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  •  SCU Ties-up with XLRI, India

    Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2011

    The Times of India, Next Billion and BizWire Express posted articles announcing the collaboration between Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology and Society (CSTS) and Xavier Labour Relations Institute Jamshedpur (XLRI), India’s top Business Management School located in East India, to promote and support social entrepreneurship. XLRI will be the program partner to manage and support the Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) in India. The two universities wish to broaden social entrepreneurship as a core focus area among the International Association of Jesuit Business Schools (IAJBS).

    Annually, GSBI selects 15-20 social ventures from around the world and provides them with incubation support from technical input, access to mentoring, to acquiring grants that help make organizations investor-ready. Given XLRI’s local reach and access to social entrepreneurs, the institute can identify and recommend individual partners to GSBI for incubation and will assist in conducting due-diligence on ventures helping to ensure appropriate potential and quality. There have been about 30 GSBI alumni social ventures in India, which include globally well-known organizations such as Gram Vikas, Jaipur Rugs, Drishtee, Mother Earth, Husk Power Systems, Video Volunteers, Naandi Foundation, etc.

    XLRI will provide post-incubation support by hosting a GSBI Alumni Network in India that will provide opportunities for interaction through faculty and alumni networks, as well as provide continued mentoring to Indian social ventures after their graduation from the GSBI program. 

    Case studies of the GSBI's Indian alumni ventures will be jointly developed. Professor Shukla of XLRI stated, "These case-studies will be a valuable academic resource to promote learning about sustainable models of socio-economic development, and will help dissemination of practices and lessons learned in the social entrepreneurial space." Collaboration through network initiatives can accelerate the development and diffusion of sector solutions such as market intelligence, global sourcing of technology, capital, and distribution for sustainable off-grid electrification.

    Read the Times of India article.

     

  •  UN Women Event Highlights Equal Access Award-winning VOICES and The Most Understanding Husband Competition

    Tuesday, Mar. 29, 2011

    Ronni Goldfarb of Equal Access spoke at a UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women (UNIFEM) event in New York in early March during the launch of UN Women at The Changed and the Change-makers: Engaging Men and Boys to End Violence against Women and Girls event. Equal Access Nepal received the One World Media’s “Special Award” for VOICES, an innovative Nepalese radio show Samajhdari (mutual understanding) which featured "The Most Understanding Husband Competition" on-the-air and included a comprehensive community outreach initiative.

    The VOICES initiative promotes the value of positive male participation in creating communities and societies where women and girls can flourish. More than one million regular listeners tune in to “reality” dilemmas, stories of triumphs over violence and solutions to daily challenges faced by Nepalese women. To engage male listeners and empower women, Equal Access launched the radio program Samajhdari in an effort to redefine masculinity, to provide positive male role models, and to encourage men to take responsibility for their actions. Men listeners were invited to nominate themselves as the “Most Understanding Husband". Men from across Nepal sent letters and shared their thoughts and feelings about their behavior towards women. Ten husbands were selected as finalists and were featured on national radio. They continue to serve as positive male role models in their communities. “Most Understanding Husband” Award Winner, Sindhupalchwok said, "I see many people dominate women, discriminate against them, only because they are women, and differentiate work to be done by men and women. I never like this. I feel motivated to speak against Violence against Women." A program overview and more testimonials are featured on the Equal Access International YouTube channel. Outreach activities include legal literacy training through Samajhdari’s productive dialogues that teach women how to speak openly, think critically and organize collectively around women’s rights in relation to gender-based violence.

    Equal Access is a ‘04 alumni organization of the Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) program of Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology and Society. The organization focuses on digital satellite broadcasting and solar energy with local content designed for under-served global markets. Today, Equal Access has a broadcast reach of more than 100 million people across Asia, Africa and the Middle East, with offices and large-scale programs in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Chad, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Yemen and project activities in Lao PDR.

