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    Historian and CNS PI W. Patrick McCray, has been named the 2015-16 Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. It is their most prestigious fellowship and will support his project, "Building Collaborative Machines: Artists, Engineers, and...
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    Scholars have frequently suggested that art and science find their meeting point in method, and that idea could be the tagline for the Interrogating Methodologies symposium taking place at UC Santa Barbara on April 18 and 19. The symposium explores boundaries in art and science and seeks to...
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    Over 1,300 visitors learned about nanotechnology at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History this weekend as part of the annual NanoDays informal education event. Volunteers from Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS) along with those from the California NanoSystems Institute and the UCSB...
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    "We are dulled, lulled, and anesthetized by arguments from tech intellectuals that too often are glib, Panglossian, or in service of a corporate agenda," W. Patrick McCray writes in an opinion piece published in The Chronicle of Higher Education on March 10. A historian and CNS principal...
  • Key sources in a naturejobs.com feature article, Cong Cao and Denis Simon, members of CNS's Globalization research group, offered their expertise on the science research climate in China. The story is about China's efforts to lure back researchers who left the country to earn degrees and...
  • "Artists are not included in our debate on how we build the economy for the future. They're excluded in our nation's emphasis on innovation which has been left to the STEM crowd. We're not thinking about designing for emergence. Innovation is about seeing the world differently. Who...
  • CNS Director Barbara Herr Harthorn testified to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday February 12. At the request of the Commission's Executive Director, Lisa M. Lee, Herr Harthorn addressed, "how the National Nanotechnology...
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    CNS collaborator and Arizona State vice provost for International Strategic Initiatives Denis Simon was tabbed to assist in the first midterm review of China's 15 Year Medium-to-Long-Term Science and Technology Plan (MLP). One of only 12 foreign experts asked to participate in the review, Simon...
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    Work completed by Postdoctoral scholar Luciano Kay with colleagues from Georgia Tech is currently featured on the National Science Foundation homepage. What’s likely to be the “next big thing?” What might be the most fertile areas for innovation? Where should countries and...
  • The Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS) at UCSB announces a second round of its intramural seed grant program for UCSB faculty: CNS Seed Grants on Societal Issues for New Technologies. For more information, including application instructions, you may open the attached document in either .doc...
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    Sizing up the competition has gone high-tech. With new patent-mapping technology that compares industries, countries or entire technological fields, decision-makers have a new tool at their fingertips as they develop policies on economic or scientific technology, innovation or investment. “We...
  • Just weeks after being named a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the leader of the CNS's Interdisciplinary Group 1, W. Patrick McCray, won the 2012 Eugene E. Emme Award for Astronautical Literature for his book, The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies,...
  • When it comes to safeguarding the environment, human health, and community livelihoods from the impacts of emerging technologies, where does the role of the government end and that of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) begin?  This question will be the focus of a multidisciplinary, global...
  • Three stakeholder groups agree that regulators are not adequately prepared to manage the risks posed by nanotechnology, according to a paper that will appear in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS One. In a survey of nano-scientists and engineers, nano-environmental health and safety scientists, and...
  • The Latin American Nanotechnology & Society Network (ReLANS), in association with the MacArthur Foundation Chair in Global and International Studies and Sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and the Center for Nanotechnology and Society at UCSB (CNS-UCSB), hosted the...
  • CNS collaborators Milind Kandlikar, Terre Satterfield and Christian Beaudrie provide a summary report for a Nanotechnology Risks Expert Workshop.  The two-day workshop was held at the University of British Columbia on May 24th and 25th 2012 with the goal of creating a framework for screening...
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    CNS-UCSB director Barbara Herr Harthorn will deliver a keynote speech at the 2013 National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) Stakeholder Perspectives on the Perception, Assessment, and Management of the Potential Risks of Nanotechnology workshop.  The purpose of this two day workshop is...
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    Karen Parkhill, Christina Demski, Catherine Butler, Alexa Spence, and Nick Pidegon provide an in-depth report on public values and attitudes towards different approaches to transforming the energy system in the UK.  The issues surrounding energy security, energy affordability, and...
  • Payroll Title:  Academic Coordinator I Working Title:  Education Coordinator, CNS-UCSB Job #JPF00185: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply The Center for Nanotechnology in Society at the University of California Santa Barbara (CNS-UCSB) invites applications for a 50-75% FTE Academic...
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    Simon is among the six U.S. and six Chinese experts who work together as a cooperative team to analyze policy issues to support the implementation of the government-to-government dialogue.  The annual US-China Dialogue is one of the most important components of the ongoing bilateral Strategic...
  • CNS-UCSB announces Graduate Fellowships opportunities for Social Sciences and Humanities students and Graduate Fellowships for Science and Engineering Students.  The Graduate Fellowship program for Social Sciences and Humanities runs for a 12-month period beginning September 22, 2013 and...
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    The John J. Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values, along with the Graduate Program in History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame and the Advisory Committee of the James T. Cushing Memorial Prize in History and Philosophy of Physics are pleased to announce the...
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    Inducement prizes – in which cash rewards are offered to motivate the attainment of specific targets – have long been used to stimulate scientific discovery and technology research and development. This volume presents an empirical investigation of the effect of these prizes on...
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    In Alaska, Seeing the Future of U.S. Coasts Christine Shearer, a postdoctoral scholar in science, technology and society studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is the author of "Kivalina: A Climate Change Story." Updated November 26, 2012, 5:30 PM Above the Arctic Circle...
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    A new book just out from University of Wisconsin environmental social psychologist Thomas A Heberlein entitled Navigating Environmental Attitudes draws its inspiration from the intellectual heritage of UCSB Environmental Studies colleague Bill Freudenburg, who passed away in Dec 2010. According to...
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    August 30, 2012--Barbara Herr Harthorn, CNS-UCSB Director and IRG3 leader, discusses her research group's findings about non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and public awareness of nanotechnology in the journal, Nature. In a report called Armed Resistance, Nature's International...
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      June 2012--A team of CNS-UCSB IRG 2 researchers has published an exploratory study of “Mexico-U.S. Scientific Collaboration in Nanotechnology” in the Mexican journal Frontera Norte. The study, by Guillermo Floradori, Edgar Zayago, IRG 2 leader Richard Appelbaum, and Rachel Parker...
  • Two posters created by UC CEIN Graduate Student Fellow and CNS-UCSB IRG3 researcher Mary Collins received $1000 awards from chapters of the Society for Risk Analysis in Southern California and Europe. "A Nanotechnology Risk Judgment Analysis: Consumer Product Safety and Environmental...
  • June 11, 2012--IRG 1 Leader Patrick McCray looks at the inspirations shaping Elon Musk's work as one of the leading technological innovators of our time in an essay on the CNN Opinion website. A pioneer in space and on Earth discusses Musk's roles in founding PayPal, Tesla...
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    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has released a new report on "General Safe Practices for Working with Engineered Nanomaterials in Research Laboratories". The report provides recommendations for engineering controls and safe practices...
  • The spring 2012 issue of the ISBER newsletter dedicates a section on the third annual conference of the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (S.NET) that took place on November 7-10, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. The conference, hosted on site by CNS-ASU and virtually by CNS-...
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    CNS Executive Committee member, Craig Hawker, Director of the UCSB Materials Research Laboratory,  was awarded the 2012 Centenary Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry for his development of new strategies in the design of novel polymers and his outstanding communication skills as a...
  • The "Journal of Nanoparticle Research" has published a study by IRG3 researchers reporting findings from an international survey of nano industry safety practices. Nanomaterials companies in 14 countries responded to the survey. The study  found that a majority of companies cited...
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    "Overpotential: Fuel Cells, Futurism, and the Making of a Power Panacea" by Matthew Eisler, IRG1 researcher and former CNS postdoctoral scholar, explores the gap between theory and practice of fuel cell power and the broader issues of history in science and technology after World War II....
  • "Kivalina: A Climate Change Story" is a new book by Christine Shearer, CNS Postdoctoral Scholar and IRG 3 researcher, illustrates the destructive impacts of climate change and the politics of denial and evasion in this story of a threatened native Alaskan village. The book, published...
  • CNS is currently recruiting for the positions of Director of Education Programs and Communication and for Postdoctoral Research Scholars.   Position descriptions, requirements, and application procedures can be found in the attached flyers. Postdoctoral Scholar candidates should go to the...
  • IRG 2 research collaborator Cong Cao of the University of Nottingham, UK is cited several times in the December 9, 2011 issue of Science, the journal of the AAAS. The article, "Focus on China: BIG Science in a BIG Country,"  in the Science Careers section, quotes Cao and other...
  • CNS Co-Principal Investigator and IRG 1 leader Patrick McCray has been named a 2011 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Elected by the History and Philosophy of Science Section, he is one of eight UCSB and 539 researchers nationwide  in the current class. McCray...
  • "Anticipating the Perceived Risk of Nanotechnologies" is featured by the online journal Nature Nanotechnology for free access through the end of 2011. The study, co-authored by IRG 3 researchers Terre Satterfield, Milind Kandikar, Christian E. H. Beaudrie, Joseph Conti, and Barbara Herr...
  • CNS is looking for a scholar to join our leadership team as the Director of Education Programs and Communication. Please see the attached flyer for position details and application procedures.   For primary consideration, please submit all application materials by Dec. 29, 2011.   The...
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    The New Haven Independent's Nanoblog for Nov. 21, 2011 features CNS Graduate Fellow Shannon Hanna's research into the effects of nano zinc oxide on mussels. In "Sunscreen Today, Dinner Tomorrow?" reporter Gwyneth K. Shaw highlights Hanna's findings that the particles...
  • UCSB's Materials Research Laboratory (MRL), led by CNS Executive Committee member Craig Hawker, has been funded by the Dow Chemical Company to establish a pioneering materials educational program. The Dow Materials Institute will train future scientists and engineers and advance the discovery...
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    IRG 1 researcher Cyrus Mody's new book, Instrumental Community: Probe Microscopy and the Path to Nanotechnology, examines the colorful group of scientists involved in the development of STM, a key enabling technology for nano research.   Mody shows how the community of support built by...
  • Now available online through April 1, 2012, the November, 2011 special issue of the international journal Risk Analysis features the work of IRG 3 researchers and others studying nanotechnology risk perceptions and communication. See the link below. From the publisher: "Nanotechnology involves...
  • Oct. 12, 2011. CNS-UCSB Director Barbara Herr Harthorn today announced the appointments of three new members of the Center's leadership team. Bonnie Molitor starts her position as Assistant Director on October 17, 2011.  Joining the Center’s Executive Committee are Associate...
  • Applications are still being accepted for social science and humanities postdoctoral researchers to join our Interdisciplinary Research Groups. Positions begin as early as January, 2012. See our Postdoctoral Scholars page or download the attached flyer for position details and application...
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    On October 4 2011, Patrick McCray delivered a talk on California's role as a catalyst for conceptualizing nanotechnology at the University of Provence in Marseille, France.   McCray, a CNS-UCSB Co-PI, noted that despite its seeming newness, nanotechnology already has many...
  • IRG 3 co-leader Nick Pidgeon discusses Charles Perrow's classic 1984 book describing the risks inherent in closely coupled, complex systems in light of the recent nuclear disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi power plant In the September 22, 2011 issue of Nature,. Nicholas Pidgeon is...
  • The New Haven Independent reports on CNS graduate fellow Cassandra Engeman's conference presentation about the findings of a survey of nanotechnology companies' health and safety practices. The study, conducted by the UC Center for the Environmental Impacts of Nanotechnology, found that...
  • Is the U.S. prepared to take advantage of nanotechnology's "Sputnik moment?" In the May 23 issue of Science Progress, CNS Postdoctoral Researcher Matthew Eisler compares industrial policy approaches of the U.S. and China as they affect the race to develop and create markets for new...
  • As microchip manufacturing drives further into the nanoscale, uncertainty surrounding Moore's Law -- the pace of development in the digital world -- appears to be increasing. In the June 15, 2011 issue of the online journal Science Progress, CNS-UCSB extramural collaborator David C. Brock....
  • NSF has awarded $417, 822 to UCSB’s Internships in Nanosystems Science, Engineering, and Technology (INSET) summer program.  The program brings community college students to CNS-UCSB and CNSI for 8-week paid research internships. See the press release for complete information.
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    CNS executive committee member Craig Hawker will be the speaker at UCSB’s 2011 Graduate Division commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 12 at 4:00. Dr. Hawker is Director of UCSB’s Materials Research Laboratory and a Professor in the Materials, Chemistry and Biochemistry departments....
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    CNS was one of three NSF-funded projects at UCSB highlighted in a brochure distributed by the UC Office of the President in support of increased federal funding for the National Science Foundation. The brochure was distributed to Congressional offices and at a reception on Capitol Hill hosted by...
  • Yasuyuki Motoyama and Matthew Eisler, both postdoctoral scholars in the NSF Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB, have collaborated across disparate working groups to publish an article in Technological Forecasting and Social Change. The article investigates national productivity in...
  • CNS Collaborator Nick Pidgeon and Baruch Fischhoff Propose Science-Based Risk Communication Strategy              The authors of a recent Perspectives piece in the journal Nature Climate Science say it is...
  • By Stephen Nellis Pacific Coast Business Times November 1, 2010 Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have secured another $6.1 million grant to keep asking the big questions about very small things. UCSB is well known for its nanotechnology research. It splits the California NanoSystems...
  • January 11, 2011 (Santa Barbara, Calif.) CNS-UCSB is proud to announce that two co-Principal Investigators have been awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as a Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers...
  • Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has been chosen for this year’s UCSB Reads event.  Skloot’s book focuses on ethical issues related to the provenance and widespread use of the HeLa cell line.  This cell line plays a key role in modern medicine,...
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    CNS-UCSB and Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) are introducing a new course at SBCC that integrates technological and societal issues: Physical Science 107, Nanoscience in Society. This interdisciplinary course, offered Spring 2011 and open to all majors, addresses different technical and social...
  • UCSB Office of Public Affairs November 2010 UC Santa Barbara will receive almost $6.1 million over five years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to extend support for the campus’s innovative Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS) through 2015. The grant represents an increase...
  • "Perspectives on HeLa: A Cross-Disciplinary Discussion with Faculty" Tuesday, February 15, Noon Group Commons 1st floor, UCSB Davidson Library      This year's UCSB Reads book is the captivating story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose...
  • Meridian Institute Nanotechnology and Development News Service November 1, 2010 Studies in Sustainability Source:Chemical Heritage Foundation Author: Christian Beaudrie and Anna Lamprou The Chemical Heritage Foundation's Studies in Sustainability series has two white papers focused on...
  • CNS Director Barbara Herr Harthorn will deliver the opening lecture in the Globalizing Risk UCSB Faculty Lecture Series, sponsored by Transcriptions and ACGCC.   Harthorn will speak on Ambivalence, Uncertainty & Risk: Public Engagement with New [Nano]Technologies, Friday, October...
  • CNS-UCSB News A 2010 ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship was awarded to researchers from CNS-UCSB IRG-1.  Co-PI Patrick McCray, Cyrus Mody (Rice University), and Mara Mills (NYU) received the award for Micro-Histories and Nano-Futures: The Co-Production of Miniaturization and Futurism...
  • Richard P. Appelbaum, CNS co-Principal Investigator, has been named to a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair. Appelbaum's professorship will be supported by a $1 million endowment for a five-year term, and the annual earnings on those funds will finance a range of teaching,...
  • CNS-UCSB Director Barbara Herr Harthorn provides a guest blog to 2020 Science on public participation in nanotechnology, concluding that, in addition to the political will to include participation as an element of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), there is considerable basis for...
  • Who is working in the nanotech industry – as opposed to doing academic research involving nanomaterials?  The New Haven Independent reports that no study has fully answered that question, and estimates vary widely.   However, researchers at the Center for Nanotechnology in...
  • CNS-UCSB is proud to host visiting researcher, Dr. R. Kalpana Sastry. Dr. Sastry, Head of the Division of Agricultural Research Systems Management Policies at the National Academy of Agricultural Research Management in Hyderabad, India, will give a public talk on Monday, April 12, 2010, in the...
  • By Rebecca Bratburd / Staff Writer Daily Nexus, UCSB Published Monday, March 8, 2010 Volume 90 A free public forum, “Nano-Meeter,” will inform attendees about cutting edge nanotechnology and nanoscale materials in a campus presentation this Thursday, courtesy of a number of...
  • CNS-UCSB News October 26, 2009 News from the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars MEDIA CONTACT:  Anna Davison, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, University of...
  • Just a month before the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, energy experts who had gathered in Washington, DC, for the Emerging Technologies/Emerging Economies conference headed to Capitol Hill to talk about how technology and innovation will help emerging economies limit...
  •   CNS-UCSB News February 22, 2010 CNS-UCSB Social Science Fellow and UCSB Political Science Graduate student Meredith Conroy was one of four recipients of GRASSS awards from UCSB's Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research (ISBER). The purpose of the Graduate Research...
  • CNS-UCSB will have a substantial presence at the first meeting of the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies (S.NET). The conference, which is being held in Seattle this week, will explore economic, societal, and philosophical aspects of nanotechnology. The S.NET...
  • CNS-UCSB News August 18, 2009 Four undergraduate students recruited as summer interns at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB (CNS-UCSB) are now completing their first foray into the world of academic research. During their 8-week paid internships, the students – Sean...
  • View video (124MB wmv) of the presentation by CNS-UCSB Principal Investigator, Barbara Herr Harthorn, to the Nanoethics Graduate Education Symposium, University of Washington, September 2009.   Videos from the conference have been made available on the University of Washington's...
  • CNS-UCSB News September 20, 2009 Nanotechnology is viewed favorably, but that could change; Possible risks should be acknowledged. Article published in Nature Nanotechnology. (Santa Barbara, California)  New technologies may change our lives for the better, but sometimes they have...
  • Miller-McCune April 7, 2009 Researchers studying media coverage tend to rely on the LexisNexis database for a record of the articles appearing in newspapers. More recently, Google News has offered another way of monitoring media – and it generally does a better job, according to research...
  • The Guardian, UK March 26, 2009 CNS Co-Principal Investigator Richard P. Appelbaum is quoted in an article in the UK’s Guardian newspaper titled “China’s Giant Step into Nanotech.” Dr. Appelbaum studies how technology trickles out into the world to transform lives and...
  • Miller-McCune.com talked to historian Michael Bess when he visited CNS-UCSB. Bess, Chancellor's Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, argued in a seminar at CNS that sci-fi blockbusters like Star Wars, Star Trek and Blade Runner mislead us. Although they depict a future filled with...
  • CNS-UCSB News March 09, 2009 In order for the potential health risks associated with nanotechnology to be properly assessed, the current regulatory system in the US must be changed. That’s the conclusion of a new paper, published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and...
  • CNS-UCSB News December 09, 2008 (Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– The results of a new U.S.–U.K. study published in this week's issue of the journal Nature Nanotechnology show that ordinary people in both countries hold very positive views of nanotechnologies and what the future...
  • July 12, 2011. CNS is recruiting research fellows for our Globalization and Solar Future groups. Ph.D. students from any UCSB social science, humanities, science, or engineering program are eligible. Click on the links above for details.  Applicants should have strong research and writing...
  • CNS PI Barbara Herr Harthorn addressed issues of risk, exposure, and control as part of a closing-day panel at the fifth International Symposium on Nanotechnology, Occupational and Environmental Health in New Haven, CT.  Dr. Harthorn's comments and those of fellow panelists Andrew Maynard...
  • We are pleased to announce the addition of our newest CNS staff members. Cathy Boggs has been named CNS-UCSB's Director of Education Programs and Communication (DEPC). Dr. Boggs was a member of the original CNS-UCSB grant proposal team funded by the National Science Foundation in 2005. She has...
  • INSET Summer Internships at CNS-UCSB Program Dates: June 18- August 10, 2012 The Internships in Nanosystems Science, Engineering and Technology (INSET) Program at the California Nanosystems Institute and CNS-UCSB offers 8-week summer social science research internships for community college social...
  •   Cassandra Engeman and other members of IRG3 here at CNS-UCSB recently published an article in the Journal ofNanoparticle Research examining the nanomaterials industry and it's safety practices (or lack there of) and what effect this will have...
  • Can Emerging Technologies Make a Difference in Development? Appelbaum, Parker
    "Can Emerging Technologies Make a Difference in Development?" is a new book edited by IRG2 researchers Rachel Parker and Rich Appelbaum which examines the impact of nanotechnology and other emerging technologies on economic development. It contains seventeen essays exploring the...
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    Lauren Copeland has won a 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award from the UCSB Graduate Students Association, in the category of Social Sciences and Education. The Graduate Students Association's Excellence in Teaching Award honors distinguished students who excel in their roles as...
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    Guillermo Foladori and Noela Invernizzi, IRG2 researchers, have published a brochure on the Social and environmental implications of nanotechnology development in latin America and the Caribbean. The brochure's purpose is to portray the principal social, environmental and health...
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    September, 2012--IRG 3 Researcher Nick Pidgeon has been recognized for his contributions to science communication by the British Science Association, which has named him one of its Honorary Fellows for 2012. The Association awards Honorary Fellowships to individuals who have...
  • IRG3 student researcher Christian Beaudrie has received 2012 Student Merit Award from the Emerging Nanomaterials Specialty Group (ENMSG) of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA). As the recipient of this award, Christian will present his research on "Expert Judgment-Based Risk...
  • CNS Seed Grant FULL Program Announcement 2012.pdf The Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS) at UCSB, a National Science Foundation national center dedicated to understanding the relationships between technological innovation and social change, announces a new intramural seed grant program...
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