Program

Please register if you plan to attend any of the below conference activities. Basic registration (which does not include meals) is free.

 

DAILY SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13
3:30PM Conference registration begins (continues until 7:30PM)
Corwin Pavilion Lobby
4-5PM Closed event for invited participants
6-7:30PM

Welcome Dinner (By Invitation)

Barbara Herr Harthorn, Director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society and Professor of Anthropology, UCSB

Richard Appelbaum, MacArthur Chair of Global and International Studies, Professor of Sociology, and Research Group Leader at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society, UCSB

Michael Witherell, Vice Chancellor for Research and Professor of Physics, UCSB

Tal Margalith, Executive Director for Technology, Solid State Lighting and Energy Electronics Center, UCSB

8-9PM Keynote Address
Campbell Hall

Nicholas Kristof

Nicholas Kristof

Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times Columnist

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity
Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Tickets to this event are included with full registration only. To buy tickets separately, contact UCSB Arts & Lectures.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14
8-8:30AM

Conference registration, breakfast
Corwin Pavilion Lobby

8:30-8:45AM

Welcome and Conference Overview
Corwin Pavilion

Barbara Herr Harthorn , Director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society and Professor of Anthropology, UCSB

Richard Appelbaum, MacArthur Chair of Global and International Studies, Professor of Sociology, and Research Group Leader at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society, UCSB

 

8:45-9:45AM

Opening plenary: Assessing Risks and Promises of New Technologies
Corwin Pavilion

Moderator: Richard Appelbaum, MacArthur Chair of Global and International Studies, Professor of Sociology, and Research Group Leader at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society, UCSB

How Advancing Technologies Are Making It Possible to Solve Humanity's Grand Challenges--Create New Nightmares
Vivek Wadhwa, Fellow at Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University; Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at the Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University; and Distinguished Fellow at Singularity University

Understanding and Determining Product Safety: Who Decides and How?
Elizabeth Grossman, journalist and author of Chasing Molecules: Poisonous Products, Human Health, and the Promise of Green Chemistry and High Tech Trash: Digital Devices, Hidden Toxics, and Human Health

 

9:45-10AM Break
Corwin Pavilion
10-11:30AM

Concurrent sessions 1 - Assessing Risks and Promises of New Technologies

1.1 – People, Water, and Energy: A Panel
Santa Barbara Harbor Room

Chair and Moderator: Patricia Holden, Professor, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UCSB

Katie Davis, Santa Barbara County Water Guardians

Dawn O'Bar, President, Unite to Light

Linsey Shariq, PhD Candidate and Floyd and Mary Schwall Fellow, Department of Environmental Engineering, University of California, Davis

Larry Siegel, Director, Safe Water International

Rapporteur: Matthew Gebbie, Graduate Fellow, Center for Nanotechnology and Doctoral Candidate, Materials, UCSB

1.2 – Advocating Equitable and Sustainable Outcomes of Emerging Technologies
State Street Room

Chair: Aashish Mehta, Professor, Global and International Studies, UCSB

The Challenges and Opportunities of NGO Networks for the Regulation of Nanotechnologies
David Azoulay, Managing Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law

Seeing the World Through (Technology) Solutions: How to Match the World's Exponentially Growing Demand for Solutions
Romanus Berg, CIO, Ashoka - Innovators for the Public

Rapporteur: Luciano Kay, Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, UCSB

1.3 – Linking Technologies and Societal Needs
Corwin Pavilion

Chair: Edwina Barvosa, Associate Professor, Feminist Studies, UCSB

Construction Sets For Health
José Gómez-Márquez
, Director, Little Devices Lab, MIT

Solar Recycling Incubator: A Systems Thinking Approach to Recycling Off Grid Solar in Africa
Sheila Davis
, Executive Director, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition

NGOs' Support of Appropriate Technologies in Africa
Moses Kizza Musaazi, Senior Lecturer, Department of Electronic and Computer Engineering, Makerere University; Founder, Technology for Tomorrow Ltd.

Rapporteur: Ariel Hasell, Graduate Fellow, Center for Nanotechnology in Society and Doctoral Candidate, Communication, UCSB

11:40-12:15PM

Plenary: Group report-back to review morning session outcomes
Corwin Pavilion

Chair: Cassandra Engeman, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Nanotechnology in Society and Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, UCSB

12:15-12:45PM

Poster Presentations and Lunch
Corwin Pavilion

MC: Tristan Partridge, Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Nanotechnology in Society

1:00-2:00PM

Plenary - Does Better Technology Make Stronger Democracy?
Corwin Pavilion

Chair: Bruce Bimber, Professor, Political Science and Communication, UCSB

Adopting, Adapting, and Accelerating Commercial Technology for Humanitarian Good
Thomas Tighe
, President and CEO, Direct Relief

ICTs and Democratization: Material Challenges
Lisa Parks, Professor of Film and Media Studies and Director of the Center for Information Technology in Society, University of California, Santa Barbara

2:15-3:30PM

Concurrent Sessions 2 - Does Better Technology Make Stronger Democracy?

