USC Citizens School of Nanotechnology
The Citizens' School of Nanotechnology will begin Wednesday evening, March 5, at 6:30 p.m.,
and it will run for eight consecutive Wednesday evenings at the N.A. Jenkins Board Room in Benjamin F. Payton Learning Resource Center located in the heart of the Benedict College campus on Harden Avenue.
Nanotechnology is an important family of techniques which study and manipulate atoms, molecules, and other matter at a very small scale. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter; a water molecule [H2O], for example, is about a third of a nanometer. Among the topics of special concern to many people are nanomedicine, with its promises of fighting cancer, and the environmental implications of nanotechnology, including both risks and remediation. Each of these topics will have a presentation with supporting reading material. In addition, the topic of nanotech in science fiction evokes discussions of morality and ethics in science, and this too will be included.
The USC NanoCenter and Benedict College will offer three Citizens' Schools on science and technology in March and April 2008. The topics will be: Nanotechnology, Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technology, and the Environment.
A Citizens' School is a program of public engagement with science in which experts and non-experts exchange information through dialogue, presentations, readings, and lab tours. This style of public engagement was created at the University of South Carolina and has received much attention nationally and internationally.
Each Citizens' School will have a fee of thirty dollars, which covers all sessions and a package of readable articles.
Participants do not need to have any expertise in science or engineering. The Citizens' Schools are for people who are curious about a scientific topic and want a general introduction.
A limited number of seats are available in each of the Citizens' Schools. Participants are encouraged to enroll as soon as possible.
For more information, call Chris Toumey: 803.777.2221 or e-mail: [email protected].