An Interview with Senator Ron Wyden

The New Haven Independent regularly covers the nanotech field, from the latest experiment in using nanoparticles to deliver medications more efficently to discussions of how nanoindustry will affect the national and regional economies. Recently the New Haven Independent posted an edited transcript of an internview with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), a long time advocate of Nanotech research and Nanoindustry in the US Senate and one of the Co-chairs of the Congressional Nanotechnology Caucus.

Topics covered in the interview ranged from Wyden's work on reauthorizing the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI):

I very much want reauthorization before the end of the year. I think the Commerce Committee, Chairman [Jay] Rockefeller and others, have felt strongly about this and have watched this sort of bump up against the schedule again and again and again …

If ever there was a bipartisan fit for the Senate right now, and a chance to put us on the right side in terms of taking bolder action in a tough international competition with Europe and Asia, this is the time, and that’s the case I’m going to be making.

I consider the 21st Century bill that I wrote nine years ago one of the most important things I’ve done in my time in public service. 

to training a workforce that will be able to fill the good paying jobs that nanoindustry is and will be offering now and in the future.

2012 Regional, State and Local Initiatives in Nanotechnology Workshop

Today's issue of the Federal Register carries a "Notice of Public Meeting", announcing the 2012 Regional, State and Local (RSL) Initiatives in Nanotechnology workshop, to be held 1-2 May in Portland, Oregon.

This workshop will bring together leaders of regional, state, and local
organizations to engage in dialog with the Federal government; economic
development groups; investors and entrepreneurs; technology leaders;
and scientists and engineers from industry, business, government, and
academia. The discussion will address a wide range of resource,
organizational, and policy issues impacting RSL nanotechnology
initiatives.
 

Principal themes addressed in the workshop will include:

  • Current landscape of U.S. RSL nanotechnology initiatives and their health

  • Current Federal resources available for RSLs

  • RSL best practices, business models, and opportunities for partnering; and

  • Role of nanotechnology RSLs in future U.S. economic growth and job creation.

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The workshop is cosponsored by the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and theOregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institutes (ONAMI).

Anyone planning to attend the workshop is required to register, either online, via e-mail ( RSL12@nnco.nano.gov ) or via regular US mail (  RSL 2012 Workshop, c/o NNCO, 4201 Wilson Boulevard,  Stafford II, Suite 405, Arlington, VA 22230). Registration is on a "first come, first served" basis and runs from today, March 5, 2012 until 5PM April 27, 2012. Those interested in presenting 3-5 minutes of public comments at the meeting should also register at http://www.nano.gov/rslregistration. Written or  electronic comments should be submitted by email to RSL12@nnco.nano.gov  until April 27, 2012. The workshop will include an opportunity for any
regional, state, or local nanotechnology initiative or related  organization to present a poster explaining the activity.
 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information regarding this Notice,
please contact James Kadtke or Halyna Paikoush at the National
Nanotechnology Coordination Office by telephone (703-292-8626) or email
(RSL12@nnco.nano.gov).

A draft agenda has not yet been posted to the website. Once the agenda for the workshop is available, a link to it will be posted.

Nanotechnology Health and Safety Forum -- Seattle, June 8 - 9, 2009

Battelle Memorial Institute, the University of Washington, and the University of Oregon are co-sponsoring the international Nanotechnology Health and Safety Forum (NHSF) in Seattle, Washington on June 8 - 9, 2009.  The NHSF is coinciding with the first world-wide meeting of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) TC 229 -- Nanotechnologies being held in the United States, and will take place at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center.

Topics covered at the NHSF will include:

  • The EHS Progress Report: today's status and tomorrow's next steps
  • International Standards: developing a timeline & milestones
  • Navigating Regulations: encouraging dialogue between Europe, Asia, and the U.S.
  • Safety Guidelines: state of the science and recommended occupational safety guidelines for working with nanomaterials
  • Managing Risk: the insurance industry perspective
  • What's New: current activities of innovative nano-manufacturers

I have been invited to speak on the insurance/managing risk panel along with speakers from Riddell Williams, Hunton & Williams, Zurich North America, and Chubb Insurance:

The availability of insurance for entities using nanotechnology is critical to the further development and application of nanomaterials in industry. Yet the widening use of nanotechnology (while toxicology remains to be determined) is a central concern for the global insurance industry. Insurance, Nanotechnology, and Risk addresses the prospects for managing nano risk through the perspectives of a Silicon Valley loss control specialist, a major international underwriter, and liability / coverage counsel.

This should be a great conference with an international focus; plus Seattle in June is going to be a lot of fun. Hope to see you there.