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SFIS faculty, students, alumni, and affiliates were active participants in the 15th anniversary meeting of the Science and Democracy Network (SDN), June 28 - July 1, 2017. SDN is the largest community of researchers and practitioners devoted to understanding and improving the relationship between science and technology and the practice of democratic governance. Read more.
There’s an exciting change under way in the scientific community. Citizens with an avid interest in science are getting the chance to contribute to real research through data collection and analysis in collaboration with professional scientists.
These “citizen scientists” — tinkerers and enthusiasts of all stripes — are being given the tools and platforms to turn their interests into real research, perhaps minimizing or even bringing to an end the stark division between academia and society. Read more.
This summer, SFIS hosted five sessions of its Science Outside the Lab (SOtL) program, which focuses on science policy and helping students understand the roles that science plays in society. The 2017 program comprised four sessions for graduate students and one session for undergraduates, drawing 65 students from universities across the country including Northwestern, Yale, Georgia Tech, and UC Santa Barbara.
CSPO co-director Dan Sarewitz spoke at an event to launch Patent Politics, a book written by CSPO affiliate Shobita Parthasarathy. Patent systems are usually considered technical and legal, but Parthasarathy shows how they are deeply social and political. Follow this link for video of the event.
PhD candidate Eric Kennedy chaired a panel at the Breakthrough Dialogue 2017 Conference June 21-23 titled Values in Science and Policy: Whose Nature? On how diverse and competing values can be identified and brought into environmental policy conversations. The theme of Dialogue 2017 focused on wilderness spaces, values, and different kinds of risk tradeoffs. Distinguished representatives of the Wilderness Society, the National Center for Environmental Economics, and the International Programme Office of the Global Land Programme joined Kennedy in the talk.
A team of ASU students from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, supported by SFIS and the Biodesign Institute, competed as finalists in the Biodesign Challenge Summit at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. The team’s project, called “Life Light,” consists of a small-scale prototype of an interactive, kinetic art installation that can move with a visitor to envelop them with glow-in-the-dark, or bioluminescent, algae. Read more about the ASU team in this feature.
The Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST) network, which was co-founded by CSPO, hosted a new program to engage diverse groups of everyday people on ways to reduce their vulnerability to climate hazards. More than 60 people gathered for eight hours to explore potential vulnerabilities resulting from sea level rise and extreme precipitation, discuss strategies for addressing these hazards, and make recommendations for increasing the Boston region’s climate resilience. For a more detailed article, click here.