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CSPO was ranked 9th among Science and Technology think tanks in the 2017 Go To Think Tanks Index, an international database compiled with input from over 6,500 organizations and 7,500 journalists, policy makers, and donors. This is the second year CSPO has been in the top ten, moving up from the tenth position in 2016. The Index is put out by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Follow this link to the full report, and read more here.
New to our team in the position of Development Coordinator is Rebecca Pringle. She brings with her years of establishing and building development programs in the local nonprofit sector. If you are interested in investing in SFIS, IFIS or CSPO, please contact Rebecca at Rebecca.Pringle@asu.edu or 480-965-4249.
ASU’s Energy Policy Innovation Council (EPIC), now within the Institute for the Future of Innovation in Society (IFIS), has just launched its own podcast. EPIC student researcher Mady Tyson is the host of “Energy Issues,” which is available on Soundcloud. EPIC is kicking things off with a four-part series on “The Value of Solar,” in which Tyson speaks with new Arizona Corporation Commissioner Andy Tobin. Items on Tobin’s agenda include establishing grandfather clauses to protect Arizona homeowners that have already installed solar and ensuring that utility companies are sufficiently educating their customers on how to use complicated “demand charges” to their own benefit.
A link to the podcast is also available in EPIC’s newsletter, which includes a number of other stories related to energy. The current edition is headlined by a Year in Review, which highlights major events in energy like the Paris Agreement and the Supreme Court’s halting of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, as well as EPIC’s substantial role in many major happenings. Visit the newsletter also to read about the Department of Defense’s grant of almost one $1 million to ASU to create an Arizona Military & Energy Land Use Plan, Hawaii’s efforts to move to 100% renewable energies, Tempe’s solar bus stops, and more.
The School for the Future of Innovation in Society is proud to welcome two new faculty additions!
Darshan Karwat, Assistant Professor
He is also a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at US Department of Energy.
Denisa Kera, Visiting Assistant Professor
She is also an assistant professor at the University of Singapore where she is a fellow of the Asia Research Institute’s STS cluster.
Denise Kronsteiner, Director of Strategic Communications
The HSD program held a competition in Fall 2016 for a limited number of Advancement Awards that are intended to help students progress through the doctoral program. Applicants at all stages of the program were encouraged to submit proposals ranging from $500 to $5000. HSD chair Erik Fisher is pleased to announce the following five awards:
14 students, half of them international, participated in the 5th annual Winter School on Responsible Innovation and Social Studies of Emerging Technologies. The Winter School is a 7-night immersive learning retreat at the Saguaro Lake Ranch in which graduate and postdoctoral students have a chance to interact with both peers and experts and, ultimately, share their own research at the culminating Research Symposium. Participants get practical experience with the methods and theories employed by SFIS through hands-on, collaborative instruction as they investigate the human and social dimensions of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, robotics, geoengineering, artificial intelligence, and synthetic biology.
Winter School is funded by an NSF subaward grant from a Georgia Tech, which itself won an award to act as the coordinating office for the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI), and is overseen by SFIS’s Jameson Wetmore as Principal Investigator for the subaward. SFIS Associate Director for Research Ira Bennett organized and operated the session with Rider Foley, a CSPO alumni — now, a professor of Science, Technology and Society at the University of Virginia. NNCI Winter School is open to domestic and international Master’s and PhD students from any disciplinary background. To learn more about the program, visit the webpage where a short video is available. Inquiries can be directed to NNCIwinterschool@asu.edu.
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CSPO hosted the latest in its CSPO Conversations series, Confronting Scientific Controversies: Do Facts Matter, in conjunction with the release of the Winter 2017 issue of Issues in Science and Technology. Headlining the event were science reporter Keith Kloor — freelance journalist and instructor at the City University of New York and New York University whose work has appeared in the pages of Slate, the Washington Post, Science, and Archaeology — and philosopher of science, Daniel Hicks — ethicist, STS scholar, and AAAS fellow with the National Robotics Initiative at the National Science Foundation. The topic for discussion was the toxification of controversial matters in science journalism like climate change, vaccination, and genetically modified organisms. View video of the event and read a recap of the event.
Andrew Maynard, SFIS faculty and Director of the Risk Innovation Lab, was featured in the third of ASU’s KEDtalks. Sponsored by the Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, KEDtalks are a forum that externalizes cutting edge ASU research in order to spark ideas, indulge curiosity, and inspire action. Maynard said that risk “affects pretty much everything we do and yet most of the time we treat it like … something that’s there but we’d rather not talk about.” Reframing risks as values, Maynard thinks, can help us tackle challenges that threaten those values. Follow this link to watch the full video.
HSD student Miles Brundage is an Artificial Intelligence Policy Research Fellow at the Strategic AI Research Center at Oxford University. He is also serving on an IEEE committee to develop standards for Artificial Intelligence, to make general recommendations to policymakers, practitioners, etc., and to foster wider dialogue of key issues.
Professor Kristin Mayes was a panelist at Arizona's Energy Resilience Summit: Local to Global Perspectives, hosted by the American Council on Germany, at the Desert Botanical Garden on January 10. Mayes was joined by other distinguished speakers such as Arizona State Senator Bob Worsley to consider Arizona's preparedness for tomorrow's energy & resiliency needs.
Jack Stilgoe, senior lecturer in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London and co-editor of the Political Science blog for the Guardian, visited ASU January 10, hosted by SFIS, to deliver a talk: “Machine learning, social learning and self-driving cars.” Stilgoe spoke on the many ambiguities concerning how the software learns, who owns it, and what other issues lie beyond the question of safety with driverless vehicles? Watch video of the presentation here.
King’s College London’s Rob Smith was the first guest speaker in 2017 of the Virtual Institute of Responsible Innovation (VIRI) on January 11. During his talk, “Enacting value in public biology,” Smith focused on public research agenda-setting in the U.K. and the day-to-day activities of scientists working in the field of synthetic biology to identify where Science and Technology Studies might productively intervene. Throughout the coming academic year, early career researchers from many VIRI partner sites will have an opportunity to engage with ASU faculty and students and present their research work to the ASU community. Watch the video here and listen to Stilgoe on a Future OutLoud podcast.
Professor Diana Bowman moderated a discussion with fellow faculty member Heather Ross, Amy Foxx-Orenstein from Mayo Clinic, and Karen Anderson of ASU’s Biodesign Institute on January 11. The three healthcare experts were brought together to explore the promise of The Future of Personalized Medicine and how it will impact health in the future. View a video of the presentation.
Hannah Landecker, presented a talk prior to a “Meet and Greet” event on January 12. Landecker is a historian and sociologist of the life sciences. She holds a joint appointment in the Life and Social Sciences at UCLA, where she is the Director of the Institute for Society and Genetics and an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology. She earned her PhD at MIT in Science and Technology Studies and completed a stint as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin. Landecker is currently working on a book, American Metabolism: Food, the Body, & Time, which focuses on the transformation of metabolic sciences wrought by the rise of epigenetics, metabolic endocrinology, and microbiome science.
Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, Chair of the Geography Department at the University at Buffalo, the University of New York, spoke at ASU in an event co-hosted by SFIS and the School of geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. Bagchi-Sen’s research interests include innovation studies, urban and economic geography. In her talk, Refinery Location and Organizational Adjustments in the Biofuel Sector, she examined locational variation in biorefineries within the broader policy context of renewable energy development.