SFIS Newsletter - Issue 5

Spring Convocation

Graduation group Spring 2017

The spring 2017 convocation gave us a chance to celebrate the achievements of 27 students who graduated from SFIS.  Our student speaker was Michelle Arnold (MA in Applied Ethics and the Professions) and our honored guest speaker was Reena Patel, an alumna of the Global Technology and Development program and now a Foreign Service officer with the State Department. Visit our gallery page for a complete video and slide show or view a short highlights video here.

Congratulations to our new graduates!

PhD in Human and Social Dimension of Science & Technology
Aubrey Wigner

Master of Arts in Applied Ethics and the Professions, Concentration in Biomedical and Health Ethics
Michelle Arnold
Marin Bramblett

Master of Arts in Applied Ethics and the Professions, Concentration in Science, Technology and Ethics
Bruno Sarda

Master of Science in Global Technology and Development
Haytham Magdy Amin
Gayle Marie Cooper
Elizabeth Downing
Aaron Dyke
Jamie Leigh Garrett
Yvette Gonzales
Sara Johnson
Chengcheng Long
Reed Bryant Michaelsen
Spencer Mize
Robert James Murden
Zainab Nuhaily
Christopher Pratts
Jeremy Adam Quist
Azita Roshani
Jeta Surman
Regina Villaflor
Ziyue Wang
Joshua Widick

Master of Science and Technology Policy
Samantha Lloyd
Sky Dawn Reed


Reena Patel — reflections of an alumna

Reena Patel

An alumna of the first graduating class (2003) of the Global Technology and Development master’s degree program recounts her path to success with an ability to shrug off rejection and persevere.  
Read her story.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) service flags flew at half-mast on June 1 to honor the memory of one of its most respected members, Margaret Davidson, who passed away May 23 due to cancer. An esteemed colleague of CSPO, Davidson’s career in coastal resource management spanned more than three decades during which she was Assistant Attorney General and Special Counsel for the Louisiana Department of Justice, Executive Director of the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium, and finally, from 1996, founding director of NOAA’s Coastal Services Center. Davidson was a Fulbright Fellow, an American Meteorological Fellow, a Gilbert White Fellow, and a Zurich Fellow for Climate Adaptation.

Davidson was focused on environmentally sustainable development practices and climate adaptation. She was recognized nationally and abroad for her commitment to client-driven institutional priorities. Under her leadership, NOAA’s Coastal Services Center provided useable products and services for local, state, and national coastal managers to make informed coastal economic development and ecosystems management decisions. “Our metric is: does someone actually pick up this cool stuff and incorporate it in their daily practice,” she said in an interview during CSPO’s 10th anniversary Rightful Place of Science meeting in 2010, where she was honored as Exemplar.

One of Davidson’s associates from NOAA has written a more personal memorial piece, which is available to read by clicking here.



Elizabeth Garbee

Elizabeth Garbee

HSD PhD candidate Elizabeth Garbee was awarded ASU’s Faculty Women’s Association’s Distinguished Graduate Student Achievement Award for her exceptional scholarship, research, creativity, and performance in leadership and service. SFIS published a full feature on Garbee here.


MSTP scholars 

Summer scholars

(left to right) Nicole Reed, Jacqueline Tonucci, and Walter Johnson

Three students from SFIS’ Master of Science and Technology Policy program were awarded scholarships to help cover expenses during their summer internships in Washington D.C.  Nicole Reed, Jacqueline Tonucci, and Walter Johnson will be attached to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Office of US Representative Kyrsten Sinema, and Verto Solutions, respectively.


Jesse Senko 

Jesse Senko

Center: Jesse Senko receives Knowledge Mobilization Award

SFIS postdoctoral researcher Jesse Senko received ASU’s 1st annual Knowledge Mobilization Award for work done in collaboration with Professor Kiki Jenkins to reduce sea turtle bycatch and improve fisheries sustainability.


Kiki Jenkins

Kiki Jenkins

SFIS professor and marine conservation pioneer Kiki Jenkins, was featured in ASU Now for winning top honors in the International Sea Turtle Society’s Science Dance Competition. Science dance is a performance art form in which participants attempt to communicate key aspects of technical research through body movement. To view the winning performance, click here.

 Out and About


VIRI annual meeting

VIRI group

The third annual meeting of the Virtual Institute of Responsible Innovation (VIRI), directed by SFIS director and CSPO co-director David Guston, was held at ASU. Representatives of 18 institutions from 13 countries discussed responsible innovation work done by institute partners.


