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Posted: March 4, 2008

Nanotechnology environmental, health and safety aspects workshop for reporters

(Nanowerk News) Nanotechnology is everywhere today in consumer products, emerging medicines and scientific research. Which advances will change our lives the most? What role will regulation play as the field develops? And how can journalists best convey both the promise and potential risks of this emerging technology?
Journalists interested in exploring these and other questions about nanotechnology's larger issues are invited to apply for a two-and-a-half day course in Madison, Wisconsin: Environmental, Health and Safety Aspects of Nanotechnology: A Workshop for Reporters.
Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Materials Research Science and Engineering Center on Nanostructured Interfaces (MRSEC) and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, the program will consist of seminars, panel presentations, laboratory tours, hands-on activities and a trip to a local nanotech startup company.
Potential speakers and topics include:
  • Environmental impacts of nanotechnology: The EPA perspective
  • Media's role in forming public opinion on emerging technologies
  • Consumer health benefits and risks
  • Occupational safety and nanotechnology
  • Regulating nanotechnology at the state level: The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Attendees will be chosen on a competitive basis. Each will receive a fellowship, covering all travel and lodging expenses, through the generous support of the Ira and Ineva Reilly Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment.
    To apply, send a cover letter, résumé or CV, and writing sample to baldwin8@cae.wisc.edu.
    When: July 20-22, 2008
    Where: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
    Source: University of Wisconsin-Madison