Ethics in Nanotechnology

Autumn 2010 Phys 576B / NME 498B
Tuesday/Thursday 10:30 - 11:50
Gould 117  (map)

Instructor Information

Marjorie Olmstead

Professor of Physics
Director of Nanotechnology PhD Program

email:  olmstd -at- uw.edu
phone:  206-685-3031
office:  Physics-Astronomy B433
web:   http://faculty.washington.edu/olmstd

Course Description

Taking an interdisciplinary perspective, this seminar examines a broad range of ethical and societal issues associated with nanotechnology. Topics include environmental, health, and safety concerns; security and privacy implications; economic effects; national and international political implications; media and public perceptions; cultural and religious repercussions; medical technologies; and legal and regulatory issues.  Weekly guest speakers will present a particular aspect of ethical interest, discuss how it relates to nanotech research, and examine possible responses.  Alternate days will involve discussion of speaker presentations and readings for upcoming presentations.  Students will work in small groups to develop a short case study based on one of the topics presented. The case studies will be made available online through an NSF-funded website on nanoethics at the University of Washington. Course can be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit and is open to students from across the UW campuses. 

Course Announcement

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Thursdays ...
Nov 4, 2010 12:05 PM
There is no class on Thursday, Nov 11 in honor of Veteran's Day. On Nov 18, we will hold class, ...
Oct 21
Oct 12, 2010 8:24 AM
President Obama will be arriving at a Patty Murray rally at Hec Ed during class on Oct 21. Pleas...
Oct 19
Oct 12, 2010 8:23 AM
Ethan Allen will lead class on Tues Oct 19 while Prof. Olmstead will be at a conference.
Notes and Readings on GoPost
Sep 29, 2010 2:41 PM
Lecture notes for the first class and some introductory readings are on the class GoPost. Go to ...
Sep 3, 2010 10:35 AM
The first class will meet Thursday, September 30 in Gould 117. Gould is on the SW corner of the ...
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