Kulinowski to speak on ethics in nanotechnology

Published: Sep 29, 2006 11:14:34 AM
Media Contact: Cheryl Cobb, cobbche@auburn.edu, 334.844.2220

Kristen M. Kulinowski, faculty fellow in the Department of Chemistry at Rice University and director for external affairs for the Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology, will be delivering the first discussion in the Ethics of the Nanoscale Seminar Series, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The lecture, hosted by the Department of Chemical Engineering, will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 3:30 p.m. in 238 Broun Hall. The university community is invited to attend.

Kulinowski's lecture, "Nanotechnology: Managing Potential Risks in a Climate of Uncertainty," will provide a review of the current climate for assessing potential risks of nanomaterials and a description of the International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON), an international, multi-stakeholder organization whose mission is to develop and communicate information regarding potential environmental and health risks of nanotechnology. Governance of the council is shared among representatives from the academic, industrial, governmental and public interest communities in the United States and abroad. ICON projects include a comprehensive database of environmental health and safety literature, a survey of best practices for nanomaterial handling, and an expert referral service linking knowledge seekers with experts in the field.

Kulinowski is highly sought after as a speaker and has been invited to speak on issues of nanotechnology environmental health and safety and science policy around the world. She has extensive experience in science education, particularly in developing innovative curricula at the undergraduate level, and she developed Rice's first introductory undergraduate course on nanotechnology. From 2002-2004 Kulinowski served as CBEN Executive Director for Education, developing and managing an educational outreach portfolio of programs for audiences that range from middle school children to adults. Prior to joining CBEN, she was a lecturer in chemistry at Cal Poly for three years and came to Rice as an instructor in chemistry in 1998. Kulinowski earned her bachelor's degree at Canisius College and her master's and doctoral degrees in chemistry at the University of Rochester.

To learn more about Kulinowski and view an abstract of her lecture please visit her seminar page.