Friday, August 18, 2017

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by Sean Hays (CNS, ASU) During the closing plenary session, a, more or less, representative panel of the conferences participants attempted to provide some final context to the conversation of the last three days. The question of the rightful place of science, still unresolved, served as the backdrop to a conversation that was really about  [ Read More ]

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By Shirley Laska, Professor Emerita of Sociology, Center for Hazards Assessment, Response & Technology, University of New Orleans, commenting from the last day of TPRS conference; Laska is one of the six conference Exemplars, and a recipient of the CSPO Prize. Thank you very much for inviting me to this very important conversation about the  [ Read More ]

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By Susan Fitzpatrick, Vice President, James S. McDonnell Foundation.  Fitzpatrick is one of the six conference Exemplars and a recipient of the CSPO Prize. I would like to pose a challenge to the community of science who are struggling to help identify the “rightful place of science.”  My challenge is one of taking responsibility for  [ Read More ]

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By Gretchen Gano and Cynthia Selin (Center for Nanotechnology in Society, ASU) On Sunday, five of us traveled north from Tempe on our way to Arcosanti: architect Paolo Soleri’s experimental town in the desert of Arizona, built to embody his concept of arcology – the fusion of architecture with ecology. We were lucky to have  [ Read More ]

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By Sean Hays (CNS ASU), reporting from the 2nd day TPRS Keynote Address by Mons. Sorondo Monsignor Marcelo Sànchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, provided an answer to the question, what is the rightful place of science, in the title of his presentation: The Truth of Science for Justice and Peace.  [ Read More ]

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By Ryan Meyer, CSPO at ASU, reporting from the Exemplar Panels
When your research is driven by user needs and the realities of problems on the ground, things get complicated. This exemplar session gave us a chance to consider some of the nuanced issues that emerge when you are, as Shirley put it, “not kidding around about being applied.”

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By Sean Hays (CNS ASU), reporting the first day Keynote Address, Gina Kolata Keynote speaker Gina Kolata, an award-winning science writer for The New York Times, attempted to answer the question, what is the rightful place of science, from the perspective of its role in journalism, and her role as a journalist. She offered what  [ Read More ]

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By Leslie Meredith, Vice President and Senior Editor, Free Press/Simon & Schuster.  Meredith is a closing plenary panelist. In the middle of the severe beauty of the Valley of the Sun, nestled at the base of Hayden Butte, and within sight of petroglyphs and ancient technology of the Hohokam canals, CSPO has put on a  [ Read More ]

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By Sean Hays (CNS, ASU) reporting from the Immunosignature Diagnostics: A Pointed Look at Research in the Biodesign Institute at ASU field trip. It is possible that a few people missed the question mark at the end of the title of this conference. We are, all of us, posing the question: what, exactly, is the  [ Read More ]

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By Ryan Meyer, CSPO at ASU, reporting from the Exemplar Panels
We witnessed a provocative and wide-ranging session this morning. Following ASU President Crow’s opening statement: “we’ve got to get past this notion that somehow we know what we are doing!” this panel struggled with perverse incentives, entrenched institutions, and the complexity of urgent problems such as health care and energy.