Nanotechnology, equity issues explored in new book

November 18, 2010

Scientists and policymakers both contend that investments in nanoscale science and engineering will create revolutions in areas as diverse as materials, drug delivery, cancer treatment, and space travel. The hope is that many of the problems of today can be addressed using nanotechnology enabled products.  While new technologies often do provide solutions to pressing issues, they also can exacerbate other social problems or create entirely new ones. The newly-released book Nanotechnology"> and the Challenges of Equity, Equality and Development, the second volume in the Center">">Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS-ASU) series “Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society,” looks at the potential ways nanotechnology will change the fabric of society.  Published by Springer, it was co-edited by CNS-ASU’s assistant director for education Jameson Wetmore, who is an assistant professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, and Susan Cozzens, a CNS-ASU senior investigator, professor of public policy at Georgia Tech and director of its Technology Policy and Assessment Center.

“This book is the first major work that explores the current and potential future relationship between equity and nanotechnology,” said Wetmore. “It brings together authors from six continents who examine the wide number of groups that might benefit or suffer from new developments in nanotechnology including women, industrial workers, differently-abled people, developing countries, and the poor.”  Wetmore also co-edited the first volume in the “Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society” series, Presenting Futures.

Nanotechnology could alter distributional dynamics and raise important issues about fairness around the globe.  It could greatly aid the economies and public health of poor areas, or it could increase the gulf between poor and rich ones. As with any new technology, the costs and benefits of nanotechnology are unlikely to be spread evenly around the world. The changes will make life easier for some while others will likely be less well off than they were before.  This volume begins to develop a better understanding of how those changes might play out and what we should be aware of as new nanotechnologies and industries are created.

Issues and ideas explored Nanotechnology and the Challenges of Equity, Equality and Development are organized in five sections:  Dimensions of Nano Fairness; Uneven Structures; Equalizing Processes; Nanotechnology and the World System; and Lessons for Action. They include such topics as gender equity, ableism and abilities governance, women and patenting, nanotechnology workforce, potential wage disparities, nanomedicine and public values, ethics and policymaking, and nanotechnology and the developing world.  The volume also offers practical advice to scholars developing a research plan to better understand nanotechnology and equity, and to policy and decision makers who want to work for more equitable outcomes.

“We’ve created the Yearbook series in an attempt to consolidate the emerging scholarship on nanotechnology in society and provide a constructive overview of recent research and other activities in the field,” said David Guston, director of CNS-ASU and editor of the “Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society” series.  “Each volume is intended to represent not only a chronological slice of nanotechnology in society but a thematic one as well, a product of the Center’s intellectual perspective.”

Upcoming in the “Yearbook of Nanotechnology in Society” series are Nanotechnology, the Brain and the Future (Volume III), edited by CNS-ASU faculty members Jason S. Robert, Clark A. Miller,Ira Bennett and former CNS-ASU doctoral student Sean Hays, and Nanotechnology and Democracy (Volume IV), edited by Miller and Daniel Barben, a former CNS-ASU faculty member and now professor and chair of future research at RWTH Aachen University in Germany.

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In 2005, the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a set of major grants in nanotechnology in society, including the creation of the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU) to pursue scholarship on and methodological and theoretical approaches to the social studies of nanotechnology.  In 2010, NSF renewed its funding of CNS-ASU for another five years, with an award of $6.5 million.  CNS-ASU is the largest center for research, education and outreach on the societal aspects of nanotechnology in the world.

CNS-ASU is the largest project of ASU’s
Consortium">">Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (CSPO). CSPO’s ideas and goals – advancing change to assure that science and technology have positive impacts on human well-being – are put to the test at CNS-ASU and guide its work.

The goals of CNS-ASU are two-fold: to increase the capacity for social learning that informs about the available choices in decision making about nanotechnology and to increase the ability of society and institutions to seek and understand a variety of inputs to manage emerging technologies while such management is still possible. Through this improved contextual awareness, CNS-ASU can help guide the path of nanotechnology knowledge and innovation toward more socially desirable outcomes and away from undesirable ones.