    You can learn more by visiting: http://www.equalaccess.org/country-project-np02.php

  •  Seasonal Greetings from the Center for Science, Technology, and Society!

    Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010

    During this holiday season, we offer our profound gratitude to all of our friends, partners, colleagues and funders for your support of our social benefit endeavors. Nearing the end of the first decade of the 21st century, we have set an audacious goal for the second decade: to promote the use of science and technology to benefit the lives of one billion impoverished people around our planet. Our efforts to help social entrepreneurs and innovators build sustainable enterprises that reach significant scale are central to achievement of this ambitious vision; we are especially grateful and humbled by the opportunity to know and learn from these wonderful and inspiring people.

    We welcomed social entrepreneurs from India, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Mexico, South Africa, and Senegal to our 8th Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI™) this August, following months of distance learning that linked them to our generous Silicon Valley executive mentors. Several of these entrepreneurs have secured significant funding, enabling them to accelerate their social impact. Movirtu received $5.5 M in funding for its wireless telecommunications services in rural communities in Sub-Sahara Africa and South Asia.  In the clean energy sector, re:char, which works with subsistence farmers in the developing world to enhance their crop yields and supplement their income while trapping atmospheric carbon and enriching depleted soils, won a 200,000 Euro prize from the Dutch government. And Energy In Common received $120,000 from the Google Foundation.  Our network of GSBI alums now spans 5 continents, 32 countries, and 121 enterprises; 90% of these are still extant and 55% are scaling, defined as income growing faster than expenses.

    We deepened our partnership with The Tech Museum, welcoming 15 Tech Laureates to the Locatelli Center at Santa Clara University, a fitting tribute to Fr. Locatelli, who helped launch the unique Tech Awards program and coined the inspiring “Technology Benefiting Humanity” tag line. In addition to developing workshops to help these innovators achieve maximum social impact, we hosted the Showcase for the first time as an integral part of a historic Technology Solutions for Social Impact: Taking Innovations to Scale conference, jointly hosted with our new partner, NetHope. NetHope works with over 30 of the world’s largest NGOs to solve common problems in the developing world. 

    Supported by the generosity of Jeff and Karen Miller, we launched the Frugal Innovation Lab. Ably led by Senior Fellow and Executive Committee member Radha Basu, this initiative of the Center leverages partnerships with the School of Engineering and Leavey School of Business to adapt and create innovations that address the needs of “base of pyramid” communities. 

    The Center’s mission embodies the University’s overarching Jesuit vision to create a more just, humane, and sustainable world by educating leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion. To that end, we are delighted to have announced the 2010 Roelandts Fellows, a collection of 7 faculty and 15 students pursuing projects across all disciplines for social benefit. The Fellows will share their projects at a poster session, open to the public, on May 16, 2011. We hope many of you will come to experience the successes made possible through the generosity of Wim Roelandts and Maria Constantino-Roelandts endowing this program. 

    As the Center’s new Executive Director since September 20, I am incredibly proud of these and many other accomplishments towards our grand vision. None would have been possible without the foundations for the future established by former Managing Directors Radha Basu and Jeff Miller, to whom I’m personally deeply indebted. As we move into the New Year, we both wish and work for peace on Earth and social justice.

     

     

  •  CSTS Winter Events Calendar

    Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010

    We have an exciting set of events planned for the Winter quarter. We would encourage you to share these events with colleagues and friends! More information on these events can be found on our website. For a pdf of the winter events calendar please download here. Refreshments will be served!

     
    CSTS Winter Events:
     
    Monday | Jan 24, 2011 | 4 - 5:15 p.m. | Nobili Dining Room
    Using examples from the SCU Global Social Benefit Incubator, Eric Carlson will describe how innovations in products, services and business model can improve public health in base of the pyramid markets.
     
