Wednesday, September 12, 2007

AAAS 2008: Markets, Media, and Emerging Attitudes About Nanotechnology

Recently, a series of studies explored attitudes toward nanotechnology as a function of risk vs. benefits perceptions among citizens, of consumers’ value systems and religious beliefs, and of a potential disconnect between scientists and the public with respect to regulations and interpretations of the precautionary principle.

A panel at the 2008 AAAS meeting in Boston, MA on Markets, Media, and Emerging Attitudes About Nanotechnology will showcase results from these studies, explore what we currently know about how the public forms attitudes about nanotechnology, provide an outlook of what’s likely in store for the future in terms of media coverage and consumer sentiment, and identify leverage points for successful public outreach and relevant policy proposals.

The studies presented in this symposium were conducted as part of various collaborative efforts, including the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University, the Cultural Cognition Project at Yale University, and the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) at Rice University. The presenters on this panel take a truly interdisciplinary look at the ethical, legal, and social implications of nanotechnology, coming from a wide range of disciplines, including public policy, communication, law, and business.

Mark your calendars. The 2008 AAAS meeting is in Boston, MA, February 14-18.


Panel Title:
Markets, Media, and Emerging Attitudes About Nanotechnology

Organizer:
Dietram A. Scheufele
, Professor, Life Sciences Communication, Wisconsin

Moderator:
Bruce V. Lewenstein, Professor, STS, Cornell

Speakers:
Elizabeth A. Corley, Assistant Professor, Public Policy, Arizona State
“Scientists and the public: Comparing views on risks and regulations”

Steven C. Currall, Professor, London Business School
“Consumer attitudes toward nanotech: The complex interplay of risks and benefits”

Dan M. Kahan, Professor, Law, Yale
“Nano risk perceptions: The role of emotions and affect”

Discussants:
Dietram A. Scheufele, Professor, Life Sciences Communication, Wisconsin

Wade Adams, Director, Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Rice

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