Gretchen Gano

Gretchen Gano is the ISSR Grants Development Social Scientist. In this capacity, she works with  the  ISSR director  to  set  a  grant-seeking  agenda designed to meet strategic goals; develop relationships with external funding agencies; monitor and advise on grant development trends and strategy; and position ISSR to respond to anticipated funding needs and opportunities. 

Gretchen's work centers on capacity building for technology assessment, focusing on the design of frameworks for broader public engagement to aid the design of technology governance and public policy. She has conducted empirical work on major multi-institutional research projects that engaged citizens in technology assessment of the development of synthetic biology; US national space policy; nanotechnology and emerging technologies in cities; as well as in the formation of international climate, energy & biodiversity policy.

Gretchen is a current Research Fellow and the former Associate Director of Research at the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society at the University of California Berkeley. She received her PhD in the Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology and has coordinated research and outreach in the Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS-ASU) and the Consortium for Science Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University. Gano is active in the Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST) Network. ECAST is a U.S. network of policy research institutions, universities, and science museums working together to foster the development of balanced, nonpartisan technology assessment and related public engagement activities.

Recent Publications

Tomblin, David, Zachary Pirtle, Mahmud Farooque, David Sittenfeld, Erin Mahoney, Rick Worthington, Gretchen Gano, Michele Gates, Ira Bennett, Jason Kessler, Amy Kaminski, Jason Lloyd & David Guston. 2017. “Integrating Public Deliberation into Engineering Systems: Participatory Technology Assessment of NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission.” Astropolitics 15(2): 141–66. 
Selin, Cynthia, Kelly Rawlings, Kathryn de Ridder-Vignone, Gretchen Gano, Jathan Sadowski, Carlo Altamirano, Sarah Davies, Mindy Kimball, and David Guston. 2016. “Experiments in Engagement: Designing PEST for Capacity-Building.” Public Understanding of Science.

Gano, Gretchen. “Starting with Universe: Buckminster Fuller’s Design Science Now.” Futures. (January 15, 2015).

Title: Grants Development Social Scientist

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