CSPOstings February 2015
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Our Newest Alumni   |   Two SOtL DC Summer Session Alumni Awarded Mirzayan Fellowships   |   Kamat Shares SOtL Experience   |   Delborne Presents at National Academy of Sciences Workshop   |   Winter School Alumni Win Award   |   Keys Accepts PMF Position with US Army   |   Recent Publications by CSPO Alumni   |   Alumni Briefs   |   Announcements

Our Newest Alumni

Congratulations to the newest CSPO graduates!
New Master of Science and Technology Policy Graduates! L to R: Cherish Connolly, Kevin Todd, Karina Jacobs, Evan Tieslink, and Melissa Cannon.
Five students graduated from the Master of Science and Technology Policy degree program at Arizona State University in December 2014.

Cherish Connolly
Applied Project: "Socio-economic Impact of Environmental Regulations in Rural America"
Internship: Arizona Corporation Commission

Kevin Todd
Applied Project: "Case Study of the Relocation of Newtok, Alaska: Climate Adaptation and Environmental Justice in Native Alaskan Communities"
Internship: American Institute of Biological Sciences

Karina Jacobs
Applied Project: "The Circular Economy Game: Engaging a Community in Science Policy"
Internship: LightWorks at Arizona State University

Evan Tieslink
Applied Project:" Eudaemonia: The Changing Relationship Between People and Data"
Internship: Arizona Department of Administration - Arizona Strategic Enterprise Technology

Melissa Cannon
Applied Project: Building a Science Education Lab at Arizona State University
Internship: The Smithsonian Institute - Office of Policy and Analysis

Gretchen Gano

December 2014
PhD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology
Dissertation: “The Soft Megamachine: Lewis Mumford’s Vision of Technological Society and Implications for (participatory) Technology”


Jessica Corman

January 2015
PhD in Biology
Dissertation: "Growing Rocks: the Effects of Calcium Carbonate Deposition on Phosphorus Availability in Streams"


Marci Baranski

January 2015
PhD in Biology and Society
Dissertation: "The Wide Adaptation of Green Revolution Wheat"


Two SOtL DC Summer Session Alumni Awarded Mirzayan Fellowships

Carolyn Mattick, top right (CSPO-AZ Graduate Student - 2014 PhD in Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering and 2014 SOtL DC Summer Session) and Sarah De Leo, bottom right (2014 SOtL DC Summer Session) began their work/tenure as Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellows with The National Academies in January 2015. Fellows learn about the role scientists and engineers play in advising the nation. De Leo is working with the Board on Health Care Services in the Institute of Medicine, considering policies surrounding the clinical development and implementation of biomarkers. Mattick works with the Development, Security, and Cooperation unit within the Public and Global Affairs division which focuses on international science diplomacy as well as science and technology capabilities at the Department of State.

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program, now in its 17th year, provides early career individuals with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation. Each year, applicants from around the world become part of a National Academies' committee, board, or unit where they are assigned to a mentor and learn about the world of science and technology policy. An immersive experience, the program is designed to broaden fellows’ appreciation of employment opportunities outside academia and leave them with both a firm grasp of the important and dynamic role of science and technology in decision-making and a better understanding of the role that they can play in strengthening the science and technology enterprise for the betterment of mankind.

Kamat Shares SOtL Experience

Ajinkya Kamat (2014 SOtL DC Summer Session) was invited to write an article on his SOtL DC Summer Session experience, focusing on opportunities for STEM graduate students in science and technology policy. The article appeared in three parts on the website of "Science Straight Up" which is a “Science Cafe” series organized by scientists at the University of Virginia. 
In addition to the article, Ajinkya was also asked to give a public talk entitled "Communicating Science: a Particle Physicist’s Endeavor" on November 20, 2014. The talk centered on how science communication integrates into the dynamics of the science policy arena. Topics included 1) necessity and opportunities for STEM researchers to communicate about their research to policymakers, researchers in other STEM fields, and the public and 2) the role of individuals with science backgrounds pursuing careers as communicators in the science policy arena.
On February 4, 2015 Ajinkya had the opportunity to give a guest lecture to University of Virginia students in the STS 3020 "Science and Technology Policy for Interns" class in the Department of Engineering and Society. Former CSPO graduate student Rider Foley is an Assistant Professor at the university and the instructor for the course. The lecture covered science policy, its stakeholders and its integration with science outreach.

