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Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future

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Headlines for the Week of December 19, 2005

Brave New Nano: Regulating the Future

In the nano arena, the science has left the development of law and policy in the proverbial nanodust. As we enter the nanoage, although recent studies on the public perception of nano call for government to take an active oversight role, questions abound about whether regulations that predate nano apply to nanomaterials and how to govern novel issues related to the nascent technology.

So, just how are nanoregulation and nanopolicy taking shape? Learn more and participate in the dialogue. Attend the Center on Nanotechnology and Society’s Chicago Nano Forum panel presentation:

Brave New Nano: Regulating the Future
Monday, January 30, 2006, 5:30 p.m.
Chicago-Kent College of Law Auditorium


Panelists include:

• Sonia E. Miller, foremost emerging technologies attorney and nanoregulation authority, and founder and president of the Converging Technologies Bar Association;

• Kristen Kulinowski, leading nanopolicy and civil society expert, and executive director for education and public policy of the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology and the International Council on Nanotechnology at Rice University;

• Michael Bremer, business productivity and quality measurement expert, and president of The Cumberland Group—Chicago, a performance improvement consulting organization; and

• Dawn Willow, legal fellow and coordinator of the Center on Nanotechnology and Society’s electronic bank of nano-related ELSI (i.e., ethical, legal and social issues) resources.

Introductory remarks will be shared by nationally recognized commentator on technology and human dignity Nigel M. de S. Cameron, associate dean and research professor of bioethics at Chicago-Kent College of Law and director of the Center on Nanotechnology and Society.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to RSVP@thehumanfuture.org.

Research Assistants Wanted

Research Professor Nigel M. de S. Cameron and the Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future/Center on Nanotechnology and Society at Chicago-Kent are hiring graduate students as paid research assistants this fall to conduct research on emerging biotechnologies and their effect on law, intellectual property regimes, public health, medicine, genetics, public policy, and the environment. Students will be expected to research and analyze various topics in biotechnology and effectively draft memoranda on the technological aspects, as well as the ethical, legal and social impacts. All applicants must possess strong research and writing abilities. We are considering graduate students in appropriate fields working toward a Master of Science, Ph.D., or J.D. The time commitment will be approximately 10-15 hours per week. Please e-mail a resume, writing sample and list of three references to Michele Mekel.

For more information, contact Michele Mekel at 312.906.5295 or visit www.thehumanfuture.org.

 

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