Science and Technology Innovation Program


Did You Feel It? Social Media for Earthquake Science and Response

September 27, 2011 // 3:00pm4:30pm
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.

Report Release: 2011 State of the Future

September 13, 2011 // 9:00am11:00pm
The world is in a race between implementing ever-increasing ways to improve the human condition and the seemingly ever-increasing complexity and scale of global problems. How are we doing in this race?

Liability and Reliability Of Crowdsourced and Volunteered Information for Disaster Management

August 30, 2011 // 2:00pm4:00pm
The rapid rate of innovation and adoption of technology, especially mobile technology, by citizens and first-responders alike has the potential to enable a greater level of community preparedness not previously possible. This panel will explore the potential benefits and reliability of crowdsourced and volunteered information for disaster management.

Comprehensive Environmental Assessment and Its Application to Synthetic Biology Applications

July 28, 2011 // 9:00am5:00pm
Testing a Comprehensive Environmental Assessment framework for its ability to identify important research questions to support future ecological risk assessments of synthetic biology.

Societal Issues Arising From Synthetic Biology

July 20, 2011 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Lori Knowles, University of Alberta; David Rejeski, Director, Science and Technology Innovation Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

Wilson Center Launches Budget Hero 2.0

July 13, 2011 // 2:00pm3:00pm
The Wilson Center and American Public Media launched an updated version of Budget Hero at an event on Capitol Hill. The latest version of Budget Hero includes updated Congressional Budget Office numbers and gives people the chance to do what Congress hasn't yet managed—balance the federal budget.

Crowd and Crown: Policy Issues in Social Media for International Crisis Response

June 14, 2011 // 3:00pm4:30pm
Crowdsourcing and crisis mapping have opened new approaches to making sense of crises. Yet these new technologies raise unanswered questions. John Crowley, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard University, discusses the development of policies to connect the crowd to the traditional institutions that respond to emergencies.

Critical Materials Flow in an Age of Constraint: Exploring Challenges and Solutions Across Materials

May 25, 2011 // 8:00am5:00pm
Sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Science and Technology Innovation Program and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Intelligence, Science and Technology Division, the workshop will analyze three specific non-renewable resources - phosphorus, lithium, and neodymium - along with an overview of DOE’s strategy on isotopic helium.

President's Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

March 25, 2011 // 9:00am11:00am
Christine Grady, President's Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues; Anita Allen, President's Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues; Dr. Lino Paula, Policy Officer, European Commission, Directorate General for Research and Innovation, Unit B6 Ethics and Gender; David Rejeski, Director, Science and Technology Innovation Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

Socio-Technical Integration Research Project Workshop 4

February 17, 2011 // 8:00am12:00pm
Daan Schuurbiers; Wim Vermaas; Antonio Calleja-Lopez; Shreya Bhattacharyya; Rene von Schomberg; Robin Phelps; Robert Bowman; Paul Ellwood; Terry Wilkins; Mike Gorman


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