SFIS Newsletter - September 2018

 New SFIS Faculty

New faculty broadening range of expertise and experience in SFIS

SFIS welcomes four new faculty this semester whose varied backgrounds will expand the expertise, research interests and academic offerings of the School.

We invite you to meet the newest members of our team:

Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty

Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty

Assistant professor

Timiebi Aganaba-Jeanty’s research explores participation mechanisms for global space governance and environmental governance. She is an expert on all things space law. But it wasn’t always that way. Read more.

 
Kirk Jalbert

Kirk Jalbert

Assistant professor

Kirk Jalbert likens himself to a utility player on a baseball team: trained in a variety of disciplines and acting as a “boundary bridger” between different areas of research. “You can’t understand complicated issues from a one-dimensional view,” he said. Read more.

 
Katina Michael

Katina Michael

Professor

Kirk Jalbert likens himself to a utility player on a baseball team: trained in a variety of disciplines and acting as a “boundary bridger” between different areas of research. “You can’t understand complicated issues from a one-dimensional view,” he said. Read more.

 
Christy Spackman

Christy Spackman

Assistant professor

Christy Spackman wants to know: Why do people spend hundreds of dollars at high-end restaurants to eat weird, elaborate dishes like parmesan marshmallows or melon caviar, but turn their nose up at mass-produced cheese pasta product, which uses similar techniques of molecular gastronomy to create? Read more.

 

 

ASU faculty and students with local community members making biochar in Nepal

Meeting the UN's Global Goals village by village

The ASU community is working on sustainable solutions to global problems by starting with specifics. In 2015, world leaders agreed to establish 17 goals to achieve a better world by 2030. An end to poverty and hunger. Clean water and energy. Gender equality and decent work. Together, they are called the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

And when they’re met, it's remarkable. Arizona State University faculty members working on projects that fulfill the goals have seen it in places stretching from Pakistan to Pacific islands.

Here’s a look at three Global Goals-related projects coming out of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society: read more.


 

CSPO Forum on critical issues

Forums gather public input on critical issues

CSPO hosted two public forum events recently as part of its research in pTA (participatory Technology Assessment). “Cooling a Warming Planet? A Public Forum on Climate Intervention Research” was held at the ASU West campus with a focus on “Solar Radiation Management” (SRM) methods, and a parallel forum was held in Boston, both in September. Participants learned about proposed SRM methods and deliberated about what course of action society should take. In each forum more than 80 public participants engaged in interactive conversations designed to generate perspectives from a broad range of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. The research, led by PI and CSPO co-director, Daniel Sarewitz, involves SFIS students as facilitators in field research and public engagement experiences. The forums, directed by co-PI Mahmud Farooque, are held in partnership with ASU’s PlanetWorks and the Museum of Science, Boston, and are supported by funding from a grant by the Sloan Foundation. Watch a highlight video from the Phoenix forum.


 

Alumnae Jordan Hibbs and Katie Curiel speaking to SFIS students

SFIS hosted first Alumnae-In-Residence

SFIS welcomed Jordan Hibbs, Jordan Hibbs, Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy (MSTP '15) and Katie Curiel, Katie Curie, Academic Officer at the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates (GTD '16) back to campus for a unique career development opportunity. As part of their two-day residence, Hibbs and Curiel led a series of workshops, talks and student career meetings for current SFIS students.


Research

 

The Rightful Place of Science: Disasters & Climate Change

The Rightful Place of Science: Disasters & Climate Change

After nearly every hurricane, heat wave, drought, or other extreme weather event, commentators rush to link the disaster with climate change. But what does the science say?

CSPO is excited to announce the publication of the fully revised and updated second edition of Roger Pielke Jr.'s Disasters & Climate Change, one of the best-selling titles in our Rightful Place of Science series. This fully revised edition features updated data, analysis, and peer-reviewed science related to understanding recent weather-related disasters in the United States and around the world. The updated volume also offers an inside look at Roger Pielke Jr.'s most recent experiences on the front lines of the bitter climate debates as he has sought to share consensus scientific understandings with the public and policymakers. He concludes with a proposal for a pragmatic way forward on climate policy, one that recognizes the importance of both evidence and politics. Copies of the book are available for purchase on Amazon.


 

Darshan Karwat

Talk on the moral and social responsibility of engineers

Why are we engineers? For whose benefit do we work? What is our moral and social responsibility? Assistant professor at SFIS and The Polytechnic School in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, Darshan Karwat, expanded upon the possible answers to these questions and more in his talk, “Engineering for the People: Putting peace, social justice and environmental protection at the heart of all engineering” which was a part of The Role of Engineering in the Face of Conflict and Disaster session at the 2018 National Academy of Engineering Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Karwat was one of only two ASU professors who’ve been selected as a speaker at the symposium in the past 15 years.

