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Nano 2008



Below you will find a schedule of events for the 2008 Nanotechnology and Society Workshop. Biographies of our speakers and panelists' Abstracts can be found here.

The workshop is free, but registration is required. Click here to register.

All panels will take place on the 10th floor of the Lincoln Campus Center, UMass Amherst.


8:00 - 8:30

Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 9:00

Welcomes & Introductions

9:00 - 10:30

Panel I: Nano, Innovation and Networks [panel details]

  • Stine Grodal, Strategy and Policy, Boston University
    "Categorizing a Field – The Use of the Nanotechnology Label across Communities" [abstract]
  • Emily Erikson, Sociology, UMass Amherst
    "Nanotechnology Collaboration, Information Transfer, and Field Structure" [abstract]
  • Geri Augusto, Public Policy, Taubman Center For Public Policy and American Institutions, Brown University
    "Local Ecologies of Knowledge, National Systems of Innovation, and Nanotech Research in the Global South" [abstract]
  • Donald Tomaskovic-Devey, Moderator, Chair, Sociology, UMass Amherst


10:30 - 11:00


11:00 - 12:30

Panel II: Nano, Innovation and Risk [panel details]

  • Sarah Kaplan, Management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
    "Bounding Nanotechnology: Deconstructing the Drexler-Smalley Debate" [abstract]
  • Erik Fisher, Center for Nanotechnology in Society and Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, Arizona State University
    "Laboratory Engagements: Risky Discourse and Research Decisions" [abstract]
  • Jennifer Geertsma, Sociology, UMass Amherst
    "A Mirror of Social Development: Industry decisions regarding new technologies " [abstract]
  • Douglas Anderton, Moderator, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, professor of sociology, and Director of the Social and Demographic Research Institute, UMass Amherst


12:30 - 2:00

Luncheon Keynote: Advancing the Science of Science and Innovation Policy: Current Approach and Next Steps [keynote details]

  • Julia Lane, Program Director, Science of Science & Innovation Policy, NSF


2:00 - 3:30

Panel III: Nano, Innovation and Knowledge Sharing [panel details]

  • Gerald Marschke, Department of Economics and Department of Public Administration & Policy, SUNY Albany  
    "Inventor Mobility and Knowledge Transmission in Nanotechnology" [abstract]
  • Alan L. Porter, Industrial & Systems Engineering and Public Policy, Georgia Tech; co-director of the Technology Policy and Assessment Center; Director of R&D for Search Technology, Inc.
    "Nano Social Science:  An Emerging Specialization" [abstract]
  • Mark Tuominen, Professor of Physics and Co-Director of the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (CHM) and MassNanoTech, UMass Amherst
    "Manufacturing Issues and the National Nanomanufacturing Network" [abstract]

3:30 - 4:00

Discussion and Closing

  • Jane Fountain, Political Science and Public Policy and Director, Science, Technology and Society Initiative, UMass Amherst

Panel times subject to final revision






This workshop is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0531171. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.



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