EPA plans event to look at environmental health impact of nano-particles

EPA Office of Research and Development and Oak Ridge Center for Advanced Studies (ORCAS) co-sponsor workshop on "Nanotechnology Applications in Environmental Health: Big Plans for Little Particles" on April 20 at EPA's research campus in Research Triangle Park, NC. The workshop will convene top nanotechnology experts and environmental and ecosystems health researchers to discuss use of biosensors in environmental monitoring, human exposure research, and ecosystems research...

Apr 6th, 2006


WASHINGTON, DC, April 5, 2006 -- The EPA's Office of Research and Development and the Oak Ridge Center for Advanced Studies (ORCAS) are co-sponsoring a workshop on "Nanotechnology Applications in Environmental Health: Big Plans for Little Particles" on April 20 at EPA's research campus, 109 T. W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC.

The workshop will convene top nanotechnology experts and environmental and ecosystems health researchers to discuss the use of biosensors in environmental monitoring, human exposure research, and ecosystems research. The morning session will focus on current uses of nanomaterials in the medical and scientific fields with the goal of stimulating discussion about potential environmental health uses of nanotechnology. In the afternoon, there will be panel discussions by researchers who are working with nanosensors and materials for nanosensors.

Dr. Paul Gilman, director of ORCAS and former assistant administrator for research and development at EPA, and Dr. George Gray, current assistant administrator for research and development at EPA, will give opening remarks. Dr. E. Clayton Teague, director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, has been invited as keynote speaker to give an overview of the potential uses of biosensors in environmental health research and applications.

To learn more about the workshop and to register, visit the workshop Web site at http://orcas.orau.org/epa/. There is no cost, but registration is required.

EPA relies on quality science as the basis for sound policy and decision-making. EPA's laboratories and research centers, and EPA's research grantees, are building the scientific foundation needed to support the Agency's mission to safeguard human health and the environment. For more information about EPA's Office of Research and Development, visit the Web at www.epa.gov/ord.

The mission of the Oak Ridge Center for Advanced Studies is to explore major societal issues with substantial science and technology content. Operating at the interface of the natural sciences, social sciences, and policy research, ORCAS defines new directions in science and provides opportunities for the integration of diverse perspectives from the public, government, research, and industry and the creation of enduring partnerships among them.

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