SFIS Newsletter - May 2018

SFIS Convocation

SFIS Convocation

Congratulations to our cohort of Spring, 2018 graduates!!

Reflecting our School’s continued growth, SFIS celebrated the convocation of 36 students with their families in a larger venue: the beautiful Galvin Playhouse in the Nelson Fine Arts Center on Tempe campus. The ceremony featured Honored Guest Speaker, Thomas Kalil, Chief Innovation Officer, Schmidt Futures; Undergraduate Student Convocation Speaker, Monique Hasbun (who also performed a song she wrote for the ceremony); and Graduate Student Convocation Speaker, Esther Moon. Photographic memories of the occasion are available to view in Facebook, and if you missed the ceremonies, you can view a recording of the full ceremony or a brief highlights video.

Two exceptional students from our graduating class were featured in ASU Now:

Garbee & Nelson

Elizabeth Garbee - PhD, Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology
JP Nelson - BS, Innovation in Society

Making his own way: PhD student receives grant from National Science Foundation for research on maker education

Steven Weiner

(From left): Faculty members Micah Lande and Shawn Jordan join Steven Weiner in a panel discussion at at the 2016 World Maker Faire in New York.

Steven Weiner, a PhD student in the Human and Social Dimensions program, recently received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which will help fund his research on integrating influences from maker culture into formal education. Weiner examines maker processes and innovative learning frameworks in hopes of creating better STEM learning environments, focusing on education through development of collaboration, prototyping, and digital and traditional fabrication skills. Read full story.

Spring cohort of Pakistani exchange students complete studies

Pakistani exchange students

(From left) Carlo Altamirano-Allende, Leena Aftab, Clark Miller, Unza Jamil, Kafait Ullah, Saurabh Biswas

SFIS, along with faculty Clark Miller and lab team members Carlo Altamirano-Allende and Saurabh Biswas, acknowledge visiting exchange students, Leena Aftab and Unza Jamil, and faculty, Kafait Ullah. The students successfully completed studies in the U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCASE) program, which seeks to address the Pakistan energy crisis affecting over 200 million people. Through the program, Pakistani scholars come to ASU for a semester to learn about U.S. culture and gain hands-on experience in energy-related laboratories and activities. This program provides unique opportunities and resources to students, giving them tools they need to address energy issues and help implement solutions. Read more in the program’s newsletter.

Students Shine award winner

Nicole Rock

A master’s student in SFIS’ Global Technology and Development program, Nicole Rock, received a Students Shine award in the category of service from Educational Outreach & Student Service and the Dean of Students Office. Using what she learned from volunteering in Nicaragua with Global Brigades, a nonprofit that aims to empower communities in developing countries, Rock returned to founded a local chapter, Global Public Health Brigades, at ASU. Read more and view her video.


Thaddeus R. Miller
Sustainability science
Companion to Environmental Studies (chapter)

Elisabeth Graffy
Corporate Finance and Sustainability: the Case of the Electric Utility Industry
Journal of Applied Corporate Finance
May 8, 2018

Darlene Cavalier
Information to Action: Strengthening EPA Citizen Science Partnerships for Environmental Protection
May 8, 2018

Diana Bowman, Andrew Maynard (co-authors)
A “solution-focused” comparative risk assessment of conventional and synthetic biology approaches to control mosquitoes carrying the dengue fever virus
Environment Systems and Decisions
May 14, 2018

Andrew Maynard
“Humility is Not a Four Letter Word”
Keynote address during the 2018 Knowledge Mobilization Impact Awards, Arizona State University Graduate College
May 15, 2018 (recorded April 26, 2018)

Andrew Maynard
DIY Biohacking, with Todd Kuiken
Future Out Loud (podcast)
May 21, 2018

In the media

Erik Fisher
Interview with Prof. Erik Fisher, Arizona State University. Dawn of Responsible Innovation
OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology
April 26, 2018

Brian David Johnson
These Army Graphic Novels Predict the Future of Cyber Warfare
May 9, 2018

Jameson Wetmore
The Amish can teach us how to take power back from Google and Facebook Quartz
May 19, 2018