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SFIS Students and faculty travelled to Nepal and Ecuador to engage culturally with host communities, broaden their worldviews, and roll up their sleeves to make a lasting impact. Each program had specific learning goals and a final project tailored to the experiences of each student. In Nepal the focus was on best practices in sustainable development and the activities brought participants face to face with new ways of thinking, feeling and living. In Ecuador the group looked at multiple economic empowerment strategies in an environment where local traditions and culture compete with the challenges brought on by globalization. Read more.
Assistant Professor Britt Crow-Miller of SFIS was recently selected as a Social Science Research Council Transregional Research Junior Scholar fellow for the 2017-2018 year. Her SSRC proposal, "The Emerging Geography of Chinese Water Infrastructure: InterAsian and Transregional Connections in the Food-Energy-Water Nexus," sits at the intersection of politics, environment, development and technology — with a focus on China’s water infrastructure. “By taking a critical inventory of the InterAsian and transregional nexus interconnections of Chinese water infrastructure, I expect a complex web of connections to begin to emerge,” she noted in her project proposal. Read more.
Almost 900 people joined in a pre-eclipse party hosted by SFIS at the Arizona Museum of Natural History two days before the August 21 solar eclipse that swept across the continental US. With the help of staff, faculty, and students from SFIS and the School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE), as well as local astronomy organizations, the museum offered over a dozen Earth and space activities, lectures, and story times, and sent families home with safe solar viewing glasses. The museum program was part of the national Space and Earth Informal STEM Education (SEISE) project, led by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Net) in collaboration with NASA. NISE Net director Rae Ostman and SEISE principal investigator Paul Martin are co-directors of the new Center for Innovation in Informal STEM Learning at ASU. In 2017, the SEISE project awarded 250 hands-on activity toolkits to museums and universities in the United States. These organizations are utilizing the toolkit resources to engage diverse public audiences in learning about Earth and space science. The project is also developing three additional sets of toolkits and a small footprint museum exhibition over the next several years.
With a new grant of nearly $250,000 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, SFIS professor Darlene Cavalier is leading an interdisciplinary team in partnership with six Arizona public libraries and NISE Net, to develop a field-tested, replicable, low-cost toolkit of citizen science resources for public libraries. The project will leverage SciStarter, an online community launched by Cavalier that brings together science researchers and citizen scientists, with a database of over 1,600 citizen science projects. Read more.
SFIS was well-represented in the list of awardees at the annual conference of The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S):
Clark Miller was among the team of editors of of the “Handbooks of Science and Technology Studies” that received the 2017 Infrastructure and Mentoring Award.The STS Infrastructure Award honors exemplary contributions of STS scholars to building and maintaining the institutional and intellectual infrastructures that permit the STS field to sustain itself, and to grow appropriately.
HSD student Martín Pérez Comisso – won a Making and Doing award for work he presented on five STS courses he designed in Chile for high school, undergraduate university level, decision makers, an online MOOC, and teachers. His presentation was titled “Technological theory for all: Teaching experiments on STS in Chile.”
Faculty members Ira Bennett, Jamey Wetmore and Rae Ostman were on a team recognized for making A Distinguished Contribution to Making and Doing. Their presentation, “STS approaches to public engagement with science: Synthetic biology” shared STS approaches to engaging public audiences and scientists in conversations about emerging technologies, focusing on several related projects that consider synthetic biology.
Andrew Maynard, SFIS professor realizes the importance of sharing what he learns so people can make better informed decisions about how and what they use, in order to avoid any negative consequences. That’s the idea behind Science Showcase, a YouTube channel dedicated to making the science behind topics like water filtration, disease immunity and earthquakes accessible and interesting to the general public. This summer, Maynard announced the first-ever Science Showcase Video Contest. Read more.
Lauren Withycombe Keeler led a sustainability and resilience capacity building workshop with Navajo Chapter leaders at the Navajo Sustainability Summit in Flagstaff, Arizona on August 29.
Megan Dieu, an undergraduate student in chemical engineering, participated in the Grassroots Innovation Study Abroad program in Nepal led by Netra Chhetri. She produced this video of her impressions of the experience, which involved two projects focused on sustainable development with the production of biochar and solar powered lift irrigation.