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Parthasarathy comments on regulation of biometric technologies

Jan 17, 2022
In October 2021, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) put out a request for public comment on the use and regulation of AI-enabled biometric technologies, including facial recognition. OSTP invited comment on a wide range...

The Irony of a Climate Change Conference: COP26

Dec 15, 2021
Natasha's trip to COP26 was funded with an STPP Career Development Grant. Learn more about the grant here.  By Natasha Dacic I recently had the opportunity to travel to COP26 as a member of the University of Michigan’s Delegation. What an...

Reflections on an Internship with the U.S. Climate Alliance

Apr 6, 2020
By Laura Grier, MS in Environmental Justice and Policy and STPP Graduate Certificate alum On any given day of the past winter semester, I got to work as a policy researcher, data tracker, event planner, team builder, and climate advocate. It is...

Graduate Student Lobby Day in Lansing

May 8, 2019
by Lucca Henrion, Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. Candidate and STPP Certificate Student On May 8th, a coalition of 20 University of Michigan graduate students from Rackham Student Government, Graduate Rackham International, and Engaging Scientists...

Consensus Conference on Water Quality

Apr 20, 2019
by Nocona Sanders, Materials Science & Engineering Ph.D. Candidate and STPP Certificate Student Across Michigan and throughout Washtenaw County, issues related to water safety, access, and usage have become prominent topics of public discussion....

Capitol Hill with the American Physiological Society

Apr 16, 2019
by Elizabeth A. Ronan, Molecular and Integrative Physiology Ph.D. Candidate and STPP certificate student Political lobbying is not an activity I would have initially thought to associate with a STEM career. Yet this past October I found myself, a...

Reflections on the MIT Energy Conference

Apr 15, 2019
by Akin Olumoroti, MPP and STPP certificate student Thanks to the STPP career development grant, I was able to attend the student-led MIT Energy Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. Attending the conference was a very useful experience, since the...
Technology Assessment Project

Vaccine Hesitancy

September 2020 - May 2021
Zixuan Wang, Margarita Maria Rodriguez Morales, Kseniya Husak, Molly Kleinman, Shobita Parthasarathy
In winter 2020, a novel coronavirus (SARSCoV-2) that caused COVID-19 started its spread across the globe, and by July 2020, over 500,000 people worldwide had died of the disease. By March 2021, there were over 120 million cases and over 2.8 million deaths. To combat the pandemic and return to “normalcy”, experts estimate that at least 80% of the world’s population needs to be resistant to the virus, and most of the world’s population will require vaccination. This will be a challenge. In addition to facilitating widespread distribution, governments will need to combat “vaccine hesitancy”: an...
Technology Assessment Project

What’s in the Chatterbox?

May 2021
Johanna Okerlund, Evan Klasky, Aditya Middha, Sujin Kim, Hannah Rosenfeld, Molly Kleinman, Shobita Parthasarathy
Large language models (LLMs)—machine learning algorithms that can recognize, summarize, translate, predict, and generate human languages on the basis of very large text-based datasets—are likely to provide the most convincing computer-generated imitation of human language yet. Because language generated by LLMs will be more sophisticated and human-like than their predecessors, and because they perform better on tasks for which they have not been explicitly trained, we expect that they will be widely used. Policymakers might use them to assess public sentiment about pending legislation,...
Technology Assessment Project

Facial Recognition in Schools

September 2019 - August 2020
Claire Galligan, Hannah Rosenfeld, Molly Kleinman, Shobita Parthasarathy
Facial recognition (FR) technology was long considered science fiction, but it is now part of everyday life for people all over the world. FR systems identify or verify an individual’s identity based on a digitized image alone, and are commonly used for identity verification, security, and surveillance in a variety of settings including law enforcement, commerce, and transportation. Schools have also begun to use it to track students and visitors for a range of uses, from automating attendance to school security. FR can be used to identify people in photos, videos, and in real time, and is...

Kumar Garg: Science for the people

Jan 26, 2022 1:01:38

Former assistant director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Kumar Garg and director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy program Shobita Parthasarathy discuss deploying science, technology, and data for the public

STPP Information Session

Oct 21, 2021 0:29:21

Do you want to learn how science and technology policy is made? Are you interested in the social and ethical implications of developments like facial recognition, gene editing, or autonomous vehicles?