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Looking Back at 20 Years of Nano in Society: A Panel Discussion

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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 - 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Please join us for a virtual meeting of the NNCI Seminar Series on July 21, 2021 at 2PM. Access the event @

Abstract: In a major address at Caltech in 2000, President Bill Clinton unveiled the National Nanotechnology Initiative and proposed doubling the federal funding for nanoscale research in the United States. President Clinton gave the speech in front of a map of the Western hemisphere created out of gold atoms. Looking back at it he joked: "I think you will find more enduring uses of nanotechnology." Since that day the federal governmnet has poured billions of dollars into nanoscale R&D and scientists and engineers have indeed found more enduring uses. Questions, concerns, and excitement about the social aspects and implications of nanotechnology have accompanied this effort every step of the way. This panel brings together two scholars who have played important roles in exploring nano in society over the past twenty years. They will reflect on the changes in the way that scholars, governments, corporations, and the general public engage with nanotechnology over the last two decades.