SFIS Newsletter - Issue 9

Community Engagement in Climate Forum

People que up to enter the forum

Photo by Chris Scragg/The State Press

A forum led by the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO) expanded research exploring effective public participation to build community resilience in response to climate change. The exercise, hosted at the Arizona Science Center, brought over 60 people from the Phoenix metro area together for discussion focused on issues pertinent to the local area: extreme heat and drought.

This was the second forum in a series funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with six more to be held around the country during the spring of 2018 to look at a variety of hazards. Graduate Research Assistant with the project, Nich Weller, plus 10 other graduate students from across ASU helped facilitate the discussions.

Read more in this State Press article and this As We Now Think blog post.

SFIS Professor wins PLuS Alliance prize

Laura Hosman demos SolarSPELL with Michael Crow

Laura Hosman demonstrates SolarSPELL for Michael Crow. Photo by Bruce Baikie

Professor Laura Hosman was awarded an inaugural PLuS Alliance Prize for her work on SolarSPELL, a portable, solar-powered digital library that comes with its own digital Wi-Fi hotspot, able to function without electricity or existing internet connectivity. She received the $50,000 prize, which recognizes research and education innovation, at the Times Higher Education World Academic Summit in London. Hosman was recognized in the Education Innovation category. Read more in ASU Now and in India West.


Resilience workshop helps city move toward sustainability goals

Participants play AudaCITY at sustainability workshop

A new and innovative game called AudaCITY, created by Professor Lauren Withycombe Keeler was the focus of a resilience workshop hosted by ASU with the City of Tempe. The game enabled players to understand the transformations that need to take place within the community to achieve sustainability and build resilience. “The game helps demonstrate for our leadership how they are affected by sustainability issues and how they can be a part of helping us achieve our sustainability goals,” said City of Tempe sustainability manager Braden Kay. Read more.


ASU partners with public libraries to advance citizen science

Group from Citizen Science conference with Darlene Cavalier, third from left

Group photo from a citizen science-oriented conference includes (from left) Dan Stanton associate librarian for academic services at ASU Library (2nd) and Darlene Cavalier, professor of practice in SFIS (3rd)

Through a new grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), researchers from the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and ASU Library will develop field-tested, replicable resource toolkits for public libraries to provide to everyday people contributing to real research, from right where they are. Read more.         


Out and About


Discussion on Carbon Dioxide Removal

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SFIS Professor Elisa Graffy participated on a panel discussing carbon dioxide removal as part of a Facebook Live event led by the Institute on Science for Global Policy: #GeoElive with ASU’s Ariel Anbar, Gary Dirks, Klaus Lackner, and moderator, Steve Romaniello.

Links to all Institute on Science for Global Policy's podcast sessions can be found at www.facebook.com/isgpforum and www.twitter.com/isgpforum.


 Lessons from Abroad

Mary Jane Parmentier presenting

Mary Jane Parmentier (right) presenting. Photo by Carrie Herrera Niesen

Mary Jane Parmentier was invited by the ASU Study Abroad office to be the keynote speaker on at the Southwest Lessons From Abroad: Study Abroad Returnee Conference. Parmentier spoke to 75 students from Arizona's three universities about how studying abroad and serving in the Peace Corps impacted her career and personal development. The conference was held at the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


Presentations, Conferences, Workshops, Research

  • Nalini Chhetri and Netra Chhetri spoke at a Global Institute of Sustainability's (GIOS) Sustainability Show & Tell Series talk about their recent work on projects in Nepal and highlights from the Study Abroad programs they led.
  • SFIS professors William Dabars, Sasha Barab, Laura Hosman, and Erik Fisher participated in a panel discussion on the vision of smart university organized by Sustainability Transition Consulting (SusTranCon), Global Network for Sustainable Development and the Arizona State University Department of Psychology.
  • Brian David Johnson  led a Threatcasting Workshop in Washington D.C. with the Army Cyber Institute.
  • Erik Johnston is co-principle investigator on a nearly half-million-dollar grant  exploring the potential of citizen scientists to disrupt traditional scientific research and give patients the tools they need to better manage their health care. Read more.



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Darlene Cavalier and Jason Lloyd
Want to Help Shape the Future?
Sep. 5, 2017

Thad Miller (and Mikhail Chester / School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment)
6 rules for rebuilding infrastructure in an era of ‘unprecedented’ weather events
The Conversation
Sep. 7, 2017

Heather Ross and Andrew Maynard
Should We Trust Robots? With guest Jai Galliott and Benjamin Turnbull
Future Out Loud
Sep. 13, 2017

Jason Lloyd
Cold Comfort - Why you should freeze your credit report before, not after, your information is compromised.
Sep. 15, 2017

Brian David Johnson (and Natalie Vanatta)
What the Heck Is Threatcasting?
Sep. 15, 2017

Joey Eschrich
The Futurism Industry’s Blind Spot
Sep. 20, 2017

Heather Ross and Andrew Maynard
Stem Cell Clinics - FDA Update with guest Emma Frow
Future Out Loud
Sep. 20, 2017

Gregg Zachary
Make the Web Better for Everyone
IEEE Spectrum
Sep. 21, 2017

Eric Kennedy
Preaching to the scientifically converted: evaluating inclusivity in science festival audiences
International Journal of Science Education, Part B - Communication and Public Engagement
Sep. 21, 2017

Ed Finn
Art by algorithm
Sep. 27, 2017

Gregg Zachary
Book review of “Cycles of Invention and Discovery: Rethinking the Endless Frontier” by Venkatesh Narayanamurti and Toluwalogo Odumosu
Issues in Science and Technology
Volume XXXIII Issue 4, Summer 2017

In the Media

Jamie Winterton
Q&A: Are consumer data breaches the new normal?ng infrastructure in an era of ‘unprecedented’ weather events
Sep. 7, 2017

Laura Hosman
Indian American Prof. Veena Sahajwalla, Narayana Murthy Among PLuS Alliance Prize Winners
India West
Sep. 7, 2017

Brian David Johnson
Experts 'threatcast' potential cybersecurity risks in 2027
ABA Journal
Sep. 8, 2017

Lauren Withycombe Keeler
Tempe leaders, ASU engage again with resilience scenario game
Sep.15, 2017

Thad Miller
Rethinking the ‘Infrastructure’ Discussion Amid a Blitz of Hurricanes
Sep. 13, 2017

Laura Hosman
ASU project puts educational learning libraries in countries where internet is scarce
Phoenix Business Journal
Sep. 17, 2017

Heather Ross
Sociometers may heal doctor-patient relationships
State Press
Sep. 20, 2017

Erik Johnston
Disrupting diabetes and challenging convention
Sep. 22, 2017

Andrew Maynard
The man in a dress: who were the real luddites?
Science Friction podcast
Sep. 23, 2017