Science and Technology Innovation Program

Events

GAO REPORT RELEASE: Climate Engineering; Technical status, future directions, and potential responses

October 12, 2011 // 12:30pm2:00pm
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.
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Humanitarian Response in a Time of Mass Collaboration and Networked Intelligence

October 04, 2011 // 4:00pm5:30pm
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.
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Environmental and Social Issues Arising from Synthetic Biology: Redesigning Life

September 28, 2011 // 12:00pm2:00pm
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.

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.
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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?
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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.
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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
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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.

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Experts & Staff

  • David Rejeski // Director, Science and Technology Innovation Program; Interim Director, Commons Lab
  • Todd Kuiken, Ph.D. // Senior Program Associate, Science and Technology Innovation Program
  • Aaron Lovell // Writer/Editor/Program Manager, Science and Technology Innovation Program
  • Eleonore Pauwels // Program Associate/Researcher, Science and Technology Innovation Program
  • Anne Bowser // Researcher, Data Science and Visualization, Science and Technology Innovation Program
  • Elizabeth Tyson // New Projects/Technology Scout, Science and Technology Innovation Program
  • Sharon Weinberger // Global Fellow
  • Piers Millett // Global Fellow
  • Mark Schaefer // Global Fellow