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New Media and Political Change in Egypt: Causes, Implications and Communication Strategies

As part of the series on recent developments in Egypt, Sahar Mohamed Khamis, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Maryland, discussed the causes, implications, and role of new communication strategies in the 2011 Egyptian revolution.

On March 30, the Middle East Program hosted a meeting on "New Media and Political Change in Egypt: Causes, Implications and Communication Strategies" with Khamis. Haleh Esfandiari, Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center, moderated the event.

Iraqi Women Leaders in Engineering and Applied Sciences

Three Iraqi women engineers discussed their experiences as participants in a U.S.-sponsored fellowship program designed to empower Iraqi women in the fields of science and engineering and to support them in taking leadership roles to assist in rebuilding their country. In articulating their willingness to help their people and their country, each panelist expressed gratitude for the opportunity to learn at leading U.S. universities and their ability to take back essential knowledge and practices to strengthen the foundation of Iraq.

Socio-Technical Integration Research Project Workshop 4

On February 16th and 17th, 2011, the Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will host the Socio-Technical Integration Research (STIR) Project Workshop 4.

Voluntary Initiatives, Regulation, and Nanotechnology Oversight: Charting a Path

Due to technical difficulties, there will not be a live webcast for this event.

Download Dr. Fiorino's presentation slides here.

Tinkering With the Temperature of Planet Earth

Students at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, VA, have been deliberating about the implications for society of cloud whitening technology – a form of geoengineering – to cool global temperature as a means to combat climate change.

Using publicly available information, they have discussed their concerns face-to-face, online with real world experts, and then together again to develop their consensus opinion.

They have prepared written testimonies and are ready to share their views with the members of Congress... and you.

Synthetic Biology: What Does the Public Think?

On May 20 of this year, researchers at the J.C. Venter Institute announced the creation of a bacterial cell controlled by a synthesized genome, a significant milestone in the emerging field of synthetic biology. Did anyone in the public listen? If so, what are people thinking about synthetic biology, its applications (to vaccines or food production, for instance), and the role of government in the oversight of the field.

Synbio in Society: Toward New Forms of Collaboration?

One response to society's concerns about synthetic biology has been to institutionalize the involve­ment of social scientists in the field. There have been a series of initiatives in which ethics and biosafety approaches have been purposely incorporated into synthetic biology research and development. The collaborative Human Practices model within the NSF-funded SynBERC project was the first initiative in which social scientists were explicitly integrated into a synthetic biology research program.

Reinventing Technology Assessment

Webcast now available for streaming.

Download presentation slides here.