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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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.