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Nov 17, 2017

In a world that plagued by incidents of violent extremism and terror, we are often presented with messages or news stories that focus on the leaders of extremist organizations or the perpetrators of such attacks. This type of messaging can be a distraction from more fully addressing the root cause of violent extremism through the use of human sciences such as psychology, sociology and anthropology.

In the second installment of our series on violent extremism, Valka-Mir Human Security Managing Partner Dr. Aleksandra Nesic explains why she believes social science concepts and approaches are needed when attempting to understand and address the root causes of extremist and violent extremist ideologies. Dr. Nesic will use her experience growing up in the former Yugoslavia during the wars in Bosnia and Kosovo as a lens through which to examine these concepts.

Participants

Host: Carlos Faraco, Ph.D., Neuroscience, 2016-2018 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Institutes of Justice

Aleksandra Nesic, Ph.D., Conflict Analysis and Resolution; Managing Partner of Valka-Mir Human Security R&D; Senior Social Scientist, US Army J.F.K. Special Warfare Education Group, Ft Bragg, NC; Visiting Research Professor, Joint Special Operations University

Executive Producer

Carlos Faraco, Ph.D., Neuroscience, 2016-2018 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Institutes of Justice

Image: Patrick Christian

This blog does not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. AAAS is not responsible for the accuracy of this material. AAAS has made this material available as a public service, but this does not constitute endorsement by the association.

Oct 26, 2017

In a world that is currently plagued by incidents of violent extremism and terror, we are often presented with messages or news stories that focus on the leaders of violent extremist organizations or the perpetrators of such attacks. That type of messaging has affected the way that government and the public view violent extremism. It may be a distraction from more fully addressing the root cause of violent extremism through the use of human sciences, such as psychology, sociology and anthropology.

In this episode, Dr. Patrick Christian will explain how he and his partners at ValkMir Human Security are changing the way the US military thinks and goes about intervening in communities targeted by violent extremist groups. By training the military on evidence-based findings from social science research, they aim to build communities resistant to violent extremism and violent extremist ideologies.

This blog does not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. AAAS is not responsible for the accuracy of this material. AAAS has made this material available as a public service, but this does not constitute endorsement by the association.

Aug 22, 2017

“Quantum physics” is often viewed in popular culture as being entirely incomprehensible. STPF fellows Eric Breckenfeld and Jonathan Trinastic speak with three physicists from government, academia and industry to discuss the phenomena studied in quantum physics and its relevance to our daily lives. One budding technology is quantum computing, an area of significant interest at IBM where users are permitted to submit code to their 5-qubit quantum computer at: https://quantumexperience.ng.bluemix.net/qstage/#/user-guide (link is external).

Participants

Host: Eric Breckenfeld, Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, 2016-2018 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

Interviewer: Jonathan Trinastic, Ph.D. Physics, 2016-2018 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Energy

Gabe Perez-Giz, Ph.D. Physics, 2015-2017 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation

Dmitri Kilin, Ph.D. Physics, Assistant Professor at North Dakota State University

Nick Bronn, Ph.D. Physics, Research Staff Member at IBM TJ Watson Research Center

Producers:

Eric Breckenfeld, Ph.D. Materials Science and Engineering, 2016-2018 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office

Alejandro de la Puente, Ph.D. Physics, 2016-2018 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation

Executive Producer:

Carlos Faraco, Ph.D. Neuroscience, 2016-18 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Institute of Justice

 

Image: taken from Flickr, by the University of Exeter.

This blog does not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. AAAS is not responsible for the accuracy of this material. AAAS has made this material available as a public service, but this does not constitute endorsement by the association.

Jun 5, 2017

Americans waste 40% of their food. How did we become so wasteful and what can we do about it? Dr. Ariela Zycherman is joined by Dr. Irina Feygina of Climate Central, Jason Turgeon of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Maria Rose Belding and Grant Nelson from the MEANS database for a discussion about what parts of food we waste, why we waste, and what we can do to reduce waste across a variety of social, natural and built systems.

 

Participants:

Host: Ariela Zycherman, Ph.D. Anthropologist
2015-17 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation

Irina Feygina, Ph.D. Social Psychology
Director of Behavioral Science at Climate Central
2013-2014 Congressional Branch Fellow
Twitter Handel @ClimateCentral

Jason Turgeon
Environmental Protection Agency, Region 1

Maria Rose Belding
Co-Founder/Executive Director, MEANS Database

Grant Nelson, JD
Co-Founder, CTO, MEANS Database
Twitter Handel @MEANSDatabase

 

Producers:

Carlos Faraco, Ph.D. Nueroscience
2016-2017 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Institute of Justice

Joseph Kliegman, Ph.D. Biophysics
2016-2017 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation

Beth Linas, Ph.D. Epidemiologist
2015-17 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation

 

Image courtesy of Flickr user Katie Campbell EarthFix/KCTS9.

The opinions and views expressed at or through this website are the opinions of the designated authors and do not reflect the opinions or views of AAAS or any USG agency, its employees or partners.

Apr 12, 2017

This is the first episode of a new series called “Scientists are People Too.” Each episode we will ask scientist questions related to their work and their daily lives. In this episode we ask scientists “What is the biggest mistake you have made in science or the most expensive piece of equipment you have broken?”

 

Participants:

Host: Danielle Friend, Ph.D. Neuroscience
2016-2017 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Institutes of Health

Emily Aurand, Neuroscience

2016-2017 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation

Kelly Fleming, Chemical Engineer

2016-2017 Executive Branch Fellow U.S. Department of Energy

Laura Skipper Kalal, Ph.D. Psychology

2016-2017 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation

Caitlin Mcguire, Ph.D. Chemistry

2016-2017 Legislative Branch Fellow

Jonathan Rayner, M.S. Aerospace Engineering

2016-2017 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of State

Carrie Seltzer, Ph.D. Environmental Life Sciences

2016-2017 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation

Jonathan Trinastic. Physics

2016-2017 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Energy

Mario Urdaneta, Ph.D. Mechanical Engineer

2015-2017 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Energy

Dina Weber, Ph.D. Genetics

2015-2017 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation

Christopher Williams, Ph.D. Biology

2016-2017 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation

Chuck Wright, Ph.D. Genetics

2016-2017 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Institutes of Health

Ariela Zyncherman, Ph.D. Anthropology

2015-2016 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation

 

Producers:

Carlos Faraco, Ph.D. Neuroscience
2015-16 Executive Branch Fellow National Institute of Justice

Beth Linas, Ph.D. Epidemiology

2015-2016 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation

Claire Schulkey, Ph.D. Genetics

2015-2016 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Institutes of Health

 

The opinions and views expressed at or through this website are the opinions of the designated authors and do not reflect the opinions or views of AAAS or any USG agency, its employees or partners.

 

Feb 7, 2017

Data Scientist is listed as the “Sexiest Job of the 21st Century” by the Harvard Business Review, but what is data science and what do Data Scientists do? Dr. Claire Schulkey investigated the question at International Data Week speaking with Amy Nurnberger and Dr. Sarah Callaghan, two data professionals, and she heard from the Chief Data Scientist at the New York Times to figure out what makes a data professional, how people get into the field, and what they do all day.

The opinions and views expressed at or through this website are the opinions of the designated authors and do not reflect the opinions or views of AAAS or any USG agency, its employees or partners.

 Image courtesy of Geralt of pixabay.

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