Dr. Ethan Allen joined the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in August, 2019. Here he has taught and written on wide-ranging topics including Security Dynamics of Oceania; Environmental Security and Climate Change; Water Security in Asia, How People Learn (and why this is important for security practitioners), Misinformation, Disinformation, and Neuroscience, and more.
Previously, at Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Dr. Allen oversaw the development and growth of PREL’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education programs throughout Hawaii and the other U.S.-affiliated Pacific islands. As a central part of this work, Dr. Allen served as Principal Investigator of the National Science Foundation’s Water for Life: Community Education for Water Conservation and Rainwater Harvesting in the United States Affiliated Pacific Islands program. This five-year, $2.6 million project fostered broad community water science learning, improved access to potable water, and enhanced water security and resiliency for residents of Palau, the Marshall Islands, and Chuuk and Yap States in Micronesia. As part of this work, Dr. Allen co-authored a broadly useful 280-page reference, “Water for Life: A Pacific Island Handbook for Education, Health, and community Resilience.”
Dr. Allen served as Co-PI for an NSF INCLUDES project, Water Network for Team STEM, bringing together USAPI communities in collective impact endeavors to enhance drinking water security and resilience. He also headed up the external evaluation for the University of Hawaii’s ‘Ike Wai project – a five-year, $20M grant from NSF’s EPSCoR, to model groundwater resources in Hawaii.
Outside of his formal work, for the past four years, Dr. Allen has hosted a weekly live-streamed Internet TV show, Likable Science, on ThinkTech Hawaii, promoting science and STEM as accessible and fascinating parts of all of our lives.
Dr. Allen previously directed diverse science education improvement programs at the University of Washington’s Center for Nanotechnology and Department of Molecular Biotechnology, and at the Institute for Systems Biology in Seattle, raising millions of dollars in grant funding and serving as Co-PI on several projects. Earlier in his career, he was an Associate Director for Policy and Planning at the Teachers Academy for Mathematics and Science in Chicago, and before that he served as an exhibit developer for the Museum of Science and Industry there.
Dr. Allen received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the State University of New York at Binghamton, his doctorate in systems and integrative biology (neuroscience) from the University of Oregon, and did postdoctoral research both there and at the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Allen’s Publications:
- Policy recommendations for combatting overfishing and fisheries crime
- Hindsight, Insight, Foresight: Thinking about Security in the Indo-Pacific.
- Why We Believe: Disinformation, Misinformation, and Neuroscience
- Building Water Security on Small Pacific Islands
- Tropical Cyclone Harold and COVID-19: Lessons from the 2010 Haiti Earthquake