CSPOstings June 2015
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JUNE 2015


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Gur-Arie Earns Honors   |   Asare Received UVA Rader Award   |   Former CSPO Affiliates Awarded Grant   |   Warren and ASU Biodesign Team Win Awards   |   Vereshchetin Active in Student Advocacy   |   Miller Presents at STGlobal   |   Recent Publications by CSPO Alumni
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Gur-Arie Earns Honors

Former CSPO-DC intern Rachel Gur-Arie earned first place in February for her poster entitled “University Student Perception and Action Regarding Influenza” in the Science and Society category at the 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Meeting in San Jose, CA. Her poster explored the inconsistencies between individual action and best available knowledge about influenza. Gur-Arie also presented her work on an influenza panel alongside fellow graduate students from the University of Virginia at the STGlobal Conference in Washington, D.C. in April.

Gur-Arie was also awarded a 2015-2016 research Fulbright Scholarship to study physician attitudes towards influenza vaccination and public health law, policy and ethics at Ben Gurion University, in Be’er Sheva, Israel.

Asare Receives UVA Rader Award

Philip Asare (2014 SOtL DC Summer Session), graduated from the University of Virginia in May with a PhD in Computer Engineering. He was awarded the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department's Louis T. Rader Graduate Research Award. This recognition is for students in the Electrical Engineering Department who have exhibited exceptional academic ability, extraordinary ability to get along with people, and have demonstrated the ability to work hard. 

Philip and his doctoral research were featured in the Winter 2015 edition of UNBOUND Magazine, produced by the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The title of his dissertation is "A Framework for Reasoning about Patient Safety of Emerging Computer-Based Medical Technologies." This fall he will be joining Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA as an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Swanson Faculty Fellow in Sciences and Engineering.

Former CSPO Affiliates Awarded Grant

(Top to Bottom) Shannon Conley (CSPO-AZ Graduate Student - 2014 PhD in Political Science), Rider Foley (CSPO-AZ Graduate Student - 2013 PhD in Sustainability and former Postdoctoral Researcher), Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone (former CSPO-CNS Postdoctoral Researcher), and CSPO Affiliate Michael Gorman (Professor at University of Virginia) were recently awarded a 4-VA collaborative research grant totaling $11,592 to explore the development of T-shaped expertise in science and engineering curriculum. 4-VA grants are designed to encourage collaboration across Virginia universities. The project, entitled “Towards Assessing the Breadth of Expertise in Science and Engineering Education” will serve as an initial pilot study over the next year and will provide baseline data for future research projects.

Shannon and Kathryn are currently Assistant Professors at James Madison University and Rider is and Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia.

Warren and ASU Biodesign Team Win Awards

Annie Warren (CSPO-AZ Graduate Student - 2012 Master of Science and Technology Policy and current PhD student in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology) and her Sustainability Science Education team at Arizona State University's Biodesign Center have been awarded ASU’s 2015 President's Award for Sustainability. The award recognizes the development and success of a new innovative course, SCN 400 "Sustainability Science for Teachers." ASU’s Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development also recognized the team with the 2015 Vision Award for their research and content. Members of the team are Omaya Ahmad, Faith Bone, Jackie LeFevers, Leanna Archambault, Annie Warren, Lee Hartwell, and Victor Nevárez. The team made the ASU News on May 6, 2015.

Vereshchetin Active in Student Advocacy

Paul Vereshchetin (2014 SOtL DC Summer Session) defended his doctoral dissertation in Systems Engineering in May. The title of his dissertation is "Model-Based Advisory Systems for Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes: On-Demand Treatment Recommendations as a Precursor to Fully Closed-Loop Drug Delivery." Prior to graduation, Paul was very active in student life at the University of Virginia.

Paul acted as the delegate from University of Virginia to a national graduate student organization SAGE (Student Advocacy for Graduate Education) which represents 140,000 graduate students from across the nation. He participated in 2-day lobbying effort on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The group met with several legislators every day advocating for the issues along our organization's legislative priorities: immigration reform, graduate student taxation and indebtedness, and research funding. Also, as the president of the business consulting club at University of Virginia, he led the effort to host the Mid-Atlantic Case Competition 2015 at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda.

Miller Presents at STGlobal

Daniel P. Miller (2014 CSPO-CNS Winter School) is Chief of the Engineering Planning & Analysis Branch for the U.S. Army Information Technology Agency at the Pentagon. He is also a PhD student at Virginia Tech in Science and Technology in Society (STS). For a panel on technological failure, ethics and efficiencies, he presented “Rationalized Creativity:  A look beyond the end of the checklist when technology fails” at the 2015 STGlobal 15th Anniversary Conference in Washington, DC. His talk examined the boundary between the rationalized space of rigid controls and the environment of inherent unknowns of complex sociotechnical systems. It focused on the question: Do “checklist followers” have the ability to think and perform creatively when the next page in an emergency checklist is blank?

