SFIS Newsletter - January 2018

Doctoral candidate Nikki Stevens is vying to be 2018 winner — voting is open now

Nikki Stevens
When a teenaged Nikki Stevens built her first website, she did not foresee the barriers she would encounter in pursuit of her newfound passion. Now a doctoral candidate with Arizona State University's School for the Future of Innovation in Society, she has founded two organizations, works a lucrative career as a technical architect and freelance software engineer and has been selected as a finalist for Red Hat’s “Women in Open Source Award.”
Read full story and vote.

MSTP student chosen for 2018 Energy Scholar program

Kayla Kutter

A program created to cultivate emerging leaders as a force against climate change has chosen ASU student Kayla Kutter, who is pursuing concurrent master’s degrees, as one of its scholars. The Energy Scholar program was formed to foster graduate students and early career scholars focused on renewable energy. The scholars will be provided with networking opportunities, mentoring and industry access. Kutter’s focus is on what has been dubbed as an “energy trilemma” comprising energy security, energy equity, and environmental stability. Read more in ASU Now.

SFIS student wins award at MLK Day Celebration

Evvan Morton
Evvan Morton, a student in SFIS’ Responsible Innovation in Science, Engineering and Society Graduate Certificate program, won the Student Servant-Leadership Award at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at ASU. She currently serves as president of the Black Graduate Students Association, and hopes to go on to work in government on science and policy issues. “Regardless if you like the color of my skin or not, we collectively need to fight against injustices so that we can sustain our humanity,” Morton said. Read the
full ASU Now article in which Morton was featured.

Expanding educational opportunities in East Africa

Laura Hosman
Professor Laura Hosman has teamed with
Bridge2Rwanda (B2R) and Empower Kids South Sudan to help bring more learning opportunities to students in East Africa through use of the SolarSPELL, which is technology she developed to make digital content accessible in remote areas without internet access. Hosman has been working with a team of interns, teachers and B2R scholars to help implement a SolarSPELL digital library for the East Africa region. Participants from ASU traveled to Kigali, Rwanda in January to engage B2R scholars in a content curation and information literacy workshop, and led a SolarSPELL training with 10 teachers from South Sudan. For first person accounts of the project, read field reports from SolarSPELL project participants.

United Nations deputy director presents on ‘Feeding the World’

Olcay Ünver
SFIS hosted a talk by Olcay Ünver,
deputy director of Land and Water Division, Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in January. The talk, entitled “Feeding the World in a Changing Environment” addressed the complexities of feeding a world that is eating more, eating more often, and has a diminishing natural resource base from which to draw. View a recording of the presentation.

SFIS faculty members fill two slots on new advisory board for Nature Nanotechnology

Nature Nanotechnology
Nature Nanotechnology, a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal, invited SFIS faculty members, Diana Bowman and Andrew Maynard, to fill two of the seven to eight slots on their newly established advisory board. The panel will assist Nature Nanotechnology’s editorial team in commissioning comments, perspectives and reviews.
Read more.

Media Mentions

Bob Cook-Deegan
CRISPR Patent Wars: How to Claim a Cure
Edgy Labs
Jan. 9, 2018

David Guston
Man As God: 'Frankenstein' Turns 200
Jan. 10, 2018
Lessons for scientists fill a newly annotated Frankenstein
Jan. 9, 2017

Clark Miller
Trump’s “War On Science” Isn’t What You Think
BuzzFeed News
Jan. 18, 2018

Andrew Maynard
What to expect at the 2018 World Economic Forum annual meeting
European CEO
Jan. 16, 2018

Elisa Graffy
Is bottled water a safer alternative?
Jan. 16, 2018

Andrew Maynard
How The World Economic Forum Is Tackling The Dangers Of Big Tech
Fast Company
Jan. 23, 2018

Kris Mayes
ASU Expert: Tariff Places Pressure on Arizona’s Solar Industry
KNAU (radio)
Jan. 25, 2018

Kris Mayes
Regulator Wants 80 Percent Clean Energy In Arizona By 2050
Jan. 30, 2018



Andrew Maynard
What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution? And why Should you Care?
Risk Bites
Jan. 16, 2018
("There is no easy reset button when you're hacking reality"...at SFIS “we are training the next generation of experts and leaders with the skills they need to navigate us safely through this revolution.")

Jameson Wetmore, Gregg Zachary
The Rise of Computing Research in East Africa: The Relationship Between Funding, Capacity and Research Community in a Nascent Field
Jan. 13, 2018

Erik Fisher
Journal of Responsible Development: Gene Drives supplement
Jan. 24