Science and Technology Innovation Program
February 16, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Social networks have become an increasingly important mechanism in preventing, responding to and managing crises, especially in circumstances in which unity of effort can be achieved, but unity of command may not be feasible, or even desirable. This is stimulating new thinking about the nature of governance during times of significant transition, as well as stimulating the emergence of "Web 3.0 Resilience Systems."
December 15, 2011 // 9:15am — 10:15am
Remember the IT revolution? How about the Decade of the Brain or genetic engineering? Then there was nanotechnology and now synthetic biology. How well have we managed the risks associated with these advances and has society learned any lessons from the past that could be relevant to understanding the societal implications of new emerging technologies?
November 15, 2011 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
The earthquake in Haiti hit the most vulnerable -- particularly women and girls -- the hardest. Within the first week, reports of sexual violence emerged, as did stories of women and girls struggling to access assistance and living in crowded and unsafe camps. Now, almost one year later, hear from the organizations that remain in place and are gauging their success while also offering innovative solutions.
November 10, 2011 // 12:00pm — 2:30pm
As concerns about climate change grow and the possibility that we may have to resort to geoengineering to avert a climate catastrophe begins to be taken more seriously, several different viewpoints are emerging about how geoengineering should or could be developed and used.
November 10, 2011 // 8:30am — 10:00am
Please join us on November 10th for a panel and roundtable discussion that will feature findings and recommendations from the CNA report, 2011 Social Media + Emergency Management Camp: Transforming the Response Enterprise. Panelists from the emergency management community, private sector, government, and the digital volunteer community will discuss the report and offer policy and research recommendations for moving forward with the adoption, integration, and practice of social media in emergency management.
November 01, 2011 // 4:30pm — 6:00pm
The national public safety broadband network will provide interoperable voice and data communications for emergency responders nationwide, and an opportunity to leverage mission critical technologies, such as geospatial and social media, that will dramatically enhance the way public safety prepares for and responds to emergencies. Closing the gap between the emergency responders and private sector innovators is vital to achieving the full potential of the national public safety broadband network.
GAO REPORT RELEASE: Climate Engineering; Technical status, future directions, and potential responses
October 12, 2011 // 12:30pm — 2:00pm
In response to a congressional request for a technology assessment on climate engineering, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report in August. An interdisciplinary team prepared the report, employing a multi-method approach based on GAO’s quality assurance framework and best practices in technology assessment. The report examined the current state of climate engineering science and technology, experts’ views of the future of U.S. climate engineering research, and potential public responses to climate engineering.
October 04, 2011 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Gisli Olafsson, Emergency Response Director of NetHope, will discuss how digital age technologies, like social media, are revolutionizing the way humanitarian response will be conducted in the future.
September 28, 2011 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Invited panelists will discuss the science behind synthetic biology, the risks this emerging technology poses to the environment and human health, as well as the socio-economic issues arising from a new “bio-economy” enabled by synthetic biology.
September 27, 2011 // 3:00pm — 4:30pm
The U.S. Geological Survey’s “Did You Feel It?” (DYFI) system allows people who experience an earthquake to go online and share information about its effects, thus helping to create a map of shaking intensities and damage. After a decade of operational experience with the DYFI system for citizen-based science, Dr. David Wald will discuss lessons learned, including how they apply to other social media (e.g., Twitter) and volunteer-based methods for earthquake detection.