Nanotechnology and Gender Implications

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 Nanoethics website at

Original papers on social and ethical considerations related to nanotechnology and nanoscience were commissioned by the Center for Workforce Development at the University of Washington, under the support of National Science Foundation Grant 0734915. 


 Barbara Herr Harthorn's research broadly examines culture and health, health inequality, and technological risk and perception; in particular she is studying the intersections of socially constructed risk with gender, ethnicity/race, and other categories of difference. Her current work in the CNS-UCSB examines nanotechnological risk perception among both experts and diverse US and comparative UK publics. Her work is published in a variety of social science, medical care, public health, environmental science and technology, technology and society, and nanoscience journals. She is editor (with Laury Oaks) of Risk, Culture, and Health Inequality: Shifting Perceptions of Danger and Blame (2003). She received a doctorate in medical anthropology and transcultural psychiatry from UCLA and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Bryn Mawr College; she completed postdoctoral research in social psychology at UCSB.