Small and Unsafe? Concerns About Nanotechnology

Former EPA administrator Terry Davies says he is worried that the agency is not prepared to protect the environment — and public — from the hazards that nanotechnology might produce. At a public meeting on Thursday he urged the EPA to ensure that nanotechnology is being commercialized safely.

Terry Davies, senior advisor, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The Science of the Very, Very, Very Small

Researchers are manipulating matter at the molecular level to engineer everything from better drugs to self-cleaning clothes. Guests discuss the past and future of nanotechnology, the promise of nanomedicine, and what needs to be done to ensure the safety of these new technologies.

Barbara Baird, Horace White Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology, Cornell University

Rosalyn Berne, associate professor, Department of Science, Technology and Society, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University of Virginia

Larry Goldberg senior engineering advisor, Division of Electrical, Communications, and Cyber Systems, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia

John Silcox, David E. Burr Professor of Engineering, School of Applied and Engineering Physics, Cornell University

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