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David Tomblin

Director, Science, Technology and Society Program, A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park

Biography

David Tomblin works on issues surrounding the governance of and public engagement with emerging technologies and has taught STS and related courses at the University of Maryland since 2009. He succeeded Betsy Mendelsohn as Director of STS programs in College Park Scholars and the University Certificate in the Engineering School in July 2013.  He earned a B.S. in biology from Old Dominion University and a M.S. in biology from Virginia Tech. He earned a doctorate in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech in 2009. David’s most recent research project, Futurescape City Tours, is in collaboration with the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University. This effort is an experimental citizen-driven deliberative process that uses photography and informal discussions with scientific experts to explore the future role that nanotechnology will play in the sustainable development of urban infrastructure (e.g., construction materials, water management, and energy production). David is also involved with the Danish Board of Technology’s efforts to promote global citizen deliberations on important environmental issues such as biodiversity loss and climate change.  From past research endeavors, he is working on a book describing the role of ecological restoration in the cultural and political revitalization of the White Mountain Apache Tribe in east-central Arizona. His most recent article on the democratization of science and technology appears in New Natures: Joining Environmental History with Science and Technology Studies (2013).

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Tomblin, David, Worthington, Richard, Gano, Gretchen L., Farooque, Mahmud, Sittenfeld, David and Lloyd, Jason. 2015. Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: A Citizen’s Forum (Full Report). United States.

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Tomblin, David, Worthington, Richard, Gano, Gretchen L., Farooque, Mahmud, Sittenfeld, David and Lloyd, Jason. 2015. Informing NASA’s Asteroid Initiative: A Citizen’s Forum (Summary Report). United States.

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Worthington, Richard, Cavalier, Darlene, Farooque, Mahmud, Gano, Gretchen L., Geddes, Henry, Sander, Steven, et al. 2012. Technology Assessment and Public Participation: From TA to pTA. Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST).

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