020

Andrew Maynard
Nano Robots Aren’t Trying to Kill You
Alienating the Audience podcast 

Brian David Johnson
Q&A: Arizona futurist says prepare for a new normal after coronavirus pandemic
March 30, 2020