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 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"

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



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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).



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Nazhin Beiramee, OMNI StudiosNazhin is a web designer who has worked on 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 useful to you and your stakeholders/colleagues/peers?

    • What do you like on 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 What other types of pages would you like to see? What information would you like to find on 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 ( 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.

International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology to be held March 2012

The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, in a "Notice of Public Meeting" published in the Federal Register of 02/02/2012, announced that on March 27-28 of this year, it would be holding an "International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology". The symposium, organized by the National Nanotechnology Initiative and theOrganization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The symposium will be hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington DC on March 27th and 28th from 8:30AM to 6PM.

The symposium will focus on

the scope of economic impacts of nanotechnology, input and output factors, metrics for other technological assessments, and consideration of the appropriateness of these metrics for nanotechnology materials and products. Topics addressed will include the role of research funding portfolios, intellectual property frameworks, venture capital, public-private partnerships, state and local initiatives, international cooperation, and metrics such as private sector and industry investments, patents and publications, and the development of a technologically-educated workforce as metrics for nanotechnology.

Confirmed as speakers at the symposium are:
    • Françoise Roure, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

    • Gregory Tassey, National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States

    • Mark Morrison, Institute for Nanotechnology, United Kingdom

    • Adalberto Fazzio, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Brazil

    • Kazunobu Tanaka, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Japan

    • Altaf Carim, Office of Science and Technology Policy, United States

    • Herbert von Bose, European Commission

    • Joseph Molapisi, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa

    • GV Ramaraju, Department of Information Technology, India

    • Tom Crawley, Spinverse

    • Philip Shapira, Georgia Institute of Technology

    • Francis Peters, Michelin Worldwide

    • Travis Earles, Lockheed Martin

    • Lawrence Tamarkin, CytImmune Sciences, Inc.

    • Joerg Vienken, Fresenius Medical Care

    • Hilary Flynn, Lux Research

    • Reinhold Crotogino, ArboraNano

    • Peter Kruger, Bayer

    • Kalpana Sastry, National Academy of Agricultural Research Management, India

    • Victor Berucci Neto, The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation

    • Mike Roco, National Science Foundation, United States

    • Ajit Jillavenkatesa, National Institute of Standards and Technology, United States

    • Douglas Robinson, teQnode

    • Diana Bowman, University of Michigan

    • Tateo Arimoto, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Japan

    • Julia Lane, National Science Foundation, United States

    • Esper Cavalheiro, Center for Strategic Studies and Management Science, Technology and Innovation

    • Leonid Gokhberg, National Research University 'Higher School of Economics'

    • Ben Walsh, Oakdene Hollins

    • Bertrand Loubaton, GE Healthcare Europe

    • Richard Clinch, University of Baltimore

    • Bertrand Loubaton, GE Healthcare

    • Eunmi Jung, Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade, Korea

    • Oleg Karasev, National Research University 'Higher School of Economics'

    • Kristen Loughery, Environmental Protection Agency, United States

    • Rosalie Ruegg, TIA Consulting


A draft verion of the symposium agenda may be found here.

Due to space limitations pre-registration for the symposium is required and begins on Friday 02/10/2012. Pre-registration is on a "first come, first served" basis and continues until capacity is reached or until 03/23/2012.

Those wishing to attend can register online at, via e-mail to or via snail mail at the following address:

International Symposium on Assessing the Economic Impact of Nanotechnology,

c/o NNCO,

4201 Wilson Blvd.,

Stafford II, Suite 405,

Arlington, VA 22230

Anyone who would like to present 3-5 minutes of public comments at the symposium should register online. Written comments may be submitted to until 03/23/2012..

Joint US-EU Workshop: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts

In the Federal Register for February 15, 2011, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office announced it would hold a workshop on March 10 & 11 2011

to provide an open forum and engage in an active scientific discussion
about environmental health and safety questions for nanomaterials and
nanotechnology-enabled products, to encourage joint US-EU programs of
work that would leverage resources, and to establish communities of
research practice, including identification of key points of contact/
interest groups/themes between key US and EU researchers for near-term
and future collaborations.

The March 10, 2011 sessions, to be held at George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, is divided into two parts. Part 1, "Understanding Perspectives and Programs", will focus on an overview of EU and US EHS research plans and the different perspectives both bring to their research efforts. Part 2, "Data Needs for Regulatory Decision Making", focuses on

1 - Human health data

2- Environment data needed to make informed regarding regulations, particularly the regulation of nanoindustries.

The March 11, 2011 sessions will be held at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The first part of this days sessions focuses on "Tackling the Challenges of Producing Reliable and Reproducible data for nanoparticles assessment and risk management", while the final session, "Getting it done together", will look at establishing mechanisms for EU and US regulatory agencies to work together in the future.

Pre-registration is required and can be done at . Registration closes at 4PM on March 9, 2011. Anyone interested in presenting short comments (3-5 minutes) also needs to register at