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Conference Program


8:00 AM - 9:00AM: Registration and Coffee
East Court

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM: Opening Remarks

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM: Keynote Presentation
Lecture Room

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM: Break

10:45 AM - 12:30 AM Panel Session I
Lecture Room

12:30 PM - 2:00PM: Lunch and Poster Flash Talks
East Court and Board Room

2:00 PM - 3:45 PM Panel Session II (Moderated by Dan Sarewitz)
Lecture Room
"Social Activism as an Application of Science and Technology Studies" – Helen Omotayo Ajao, Sarah Geren, Athar Mansoor, Rebecca Monteleone, Lisa Shaler

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM: Break

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Keynote Presentation
Lecture Room
A Civic Vision for Engineering Design – Guru Madhavan
Working with the U.S. Congress to Reform Graduate Education –Ali Nouri

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Informal Reception


8:00 AM - 9:00AM: Registration and Coffee
East Court

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Keynote Presentation
Lecture Room
Two-Spirit Identity and Decolonizing Western Science –Cecelia LaPointe  

10:30 AM - 10:15 AM: Break

10:15 AM - 12:00 PM Panel Session III (Moderated by Sonja Schmid)
Lecture Room
"The Evolution and Governance of Information Technologies” – Lewei Huang, Ariel Ludwig, Zak Rogoff, Amanda Stanhaus, Richard Hilberer

12:00 PM - 1:30PM: Lunch and Academic Agenda-Setting Activity
East Court and Board Room

1:30 PM - 3:15 PM Panel Session III (Moderated by Bryn Seabrook)
Lecture Room
"Producing Environmental Knowledges" – Hyewon Choi, Leo Matteo Bachinger, Jennifer Lai, Meredith Sattler

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM: Break

3:30 PM - 4:45PM: Interactive Academic Agenda-Setting Activity
Lecture Room

4:45 PM - 5:00 Closing Remarks
Lecture Room
Rebecca Monteleone, Samantha Stein, Joshua Loughman


Keynote Speakers

Dee Nicholas

Integral Living Research

Focus in research is the "Creative and Design based tools for change in underserved communities with a focus on the residential living space. As a design researcher, Dee believes that informed design and trans-disciplinary collaboration is at the heart of novel advances and improvements in the built environment. Dee instructs and collaborates with graduate design students, and students and faculty from a range of STEM disciplines. She is the Director to the MS Design Research Program in the Department of Architecture, Design and Urbanism at Drexel University; a program she co-authored with standing faculty. With a specialty in creative and interdisciplinary immersive courses Dee specializes in drawing out creative ideas through novel techniques that she has developed in her experience teaching and collaborating across disciplines. An engine for collaborative projects, human centered design innovation, experimentation, and material innovation she has founded the Integral Living Research Group, this group includes artists designers, scientists and epidemiologists. In July 2018 this work was shown at the NIH as part of the Health in Buildings for Today and Tomorrow: Making Connections.

Holding a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, she then received an MFA from the University of the Arts and is a registered architect, an NCIDQ certificate holder and LEED Green Associate. In summer 2017 she became a doctoral student at Antioch University in the Graduate School of Leadership and Change under the topic of equity and change in design education. For almost ten years, she ran a solo practice in Philadelphia executing residential interiors, experimental materials reuse, storefront revitalization, space planning and adaptive interior nonprofit reuse and also holds a certificate in Health and Design from Cornell University. Current funded research includes a Health and Design Research project with Dr. Yvonne Michael, that focuses on Housing insecurity in the Urban environment. She is also a founder with Dr. Shivanthi Anandan of Garden Fresh Home, a group that examines food production in the urban environment.

She has presented work at both national and international conferences, including most recently, in Rome, Boston and Denmark. Her work has been funded through national foundations, and published and exhibited in a variety of peer reviewed journals including The Plan Journal, ii Journal, ARCH IN-Form, ARCC and ACSA.

Ali Nouri

Working with the U.S. Congress to Reform Graduate Education

Bio: Dr. Ali Nouri is the President of the Federation of American Scientists. Until recently, he served as legislative director and national security advisor to U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) where he oversaw the work of the Senator?s legislative team, drafted and negotiated bills, and represented the Senator in various fora. Nouri came to Capitol Hill in 2008 and joined
Senator Jim Webb’s office (D-VA) first as an AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow and then as an advisor on issues related to science, energy, and environment. He currently serves as chair to the AAAS Science and Engineering Fellowship Advisory Board. Prior to coming to Capitol Hill, he was an advisor to the office of the UN Secretary General, and a research associate at Princeton University?s Woodrow Wilson School where he developed initiatives to maximize the beneficial applications of biotechnology to global health, while working to cut off pathways through which biotech can be used to develop biological weapons. Nouri holds a B.A. in Biology from Reed College and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Princeton University.

Guru Madhavan

A Civic Vision for Engineering DesigN

Guru Madhavan is director of programs of the National Academy of Engineering. His portfolio of work at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has included leading the analyses for making prescription medicines affordable and developing a national strategy for cancer control in the U.S., directing a global health forum on infectious diseases, and conducting the research, design, and development of a systems analysis platform for prioritizing new vaccines and related interventions. A systems engineer by background, he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering and an M.B.A. from the State University of New York. He has served as a technical adviser to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has worked in the medical device industry as a research scientist developing cardiac surgical catheters for ablation therapy, and has been a strategic consultant for technology startup firms and nonprofit organizations. He has served as a vice-president of IEEE-USA and was a founding member of the Global Young Academy. Among numerous honors, he has received the National Academies’ Innovator Award, National Academy of Medicine’s Cecil Medal, U.K. Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Mike Sargeant Career Achievement Award, AAMI–Becton Dickinson Award for Professional Achievement, Washington Academy of Sciences’ Krupsaw Award for engineering sciences and education, Professional Achievement Award from the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, and named a distinguished young scientist by the World Economic Forum. His publications include the nonfiction "Applied Minds: How Engineers Think" (W.W. Norton) that has been translated into many languages. For his books and lectures, he has received the IEEE-USA Award for Distinguished Literary Contributions Furthering Public Understanding and the Advancement of the Engineering Profession.

Cecelia LaPointe

Two-Spirit Identity and Decolonizing Western Science

Cecelia is Ojibway/Métis and is Mashkiziibi (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibway or LaPointe Band of Ojibway) and Kchiwiikwedong (Keweenaw Bay Indian Community).  They are enrolled in Mashkiziibi and maintain a strong community affiliation to Kchiwiikwedong.  Cecelia is ajijaak dodem (crane clan).  They have a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and a Master of Arts in Environmental Leadership from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado.  

Cecelia is the Founder and Owner of Red Circle Consulting and Waub Ajijaak Press.  They are also the Director of the Native Justice Coalition which is a Native led, grassroots, and community based organization based in Anishinaabe Aki.  The Native Justice Coalition is currently a project under Red Circle Consulting.  They are a Consultant, Poet, Writer, and Author.  Cecelia also identifies as Two-Spirit, gender non-conforming, and androgynous.

Two-Spirit is a pan-Native American term which encompasses gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.  Cecelia's presentation offers information on Two-Spirit identity based in their Ojibway culture.  This presentation also covers healing justice, racial justice, generational trauma in Native American communities, and resources to take action.  This identity and presentation also is a way to decolonize western White notion of science.