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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.