SFIS Newsletter - January 2019

Students swimming back from a polar plunge and the ASU study abroad group in Antarctica.

Interdisciplinary exploration in Antarctica

Being intrepid explorers as well as professors, Diana Bowman and Jamey Wetmore led ASU’s inaugural study abroad expedition with seven students to the frozen continent of Antarctica in December. Read about their chilling adventure of discovery

Netra Chhetri (left) leads an activity on sustainable farming and energy practices in Nepal.

Students help advance sustainability in Nepal and China

Nalini Chhetri and Netra Chhetri were featured in an article on the Study Abroad trips they lead in the summer focused on engaging communities in sustainable growth and renewable energy. The 2019 session, called “Innovation in Green Growth in China and Nepal” will depart June 8 and offer students in-field experiences in sustainable and integrated agriculture. The study abroad program is supported by the Rob and Melani Walton Global Scholarships featured in this story.

The study abroad group walked the Pacific shoreline in Coronel, Chile with a labor organization for female seaweed harvesters to learn about difficulties accessing the diminishing supply of seaweed and the problems of industrial pollution.

Confronting complex socio-economic and environmental problems

SFIS’ Mary Jane Parmentier was invited by the University of Concepcion (UDEC), in Concepcion, Chile, to co-teach a workshop on interdisciplinary research and sustainability. Graduate students in the university’s environmental studies, public policy and geography units participated in the week-long course, offered by the School of Environmental Studies. Combining academic and fieldwork, the students and faculty visited the community of Coronel which features energy and fish industries. Students designed applied research to confront complex socio-economic and environmental problems resulting in pollution and a lack of opportunities for the local population.  


Professor Andrew Maynard was a panelist for the session “Balancing the Speed of Innovation and Regulation” at the CES, Consumer Technology Association conference.

Balancing the speed of innovation and regulation

As the rate of technology innovation continues to accelerate, there is a growing gap between what can be achieved with new technologies, and the regulations and frameworks that ensure they are used responsibly and safely. Whether the technology in question is as seemingly esoteric as artificial intelligence and blockchain, as mundane as dockless scooters, or as complex as smart cities, there is a growing need for innovation in how we regulate. We must ensure that emerging technological capabilities are fully harnessed for social and economic good. In this panel discussion from this year’s CES conference, SFIS’s Andrew Maynard joins participants from Deloitte, the Office of the Arizona Attorney General, and Baker Botts LLP to explore ways of balancing the speed of innovation with innovative approaches to regulation.
Maynard was recently featured in an ASU Now article on how humans are pushing the boundaries of innovation.

University Innovation Fellows Jessica Barnett and Steven Weiner

SFIS student leading conference

As one of ASU two University Innovation Fellows, Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology PhD Student Steven Weiner is creating a new two-day conference to promote interdisciplinary collaboration across the university. The conference will be called The University Symposium on Innovation through Leadership, Openness and Education — or UnSILOEd.Read more in ASU Now.

Christy Spackman

Christy Spackman has been awarded a two-month Leibniz fellowship at the Center for Contemporary History in Potsdam, Germany, to work on her book “Making Nothing.” The book examines how scientific and technological innovation changed the taste of bottled and municipal water throughout the twentieth-century in the United States and France.

Professor Bob Cook-Deegan  

Professor Bob Cook-Deegan was elected by the The Hastings Center as one of their 18 new Fellows. He joins a group whose outstanding accomplishments have informed scholarship and/or public understanding of complex ethical issues in health, health care, life sciences research, and the environment. The Hastings Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit bioethics research institution founded in 1969 that addresses fundamental ethical and social issues in health care, science, and technology.


Higher Education Re-Imagined

February 7

CSPO Conversations: Higher Education Re-Imagined

Applying for Graduation

February 15

Spring graduates: deadline to apply to graduate

ASU Day at the Capitol with Kirk Jalbert

February 19

IGD talk

February 20 - 12 p.m., MU Yuma room

Sun Devil Fitness activities for SFIS students

February 20 


ASU Open Door 2019

February 23

Open Door

Claire Evans: Broad Band: The Untold Story of Women Who Made the Internet

February 26

Claire Evans Changing Hands Bookstore, Phoenix 7 p.m. 

Enlightening Lunch with Darlene Cavalier

February 27

Enlightening Lunch with Darlene Cavalier 12 p.m.

Claire Evans talk 

February 27

Marsten Theater 5:30 p.m.


March 30

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In the media

Heather Ross
Physicians have responsibility to patients to talk about the cost of care, prescriptions
USA Today
December 3, 2018

Cynthia Selin
We Asked 105 Experts What Worries Them Most About the Future
December 5, 2018

Lekelia Jenkins
Fellowship allows Arizona professors to learn from Israeli peers
Jewish News
December 5, 2018

Robert Cook-Deegan
Top cancer center’s business deals created a web of conflicts, say ethics experts
December 6, 2018

Robert Cook-Deegan
STAT: Memorial Sloan Kettering's hospital, data partnerships create 'web of conflicts'
Becker's Health IT & CIO Report
December 6, 2018

Brian David Johnson
PWC recommended that corporations should ask science fiction writers about the future
December 7, 2018

Andrew Maynard
From precogs to T-rex, sci-fi films teach us about the ethics of new technology
CBC Radio
December 21, 2018

Andrew Maynard
Humans harass and attack self-driving Waymo cars
NBC News
December 21, 2018

Andrew Maynard
With great technological power comes great responsibility, says ASU futurist
December 27, 2018

Robert Cook-Deegan
American Masters: Decoding Watson
January 2, 2019

Daniel Sarewitz
Dr. Droegemeier goes to Washington
STL.News (blog)
January 3, 2019

Robert M. Cook-Deegan
Otis W. Brawley, Md, and Others to Speak on Conflicts of Interest in Healthcare on Public Panel Hosted by Nonprofits
Digital Journal
January 4, 2019

Andrew Maynard
Sci-Fi From the Future (podcast)
Big Picture Science
January 7, 2019

Craig Calhoun
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says ‘call me a radical,’ a loaded word with a long history
The Washington Post
January 8, 2019

Clark Miller
The debate taking shape over self-driving vehicles
ABC 15
January 10, 2019

Katina Michael
We are Becoming Enslaved by our Technology
Intelligence Squared (IQ2) debate at the City Recital Hall, Sydney, Australia. (2014)
January 19, 2019


Robert Cook-Deegan
BRCA Challenge: BRCA Exchange as a global resource for variants in BRCA1 and BRCA2
PLOS Genetics
December 26, 2018

Stacia Dreyer
Economic and sociocultural impacts of fisheries closures in two fishing-dependent communities following the massive 2015 U.S. West Coast harmful algal bloom
Harmful Algae
December 2018

Netra Chhetri
Understanding and Tackling Poverty and Vulnerability in Mountain Livelihoods in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (chapter)
Understanding and Tackling Poverty and Vulnerability in Mountain Livelihoods in the Hindu Kush Himalaya
January 5, 2019

Robert Cook-Deegan
Open science precision medicine in Canada: Points to consider
January 10, 2019

Andrew Maynard
Tech businesses need to think differently about ethical and responsible innovation if they're to thrive
January 16, 2018

Thaddeus Miller
Self-Driving Ride-Share Service ‘Waymo One’ Has Launched: What’s Next for Cities?
Meeting of the Minds
January 23, 2019