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Jameson Wetmore

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Associate Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Lincoln Center Affiliated Faculty
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Assoc Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Biography

James Wetmore is an associate professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and co-director of the Center for Engagement and Training in Science and Society at Arizona State University. His work combines the fields of science and technology studies, ethics, and public policy in order to better understand both the interconnected relationships between technology and society and the forces that change those relationships over time. His research spans a broad array of topics and time periods, but most of it comes back to a recurring question: How do people design and create technological systems and, in turn, how do these technological systems help to define, reinforce and propagate specific values?

For instance, Professor Wetmore has studied how the Old Order Amish regulate the technologies they use in order to strengthen their communities. He has examined the complex systems in place in New Orleans to prevent disasters like Katrina. And he has explored how religious thinkers seek to influence the future of nanoscale research and policy. He is currently leading an NSF funded research project to study the developing community of computer scientists trained and working in East Africa. Much of this work is summed up in his co-edited book: "Technology and Society: Building our Sociotechnical Future" (MIT Press).

As co-director of the Center for Engagement & Training in Science and Society, Professor Wetmore works to develop ways for scientists, policymakers and others to think about the future of technology and society. As part of this center he is actively involved in training programs for graduate student scientists and engineers and works extensively with science museums and centers across the United States to find ways to integrate discussions about the social aspects of science and technology into their programming.

He is also the associate director for societal and ethical implications of the National Science Foundation's National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure Coordinating Office where he works to integrate the social studies of nanotechnology into the technical development of the field. 

Education
  • Ph.D. Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University
  • M.A. Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University
  • B.A. Program of Liberal Studies/Concentration in Science, Technology and Values, University of Notre Dame
Research Interests

Field Specializations: Technology and Society; Ethics and Technology, Nanotechnology and Society, Scientific Engagement with Society, Science and Technology Studies

Publications
  • Carolyn Mattick, Jameson M. Wetmore, and Braden R. Allenby, “An Anticipatory Social Assessment of Factory-Grown Meat,” IEEE Technology and Society 34(1), Spring 2015, 56-64.
  • Jameson M. Wetmore, “Delegating to the Automobile:  Experimenting with Automotive Restraints in the 1970s,” Technology & Culture 56(2), April 2015. 
  • Heather E. Canary, Julie L. Taylor, Joseph R. Herkert, Karin Ellison, Jameson M. Wetmore, Carlos A. Tarin, “Engaging Students in Integrated Ethics Education: A Communication in the Disciplines Study of Pedagogy and Students Roles in Society,” Communication Education, 63, 2014, 83-104.
  • Rae Ostman, Brad Herring, Ali Jackson, Ira Bennett, and Jameson Wetmore, “Making Meaning Through Conversations about Science and Society,” Exhibitionist, Spring 2013, pp. 42-47.
  • Rider Foley, Ira Bennett, and Jameson M. Wetmore, “Practitioners’ Views on Responsibility: Applying Nanoethics,” in NanoEthics, December 6(3) 2012: 231-241.
  • Susan E. Cozzens and Jameson M. Wetmore, Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society, Vol. II: Nanotechnology and the Challenges of Equity, Equality, and Development (New York, NY: Springer, 2011).
  • Deborah G. Johnson and Jameson M. Wetmore, Technology & Society:  Building our Sociotechnical Future, Inside Technology Series (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009).
  • Joan McGregor and Jameson M. Wetmore, “Researching and teaching the ethics and social implications of emerging technologies in the laboratory,” NanoEthics 3(1), 2009, pp. 17-30.
  • Jameson M. Wetmore and Jonathan D. Posner. “Should Corporations Contribute to Nano-Regulation?” Nano Today 4(3), June 2009, pp. 217-219.
  • Jameson M. Wetmore, “Implementing Restraint:  Automobile Safety and the U.S. Debate over Technological and Social Fixes,” in Jim Conley and Arlene Tigar McLaren (eds.), Car Troubles: Critical Studies of Automobility and Auto-Mobility (Surrey, England: Ashgate, 2009), pp. 111-126.
  • Erik Fisher, Cynthia Selin, and Jameson M. Wetmore, Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society, Vol I: Presenting Futures (New York, NY: Springer, 2008).
  • Jameson M. Wetmore, “Engineering with Uncertainty:  Monitoring Air Bag Performance,” Science and Engineering Ethics, 14(2), June 2008, pp. 201-218.
  • Jameson M. Wetmore, “Amish Technology:  Reinforcing Values, Building Community,” IEEE Technology & Society 26(2), June 2007, pp. 10-21.
  • Jameson M. Wetmore, “Distributing Risks and Responsibilities:  Flood Hazard Mitigation in New Orleans,” Social Studies of Science 37(1), February 2007, pp. 119-126.
  • Deborah G. Johnson and Jameson M. Wetmore, “STS and Ethics:  Implications for Engineering Ethics,” New Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, edited by Ed Hackett, Olga Amsterdamska, Michael Lynch, and Judy Wajcman (Cambridge, Mass:  MIT Press, 2007), pp. 567-582. 
  • Jameson M. Wetmore, “Redefining Risks and Redistributing Responsibilities:  Building Networks to Increase Automobile Safety,” Science Technology, and Human Values, 28(3), Summer 2004, pp. 377-405.
  • Jameson M. Wetmore, “Driving the Dream:  The History and Motivations Behind Sixty Years of Automated Highway Systems in America,” Automotive History Review, Summer 2003, pp. 4-19.
Research Activity
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FIS 111Welcome to the Future
FIS 394Special Topics
ASB 484Internship
FIS 484Internship
FIS 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
FIS 493Honors Thesis
FIS 498Pro-Seminar
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
FIS 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FIS 484Internship
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
FIS 101SFIS: The ASU Experience
FIS 484Internship
FIS 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
FIS 493Honors Thesis
FIS 494Special Topics
FIS 498Pro-Seminar
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
FIS 499Individualized Instruction
CHM 501Current Topics in Chemistry
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FIS 111Welcome to the Future
ASB 484Internship
FIS 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
FIS 492Honors Directed Study
FIS 493Honors Thesis
ASB 493Honors Thesis
FIS 498Pro-Seminar
FIS 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FIS 484Internship
ESS 792Research
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
FIS 111Welcome to the Future
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
FIS 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
FIS 493Honors Thesis
FIS 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
CHM 501Current Topics in Chemistry
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
SOS 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
FIS 111Welcome to the Future
ASB 484Internship
FIS 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ESS 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ESS 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
ESS 799Dissertation
Summer 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ESS 792Research
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 344Technology and Society
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
CHM 501Current Topics in Chemistry
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
SOS 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
SOS 493Honors Thesis
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 591Seminar
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ESS 790Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
ESS 792Research
ASB 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
ESS 799Dissertation
Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SOS 320Society and Sustainability
SSH 403Cross-Culturl Stds Global Hlth
ASM 414Urban and Environmental Health
SOS 414Urban and Environmental Health
ASB 443Cross-Culturl Stds Global Hlth
ESS 792Research
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 344Technology and Society
ASB 484Internship
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
CHM 501Current Topics in Chemistry
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ESS 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ESS 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
ESS 792Research
ASB 792Research
SOS 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
ESS 799Dissertation
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 580Practicum
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
HSD 591Seminar
ASB 592Research
HSD 601HSD I:Human Dimension Sci Tech
POS 671HSD I:Human Dimension Sci Tech
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ESS 790Reading and Conference
SOS 792Research
ESS 792Research
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
ESS 799Dissertation
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ESS 792Research
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
CHM 501Current Topics in Chemistry
ASB 580Practicum
ESS 590Reading and Conference
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ESS 790Reading and Conference
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ESS 792Research
ASB 792Research
ESS 799Dissertation
ASB 799Dissertation
Presentations

