Tess Doezema

SFIS HSD student Tess Doezema’s research looks at how scientists and policy makers contribute to shaping the idea of the bioeconomy – the economic activity coming out of biotechnological research and the move toward bio-based fuel solutions.

Michael Burnam-Fink

Michael Burnam-Fink, alumni of the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology PhD program, has completed his dissertation. This work focuses on the debate surrounding notions of “transhumanism” – the idea that, in Burnam-Fink’s words, “we are becoming more than human thanks to our mastery of science and technology.” He argues that, while the moral and philosophical implications of such mastery give rise to complicated questions, they ignore the prosaic details of human enhancement.

Miles Brundage

Artificial Intelligence used to be little more than sci-fi movie fodder. While the tear-wrenching travails of Haley Joel Osment’s portrayal of an android longing for a mother earned some sympathy, the murderous, red-eyed antagonists of the Matrix and Terminator series have arguably made a more lasting impression on human audiences. Recently, though, AI has moved out of the realm of science fiction and into that of current events.

Jathan Sadowski

In his research on the future of “smart cities” – cities populated by networked devices and processes making up an “internet of things” – HSD PhD candidate Jathan Sadowski pointedly skirts the boggy debate over definitions, which has a tendency to trap academics in a kind of “paralysis by analysis.” Instead, he believes that smart cities are better served by not having a clear and possibly confining label.

Abe Tidwell

To many, the Hawaiian Islands are just a beautiful vacation destination full of bent palms, grass skirts, and mai-tais, but to HSD candidate Abe Tidwell they are the site of major energy transitions complicated by racial and post-colonial politics.

Brenda Trinidad

While certain earthbound companies have fixed their sights on the stars, HSD PhD candidate Brenda Trinidad has hers squarely on the companies themselves. Applying the techniques of literary analysis and visual studies to the public documents of pioneering space tourism providers, Trinidad wants to know, “What is the role of the public in the story that [the companies] are telling?” In other words, how are space tourism companies shaping the public’s relationship to space?

Jordan Hibbs

SFIS MSTP alumna (2015) Jordan Hibbs has become the only ASU student to have been admitted to the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) program in the 2015-2016 year. The PMF is a government-sponsored, two-year training and development program for recent advanced degree graduates designed to cultivate a cadre of potential leaders. Fellows benefit from up to 160 hours of classroom training and 4 to 6 developmental assignments.

Gabriela Gonzalez

A PhD student in the Human and Social Dimensions (HSD) program, Gabriela Gonzalez has been pursuing research aimed at discovering how the intersectionality of ethnicity, gender, class, and culture may influence or shape perceptions, attitudes, and dispositions toward careers in STEM. Gonzalez presented her research proposal, directed a workshop, and presented an IGNITE talk at the WEPAN conference in 2014.