Relationships among science, technology, the environment, and society are intricate and delicate. Oversight for emerging technologies, such as nanotechnology, and deployment of more sustainable technologies, such as renewable energy, are two key areas we address.
One problem is that a lot more money is being spent on development than on safety research. Another is that the safety studies that are done tend to be narrowly focused: for example, dosing a zebrafish embryo with high levels of one nanomaterial might not offer a lot of insight about the impact of a consumer product... (more)
Water, water everywhere
Ours is known as the blue planet. But much—most—of that blue water is saline rather than fresh. And not all of that fresh water is clean. At TEDxUMN 2012, Professor Deborah Swackhamer discussed water quality and future generations. You can watch her talk here.
The Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy fosters understanding of the role of science and technology in society, particularly relationships to economic growth, health, the environment, education, and national security. The center examines the effects of science and technology on society and on the political and economic relationships among nations. The center's mission is to improve people’s lives by advancing the application of science and technology to solve public problems.
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"Because this is the age of science and technology, it's the age of ideas, it's the age of movement. Anything static is in retreat."