Brown Bag Faculty Lunch and Learn: Ethical and Societal Considerations

Event description

  • Academic events
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Professional and career development
  • Science
  • Sustainability

Sponsored by KE’s Office of the Vice President of Research and Research Development.
Topic: Brown Bag Faculty Lunch and Learn: Ethical and Societal Considerations

You’re invited to join us and your colleagues for another Brown Bag Faculty Lunch and Learn on Friday, Dec. 8, 12 P.M. – 1 P.M. MST via Zoom. Led by Professors Christiana Honsberg and Clark Miller, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, we will discuss the recently-enacted CHIPS and Science Act, its impact on NSF funding, and how ASU researchers can navigate these new requirements around “ethical and societal considerations” in future grant opportunities. You can register here:
Professors Honsberg and Miller have been involved in long-term collaborations around the ethical and society considerations of (sustainable) energy systems. Their conversation will emphasize what such collaborations, implemented through such long-term, large-scale work as an NSF Engineering Research Center, can bring to science and engineering and to social science.

A lesser headline from the CHIPS and Science Act - but still one crucially important for ASU and all academic research - is the law's requirement that the National Science Foundation (NSF) address the "ethical and societal considerations" of its research across its entire portfolio. This mandate applies not just to NSF's new Technology, Innovation and Partnerships Directorate, but across the entire foundation, and not just to large centers or institutes, but to all proposals in all fields. The law requires NSF to formulate a plan, in conjunction with the community, by August 2024.

While NSF is doing that, ASU is beginning to prepare its NSF-oriented researchers. One element of this preparation is a monthly series of virtual brown-bag seminars with faculty who have already done extensive work on "ethical and societal considerations." The goal of these seminars is to make faculty more generally aware of such considerations and the important opportunities for collaborative, interdisciplinary scholarship that exist as ASU. Derived from ASU's charter and design aspirations, including the recent addition of "principled innovation", ASU has an important and even pioneering tradition in topics related to this mandate, including applied ethics, responsible innovation, anticipatory governance, socio-technical integration research futures research, public interest technology, environmental justice, indigenous knowledges, and other related fields. Indeed, we expect these opportunities will help make ASU research even more competitive at NSF!


  • Christiana Honsberg, School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
  • Clark Miller, Senior Global Futures Scientist, Global Futures Scientists and Scholars

Date: Dec. 8, 2023 
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Online only

Register here:

Watch a recording of the most recent Brown Bag Faculty Lunch and Learn here:

Event contact

Ernesto L. Abeytia

Friday, December 8, 2023

Date: December 8, 2023 
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

12:00 pm1:00 pm (MST)