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Registration Open for NanoEHS Webinar on Voluntary Standards and Their Role in Enhancing the Quality of Scientific Research

Posted in International, Research, United States
Registration is now open for a May 24, 2017, webinar on “An Introduction to Voluntary Standards and Their Role in Enhancing the Quality of Scientific Research.”  According to the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), the safe development and commercialization of nanotechnology depends on the availability of internationally agreed upon standards.  Such standards enable the use… Continue Reading

NNCO Announces Upcoming Webinars

Posted in Federal, United States
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) periodically holds webinars to share information with the general public and the nanotechnology research and development community.  Upcoming webinars include the following: On January 18, 2017, the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) will hold a webinar on “Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology: Enabling Next-Generation Water Monitoring Systems.” In this webinar, panelists… Continue Reading

NNCO Announces 2016 NNI Strategic Plan

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
On November 1, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) announced the release of the 2016 National Nanotechnology Initiative Strategic Plan.  The 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act of 2003 requires National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) agencies to develop an updated Strategic Plan every three years.  The 2016 Strategic Plan represents a consensus among the… Continue Reading

Webinar Will Announce NSI on Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, United States
On October 19, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) will hold a webinar to announce the Nanotechnology Signature Initiative (NSI):  Water Sustainability through Nanotechnology.  The webinar will highlight the activities of several participating federal agencies.  NNCO states that the webinar will be the first in a series exploring the confluence of nanotechnology and water. … Continue Reading

NNCO Will Hold Webinar on Nanotechnology and the Insurance Industry

Posted in Federal, United States
On September 22, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) will hold a webinar on the insurance industry and the challenges of underwriting nanotechnology and other emerging technologies.  NNCO Director Dr. Michael Meador will moderate the webinar discussion.  Speakers will include: Allen Gelwick, Executive Vice President of the Lockton Companies; Christie Sayes, Associate Professor of… Continue Reading

National Academies Publishes Prepublication Version of Triennial Review of the NNI

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
In early September 2016, the National Academies published a prepublication version of the Triennial Review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative.  The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) asked the National Research Council (NRC) to conduct a triennial review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI).  In particular, the NRC was asked to assess:  (1) mechanisms to advance… Continue Reading

NNCO Accepting Registrations for SME and NanoEHS Webinars

Posted in Federal, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On May 11, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) will hold a webinar for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) that will focus on the experiences, successes, and challenges for SMEs working in nanotechnology and on issues of interest to the business community.  The National Science Foundation’s Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing, at Northeastern University’s College… Continue Reading

NNCO Announces Availability Of QEEN Workshop Report

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
On March 28, 2016, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) announced the release of a report entitled Quantifying Exposure to Engineered Nanomaterials (QEEN) from Manufactured Products:  Addressing Environmental, Health, and Safety Implications.  The report summarizes the July 7-8, 2015, QEEN workshop, which was sponsored by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and co-hosted by the… Continue Reading

NNCO Announces Workshops and Webinar in Support of the NNI

Posted in Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
The National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) published a Federal Register notice on March 14, 2016, announcing the following events in support of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI): The “2016 NNI Strategic Planning Stakeholder Workshop,” which will be held May 19-20, 2016. NNCO expects to obtain input from individual stakeholders that it may use to inform… Continue Reading

OSTP Posts Blog Item on Educating and Inspiring Students through Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, United States
The Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) posted a blog item on January 25, 2016, on “Educating and Inspiring Students through Nanotechnology.”  The blog item states that to reap the benefits of nanotechnology, “we must train our Nation’s students for these high-tech jobs of the future.”  The blog item announces that a new six-part… Continue Reading

NNI Agencies Announce New Nanotechnology Signature Initiative

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On May 14, 2012, the agencies participating in the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) announced the fourth Nanotechnology Signature Initiative, “Nanotechnology Knowledge Infrastructure:  Enabling National Leadership in Sustainable Design” (NKI). According to a press release issued by the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), this signature initiative will stimulate the development of models, simulation tools, and databases to… Continue Reading

Dr. Robert Pohanka Appointed as Director of the NNCO

Posted in Federal, United States
On March 20, 2012, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) announced the appointment of Dr. Robert Pohanka as the Director of the NNCO. The NNCO provides technical and administrative support to the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee, serves as a central point of contact for federal nanotechnology research and development activities, and provides public… Continue Reading

NANO Act Promotes Development and Responsible Stewardship of Nanotechnology

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
Representative Mike Honda (D-CA) re-introduced on August 1, 2011, the Nanotechnology Advancement and New Opportunities Act (NANO Act), which seeks to promote the development and responsible stewardship of nanotechnology in the U.S. According to Rep. Honda, the legislation is designed to maintain the U.S.’s leadership role in nanotechnology research by promoting the development and commercialization of… Continue Reading

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on NNI Oversight

Posted in Federal, Research, United States
On April 14, 2011, the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Science Education held a hearing entitled “Nanotechnology: Oversight of the National Nanotechnology Initiative and Priorities for the Future.” Witnesses included: Dr. Clayton Teague, Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO); Dr. Jeffrey Welser, Director, Nanoelectronics Research Initiative, Semiconductor Research Corporation; Dr. Seth Rudnick, Chairman… Continue Reading

NNCO Responds to NRC Report on Nanotechnology Research Strategy

Posted in Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Research, United States
On February 13, 2009, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) released a statement regarding the National Research Council’s (NRC) December 10, 2008, report regarding its review of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) Research.  According to the statement, NNI member agencies noted the report’s “substantial and important recommendations… Continue Reading

Bill to Reauthorize NNI Introduced in Senate

Posted in Environmental Issues, Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On July 17, 2007, Senators Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), Chair of the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, John Kerry (D-MA), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Ted Stevens (R-AK), Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Gordon Smith (R-OR) introduced the National Nanotechnology Initiative Amendments Act of 2008. The bill would reauthorize the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) and amend aspects of the… Continue Reading

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Relationship Between Environmental and Health Policy and Nanotechnology

Posted in Environmental Issues, Federal, International, Legal/Regulatory Issues, United States
On October 31, 2007, the House Committee on Science and Technology’s Research and Science Education Subcommittee held a hearing on the relationship between environmental and health policy and nanotechnology. The Subcommittee examined how the U.S. can stay at the forefront of scientific research and development, while at the same time establishing priorities and a detailed plan… Continue Reading

EHS Research Priorities Released for Comment

Posted in Environmental Issues, Federal, Legal/Regulatory Issues, Occupational Health and Safety Issues, United States
On August 16, 2007, the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO), on behalf of the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the Committee on Technology, National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of a document entitled The Prioritization of Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Needs… Continue Reading