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Andrew Maynard

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

Hertz paying $168M to settle theft, false arrest lawsuits

Hertz is resolving its false arrest and theft lawsuits by paying $168 million. The settlement will cover all 364 claims related to the false reporting of rental cars being stolen and wrongful arrests resulting from the...

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Jollibee to sell stake in Vietnam’s Highlands Coffee for $800 million

Jollibee Foods Corp is negotiating to sell 10 percent to 15 percent of its stake in its Vietnamese coffee chain, Highlands Coffee, for around $800 million. If successful, the stake sale could eventually pave the way for...

Diageo India partners with Source Global to conserve groundwater, reduce carbon emissions

Diageo India will leverage Source Hydropanel technology, which uses the sun to draw pure water vapor out of the air, to produce water for its single malt whisky brand Godawan. Renewable water technology company Source...

Nike permanently ditches Kyrie Irving as it cut ties over antisemitic comments

Nike Inc. announced on Monday, Dec. 5, it has finally made the decision to sever its ties with the 30-year-old National Basketball Association player Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets. This means his contract with the...

Politics

UK: Labour wins vote demanding government release COVID-19 contracts

The British opposition Labour Party secured a vote to demand the government to release documents of COVID-19 contracts given to a firm with a connection to a Conservative member of the Upper House. The vote was secured...

Russia-Ukraine war: Drone strike hits Russian airfield

A drone strike hit another Russian airbase this week following reports of Ukraines capability to penetrate Russian airspace. The reports followed an attack on two previous Russian airbases. A drone strike hit what would...

US: Supreme Court considers potentially limiting judicial scrutiny over election-related cases

The Conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in an appeal that could limit the judiciary of a state to scrutinize elections. The high court could potentially grant politicians more...

Myanmar coup: Relatives of Myanmar students sentenced to death ask for help

The Myanmar junta has continued to crack down on opponents and critics as they continue their rule over the country since overthrowing the elected government last year. Relatives of seven students who were sentenced to...

Science

S. Korean scientists detect antibiotic material in spider venom using AI

South Korean scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based peptide detection model that can predict the antibiotic functionality of peptides antibiotic for hay bacillus, colon bacillus, staphylococcus...

Scientists test mRNA technology for universal flu vaccine

An experimental vaccine was found to potentially open a pathway to a universal flu shot that might help prevent future pandemics, according to a US study. In initial tests in mice and ferrets, the two-dos vaccine...

Unilever explores the use of “cow-free” ingredients for ice creams

Unilever has begun looking at utilizing precision fermentation technology to create cow-free dairy products or use them within its ice cream portfolio A spokesperson for Unilever said that the companys RD team is in...

S. Korean researchers develop wearable OLED that can cure jaundice in infants

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a wearable green organic light-emitting diode (OLED) with a 470-nanometer (nm) wavelength that can cure jaundice in...

It was the first time scientists confirmed that nitrous oxide increases if nitrogenous fertilizers are used excessively for rice farming.

The excessive use of nitrogenous fertilizers for rice farming results in a sharp increase in the emission of nitrous oxide, the major greenhouse gas contributor, according to study by the Gyeonggi-do Agricultural Research ...

Technology

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ multiplayer: CD Projekt Red confirms it was shelved due to the game’s tumultuous launch

CD Projekt Red said years ago that Cyberpunk 2077 would have online multiplayer gameplay, which later became a planned standalone title. However, the developer has now confirmed it had to drastically change its plans...

‘Star Wars Jedi: Survivor’ release date is leaked on Steam, hinting at an early 2023 launch

Video game fans looking forward to Star Wars Jedi: Survivor may not have to wait for EA and Respawn Entertainments announcement for a release date. Details about the games launch appeared to have been leaked by quite a...

Apple AR/VR headset release date: Analyst says mass shipments could be delayed to the second half of 2023

Apple is expected to enter the AR and VR space by next year with its first mixed-reality headset. While previous reports claimed it could be announced in early 2023, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo updated his predictions to suggest...

PS Plus downloadable games for December includes remastered ‘Mass Effect’ trilogy

December is going to be a good month for PlayStation Plus members now that Sony announced the lineup of new downloadable games at no additional cost going live next week. The list is headlined by the collection of...
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