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10/23/2010 6:26:16 PM
Georgia Tech researchers highlight implications of nanotechnology in new Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society

Georgia Tech researchers are prominently represented among the authors in the newly released Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society, published by SAGE Publications, Inc. The Encyclopedia is a landmark international collaboration which reviews and reflects upon a wide range of topics related to the implications of nanotechnology – gauging its promises and risks, assessing the impacts of policy decisions, and communicating the meaning of nanoscience research.

Five Georgia Tech faculty members (Susan E. Cozzens, Alan Porter, Juan Rogers, and Philip Shapira of the School of Public Policy, and Jan Youtie of the Enterprise Innovation Institute) and three doctoral students (Stephen Carley, Vrishali Subramanian, and Li Tang of the School of Public Policy) are contributors to articles in the Encyclopedia. These researchers are associated with the Georgia Tech component of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU), which is funded by the US National Science Foundation to undertake research, education and outreach on the societal aspects of nanotechnology.

The articles contributed by the Georgia Tech researchers consider these topics in relationship to nanotechnology development: Active Nanostructures (P. Shapira, V. Subramanian, & J. Youtie); China (L. Tang, J. Wang, & P. Shapira), Data Mining (L. Tang & A. Porter); Equity (S.E. Cozzens & J.M. Wetmore); Nanodistricts (P. Shapira, J. Youtie, & S. Carley); Research Patterns (A. Porter & I. Rafols); Research and Innovation Assessment (J. Rogers); and the United States (P. Shapira & J. Youtie).

The Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society is edited by David Guston of Arizona State University and contains about 425 contributions from a variety of disciplines – sociology and psychology, economics and business, science and engineering, computing and information technology, philosophy, ethics, public policy, and more. They bring varied perspectives to the questions of nanotechnology in society in such general topic areas as: ethical issues; social issues; environmental issues; law, policy and regulation; agriculture and food safety; health, safety, and medical ethics; commercial and economic issues; educational and training issues; computing and information technology; philosophy and the human condition; national security and civil liberties; military uses and issues; converging technologies; risk assessment; and technology “haves” and “have-nots.” The Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society is accessible and jargon-free, and also includes helpful aids such as a chronology, a resource guide and a glossary.

For more details about the Encyclopedia of Nanoscience and Society, see

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