Nanotechnology symposium scheduled for March 19

Author: William G. Gilroy


The University of Notre Dame’s Reilly Center for Science, Technology and Values and the law firm Baker & Daniels will sponsor a program titled “Nanotechnology: The Legal and Ethical Issues” from 3 to 5 p.m. March 19 (Thursday) at McKenna Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

The symposium will gather experts in various fields related to nanotechnology who will describe the present state of nanotechnology research and examine the ethical and legal questions it raises.

Speakers will include: Davis Baird, Department of Philosophy, University of South Carolina; Greg Crawford, dean of Notre Dame’s College of Science; Ralph Hall, University of Minnesota Law School and Baker & Daniels; and Wolfgang Porod, Frank M. Freimann Professor of Electrical Engineering and director of the Notre Dame Center for Nano Science and Technology.

In keeping with the Notre Dame’s mission as a preeminent Catholic research university, the Reilly Center endeavors to make a distinctive contribution to the humanistic understanding of science and technology. Through conferences and publications emphasizing the complimentary roles of scientific, technological, ethical and theological perspectives, the center seeks to disseminate outstanding work reflecting the vital interplay of these viewpoints and to inform and stimulate broad public discussion of critical issues.