CNS-ASU pursues these goals through two cross-cutting research programs: real-time technology assessment (RTTA), including such activity as analyzing research and innovation systems, surveying public opinion and values, creating opportunities for public deliberation and participation regarding nanotechnology decision-making, and evaluating the impact of CNS-ASU activities; and two thematic research clusters (TRC) that investigate equity and responsibility, and human identity, enhancement and biology. Download Full Image

Join Sun Devils' Be The Match Marrow Drive

November 18, 2010

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Sun Devil Family Charities is hosting a recruitment drive on Nov. 26 to raise awareness about the need for marrow donors and hopefully find a suitable match for the many families in need of a donor. Arizona State students, faculty and alumni can join the "Be The Match Registry," held between 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. at 6th Street Park (6th and Myrtle), east of Tempe City Hall, with a simple cheek swab.

Donors with diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to come out because patients in need are often most likely to match someone of their own race and ethnicity.

Finding suitable marrow donors is an important process for patients with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma. Marrow transplants are often the only cure for these life-threatening diseases and the more donors there are in the registry, the higher the likelihood that matches are found.

SDFC offers multiple donation options, including:
• Become a Sun Devil Family Charities fan on facebook
• Support our mission with a monetary donation by sending a check or money order made payable to "SDFC" and mailed to:
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2525 e Camelback Road, Suite 570
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
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• Volunteer your time to help fundraise or run events, please contact us at

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Kendrick">">... Bates goes through his day like most of us: work, play, family, except for one incredible difference. He carries with him the knowledge of something amazing: he may be a life-saver.

Being part of Sun Devil Family Charity, Bates learned about being a morrow donor and how he could make a difference in someone's life. It was during the 2009 Sun Devils "Be The Match" Marrow Drive!" that Bates joined the marrow donor program. Less than a year after becoming a part of the bone marrow registry, he was identified as the perfect bone marrow match for a 20-year-old female with leukemia.

"With my mother currently fighting cancer and all the folks that's helped our family through this difficult time," Bates says, "I'm more than happy to help a family in need and hopefully save a life".

Once Bates saw how simple and easy the procedure was, he didn't hesitate to join up. A simple information form and mouth swab were all that was required for registration. According to Bates, it was fast, easy and "took less than a minute." For Bates, it's simple: The bone marrow we carry within our bodies could actually save someone else's life.

"If we are the cure, and the only thing we have to do is register," Bates says, "then being a donor is no-brainer."

The thought of helping save a life is an idea that doesn't get old and Bates says he thinks about it "all the time." Already enthusiastic about the work SDFC does, he's emphatic when he talks about the simple process of becoming a bone marrow donor and the honor he feels about what he can offer.

As he goes through the process leading up to the donation, Bates cites working with "Be The Match" coordinators as being one of the best parts of the process so far. The coordinators are there to support him, offer information and answer any and all questions he has. Bates has been told there could be some minor discomfort during the recovery process but is keen to let others know it's worth the pain.

"For a couple days of discomfort," Bates says, "you're giving someone an additional 50 years of life. It's well worth it."

Bates attended Arizona State from 1995-1999 earning a BA Degree in Business, as a 2-sport athlete playing Football (1995-1999) and Basketball (1996). He became the first member in his family to earn a degree from Arizona State University and continued his playing career in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Currently Bates works in Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis and resides in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife.

Story courtesy of SDFC.

About Sun Devil Family Charities
Sun Devil Family Charities (SDFC) is an all volunteer, nonprofit organization with the purpose to support alumni, students, faculty, and staff of Arizona State University and their immediate families who need financial assistance resulting from a medical necessity. Funds raised at SDFC events help families pay for medical bills and co-pays resulting from devastating medical illnesses. Information courtesy of SDFC.

About the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP) and Be The Match
The NMDP operates the Be The Match Registry and partners with a global network of leading hospitals, cord blood banks, laboratories and recruiters. As a leader in the field of marrow and cord blood transplantation, the NMDP facilitates transplants worldwide, conducts research to improve survival and quality of life, and provides education to health care professionals and patients. Since it began operations in 1987, the NMDP has provided more than 35,000 transplants to help give patients a second chance at life. Information courtesy of SDFC.