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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.
PhD in Human and Social Dimension of Science & Technology
Master of Arts in Applied Ethics and the Professions, Concentration in Biomedical and Health Ethics
Master of Arts in Applied Ethics and the Professions, Concentration in Science, Technology and Ethics
Master of Science in Global Technology and Development
Haytham Magdy Amin
Gayle Marie Cooper
Jamie Leigh Garrett
Reed Bryant Michaelsen
Robert James Murden
Jeremy Adam Quist
Master of Science and Technology Policy
Sky Dawn Reed
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 (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.