Delborne Presents at National Academy of Sciences Workshop

Jason Delborne (2010 SOtL DC Summer Session and SOtL staff for subsequent sessions), presented at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. as part of a Workshop of the Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences on January 15, 2015. The workshop was called, "When Science and Citizens Connect: Public Engagement on Genetically Modified Organisms.” Jason's paper is titled â€œEngaging Publics in Science and Technology.” Other papers and videos from the workshop are accessible on the National Academy of Sciences website.

Winter School Alumni Win Award

Several friends of CSPO-CNS participated in the interdisciplinary team of North Carolina State University graduate students that won the best policy and practices project award at the 2014 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. The team, which created a web-based interactive values mapping tool to help people articulate and reflect on what it means to innovate responsibly, was captained by Elizabeth Pitts, a PhD candidate in Communication who attended the 2014 CSPO-CNS Winter School, and also included Sophia Webster, a PhD student in Entomology who participated in CSPO’s 2014 Science Outside the Lab (SOtL) DC Summer Session program. They and other students worked with the Glowing Plant, the world’s first crowd-funded genetically engineered organism, to test the framework. The team was sponsored by North Carolina State University’s Genetic Engineering and Society Center under the guidance of professors Jennifer Kuzma and David Berube. Advisors included Andrew Maynard, director of the Risk Science Center at the University of Michigan, and Antony Evans, CEO of the Glowing Plant Project. This was the first year that the iGEM competition, which brought together 245 teams from around the world to showcase achievements in synthetic biology, included a policy and practices track, which aims to stimulate innovative ways of thinking about the policy, economic, social, legal, and philosophical landscape of synthetic biology.

Keys accepts PMF position with US Army

Cameron Keys (CSPO-AZ Graduate Student - 2012 PSM in Science and Technology Policy) has accepted a two-year Presidential Management Fellowship appointment as a U.S. Army Financial Management Analyst in the G-48 Resource Integration Directorate, effective February 9, 2015. In addition, Cameron has been selected by the Synthetic Biology Leadership Excellence Accelerator Program as a 2015 Synbio LEAP Fellow. Cameron will be working with mentors and colleagues to develop a strategic action plan focused on the intelligent evolution of responsible lab-to-market commercialization practices within biotech and synbio communities. Synbio LEAP is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, and the UK's Synthetic Biology Innovation Commercial and Industrial Translation Engine.

Recent Publications and Posts by CSPO Alumni

Christian Beaudrie (2014 CSPO-CNS Winter School) is an Associate at Compass Resource Management Ltd. in Vancouver, BC, where he specializes in risk and decision analysis, governance, and stakeholder engagement, particularly in fields related to environmental management, toxics and emerging technologies. His research focuses on exploring the use of expert judgment in decision making under high uncertainty, with a focus on emerging technologies.
CEH Beaudrie, T Satterfield, M Kandlikar, BH Harthorn. (2014) Scientists versus Regulators: Precaution, Novelty & Regulatory Oversight as Predictors of Perceived Risks of Engineered Nanomaterials. PloS One 9 (9). doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0106365
CEH Beaudrie,
M Kandlikar, R Gregory, G Long, T Wilson. (2014) Nanomaterial risk screening: a structured approach to aid decision making under uncertainty. Environment Systems and Decisions, 1-22. doi: 10.1007/s10669-014-9529-y
CM Powers, KD Grieger, C Beaudrie, CO Hendren, JM Davis, A Wang, CM Sayes, M MacDonell, JS Gift. (2014) Data dialogues: critical connections for designing and implementing future nanomaterial research. Environment Systems and Decisions, 1-12. doi: 10.1007/s10669-014-9518-1#
Rider Foley (CSPS-AZ Graduate Student - 2013 PhD in Sustainability) is an Assistant Professor of Science, Technology and Society in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia. The theme of his research is how to deploy emerging technologies safely while also addressing critical environmental and social issues effectively.
Rider W. Foley and Arnim Wiek. 2014. "Scenarios of nanotechnology innovation vis-à-vis sustainability challenges." Futures. doi:10.1016/j.futures.2014.09.005

