As We Now Think

Reflections, commentary and analysis from Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University.

The real Ebola dilemma

By Heather M. Ross, HSD Student President Obama’s Ebola ethics dilemma is merely a headline — a critical case that illustrates a much broader problem with medical research and particularly … Continue reading

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Where Are Today’s Engineering Heroes?

CSPO Professor of Practice Gregg Zachary’s cover story in IEEE Spectrum launches a new public crusade: Engineering needs more heroes. By failing to celebrate its finest contributors, the profession risks … Continue reading

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Carbon controls and a solar surge: Are public attitudes changing the game?

By Elisabeth Graffy, Professor of Practice, CSPO and Lightworks Debates about federal carbon control regulations and a solar-energy-induced “death spiral” for electric utilities have been heating up, but along separate … Continue reading

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Fixing the VA: It’s not that easy

By Heather M. Ross, HSD student Proposals for new legislation to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are flying in Congress. Unfortunately, each is problematically simple and pretends that … Continue reading

June 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

FDA’s recent IRB guidance more style than substance

By Lee Seabrooke, HSD, PhD student The guidance provides useful operational issues to consider, such as the identification of “those studies for which IRB oversight is being transferred” and the … Continue reading

June 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

The fatal flaw of the EPA and the decline of the honeybee

Tess Doezema’s call to empower the EPA to ‘use a broader body of evidence than the strictly limited available evidence allowed under “sound science.”’   “Hey hey, ho ho, Monsanto … Continue reading

June 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Lessons from the ‘right to be forgotten’

Graduate student Jathan Sadowski interviews law professor on the “right to be forgotten.” There’s a truism among certain circles of analysts and commentators: Technologies usually outpace the laws meant to … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Makerspaces: What they are, and what they might mean for the university system

by Aubrey Wigner, a graduate student in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology   The STGlobal Conference is an annual graduate student-led event for presenting in-process or recently completed … Continue reading

May 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Review of The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age

Jathan Sadowski PhD student in the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes   In her new book, The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age, Astra … Continue reading

May 1, 2014 · 1 Comment

It’s the End of the World as We Prefer It, and I Feel … Stupid

By Daniel Sarewitz My predictions for the next 20 years or so: Natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes and typhoons, earthquakes, and droughts will afflict more people than ever, at … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · Leave a comment
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