The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), established in 2001 to coordinate Federal nanotechnology research and development, puts a strong emphasis on the Societal and Ethical Issues (SEI) and impacts of nanotechnology and research. The NNI has an entire section of its website dedicated to such issues called Society and Safety to examine these important topics.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN) also believe that societal and ethical issues associated with nanotechnology are important to understand in the context of a rapidly changing 21st century society. The NNIN has an entire website dedicated to SEI issues in nanotechnology.
The Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS) invites all CNS/NNIN Users, PI, Staff, and anyone with an interest in nanotechnology to go to the above websites in order to learn more about these important topics. As a member of the NNIN, The Center for Nanoscale Systems (CNS) believes that the awareness of the Social and Ethical Issues related to nanotechnology is an integral part of being a member of the CNS/NNIN Community.
As May 1st, 2008, all new CNS/NNIN Users, as part of the initial enrollment process, are required to view an online presentation on the Societal and Ethical Implications of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.
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For any active CNS/NNIN User whose initial enrollment was prior to May 1, 2008, it is required that you view this presentation before April 1, 2009 in order to remain an active user at CNS beyond that point.
This presentation was developed by Doug Kysar and Ana Viseu, Cornell NanoScale Facility at Cornell University and David Guston, Center for Nanotechnology in Society, Arizona State University and is meant to stimulate thinking and discussion about science in the broader societal context; it is not simply a lecture about what is right and wrong.
Ideally this video should be the starting point of an ongoing discussion of SEI issues between your peers, mentors, and CNS.