SFIS Newsletter - November 2018


Kirk Jalbert

Kirk Jalbert received Harvard fellowship

As a new Arizona State University faculty member, Kirk Jalbert came armed with an array of multidisciplinary experiences and a zeal for exploring how local communities respond to environmental issues. After joining the faculty in June, he was poised to dive into an academic’s traditional quest for funding and support for his research — until opportunity came knocking. News arrived that Jalbert was awarded a three-year JPB Environmental Health Fellowship from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The program is designed to foster a generation of leaders working on complex environmental health problems in vulnerable communities. Read more.


SFIS Charter Award winners

Congratulations to SFIS Charter Award winners

Achievements of outstanding students in SFIS were honored at the Fall SFIS Charter Awards ceremony, which was followed by the biannual Poster Jamboree featuring research posters depicting work of SFIS students. Award winners were:

Future is for Everyone Award
Stephanie Charbonneau
Michael Engelbrecht
Cassandra Erhardt

Undergraduate Charter Awards
Access: Gianna-Maria "Gigi" Parisi
Excellence: Jaideen Cobb
Impact: Brooke Nelson

GTD Charter Awards
Farah Najar Arevalo
Nour Nourey
Nicole Rock

MSTP Charter Awards
Katherine Ball
Kayla Kutter
Menka Vansant

HSD Charter Awards
Carlo Altamirano-Allende
Taylor R. Genovese
Andi Hess

University Innovation Fellow
Steven Weiner


SFIS doctoral student, JD Nelson

SFIS doctoral student, JD Nelson, engages with visitors at ASU’s first Innovation Day.

Innovation Day

SFIS joined several thousand faculty, staff and students at Sun Devil Stadium to learn, play, experiment and explore new ideas during the inaugural Innovation Day at ASU. Read more.



Films from the Future

Andrew Maynard releases new book

SFIS celebrated the release of a new book “Films from the Future” by Professor Andrew Maynard.

From “Jurassic Park” to “Ex Machina,” what can science fiction movies tell us about the technologies of tomorrow, and how they might impact our lives? Maynard marked the occasion with two evenings of thought provoking ideas and movie clips as he explored how sci-fi movies reveal challenges and opportunities of developing technologies that are beneficial, responsible and ethical. The book brings together Maynard’s love of sci-fi movies and his expertise on emerging technologies to engage, entertain and make readers think about the relationship between technology and society — while discovering astounding, transformative advances in science.


Netra Chhetri shakes hands with Mashfee Binte Shams

Netra Chhetri shakes hands with Mashfee Binte Shams, Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal after a panel discussion.

Netra Chhetri panelist in renewable energy conference

Netra Chhetri was one of the panelists of the “Power Trade” discussion at the 4th International Conference on Renewable Energy Technology for Rural and Urban Development (RETRUD-18) held in, Kathmandu, Nepal. He emphasized how power-starved South Asia can do better by enabling a conducive environment for a fair power-trade policy in the region. He also highlighted nine potential area of policy consideration for fair and just power trade policy in the region. The conference was inaugurated by the Science and Technology Minister of Nepal with the goal of addressing persistent energy poverty through innovation in renewable energy technology. It was led by the Center for Energy Studies (CES) of the Institute of Engineering (IOE), Tribhuvan University (TU) along with co-organizers.

U.S.–Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy program (USPCASE)

U.S.–Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy program (USPCASE)

SFIS exchange students from Pakistan presented to the USPCASE leadership team a summary of the research that they have done this semester. Their project focused on the social value of small dam and run-of-the-river hydropower plants for remote, unelectrified villages in the mountains in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the contributions that such projects can make to helping to meet the UN Sustainable Development goals.



SFIS Convocation

12/10 SFIS Convocation 5 p.m. Lyceum Theater


Seminar: Bringing Public Perspectives into Energy Projects

12/10 New Tools for Science Policy: Bringing Public Perspectives into Energy Projects
Kirk Jalbert


In the media

Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty
Interview with Space Industry Leader Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty
October 10, 2018

Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty
IAC 2018 - Special Session - The Nexus of Blockchain and Space
69th International Astronautical Congress
Special Session - The Nexus of Blockchain and Space
October 25, 2018

Darshan Karwat
ASU Graduate College helps STEM PhDs get fellowships in Washington, D.C.
November 9, 2018

Andrew Maynard
Sci-fi movies are the secret weapon that could help Silicon Valley grow up
The Conversation
November 15, 2016

Andrew Maynard
Uber shifts gears to resume testing self-driving cars
State Press
November 15, 2018

Robert Cook-Deegan (with Zaven Khachaturian)
CSPO:Progress Against Alzheimer’s Disease
Launch event for the Fall 2018 Issues in Science and Technology, [Video of panel discussion]
November 16, 2018

Andrew Maynard
Q&A: Can Sci-fi Movies Help Us Avoid Technological Disaster?
IEEE Spectrum
November 16, 2018

Christy Spackman
‘Mormon Land’: Funeral potatoes, green Jell-O, the Word of Wisdom — they’re all on the menu in this podcast about food and faith (podcast)
The Salt Lake Tribune
November 22, 2018

Christy Spackman
Proof, Episode 4 Recap: Beanboozled, Part 1
America's Test Kitchen
November 22, 2018

Andrew Maynard
ASU professor shoots for the moon with new science fiction book
State Press
November 19, 2018

Andrew Maynard
What Science Fiction Can Teach Us About Today's Social Issues
November 29, 2018



Netra Chhetri (Lead author)
Governing Solar Radiation Management / A Report from the Academic Working Group on Climate Engineering Governance
Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, American University
October, 2018

Darlene Cavalier and Lekelia Jenkins
Learning Through Citizen Science: Enhancing Opportunities by Design
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Robert Cook-Deegan (co-author with Kathryn Maxson Jones and Rachel A. Ankeny)
The Bermuda Triangle: The Pragmatics, Policies, and Principles for Data Sharing in the History of the Human Genome Project
Journal of the History of Biology
November 2, 2018

Jameson Wetmore
Reconnecting Engineering with the Social and Political Sphere
Engineering a Better Future
November 13, 2018

Andrew Maynard
The True Cost of Stain-Resistant Pants
November 21, 2018

Erik Johnston (co-author with Chul Hyun Park)
Understanding How and Why to Intentionally Build Relationships Between Participatory Online Groups and Formal Organizations for an Effective Disasters

Erik Johnston (co-author with Chul Hyun Park)
Determinants of Collaboration between Digital Volunteer Networks and Formal Response Organizations in Catastrophic Disasters Emergency Response
International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior