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Headlines for the Week of March 19, 2007

Risky Business? Risk Perception & Nano Business

A Chicago Nano Forum Event Hosted by
IIT's Center on Nanotechnology and Society

Wednesday, March 21, 2007, 5:30 p.m.
University Technology Park at IIT
3440 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL

While concerns about nanotoxicity are the risk-management priority among those in the nano-know, the general public is only vaguely aware of nanotechnology. This lack of public awareness could be transformed overnight – and for the worse – by the marketing machinery’s hijacking of “nano” as the promotional buzzword du jour and by the techno-fringe’s adoption of nano as the vehicle for realizing their sci-fi visions of molecular manufacturing and transhumanism. "Risky Business? Risk Perception & Nano Business," hosted by the Center on Nanotechnology and Society (Nano & Society), seeks to engage a critical discussion about nanotechnology business risk – real and perceived. The event, which is free but requires an RSVP, will feature:

  • Patti Glaza, vice president and publisher of Small Times;

  • Dietram Scheufele, Ph.D., professor of life sciences, communication, and journalism and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Wisconsin principal investigator for the NSF-funded Center for Nanotechnology in Society;

  • Aatish Salvi, vice president of the NanoBusiness Alliance; and

  • Jo Mackiewicz, Ph.D., assistant professor in the IIT Humanities Department.

David Baker, executive director of the University Technology Park at IIT, will open the program. Nigel M. de S. Cameron, Ph.D., Nano & Society director, and associate dean and research professor of bioethics at Chicago-Kent College of Law, will frame the discussion by offering opening and closing remarks. Michele Mekel, J.D., M.B.A., M.H.A., Nano & Society associate director, will moderate the panel.

RSVP at: rsvp@thehumanfuture.org

Cosponsored by:
University Technology Park at IIT
The Chicago Microtechnology and Nanotechnology Community

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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