Risks and Promise of Nanoscale Technology: Vicki Colvin of Rice University

A free lecture, followed by a festive holiday reception. I'm one of the organizers, and I'm promoting this to several other geek-friendly and freethinking groups, so it should be a fun crowd.


Dr. Vicki L. Colvin


Vicki Colvin, a nationally prominent scientist and Vice Provost of Research at Rice University, will speak on nanoscale particles: how they can revolutionize both engineering and medicine, plus what they teach us about everyday materials.


Risks and Promise of Nanoscale Technology
Professor Vicki Colvin
Center for Biological & Environmental Nanotechnology
Depts. of Chemistry and Chemical & Biological Engineering
Rice University

Understanding and controlling matter at the nanometer scale offers a new industrial revolution in our economy and our daily lives. But as with prior revolutions in synthetic chemistry, nuclear physics, and genetic engineering, the net value of innovation will depend on wisely addressing the social consequences. Who will benefit, and who will pay the costs?


Dr. Colvin will take us from the discovery of buckminsterfullerene to more recent work in nanoscience, including buckyballs as molecular cages and nanoparticles of seemingly mundane materials such as iron and titanium oxides: rust and sunscreen. She will help sort the short-term hype from the long-term promise of these technologies, especially in connection with those other tiny wonders, living cells. With broader popular appreciation of the basic science, we can hope to reap the benefits of new materials and medicines while managing the dangers.

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  • Phil

    That was an excellent lecture. Thank you for highlighting it. I never would have known about it.

    December 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Terrific! I look forward to sharing my notes with my calculus students.

    December 9, 2012

  • Paul H.

    It's today! Free lecture, followed by a festive holiday reception, in the museum district. Come hear about how science should be done right, and stick around afterwards to mingle with an interesting crowd of humanists and science fans.

    December 9, 2012

  • Paul H.

    There will be people dressed up, and others in T-shirts. Science T-shirt and a blazer for extra points.

    December 5, 2012

  • Wes

    Ah ok cool. I just didn't want to show up and be like the one guy in a T-shirt. :P

    December 4, 2012

  • Paul H.

    Dressed up? Well, at least shoes, pants, and a *nice* T-shirt.
    Park in the lots in the first and second blocks northwards along Fannin, if you can, otherwise look for street parking.

    December 4, 2012

  • Wes

    Where's a good place to park for this? And I'm guessing we should get at least slightly dressed up for the reception and stuff.

    December 4, 2012

  • Paul H.

    The lecture is expected to last somewhat less than an hour, perhaps somewhat more after Q&A. The reception afterwards is more open-ended, but should wind down by 4:30.

    December 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Does anyone know about how long the lecture will last?

    December 3, 2012

  • Paul H.

    RSVP here is not essential, but does help us gauge interest. So estimate your probability of attending, then roll the appropriate selection of dice to determine whether or not to RSVP. :-D

    December 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This looks very interesting. I plan to attend, unless I'm tutoring that afternoon. I'll know for sure on Dec 7.

    November 30, 2012

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