WHO/​WHAT: North­eastern University’s NSF Center for High-​​rate Nanoman­u­fac­turing (CHN) and the Nan­otech­nology and Society Research Group is hosting a dis­cus­sion on the pos­sible envi­ron­mental ben­e­fits of nanotechnology.

The dis­cus­sion is titled “Museum of Sci­ence Forum on Nan­otech­nology and Alter­na­tive Energy,” and it is part of the Museum’s “Nan­o­Days” event series, spon­sored by the CHN. Nan­o­Days is a week-​​long series of activ­i­ties and exhi­bi­tions rel­e­vant to the sci­ence of nan­otech­nology. This forum will explore how the emerging field of nan­otech­nology presents great promise to address issues, such as cli­mate change con­cerns, rising energy costs, and dwin­dling nat­ural resources.

In this forum, par­tic­i­pants will become the deci­sion makers, as they weigh the ben­e­fits against the poten­tial pit­falls in nan­otech­nology. It will be an oppor­tu­nity to explore sev­eral ques­tions, like should the bulk of research funding be ded­i­cated to the imple­men­ta­tion of existing tech­nolo­gies and to con­ser­va­tion, or should more efforts be ded­i­cated to designing new nan­otech­nolo­gies that might be of greater long-​​term impact?

The forum is free and open to the public, how­ever, space is lim­ited. Reg­ister by emailing forumrsvp@​mos.​org.

WHERE: 450 Dodge Hall, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, 360 Hunt­ington Avenue, Boston MA 02115.

WHEN: Thursday, April 3, 2008, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Refresh­ments will be served from 6:30 until 7:00; the forum will begin promptly at 7:00.

For more infor­ma­tion on the Museum of Science’s Nan­o­Days taking place from March 30 to April 5, please visit: http://​www​.mos​.org/​e​v​e​n​t​s​_​a​c​t​i​v​i​t​i​e​s​/​s​p​e​c​i​a​l​_​p​r​o​g​r​a​m​s​&​a​m​p​;​d​=​2​526

For more infor­ma­tion on the Forum on Nan­otech­nology and Alter­na­tive Energy, and the CHN, please con­tact Renata Nyul at 617–373-7424 or at r.​nyul@​neu.​edu, and visit www​.nano​.neu​.edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.