Dan is also writing a series of articles on the Seminar on Interdisciplinary Research and Education in Nuclear Emergency Response (SIREN) hosted by Dr. Sonja Schmid and Virginia Tech’s STS Department. SIREN brings together national and international experts to discuss nuclear emergency response as part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award. Currently, three of Dan’s articles have been published by the Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective (SERRC):  SIREN 2015 Keynote Address Review:  The Nuclearity of DisasterThe Last Resort at Fukushima Daiichiand Leading and Communicating when Technology Fails

Recent Publications and Posts by CSPO Alumni

Jenny Brian is a CSPO-AZ 2012 PhD in Biology and Society Graduate and teaches at Arizona State University's Barrett Honors College as an Honors Faculty Fellow.

Jenny Dyck Brian. 2015. "Special perspectives section: responsible research and innovation for synthetic biology." Journal of Responsible Innovation, 2(1): 78-80.
Anwesha Borthakur attended the 2015 CSPO-CNS Winter School. He has a Master's in Environment Science and a Master's of Philosophy from the Centre for Studies in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy, Central University of Gujarat, India. Currently, He is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi.

Borthakur, A. "Generation And Management Of Electronic Waste In The City Of Pune, India." Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society 34.1-2 (2014): 43-52. Web.
Britt Crow-Miller is a former CSPO-AZ Management Intern and works at Portland State University as an Assistant Professor of Geography.

Crow-Miller, Britt. "Discourses of deflection: The politics of framing China’s South-North Water Transfer Project." Water Alternatives, vol. 8(2), 2015 (forthcoming)
Teresa Fazio attended the 2011 SOtL DC Summer Session. She was a Marine Corps officer from 2002 to 2006 and is currently writing a memoir set during and after her deployment. Teresa is a Technology Licensing Officer at Columbia University.

Fazio, Teresa. At War - Notes from the Front Lines blog. "Testing A Few Good Women For Combat." The New York Times. Web. 19 March 2015.
Rider Foley is a CSPO-AZ 2013 PhD in Sustainability Graduate and teaches Science, Technology and Society as an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia.

Lauren Withycombe Keeler and Rider W. Foley. 2015. "The Monster and the polar bears: constructing the future knowledge landscape of synthetic biology to inform responsible innovation." Journal of Responsible Innovation, 2(1): 81-84.

Annie Warren, Leanna Archambault & Rider Foley. 2015. Sustainability Education Framework for Teachers: Developing sustainability literacy through futures, values, systems, and strategic thinking. Journal of Sustainability Education, 6.
Mallory Jensen attended the 2014 SOtL DC Summer Session and is a Graduate Research Assistant at Massachusetts Institute of Technology since completing her MS in Mechanical Engineering at MIT this spring.

Jensen, Mallory Ann et al. "Synchrotron-Based Analysis Of Chromium Distributions In Multicrystalline Silicon For Solar Cells". Applied Physics Letters 106.20 (2015): 202104. Web.
Yi Lai Christine Luk is a CSPO-AZ 2014 PhD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology graduate. She is interested in exploring the intersection between the scientific establishment and cultural knowledge forms in non-Western settings.

Luk, Yi Lai Christine. History Of Biophysics In Contemporary China. [S.l.]: Springer, 2015. Print.
Carolyn Mattick attended the 2014 SOtL DC Summer Session and has recently accepted a position with the US Department of State.

Carolyn Mattick, Jameson M. Wetmore, and Braden Allenby. 2015. "An Anticipatory Social Assessment of Factory-Grown Meat." Technology and Society Magazine, IEEE, 34(1): 56-64.
Thad Miller is a CSPO-AZ 2011 PhD in Sustainability Graduate and is an Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University.

Charles L. Redman and Thaddeus R. Miller. 2015. "The Technosphere and Earth Stewardship." Earth Stewardship Linking Ecology and Ethics in Theory and Practice. 269-279. Springer International Publishing.
Laura Cabrera Trujillo attended the 2014 CSPO-CNS Winter School and works as a Post-doctoral Researcher for the National Core for Neuroethics at University of British Columbia.

Cabrera, L.Y. and Reiner, P.B. (2015). Understanding public (mis)understanding of tDCS for enhancement. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience 9 (28).
Cabrera, L.Y., Fitz, N.S., Reiner, PB. (on-line first). Empirical support for the moral salience of the therapy-enhancement distinction in the debate over cognitive, affective and social enhancement. Neuroethics.
Cabrera, L.Y., Fitz, N., Reiner, P.B. (on-line first). Reasons for comfort and discomfort with pharmacological enhancement of cognitive, affective, and social domains. Neuroethics.
Walter Valdivia is a CSPO-AZ 2011 PhD in Public Administration Graduate and is a Fellow in Governance Studies for the Center for Technology Innovation at The Brookings Institution.

