Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference:
Science and Technology in Society
March 31 - April 1, 2007



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Graduate Student Presentations: Session I

March 31, 10:15 – 12:30


Women in Science

Moderator: Professor Bonnie Stabile, George Mason University

Revelle Room

  1. Women and Mothers in University Science: Battles, Babies and Biases – Lynne Graziano, Georgia Tech

  2. Love in the Lab: Women Scientists and EngineersMarried to or Partnered with Other Scientists and Engineers – Brianna Blaser, University of Washington

  3. Implementing Sustainability Practices and Technology in the SierraNorte of Puebla: Improving the Economic and Social Status of Indigenous Women – Yolanda Serrano-Gehman, Arizona State University

  4. New Approaches to Gender & Technology Studies from a Development Perspective: Women’s Lived Experiences of Technology in Swaziland – Caroline Wamala, Lulea University of Technology


Ethical Issues in Science and Technology

Moderator: Professor Lee Zwanziger, Virginia Tech

Haskins Room


  1. Articulating 'self-identified race/ethnicity' [SIRE] in genetic terms: Epistemological and Ethical Issues – Sophia Efstathiou, University of California, San Diego

  2. Design Principles and Experiences of Use – Nassim Jafarinaimi, Carnegie Mellon University

  3. Policies Regulating the Inclusion of Foster Children in Pre-Approval Clinical Trials – Susan D’Amelio, Virginia Tech

  4. The Praxis of Scientific Epistemology: Reaching Political and Social Resolution to the Debate Over Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research – Nathan Palpant, University of Michigan

  5. Sex as a Standardized Package - John Parsi, Arizona State University


Collaboration for Science and Technology

Moderator: Professor David Hart, George Mason


Abelson Room

  1. Complementarity, Information Flows, and State-Led Technological Innovation in Korea and Taiwan – Matthew Shapiro, University of Southern California

  2. Federal Lab Patents, Licensing, and the Value of Patents: An Explorative Study about the Licensed Patents from NASA – Taehyun Jung, Georgia Tech

  3. Distribution of Foreign-Born S&E Talent in American Cities and its Effects – Fangmeng Tian, George Mason University

  4. Selection and Concentration vs Decentralization in National Science Funding. A Study on Experimental Program for the Stimulation of Competitive Research (EPSCoR) – Youngsun Baek, Georgia Institute of Technology


Citizen Participation in, and Understanding of


Moderator: Professor Massimiano Bucchi, University of

Trento Auditorium

  1. Experimentation in Participative Procedures and in Citizen Expression Tools – Nicolas Benvegnu, Ecole des Mines de Paris

  2. Public Participation and New Food Technologies: When is the Public Being Asked and Why? – Annika Porsborg Nielsen, University of Copenhagen

  3. Public Engagement in Nanotechnology: Who is the Public? What is the Engagement? – Competing Meanings Around Public Engagement Experiences in France – Brice Laurent, Ecole des Mines de Paris

  4. Press Coverage of Science: Comparing the Montreal Protocol and the Basel Convention – Jennifer Moyer, Drexel University

  5. The Public Value of Social Policy Research: An Application of the Public Value Mapping Method at the National Institute of Justice – Sean Hays, Arizona State University


Graduate Student Presentations: Session II

March 31, 3:45 – 6:00


Public Regulation of S&T

Moderator: Professor Nicholas S. Vonortas

George Washington University



  1. Regulating the Coexistence of GM and Non-GM Farming: The Missing Link in the EU Regulatory Regime for Agricultural Biotechnology – Thijs Etty, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

  2. Patent Tales: Trailing Environmental Regulations and Emission Control Technologies in the Developing World – Neelakshi Medhi, Syracuse University

  3. The American Competitiveness Initiative in Historic Context – David Bruggeman, Virginia Tech

  4. Information Security and Government Intervention: Should the Government Play a Dominating Role in IT Security? – Esfandiar Bakhtiar, Georgia Institute of Technology




Environmental and Water Policy

Moderator(s): David Tomblin, Virginia Tech; and Ryan Meyer

Arizona State University

Haskins Room


  1. To Adopt or Not to Adopt? Policy Diffusion and the Role of Norms in Environmental Policy – Andrea Olive, Purdue University

  2. Expert Disagreement and the Clean Water Act: the Difficult Necessity of Providing Interdisciplinary Advice for Environmental Policy – Holly VandeWall, University of Notre Dame

