Nano.gov announces webinar for 09/20/2012

In a notice that appeared in last Thursday's Federal Register, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), announced that it would be hosting a webinar on Nano.gov on Thursday 09/20/2012, from 12:15 until 1PM. " NNCO is seeking public comment and recommendations on potential updates to, improvements on, and opportunities for public engagement through Nano.gov."

The webinar will consist of two parts. Part 1, the first 20 minutes of the webinar, will be spent on short presentations by the moderator and four panelists:

                             
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Moderator:
Marlowe Epstein-Newman, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO)—Marlowe is the Communications Director at NNCO and was the Project Manager for the first Nano.gov redesign in 2011. She manages the content on Nano.gov as well as the NNI’s social media presence.      

     

  

 
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Panelists:
Carl Batt, Cornell University—Carl is a Food Science professor with ties to National Science Foundation as a regularly consulted expert. Carl recently collaborated with the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network and Walt Disney World to create a permanent nanotechnology exhibit at Epcot Center.

 

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Joshua A,  Chamot, National Science Foundation (NSF)—Josh is a public affairs specialist in NSF's Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. As a seasoned public affairs professional, he provides a unique perspective on media, public relations, and outreach tactics from a Federal Government perspective. Josh works in a variety of media to bring science stories to the public.

 

 

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Mary Ann Latko, American Industrial Hygiene Association(AIHA)—Mary Ann is a Managing Director at AIHA. She represents workers across manufacturing sectors and is well-versed in enivironment, health, and safety (EHS) and regulatory issues, often working closely with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

 

 

Naz Beiramee

 

Nazhin Beiramee, OMNI StudiosNazhin is a web designer who has worked on Nano.gov as well as other .govs including the the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Cancer Institute.

 

 

The remaining portion of the webinar will be a Q&A session, with questions submitted by the audience. Questions and comments should be focused on 

    • How is Nano.gov useful to you and your stakeholders/colleagues/peers?

    • What do you like on Nano.gov? Which pages are most useful to you? Why?

    • What would you like to see improved? Are there pages you don’t understand? Confusing information? Poor layout? Difficult to use?

    • Are there pages that you feel are missing from Nano.gov? What other types of pages would you like to see? What information would you like to find on Nano.gov that isn’t currently there?

    • Are there similar websites that present information in a way that you find more useful, exciting, attractive or user-friendly?

     

The NNCO will begin accepting questions and comments via email (webinar@nnco.nano.gov) and Twitter (@NNInanonews) 24 hours prior to the event, until the close of the webinar at 1pm on September 20. These will be read and addressed during the live event. The NNCO reserves the right to group similar questions and to address only those questions and comments germane to the topic.
 

Registration for the webinar is required and is now open.

AIHA: Nanotechnology a Top 2007 Issue

The American Industrial Hygiene Assocation has identified nanotechnology safety as among its members' top concerns for 2007, according to this report in Occupational Hazards.   AIHA identified nanotechnology as an OSHA concern and characterized the concern this way:

Nanotechnology – The increased use of nanotechnology for consumer products raises concerns that a clearer understanding is needed to accurately assess the occupational health and safety risks posed by working with this new technology. AIHA supports increased research into the possible hazards involved with nanotechnology.

Moreover, AIHA's 2007 annual AIHce conference will feature a panel on nanotechnology -- it will be interesting to see what, if any, recommendations come out of the conference about nanomaterial handling.

Given Berkeley, California's recent decision to regulate occupational and other exposure to nanomaterials through its hazardous materials ordinance, and recent Congressional and other pressures to regulate nanotechnology, it's good to see organizations like AIHA taking a look at nanotechnology regulatory issues.  As John argued here, we need a scientifically-based, rational regulatory approach to nanomaterial safety;  the sooner such an approach is taken, the better.  The last thing this industry needs is a highly public "scare" -- such as the Magic Nano scare last year -- to pique the interest of the trial lawyers.