CNS News

  • H4O
    Democratizing Technologies, Assessing the Roles of NGOs in Shaping Technological Futures begins tomorrow evening. The conference asks how nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are harnessing new technologies to address challenges of energy, disaster relief, food shortage, clean water, environmental...
  • The plaudits continue for IRG 1 Leader Patrick McCray's book, The Visioneers: How a Group of Elite Scientists Pursued Space Colonies, Nanotechnologies, and a Limitless Future. It has been selected as the winner of the Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize, named in honor of the longtime...
  • Democratizing Technologies: Assessing the Roles of NGOs in Shaping Technological Futures, November 13-15, 2014 University of California, Santa Barbara How can NGOs produce more equitable and sustainable outcomes of new technologies? What are the implications of NGO participation in governance for...
  • Did you attend a talk at the April 18-19 Interrogating Methodologies symposium during which you wish you had taken better notes? Were you not able to attend at all? Just finding out about it now? Then you are in luck. Video of all the lectures from the day-and-a-half event are now available online...
  • The Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB, a National Science Foundation (NSF) national center that advances understanding of the relationships between technological innovation and societal change, announces the award of four new faculty seed grants under the second-year program Seed Grants...
  • CNS News
    IRG3 collaborator Nick Pidgeon learned this week that he had been awarded an MBE, which stands for Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. It is one of five designations – the pinnacle being knighthood – in the order of chivalry established by King George V in 1917 and...
  • CNS News
    Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof will deliver the keynote address at the CNS Democratizing Technologies conference this fall. His talk, co-sponsored by UCSB Arts & Lectures, will be titled, "A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity." It...
  • CNS News
    The following interview with CNS Director Barbara Herr Harthorn was excerpted from The Santa Barbara Independent website. It was conducted after Harthorn returned from her February testimony to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. To read the interview in its...
  • Christian Beaudrie
    Work by CNS-UCSB collaborators has garnered the distinction of being named one of the best 15 papers published in Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) in 2013. The paper, titled "From Cradle-to-Grave at the Nanoscale: gaps in U.S. Regulatory Oversight along the Nanomaterial Life...
  • CNS News
    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...
  • CNS News
    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...
  • CNS News
    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...
  • CNS News
    "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...
  • CNS News
    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...
  • CNS News
    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...
  • CNS News
    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...