Nanotechnology: The Huge Challenge of Regulating Tiny Technologies


May 4, 2011

9:00-10:30 a.m.

The National Press Club
The Ballroom
529 14th Street N.W.
Washington, DC


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In the coming years, nanotechnology has the potential to revolutionize fields ranging from health care to manufacturing. As in many other rapidly evolving fields, however, federal regulation has been unable to keep pace with the rate of evolution regarding potential issues, such as environmental or human health impacts. At this policy forum, a diverse group of experts will discuss the issues, concerns, and public policies needed to maximize the benefits of this emerging technology while minimizing the risks in order to encourage further development, scientific exploration, and responsible commercialization of this technology.

James "Jim" Trainham, PhD, Vice President, Strategic Energy Programs, RTI International

Jim Alwood, Toxic Substances Control Act Nanotechnology Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Cole Matson, PhD, Executive Director, Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology at Duke University
Michele Ostraat, PhD, Senior Director, Center for Aerosol and Nanomaterials Engineering, RTI International
Sally Tinkle, PhD, Deputy Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office