    Monday | Jan 24, 2011 | 7 - 8:30 p.m. | St. Clare Room, Learning Commons 3rd floor
    Co-sponsored with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the High Tech Law Institute
    A talk by Jane McGonigal, author of "Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Happy and How They Can Change the World" (Penguin 2011) and director of game research and development for the Institute for the Future. In this groundbreaking exploration of the power and future of gaming, McGonigal reveals how we can use the lessons of game design to fix what is wrong with the real world.
     
    Monday | Jan 31, 2011 | 4 - 5:15 p.m. | Nobili Dining Room
    Radha Basu speaks about the connection between mobile devices and public health. She will highlight the concept of frugal innovation, which emphasizes engineering competencies for appropriate technologies.
     
    Monday | Feb 14, 2011 | noon - 1:15 p.m. | Nobili Dining Room
    Christopher Elias, CEO of PATH speaks on vaccine developments for the developing world. PATH is an international nonprofit organization that creates sustainable, culturally relevant solutions, enabling communities worldwide to break longstanding cycles of poor health.
     
    Events we're attending:
     
    Ethics at Noon: "Why Telomeres Matter: The Ethical and Social Significance of the Tips of Your Chromosomes,"
    Wednesday | Jan 12, 2011 | noon - 1:00 p.m. | Wiegand Room, Arts and Sciences Building
    Co-sponsored by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society and the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
    Professor Leilani Miller, SCU Biology; Professor Lawrence Nelson, SCU Philosophy, and Professor Frederick Parrella, SCU Religious Studies. This event is part of Health and Science Horizons in association with the DeNardo Lectureship.
     
    Double Date Profits and Social Change: Hybrid Models of Social Entrepreneurship
    Friday | Jan 14, 2011 | 7 - 8:30 p.m. | Lucas Hall (Leavey School of Business)
    MBA Net Impact
    A hybrid model combines a non-profit (NPO) and a for-profit (FP) unit into one single organization. So, how do they do it? How do these hybrid organizations balance financial performance against ethical correctness? How do they maintain their commitments when leadership, shareholders, and market conditions change? Do investors find them appealing? Is this model beneficial to emerging markets? Our expert panel will be discussing advantages, costs, pitfalls, possibilities, and unexpected consequences associated with this model of social enterprises.
     
    Global Water Policy - Sanrda Postel
    Thursday | Feb 17, 2011 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Location TBD
    Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education
    Sandra Postel, who has worked on water issues for more than twenty-five years, issued a clarion call for the emergence of a water ethic in her award-winning book, Last Oasis. Through the GWPP, she now works to translate this ethical precept into policy and action.
  •  GSBI Application Exercises Available

    Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010

    Up to 20 candidates to be selected to attend Summer 2011 session on a full scholarship.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. Dec. 7, 2010 — Social entrepreneurs from around the world are invited to apply for the 9th annual Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI™), a capacity-building program for up to 20 social ventures ready to scale their enterprises with the help of seasoned Silicon Valley start-up veterans and Santa Clara University faculty.

    The GSBI, the signature program of Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology and Society, is designed to help leaders of social-benefit enterprises create sustainable and scalable business plans that maximize social impact. The 20 selected entrepreneurs receive four months of on-line mentoring and assignments, culminating in their attendance at a motivating two-week in-residence program Aug. 7 – 19, 2011, at Santa Clara University.

    It’s not just the 20 chosen social entrepreneurs who benefit: Applicants who fulfill all of the Social Edge application process requirements receive constructive feedback from Silicon Valley mentors and other experts on their application and business plans. 

    The Global Social Benefit Incubator application process starts December 7th on Social Edge, the online community for social entrepreneurs and a program of the Skoll Foundation. Information on the online process is available now at www.socialedge.org. Social benefit entrepreneurs from around the world can download the application on December 7th and will be able to submit beginning January 4th, 2011. Up to 20 candidates, who best demonstrate a sustainable and scalable approach to addressing urgent human needs throughout the world, will be chosen to receive a full GSBI scholarship valued at US$25,000.