Rider W. Foley, Darren Petrucci, and Arnim Wiek. December 08, 2014. "Imagining the Future City." Issues in Science and Technology, Fall: 80-90.
Gretchen Gano (CSPO-AZ Graduate Student - 2014 PhD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology) is a Research Fellow and Lecturer for the Science, Technology and Society Initiative within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS) and the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Gretchen L. Gano, 2014. "Starting with Universe: Buckminster Fuller’s Design Science Now." Futures. doi:10.1016/j.futures.2014.12.011
Christine Luk (CSPO-AZ Graduate Student - 2014 PhD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology) is interested in mapping the dissimilarities and intersections between various areas of inquiry pertaining to techno-science which include, but not limited to, gender studies, China studies and STS studies.
Christine Luk. 2015. "Building Biophysics in Mid-Century China: The University of Science and Technology of China." Journal of the History of Biology. doi: 10.1007/s10739-014-9398-8
Jason O'Leary (CSPO-AZ Graduate Student - 2011 PSM in Science and Technology Policy, CSPO-AZ) is a doctoral student in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology PhD program at Arizona State University. His research focuses on exploring how individuals and groups of people make decisions about energy, sustainability, and the future of both.
Clark A. Miller, Jason O'Leary, Elisabeth Graffy, and Gary Dirks. 2014. "Narrative futures and the governance of energy transitions." Futures. doi:10.1016/j.futures.2014.12.001

Clark A. Miller, Jennifer Richter, and Jason O'Leary. 2015. "Socio-energy systems design: A policy framework for energy." Energy Research & Social Science, 6:29-40. doi:10.1016/j.erss.2014.11.004
Thad Miller (CSPO-AZ Graduate Student - 2011 PhD in Sustainability) is an Assistant Professor in the Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning at Portland State University. His research explores themes related to the social and political dimensions of linking sustainability science to social action and policies, urban sustainability and socio-technical change, and interdisciplinary research and education.
Miller, Thadeus R. Reconstructing Sustainability Science - Knowledge And Action For A Sustainable Future. The Earthscan Science in Society Series, edited by Steve Rayner. University of Oxford, 2014.
Kehinde Rilwan Salau (2009 SOtL DC Summer Session) is an Alliance Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Arizona. His studies focus on interacting population dynamics utilizing a mathematical and computational modeling framework. He hopes to develop informative criteria for effective management of coupled human-natural systems.
Salau, K. R., E. P. Fenichel. Bioeconomic analysis supports the endangered species act. Journal of Mathematical Biology, published online 14 Oct 2014. doi: 10.1007/s00285-014-0840-5

