Principal Investigators

  • Lee Gutkind

    Lee Gutkind

    Lee Gutkind, recognized by Vanity Fair as “the Godfather behind creative nonfiction,” is the author and editor of more than 25 books and founder and editor of Creative Nonfiction, the first and largest literary magazine to publish narrative nonfiction exclusively.  He is Distinguished Writer-in-Residence in the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes at Arizona State University and a professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.

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  • David H. Guston

    David Guston

    David H. Guston is Professor of Politics and Global Studies and Co-Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University. He is also the Principal Investigator and Director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at ASU. CNS-ASU, funded by the National Science Foundation for roughly $13 million over ten years (2005-2015), is dedicated to studying the societal implications of nano-scale science and engineering research and improving the societal outcomes of nanotechnologies through enhancing the societal capacity to understand and make informed choices.

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The Authors

  • David Schleifer

    Scholar

    David Schleifer

    David Schleifer researches and writes about healthcare, food, technology and education. His work has been published in venues including Social Studies of Science, PLOS ONE, Post Road and online at n +1.

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  • Alison Fairbrother

    Communicator

    Alison Fairbrother

    Alison Fairbrother is the Executive Director of the Public Trust Project, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that investigates and reports on misrepresentations of science by corporations, government, and the media.

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  • Allison Marsh

    Scholar

    Allison Marsh

    Allison Marsh is an assistant professor of history at the University of South Carolina where she supervises the museums and material culture track of the public history program. Trained as a historian of technology, her research focuses on how the general public comes to understand complex engineering ideas through informal educational.

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  • Lizzie Wade

    Communicator

    Lizzie Wade

    Lizzie Wade is the Latin America correspondent for Science magazine. Her work has also appeared in Wired, Aeon, and Slate, among other publications. She lives in Mexico City.

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  • Molly Bain

    Communicator

    Molly Bain

    Molly Bain is a writer, teacher, and performer, and is currently working on her second Master's degree, an MFA in nonfiction at the University of Pittsburgh.

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  • Niki Vermeulen

    Scholar

    Niki Vermeulen

    Niki Vermeulen specializes in science and innovation policy and the organization of research, with an emphasis on scientific collaboration in the life sciences.

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  • Jill Sisson Quinn

    Communicator

    Jill Sisson Quinn

    Jill Sisson Quinn is the author of Deranged: Finding a Sense of Place in the Landscape and in the Lifespan.

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  • Ramya Rajagopalan

    Scholar

    Ramya Rajagopalan

    Ramya Rajagopalan is a sociologist of science, technology and medicine, and research fellow at the Life Sciences Foundation.

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  • Joon-Ho Yu

    Scholar

    Joon-Ho Yu

    Joon-Ho Yu is a bioethicist and social scientist, focusing on translational genomics and genetic technologies.

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  • Communicator

    Maria Delaney

    Maria Delaney is an Irish science and health journalist, and an award-winning science blogger.

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  • Scholar

    Emily Fertig

    Emily Fertig is a Ph.D. candidate in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. The focus of her research is the economics of wind power integration, using both large-scale energy storage and interconnection of geographically dispersed wind sites.

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  • Communicator

    Brian Kahn

    In previous lives Brian Kahn led sleigh ride tours through a herd of 7000 elk, guided tourists around the deepest lake in the United States, and blogged about climate change from the back of his Subaru.

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  • Communicator

    Roberta Chevrette

    Roberta Chevrette, M.A. is a doctoral student in Communication at Arizona State University.

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  • Scholar

    Angela Records

    Angela Records, PhD, is a Policy Fellow with the American Phytopathological Society, and she works as a science consultant for Eversole Associates, a small science and technology consulting firm.

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The Mentors

  • Gwen Ottinger

    Gwen Ottinger

    Gwen Ottinger is an assistant professor in the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Drexel University.  She is author of Refining Expertise and recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award for her project, “Environmental Justice and the Ethics of Science and Technology.”

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  • Rachel Zurer

    Rachel Zurer

    As an associate editor at Backpacker magazine, Rachel spends her days dreaming up fantastic places to go hiking.

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  • Jason Bittel

    Jason Bittel

    Jason Bittel is a worshipper of the calamine gods. When he’s not fighting off poison ivy, he’s trying to get people riled up about slugs and opossums on his TTTWTP-inspired website, BittelMeThis.com.

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  • Adam Briggle

    Adam Briggle

    Adam Briggle is Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies and Faculty Fellow in the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity at the University of North Texas. 

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  • Ross Carper

    Ross Carper

    Ross Carper is a writer based in Washington state whose publications include fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction.

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  • Leslie Rubinkowski

    Leslie Rubinkowski

    Leslie Rubinkowski is working on a memoir about training to run her first marathon, despite the fact that she’d never run a mile in her life.

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Project Administrator

  • Michael Zirulnik

    Michael Zirulnik

    Michael Zirulnik is a research associate at CSPO (The Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes) and a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University’s Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.  He also is a lecturer at Fairleigh Dickinson University and works on labor resolution as well as national security initiatives in New York and Washington D.C.

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