    "Through the access to world-class resources, participating social benefit entrepreneurs will be able to accelerate the impact of their innovations. This is a transformational program for people with the power and vision to change the world,” says Jim Koch, Professor of Management at Santa Clara University, Co-Founder and Director of the Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI). “The GSBI brings together grass roots innovators and Silicon Valley executive mentors with university faculty to support the scaling of innovative solutions that serve the common good all over the world.”

    The GSBI will continue last year’s emphasis on social entrepreneurs who are using technology and sustainable, scalable business models to provide electricity to the under-served in developing countries. Up to one-third of the GSBI scholarships are being targeted to social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions that address the unmet needs of peoples and communities who are off-the-grid or suffer frequent disruptions in their energy supplies.

    "The lack of access to affordable energy limits prospects for livelihoods and stunts the aspirations of future generations by precluding the opportunity to learn and engage in productive pursuits,” says Koch.  “Access to reliable energy is the pivotal enabling factor for economic growth in ‘off the grid’ communities worldwide.”

    All GSBI applicants participate in three business planning exercises. These exercises are designed to help social entrepreneurs write and revise key sections of their business plans based on feedback from mentors at Santa Clara University and others in the Social Edge community.

    Many social entrepreneurs have commented that they learned a tremendous amount through the application process. “Applicants receive advice on their business proposition, their strategy and their application. This interaction helps them convey their story in a more compelling way and helps them clarify their impact and strategy for scaling their ventures,” says Victor d'Allant, Executive Director of Social Edge.

    In the past, GSBI scholars have come from all over the world: Costa Rica, India, Namibia, Mexico, Philippines, Rwanda, Argentina, Cambodia, Paraguay, Ecuador, Bangladesh, Jordan, Guatemala, Laos, Nepal, Bolivia, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Laos, Canada, Haiti, Indonesia, Vanuatu, and the United States. The cross-cultural community of support and personalized mentorship helps social entrepreneurs accelerate progress. The benefits of the program endure well beyond the xx months of official mentoring, thanks to the network formed from their experiences with fellow attendees and the ongoing support of veteran Silicon Valley start-up mentors.

    Starting immediately, social entrepreneurs around the world may visit http://www.socialedge.org/features/gsbi to download their application. There is no application fee. Applicants can prepare their applications now and post them online during January and February 2011.

    GSBI scholarships cover tuition, room, and board for the two-week intensive immersion program focused on venture planning, beneficiary analysis, business models, metrics and successful scaling strategies. Selected candidates are responsible for their own travel expenses. The winners will be announced no later than April 1, 2011.

    More information can be found at: 
    Global Social Benefit Incubator at Santa Clara University:http://www.scu.edu/sts/gsbi/
    Social Edge, a program of the Skoll Foundationhttp://www.socialedge.org/features/gsbi

    About Santa Clara University
    Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley. Santa Clara offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate programs in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s degrees in a number of professional fields, law degrees, and engineering and theology doctorates. Distinguished by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, Santa Clara educates leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion grounded in faith-inspired values. Founded in 1851, Santa Clara is California’s oldest operating institution of higher education. For more information, seewww.scu.edu.

    About the Global Social Benefit Incubator
    The Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI™), combines four months of on-line preparation with an intensive two-week residential program at Santa Clara University that enables successful social benefit entrepreneurs, who have demonstrated their commitment to applying technology to address urgent human needs throughout the world, to scale their endeavors and achieve sustainable, systemic change to impoverished communities. The GSBI combines classroom instruction, case studies, and best practices with carefully matched mentoring on the specific challenges of each participating organization. The signature program of the University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society, the GSBI embodies Santa Clara University’s vision of creating a more just, humane, and sustainable world in combination with leading executive and entrepreneurial resources of Silicon Valley. More information is available atwww.scu.edu/sts/gsbi/.