Alumni Briefs

Philip Asare (2014 SOtL DC Summer Session) is a doctoral student in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Virginia. His work centers on looking at a framework for safety analysis of body sensor networks (BSN). He was recently featured in an article in the October 2014 issue of The Magazine for Professional Engineers titled "Communication Countdown, Competition pushes engineers to quickly distill research for broad audience." Philip competed in the 2013 University of Virginia Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) where he presented a brief summary of his research in a clear and simple manner using just one PowerPoint slide. The article features the finalists from the competition.
Jennifer Brian (CSPO-AZ Graduate Student - 2012 PhD in Biology and Society) is an Honors Faculty Fellow at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University. On February 22, 2015 she will be in Costa Mesa, CA to judge at the Nineteenth Intercollegiate Ethics BowlSM Competition. The Intercollegiate Ethics BowlSM (IEB) gives students a chance to enter an academic competition that combines excitement and fun with an educationally valuable experience in the areas of practical and professional ethics.
Melissa Cannon (CSPO-AZ Graduate Student - 2014 Master of Science and Technology Policy) has accepted a position at The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. As the Q?Crew Lead Coordinator, she manages the teen volunteers in the Q?ruis (hands-on science section), trains them to communicate science to the public, and leads the process of creating new activities in the museum.
Christine Luk (CSPO-AZ Graduate Student - 2014 PhD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology) recently received a book contract from Springer to publish her dissertation work as a book. The tentative title is A History of Biophysics in Contemporary China.
Daniel Miller (2014 Winter School) was recently featured in the U.S. Army Information Technology Agency ITA Times. Dan says "As a PhD student in Science and Technology Studies (Virginia Tech), and also a working professional in the world of U.S. government information technology (Department of Defense), I'm always looking for chances to have these worlds intersect. I've found that brief discussions of opportunity, or even a word or two in a report or briefing, often encourage conversations that can affect outcomes for the better. One such chance was a spot-interview for my agency’s newsletter. My intermixing of business, the social and the technical garnered a surprising amount of comment. (Who knew anyone read the newsletter?) It had people thinking. Try it yourself and see if you can nudge things in the 'right' or at least an interesting direction!"
Teresa (Terri) Murray (2004 SOtL DC Summer Session) is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Center for Biomedical Research and Rehabilitation Sciences at Louisiana Tech University. It has been an exciting year for Terri who received the Edmondson/Crump Professorship from Louisiana Tech University. Additionally, she was elected for a two-year term as President of Alpha Eta Mu Beta, the National Biomedical Engineering Honor Society, and a one-year term as President of NeuroCore, the chapter of the Society for Neuroscience that serves the ArkLaTex region. Her focus for both organizations is providing educational sessions at conferences for students and professional development for students and early career members. Terri was the driving force behind the creation of an annual series of student ethics workshops and public policy sessions targeted toward students and postdoctoral fellows held during an annual, national conference of Biomedical Engineers.
Kiera Reifschneider (former CSPO-AZ Postdoctoral Researcher) has accepted a position in Washington, DC as a Senior Physical Scientist with the Government Accountability Office (GAO). There, she provides technical expertise for science and technology assessments and audits performed for the Congress. GAO is an independent, nonpartisan agency that investigates how the federal government spends taxpayer dollars.
Daryl Traylor (former CSPO-AZ Undergraduate Intern) spent two weeks in December 2014 and January 2015 on a public health mission trip in Mainpat, India. The project is part of the Northern Arizona University Mainpat Interdisciplinary Service Learning Project. Daryl led a team of two undergraduate students and one graduate public health student. The team performed a health needs assessment of the Tibetan refugee and Hindu communities in and around Mainpat. They discovered that there are a great many health needs but some of the more pressing issues faced by the community include slavery / indentured servitude, water contaminated with feces, HIV & syphilis, alcoholism, and high levels of diabetes-related ocular problems. A community health assessment report will be generated by the team. It will be presented to the Tibetan Government in Exile Health Ministry and the local Chattisgarh state government. The hope is that the report will stimulate some public health action on the part of both governments. The report will also be used to devise health interventions by future NAU teams that travel to Mainpat.
Paul Vereshchetin (2014 SOtL DC Summer Session) organized a first of its kind Science & Technology Policy Career Panel for graduate students at the University of Virginia. It was held on October 23, 2014. The attendance was over fifty people, mostly Ph.D. students. It was organized through the Graduate Student Consulting Club that Paul leads at the University of Virginia. The university newspaper, The Cavalier Daily, covered the event. The article, "Panel discusses Science, Technology policy careers" is available on the newspaper website.


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CSPO is reaching out to those men and women who have experienced firsthand the benefits of the quality programs offered through CSPO. We are asking you — our alumni/ae community — for your participation in a new fundraising campaign with the goal of advancing CSPO’s mission.

Our request to those of you who have spent time in CSPO programs such as Science Outside the Lab, the conference on the Rightful Place of Science, citizen engagement activities, museum collaborations, or our DC policy seminar series, is that you consider a gift to help ensure the continued success of these programs, and the creation of new activities that can expand our reach and influence.

We are asking that you give any amount, even a small one in response to this campaign. In addition, the CSPO faculty have pledged $2000 collectively and have issued a friendly challenge to alumni—if 40% of you participate, the faculty will double their contribution to $4000!

We hope you consider this challenge as an important call to action to advance our collective vision of science and technology in support of a more just and equitable society.

Happy Birthday
to those of you
celebrating in
February, March,
April and May!

Susanna Blair
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