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..

NNI Seeks Public Comment On Nano EHS Research Priorities

Small Times is reporting that the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office at NNI is requesting public comment, until September 17, 2007, on its proposed  "Prioritization of Environmental, Health and Safety Research Needs for Engineered Nanoscale Materials:  An Interim Document For Public Comment." 

According to the Small Times article,

"The comment period is an opportunity for public input into the prioritization of research and information needs related to environmental, health, and safety aspects of nanomaterials," groups note, adding that the research priorities will be an important part of the NNI EHS research strategy, which will be used by the Federal agencies to support research within their mission areas.

The NNCO established 25 research priorities.  However, to make the list more manageable, it broke the 25 priorities into five broad categories.  Overall, I like the approach the government is taking on these research priorities.  They are asking the right questions about (1) how engineered nanomaterials interact with biological systems and the environment, (2) how to measure exposure to nanomaterials -- both in workers and to the general public, and (3) what impact nanomaterial exposure has on health.  The report also calls for risk management to be a research priority.

 These are NNCO's five proposed categories:

Instrumentation, Metrology, and Analytical Methods

The priority research needs for this category provide an integrated approach essential to understanding, predicting, and quantifying the chemical and physical properties and behavior of nanomaterials.  The priorities under this research category underpin, and are fundamental to, all five categories of EHS research and information needs.

Nanomaterials and Human Health

Research on human health often involves complex, interrelated scientific concepts that are investigated most efficiently by a parallel, rather than serial, research paradigm. This parallel structure permits the investigation of single or integrated research questions and the leveraging of progress in related areas. Evaluation of the human health research needs against this paradigm and the value-of-information principle led to identification of an overarching research priority. The task force identified five broad research needs that are critical to addressing this overarching priority and to establishing the fundamental principles for nanomaterial interactions with living systems. Overarching Research Priority: Understand generalizable characteristics of nanomaterials in relation to toxicity in biological systems.

Nanomaterials and the Environment

The priority research needs for this category represent those that were presented in the EHS Research Needs document, with revisions to ensure complete coverage of environmental issues.

Health and Environmental Exposure Assessment

Research in this category is aimed at assessing exposure to, rather than hazards of, nanomaterials * * *.  The priority research needs for this category identify work to enable the collection of exposure information. Data collection should group individuals into exposure categories and relate groups potentially exposed to nanomaterials, including workers, patients, consumers, and neighbors of production or utilization plants. * * * Information on the process, task, and location variables should be evaluated to understand how nanomaterials behave in workplace environments and what factors determine the exposures to nanomaterials in such environments.

Risk Management Methods

The many research needs for this category, as identified in the EHS Research Needs document, were grouped by the risk management methods task force into five broad research needs, which were then prioritized. The broad research needs are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest priority. The task force recognized one of the research needs identified in the EHS Research needs document as encompassing the overarching research priority for this category. Overarching Research Priority: Evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of current and emerging risk management approaches for identifying those nanomaterials with the greatest potential risks.