SFIS Newsletter - Issue 10

NPR correspondent on the dangers of sloppy science

Richard Harris talking with Andrew Maynard

Richard Harris gestures while discussing his book with with Andrew Maynard.

National Public Radio science correspondent and author, Richard Harris, discussed current issues regarding “sloppy” science and other scientific debacles with SFIS’s Andrew Maynard in a conversation at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe. The discussion was centered around Harris’ latest book, “Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope, and Wastes Billions.” See the full article here.


Frankenstein at First Friday

visitors react to a science demonstration with smiles and amazement


First Friday attendees watch eagerly watch a science demonstration on electricity conducted by SFIS staff Jeannie Colton (left).

SFIS’ Future of X presentation series celebrated the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" at First Fridays in Phoenix on Oct. 6 with performances and hands-on experiments. The event was tied with a multi-year project featuring transmedia experiences on the theme of Frankenstein and looking at responsible innovation. Read the full article in the State Press here.


Capitol Hill testimony on Equifax hack

Whitehouse dome

Jamie Winterton, director of ASU’s Global Security Initiative and SFIS doctoral student, traveled to Washington, D.C. to give testimony to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law on issues related to the Equifax security breach. Entitled “Equifax: Continuing to Monitor Data-Broker Cybersecurity,” the hearing aimed to examine cybersecurity measures and industry standard practices in place at data brokers like Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Two brokers — Experian and Equifax — have experienced major data breaches since 2015. Winterton said threats are evolving more quickly than defenses, and companies collect and store vast amounts of personal data yet cannot adequately protect them. Read the full story at ASU Now here.


Screening of documentary ‘Deej’

Photoillustration of Deej from the movie's website

"Deej," a documentary film about autism and inclusion was featured at the Marsten Theatre followed by a panel discussion on disability and the future of inclusion sponsored by SFIS. The film focuses on a non-speaking young man’s dreams of civil rights for people with autism. More about the documentary can be found on its website.


RRI Practice project

group photo of RRI Project workshop attendees


Group photo of RRI Project workshop participants at the  Helmholtz Foundation in Berlin. Tess Doezema is second from left in front row.

PhD student Tess Doezema represented SFIS at the RRI-Practice project’s international meeting in Berlin. Participants in the project, which is funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 funding program, are investigating methods of implementing responsible research and innovation, seeking to understand existing barriers and drivers in implementation, and formulating best practices. ASU participants are focusing on research at the Biodesign Institute. “For RRI to become an agent of change we need to find common ways forward, “ said Doezema. “This includes the exchange with potential change agents that share their expertise and experiences but also take back the insights they gained.”
Read more in the RRI Blog or the project’s newsletter.


Video winner announced

Screenshot of a pygid in video

The Risk Innovation Lab announced the winner for the 2017 Most Awesome Science Video Award: Matt Wilkins and Tyler Corey from the School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, for their video Pygids.


Panel discussion

Gregg Zachary speaking during panel

Gregg Zachary, professor of practice in SFIS, was a guest panelist in a discussion titled “iConsume: What Does Your Device Represent?” hosted by ASU’s School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies. The discussion is available to review as video.

In the Media


Erik Johnston
ASU partners with Type 1 diabetes patient to develop personalized treatment
State Press
October 4, 2017


Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes
'Blade Runner 2049': Why some science fiction writers are tired of dystopias
October 6, 2017


Kris Mayes
KJZZ's Friday Newscap
Oct. 13, 2017


David Guston, Gregg Zachary
SFIS revitalizes Frankenstein at First Friday
The State Press


Sasha Barab
Video games are being used as tools for education and social change
State Press
Oct. 15, 2017


Brian David Johnson
Imagine a better future, speaker says
The Packer
Oct. 21, 2017


Erik Fisher, Diana Bowman, Andrew Maynard
Frankenstein Project is starting conversations about scientific responsibility
State Press
Oct., 25, 2017


Brian David Johnson, Diana Bowman, Luke Tate
Futurists, visionaries, creative thinkers to look into Arizona's future at Nov. 7. conference
Oct. 27, 2017

Andrew Maynard
New testing guidelines to standardise toxicity testing for nanomaterials
Chemistry World
Oct., 27, 2017


Andrew Maynard
Radio interview: Top of Mind with Julie Rose
Oct. 31, 2017


Darlene Cavalier, Dan Stanton
Arizona State to Partner with Public Libraries on Citizen Science
Library Journal
Oct. 26, 2017




Andrew Maynard
Dear Elon Musk: Your dazzling Mars plan overlooks some big nontechnical hurdles
The Conversation
October 1, 2017


David Guston
The Curse of the Halfway Technology
Future Tense (Slate)
Oct 17, 2017


Andrew Maynard (and Jane A. Flegal)
‘Geostorm’ movie shows dangers of hacking the climate – we need to talk about real-world geoengineering now
The Conversation
October 19, 2017
Reprinted in San Francisco Chronicle


Elizabeth Garbee
The Problem With the “Pipeline”
Slate / Future Tense
Oct. 20, 2017

Walter Johnson, MSTP alumni (and Eleonore Pauwels)
How to Optimize Human Biology: Where Genome Editing and Artificial Intelligence Collide
Wilson Center
October, 2017