“Reconnecting Engineering with the Social and Political Sphere,” Engineering a Better Future Workshop, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, April 15, 2016.

“Engaging the Public in STS: Exploring values, relationships, and systems with museum visitors,” Making and Doing Session, Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science, November 12, 2015 (with Rae Ostman and Ira Bennett).

“Social and Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology, NNIN REU Convocation, Ithaca, New York, August 11, 2015.

“Tools for Sustainable Development of Impoverished Areas, Materials Research Society Annual Meeting, Boston, December 1, 2014.

“Engaging the Public in Constructive Conversation about the Future of Technology,” Materials Research Society Annual Meeting, Boston, December 1, 2014.

“Social and Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology, NNIN Research Experience for Undergraduates Convocation, Atlanta, Georgia, August 12, 2014.

“Designing the Driver Out of the Equation: America’s Response to Traffic Fatalities,” Science, Technology & Innovation Studies Seminar Series, Edinburgh, Scotland, November 11, 2013.

Honors / Awards

SFIS Director’s Service Award, 2016

SHESC Director’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2014

Visiting Scholar, Department of Science, Technology & Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 2013-2014

‘Bright Ideas’ Visiting Research Fellow, ESRC Genomics Policy & Research Forum, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 2011 & 2012

SHESC Faculty Award for Significant Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 2009

Society of Technical Communication – Philadelphia Metro Chapter’s Award of Excellence in Technical Publications for “Amish Technology: Reinforcing Values and Building Community”, 2007

Society of Automotive Historian’s Student Paper Award for:  “Driving the Dream:  The History and Motivations Behind Sixty Years of Automated Highway Systems in America,” 2001

Service

Faculty chair, Undergraduate Programs, ASU’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Co-Director, Center for Engagement & Training in Science & Society

Advisory Committee, Space and Earth Informal STEM Education Project

Senator, ASU Faculty Senate

Member, School for the Future of Innovation in Society Promotion & Tenure Development Committee

Executive Committee, Human and Social Dimensions of Science & Technology PhD

Faculty, ASU’s Master’s Program in Science and Technology Policy

Affiliated Professor, School of Life Sciences

Senior Sustainability Scientist and Teaching Faculty, School of Sustainability

Honors Faculty, Barrett Honors College

Faculty Affiliate, Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics