SFIS Newsletter - October 2018

 

Frankenstein Bicentennial Celebration

Frankenstein Bicentennial Celebration

SFIS celebrated the culmination of the ASU Frankenstein Bicentennial Project with three live performance events that explored the themes of Mary Shelley’s novel. “Each of these activities exemplified the broad audience, the cross-disciplinary collaboration, and the enduring themes of creativity and responsibility that the project has developed over its six years of work at ASU,” said David Guston, co-PI of the project. Read More.


 

CSPO Open House

Katina Michael presenting on The Future of Innovation in Society

CSPO Open House

The Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes opened its doors to a broad audience to discuss How science policy should govern a rapidly approaching future, who should be involved, what tools we will need, and we should prepare the next generation of leaders. Co-director Daniel Sarewitz said, “we just are very excited about the work that we do and to have our friends, colleagues, and future friends and colleagues join us.” Three videos of the event presentations are available to view, links are available here.


 

Hackathon

Sponsoring a Hackathon

SFIS helped sponsor this year's Hacks for Humanity event put on by ASU's Project Humanities. The annual “hackathon” is a 36-hour entrepreneurial marathon in which developers, artists, humanists, futurists, designers and visionaries participate in panels and workshops and are challenged to create technical solutions and initiatives to address local and global issues. Read more.


 

Student Highlights

Andi Hess

Teaching Excellence Award

Andi Hess, a student in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology doctoral program, received an award for teaching excellence from the the Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA). Hess has taught a variety of courses in interdisciplinary studies, organizational leadership, ethics, and diversity. Her research focuses on the Science of Team Science and Interdisciplinary Translation, a process of actively facilitating the exchange of knowledge across disciplinary languages in team research settings. The GPSA Office of Professional Development (PD) recognizes graduate student achievement in teaching each fall and spring.

 

Justin Goodman

Undergrad featured in podcast

Justin Goodman, an undergrad in the Innovation in Society program, was a guest on the ASU student-hosted podcast “Innovations Happen.” Goodman described his evolution from an engineering major to joining SFIS and related his experience working with Innovations Space on a project to build a prototype of a personal mosquito catcher that attracts, traps and retains mosquitos, preventing them from harming people. Listen to the podcast.

 

 

Research

Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty

Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty panel discussions

Assistant Professor Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty moderated a panel titled "How Should Space Technologies and Data Support Local Communities"? With a discussion focus on African women farmers, the panel addressed issues including understanding how best to serve women farmers, particularly in the face of changing climate, and enabling farmers to use Earth observation data more widely and effectively. The event was co-hosted by School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Secure World Foundation, and the Centre for Innovation, Development and Society as part of the nation-wide Ladies Do Launch/Space for Women Panel series.

In addition, Aganaba-Jeanty, a fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), participated in a discussion panel on Opportunities and Challenges for Geoengineering and Climate Leadership at the Canada-India Track 1.5 Dialogue on Innovation, Growth and Prosperity held October 29-30.


 

VIRI Annual Meeting

Erik Fisher sits atop the sign for Szeged, Hungary accompanied by participants of VIRI's 4th Annual Meeting.

VIRI Annual Meeting

Members of the Virtual Institute for Responsible Innovation (VIRI) attending VIRI's 4th Annual Meeting hosted by the First Hungarian Responsible Innovation Association paused for a photo during a sightseeing walk in the city center of Szeged, Hungary. The meeting provided opportunities for professional networking, learning and debate. SFIS, whose participation is led by Associate Professor Erik Fisher, is a founding member of VIRI, which comprises 29 academic institutions and non-profit organizations internationally. It seeks to establish a common understanding of responsible innovation and contribute to the governance of emerging technologies that are dominated by market uncertainty and difficult questions of how well they reflect societal values. Read about Fisher’s related work with the Socio-Technical Integration Research (STIR) approach to science and technology.


 

Clark Miller’s work featured

USPCASE project participants in spring 2018 semester included (from right) Carlo Altamirano-Allende, Leena Aftab, Clark Miller, Unza Jamil, Kafait Ullah and Saurabh Biswas.

Clark Miller’s work featured

Professor Clark Miller’s work with Pakistan to improve energy production and reduce poverty was featured in the newsletter for inter-university projects of U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy (USPCASE). Universities working on the projects include Arizona State University, Oregon State University and The University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar. This story reveals an in-depth look at the breadth of Miller’s research and involvement in the projects. The newsletter also has reviews of his participation in the Eradicating Poverty Through Energy workshop held at ASU in the spring and his facilitation of the First Energy Think Tank meeting in Islamabad during the summer.


 

In the media

Diana Bowman
Phoenix Partnership Promises to Further Regional Smart Cities Work
Government Technology
October 2, 2018

Katina Michael
Fork Over Passwords or Pay the Price, New Zealand Tells Travelers
The New York Times
October 2, 2018

Diana Bowman
A life-changing journey to the United Nations
ASU Now
October 4, 2018

Laura Hosman, Diana Bowman
Female entrepreneurs strengthen sustainable businesses through WE Empower Challenge
ASU Now
October 4, 2018

Clark Miller, Kris Mayes
Current Revolution: Transforming America's Electric Grid
American Resilience Project Documentary film series
2018

Thad Miller
Recover, Rebuild: Updating Our Communities for a New Climate Reality [starts 6:20]
The Takeaway / WNYC
October 16, 2018

David Guston
‘Frankenstein’ talk raises philosophical questions
Hometown Weekly
October 18, 2018

Diana Bowman
Italian study-abroad program opens world of opportunities for ASU Law students
ASU Now
October 26, 2018


 

 

Publications

Daniel Sarewitz
The Rightful Place of Science: New Tools for Science Policy
Book
September 30

Andrew Maynard
Superintelligence - From Chapter Eight of Films from the Future: The Technology and Morality of Sci-Fi Movies
Medium
October 4, 2018

Katina Michael
Travelling overseas? What to do if a border agent demands access to your digital device
The Conversation, Gizmodo
October 7, 2018

Andrew Maynard
Enter the Neo-Luddites: Transcendence, The Singularity, and Technological Resistance
Medium
October 8, 2018

Gregg Zachary
Paul Allen Remembered
IEEE Spectrum
October 16, 2018

Thaddeus Miller, (with coauthors Mikhail Chester, Tischa A. Muñoz-Erickson)
Rethinking infrastructure
Issues in Science and Technology
Winter, 2018

David Guston
… Damned if you don’t
Journal of Responsible Innovation
October, 2018

Erik Fisher
Ends of responsible innovation
Journal of Responsible Innovation
October, 2018