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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.
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.
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 thefull ASU Now article in which Morton was featured.
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.
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.
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.