Science and Technology Innovation Program
In this episode of Dialogue at the Wilson Center, David Rejeski, director of the Wilson Center’s Science and Technology Innovation Program, speaks with host John Milewski about the potential of 3-D printing and digital fabrication.
Today at a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Dr. Andrew Maynard testified that nanotechnology is being jeopardized by the lack of a clear federal strategy for examining possible environmental, health and safety risks and by inadequate funding for this work.
As other countries increasingly incorporate nanotechnology into products, they too have the opportunity to address safety, oversight, and public perception concerns from the outset. We all share this responsibility, says Wilson Center research associate Evan Michelson.
Launched in July 2012, FLOAT Beijing—a community art project that utilizes citizen science—offers a simple, innovative, and non-confrontational approach to air quality monitoring: kites. Pioneered by two U.S. graduate students, the project tracks air pollutants using air sensor modules attached to kites.
Deborah Johnson, Director, Program in Philosophy, Science and Technology; School of Public Policy; Georgia Institute of Technology
The Synthetic Biology Project aims to foster informed public and policy discourse concerning the advancement of synthetic biology – an emerging interdisciplinary field that uses advanced science and engineering to make or re-design living organisms, such as bacteria, so they can carry out specific functions. Synthetic biology involves making new genetic code, also known as DNA, which does not already exist in nature. The project provides independent, rigorous analysis that can inform critical decisions affecting the research, commercialization and use of synthetic biology. Its objective is to help ensure that, as synthetic biology moves forward, possible risks are minimized and benefits maximized. For more information, please visit: http://www.synbioproject.org.