    About Social Edge
    Headquartered in California's Silicon Valley, Social Edge is the global online community where social entrepreneurs and other practitioners of the social benefit sector connect to network, learn, inspire and share resources. It provides expert content for guidance, videos and podcasts for inspiration, and discussions and other resources written by those in the field of social entrepreneurship. Features include blogs by social entrepreneurs sharing how they are building their social ventures and discussions on vital topics led by experts in social entrepreneurship. Social Edge is a program of the Skoll Foundation, www.skollfoundation.org, which was founded in 1999 by eBay's first president, Jeff Skoll, to advance systemic change to benefit communities around the world by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs. More information is available atwww.socialedge.org.

     

    Media Contacts: 

    Katie Buck
    CSTS
    408.554.2132
    kbuck@scu.edu

    Victor d’Allant
    Social Edge
    650.331.1036
    vdallant@skollfoundation.org

     

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  •  Roelandts Fellows Announced

    Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010

     

    Center for Science, Technology, and Society Announces 2010 Roelandts Fellows

    On November 15th, the Center for Science, Technology, and Society announced their 2010 Roelandts Fellows grants awardees. The grant program provides nearly $50,000 of support for Santa Clara University projects focused on the study and implementation of science and technology for social benefit.  Twenty-two faculty members and student teams will use their Roelandts Fellows grant awards for projects as diverse as studying the impact of solar LED lighting on student learning in rural areas, engineering solar water purifiers, and on developing a mobile application to support fair trade in developing countries.

    This grant program was made possible by a generous gift from Willem P. Roelandts and Maria Constantino-Roelandts.  The Roelandts are long-time friends of the University. Maria is a member of the Santa Clara University Board of Fellows and Wim received an honorary doctorate from Santa Clara University in 2004.  We thank the Roelandts for their generous ongoing support of the University's mission.

    More about the CSTS Roelandts Fellows Grant program for 2010/11: http://wwww.scu.edu/sts/Education/grants/index.cfm

     

     

  •  GSBI Alumnus Movirtu Raises $5.5 million

    Monday, Nov. 15, 2010

    Giga Om posted an article on GSBI alumnus Nigel Waller of Movirtu. Movirtu is pioneering the concept of a shared phone service for poor areas, where the cost of an individual handset and plan is too high. The exciting news is that Movirtu has raised $5.5 million in a Series A round of financing. The investment was led by TLcom Capital LLP, along with existing seed investor Gray Ghost DOEN Social Ventures Coöperatief, U.A.

    You can read the article here.

    You can view Movirtu's Investment Profile from the 2010 GSBI here.

    To learn more about the Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) visit us at www.scu.edu/sts/gsbi.

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  •  Nov 4 | Technology Solutions for Social Impact: Taking Innovations to Scale

    Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

     

    Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

    Unique opportunity to learn about some of the world's most promising socially beneficial innovations, as The Tech Awards laureates join top NGOs from NetHope and leading Silicon Valley tech companies at a conference hosted by Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society.

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., Oct. 28, 2010 — Top non-governmental organizations from NetHope and leading Silicon Valley tech companies will converge at Santa Clara University for a Nov. 4 conference hosted by the Center for Science, Technology, and Society. The unique conference will highlight a novel partnership designed to help humanitarian groups and enterprises vastly improve the social benefit of their technological innovations.

    Also attending will be 15 laureates from The Tech Awards 2010 Presented by Applied Materials, the annual signature program of The Tech Museum. The program honors global innovators that use technology to benefit humanity.

    Conference participants include the 15 laureates, representatives of more than 30 leading global non-government organizations who are members of NetHope, prominent technology corporations, funding organizations, and the University community.

    The conference, Technology Solutions for Social Impact: Taking Innovations to Scale, is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday Nov. 4, at Santa Clara University. A reception and additional opportunity to meet The Tech Awards laureates will follow. 

    Media and the public are invited to attend the conference and reception. Additional information and RSVP is available athttp://www.scu.edu/sts/nov4conf.cfm.