Walter D. Valdivia and Marga Gual Soler. March 23, 2015. "Technology transfer in an open society." Tech Tank. Brookings Institution.
Annie Warren is a CSPO-AZ 2012 Master of Science and Technology Policy Graduate, a current student in ASU's Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology PhD program and is the Program Director for Sustainable Health at ASU's The Biodesign Institute.

Annie Warren, Leanna Archambault & Rider Foley. 2015. Sustainability Education Framework for Teachers: Developing sustainability literacy through futures, values, systems, and strategic thinking. Journal of Sustainability Education, 6.

Alumni Briefs

Marci Baranski (CSPO-AZ 2015 PhD in Biology and Society) has been awarded a two year fellowship with the USDA's Climate Change Program Office. She will be working on greenhouse gas emissions inventories and metrics. Marci was the first doctoral graduate from ASU's 4E (Ecology, Economics, and Ethics of the Environment) PhD program in Biology and Society. Her dissertation research titled "The Wide Adaptation of Green Revolution Wheat" focused on the history and policies of wheat agriculture in India from the 1950s to 1990.
After more than four years as Product Manager for K-12 Education at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Emily Dalton Smith (CSPO-AZ 2012 Masters in Political Science and Government) has joined Facebook as a product manager in K-12 education.
Wellington Dasilva Pereira (former CSPO-AZ visiting graduate student) has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor at Federal University of Parana in Curitiba, Brazil after successfully defending his dissertation in Public Policies. He will be teaching international economic theory for undergraduate students. The title of his dissertation is "Federal government support to ethanol as a strategy to promote economic development: public policies to foster ethanol in Brazil and USA." His faculty mentor was Dr. Nilson Maciel de Paula.
Natalie DeGraaf (CSPO-AZ 2011 Master of Science and Technology Policy) recently joined the Center for Disease Control as a Public Health Analyst and Advisor in the Division of Select Agents and Toxins. The Division is under the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response. She travels internationally to develop National Biological Entity and Evaluation programs for agents of concern in multiple countries.
Ajinkya Kamat (2014 SOtL DC Summer Session) graduated this spring with a PhD in physics from the University of Virginia. His dissertation titled "Non-sterile electroweak-scale right-handed neutrinos,Higgs sector at the LHC, and Physics beyond the Standard Model" is based on research that developed a new testable framework to explain masses of particles called neutrinos. Ajinkya demonstrated that the current experimental data at the Large Hadron Collider is not conclusive enough to prove that the Higgs boson, discovered at the Collider in 2012, is the Standard Model Higgs boson.  In August, he will be joining Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in their Science, Technology and Public Policy program's Technology & Innovation Project.
Carolyn Mattick (2014 SOtL DC Summer Session and 2014 PhD in Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering) has accepted a position with the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization at the US Department of State. Her work will focus on adapting and applying academic research to prevent violent extremism.
Sharlissa Moore (CSPO-AZ 2015 PhD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology) successfully defended her dissertation on April 6, 2016. The title of her dissertation is "Visions for Sustainable Energy Transformations:  Integrating Power and Politics in the Mediterranean Region." Sharlissa has accepted a position as Assistant Professor with a joint appointment between James Madison College, a residential public affairs college within Michigan State University, and the MSU College of Engineering. She will be teaching international energy policy classes and collaborating with engineers on research regarding the social and governance aspects of technology.
Abe Tidwell (2012 SOtL DC Summer Session and current students in CSPO-AZ PhD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology) has returned to RAND Corporation in Washington, DC as a Summer Associate in the National Defense Research Institute. His work involves Navy acquisition and technology policy. Prior to beginning his summer internship at RAND, Abe assisted with a policy immersion workshop in DC geared towards ASU students in the PSM in Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization program.
In March 2015 Laura Trujillo (2014 CSPO-CNS Winter School) co-organized a National Health Ethics Week event in Vancouver. The event was hosted at the Eric Hamber Secondary school and consisted of an interactive 1-hour session, introducing the ethics of cognitive enhancement through a short theatrical play that highlights the pros and cons of using non-invasive transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) technology to improve memory and learning. Following the live performance, expert demonstrations of how this technology works and facilitated group discussions about the ethical implications of using such devices for cognitive enhancement in the classroom and beyond was provided. The play was written by Laura during the CSPO-CNS Winter School 2014.


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