The Center for Law, Science & Innovation is pleased to announce the launch of two Journal Clubs for the 2020-2021 academic year. A Journal Club is a regular gathering where members take turns presenting important new papers on a common theme at successive meetings.
The paper or papers to be discussed at each meeting are distributed in advance so that participants have an opportunity to read them before the discussion and come prepared to discuss and ask questions. Each of these Journal Clubs will meet once in November for an initial session and to select participants/topics for regular Journal Club meetings in the Spring Semester.
This year, our clubs will focus on:
1. CRISPR/Gene Editing – CRISPR or gene editing is probably the most important biotechnology of the 21st century, and will have enormous implications for human health, human modification, plant and animal breeding, and disease eradication.
The CRISPR/Gene Editing Journal Club will have its first meeting from 4:30-5:30 (MST) on Wed. Nov 18 by Zoom. Prof. Robert Cook-Deegan will present a new paper he is working on, and we will select times, papers and presenters for the spring semester.
2. Standards – Private standards represent the majority of the governance of most new technologies. Using icebergs as a metaphor, government regulation represents the visible 10% of the iceberg sticking out of the water, but the vast majority of the iceberg is underwater, represented by private standards, which may not have the same visibility as government regulation, but are the major governance tool for many technologies such as software, hardware, telecommunications, biotechnology, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and many others.
Standards expert and teacher Brad Biddle will help lead this Journal Club. Prof. Gary Marchant will present the first paper at the initial meeting on Tuesday Nov. 17 from 12:10-1:10 (MST) by Zoom.
If you are interested in participating in one or both of these Journal Clubs, please email Debb Relph [Deborah.Relph@asu.edu] and she will provide you the paper for the first session and the Zoom address.
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