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All of us at the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University mourn the passing of our colleague, assistant research professor David Conz.
“Unless he is a physicist, one who rides on the streetcar has no idea
how the car happened to get into motion. And he does not need to
From carburetors to cultures, Dave Conz is curious about how things
work and how they break; how they're made and how they evolve. He's
discovered that our social institutions are just as complex and
difficult to understand as galaxies and molecules.
“Some diagnostic situations contain a lot of variables. Any given
symptom may have several possible causes, and further, these causes may
interact with one another and therefore be difficult to isolate. In
deciding how to proceed, there often comes a point where you have to
step back and get a larger gestalt ... The gap between theory and
practice stretches out in front of you, and this is where it gets
Is Crawford referring to science policy or a vintage motorcycle? Both.
"If you don't have the right equipment for the job, you just have to make it yourself."
Conz is interested in the similarities and differences between professionally-trained, institutional scientists and engineers and their self-taught, hacker, DIY counterparts. As a participant observer, he's been making biodiesel fuel from waste vegetable oil since 2002 and beer, wine and cider since 2009. Dave holds a Ph.D. in Sociology with a focus on Science and Technology Studies, an MA in Interdisciplinary Humanities on the Technology & Culture track, a BS in Aerospace Studies with minors in Psychology and Humanities, a Certificate in Motorcycle Repair, and a Commercial Instrument Pilot's License. He is passable as a drummer and mediocre as a welder. Conz, sometimes referred to as “Professor Moonshine,” has two pet chickens, Pepper and Fanny, who regularly provide him with breakfast.