    The Tech Awards Showcase

    A highlight of the conference is The Tech Awards Showcase, the highly anticipated debut of the 15 global innovators who are being recognized for their outstanding technology innovations for the benefit of humanity in environment, economic development, education, equality, and health.

    The laureates are brought to Silicon Valley for a week filled with opportunities to strengthen their business skills and contacts with Silicon Valley venture capitalists and companies. At the end of the week on Nov. 6, five of the 15 laureates will also receive additional recognition with a $50,000 cash prize at The Tech Awards Gala.

    The Tech Award Laureate Showcase portion of the conference takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Locatelli Center. The laureates will introduce their innovations starting at 11:30 am.

    This year’s laureates were selected from more than 1,000 nominations sourced largely by The Tech Museum’s program partner, SCU’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society (CSTS), an interdisciplinary center focused on promoting the use of science and technology through social entrepreneurship to benefit underserved communities worldwide.

    Nominations were received from more than 50 countries. The 15 laureates were selected by CSTS judging panels, which comprised SCU faculty members, CEOs and other senior executives of some of the world’s largest multinational companies, and thought leaders from research institutions and the public sector.

    “The Tech Awards honors those who have dedicated their technological prowess and entrepreneurial spirit to the causes of social justice and the betterment of life for the underserved,” said Thane Kreiner, Ph.D., executive director of CSTS. “In selecting the laureates, the Center and its judges look for technological applications that demonstrate the most potential for improving the human condition worldwide.”

    The five cash prize recipients of The Tech Awards 2010 will be revealed on Nov. 6 at The Tech Awards Gala, where Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan will accept the 2010 James C. Morgan Global Humanitarian Award presented by Applied Materials.  More information on the gala can be found atwww.techawards.org.

    The Conference

    At the conference before and after The Tech Awards Showcase, CSTS and NetHope will announce a novel partnership between NetHope’s NGO members, leading technology companies and CSTS’s social-entrepreneur network and resources.

    The partnership represents an agreement to collaborate, share and leverage technology and resources from companies like Intel, Cisco, Microsoft, Applied Materials and Accenture for the benefit of social entrepreneurs in CSTS’s network, and for humanitarian aid groups that are members of NetHope.

    “This partnership, for the first time, will combine the efforts of influential technology companies, foundations and NGOs along with social entrepreneurs who together are positively changing the lives of the world’s neediest,” said NetHope CEO Dr. William A. Brindley.

    During the conference, NetHope will announce some advancements already underway with partners such as HP, which is working with NetHope to evaluate technology to help thwart killer counterfeit drugs in third-world nations; Intel, working with Catholic Relief Services to develop a platform for mobile field workers that’s helping over one million farmer families across Sub-Saharan Africa using cloud-enabled innovations to scale to new areas; and Microsoft, which is supporting CARE in its efforts to innovate on affordable mobile phones enhanced with cloud computing to support CARE’s HIV/Aids programs in Kenya and Mozambique.

     Silicon Valley Training for The Tech Awards Laureates

    During the week of the conference, the CSTS will introduce The Tech Awards laureates to proven techniques from the Center’s signature Global Social Benefit Incubator™ program, which enable social entrepreneurs to build sustainable business models, reach scale commensurate with the level of the need they seek to address, and attract funding.

    “The GSBI has graduated more than 121 social entrepreneurs, with a focus on sustainability and scaling of their ventures,” said Dr. Kreiner, “Fifty-five percent are growing earned income faster than expenses, a metric that would delight most VCs.”

    The week also includes the NetHope Global Summit: Connect. Collaborate. Innovate. This unique conference includes 32 of the world’s leading NGOs, major corporations, and program spotlights that highlight best-of-breed innovations and technologies for driving social benefit. The Tech Awards laureates will participate in elements of the Summit, including a special plenary dinner.

