New Tools for Science Policy - A Breakfast Seminar Series

"The nascent field of the social science of science policy needs to grow up, and quickly."               

- John Marburger, former Science Adviser to the U.S. President
How do we know what science is "the right science" to do? How can we effectively orient the vast research enterprise to make real progress toward societal goals? Since its inception, CSPO and its network of researchers have been developing models, tools, and methods to help address fundamental questions in science policy. The goal of this seminar series is to help science policy "grow up, and quickly," by catalyzing discussions and collaborations between science policy researchers and decision makers about new ideas and approaches for improving the social value of science and technology.

Spring Seminars

  • February 28, 2014: Design Thinking, Sustainability and the Future City, Darren Petrucci and Rider Foley, Arizona State University
  • March 4, 2014: Ethics and the New Engineer: Teaching, Research and Practice, Joseph Herkert, Arizona State University
  • April 28, 2014: Designing Transitions in Energy Systems: The Human Dimensions, Clark Miller, Arizona State University
  • May 9, 2014: Development Orthodoxy in the Himalayas: A Case of Persistent Policy Failure in Agriculture, Netra Chhetri, Arizona State University

Seminars are free and held at the ASU Washngton Center, 1834 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009 from 8:30am - 10:30am (breakfast provided).  Presentation starts promptly at 9:00am.  Seating is limited.  To RSVP please send an email to with the date of the seminar and identifying information.

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  • December 10, 2013: Factory Meat and Designer Food: Soon at a Store Near You? Braden Allenby, Arizona State University.

  • November 4, 2013: Africans Dial Up Innovation: A New Paradigm for Development in the Sub-Saharan, Gregg Pascal Zachary, Arizona State University.

  • October 16, 2013: Do Renewable Energy Innovations Mean A Death Spiral For Electric Utilities? Elisabeth Graffy, Arizona State University.

  • June 5, 2013Navigating the Commons: How Science and Management in the Mission Agencies Create Disruptions and Spur Innovation, Dan Sarewitz, Arizona State UniversityDavid Cleaves, US Forest Service, Adam Parris, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Doug Austen, US Fish and Wildlife Services, Joe Thompson, US Government Accountability Office

  • May 17, 2013: Transforming and Repositioning the American Science Museum, Ira Bennett, Arizona State University and Brad Herring, Museum of Life & Science - Durham, N.C.

  • Apr 16, 2013: Technology and Development in a Conflict Zone: War as a Prioritizing Tool, Gary Grossman, Arizona State University

  • Mar 8, 2013: A Brave New (online) World: Emerging Technologies at the Intersection of Science, Policy, and Rapidly Changing Media Environments, Dietram Scheufele , University of Wisconsin, Madison

  • Feb 19, 2013: Time to reassess the promise of nanotechnology? An analysis of research, developments and commercialization, Jan Youtie, Georgia Tech

  • Jan 25, 2013: What if You Can't Measure What Matters? Public Value Mapping of Science and Innovation Policies, Dan Sarewitz, Arizona State University

  • Apr 26, 2012: Self-Critical Public Science: How to Integrate Creativity and Responsibility, Erik Fisher, Arizona State University

  • Mar 27, 2012: Bytes and Bodies: Social Media and Political Changes, Merlyna Lim, Arizona State University

  • Feb 7, 2012: Competition within government-sponsored R&D: An effective tool for innovation or a recipe for waste and duplication? Sybil Francis, Center for the Future of Arizona & Gregg Pascal Zachary, Arizona State University

  • Dec 1, 2011: Climate of Uncertainty: Civic Scenarios for Decision Making, Cynthia Selin, Arizona State University; Patrick Hamilton, Science Museum of Minnesota; Robert Garfinkle, Science Museum of Minnesota

  • Nov 16, 2011: Creative Nonfiction/Narrative: Forging a Working Bond between Next Generation Science Communicators and Next Generation Science Policy Scholars, Lee Gutkind, Arizona State University; Adam Briggle, University of North Texas

  • Oct 7, 2011: The Challenge of Path Dependency and the Need for Anticipatory Governance, Jameson Wetmore, Arizona State University

  • May 24, 2011: Can art and religion serve as methods for governing emerging science and technology?, Dr. Greg Graffin, Steve Olson, and His Excellency, Monsignor Marcelo Sànchez Sorondo

  • April 27, 2011: Can "Do-It-Yourself" Biology Handle Our Biggest Health Challenges?, Gerald Epstein, Daniel Grushkin, Andrew Hessel, and Jessica Tucker

  • April 12, 2010: Usable Science: A CSTPR - CSPO Briefing Workshop on Science for Decision Making, Lisa Dilling, Genevieve Maricle, and Elizabeth McNie

New Tools for Science Policy: Theory and Method