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April 28, 2008


The Nanoethics Group to Speak at Discovery Institute’s STEM Showcase

Presentation to survey nanotechnology’s benefits as well as challenges


SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – April 28, 2008 – The Nanoethics Group today announced that its director, Patrick Lin, Ph.D., will be an invited guest speaker for The Discovery Institute for the Advancement of Science and Technology Education’s Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Showcase on May 10, 2008.  Dr. Lin’s talk is scheduled to begin at 11:45 am.

Dr. Lin, also a visiting assistant professor at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo) and post-doctoral associate at Dartmouth College, will give a presentation entitled “Nanotechnology’s Promises & Challenges” that discusses the basics of nanotechnology and interesting applications—including computing, military, medicine, energy, environment, food & agriculture, and more—as well as ethical and social issues arising from nanotechnology.

The STEM Showcase is free to the general public and will be held from 9:30-11:30 am, followed by Dr. Lin’s presentation and the awards banquet until 1 pm, which the general public may also attend with a $7 admission fee to cover expenses.  [May 2, 2008 correction: We have been informed that the presentation and banquet fee is now $10 per person.]  The event offers more than the usual science fair program: h
igh-school, middle-school, and college-level student teams from San Luis Obispo schools and local STEM-focused organizations will showcase their current experiments, simulations, and projects.

“It’s important to reach young minds earlier and earlier,” said Dr. Lin.  “Students today have more history and more science, as just two examples, to learn than we ever did, not to mention other social issues we didn’t have to face.  They are literally our future and so need to be aware of and interested in the areas that will shape their and our futures, such as nanotechnology.  We commend the Discovery Institute for its efforts to inspire and educate young students, and we are honored to participate in this important event.”

The event will be held at Cuesta College’s Student Center (Bldg. 5000).  The Discovery Institute is led by Derrick Lavoie, Ph.D., Executive Director, who is also a biology professor at Cuesta College and a lecturer at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  For more information, please visit www.institutefordiscovery.org

About The Discovery Institute for the Advancement of Science and Technology Education

The Discovery Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, dedicated to the improvement of science, health, and technology education at all levels, particularly in informal settings.  We provide a variety of educational resources and programs for teachers, students, and researchers.  We emphasize hands-on, minds-on approaches with goals for improving conceptual understanding, problem-solving skills, and use of advanced technologies.

About The Nanoethics Group

Based at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo), The Nanoethics Group is a non-partisan research organization formed to study nanotechnology’s impact on society and related ethical issues.  As professional ethicists, we help to identify and evaluate possible harms and conflicts as well as to bring balance and common sense to the debate.  Our mission is to educate and advise both organizations and the broader public on these issues as a foundation to guide policy and responsible research.  For more information, please visit www.nanoethics.org.

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