Spring 24 Newsletter

Welcome to Spring 2024! As the new season begins to bloom, we invite you to engage with CSPO’s latest developments. Take a moment to catch up on our latest research endeavors and upcoming events as CSPO continues to flourish in personnel, projects, and programs. We look forward to welcoming you this spring!

Spring Events

Join the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes this spring at our upcoming programs to hear from leading-edge thinkers working in science and technology policy. Our goal is to share applied methods while catalyzing discussions and collaborations between science policy researchers and decision makers about new ideas and approaches for improving the social value of science and technology.

March 21, 2024 12:00 – 1:30PM
CSPO Conversations: Technology Policy and Regional Innovation Engines – Baltimore Equitech

As the federal government invests billions in place-based support, S&T agencies are working to spark transformative change. Simultaneously, historically overlooked regions are charting their own unique pathways to growth, building on local talents and forging new connections. What combination of science and technology policy, technology entrepreneurship, community organizations, and workforce upskilling lead to success for regional innovation engines? Is there a formula that can be replicated across the US, or does every region need to forge its own model?

CSPO is developing a series of programs this spring to bring together federal and local policymakers, regional development experts, entrepreneurs, innovators, and ecosystem builders. Join us on March 21st for our first CSPO conversations program of the year, focusing on the Baltimore Equitech initiative which is developing and integrating AI, healthcare, and new energy technologies while training locals in advanced manufacturing. Registration for this event is by invitation only. If you wish to attend, please contact Arthur Daemmrich or Chanel Okosun

New Tools for Science Policy: Towards a more Effective, Participatory and Democratic Science and Policy

Join us for our upcoming New Tools Program:

MARCH 21, 2024Inspirations from European Technology Assessments: Institutions, Practices and Key Debates with Anja Bauer

You are welcome to attend our other breakfast seminar discussions (ASU DC Center and online):


CSPO is growing! We are excited to welcome the following new team members onboard:

  • Chanel Okosun joins CSPO this spring as the Communications and Engagement Coordinator. Chanel is a graduate from Towson University with a background rooted in project/program management and community involvement. Before ASU, her previous work included communication strategies at Baltimore City Public Schools.
  • Anja Bauer joins CSPO as a visiting professor this spring. Anja is an Associate Professor at the Department of Society, Knowledge and Politics at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria. Anja has extensive experience in research and teaching on environmental, sustainability and technology policy issues, with a particular focus on the role of expertise, anticipation and participation in policy making. During her stay, Anja will focus on the institutions and practices of scientific policy advice on matters of science and technology in the United States. In addition, she is exploring initiatives related to open energy modeling.
  • Alexa Panati joins CSPO as a science policy intern for our Driverless Futures project. Alexa is a junior at Georgetown University studying Government, Philosophy, and Tech Ethics. She is working with David Tomblin to produce a paper that analyzes open frame focus group data within the context of the rural-urban divide and distributive justice concerns more broadly.

We are hiring:


CSPO projects purposefully cross disciplinary boundaries and seek answers to questions many people are asking, but few seem bothered to fully explore. A few newer initiatives include:

  • AI for Policy: CSPO Director Arthur Daemmrich and Professor Bhaven Sampat were among the projects selected for ASU’s collaboration with OpenAI to conduct research projects using an enterprise version of ChatGPT. They will explore and test the use of large language models to group, summarize, and identify actionable concerns from public comments on proposed federal agency regulations. As part of the project, they will use both ChatGPT and their own analysis to compare outputs with the analysis and final rules promulgated by federal agencies in several recent cases.
  • Bhaven Sampat’s recent work on the effects of World War II on U.S. innovation was published in the American Economic Review , and his paper on implications for crisis innovation policy in Research Policy. He is currently working on projects on the history of U.S. medical research system, on the relationships between the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the pharmaceutical industry, and on U.S. and global patent policy. He is co-organizing the 2024 International Conference on the Science of Science and Innovation to be held at the National Academy of Sciences July 1 to July 3, and was appointed to a Congressionally-mandated National Academies’ committee to evaluate the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs at NASA.
  • Consortium for Community Engagement Innovation and Learning (CCEIL-AZ)Nich Weller, Mahmud Farooque, Jen Richter and David Tomblin participated in DOE’s third quarterly meeting of the consent based siting consortia (Feb 14-15). Joey Eschrich, Ruth Wylie and Clark Miller hosted a two-day “hackathon” workshop (Feb 15-16) to kick start the science fiction narrative part of the project. It brought together authors, instructional designers, and subject matter experts such as former NRC Chair Allison Macfarlane and Associate Professors Myrriah Gómez and Jen Richter. Lisa Lewis and Kal Mannis, project partners, coordinated the first two community conversations on consent based siting process (Feb 17-18) at the Bisbee High School and Copper Queen Library in Bisbee, AZ.  Outcomes from these dialogues are being used to inform, improve and host 12-18 community conversations in different parts of Arizona in coordination with additional project partners in the coming months.
  • Sociotechnical Approach to Fusion Energy Development: Steffanie Diem, Aditi Verma, Mahmud Farooque, and Jared Owens briefed (Feb 22) an interagency fusion work group on the current status of the research project following an invitation from Kei Koizumi, WHOSTP Senior Director for Policy. Upcoming research plans include hosting a third focus group dialogue in April and presenting at an international conference in August.
  • Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) Public Forums: Amanda Borth, completed her Ph.D. in Communication from George Mason University in December 2023. Her dissertation included collection and analysis of data from the open-framing phase of the project. Amanda also co-authored a publication with Earth Systems Governance Carbon Removal Working Group members exploring a research agenda for CDR governance. On Saturday May 4, 2024, the Museum of Science, Boston (MOS) will host a pilot forum to test, evaluate and improve the informational content, table-top materials, and facilitation strategies for the larger public deliberation forums being planned in the United States and Canada in early Fall of 2024. Fifty participants from the Boston area will be invited to learn, discuss, and share their values and ideas around marine and land-based CDR methods and governance structures.

Connect with us!

Future newsletters will provide updates on these and numerous other S&T policy-oriented projects underway at CSPO.


For more on CSPO’s programs and projects, visit to our website and connect with us on LinkedIn.