CSPO Conversations

Occasional Encounters in Science, Society and Policy

CSPO conversations are occasional dialogues and collective reflections, among thought leaders, partners and collaborators, on contemporary issues at the intersections of science, society and policy — from the perils of remaining captive to a “scientific-technological elite” to pragmatic actions in dealing with climate change.

  • Progress Against Alzheimer’s Disease

    What are the implications of this history for ongoing efforts to deal with Alzheimer’s disease?  What does it say about investments in the study of health services, and innovations in health care delivery? As Congress provides new money to fund research, what lessons can help guide the next generation of public investments?

    To celebrate the publication of the Fall 2018 Issues in Science and Technology, ASU professor Robert Cook-Deegan, author of “Progress Against Alzheimer’s Disease?” and an OTA alum,will talk with Zaven Khachaturian, editor-in-chief of Alzheimer’s & Dementia and former director of the Office of Alzheimer Research at the National Institutes of Health. Join us for a fascinating look at the current state of and future opportunities for Alzheimer’s treatment and care.

    Date

    November 16, 2018 8:30am—10:30am

    Location Information

    ASU Barrett & O’Connor Center Washington Center
    1800 I Street NW
    Washington, DC 20006

    Links

  • Data Alive Workshop

    This workshop seeks to provide a platform for multidisciplinary perspectives on “data”. Digital data has traditionally been defined as “bits and bytes”; it was not information, and it was not knowledge or wisdomThere is no doubt that data drives decision making in corporations; a process of transformation into something other than bits and bytes sheds light on short term and long-term structural objectives. Today there are machine-to-machine communications, without a human in the loop. What are some of the social implications of such systems? What is the role of the human in an increasingly technocratic society? How can we leverage data for human and environmental sustainability? How is narrative important to our future(s)? The Workshop will invite stakeholders of all types to participate in activities, allowing them to return to their workplaces to ask the same questions and the same challenges elicited in the Workshop.

    Date

    November 15, 2018 8:30am—5:00pm

    Location Information

    ASU Barrett & O’Connor Center
    1800 I St NW
    8th Floor
    Washington, DC 20006

    Links

  • Governing Solar Radiation Management

    SRM research, with its potential for irreversible changes to a complex global system, is controversial and raises many questions. One of the most critical of these questions is the governance of SRM research: how should decisions governing this research be made, by whom, and with what objectives? CSPO and the Forum for Climate Engineering Assessment, within American University’s School of International Service, invites you to a conversation about FCEA’s latest report, “Governing Solar Radiation Management.” Join us to learn about the conclusions of the report and hear members of the Working Group reflect on the process of crafting this consensus document while also providing critical feedback on the report.

    Date

    October 30, 2018 12:00pm—2:00pm

    Location Information

    ASU Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center

    1800 I Street NW

    Washington, DC 20006

    Links

  • A Humble Insect, the Quest for Knowledge, and Our Unnatural Future

    “The proper study of mankind is man,” Alexander Pope famously wrote in 1733. But award-winning journalist Lisa Margonelli’s new book, Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology, tells us that the proper study of mankind might very well be termites. In telling this tale of what science is learning about termites, Margonelli is really pursuing deeper questions about science and humanity itself, to ask, “How do we know what we know?” and even “How do we know who we are?” Underbug is a wise, funny, disquieting, and hopeful portrayal of how humanity’s quest for knowledge about the world around us is also a mirror on our inner selves.

    Join Lisa Margonelli and National Public Radio science reporter Richard Harris in a discussion of Underbug, followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase.

    Date

    September 05, 2018 8:30am—10:30am

    Location Information

    ASU Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center

    1800 I Street NW

    Washington, DC 20006

    Links

  • National Priorities for Adapting to Global Warming

    Join us for the launch of the Summer 2018 Issues in Science and Technology!

    How can climate adaptation become a national priority?

    Bruce Guile, president and cofounder of the New Advisory Group, and Raj Pandya, the founding director of the Thriving Earth Exchange at the American Geophysical Union, will address exactly that question. They will discuss “Adapting to Global Warming: Four National Priorities,” their clear-eyed assessment of the policy steps needed to use human ingenuity to confront climate change.

    Please join us as these experts bring decades of experience in climate policy to bear on the urgent question of how best to adapt to a warmer future.

    Date

    August 09, 2018 8:30am—10:30am

    Location Information

    ASU Barrett & O’Connor Center Washington Center

    1800 I Street NW

    Washington, DC 20006

    Links

  • Debunking the “War on Coal”

    Join us for the launch of the Winter 2018 Issues in Science and Technology!

    Charles Herrick and Ana Unruh Cohen will discuss how US greenhouse gas regulations affect the coal industry and other energy sectors. They will look at what other factors have led to a decline in the country’s coal use, and how these forces might shape US energy production in the future.

    Please join us as these experts explore past and present environmental regulations in the United States, and what the current situation could mean for the future.

    Date

    February 27, 2018 8:30am—10:30am

    Location Information

    Please note the new location!

    New York University Washington, DC Center

    1307 L Street NW
    Washington, DC 20005

    Links

  • Make America Innovate Again

    Join us for the launch of the Summer 2017 Issues in Science and Technology!

    Richard Van Atta, an adjunct research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, will discuss what we can learn from the Defense Department and DARPA—about effective partnerships, priorities, and policymaking—in advancing innovation in a variety of essential fields. By partnering with private industry and academia on mission-driven goals, DARPA pioneered some of today’s most vital technologies, including the internet, GPS, and autonomous vehicles.

    Date

    July 18, 2017 8:30am—10:30am

    Location Information

    ASU Washington Center
    1834 Connecticut Ave NW
    Washington, DC 20009

    Links

  • The End of Insight?

    Drawing from his essay in the Spring 2017 Issues in Science and Technology and from his new book, What Algorithms Want: Imagination in the Age of Computing, Ed Finn will explore how computer-generated knowledge is affecting scientific research, and how humans can become better users and architects of these powerful algorithms.

    Date

    March 29, 2017 8:30am—10:30am

    Location Information

    ASU Washington Center
    1834 Connecticut Ave
    Washington, DC 20009