Past CSPO Events

  • November 04, 2013
    CSPO DC - New Tools for Science Policy

    Africans Dial Up Innovation

    A New Paradigm for Development in the Sub-Saharan

    The people of the Sub-Saharan region are participating in an historic shift in the ways they relate to science and technology. From Accra to Nairobi, from Lusaka to Bamako — Africans have gone from concentrating almost wholly on absorbing new technologies created by distant innovators to energetically and optimistically creating some of their own technologies, developed to an unprecedented degree by home-grown African innovators.

    G. Pascal (Gregg) Zachary

  • October 16, 2013
    CSPO DC - New Tools for Science Policy

    Do Renewable Energy Innovations Mean a Death Spiral for Electric Utilities?

    Renewable energy options, led by rooftop solar, have recently transitioned from a luxury good available to few customers to increasingly cost-effective and mainstream sources of electric supply within the reach of many.

    Elisabeth Graffy

  • October 07, 2013

    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.

    Robert Charette, Daniel Sarewitz

  • June 05, 2013
    CSPO DC - New Tools for Science Policy

    Navigating the Commons

    How Science and Management in the Mission Agencies Create Disruptions and Spur Innovations

    The Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO) hosted a series of informal exchanges between science policy practitioners (i.e. program managers) in government, academia and scientific societies about the challenges and opportunities for innovating in path dependent institutions.

    Doug Austen, Adam Parris, David Cleaves, Joe Thompson

  • May 17, 2013
    CSPO DC - New Tools for Science Policy

    Transforming and Repositioning the American Science Museum

    New Tools for Engaging the Public

    Can the museum become a place where the role of science and technology in our lives is actively discussed, where the values of visitors are acknowledged and where tools to be a participant in our increasingly technological democracy can be shared?

    Brad Herring, Ira Bennett

  • April 16, 2013
    CSPO DC - New Tools for Science Policy

    Technology and Development in a Conflict Zone

    War as a Prioritizing Tool

    This seminar explores the questions of how that war and development co-exist, why it is still going on even after the threat to which it was primarily directed is past, and whether different results can be expected in the future.

    Gary M. Grossman

  • March 08, 2013
    CSPO DC - New Tools for Science Policy

    A Brave New (online) World

    Emerging Technologies at the Intersection of Science, Policy, and Rapidly Changing Media Environments

    How can citizens make meaningful policy choices in an age of (anti-)science blogs and vicious online debates? And what can we learn from recent empirical work in the social sciences about strategies for navigating this brave new world of science policy?

    Dietram A. Scheufele

  • February 19, 2013
    CSPO DC - New Tools for Science Policy

    Time to reassess the promise of nanotechnology?

    An analysis of research, developments and commercialization

    Drawing from work undertaken by Youtie, Shapira and their colleagues at Georgia Tech, the seminar will present evidence tracking nanotechnology research and commercialization and draw implications for anticipatory governance and public policy.

    Jan Youtie