Diana Bowman

Diana Bowman

Diana Bowman spoke at CSPO’s New Tools for Science Policy seminar series at the ASU Washington Center in D.C. The talk, titled “Sorry Officer, I Wasn’t Driving — My Car Was,” acknowledged the technical, societal, and legal barriers associated with bringing autonomous vehicles onto the market. Video of the talk is available here.


Andrew Maynard 

Andrew Maynard

SFIS’s Risk Innovation Lab, directed by Andrew Maynard, launched its 2017 Science Showcase Video Contest. The competition is aimed at celebrating the best in researcher-created videos, as well as increasing the quality and quantity of researcher-created science videos on YouTube. NPR’s Richard Harris (also a former CSPO Visiting Scholar), ACS Reaction’s Adam Dylewski, BrainCraft’s Vanessa Hill, and Google’s Cat Allman will help judge the submissions.


Think Write Publish in Pittsburg

TWP Science and Religion Fellows

Think Write Publish (TWP), an SFIS project exploring the intersections and harmonies between science and religion, hosted its third workshop in Pittsburgh, PA. Along with a pitch session and networking with editors and agents, TWP Fellows worked closely to develop informal education programs with TWP science museum partners from around the US, and simultaneously worked to help create an online writing course centered on the topic of science and religion. The online course will open to the public October 2017.

May 2017

In the Media

Ed Finn

cover of What Algorithms Want

Ed Finn, director of the Center for Science and the Imagination, was featured by the New Humanist blog in a Q&A article about his recently published book, What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing.


Brian David Johnson

illustration of VR in use

SFIS’s resident futurist, Brian David Johnson, discusses the Threatcasting technique he designed to anticipate some of the challenges the Army is likely to face on the cyber or digital front in the CNET article, “Can the US Army's sci-fi fan fic save us from a dark future?”

Andrew Maynard

Andrew Maynard was quoted in “Planetary Protection: Contamination Debate Still Simmers,” an article published by Space.com. His comments were pulled from a discussion he led at the Astrobiology Science Conference in Mesa, AZ. Maynard’s discussion was also featured on Many Worlds.

Jamie Winterton

KJZZ’s Mark Brodie interviewed Jamie Winterton, HSD PhD student and Director of Strategy for ASU’s Global Security Initiative, regarding the WannaCry Ransomware cyber attacks. “Maybe it’s not about the money,” she shared, noting that the attack hadn’t actually brought in much capital, “Maybe it’s about public embarrassment.”

Michael Bennett

In response to a Supreme Court ruling on patent law, SFIS Professor Michael Bennett commented, "In the future we should expect to see more patented products effectively dissolving after a fixed period of use..." Read more of his take on the case in this article in The Register.

Erik Fisher, Kiki Jenkins, Stacia Dreyer

The University of Washington published an article featuring research of Stacia Dreyer who served as short term research faculty at SFIS and current faculty Kiki Jenkins featuring societal responses to tidal energy technology. Dreyer also authored a LinkedIn article featuring HSD chair Erik Fisher and the Socio-Technical Integration Research (STIR) framework he designed.

Laura Hosman

Professor Laura Hosman’s project of bringing digital library and education resources to remote communities with limited internet resources included a short video highlighting their work in Samoa this summer. View “ASU SolarSPELL Project Samoa Implementation trip with US Peace Corps” for updates on their latest venture featuring students, Samoan residents, and Peace Corps volunteers.



Bruno Sarda

Bruno Sarda, SFIS alumni (MA Applied Ethics and the Professions - Science, Technology and Ethics concentration, Spring 2017) and Chief Sustainability Officer for NRG Energy, authored “My defining moment? Earning a permanent seat at the table” for Greenbiz.com. Sarda praises the sustainability achievements of some of America’s largest companies as “the direct result of the commitment, tenacity and clarity of corporate sustainability leaders and their teams.”

Keri Szejda

Keri Szejda, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Andrew Maynard’s Risk Innovation Lab at SFIS authored an article for the Washington Post’s Health and Science section. Szejda addressed the tradeoffs between Omega 3 fatty acids, sustainability, and mercury content when consuming seafood.

Jordan Hibbs

MSTP alumna Jordan Hibbs shared some tips for future Presidential Management Fellows in her recent blog post, “8 Tips From My First 8 Months as a Presidential Management Fellow.”