Lincoln Professor receives national award from peers


December 3, 2013

Joseph R. Herkert, a Lincoln Associate Professor of Ethics and Technology in the School of Letters and Sciences, is on deck to receive a national award from his peers early next year.

Herkert will be recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for distinguished scholarship, teaching and interdisciplinary research in the ethics of engineering and technology, and in the relationships among science, technology and society. The AAAS will make Herkert a Fellow and present him an official certificate and gold and blue rosette pin at its annual forum in Chicago, Feb. 15, 2014. Download Full Image

“I’m thrilled and honored because the AAAS is the foremost scientific organization in the United States, and their work in the area of ethics and public policy is among the best,” Herkert said. “Since these are my areas of expertise and interest and this is a peer group, to be honored by them is quite meaningful.”

The AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society, and publisher of the journals Science and Science Translational Medicine. It was founded in 1848 and included 261 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world, with an estimated total readership of one million.

“Professor Herkert has made significant contributions to the intellectual life of ASU,” says Fred Corey, dean and director of the School of Letters and Sciences. “He is a first-rate scholar in engineering ethics, and he has offered sustained insights into the social implications of information technology, as well as environmental policy. That he is receiving this level of recognition from his peers is certainly fitting and very much deserved.”

Herkert has been teaching engineering ethics and science, technology and society courses for more than 25 years. He is co-editor of “The Growing Gap Between Emerging Technologies and Legal-Ethical Oversight" (Springer 2011), editor of “Social Ethical and Policy Implications of Engineering: Selected Readings” (Wiley/IEEE Press, 2000) and has published numerous articles on engineering ethics and societal implications of technology in engineering, law, social science and applied ethics journals.

Herkert received his bachelor's in electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University and his doctorate in engineering and policy from Washington University in St. Louis. Despite all of his accomplishments, Herkert says his greatest joy remains teaching.

“I’ve always enjoyed teaching both technical and non-technical students, and challenging them to think critically about the role of science technology and engineering in the broader context of society,” Herkert said. “Hopefully, I’m also preparing my students to become better citizens, and in some cases, better leaders.”

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Cronkite New Media Academy offers digital training to public


December 3, 2013

Arizonans interested in developing digital media skills and strategies are invited to participate in a series of hands-on workshops taught by multimedia experts at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

The Cronkite New Media Academy offers training to the general public on social media, information security, public relations and video during the spring semester. Those interested can sign up for an individual workshop, several sessions or the entire series. Download Full Image

The New Media Academy, launched in 2009, is designed so that participants work with skilled media professionals in small group settings. Sessions are taught by top Cronkite faculty and staff in the school’s state-of-the-art media labs on ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.

Cronkite associate dean Kristin Gilger said participants come from diverse backgrounds with a variety of professional goals. “Whether you’re looking to develop a social media presence for your business or organization, or you want to advance your career by sharpening your digital media skills, the New Media Academy can help you keep up with the constantly changing world of digital communications,” she said.

A $50-per-session discount is available for ASU faculty, staff, students, alumni and family members, as well as members of professional journalism organizations and Arizona chamber associations. Bundle discounts are available when registering for multiple social media and video courses. Registration is available here

Spring workshops

Securing Sensitive Communications and Information in the Internet Age – Jan. 10

Discover how to safeguard sensitive information on laptops and other devices from government and third-party interception. The session is taught by digital media expert Dan Gillmor and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Doig.

Social Media 101 – Feb. 7

Sharpen important social media fundamentals and skills by learning how to use some of the most popular platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. Social media expert Dawn Gilpin works one-on-one with participants as she shares her expertise in this hands-on session.

Advanced Social Media – Feb. 8

Learn how organizations and individuals can maximize use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter, and what other handles they should consider integrating into their social media strategy. Robin Phillips, digital director of the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism, will work with participants on social media strategies and ways to measure success.

PR for Nonprofits, Small Businesses and Organizations – April 4

Develop digital public relations and marketing communications skills to promote your cause, business or organization. Fran Matera, founding director of the Cronkite School’s Public Relations Lab, will cover key communication strategies that make a difference.

Video: Capturing Compelling Stories – April 4

Practice shooting high-quality video, composing strong shots and locating compelling subject material in this workshop. Cronkite production manager Jim Jacoby, an Emmy award-winning editor and director, will show participants how to create compelling video for a variety of uses.

Video Editing: Learn Adobe Premiere – April 5

Get training in the video editing software application Adobe Premiere. This hands-on session, taught by Jacoby, will cover basic to intermediate software functions for creating and editing video packages.

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