  3. Knowledge Transfer and Utilization in Water System Management – Mirjam Van Tilburg, University of Twente

  4. Grounded in High-Quality Data or Banking on a Fantasy? Assessing the Arizona Groundwater Management Act of 1980 – Megan O’Shea, Arizona State University

  5. Environment, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development – Dalya Guιrin, Universite Paris, Panthιon, Sorbonne


Innovation and Economy

Moderator: Dr. David Attis, Council on Competitiveness

Abelson Room


  1. Implementation and Impact of EMS (ISO 14001) on Industries – Aneel Salman, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  2. Bringing Structure to the Championing of Environmental Improvements in Innovation Work – Nils Markusson, Edinburgh University

  3. Developing Fusion as an Energy Source – Lauren Kate Gibson, George Washington University

  4. Syndicated Venture Capital Investment Supporting Technology-Based Companies Across National Borders – Kristi Hakkaja, George Washington University

  5. Innovation in Low Technology Manufacturing: the Role of Networking and Input Acquisition – Juan Julio Guetierrez, George Mason University


Issues in Space Policy

Moderator: Dr. Shannon A. Brown

Virginia Tech & National Defense University

Revelle Room

  1. Determining the Effects of ITAR Regulation on the Commercial Space Manufacturing – Ryan Zelnio, George Mason University

  2. Design of a Mechanism to Organize International Collaboration on Space Exploration – Audrey Schaffer, George Washington University

  3. India and the Road to Space: A Model for Societal Development Through a National Space Program – Ian Christensen, George Washington University


Graduate Student Presentations: Session III

April 1, 10:30 – 12:45


(Potential) Impact of Information

Communication Technology on Society

Moderator: Professor David Hart

George Mason University

Revelle Room

  1. How the Internet is Shaping the Chilean Community: Globalization and Dependency – Rick Duque, Louisiana State

  2. High-Tech Labor and Open Source – Stuart Mawler, Virginia Tech

  3. Social Networks for ICTs in Development – Jon Camfield, George Washington University

  4. The Development of E-Government at the Country and City Levels in the United States – Dhanaraj Thakur, Georgia Institute of Technology

  5. CT Adoption and Social Development: A Case Study on Grameen Telecom in Bangladesh – Shib Shankar Dasgupta, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute



Issues in Climate Science and Policy

Moderator: Professor Betsy Mendelsohn

University of Maryland

Haskins Room


  1. The Use and Neglect of Research on Public Engagement in Environmental Policy – Noah Feinstein, Stanford University

  2. Scientific Elites as Policy Entrepreneurs: Is There a Role for Scientists in Congressional Climate Change Policy? – Tatyana Ruseva, Indiana University

  3. Does Science Matter? The Role of Science in Framing Policy Problems – Mark Neff, Arizona State University

  4. Models and Predictions: Philosophical Views on the Use of Models in Policy – Zach Pirtle, Arizona State University



Science and Technology in Developing


Moderator: Professor Nicholas S. Vonortas

George Washington University

Abelson Room

  1. Visualizing the Invisible College in China’s Nano World: Evidence from Publications and Patents 1990-2006 – Li Tang, Georgia Tech

  2. A Mission-Oriented Pattern of S&T Policy in China – Yu Meng, Georgia Tech

  3. The Technocratic Trend and Its Implication in China – Jungwon Yoon, Georgia Tech

  4. India’s Science and Technology Policy: Implementation to Date and the Prospects Ahead – Jessica Rushing, George Washington University

  5. Software Nationalization: Open Source as an Approach to Development – Edgar Maldonado, Pennsylvania State University


Perception and Construction of Science in


Moderator: Professor Jameson Wetmore

Arizona State University


  1. Decision-Making about Preferences for Genetic Testing – Lindsay Owens, University of Chicago

  2. Enhancing the Understanding of Traditional Indigenous Knowledge (TK) as a Social, Political, and Cultural Construct – Ulia Gosart, University of California

  3. Shaping Science: Turning Science Studies into Science Action – Genevieve Maricle, University of Colorado

  4. The Generals and the Gatlings: Lessons Learned from the U.S. Army 1862-1918 – Tim Cathcart, Virginia Tech

  5. Technology and the City: the Case of the Mo.S.E. Project in Venice – Dr. Andrea Lorenzet, University of Trento, Italy