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Sat Jun 2, 2012

Alumni Weekend Dual Degree Reception

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Location: Geddes Hall Coffee House

The Reilly Center seeks to initiate a program that will link graduates and students of Notre Dame's Five Year Dual-degree program in Arts and Letters/Engineering (AL/ENG). If you are an alumnus or alumna of the dual-degree program, please join the staff of the John J. Reilly Center to share your thoughts and ideas on internship, mentoring, and coaching opportunities.…

Tue Jun 5, 2012

NDnano Seminar: Molecule to Manufacture to Market

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Location: 120 DeBartolo Hall

Molecule to Manufacture to Market: The Scientific Basis for the Responsible Development of Nanotechnology
Charles L. Geraci, Jr., PhD, CIH
Coordinator, Nanotechnology Research Center National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Abstract:
The rapidly growing number research investigations and proposed applications of nanoscale science and engineering to a broad array of materials is generating new knowledge almost daily. One specific area of knowledge growth is that of understanding the potential hazard posed by the nanoscale form of these materials; both the nanometer form of established materials, such as Titanium dioxide; and novel materials, such as Carbon Nanotubes (CNT). Both types of nanomaterials are now available for investigation, development, and commercialization. Although there is still uncertainty about the potential human health effects of workplace exposure to nanomaterials, the growing body of evidence supports a need for proactive risk management actions that will protect workers. The workers included in this line of thinking range from basic investigators in academic, government, and private research institutes; entrepreneurs demonstrating the proof of concept for applications; material scientists involved with process scale up; manufacturers of nanomaterials; and users of nanomaterials or nano- intermediates to fabricate a nano-enabled products. Nanoscale Titanium Dioxide presents an opportunity to re-evaluate what was previously known about a high-volume industrial chemical, and how its hazard and risk profile has been changed by a move into the nanoscale realm. CNT presents a different picture because it is a ‘new’ material for which the body of toxicology knowledge is growing. Currently there is still uncertainty about the potential health hazards of CNT, and there is particularly high…

Fri Jun 8, 2012

History of Science Society Welcome Conference

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Location: McKenna Hall

A conference to welcome the History of Science Society's executive office to its new home at the University of Notre Dame and the Reilly Center for Science, Technology, and Values

The Humanities in Science, Engineering and Medicine
Speakers will include:
Lynn K. Nyhart, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Angela Creager, Princeton University
Marsha Richmond, Wayne State University
Bernard Lightman, York University