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Nanofun! The NanoEquity Game

02.22.13

Nano fun! The Nano Equity Game

Meghnaa Tallapragada, Cornell University

 

Need an icebreaker for your next event with your co-nano researchers? I have a suggestion, how about playing the nano equity game (also known as ‘Nano around the world’)? As I mentioned in my previous post (...

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Socio-technical Integration through Midstream Modulation

01.21.13

Meghnaa Tallapragada, Cornell University

January 2013

When I conduct the SEI training for lab users, I usually conclude by asking the researchers in the room about some ways they can begin to engage with people around them. Encouraging them to contribute towards upstream engagement in tiny ways such as talking to their family and friends (from outside their discipline) about their work in the labs and eventually become motivated to participate...

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Nature or Nurture: Where do we get our ability to think about research implications?

10.17.12

At CNF, we start each Societal and Ethical Issues training with an introduction slide.  Believe it or not, by the time the users see me at 3:15pm they STILL haven’t introduced themselves to each other.  We ask the users to do three things: 1.) say your name, 2.) provide your institutional background, and 3.) explain your research as if you were explaining it to your non-engineering grandmother.  The point is can you explain what you do in a way that anyone can understand?

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What makes safety in the nanotech lab an “ethical issue”?

10.16.12

Robert McGinn, Professor, Dept. of Management Science and Engineering, and Director, Science, Technology, and Society (STS) Program, Stanford University; NNIN Ethics Investigator

Welcome to a new nanotech experiment, one devoted to exploring, of all things, ethics. The NNIN’s Social and Ethical Issues in Nanotechnology Portal is launching a series of columns on a topic that is -- or should be! -- of interest to all researchers at NNIN labs: ethical issues related to nanotechnology. 

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