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Daniel Sarewitz

Daniel Sarewitz
Professor in the School of Life Sciences,
Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes
Arizona State University

Daniel Sarewitz is the director of the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO) and professor of science and society at Arizona State University. His work focuses on understanding the connections between scientific research and social benefit, and on developing methods and policies to strengthen such connections. His most recent books are Shaping Science and Technology Policy: The Next Generation of Research (with David H. Guston, 2006) and Living with the Genie: Essays on Technology and the Quest for Human Mastery (with Alan Lightman and Christina Desser, 2003).

Before joining ASU, Sarewitz directed the Geological Society of America’s Institute for Environmental Education and worked on Capitol Hill, first as a congressional science fellow, then as a science consultant to the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. He has written numerous articles, speeches, and reports about the relationship between science and social progress, including Prediction: Science, Decision–Making, and the Future of Nature (2000) and Frontiers of Illusion: Science, Technology, and the Politics of Progress (1996), and has done field work in the Philippines, Argentina, and Tajikistan.

In 2007, he was named a Templeton Research Fellow, along with Brad Allenby, for their project, “Transhumanism, Nature, and Technology: Reinventing the Enlightenment.”

To learn more or to join the discussion, read Sarewitz’s essay in the online forum.

Featured Presentations:
“ Can Technology Make Us Better?”
Templeton Research Lecture
April 21, 2008
Read the text of Daniel Sarewitz’s remarks here
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“Technology in the Culture of Progress”
Keynote Address
Workshop on Transhumanism and the Meanings of Progress
April 24-25, 2008
Read the text of Daniel Sarewitz ’s keynote address here
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