Outreach Goals

PCOST is committed to the University’s mission for the interdisciplinary education and preparation of the 21st century science and technology workforce. We participate in outreach on many fronts, both on and off campus, to raise the visibility of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related activities a NC State as well as bringing the humanities and social sciences into the science and technology classroom. Ongoing and completed projects include educational outreach from Middle School on, with several projects focused on access for underprivileged populations.

Current STEM Outreach

Since 2014, PCOST has primarily worked in supporting the research and education efforts associated with the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN). Ongoing efforts include, but are not limited to, guided tours of nanotechnology facilities, financial support and access to tools and facilities for local entrepreneurs and business, and partnerships between academic communities throughout the Southeast.

2012-2014 STEM Outreach

February 26-28, 2014. A cross-disciplinary group of researchers funded by NSF’s Water Sustainability and Climate Program under the grant entitled “Water Sustainability under Near-term Climate Change: A Cross-Regional Analysis Incorporating Socio-Ecological Feedbacks and Adaptations” (09/01/12 – 09/01/16) met in the Hunt Library meeting rooms. Sankar Arumugam, associate professor in civil engineering at NC State, is leading the project. He convened a large group of researchers for the annual project meeting: Kumar Mahinthakumar, Emily Berglund, Tushar Singh (NC State Civil Engineering); Kelli Larson (Arizona State University School of Sustainability); John Kominoski (Florida International University Ecosystems Ecology); Megan Hagler (University of Georgia School of Ecology); and Ken Kunkel (NOAA). John Sabo (Arizona State University School of Life Sciences) participated remotely, and several NC State graduate students were in attendance. The goal of the meeting was to analyze data describing water use, hydrologic flows, fish survival, infrastructure investments, and socioeconomic parameters to identify trends in water sustainability across the US Sunbelt. Results will be submitted for publication in a scientific journal.

November 14, 2013. Emily Berglund visited her hometown, Piqua, Ohio, and gave a presentation entitled "Water" at Washington Intermediate School's STEM Day. Her talk introduced water reuse and helped students overcome the "yuck factor" that may be associated with recycled water.

November 3-5, 2013., Professor Berube presented a paper titled "Greenwashing Nano and Due Diligence" at the 2nd Sustainable nanotechnology Organization Conference, Santa Barbara, CA.

October 31, 2013., Professor Berube was appointed to a three-year term as a SGE (special government employee) consultant to the Risk Communication Advisory Committee to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Springs, MD.

October 27-29, 2103. Professor Berube and Professor Cummings presented a paper titled "Forecasting the Next Generation of Nanoproducts" and Professor Cummings presented another paper titled "Nanoparticle-Formulated Sunscreens: Secondary Risks and Risk Reducation Responses" at the 5th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technoliges, Boston, MA.

September 10-11, 2013., Professor Berube attended and presented at the 2013 NNI Stakeholder Perspectives on the Perception, Assessment and Management of the Potential Risks pof Nanotechnology Workshop in Washington, DC.

July 31, 2013. , Professor Berube presented at the "Effective Messaging Strategies to Attract Multi-generational STEM Talent to the Federal Workforce" Workshop for government employers sponsored by the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

June 11-12, 2013. , Professor Berube chaired a breakout session at the 2013 NNI Strategic Planning Stakeholder Workshop in Washington, DC.

February 20 and 27, 2013. , Logan Williams presented a readings seminar for graduate students entitled "Race, Sex and the Global STEM Workforce" in Room 5100a, Hunt Library, NC State Centennial Campus.

December 12, 2012, Professor Berube presented “The Impacts of Nano-Free Labeling on Public Health and Safety” at the annual meeting of the Society for Risk Analysis in San Francisco, CA.

November 25, 2012, Professor Berube participated in an editorial meeting for the Journal of Nanoparticle Research held during the Materials Research Society annual meeting in Boston, MA.

November 14, 2012, Professor Berube presented and participated in the ARST (Association for the Rhetoric of Science and Technology) Vicentennial Pre-Conference to the national Communication Association. He will be discussing the rhetorical and social scientific challenges of the arguments associated with synthetic biology and geoengineering. Professor William Kinsella also presented and participated in discussions associated with the rhetoric of technology. The meeting takes place in Orlando, FL.

November 6, 2012, Professor Berube was appointed to a two-year term as a contributing editor to the Journal of Nanoparticle Research (JNR). JNR is published through Springer and has a 3.40 Impact Rating and is one of the most respected journals in nanotechnology in the world.

November 1, 2012, Professor Berube lectured on communication and climate change to ES (Environmental Science) 200 Climate Change and Sustainability.

October 17, 2012, Professor Berube lectured on the ethics of symbolic biology to TOX (Toxicology and Molecular Biology) 620 – Responsibility in Science.

September 19, 2012, Professor Berube lectured on the emerging science and technology to ENCORE’s continuing education student at the MacKimmon Center.

August 17-20, 2012, Logan D. A. Williams, PCOST Visiting Scholar, presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association

August 17-20, 2012, Logan D. A. Williams, PCOST Visiting Scholar, presented at the biennial Science and Technology Policy, Gordon Research Conference. Logan also was the chair of the first Science and Technology Policy biennial Gordon Research Seminar

July 16, 2012, Mr. Christopher Cummings lectured to the Australian government’s HSE Working Group in Canberra, Australia.

July 16, 2012, Mr. Christopher Cummings lectured to representatives from the Australian government’s Office of Gene Technology Regulator in Canberra, Australia.

July 17, 2012, Professor Berube and Mr. Christopher Cummings lectured at the National Measurement Institute in Sydney, Australia.

July 17, 2012, Professor Berube and Mr. Christopher Cummings lectured to representatives from the Australian government’s National Industrial Chemical Notification and Assessment Scheme, Sydney, Australia.

July 18, 2012, Professor Berube attended a dinner sponsored by the Sloan Foundation bringing together social science experts in the field of synthetic biology. The dinner was held at the Coast restaurant on the terrace at cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia.

July 19, 2012, Professor Berube presented a paper on From Nanotechnology to Synthetic Biology: Comparing Unprimed Associated Data and Public Risk Perceptions at the World Risk Congress, Sydney, Australia.

July 20, 2012, Mr Christopher Cummings presented a paper on Emerging Technological Risk: Expert and Public Risk Perception of Nanotechnology-Enabled Products at the World Risk Congress, Sydney, Australia.

June 21-22, 2012, Professor Berube attended the National Academy of Science’s conference on science communication in Washington, DC.

April 3-4, 2012, Professor Berube attended a NSF meeting to help craft the RFP for the next generation of nanoscience user facilities based on the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network.

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