The talk also focused on barriers engineers might face when trying to challenge the dominant way engineering is conducted, as well as discussing technological inequality and its interplay with poverty, environmental injustice, and marginalization. “I was around so many talented, brilliant and inquisitive engineers,” said Karwat about the conference. “I learned that many engineers — whether they verbalize it or not — do think deeply about the social implications of what they do. It’s definitely encouraging. So, I want to redouble my efforts to engage with engineers from across the country to generate more conversations about how engineering can be done for the public good.” Read additional coverage here.


 

Events

Frankenstein Bicentennial Celebration

Frankenstein Bicentennial Celebration
Celebrate the culmination of the ASU Frankenstein Bicentennial Project.
Explore the themes of Mary Shelley’s novel as expressed in exhibits and performances by artists and scientists.  

Max Brooks Public Lecture
Oct. 18, 4:30–6 p.m.
Student Pavilion, Tempe campus
RSVP

Stop Action Shelley & Frankenstein Concert
Oct. 20, 2018
4:30 p.m.
Gammage Auditorium, Tempe campus
Register

Frankenstein Concert
Oct. 21, 2018
3 p.m.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201
Register

CSPO: New Tools for Science Policy
Open House: The Future of Science Policy
Oct. 9, 2018
3–7:30 p.m.
ASU Barrett & O’Connor Center, 1800 I St NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20006
Register

Enlightening Lunch with Craig Calhoun Oct. 3, 2018
12:00 p.m.
Memorial Union, Gold Room
Register

 

In the media

CSPO
Here’s why Arizona’s technology sector is booming
AZbigmedia.com
September 10, 2018

Gabriela Gonzalez (PhD student)
Helping to create opportunities for women of color in STEM
ASU Graduate College

Andrew Maynard
Andrew Maynard on Fear
Got a Minute? Sometimes big ideas comes in small packages ASU Now / Got a Minute? (video series)
September 14, 2018

Luke Tate
Free thinkers: Advocates tout universal basic income, despite critics Cronkite News
September 14, 2018

Nalini Chhetri
Valley of the heat?
ASU Now
September 14, 2018

Robert Cook-Deegan
What 13,000 Patents Involving the DNA of Sea Life Tell Us About the Future
The New York Times
September 17, 2018

Andrew Maynard
Governance by design session at the WEF Summer Davis meeting  (start 37:00)
Press Conference on this year’s top ten emerging technologies
World Economic Forum
September 18-20, 2018

Andrew Maynard
China 24  (starts 8:25)
CGTN
Sep 19, 2018    

Jesse Senko
New ocean conservation club makes a big splash at ASU
The State Press
September 19, 2018

Luke Tate
Will Your Universal Basic Income Check Soon Be in the Mail?
Slate
September 19, 2018

Robert Cook-Deegan
For CRISPR patents, the ugliest phase may be still to come STAT
September 17, 2018

Cynthia Selin
$3M grant supports education and training on smart cities
ASU Now
September 21, 2018

Darlene Cavalier
@52CitScientists
Discover
September 30, 2018


 

 

Publications

Andrew Maynard
Tech Companies Need a Social Risk Reboot
Medium
Sep. 3, 2018

Andrew Maynard
12 Sci-Fi Movies With Something to Say About Emerging Technologies
Medium
Sep. 3, 2018

Lekelia Jenkins, Stacia Dreyer, (et al)
Human dimensions of tidal energy: A review of theories and frameworks Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
December, 2018

Walter Johnson (MSTP alumni), Andrew Maynard Sheril Kirshenbaum (co-author)
Burgers grown in a lab are heading to your plate. Will you bite?
The Washington Post
September 9, 2018

Andrew Maynard and Corinna E. Lathan (co-author)
Augmented Reality Everywhere
(part of special report: Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2018)
Scientific American
September 14, 2018

Andrew Maynard
Social inequity in an age of technological extremes
Medium
September 19, 2018

Andrew Maynard, Ed Finn
How humans fit into Google’s machine future
The Conversation
September 26, 2018

Esther Moon (MSTP, 2018)
Teaching Students Out of Harm’s Way
Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society
2018

Robert Cook-Deegan, Rebecca S. Eisenberg (co-author)
Universities: The Fallen Angels of Bayh-Dole?
The MIT Press Journals / Daedalus
Fall, 2018

Stacia Dreyer
Economic and sociocultural impacts of fisheries closures in two fishing-dependent communities following the massive 2015 U.S. West Coast harmful algal bloom
Harmful Algae
December, 2018