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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

New Zealand bonds gain at close despite improvement in global dairy prices at latest GDT auction

New Zealand bonds closed higher Wednesday as investors have largely shrugged-off the improvement in global dairy prices, albeit still in red, at the countrys latest GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) price auction, held...

New Zealand bonds gain at close despite improvement in global dairy prices at latest GDT auction

New Zealand bonds closed higher Wednesday as investors have largely shrugged-off the improvement in global dairy prices, albeit still in red, at the countrys latest GlobalDairyTrade (GDT) price auction, held...

Japanese bonds tad lower on hopes of improvement in June trade balance, national core CPI

The Japanese government bonds remained tad lower Wednesday as investors hope to see an improvement in the countrys trade balance data for the month of June and national consumer price inflation data for the same period,...

Australian 2-year bond yield hits 1-month high tracking U.S. Treasuries; June employment report in focus

Australian government bonds traded narrowly mixed on Wednesday ahead of the June employment report. But, following the weakness in the U.S. Treasuries after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell upbeat testimony to Congress,...

UK gilts flat after May employment report shows mixed signals; June CPI seen rising to 2.6 pct y/y

The United Kingdoms gilts remained tad higher during European session Tuesday after the countrys employment report for the month of May showed mixed results. Investors will now turn their focus on the consumer price...

Politics

Poland's judicial purge another step toward authoritarian democracy

Since the elections of 2015, Poland has been ruled by the Law and Justice Party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość, or PiS), a far-right nationalist group that has transformed the country beyond recognition. Poland had once been...

Arrest and release of Somaliland poet puts spotlight on regional troubles

Poets, writers and bloggers have recently been on the receiving end of political crackdowns in the self-declared independent state of Somaliland. Surges often occur around elections, and most recently due to assertive...

The Murri Book Club and the politics of reading for Indigenous Australians

Although the 2018 Closing the Gap report on Indigenous disadvantage highlighted the importance of literacy for Indigenous Australians, progress remains slow. But, while reading is widely considered an unmitigated good and...

Brexiteers outmanoeuvred at Chequers as Theresa May corrals her cabinet to agree Brexit plan

On his first visit to the prime ministers country retreat at Chequers, the Liberal Democrat minister David Laws was reminded of the setting for an Agatha Christie film, where most of the guests would be murdered. Six years...

Is Indonesia retreating from democracy?

This is an edited extract from Tim Lindseys essay Retreat from Democracy, which appears in Australian Foreign Affairs #3, published 9 July. For much of the past 20 years, Indonesia has been held up as a model of...

Science

Long live the Europe of scientists!

This article is published as part of the EuroScience Open Festival (ESOF), of which The Conversation France is a partner. Since its inception, the European project has benefitted citizens from all walks of life in every...

Discovering dopamine's role in the brain: Arvid Carlsson's important legacy

Arvid Carlsson, the Swedish neuroscientist and Nobel laureate, died on June 29, 2018 at the age of 95. He had devoted his life to understanding how the brain works and was awarded the Nobel for his research into dopamine ...

How Novichok is different from radioactive poisons – and what this means for decontamination

A man and a woman were found unconscious in Wiltshire, England, on July, after having been exposed to the nerve agent Novichok. This is the same substance that was used to poison the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and...

We need a bank of DNA from dirt and water to protect Australia's environment

Measuring biodiversity used to mean laboriously collecting samples and manually identifying the plants, animals and fungi. This might involve careful inspection under a microscope to spot identifying features. This takes a...

Curious Kids: Where do black holes lead to?

This is an article from Curious Kids, a series for children. The Conversation is asking kids to send in questions theyd like an expert to answer. All questions are welcome serious, weird or wacky! You might also like...

Technology

Xiaomi Mi A2 and A2 Lite Release Date, Specs: Latest Android One Devices' Unveiling Event Set for Next Week

Xiaomi has finally confirmed the release of the Xiaomi Mi A2 and A2 Lite. Both devices are anticipated as the latest Android One-supported smartphones from the Chinese tech company. And they are going to be unveiled in a...

Tinder Latest News and Update: Dating App Shows You How to Flirt with Bitmoji Integration

Tinder seems to be raising the stakes for creative flirting for its users by announcing the integration of Bitmoji. Bitmoji is an app that allows a user to create their own emoji character, who then becomes the center of...

MacBook Pro 2018 News and Updates: Huge Jump In Performance Since 2011, Doubly Powerful Now

The previous generation of MacBook Pro laptops from Apple was roundly criticized for the lackluster performance provided. It would seem that the Cupertino firm has learned its lesson and has made the MacBook Pro 2018 a...

Samsung Galaxy S10 Rumors, News and Updates: Device to Come with New Fingerprint Tech, 8GB Chip?

Quite a lot of rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S10 have been circulating on the web. Among the most recent to pop up include indications of a new fingerprint-scanning technology. More concrete details from Samsung itself...

Bitcoin News and Updates: Cryptocurrency Grows in Value Following News of BlackRock Interest in Blockchain

Bitcoin has been on an upward streak lately, and adding to its growth is the interest that BlackRock is reportedly showing in its bedrock technology, blockchain. As of this writing, the cryptocurrency is trading at...
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