CSPOstings October 2015
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Alums Lead Initiative to Increase Diversity   |   Donohoe at Mountain-Pacific Quality Health   |   Wetmore co-PI on NNCI Grant  |   Luk Presents Research in Paris  |   ASU Launches New School for the Future of Innovation in Society   |   Recent Publications by CSPO Alumni     |     Alumni Briefs

Alums Lead Initiative to Increase Diversity

With the help of a $237,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, three CSPO alumni created a program that targets mid-career undergraduate students who show an interest in science and technology studies and science policy fields. The grant was awarded as a supplement to the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (ASU).  The creation and running of the program was handled by (L to R) Ira Bennett (ASU Clinical Associate Research Professor and leader of the SOtL DC Summer Sessions), Jenny Brian (ASU Honors Faculty and 2012 CSPO-AZ PhD Biology and Society), and Jason Delborne (Associate Professor of Science, Policy and Society at North Carolina State University and 2012 Staff for SOtL DC Summer Session).

The program hosted 25 students from 11 universities, mostly undergraduate sophomores, for one week in Washington, D.C. during June 2015.  The students were also assigned mentors for the program and will return to D.C. during June 2016 for a two-week workshop.  Universities participating in the program are Arizona State University, DePaul University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, North Carolina State University, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Maryland, University of Virginia and University of Wisconsin.

More information about the program can be found in the ASU News article, "ASU leads initiative to increase diversity in fields where science, society intersect" written by Jennifer Pillen Banks from The Center for Nanotechnology in Society.

Donohoe at Mountain-Pacific Quality Health

Joseph Donohoe (2013 SOtL DC Summer Session), completed his PhD in Bioinformatics at the University of Michigan in January 2015.  In February he moved to Montana and started as the Informatics and Special Projects Lead at Mountain-Pacific Quality Health. They serve as a Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) and provide assistance and support to Montana’s health care providers, stakeholders and patients as well as provide support to co-workers in Alaska, Hawaii and Wyoming. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hire organizations like Mountain-Pacific Quality Health to research and improve the quality of healthcare delivered to local populations. They also serve as the regional extension center (REC) for Montana and Wyoming, helping healthcare practices in those states adopt electronic health records and achieve the ‘meaningful use’ standard.

Donohoe recently got to travel to the Anchorage, Alaska office of Quality Health. He gave a presentation about the measurement and statistics of rare healthcare events at the local APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology) chapter conference. Prior to the conference Joe spent four days exploring the Talkeetna Mountains about an hour north of Anchorage. This picture was taken looking up the Little Susitna River towards the mountains that hold the Mint Glacier.

Wetmore co-PI on NNCI Grant

Four Arizona State University (ASU) faculty members have been awarded an $800,000 NSF grant to establish the Nanotechnology Collaborative Infrastructure Southwest as part of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI). Trevor Thornton, from the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering,  will serve as Principal Investigator along with Stuart Bowden from the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Jenefer Husman from  the Sanford School, and Jameson Wetmore (former CSPO Postdoctoral Researcher) from the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. Arizona State University will partner with Maricopa County Community College District and Science Foundation Arizona.

Wetmore along with others from the Center for Engagement and Training in Science & Society (CENTSS) will be leading the Social and Ethical Implications (SEI) component of the (NNCI) effort at ASU. The SEI component is comprised of two parts:  1. Building a social science "user facility" where scholars can come to ASU to learn tools to help them collaborate across disciplines and develop a better understanding of the past, present, and future social implications of science and technology.  2. Offering programs that train scientists and engineers in how to identify and think about the social aspects and implications of their work.

The NNCI effort at ASU is exciting because it is a blending of scientists, engineers, and social scientists working together not just in name, but in practice. Those involved have a long history of working together and look forward to continuing to develop an engineering workforce that can see the big picture and better work towards social goods.

More information is available in the National Science Foundation press release and the ASU News press release.

