April 28, 2008
The Nanoethics Group to Speak at Discovery Institute’s STEM Showcase
Presentation to survey nanotechnology’s benefits as well as challenges
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
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.
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
Discovery Institute for the Advancement of Science and Technology Education
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
About The Nanoethics Group
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.
information, please visit
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