    The conference is a collaboration between The Tech Awards Presented by Applied Materials, a signature program of The Tech Museum, NetHope, and Santa Clara University’s Center for Science, Technology, and Society. 

    About Santa Clara University
    Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located 40 miles south of San Francisco in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its more than 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, theology, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees and engineering Ph.D.s. Distinguished nationally by one of the highest graduation rates among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest operating higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice. For more information, see www.scu.edu.

    About the Center for Science, Technology, and Society
    Founded in 1997, the Center for Science, Technology and Society (CSTS) is one of three “centers of distinction” at Santa Clara University. Its mission is to promote the use of science and technology to benefit underserved communities worldwide. CSTS implements its mission through education, public engagement, and direct social impact. The Center’s Social Impact Program includes the internationally recognized Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI) and the sourcing and judging of the Technology Benefiting Humanity Awards in partnership with The Tech Museum of Innovation. More information can be found at http://www.scu.edu/sts.

    About NetHope 
    NetHope, Inc., which started in 2001, is a new-generation collaboration of the international community’s leading nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) representing over $33 billion (USD) of emergency relief, human development and conservation programs in more than 150 countries. Through member collaboration and by facilitating public-private partnerships with major technology companies, NetHope enables members to leverage their technology investments to better serve their end beneficiaries. For more information, visit www.nethope.org.

    About The Tech Museum
    The Tech Museum is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The museum — located in the Capital of Silicon Valley — is a non-profit learning resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, our annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech Awards presented by Applied Materials, The Tech Museum celebrates the Spirit of Silicon Valley by encouraging the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. For more information about The Tech Museum visit www.thetech.org.

    Media Contacts
    Deborah Lohse | Asst. Media Relations Director | Santa Clara University 
    Office: 408-554-5121 | Cell: 408-768-6898

    Michael Celiceo | Media Relations Lead| Waggener Edstrom Worldwide for NetHope 
    Office: 415-547-7034 | Cell: 415-370-6943

     

  •  Tech Media Webcast Announcing 2010 Laureates

    Friday, Oct. 1, 2010
  •  New Executive Director of CSTS

    Wednesday, Sep. 29, 2010

    Dear Faculty and Staff:

    It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Thane Kreiner has accepted the position of Executive Director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society, effective September 20. He will also hold the title of University Professor of Science and Technology for Social Benefit New Executive Director ofand will report to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

    Dr. Kreiner is currently President and CEO of PhyloTech, a start-up company whose mission is to advance human and environmental health through the use of advanced molecular technology and bioinformatics algorithms to analyze microbial communities. Prior to founding PhyloTech in 2009, he was Founder and CEO of two other start-up companies (preSage BioSciences and iAccessCare) and President and CEO of iZumi Bio, Inc. (now iPierian). From 1993 to 2007, he worked for Affymetrix, Inc., in various positions including Senior Vice President for Marketing and Sales and Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs.

    Dr. Kreiner earned a B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Neurosciences at Stanford University. After serving as a postdoctoral fellow at both UC Berkeley and Stanford, he earned an MBA at Stanford's Graduate School of Business. He also attended the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

    Thane is not new to Santa Clara University. He is a longtime member of the Advisory Board (and its Executive Committee) of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

    I would like to thank the search committee, which included Radha Basu (STS Center), Bill Carter (Board of Trustees and STS Advisory Board), Don Dodson (Provost's Office and committee chair), Al Hammond (Law), Jim Koch (Business), Regis McKenna (Board of Trustees and STS Advisory Board), Jeff Miller (STS Center and committee vice chair), Barbara Molony (History), Godfrey Mungal (Engineering), and Craig Stephens (Biology). Ed Ryan (Provost's Office) staffed the committee.

    I would also like to thank Radha Basu and Jeff Miller for their outstanding service as Managing Directors of the STS Center since June 2009.

    Please join me in welcoming Thane to his new role at Santa Clara University.

    Sincerely,

    Michael Engh, S.J.

 


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