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April 18 talk explores nanotechnology and society

April 13, 2011

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BOZEMAN - A free talk on Monday, April 18, will explore how the emerging field of nanotechnology impacts society.

"Nanotechnology in society: How will it impact YOUR life?" will take place from 3-5 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, located at 2118 S. Third St. in Bozeman. The talk is free and open to the public. No scientific background is necessary.

Nanotechnology is an emerging field arising from the design and manipulation of matter at the molecular and atomic scale. This field has opened new doors in energy production, manufacturing, and health care--including development of infection-resistant catheters and of nano-sized particles that enhance the ability to detect the spread of cancer.

Along with these new benefits, however, scientists recognize that the manipulation of particles at the nanoscale may bring risks that are currently unknown to our health, environment and society. Questions to be discussed at the talk include: "Is the benefit of these new technologies worth the cost? Who should play the major role in shaping nanotechology's future and developing regulations concerning its use? What are the potential risks and rewards? How will nanotechnology affect people's lives?"

Yves Idzerda of MSU's Department of Physics will lead the discussion. The talk is sponsored by Wonderlust, Montana NSF EPSCoR and Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

Contact: Suzi Taylor, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-7957 or taylor@montana.edu