SFIS Newsletter - June 2018

Citizen Scientist


Working with libraries to provide new tools to citizen scientists

Tracking the rate of rainfall in the desert. Measuring light in the night sky that blurs our view of the stars and affects nesting habits and sleeping patterns. Finding what chemicals are in the soil of our parks or yards. Screening for the presence of parasites in local habitats. These are a few of the activities citizen scientists will now be equipped to investigate and report on with tools borrowed from local libraries in the Valley. Read more.




Designing Knowledge


Designing Knowledge: new book in CSPO’s Rightful Place of Science series

What do Walmart, Exxon Mobil, Apple, Berkshire Hathaway, McKesson, UnitedHealth Group, CVS, Amazon, General Motors, and AT&T have in common? Besides being the most successful companies in the United States, they all have one asset that underlies their immense value as organizations: knowledge.

From innovative designs to consumer purchasing data, from critical scientific research to supply chain protocols, from patented technology to economic forecasts, knowledge is an organization’s most important asset. Companies work extremely hard to make sure they have the right knowledge and can apply it profitably.

Read more about how organizations can create and use knowledge more effectively in a new book by Clark Miller and Tischa Muñoz-Erickson.




Science and Religion Festival


Science and Religion Festival

Incorporating novel approaches ranging from death cafés, to soundscape experiences connecting religious rituals to advances in neuroscience, the Festival of Science & Religion in Washington D.C. offered more than 200 guests opportunities to explore ways that science and religion interact and harmonize to create meaning and purpose. The event shared compelling new stories, and thought provoking ideas presented by writers, thinkers, skeptics, and believers from various disciplines and denominations who explored and challenged conventional ways of knowing and understanding that are sometimes viewed as being in conflict.

Set in the Mansion on O St., the June event was part of the Science & Religion Project directed by Michael Zirulnik, and led by Lee Gutkind and Daniel Sarewitz of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes to seek out and build constructive dialogue about science and religion.  

View two highlights videos from the event:
Reflections on Science & Spirituality (DC Edition) and The Festival of Science & Religion.




Future of X at First Fridays in Phoenix


Roundup: Future of X at First Fridays in Phoenix

Throughout the 2017-2018 academic year, SFIS exhibited Future of X events designed to promote conversation about the intersection of emerging innovations and the future. The interactive exhibits were displayed at each First Friday event held in Phoenix from August through May.

First Fridays are family friendly opportunities for arts and cultural displays in open venues across Phoenix. SFIS established a monthly presence among the booths and galleries congregated near Roosevelt Row, one of the more popular areas for visitors. Future of X took varied forms ranging from theatrical and dance performance to games, to recording visitors’ unscripted commentary as they responded to a prompt. Each of the presentation themes was designed to portray aspects of research happening at SFIS in ways that are accessible to the community, invite public participation and promote thoughtful inquiry. View videos of presentations at SFIS’ YouTube channel.

Themes of Future of X at First Friday in Phoenix included:


Clark Miller (coauthor with Tischa Munoz-Erickson)
Rightful Place of Science: Designing Knowledge
Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes

Robert Cook-Deegan
Will U.S. academies expel sexual harassers?
June 1, 2018

Andrew Maynard, Heather Ross
How to Govern Emerging Technologies, with Gillian Hadfield
Future Out Loud (podcast)
June 12, 2018

Daniel Sarewitz
All Ye Need to Know
The Weekly Standard
June 22, 2018

Jennifer Richter
Local to Global Justice: Roles of Student Activism in Higher Education, Leadership Development, and Community Engagement
June, 2018


In the media

Robert Cook-Deegan
One of America’s Biggest Genetic Testing Companies Refuses to Publicly Share Data That Could Save Countless Lives
Mother Jones
June 6, 2018

Daniel Sarewitz
Which Scientists Get to Have Free Speech?
Evolution News
June 7, 2018

David Guston
Wellesley library and MassBay present new Frankenstein as 2018 community read
The Swellesley Report
June 8, 2018

Jameson Wetmore
The Amish Could Teach Us How to Take Power Back from Tech-Giants
June 9, 2018

Jamie Winterton, PhD student
The Cybersecurity 202: We surveyed 100 experts. A majority rejected the FBI's push for encryption back doors.
The Washington Post
June 11, 2018

Robert Cook-Deegan
Results Of At-Home Genetic Tests For Health Can Be Hard To Interpret
June 18, 2018

Robert Cook-Deegan
Battling Misinformation And 'Bad Advice' About Science And Your Health
On Point/WBUR
June 18, 2018

Andrew Maynard
TECH 2025 Launches Mission AI to Bridge the Gap in AI Research Between Researchers and the General Public
Digital Journal
June 21, 2018

Kris Mayes
Friday Newscap
June 29, 2018