SFIS Newsletter – May 2020

Return to the Newsletter Archive

Student in zoom meeting

Spring commencement

Due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus and the public health recommendations that come with it, Arizona State University’s 2020 Spring commencement will move to a virtual, online ceremony. In addition to hearing from SFIS leadership and program chairs, graduates Rebecca Monteleone and Brooke Nelson will be sharing their insights regarding their time at SFIS as graduate and undergraduate students. The SFIS virtual convocation will take place May 11 at 9 a.m. AZ time. Watch the premiere live on our YouTube Channel. Subscribe to get a reminder about the premiere.

image of someone thinking about covid

How to thrive in self-quarantine

In one month, SFIS Assistant Research Professor Michael Bernstein went from a trip spanning the globe, to a self-imposed quarantine in his one-bedroom apartment in downtown Phoenix. He shared his tips to stay sane while social distancing and created a self-care guide based on his experiences.


Assistant Professor Lindsay Smith

Exploring the innovative and ethical uses of technology in the borderlands

Assistant Professor Lindsay Smith earned the NSF CAREER award to research the innovative and ethical uses of technology at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Diagram of aging

Examining our relationship with technology as we age

How will we interact with technology in 2050?  A new report from SFIS Assistant Professor Lauren Withycombe Keeler and Assistant Research Professor Michael Bernstein looks at the future of aging in smart environments, the different scenarios we could see in 30 years and what we can learn from them now.  


MSTP Alumna Elma Hajric

 MSTP Alumna Elma Hajric has been chosen for the National Science Foundation Research Traineeship project Citizen-Centered Smart Cities and Smart Living

HSD PhD student Rajiv Ghimire

HSD PhD student Rajiv Ghimire was interviewed as part of a University Technology Office series on remote resilience, “Virtual Poster Contest Sparks Award Opportunities for Social Science Researchers.”


May 11 – ASU Spring Commencement


Netra Chhetri
Leveraging Current Knowledge and Exploring Future Potential of Biochar
International Journal of Environmental Sciences & Natural Resources
March 18, 2020

Gregg Zachary
What the Right To Repair Movement Gets Wrong
IEEE Spectrum
March 26, 2020

Andrew Maynard
How do Face Masks and Respirators Work?
Risk Bites
March 29, 2020

Darshan Karwat
How to Practice Activist Engineering
IEEE Spectrum
April 3, 2020

Rajiv Ghimire, Netra Chhetri
Critical Geographies of Imagination and Environmental Governance
American Association of Geographers
April 7, 2020

Thad Miller
What COVID-19 Has Taught Us About Our Infrastructure
April 14, 2020

Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty
Vancouver Recommendations on Space Mining
Outer Space Institute
April 20, 2020

Heather Ross, Anna Muldoon
Scenarios and Projections for COVID-19 in Arizona
Arizona Department of Health Services
April 22, 2020

Clark Miller
What’s up on Earth Day in Busytown?
Medium Edge of Innovation
April 22, 2020

Andrew Maynard
Please don’t inject disinfectant to treat coronavirus!
Risk Bites
April 23, 2020

Clark Miller, Jennifer Richter, Mary Jane Marta Berbés-Blázquez
Integrating existing climate adaptation planning into future visions: A strategic scenario for the central Arizona–Phoenix region
Landscape and Urban Planning

Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty
The Lunar Development Cooperative: A new idea for enabling lunar settlement
The Space Review
April 27, 2020

Clark Miller
A Plague Comes to Busytown
Issues in Science and Technology
April 30, 2020

William Dabars, Michael Crow
The Emergence of the Fifth Wave in American Higher Education
Issues in Science and Technology

Brian Howard
COVID-19: The Impact of Limited Internet Access and Issues with Social Distancing for Native Students
ASU American Indian Policy Institute

Brian Howard
Tribal Digital Divide Policy Brief and Recommendations
ASU American Indian Policy Institute

Faheem Hussain
How can we continue education during Corona Crisis?
Prothom Alo

Elisabeth Graffy
COVID-19 SWAT Challenge

Mary Jane Parmentier, Faheem Hussain
Digital Strategies and Education: Evidence from the Field
USAID webinar

Center for Science and the Imagination
Us in Flux

In the Media

Martín Pérez Comisso
Scholar Spotlight
Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC)
March 13, 2020

Laura Hosman
Catalyst: Solar Spell
Arizona Horizon
January 15, 2021

Anna Muldoon
How New York became the epicenter of America’s coronavirus crisis
March 27, 2020

Ed Finn
When Crises Unleash Your Imagination
New America
April 2, 2020

Faheem Hussain
Data Thieves Are Targeting Dead People’s Social Media Accounts
April 2, 2020

Anna Muldoon
Quarantine horniness, explained by a sex researcher
April 8, 2020

Faheem Hussain, Andrew Maynard
Data of the dead
The State Press
April 14, 2020

Ex-Intel futurist looks to the past to see what’s next in the COVID-19 crisis
Portland Business Journal
April 15, 2020

Katina Michael
The Coronavirus Contact Tracing App Won’t Log Your Location, But It Will Reveal Who You Hang Out With
Gizmodo Australia
April 16, 2020

Faheem Hussain
Data of the dead: Virtual immortality exposes holes in privacy laws
April 16, 2020

Laura Hosman
SolarSPELL will bring educational content to a South Sudanese nursing school
The State Press
April 16, 2020

Darlene Cavalier
She’s getting cheerleaders into STEM careers
April 20, 2020

Katina Michael
Minister promises virus app will be safe
April 20, 2020

Faheem Hussain
Providing education using Digital Technologies during this time of COVID-19 and nationwide shutdowns
Ekattor TV
April 21, 2020 

KKatina Michael
After COVID – how tech can help us
Fox 10 Phoenix
April 21, 2020

Anna Muldoon
Americans tend to see disease as a personal failure. That’s a terrible way of thinking about it.
April 24, 2020

Katina Michael
COVIDSafe’s effectiveness on iPhone in question as Government releases coronavirus contact tracing app
ABC Science Online
April 26, 2020

JLauren Withycombe Keeler, Michael Bernstein
ew report by ASU faculty explores how aging might look in the future
The State Press
April 28, 2020

Darlene Cavalier
Why Citizen Science Matters
National Environmental Education Foundation