Nano Impacts Intellectual Community

Overview | Members | Meetings | Bibliography


NDnano has followed the lead of the U.S. National Nanotechnology Initiative in prioritizing consideration of the ethical, legal, and societal implications, as well as environmental, health, and safety issues associated with nanotechnology. For science and technology to benefit society, the contexts and factors associated with their development must be evaluated in all of their complexity. Consideration of both risks and benefits and the triple bottom line of consequences (society, environment, and economy) is consistent with both faith and reason in the Catholic tradition.

The purpose of NDnano's Nano Impacts Intellectual Community is to explore the many diverse impacts of new and emerging nanotechnology-enabled applications. We approach current topics in applied nanotechnology from a variety of perspectives: ethical, legal/regulatory, sociological/psychological, historical, biomedical, and financial.

How is analysis this multi-faceted and holistic possible? The community members--engineers, scientists, humanities scholars, lawyers, business persons, university administrators--meet face-to-face and communicate with one another directly. Each one, from throughout the university and surrounding community, brings distinct expertise and perspective to bear on complex questions where disciplines have naturally converged--at the nanoscale.

Nanotechnology does and will have impacts. It will take the synthesis of many forms of great thought and investigation to realize the potential for positive impacts while minimizing risks. The Nano Impacts Community at Notre Dame is up to the challenge.

For more information about Nano Impacts, please contact Dr. David Balkin
(email: dbalkin@nd.edu).