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Although virtual this year, Arizona State University and New America on Sept. 21-24 co-hosted the sixth annual Future Security Forum, which focused on the pressing national security threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic. The Future Security Forum is one of the signature events of the Future of War project — an ASU and New America partnership that analyzes emerging global threats, new technological applications and the changing nature of warfare in an increasingly interconnected world. “We...
Designer babies, mutant mosquitoes and frankenfoods: These are the images that often spring to mind when people think of genome editing. The practice, which alters an organism’s DNA in ways that could be inherited by subsequent generations, has implications so profound that a growing group of experts believe it is too important a matter to be left only to scientists, doctors and politicians. In the journal Science , 25 leading researchers from across the globe, including Consortium for Science...
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to sicken people globally, countries and companies around the world are racing to develop safe and effective vaccines. But ending the COVID-19 pandemic will also require mass immunization programs, and drugmakers will need to manufacture billions of vaccine doses to make these programs successful. The prevailing conventional wisdom is that the best way to make affordable vaccines accessible is to loosen patent restrictions and the many associated legal...
This week, Arizona State University’s Center on the Future of War welcomed two ASU Future Security Fellows who are a part of New America’s Class of 2021 National Fellows. The highly competitive program, one of the signature programs of the Washington, D.C., think tank, selected 10 individuals out of nearly 400 applicants for the 2020–21 academic year. For over more than two decades, the New America National Fellows program has supported established thought leaders and helped launch dozens of...
In Arizona State University’s first academic program based entirely at its Washington, D.C., location, an innovative graduate curriculum is giving the initial cohort deep insights into how to address the 21st century’s most complex leadership challenges. Thunderbird School of Global Management offers its Executive Master of Arts in Global Affairs and Management (EMAGAM) at the Ambassador Barbara Barrett and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center at Arizona State University, a few blocks...
Introduced by her friends as “the ocean person,” Katherine Ball has spent much of her life near the water. When she was 10 years old, her grandmother gave her “Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion,” a book about oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer and his marine debris study. It was then that Ball knew she wanted a career related to ocean studies. “I get so excited about the ocean,” said Ball, a Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology PhD student at Arizona...
Arizona State University alumna Tiffany Schwartz believes countries should become more interconnected with each other rather than isolated. Creating a career path toward this goal has kept her open-minded, determined and moving forward. From a young age, Schwartz moved around the country living in places such as Tacoma, Washington, and Albuquerque, New Mexico, made her fall in love with the Southwest and she made her way to ASU on a scholarship to begin studying psychology with the full support...
After graduating with the 2015 cohort, McCain Institute for International Leadership Next Generation Leader (NGL) Mohammed Al Tarawneh returned to his home country of Jordan with goals to promote democratic engagement and create a safe space for Jordanian youth in political and social expression while preserving the national identity of the country. Using the McCain Institute leadership development model, Al Tarawneh has achieved substantial success by incorporating the Train the Trainer...
“We seem to have lost sight of the deeper drivers of an accelerating risk of infectious disease transmission to the world,” wrote Leah Gerber , professor of conservation science and director of the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes at Arizona State University, in a recent piece for Issues in Science and Technology, referring to the root causes of the coronavirus pandemic...

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