As We Now Think

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

Ebola case shows importance of teamwork in healthcare

by Heather Ross. The White House’s announcement on Friday that it has Ebola “under control” is patently ridiculous. If the spread of Ebola to the United States impacts anything, I hope that it will be the recognition of the critical importance of effective interdisciplinary teamwork.

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The social costs of energy transitions

by Clark A. Miller Even as leader after leader in New York exhorted each other last week to take action to address climate change, a steady drumbeat of news has … Continue reading

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Are we sovereign?

by Clark Miller, CSPO Associate Director Scotland’s historic vote posed a deceptively simple question: Should Scotland be an independent nation? The question is deceptive because under it lays one of … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Airlines’ flight decks lack diversity

By Michael L. Zirulnik, Research Associate at the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes and a PhD candidate in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

August 12, 2014 · 1 Comment

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

July 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

June 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

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