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How “Citizen Scientists” Are Disrupting the Health Care Landscape

Dana Lewis disrupted the type 1 diabetes world when she created the world’s first hybrid closed loop artificial pancreas to automate adjustments of insulin delivery. She was tired of waiting for a commercial product to become available, and her successful efforts offer a fresh wrinkle on the notion of “citizen scientist.”  Today, with backing from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, she’s delving further into the role of citizen scientists in advancing health care. She’s doing so with Eric Hekler, associate professor in the School of Nutrition and Health Promotion, and Erik Johnston, associate professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and director of policy informatics at the Decision Theater. Both are available to speak about how citizen scientists can change the health care landscape. 

The Ethics of Advertising Hate Speech

Facebook and Google have recently come under fire for failing to monitor the content of ads on their sites, allowing hateful and misleading information to be shared. In this Q&A, Bret Giles, professor of practice in marketing in the W.P. Carey School of Business, shares his insights on the ethics of digital advertising in the era of social media. 

Is the US Moving Toward Single-payer Health Care?

Last week, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a “Medicare for All” proposal that would create a single-payer health-care system in the United States. Swapna Reddy, clinical assistant professor in Arizona State University's College of Health Solutions, explains in this Q&A the benefits and drawbacks of single payer, and how likely it is that the country would adopt such a system.

ASU Joins Forces with DHS

The Department of Homeland Security has tapped ASU researchers for help developing advanced tools to improve operations in DHS organizations, including the Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, FEMA, and Customs and Border Patrol. DHS has only selected a small number of universities across the country to lead research efforts in its Centers of Excellence. The new center brings $20 million in research funding to ASU over the next five years, with potential to extend for another five years and a total of $40 million. Ross Maciejewski, the center director, is available to discuss the center’s goals and importance.

Hurricane Disaster Response 

This year's hurricane season has hit several communities with a disasterous punch. Dr. Cheryl Schmidt, a clinical professor in Arizona State University’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, well understands what the communities are facing. She has been a volunteer nurse in the American Red Cross since 1974, and served 70,000 Gulf Coast residents in Arkansas who evacuated during Hurricane Katrina. She has taught disaster preparedness education to health care professionals, nursing students and community members throughout the United States. She is available to speak about the experience of health care providers responding to disasters, health problems experienced by disaster survivors, and emergency preparedness. You can also take a look at our disaster response Q&A with Dr. Schmidt.

ASU environmental microbiologist Morteza Abbaszadegan is available for interviews to discuss the various microorganisms and contaminants present in floodwaters, the growth of fungi and toxin-producing molds after waters recede, and how to stay safe. Chuck Redman of the School of Sustainability leads a project on building resilient cities. He’s also available to discuss how cities can rebuild in a more resilient manner. Clive Wynne, an Arizona State University professor of psychology and dog-behavior scientist, talks about how pets perceive disasters like Harvey and Irma. Click here to read our Q&A with Wynne. 

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Experts are available for interviews on these current topics:

Natural Disasters

Dr. Cheryl Schmidt
Clinical Professor, College of Nursing and Health Innovation
EXPERTISE: Disaster preparedness, emergency response by health care providers


Mark Tebeau
Professor, School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
EXPERTISE: Urban, public, and digital history

Climate Change

Nadya Bliss
Director, ASU’s Global Security Initiative
EXPERTISE: National security challenges of climate change 

Russian Hacking

Mark von Hagen
Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies
EXPERTISE: Russian history, politics, civil-military relations

North Korea

Daniel Rothenberg
Co-Director, Center on the Future of War; Professor of Practice, School of Politics and Global Studies
EXPERTISE: War, politics, law and human rights

Policing: Use of Force

Michael White
Professor, School of Criminology & Criminal Justice
EXPERTISE: Policing, police use of force, police misconduct, and tech/innovation 

Border Wall

Barzin Mobasher
Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
EXPERTISE: Development of new construction materials and processes for their manufacture, analysis, and design


Deborah Hall
Assistant Professor, School of Social Behavior Sciences
EXPERTISE: How people respond to perceived norms within social groups, how social identities can shape the way people perceive and interact with others



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