SFIS Newsletter – March 2020

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A group of CSPO members around a table

CSPO named one of world’s top 10 think tanks for science and tech policy for sixth straight year

Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO), a research unit of the Institute for the Future of Innovation in Society, has for a sixth consecutive year been named one of the top 10 think tanks for science and technology policy in the University of Pennsylvania’s 2019 “Global Go-To Think Tank Index.”

 SFIS and the Center for Science and the Imagination hosted the second event of the 2020: A year of Foresight and Anticipation series

Expert offers 21st-century statement on the future of African diaspora

On February 5, SFIS and the Center for Science and the Imagination hosted the second event of the 2020: A year of Foresight and Anticipation series,  welcoming author, editor and FIYAH literary magazine co-founder Troy L. Wiggins to ASU’s Tempe campus to discuss the power and potential of black speculative fiction and the popularity of the genre since the release of the two films, Black Panther and Get Out. 

{ Yves Mathieu, co-director of Missions Publiques in France, was keynoted the event organized by CSPO in Washington DC.. Mathieu co-organized both  ]

France’s yellow vest movement: A democratic experiment worth repeating?

How can the Grand Debates and the Citizen Assembly on Climate, the two most recent French experiments in citizen policymaking, be a model for other Western democracies seeking to engage citizens in the political process beyond regular avenues, like voting. 

SFIS Professors,  ASU’s Decision Theater and the American Academy of Diplomacy have joined forces

‘Choose your own adventure’ approach trains new ambassadors for tricky decisions

Most ambassador training focuses on how to handle a situation after it becomes a crisis, not before. SFIS Professors,  ASU’s Decision Theater and the American Academy of Diplomacy have joined forces to better equip our country’s foreign service leaders.


Professors talking at a panel

Mapping the landscape of citizen science

Science has moved beyond the lab. Researchers are using non-scientists more and more to help conduct their research and expand their reach. Every day people are contributing their data, helping researchers learn more about a topic and get comprehensive results But what does “citizen science” mean and how can it support science learning and education? Professors Darlene Cavalier and Lekelia “Kiki” Jenkins, were members of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning, which authored a new report to examine the available information on citizen science projects and, through peer-reviewed evidence, clearly identify trends, weaknesses, and opportunities for growth.

Faheem Piece talking at a panel

Our Digital Afterlife

It’s a problem unique to the 21st century: what happens to your digital self after you die? Social media pages and accounts often turn into memorials when someone dies, giving people a chance to still feel connected to those they’ve lost. But after we’re gone, who owns the information on our pages? Who can access them? Faheem Hussain, a clinical assistant professor explored this topic in his discussion at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).



ASU featured at National Science Foundation 70th anniversary symposium

SFIS Professor of Practice Gregg Zachary was invited to give the opening speech at the NSF will host its 70th-anniversary symposium, a celebration of its past accomplishments and future endeavors. Zachary is the author of “Endless Frontier: Vannevar Bush, Engineer of the American Century,” and spoke about Bush’s enduring legacy.  Watch the streamed recording of his address

Mahmud  Bush talk

CSPO’s Associate Director Mahmud Farooque participated in a panel “Science Engagement with the Public” at the National Academies symposium  “The Endless Frontier: The Next 75 Years in Science.” Farooque spoke at the panel that included Cristin Dorgelo, President and CEO of ASTC, Sheila Jasanoff from Harvard University, Elizabeth Christopherson, President and CEO of the Rita Allen Foundation and actor Alan Alda.  

Lauren SRP

SFIS Assistant Professor Lauren Keeler facilitated a day-long workshop to establish a strategic partnership between ASU and SRP to navigate the coming energy transition.

SFIS Doctoral Students Yiamar Rivera-Matos and Angel Echevarria pose in front of the NREL sign in Golden, Colorado.

SFIS Processors, students and staff from the Center for Science and the Imagination hosted the second Weight of Light workshop at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) on the topic of the future of solar-powered cities.

Nalini Delhi Conference

Nalini Chhetri, associate director for international initiatives, and clinical associate professor headlined the International Conference on Sustainable Cities and Communities in India. The conference in Delhi was jointly organized between ASU and GD Goenka University also featured  Professor Gary Dirks, and Anne Reichman, Director of Sustainable Cities from the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. 


March 5 – Everything You Know about Shark Conservation Is Wrong (in DC)

March 19 – Sun Devil Giving Day  

March 21 – Emerge 2020: Eating at the Edges


Nalini Chhetri, Muriel Adams (co-authors)
“Barriers to Sustainability in Poor Marginalized Communities in the United States: The Criminal Justice, the Prison-Industrial Complex and Foster Care Systems.”
Sustainability 12(1), 220
Dec. 26, 2019

Michael M. Crow, William B. Dabars, and Derrick M. Anderson.
“Building a Research University Where All People Matter.”
Democracy Unchained: How to Rebuild Government for the People.

Erik Fisher (co-author)
“Digging Deeper into Precision/Personalized Medicine: Cracking the Sugar Code, the Third Alphabet of Life, and Sociomateriality of the Cell”
OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology
Feb. 14, 2020

Marta Berbes
“The co-production of sustainable future scenarios.”
Landscape and Urban Planning
May 2020

Andrew Maynard (co-author)
“State of knowledge on the occupational exposure to carbon nanotube.”
International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health 225: 113472. (2020).
April 2020

In the Media

Gregg Zachary
The Ethics of Dissent in the Workplace
IEEE Spectrum
Jan. 31, 2020

Ed Finn
Suggestions, subscriptions and no sense of community: Streaming is changing the way we watch TV
Jan. 31, 2020

Stacy Dreyer
Social Science for Salish Sea
Feb. 4, 2020

Jane Flegal
Scientists push back against “Trillion Trees” initiatives
Feb. 14, 2020

Researchers Debate Whether Global Emissions Have Peaked
Yahoo! Finance – Bloomberg
Feb. 17, 2020

Faheem Hussain
Tech after death: Researchers work on new ways to handle your remains, in the flesh and online
Feb. 16, 2020

What happens to our online lives after we die?
Science Magazine
Feb. 16, 2020

Unwanted life after death: Experts warn personal data from fashionable genetic testing kits and social media accounts may be hijacked after a customer dies
Daily Mail
Feb. 17, 2020

Our Digital Afterlife
Feb. 21, 2020

What happens when you die (to your social media)?
Big Think
Feb. 19, 2020

Jamie Winterton
Microsoft hopes its technology will help Americans trust voting again
Feb. 24, 2020

The Cybersecurity 202: Americans should not be confident about security of 2020 election, experts say
Washington Post
Feb. 24, 2020