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Title: Center for Nanotechnology in Society at University of California, Santa Barbara

Center for Nanotechnology in Society at
University of California, Santa Barbara (NSEC
SES 0531184) PIs Barbara Herr Harthorn, Richard
P. Appelbaum, Bruce Bimber, W. Patrick McCray,
Christopher NewfieldUniversity of California,
Santa Barbara
IRG 1 Origins, Institutions, and Communities
(McCray) examines instrumentation, research
communities, scientists careers, national and
state policy, and the role of public imagination.

IRG 2 Innovation, Intellectual Property
(Newfield) develops a comprehensive understanding
of processes of innovation, commercialization,
and global development and diffusion of
  • CNS Mission
  • Examine the emergence and societal implications
    of nanotechnologies with a focus on the global
    human condition in a time of sustained
    technological innovation. Promote the socially
    and environmentally sustainable development of
    nanotechnologies in the US and around the globe.
  • Research Objectives
  • develop a portfolio of integrated multi-method
    research on nanoscience/nanotechnologies in
    dynamic interaction with society, from invention
    to global distribution, and lab to consumer to
  • provide interdisciplinary training for a new
    generation of societally-attuned scientists and
    science-aware social scientists
  • identify and dialogue with a wide array of
    public, media, government, NGO, and private
    sector constituents
  • serve as a network hub in the emerging national
    and international network of scholars and
    activists concerned with nanotechnology in
  • Semiconductor Technologies the Road to
  • Development of thin-film (MBE) technology and
    semiconductor roadmaps of the mid-1980s
  • Institutions of Interdisciplinarity
  • Understanding nano in the context of
    federally-funded interdisciplinary centers and
    the institutional transformation of
    university-government relationships since the
  • Origins of the NSECs, and interdisciplinarity in
    present-day nanoscale research at NNI sites
  • Nanotechnology Oral History Project
  • 24 oral histories, archived at the Chemical
    Heritage Foundation and/or the Center for
    History of Physics
  • (Nano)Technological Enthusiasm and the Public
  • The political and social context of
    exploratory/fringe technologies - the
    researchers, futurists, and businesspeople
    working at the border between scientific fact
    and fiction in the 1970s/80s, and how we view
    modern technological utopias. Book in progress
    (Princeton Univ. Press)
  • Micro level Nanoscale Laboratory Work
  • Survey about the interdisciplinary and
    multi-institutional collaboration process
  • Meso level The Nanoscale Innovation System
  • Patent analysis of quantum dots, on research
    lineages and commercial uptake
  • Macro level Technology Transfer Policy
  • Limits of transfer paradigm at the nanoscale
  • Interviews with licensing officials and PIs
  • solar photovoltaic RD case study
  • Cultures of Innovation
  • Public culture and technology narratives, and
  • narrative analysis of NNI-related public research

Survey Result H3nanosacle researchers find
collaboration to be productive . . . But more so
inside the discipline
Alan G. MacDiarmid (1927 - 2007) University of
Pennsylvania Nobel Prize, 2000
Education and Public Engagement programs at
CNS-UCSB aim to nurture an interdisciplinary
community of nano scientists engineers (NSE),
social scientists, and educators, and to achieve
broader impacts through engagement of diverse
audiences in dialogue about nanotechnology and
CNS Tools for Outreach Engagement Speakers
series Nano-Meeter (science café) Website
Newsletters Conferences and
Workshops Public Presentations Blog Podcasts
NanoDays community events Distribution
DatabaseWeekly Clips Media
outreach Policy Presentations
  • Formal Education
  • Interdisciplinary Research Training
    Opportunities for Undergraduate and Graduate
  • - Graduate Research Fellowships in Social
    Science (5 annually) and Science Engineering (4
  • - 8-week Summer Undergraduate Research
    Internships (4 community college UCSB students
  • 9 publications with Grad Fellow co-authors 17
    conference presentations
  • Professional development, travel funds, public
  • Mentoring training for 3 Postdoctoral Scholars
  • Curricula CNS Seminar 7 graduate 8 undergrad
    courses with CNS content NSF STS award for
    community college course development (with CNSI)
  • Exceeding diversity goals for student