Luk Presents Research in Paris

Christine Luk (2014 CSPO-AZ Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology PhD) traveled to France in July 2015 to present her research at the 14th Annual International Conference on the History of Science in East Asia.  Her talk was part of a panel called "New Directions in the History of the Life Sciences in Modern East Asia."  The title of Luk's paper was "From Biophysics to Radiobiology:  How the Atmospheric Nuclear Weapon Tests Shaped the Expansion of Radiobiology Research in the People's Republic of China" (page 111).    At the conference, she stopped by the Springer exhibition booth where she saw her editor Lucy Fleet (R) and her book that she authored based on her dissertation, History of Biophysics in Contemporary China.

ASU Launches New School for the Future of Innovation in Society

With the start of the Fall 2015 semester, Arizona State University launched the new School for the Future of Innovation in Society.  The school is interdisciplinary and currently offers six graduate level degree and certificate programs:
  • Applied Ethics and the Professions MA - Biomedical and Health Ethics
  • Applied Ethics and the Professions MA - Science, Technology and Ethics
  • Global Technology and Development MS (campus-based and online)
  • Master of Science and Technology Policy
  • Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology PhD
  • Responsible Innovation in Science, Engineering and Society graduate certificate
Learn more at The Arizona Republic and ASU News.

Recent Publications and Posts by CSPO Alumni

Anwesha Borthakur attended the 2015 CSPO-CNS Winter School. She 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, she 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 India." Journal of Developing Societies, June 2015 vol. 31 no. 2 220-24.
Laura Cabrera, a participant in the 2014 CSPO-CNS Winter School and has accepted a new position at Michigan State University as an Assistant Professor of Neuroethics in the Center for Ethics & Humanities in the Life Sciences.  She recently published a book based on her doctoral research.

Cabrera, L.Y. (2015). Rethinking Human Enhancement: Social Enhancement and Emergent Technologies. Palgrave Macmillan.
Carolyn Mattick was a member of the 2014 SOtL DC Summer Session cohort and works with the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization at the US Department of State.

Carolyn S. Mattick, Amy E. Landis, Braden R. Allenby, and Nicholas J. Genovese. "Anticipatory Life Cycle Analysis of In Vitro Biomass Cultivation for Cultured Meat Production in the United States." Environmental Science & Technology 2015 49 (19), 11941-11949.

Mattick, Carolyn, Amy Landis, and Brad Allenby. "The Problem with Making Meat in a Factory." Slate Magazine. N.p., 2015. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.
Sharlissa Moore graduated from ASU in May 2015 with a PhD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology.  She is currently an Assistant Professor of International Energy Policy jointly appointed between James Madison College and the College of Engineering at Michigan State University.

Moore, Sharlissa, and Edward J. Hackett. "The Construction Of Technology And Place: Concentrating Solar Power Conflicts In The United States." Energy Research & Social Science 11 (2015): 67-78. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.
Laxmi Pant participated in the 2014 CSPO-CNS Winter School and is Adjunct Faculty for School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph.

Pant, L. P., Adhikari, B. and Bhattarai, K. K. (2015) "Adaptive Transition for Transformations to Sustainability in Developing Countries." Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 14: 206-212.
KC, K. B., Pant, L. P., Fraser, E., Shrestha, P. K., Shrestha, D., Lama, A. (2015) "Assessing links between crop diversity and food self-sufficiency in three agroecological regions of Nepal." Regional Environmental Change, Online First.
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 Benjamin Y. Clark. June 17, 2015. "The politics of federal R&D: A punctuated equilibrium analysis." Brookings Institution.

