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Andrew Maynard

Andrew Maynard

Andrew Maynard is a Professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, and Director of the Risk Innovation Lab. His research and professional activities focus on risk innovation, and the responsible development and use of emerging technologies. He is especially interested in novel approaches to understanding and addressing risk; effective approaches to developing socially responsive, responsible and beneficial technologies; understanding and responding to the increasingly complex couplings between converging technologies and society; and effective science communication and engagement – particularly through social media. Through the ASU Risk Innovation Lab, he is exploring novel ways of understanding, thinking about and acting on risk from an entrepreneurial and innovation perspective. He is interested in understanding how risk as a “threat to value” shapes evolving risk landscapes around emerging technologies – especially where the value under threat is social, cultural and personal – and how creativity and serendipity can reveal new approaches to navigating these landscapes.

Andrew is widely published in the academic press and in public media. His peer review papers stretch from physics and toxicology to risk perception, governance, and policy. He also contributes to a regular column in the journal Nature Nanotechnology (where he writes on emerging ideas and research around nanotechnology and risk), and writes for the column “Edge of Innovation” on the news and commentary website The Conversation. In addition, he directs and produces the YouTube science education channel “Risk Bites”.

Andrew’s science training is in physics – specializing in nanoparticle analysis – and for many years he conducted and led research on aerosol exposure in occupational settings. In the early 2000’s he became increasingly involved in guiding US federal initiatives supporting nanotechnology research and development, and in addressing potential risks. In 2005 he became Chief Science Advisor for the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (and later the Synthetic Biology Project) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and for five years helped inform national and global initiatives addressing the responsible development of nanotechnology. Over this period, he became increasingly interested in science communication and science policy, and began working closely with academics, policy makers, industry, non-government organizations, and journalists, on science-informed decision making. This interest continued between 2010 - 2015 as Director of the University of Michigan Risk Science Center, and Chair of the Environmental Health Sciences Department. In 2015 he joined the faculty of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University to continue his work and collaborations on socially responsible, responsible and beneficial research and development.

In the course of his work, Andrew has testified before congressional committees, has served on National Academy panels, and has worked closely with organizations such as the World Economic Forum and the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) that promote public-private partnerships. He is currently co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Nanotechnology, and on the Board of Trustees of ILSI North America. He is also a member of the National Academies of Science Committee on the Science of Science Communication, and advises the science education/engagement program “I’m a Scientist”. While at the University of Michigan he was involved with the innovative science communication training program RELATE, and continues to serve as an advisor to the initiative. In 2015 he was awarded the Society of Toxicology Public Communication Award.

Space Science Series

Dear Elon Musk: Your dazzling Mars plan overlooks some big nontechnical hurdles

Oct 02, 2017 05:32 am UTC| Insights & Views Science

Elon Musk has a plan, and its about as audacious as they come. Not content with living on our pale blue dot, Musk and his company SpaceX want to colonize Mars, fast. They say theyll send a duo of supply ships to the red...

Is lead in the US food supply decreasing our IQ?

Jun 16, 2017 04:49 am UTC| Insights & Views Health

The environmental advocacy group Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) on June 15 released a study about dietary lead exposure, with a focus on food intended for babies and young children. Using a Federal Drug Administration...

It'll take more than tech for Elon Musk to pull off audacious new Tesla master plan

Jul 26, 2016 06:15 am UTC| Insights & Views

Elon Musk CEO of Tesla Motors has just revealed the second part of his master plan for the company. And its a doozy. Not content with producing sleek electric cars (which to be fair, was only ever a stepping stone to...

Nanoparticles in baby formula: should parents be worried?

May 17, 2016 16:34 pm UTC| Health Science

Theres a lot of stuff youd expect to find in baby formula: proteins, carbs, vitamins, essential minerals. But parents probably wouldnt anticipate finding extremely small, needle-like particles. Yet this is exactly what a...

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Economy

U.S. Treasuries remain on falling spree as Fed interest rate outlook continues to weigh amid muted trading

The U.S. Treasuries continued to fall Friday after the Federal Reserve kept its interest rates outlook unchanged in its last monetary policy meeting of this year concluded Wednesday. The yield on the benchmark 10-year...

UK gilts flat in muted trading; investors eye European Council’s meeting over Brexit negotiations

The UK gilts traded flat Friday as investors refrained from any major trading activity amid a muted session that witnessed data of least economic significance. Investors are now eyeing the European Councils meeting with...

