Events Archives



Big Data: The Promise and the Perils

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 9:00am to Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 5:00pm

We have at our fingertips a treasure trove of information that could help us greatly in understanding the best path forward, but what are the dangers that lie behind the numbers? The recent White House reports point to potential for discrimination, privacy violations and taking action based on findings that only tell half the story. How do we best use information to make good decisions?

S&T Policy Brown Bag: Innovation Policy Design For the case of SME in Korea

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 4:00pm

Innovation policy, like any other policies, may not achieve its intended outcome, because there is inherent uncertainties regarding the context of the policy. Thus, any innovation policy action should be tested after implementation, and its improvement should be made based on the test results. Policy impact assessment is a statistical tool to examine the quantitative outcome of the policy action based on the comparison between factual and counter-factual results using additionality concept. In this presentation, policy impact assessment results for some typical SME policies to support innovative activities in Korea will be delivered. A few general implications will be drawn for innovation policies for SMEs.

photo: Walter Scott, presenting

Assessing the Socioeconomic Impacts and Value of "Open" Geospatial Information

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 8:00am to Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 4:00pm

On October 28th and 29th CISTP co-sponsored a workshop titled “Assessing the Socio-economic Impacts and Value of “Open” Geospatial Information”. This workshop covered a variety of topics in the field of GIS including the emerging information environment and impacts on decision making, the impact of increased access to data and new modes of consumption, and the societal impact of information abidance, among many others seen in the agenda. Attendees represented a cross section of the GIS sector and both presented papers written as well as participated in candid discussions on the topics at hand. 

Photo: Alex King

What are Critical Materials?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 4:00pm

The Critical Materials Institute (CMI) is one of DOE's four Energy Innovation Hubs. Modeled after the concentration of brainpower and resources that defined the Manhattan Project, the Hubs combine basic and applied research with engineering to accelerate scientific discovery for critical energy needs. CMI brings together the efforts of 250 scientists across four national labs, seven universities and seven corporations, to assure the supply of materials needed for clean energy technologies.

Insiders’ Views of the Estonian ICT Success Story: the Rise of Skype and the E-governance Society

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 10:30am

Tiit Paananen and Hannes Astok discuss issues of international capitalization, cybersecurity, as well as particularities of Estonia as a political and economic actor verses the U.S.

Image Marc Levoy

Google Glass and the Future of Photography

Monday, May 12, 2014 - 10:00am

Google Glass is one of the most interesting (and controversial) technological innovations to come along in recent years.  Its use, particularly its camera function, raises a whole host of technological, social, ethical, and privacy issues.  Marc Levoy, professor of computer science at Stanford who has also played a key role on the Glass project at Google, visited CISTP on May 12th.

photo: Parney Albright

Challenges Facing the Department of Energy: Stockpile Stewardship and Nuclear Modernization

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 4:00pm

Dr. Parney Albright discusses the stockpile stewardship and nuclear policy challenges facing the U.S. Department of Energy.

Photo: Kathy Hudson

Kathy Hudson, Deputy Director for Science, Outreach, and Policy, NIH

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 4:00pm

Dr. Hudson is the Deputy Director for Science, Outreach, and Policy (DDSOP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  In April 2013, Dr. Hudson was appointed an ex-officio member of the NIH Advisory Council’s Working Group for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, with a goal to understand and map the human brain

photo: Arati Prabhakar

Driving Technological Surprise: An Enduring Mission in a Changing World

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 3:30pm

In this lecture, Dr. Prabhakar will discuss what DARPA does for the nation, how it does it, how it thinks about its mission in the context of today's realities, and the future that it's building by creating the next generation of technology to give defense leaders more options for tomorrow's missions.

Increasing Diversity in the STEM Workforce

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 5:00pm

About the D. Allan Bromley Memorial Event Since 2005 the University of Ottawa has collaborated with George Washington University in holding a series of annual events in memory of Dr. D. Allan Bromley. The memorial events alternate each year between Ottawa and Washington D.C. and offer an opportunity for graduate students interested in science and technology policy to meet with senior science and policy advisors in the United States and Canada. This year's event is hosted by the Institute for Science, Society and Policy.

Risk and Resilience: Moving from Fear to Confidence

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 4:30pm

Ambassador (ret.) Richard LeBaron is currently a Senior Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East at the Atlantic Council in Washington. Amb. LeBaron retired from the U.S. diplomatic service in April 2012 after a thirty-three year career.

GW Crowdsourcing Seminar Series with David Alan Grier and Michael Bernstein

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 5:30pm

The GW crowdsourcing seminar is a monthly event that will consider the ideas, methods and accomplishments of crowdsourcing in depth.

"Innovation for a Secure Future" with Dr. Ray O Johnson

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 11:30am

Dr. Ray Johnson, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Lockheed Martin Corporation, will discuss the role of innovation in meeting the needs of U.S.

GW Crowdsourcing Seminar Series with David Alan Grier and Manuel Cebrian

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 5:30pm

The GW crowdsourcing seminar is a monthly event that will consider the ideas, methods and accomplishments of crowdsourcing in depth.

"Foreign Policy and Science: An Essential Partnership" with Kerri-Ann Jones

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 11:30am

A lecture and discussion with Kerri-Ann Jones, Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment, and Science, U.S.