Marchant, White publish article in nano journal

June 16, 2011

An article by Gary">">Gary Marchant, ASU Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law and Ethics, and executive director of the College of Law’s Center for Law, Science & Innovation, and Andrew White (Class of 2011) recently was published in the Journal of Nanoparticle Research.

In “An international nanoscience advisory board to improve and harmonize nanotechnology oversight,” the authors recommend the creation of such a body to consistently apply around the world developing regulations on the science of the small. Such a board could assist regulatory bodies by providing a central source of accurate scientific information about the risks and benefits of nanotechnology, rather than each regulatory body making its own determinations, Marchant and White write. Gary Marchant Download Full Image

The creation of such an international board is not without significant difficulties, they add, pointing out the need for an examination of the history and challenges of existing science advisory groups worldwide.

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Marchant’s research interests include the use of genetic information in environmental regulation, risk and the precautionary principle, legal aspects of personalized medicine, and regulation of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, neuroscience and biotechnology. He teaches courses in Environmental Law, Law, Science & Technology, Genetics and the Law, Biotechnology: Science, Law and Policy, and Nanotechnology Law & Policy. Marchant is a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability, Associate Director of the ASU Origins Initiative and a professor in ASU’s School of Life Sciences.

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Pop science professor at ASU nets honor from astronomical society

June 16, 2011

The popularization of topics including time travel, black holes, the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and multiverses, has earned Arizona State University professor Paul">">Paul Davies an award for excellence in astronomy research and education by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

This year’s Klumpke-Roberts Award for outstanding contributions to the public understanding and appreciation of astronomy will be presented to Davies in August at the society’s annual meeting. ASU cosmologist Paul Davies Download Full Image

Davies, a theoretical physicist, astrobiologist, cosmologist and cancer researcher in the College">">College of Liberal Arts and Sciences teaches in ASU’s Department">">Department of Physics. He is director of the BEYOND">">BEYOND Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science and heads up the Center">">Center for Convergence of Physical Science and Cancer Biology at ASU, one of 12 physical sciences-oncology centers nationwide established by the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute.

Davies has written more than 100 scientific">">scientific papers and authored 30 books">">books, including last year’s “The Eerie Silence: Renewing our search for alien intelligence.” Other titles include: “The Goldilocks Enigma: Why is the universe just right for life?” “How to Build a Time Machine,” and “The Mind of God.”

The pop science award given to Davies is one of eight announced by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific on June 15. “This">">This year’s honorees demonstrate a remarkable array of achievement in research, education and popularization of astronomy and science,” said James Manning, ASP executive director. “The ASP is proud to recognize these individuals for their accomplishments and as inspirations to us all.”

Founded in 1889 in San Francisco, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s mission is to increase the understanding and appreciation of astronomy, by engaging scientists, educators, enthusiasts and the public to advance science and science literacy. The society’s education programs are funded by corporations, private foundations, the National Science Foundation, NASA, private donors and its members. More information is online at">">