2.1 – Working Upstream: Nanotechnology, Synthetic Biology, and NGO Influence in Governance
Corwin Pavilion

Chair: Cassandra Engeman, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Nanotechnology in Society and Doctoral candidate, Department of Sociology, UCSB

Engaging NGOs in Nanotechnology: Perspectives from the Early Days
Kristen Kulinowski, Research Staff Member, US Science and Technology Policy Institute

Engagement @ the Technological Frontier: New Approaches to Governance from the NGO Community (as a DIYbio Perspective)
Todd Kuiken, Senior Program Associate, Science and Technology Innovation Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Partnership Between DuPont and EDF: Questioning and Modifying the Traditional Division of Labor Between Industry and NGOs in the Governance of Emerging Technologies
Lotte Krabbenborg
, Postdoctoral Researcher, Radboud University in Nijmegen, Netherlands

Rapporteur: Brian Tyrrell, Graduate Fellow, Center for Nanotechnology in Society and Doctoral Candidate, History, UCSB

2.2 – New Media and NGO Organizing: Opportunity, Efficacy, and Risk
State Street Room

Chair: Miriam Metzger, Professor, Communication and Education Director, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, UCSB

Worker-NGO Unity in China
Jenny Chan, Lecturer of Contemporary Chinese Studies, School of Interdisciplinary Area Studies, University of Oxford

From Ladders to Distributions: Understanding the Role of Low Cost Participation Engagement
Jennifer Earl, Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona

Anonymity and Accountability: How Privacy Enables NGO Work
Karen Reilly, Development Director, The Tor Project

Rapporteur: Galen Stocking, Graduate Fellow, Center for Nanotechnology in Society and Doctoral Candidate, Political Science, UCSB

2.3 – Creating Safe Space: Leveraging GIS for Human Health and the Environment

Santa Barbara Harbor Room

Chair: Barbara Walker, Director of Research Development for the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Fine Arts, UCSB

Where is Humanitarian Space?
Andrew Schroeder, Director of Research and Analysis, Direct Relief

Boundary Organizations Pushing the Frontier of Spatially Explicit and Collaborative Decision-Making about the Environment
John Gallo, Senior Scientist, Conservation Biology Institute

Working with Data, Maps, and Participatory GIS Research to Understand the Impacts of Oil and Gas Extraction
Kirk Jalbert
, PhD Candidate, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Visiting Research Scientist, FracTracker Alliance

Rapporteur: Louise Stevenson, Graduate Fellow, Center for Nanotechnology in Society and Doctoral Candidate, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, UCSB

3:30-3:45PM Break
Corwin Pavilion
3:45-4:15PM

Plenary: Group report-back to review afternoon session outcomes and the next day’s program
Corwin Pavilion

Chair: Ariel Hasell, Graduate Fellow, Center for Nanotechnology in Society and Doctoral Candidate, Communication, UCSB

4:15-5:15PM

Plenary Panel: Meeting NGO Workforce Needs
Corwin Pavilion

Moderator: Geoff Green, Executive Director, The Fund for Santa Barbara

David Azoulay, Managing Attorney, Center for International Environmental Law

Sheila Davis, Executive Director, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition

Moses Kizza Musaazi, Founder, Technology for Tomorrow, Ltd.

Karen Reilly, Development Director, The Tor Project

Andrew Schroeder, Director of Research and Analysis, Direct Relief International

5:15-5:45PM Break
5:45-7:00PM

NGO Marketplace and Reception
Corwin Pavilion

Learn about the exciting work of our NGO conference participants! NGO representatives will be hosting tables to showcase their current projects and past achievements. Students with an interest in working for nonprofits are welcome to meet with our invited guests to learn about opportunities and what it’s like to work in the nonprofit sector.

