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Allenby on Weaponized Narrative During an Election

With the 2020 Election coming to a close, each side is throwing accusations of improper techniques to sway the outcome. With no full confirmation yet on who will be the President come January, discussions of weaponized narrative and the role it plays in politics have started to rise. Brad Allenby, co-chair of the Weaponized Narrative Initiative of the Center for the Future of War, at Arizona State University, sat down to discuss some aspects of weaponized narrative and the danger it poses to those unaware of its impact.    Allenby cites the high emotions weaponized narrative targets as a reason to why it is so effective, most of the topics used in those specific narratives are either highly controversial or emotional. This leaves people vulnerable to the manipulation of those pulling the strings behind the scenes.    This current election isn’t the first election to have allegations of weaponized narrative,

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Join us for our Fall 2020 Community Board Meeting!

We may not be able to meet in person, but that doesn’t mean we still can’t have fun!  Join us for our Fall 2020 Community Board Meeting via zoom this Thursday, October 29th at 3:00 pm.  The format will be similar to our in person Community Board Meetings- four brief presentations on current topics in law, science and technology, followed by a breakout group discussion.  Topics Include: Jerry Lewis – Google v. Oracle Copyright Case Before the Supreme Court K Royal – Covid, Contact Tracing, and Privacy Walter Johnson – New Developments in Mitochondrial Replacement Therapies Guy Cardineau – COVID Vaccines Join us on Zoom via this link: https://asu.zoom.us/j/85635642661#success Easy to RSVP here:  RSVP HERE

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Ginsburg’s decades on high court included numerous Arizona rulings

Mourners line the Supreme Court with flowers and cards to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Photo taken by Claire Chandler) In a 27-year career on the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote more than 200 opinions and countless dissenting opinions that were known for the sharp language that made them one of her trademarks. Any case before the Supreme Court has national impact, but a fraction of cases the court decided during Ginsburg’s tenure directly affected Arizona. Some she wrote, others she dissented from. Cronkite News reviewed the Arizona opinions – in the majority and minority – from Ginsburg, who died Friday due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. Arizona v. Evans, March 1, 1995; 7-2, Ginsburg dissents The court held that the state could use marijuana evidence against a Phoenix man whose car was searched based on an outdated warrant. The majority said a “clerical error” on the warrant that let the

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Bowman Joins Panel to Discuss the Future of Mobility

The ASU Convergence Lab and the Instituto Mexicano Para la Competitividad is hosting a zoom panel to discuss the La Movilidad Urbana del Futuro, or Urban Mobility of the Future. Dr. Diana Bowman is part of a three-person panel, discussing how this year will change the future of mobility. Also included on the panel is Fátima Masse, project coordinator, Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad and Ram Pendyala, director, ASU School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.  This event will explore how the pandemic and climate change are affecting the future of mobility in cities, as more areas are reopening after shutting down to prevent the COVID-19 virus from spreading.  “As cities roll out and begin to implement their reopening plans,” the invitation says “we find ourselves at a crucial moment to examine and rethink the inequality blueprinted into the roads, tunnels, sidewalks and bus stops of urban areas like

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New Deadline: Hoffman Fellow Position Open

The World Economic Forum and The Thunderbird School of Global Management are seeking two Hoffman Fellows for a two- year appointment, with an extended deadline of August 10th. The Fellows will be working on addressing the possibilities and challenges posed by the rapid technological innovation. Working with the Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the ASU Law and Global Management Schools, the Fellows will also work on initiatives to tackle policy and governance challenges related to the application of emerging biotech in precision medicine and healthcare. This unique position offers an opportunity for a mix of research and applied policy work while participating in projects that explore the policy and governance challenges emerging bio technologies face. With the future of healthcare being transformed by the technological advances around the world, this fellowship will have a strong international focus. The Fellow will work with the C4IR, Thunderbird and ASU

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“Safe at Home” A Water Safety Webinar To Help Reduce Child Injury During COVID and Beyond

Diana Bowman and her team have worked to help prevent childhood drownings and injury by teaming up with Phoenix Children’s Hospital to produce a webinar to help parents and caregivers. With the Arizona heat, pools are a common way to cool down while enjoying the sunshine, but it can turn dangerous when parents don’t have the proper tools and information in the case of drownings. Bowman and her team have created a way for parents to learn about techniques that can save their child- and others in the case of an emergency. It is a common call that first responders get, drownings are the leading cause of injury-related death in children 1-4 in the U.S. The Webinar discussed various ways parents are misinformed, and the methods they will use to help spread awareness of child drownings and how to prevent them. The information they provide is crucial for parents to

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