Faculty PI
Soc SciFellow
Sci/Engr Fellow
Leaders from NGOs, government, the private
sector, science and technology and academia met
to discuss technology-based solutions in
energy/environment, water, food security, and
health issues. Participants were from the US,
Europe, and Japan, three of the largest emerging
economies (China, India, and Brazil) and other
developing countries. Co-sponsored by the Woodrow
Wilson International Center for Scholars.
IRG 4 Globalization (Appelbaum) develops a
comprehensive understanding of global development
and diffusion of nanotechnology with an emphasis
on E and S Asia.
IRG 3 Nano Risk Perception and the Public
Sphere (Harthorn) studies nanotech risk
perception among experts and publics media
framing of nano risks and methods for engaging
diverse US publics in upstream deliberation about
new technologies in society.
  • United States
  • Chemical Heritage Foundation
  • Duke University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Rice University
  • SUNY Levin Institute
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Los Angeles
  • Univ of Washington
  • Univ of Wisconsin, Madison
  • International
  • Australian National University
  • Beijing Institute of Tech., China
  • Cardiff University, Wales, UK
  • Centre National de la Recherché Scientifique,
  • Chinas Developmental State Becoming a 21st
    Century Nanotech Leader
  • Rapid advances in Chinese nanotechnology due to
  • high level of international collaboration
  • targeted governmental spending on nano-related
    RD and commercialization
  • Nanotechnology Sustainable Development
    Comparative Study of India China
  • Role of International Collaboration in Fostering
    High-Impact Chinese Nano Research
  • Publication analysis By 2007 China equaled or
    possibly surpassed the U.S. in terms of total
    output, with a substantial increase in
    publication rate beginning in 2003.
  • Drivers of Nano commercialization in China
    Patent Analysis
  • The Nano Value Chain Case study of a Chinese
    Solar Company
  • Experts Views on the Benefits and Risks of
    Nanomaterials and Technologies
  • Expert interviews with nanoscale scientists and
    engineers, nanotoxicologists, regulators nanotox
    publication analysis co-funding by NSF UC CEIN
    for 2009 study of industry views on environmental
  • Public Deliberation about Nanotechnology RD
  • Comparative US and UK deliberation on energy and
    health applicationsboth US UK positive re
    energy apps.
  • New Study on Gender and Risk - 6 US workshops
    vary groups by both gender and energy health
  • Emergent Public Perceptions of Benefits and Risks
  • Quantitative meta-analysis of 17 published
    surveys in US, Canada, Europe, Japan, 2002-2008
    found benefit
  • frame predominant but 44 not sure
  • What drives perception? US survey 2008 found
  • frame contingent on trust, affect regulatory
  • Preliminary experimental UK study finds attitude
  • polarization when given more information
  • Nano and the Media Agenda
  • 3000 news stories since 2006 indicate no net
    increase of attention
  • to nano, episodic coverage around federal agency
    action and expert reports.
  • LexisNexis vs. Google News substantial
    differences in search results
  • Framing of Nanotechnology
  • Content analysis revealed four dominant frames
    in US newspaper coverage Progress, Regulation,
    Conflict, and Generic Risk
  • Testing theoretical framework combining
    cognitive bias, anchoring effects, and framing
  • 2008-2009 Highlights
  • 38 publications, 69 presentations
  • Presentations to US Congressional Nanotechnology
    Caucus (Harthorn), US-China Economic Security
    Commission (Appelbaum), UK House of Lords
  • 2008 Conference CNS/CNSI Educators Workshop -
    Undergraduate courses that integrate nano
    society, Sept. 10-12, 2008, UCSB