Sign In / Sign Out
- ASU Home
- My ASU
- Colleges and Schools
- Map and Locations
Heather Ross, dual-appointed faculty in SFIS and the College of Nursing, was selected as one of only three Arizona-based American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) fellows. For the 67 fellows selected nationwide, the purpose of the program is to impact national and global health by engaging recognized nurse practitioners to lead new initiatives. Ross’s expertise is in health policy, care, and biomedical technology, and she has been acknowledged for her leadership, mentoring, and ability to stimulate exciting new cross-disciplinary research. For more information, please read this feature in ASU Now.
The Society for the Study of New and Emerging Technologies (S.NET) will be holding its ninth annual meeting to be held October 9-11 at ASU. S.NET is an international association that promotes intellectual exchange and critical inquiry about the advancement of new and emerging technologies in society. SFIS faculty will be well represented in the meeting’s leadership; Erik Fisher will serve as program chair while Clark Miller, Diana Bowman, and Lauren Withycombe Keeler form the steering committee and Cynthia Selin will sit on the Scientific Committee. They will be joined by members and speakers drawn from an international field. For full details, click here.
Doctoral candidate Miles Brundage earned a fellowship position at Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute and is now balancing the roles simultaneously. Brundage’s work uses Artificial Intelligence scenario planning and workshop formats to explore how people with different viewpoints deal with fast moving technological innovation. “Making AI socially beneficial is not something that any one group … can do on their own,” Brundage said in an ASU Now feature. “It's something distributed throughout our society and shaped by many actors."
Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE) is the exclusive intellectual property management and technology transfer organization for Arizona State University. This year at its annual faculty recognition event, it added a new category of honorees for ASU researchers whom have been named on at least six US patents. Darlene Cavalier, SFIS professor and founder of SciStarter, was recognized under the new criteria.
Dave Guston, SFIS director and co-director of CSPO, visited Oxford University in the UK to speak at the Oxford Literary Festival on a recent new edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein that Guston co-edited. This new exploration of the 200-year old novel explores the social and ethical aspects of scientific creativity raised by the original story.
SFIS Professor Robert Cook-Deegan presented at the latest in CSPO’s New Tools for Science Policy breakfast seminar series, Understanding Biomedical Innovation. The headlines are once again fixated on healthcare in the United States. Who has access to it, how much it costs, and who pays for it are the subjects of bitter political and legislative battles. Cook-Deegan, an expert in genomics, intellectual property, history of genomics, and health policy, currently focuses his research on gene patenting and health research policy.
The Threatcasting Lab, directed by SFIS professor and futurist Brian David Johnson, has announced that its next workshop will be held in Tempe May 1-2. The Threatcasting Lab is a collaboration between Arizona State University’s Global Securities Initiative (GSI) and SFIS established to host and manage the Cyber Threatcasting Project, aimed at crafting a vision for the future of digital and physical security along with recommendations on how the Army Cyber Institute (ACI) and the U.S. Army can take actions to disrupt, mitigate, and recover from these threats.
Ed Finn, SFIS professor and founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination, was on hand to speak at the End of Insight — the launch event for the Spring 2017 Issues in Science and Technology. Finn’s topic was drawn from his recently published book, What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing, and his essay in the new edition of Issues. The event was held at ASU’s Washington Center in Washington, D.C. Upcoming CSPO events will host SFIS’s Sasha Barab and Diana Bowman on April 19 and May 9, respectfully. Follow the links to RSVP.
Nalini Chhetri, representing SFIS and the School of Sustainability, visited Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana during Spring Break to speak with students and faculty about the ASU Mastercard Foundation Scholar’s Program, an accelerated master’s program with degrees granted from both institutions. Chhetri joined ASU faculty from the Ira S. Fulton School of Engineering and the W.P. Carey School of Business. She is pictured here with a 2nd year Mechanical Engineering class of over 100 students.
Recent HSD student Aubrey Wigner (Congratulations to the new Dr. Wigner!) was chosen by the University Innovation Fellows program as one of 24 student operations team members for the program’s Silicon Valley Meetup, which took place March 9-13. These 24 Fellows were selected to present their work out of 1,000 Fellows based on the impact they have had at their schools and for their contributions to the national movement. The event was attended by 350 student and faculty guests from 80 universities and colleges around the world. Later in the month, Wigner defended his PhD Dissertation, “The Maker Movement, the Promise of Higher Education, and the Future of Work.” Click here to watch Wigner’s Silicon Valley Meetup presentation.
Mario Pansera, from the University of Exeter in the U.K., visited ASU in March for a talk, “Discourse of innovation and development: Insights from ethnographic case studies,” sponsored by the Virtual Institute for Responsible Innovation (VIRI). Through case studies conducted in India, Pansera’s talk described how the umbrella term 'inclusive innovation' is being framed within the broader discourse of development. His results suggest inclusive innovation is interpretively flexible and contested.
Jamie Winterton, HSD student and Director of Strategic Initiatives for ASU’s Global Security Initiative, initiated proceedings for “Unlocking the Privacy-Security Debate,” a one-day event held at the Beus Center for Law and Society. Leaders from government, industry, and academia came together in an open forum to discuss current methods of combating terrorism and cybersecurity threats and the need to establish win-win, positive-sum methods. Several distinguished speakers were in attendance, including Michael Chertoff, former US Secretary of Homeland Security. Winterton was also recently featured in a new video series titled “Got a Minute?” produced by ASU Now focused on insights from faculty and other university leaders, each delivered in one minute.
Michael Bennett, representing SFIS as well as the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law, spoke at “The Futures of Afrofuturism” event in Knoxville. A series of speakers presented new perspectives on Afrofuturism, a contemporary transmedia arts movement combining elements of science fiction and speculative futurism, history, and fantasy with African and African diasporic cultures and political standpoints. Bennett was joined by speakers from universities and institutions across the nation, among them Nnedi Okorafor — award winning science fiction writer and both exemplar and critic of Afrofuturism. Bennett’s talk was a speculative examination of how possible regulatory futures could impact variously situated communities of color.
Stacia Dreyer, an Assistant Research Scientist in SFIS and a Research Associate in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington, presented an Occasional Talk. Tidal energy technology is in the early stages of development and views towards this energy source are not well understood. Dreyer discussed current research on the human dimensions of tidal energy technology and development, with an in-depth look at acceptability, support, and perceptions of tidal energy in Washington state.
Roger S. Gottlieb, professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, visited ASU to deliver his talk, For the Love of Life: Environmental Crisis and Environmental Action. The talk, co-sponsored by SFIS, discussed how the great miracle of life on earth is under threat from human action and how religious environmentalism can contribute to positive change. Gottlieb is the author or editor of 20 books and over 100 articles on environmental ethics, political philosophy, religious studies, contemporary spirituality, and fiction and is world-renowned for his passionate and moving account of spirituality in an age of environmental crisis.