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September 29, 2008

The Nanoethics Group to Speak at Environmental Nanotechnology Conference

Nanoparticles offer benefits but also risks to environment and health

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – September 29, 2008 – The Nanoethics Group today announced that it will make two presentations at the upcoming “Environmental Nanoparticles: Science, Ethics, and Policy” conference on November 10-11, 2008, hosted by the acclaimed Delaware Biotechnology Institute and University of Delaware. The major themes of the conference include human and environmental health, fate and transport, sensing and remediation, and future policy directions.

Environmental and biological systems may be significantly affected by both large and small influences, and engineered nanoparticles represent the smallest end of the scale. New materials enabled by nanotechnology have much promise in a number of fields including medicine, energy, manufacturing, and environmental remediation. However, the impact of these nanoparticles on nature, human and animal health, as well as their usefulness, is still not well understood and therefore will be explored at the conference.

Both co-founders of The Nanoethics Group, Dr. Fritz Allhoff (assistant professor at Western Michigan University) and Dr. Patrick Lin (visiting assistant professor at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo) will give presentations at the conference. Other speakers include nationally- and internationally-recognized scientists, engineers, ethicists, and science policy experts, such as: Richard Denison (Environmental Defense Fund); Vicki Grassian (University of Iowa); Theodore B. Henry (University of Tennessee); Michael F. Hochella, Jr., (Virginia Tech); Murray Johnston (University of Delaware); Barbara Karn (US Environmental Protection Agency); Gregory V. Lowry (Carnegie Mellon University); Andrew Maynard (Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars); Terry Medley (DuPont); Robert L. Tanguay (Oregon State University); Tuan Vodinh (Duke University); John Yates (University of Virginia); and Wei-xian Zhang (Lehigh University).

The workshop is limited to 150 participants, and registration will close on October 15, 2008. For more information, please visit:

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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