Nanotechnology: The Convergence of Science and Society

June 1st, 2005 - May 31st, 2010 | PROJECT

Oregon Public Broadcasting is requesting funds to produce three one-hour nationally broadcast television programs, a project website, community-centered outreach coordinated by AAAS in 7 U.S. cities, a seminar discussion guide and a series of 90-second programs as part of the "Earth &Sky" radio series. The subject and purpose of the project is to attract public interest in nanotechnology by examining the social, ethical, legal and environmental issuers surrounding its application. The television programs will be produced by Fred Friendly Seminars (FFS) and broadcast on PBS. Two science museums, Boston Museum of Science and the South Carolina State Museum, and the University of California, Berkeley, will host the FFS panels. The format of the Seminars is designed to produce thought provoking and nuanced discussions of contemporary issues. Collaborative partners in the project include AAAS, Lawrence Hall of Science and ICAN Productions. The outreach initiative includes outreach to "targeted stakeholders" in 7 US cities, four 90-second radio spots as part of Earth & Sky, a project web site and a Seminar discussion guide. Inverness Research Associates and Edu, Inc. will conduct both formative and summative evaluation of the project components.

Project Website(s)

(no project website provided)

Project Products
Convergence of Science and Society: Power of Small Nanotechnology
Use of New Media to Engage the Public in the Ethics of Nanotechnology

Team Members

Cynthia Needham, Principal Investigator, ICAN Productions, Ltd.
David Davis, Co-Principal Investigator, Oregon Public Broadcasting


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: ISE/AISL
Award Number: 0452371
Funding Amount: 2080571


Audience: General Public | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Chemistry | Engineering | History | policy | law | Physics | Technology
Resource Type: Project Descriptions
Environment Type: Broadcast Media | Community Outreach Programs | Media and Technology | Museum and Science Center Programs | Public Programs | Websites | Mobile Apps | Online Media