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advance the field of nanoethics and engage the broader public, we are
actively involved in several exciting projects and work with many
organizations and experts around the world. From presentations to
publishing, we are helping to clarify and extend the debate on various
issues related to nanotechnology's social and ethical dimensions. As
specific examples of our work:
▉ Our research team was recently awarded a $250,000 grant by the US National Science Foundation to study the ethics of human enhancement and nanotechnology.
▉ With our colleagues, we have published two anthologies to date. The first, published by Wiley in August 2007, is entitled Nanoethics: The Ethical and Social Implications of Nanotechnology, with papers from about 40 leading experts worldwide that—for the first time in a single source—cover a full range of concerns such as environmental risk, medicine, public engagement, education, privacy, military, developing countries, space exploration, artificial intelligence, life extension and others. The second, published by Springer in April 2008, is entitled Nanotechnology & Society: Current and Emerging Ethical Issues and focuses more on near-term concerns.
▉ We are helping California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo—one of the highest-ranked universities in its class, especially in science and technology—to establish a center for ethics and emerging technologies. Cal Poly also has unique strengths in agriculture, aerospace engineering, environmental studies, and many other areas relevant to emerging technologies and their impact, making the campus an ideal location for such a center and conveniently midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
▉ We are on the editorial board of a new academic journal dedicated to our field. Under the direction of editor-in-chief John Weckert, NanoEthics: Ethics for Technologies that Converge at the Nanoscale is another top journal published by Springer.
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