Working with Scientists and Engineers
It is important for me to work with the innovation community, from academic scientists to industrial entrepreneurs, to help them anticipate the ethical, social, environmental, health, and economic consequences of their work and to develop strategies to build science and technology that will maximize public benefits and produce public legitimacy. I do this in a variety of ways. I teach students from the sciences and engineering (at both the undergraduate and graduate level) about the intersection of their work with the social and policy worlds. I give lectures to the innovation community on these issues. And I provide informal consultation and participate in multi-disciplinary research projects focused on responsible innovation. With colleagues in public health, I have investigated the governance challenges posed by “disruptive” technologies. And with colleagues in Engineering and Urban Planning, I have examined the social consequences of developing autonomous vehicles. I am currently representing University of Michigan in the newly created Public Interest Technology Network, a group of 21 colleges and universities dedicated to inspiring “a new generation of civic-minded technologists and policy leaders.”
If you would like me to come speak to your group or organization, please email me.
Talks to Technical Communities
Presenter and Moderator, Science and Technology Policy Panel sponsored by the Graduate Section of the Society of Women Engineers, University of Michigan, 2017.
Organizing Committee and Panel Moderator, Meeting on Making the Living World Engineerable: Science, Practice, and Policy, National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, 2017.
“The Debate” on Synthetic Biology and GMOs, American Chemical Society Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, 2016.
Life Sciences Institute Grads Group, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2016.
Leading Informed Policy with Science, Program in Biomedical Sciences, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2016.
Biointerfaces Institute Research Group, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 2015.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2014.
Spoerl Lecture, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI, 2014.
For a full list, please see my CV.