Nanotech Scenario Series
PRESS RELEASE: JUNE 21, 2004
CRN and students
team up to tackle nanotechnology issues
The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN) has
program of research projects in a joint collaboration between CRN,
instructors, and students. The program is targeted at undergraduate students,
though advanced secondary school students also may be able to participate.
Mike Treder, Executive Director of CRN, says, “We need to study the numerous
urgent issues raised by advanced
nanotechnology, but to cover the full spectrum of topics is much more than
one organization can do without assistance.”
Under supervision of an instructor, students will research some aspect of
molecular manufacturing and write a paper suitable for publication. CRN will
provide advice and review, especially on the scientific aspects. Participating
students will have direct access to CRN's Director of Research, Chris Phoenix.
manufacturing has broad and deep implications that have almost completely
been ignored,” says Phoenix. “Studies are urgently needed in politics,
economics, law, and sociology, as well as technical areas such as chemistry,
physics, and product design. Molecular manufacturing will be very powerful, but
no one really knows yet what that will mean.”
CRN has prepared a list of
essential studies that must be performed in order to have an adequate
understanding of the potential societal impacts of nanotechnology. Within—and
even beyond—these areas are hundreds of questions for students to tackle.
Instructors or students who are interested in the program should contact
CRN is an affiliate of
World Care, an international, non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. World Care
is dedicated to raising consciousness in the education, health, environmental,
and community service arenas.