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.

  • Envisioning and Deliberating Differently

    As technology becomes more complex and pervasive in society, its potential impact on urban environments and citizens’ day-to-day lives grows. Ensuring that the publics have the opportunity to understand, respond to, and influence future directions related to innovation is therefore imperative for upholding a truly democratic society. In an effort to create a more inclusive, sustainable, and integrated public engagement and deliberation experiences, researchers at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU) developed the Futurescape City Tours (FCTs).  Please join us for a photographic and experiential journey through the citizen’s eye and a conversation among participants, designers, facilitators, and scientists of the FCT in Washington DC.

    Date

    October 22, 2014 5:30pm—8:00pm

    Location Information

    ASU Washington Center, 1834 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

    Additional Information

    Presented by:  ASU Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO) and ASU Center for Nanotechnology in Society

  • Is STEM Crisis a Myth?

    It’s an issue that has been repeated in countless reports and news stories: the United States is facing a looming shortage of scientists, technologists, engineers, and mathematicians—a STEM crisis, that is. It’s time for a reasoned, informed dialogue about STEM literacy in the United States, without the political hysterics and contrived logic. Join CSPO co-director Dan Sarewitz and Robert N. Charette, author of the recent IEEE Spectrum article, “The STEM Crisis Is a Myth,” for an in-depth look at this issue and the potential pitfalls and solutions surrounding it.

    Date

    October 07, 2013 3:00pm—4:15pm

    Location Information

    ASU Washington Center, 1834 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

    Additional Information

    Presented by:  Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO) and Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

  • Eisenhower’s Farewell Address at Fifty

    President Eisenhower’s address is mainly remembered for his warning of the perils of a “military-industrial complex.” Less widely known, but no less important was his caution, a few sentences later, about “the danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.” This seminar explored the historical context and current relevance of Eisenhower’s worries about a “scientific-technological elite.” CSPO faculty members and authors Dan Sarewitz and G. Pascal Zachary spoke, along with author and journalist Daniel S. Greenberg and journalist and former science analyst for the GAO William Lanouette. The panel was moderated by Steve Lagerfeld, editor of The Wilson Quarterly.

    Date

    January 18, 2011 4:30pm—6:00pm

    Location Information

    AAAS Auditorium, 1200 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC

    Additional Information

    Presented by:  Arizona State University’s Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)