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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.
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
Undergraduate Charter Awards
Access: Gianna-Maria "Gigi" Parisi
Excellence: Jaideen Cobb
Impact: Brooke Nelson
GTD Charter Awards
Farah Najar Arevalo
MSTP Charter Awards
HSD Charter Awards
Taylor R. Genovese
University Innovation Fellow
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.
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 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.
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.