Alumni Briefs

Susanna Blair (2014 SOtL DC Summer Session) recently accepted a position in the Immediate Office of the Administrator in the Office of Research and Development in the Chemical Safety for Sustainability Program at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  She will be doing science translation and communication of research from the EPA labs as it pertains to chemical hazards to both humans and environment.
Colette Bos (former CSPO-CNS Visiting Graduate Student) has accepted a position at the Dutch national research council De Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO). She is a Program Manager for the European Joint Program Initiative (JPI) Urban Europe, a European initiative through which research councils and funding agencies from different countries pool together their research funding on a particular topic to stimulate European collaboration. Interdisciplinary research is conducted into the challenges that urban areas face like realizing eco-friendly transport, reducing the ecological footprint of cities and ensuring social cohesion and integration. The Management Board, of which Bos is a member, has as its task to implement the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda which has been made and to thus think about and implement funding framework which stimulate interdisciplinary research.
Britt Crow-Miller (former CSPO-AZ Management Intern) and Thad Miller (2011 CSPO-AZ PhD in Sustainability) welcomed Lula Adelaide on June 19, 2015.  Her stats were 7 pounds 7 ounces and 20 inches. Congratulations!
Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone (former CSPO-CNS Postdoctoral Researcher) has been named the new director of the Duke Energy Center for Innovation (DECI) an emerging technology incubator which is part of Clemson University's Technology Villages program. The center contributes to community and economic development by supporting through a variety of means new technology company formation in Hartsville, S.C. and the surrounding region.
Jason Delborne (2012 Staff for SOtL DC Summer Session) was named to a National Research Council committee, "Gene Drive Research in Non-Human Organisms:  Recommendations for Responsible Conduct."  The committee is responsible for reviewing the state of the science of gene drive research that relies on genome editing techniques. The focus will be on identifying the key scientific techniques for reducing ecological and other risks that should be considered prior to field releases of organisms carrying gene drives.
Anthony Gryniewicz (2015 CSPO-AZ Master of Science and Technology Policy) has accepted a position as an Executive Assistant to support the Under Secretary and Deputy Under Secretary in the US Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science and Energy.  This office manages the DOE applied energy offices and oversees 13 of DOE's 17 national labs.  The goal of the office is to ensure that all of the Department's basic and applied energy work is aligned in support of the President's clean energy strategy.
Amanda Hess (CSPO-AZ 2014 MS Global Technology and Development) has accepted a full time position as an Instructional Professional with the College of Letters and Sciences at Arizona State University. She teaches courses in Interdisciplinary Studies and Organizational Leadership.
Raffael Himmelsbach (former CSPO Visiting Researcher) has received the “Prix de faculté”, awarded by the faculty of social and political sciences, University of Lausanne, for academic excellence of my PhD. Himmelsbach holds a PhD in political science from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where he conducted research on scientific advice in the Swiss policy process. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Linköping University in Sweden, where he is part of a larger research project investigating how different publics make sense of climate engineering.
Jacob McAuliffe (2015 CSPO-CNS Master of Science and Technology Policy) has accepted a fellowship position with New America. He will be working on grants and maintaining websites as well as writing blog posts.  McAuliffe's research focuses on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program. To address high rates of obesity and food insecurity, the SNAP to Health initiative seeks to address systemic issues with the federal aid program to strengthen nutrition for beneficiaries. He will investigate how technological and financial systems supporting SNAP and WIC, along with social media strategies, might be leveraged to improve the nutrition of the program’s participants.
Nate McIntyre (2015 CSPO-CNS Master of Science and Technology Policy) is now a Management Support Associate for the Environmental Protection Agency Office of the Science Advisor (OSA). OSA provides leadership on science and technology issues and policy to facilitate the integration of the highest quality science into the Agency's policies and decisions. Nate provides administrative, logistical, and analytical support to the Deputy Director and the Director of the Office.
Abe Tidwell (2012 SOtL DC Summer Session) spent his second summer with RAND Corporation in the Acquisition and Technology Policy Center. This summer he was analyzing naval technologies for unmanned surface and submersible systems. While in DC for the summer, Abe also spend time with fellow CSPO alums.  Here is Abe with Cameron Keys (2012 CSPO-AZ Master of Science and Technology Policy) who is working for the Department of Army as a Presidential Management Fellow in Army Logistics.
Evan Tieslink (2014 CSPO-AZ Master of Science and Technology Policy) is working as a data loading specialist for CACI in Alexandria, VA. CACI provides information solutions and services in support of national security missions and government transformation for Intelligence, Defense, and Federal Civilian customers.
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