Media Engagement

I am frequently interviewed by media outlets because of my broad expertise in politics and policy related to science and technology, as well as specific research background on genetics and biotechnology (including CRISPR/gene editing) and related intellectual property issues and innovation in international development. I also frequently write opinion and other pieces for public audiences. My pieces have appeared in The New York Times, Nature, and The Conversation, among other outlets.

The Received Wisdom, a new podcast I am co-hosting with Jack Stilgoe, is my most recent effort. We talk to thinkers, activists, engineers, and policymakers from around the world about developing and governing science and technology to make the world a better place.

Recent Opinion Pieces

Colleges Must Play a Role in Bridging Ethics and Technology.” (with David H. Guston) The Chronicle of Higher Education. October 13, 2019.

The power (and disempowerment) of Menstrual Hygiene Management.” Discard Studies. October 2019.

“We need more qualitative research on patents and innovation.” Issues in Science and Technology. Summer 2019.

Use Patents to Regulate Gene Editing.” Nature. October 25, 2018.

An early expression of democracy, the US patent system is out of step with today’s citizens.” [Updated]. The Conversation. July 4 2018. (reprinted in Business Insider, Associated Press, among other outlets)

How to make sure we all benefit when nonprofits patent technologies like CRISPR.” The Conversation. July 19, 2017.

Obama administration’s big science and tech innovation: Socially engaged policy.” The Conversation. December 19, 2016. (reprinted in Business Insider, Associated Press, Houston Chronicle among other outlets)

Fostering Grassroots Innovation: Lessons India Can Teach Michigan.” The Next Idea, Stateside, Michigan Radio. May 9, 2016. Op-ed and radio interview.

"CRISPR Dispute Raises Bigger Patent Issues That We're Not Talking About." The Conversation. April 4, 2016. (reprinted in Singularity Hub, Phys.org among other outlets)

Awash in pink, but breast cancer awareness isn’t a cure.” [Updated]. The Conversation. October 22 2015. (reprinted in The Huffington Post among other outlets)

An early expression of democracy, the US patent system is out of step with today’s citizens.” The Conversation. July 31, 2015. (reprinted in Science Codex among other outlets)

Recent Interviews

Flash Forward podcast (hosted by Rose Eveleth), “CRIME: Can You Sue an Algorithm?” August 27, 2019.

Tanul Thakur, “Pad Campaign: How an Oscar-winning documentary used India’s rural women to sell a product.” The Caravan. May 1, 2019. 

Lindsay Smith and Stateside Staff, “Predictive algorithms can speed up bail decisions, but not without shortcomingsStateside, Michigan Radio, April 15, 2019.

“Patent Politics,” New Books podcast, November 2018.

 Shobita Parthasarathy, “Indian-Americans need role models in public policy.” The Times of India. June 18, 2018.

“Patent Politics,” Wine with Friends podcast, January 2018.

Center for Genetics and Society, “Webcast on Patent Politics, a discussion with Tania Simoncelli, Chan Zuckerberg Institute”, November 16, 2017.

Diana Crow, “Silicon Valley Meets Biomedical Research in the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.” Cell. Vol. 169, Issue 5, p. 767-769.

Center for Democracy and Technology, “TechTalk Podcast.” Interview with Brian Wesolowski (on Patent Politics). March 31, 2017.

CJ Arlotta, “Britain’s Best Option to Undo Brexit.” The Fiscal Times. July 1, 2016.

Cynthia Canty, “Fostering Grassroots Innovation: Lessons India Can Teach Michigan.” The Next Idea, Stateside, Michigan Radio. May 9, 2016. Op-ed and radio interview.

Ian Dillingham. “Proposed genetic research moratorium raises ethical considerations, but unlikely to impact University projects.” The Michigan Daily. March 22, 2015.

Tom Fontaine, Megha Satyanarayana, and Adam Smeltz. “CDC’s misinformation spreads faster than Ebola virus.” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. October 25, 2014.

Katelyn Feral. “Komen acceptance of drilling-linked money raises ire.” Pittsburgh Tribune. October 25, 2014.