German bunds jump after ECB agrees to continue debt-buying beyond September if needed

The German bunds jumped on the last trading day of the week after the European Central Bank (ECB) decided to continue its debt-buying operation even beyond September 2018, if required. Also, investors are closely eyeing...

New Zealand bonds sharply rally at close in response to government’s revision of fiscal and economic growth forecasts

New Zealand government bonds sharply rallied at the time of closing in response to the countrys coalition government downward revision of its economic and fiscal forecasts in its half-yearly update released early...

U.S. Treasuries plunge after Fed keeps interest rate outlook unchanged; eyes on November retail sales

The U.S. Treasuries plunged Thursday after the Federal Reserve kept its interest rates outlook unchanged in its last monetary policy meeting of this year concluded yesterday. Also, investors are keenly eyeing the countrys...

Politics

Latino elites are paying the California dream forward

American Latino economic elites have incomes and wealth in the top 5 percent of earners. Some own multi-million-dollar companies or work as corporate executives. Latino politicians like Kevin De León, who is...

Brexit: why Macron has more room to manoeuvre than May and Merkel

Despite the valiant efforts of both the EU and the UK to uphold confidence in the Brexit negotiations process, its clear the talks have been deeply unsatisfactory for both sides. Fundamental conflicts of interest and...

Why PR agencies and their spin should be the subject of greater scrutiny

It was one of the biggest and best-known British PR agencies around. So when Bell Pottinger came crashing down earlier this year, you could be forgiven for wondering why it hadnt prepared a better crisis strategy to deal...

Catalonia crisis: Spain enters unchartered territory following Madrid move to end autonomy

Shortly after Catalonias parliament in Barcelona voted to declare independence from Spain on October 27, the senate in Madrid voted to trigger Article 155 of the Spanish constitution, removing Catalonias autonomy. In...

China's ambition burns bright - with Xi Jinping firmly in charge

The most important political event of 2017, the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress, has concluded. And while there was much to digest, one image above all stands out: Xi Jinpings political dominance and his burning...

Science

Humans Have Reached Natural Evolution Limit, Study Says

Science fiction would people believe that in thousands of years, humans might naturally evolve to possess incredible abilities. However, according to a new study, this might not exactly be the case. In terms of lifespan,...

Trump Wants To Do Moon Landings Again, Signs Directive To Expand Space Exploration

The Trump Administration appears to have a tilted relationship with science and technology. Anything that has to do with climate change is suppressed or denied. Anything that is bold, loud, and expensive such as going to...

Scientists Discover New Form Of Matter Theorized Over 50 Years Ago

A little over five decades ago, a form of matter was theorized to have existed, which perplexed scientists. This form of matter was finally discovered and the researchers were so excited about it, they named it Excitonium....

Over 50 U.S. Mayors Ignore President Trump’s Decision, Proceeds With Paris Climate Accord

In continued defiance against the Trump administrations mandate to keep supporting the fossil fuel industry and renege on the voluntary commitments made by the U.S. upon signing the Paris Climate Accord, a coalition of...

Scientists Are Now Closes To Creating Artificial Life

Most lifeforms on Earth are made up of natural DNA. However, scientists are now much closer to creating artificial creatures using synthetic methods. They did this by basically making additions to DNA in ways that nature...

Technology

New Wolfenstein II DLC Lets Players Tackle Nazis, No BJ Though

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus proved to be a surprising FPS game thanks to its excellent gameplay mechanics and several heart-warming moments. In the new downloadable content for the game, players can come back and bust...

The Predator Is Coming To Ghost Recon Wildlands, Hunt Down The Ultimate Hunter

In the first Predator movie, a team of elite soldiers on a rescue mission were hunted down one after another by an enemy they could not see. The film provided a window into how well humanitys best warriors can match up...

Crytek Sues Star Citizen Developer For Breach Of Contract

As one of the most long-awaited indie video games that is funded by fan contributions, Star Citizen has earned a reputation for getting delayed a lot. Thanks to a lawsuit filed by Crytek against the games developer, Cloud...

Microsoft Is Using Reddit To Make Bing More Appealing

Its no secret that Bing is not exactly the most popular search engine around. However, Reddit is one of the biggest and most influential online platforms on the internet. By leveraging the power of this forum site in the...

3D Sensor Firm Finisar To Get $390 Million In Investments From Apple

Apple just announced that it would be investing up to $390 million in Finisar Corp. The company basically makes the vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSEL) that allow for the True Depth feature on the iPhone X...
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