Conference Welcome: UCSB Chancellor Henry Yang

MC: Xueying (Shirley) Han, Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Nanotechnology in Society

Poster Award Announcement: Tristan Partridge, Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Nanotechnology in Society

Live Music: Fitz Minor

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15
8-8:30AM Conference registration, breakfast
Corwin Pavilion
8:30-9:30AM

Plenary – Defining and Achieving Social Responsibility
Corwin Pavilion

Chair: Cynthia Stohl, Professor, Department of Communication, UCSB

Between Innovation, Creativity and Routine: Non-Governmental Organizations in the Twenty-first Century
David Lewis, Professor of Social Policy and Development, London School of Economics and Political Science

Emancipating Transformations: From Technology Policy to Innovation Democracy
Andrew Stirling, Professor of Science and Technology Policy, University of Sussex

9:30AM-11AM

Concurrent Sessions 3 Defining and Achieving Social Responsibility

3.1 – Worker Representation in the Fast-Changing Workplace: The Role of Unions in Responsible Development

State Street Room

Chair: Cassandra Engeman, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Nanotechnology in Society and Doctoral candidate, Department of Sociology, UCSB

Workers' Concerns on Nanotechnology EHS Issues and the Regulation Agenda
Noela Invernizzi, Professor of Anthropology, Education and Public Policy Programs, Federal University of Parana

Unions and Potentially Hazardous Technologies: From the Shop Floor to the Halls of Congress
Darius Sivin, Health and Safety Department, International Union, UAW

The Working Conditions Involved in the Production and Use of Nanomaterials: What Are the Issues for Workers?
Aida Ponce del Castillo
, Senior Researcher, European Trade Union Institute

Rapporteur: Brandon Fastman, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, UCSB

3.2 – Does Corporate Social Responsibility Guarantee Workers' Rights?
Santa Barbara Harbor Room

Chair: Melissa Bator, Doctoral candidate, Department of Communication, UCSB

Making Blue the Next Green: Achieving Worker's Rights in the Global Economy
Richard Appelbaum, MacArthur Chair of Global and International Studies, Professor of Sociology, and Research Group Leader at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society, UCSB

Rana Plaza, a Year Later: Will the Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety Make a Difference in Worker’s Lives?
Scott Nova
, Executive Director, Worker Rights Consortium

Can Worker-Sourced Intelligence Drive Better Outcomes for Workers?
Ari Olmos
, Vice President of Operations, LaborVoices

Rapporteur: Tristan Partridge, Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, UCSB

3.3 – NGO-Government Interactions: Government Perspectives and Regulatory Processes
Corwin Pavilion

Chair: Javiera Barandiarán, Assistant Professor, Global and International Studies, UCSB

Linking Science to Policy: The Role of NGOs in Supporting Evidence Based Policy Making
Rachel Parker,
Senior Research Advisor, US Agency for International Development

Nano Regulation: Addressing Complexity and Consensus in Brazil
Flávio Plentz
, General Coordinator, Micro and Nanotechnology Department, Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation

Scientific Contestations Over "Toxic Trespass": The Health and Regulatory Implications of Chemical Biomonitoring
Bhavna Shamasunder, Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy, Occidental College

Rapporteur: Ariel Hasell, Graduate Fellow, Center for Nanotechnology in Society and Doctoral Candidate, Communication, UCSB

11-11:15AM Break
Corwin Pavilion
11:15-11:45AM

Plenary – Group report-back to review morning session outcomes
Corwin Pavilion

Chair: Galen Stocking, Graduate Fellow, Center for Nanotechnology in Society and Doctoral Candidate, Political Science, UCSB

11:45AM-12:45PM Lunch
Corwin Pavilion
12:45-2:45PM

Closing Plenary – Responsible Development, Responsible Innovation: Global Governance of New Technologies
Corwin Pavilion

Chairs and moderators: Barbara Herr Harthorn, Director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society and Professor of Anthropology, UCSB

Richard Appelbaum, MacArthur Chair of Global and International Studies, Professor of Sociology, and Research Group Leader at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society, UCSB

Panelists:

Mobilizing Scientists and Academics to Stop Killer Robots
Peter Asaro, Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Programs at The New School; Co-Founder and Vice-Chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control; and Spokesperson for the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots

Dynamics of Governance for Genetically Engineered Organisms: NGO Participation and Influence
Jennifer Kuzma, Goodnight-NCGSK Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs and co-director of the Genetic Engineering and Society center, North Carolina State University

What Has Happened to Solar Innovation?
Chris Newfield, Professor of Literature and American Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

Power in the Public Sphere
Simone Pulver, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

When Everyone Can Prove Who They Are
Tarun Wadhwa, Researcher at the Hybrid Reality Institute and author of Identified: Why They Are Getting to Know Everything about Us

2:45-3:15PM

Concluding Remarks
Corwin Pavilion

Barbara Herr Harthorn, Director of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society and Professor of Anthropology, UCSB

Richard Appelbaum, MacArthur Chair of Global and International Studies, Professor of Sociology, and Research Group Leader at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society, UCSB

Cassandra Engeman, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Nanotechnology in Society and Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, UCSB