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ASU authors pen several articles in prestigious Cairo Review of Global Affairs


May 16, 2012

American research universities represent a model that is emulated throughout the world, but they must adapt if they are to create knowledge that responds to the “grand challenges” of our epoch. Only a synthesis of frameworks that transcend academic disciplines, institutions, and nations has the potential to advance broader local and global social and economic outcomes.

This is the premise of the lead article penned by ASU President Michael M. Crow and ASU research fellow William Dabars in the spring issue of The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, the quarterly journal of The American University in Cairo’s School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP).

The Cairo Review of Global Affairs has published a special edition on science and innovation policy featuring work from several faculty members and students from the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO) at Arizona State University. Crow is co-founder of CSPO.

In their article, “Knowledge Without Borders,” Crow and Dabars advocate for a transformation of American research universities, writing they must “integrate their quest to advance discovery and innovation with an explicit mandate to assume responsibility for the societies they serve.” They also advocate for increased public investment to remain competitive with other nations that are increasing investment in higher education, as well as to meet the enrollment demands of a rising number of U.S. high school graduates qualified to do university-level work.

“This issue represents an unprecedented collaboration between a journal of international affairs based in the Middle East and one of the leading science and innovation policy think tanks in the world,” Crow said.

In addition to the lead article by Crow and Dabars on the need for adaptation in American research universities, several CSPO faculty and students have articles published in the edition.

Clark Miller, associate director of CSPO, explores the future of energy in his article, “Energy Justice,” and CSPO Distinguished Writer in Residence Lee Gutkind, CSPO Co-Director David Guston, and Gwen Ottinger, assistant professor at the University of Washington Bothell discuss using creative nonfiction to improve the public’s understanding of science policy.

Gary Grossman, CSPO associate professor, and assistant professor Netra Chhetri look back at how the project World Wide Views on Global Warming was able to bring together 4,000 citizens in 38 countries who demonstrated a keen ability to debate the topic and make policy recommendations.

Faculty members were not the only CSPO associates who were published in the special edition. Monamie Bhadra, a doctoral student in ASU’s Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology program, discusses the human rights challenges India’s government faces with their nuclear plans.

In his article, “Science Under Siege,” CSPO Postdoctoral Research Associate Matthew Harsh shares how political unrest in Kenya has impacted the country’s education system, while graduate teaching assistant Michael Burnam-Fink argues that the popular weapon in the War on Terror is actually prolonging the war in his article, “Drone Wars.”

The Cairo Review of Global Affairs is published by the American University in Cairo Press. The journal is also available online at www.thecairoreview.com and Twitter @CairoReview.