Innovation Talk with Nicolas Rasmussen

In this talk I reconstruct in previously unavailable detail the 1980s race to clone and market what would be biotechnology’s most important product to date, erythropoietin or Epo, and follow that scientific contest into the courts deciding competing patent claims to the natural protein drug.  I argue that through case law in the new domain of recombinant DNA, the US courts imposed a de facto policy that shaped the business and scientific environment of small biotechnology firms so as to narrow research effort and assimilate the sector to the established pharmaceutical industry.

Emerge 2017

Submitted by mkovvali on April 11, 2017 - 1:53pm

Emerge is an annual transmedia art, science and technology festival designed to engage diverse publics in the creative exploration of our possible futures. The festival’s 2017 theme was Frankenstein, a 200-year old novel that still motivates us to think critically about our creative agency and scientific responsibility.

Occasional Talk with Pinar Yoldas

Design of Radical Futures through Catalyzing Art and Science

#art #syntheticBiology #breastimplants #turboCapitalism #pelagicPlastics
#endocrineDisruptors #onlineDating #habitatLoss #serotoninUptakeInhibitors
#connectome #highfructoseCornSyrup #CO2emissions #bigData #smallWorld
#anti-aging #oilSpill #airPollution #nanoMedicine #bio-accumulation #NASDAQ
#reimplementationGeneticDiagnosis #deforestation #carnaphallologocentrism
#soilDepletion #climateChange #piratebay #ozonelayerdepletion #collagenInjections

Innovations Talk with Dr. Daniel Pomeroy

Engineers and Scientists Engaging in Public Policy: Perspectives from the MIT International Policy Lab

In a time where input from scientists and engineers is increasingly important to the development of public policy, academia still lacks incentives for participation. The International Policy Lab at MIT provides a new model for encouraging and supporting policy engagement by scientists and engineers. This is accomplished primarily by providing services which work to lower the barrier to entry to policy engagement.

Innovations Talk with Kartikeya Singh

Of Sun Gods and Solar Energy

Politics, capitalism, and energy poverty are combining in strange ways across India. The result looks like progress — sometimes. Solar energy in India is not a story of a battle between decentralized, renewable energy technologies and centralized grid distribution. Both approaches to providing energy in a nation as diverse and complex as India offer valuable lessons and opportunities. More important is India’s need to get its people access to energy to maximize their ability to thrive in the changing climate of the future.

The Future of Libraries in the Digital Age

While the rise of the Internet has brought about unprecedented access to digital information, over half of the world’s population has no connectivity. Libraries have historically supported and engaged scholars, educators, learners, and the curious with books, maps, videos, and more. In the United States, many libraries have also promoted equitable access to information, which has presented challenges in this digital age, including how to bridge the connectivity gap and how to build digital collections to enable multiple ways of learning, knowing, and experiencing the world.

Occasional Talk with Hannah Rogers

Intersections of Art and Science

“Intersections of Art and Science” invites conversations about how art and science are rhetorically shaped, used to circumscribe bodies of knowledge and demarcate resources, to separate social groups, and to delineate power dynamics. People engage in rhetorical positioning of art and science through the creation of texts and create objects made to fit into these knowledge networks.

Occasional Talk: Stacia Dreyer

Submitted by mkovvali on March 28, 2017 - 2:08pm
Human Dimensions of Tidal Energy Technology and Development

Tidal energy is a renewable energy source that could be used to reduce reliance on fossil fuels and help meet renewable energy goals set by governments. The technology needed to extract this energy is in the early stages of development and views towards this technology and energy source are not well understood. In this talk, I will discuss current research on the human dimensions of tidal energy technology and development, with an in-depth look at acceptability, support, and perceptions of tidal energy in Washington state.