Science on the Square

Nanotech and Consumer Products—Stage Presentation

David Sittenfield

David Sittenfeld, Museum of Science Boston

Wed., November 28, 2012
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Hynes Convention Center, Level 2, Exhibit Hall C


David Sittenfeld is manager of the Museum of Science's Forum Program, which engages citizens, policymakers and scientists in conversations around emerging scientific and technological issues. At the museum he provides talks on topics in current science and technology, delivers demonstrations in the exhibit halls and manages special programs and exhibit projects. He is a member of the Executive Committee for Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology, a member of the NISE Network Program Group and a member of the Outreach Planning Committee for the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society, having received the ACS Salute to Excellence Award in 2011.

Nanotech and Consumer Products is a public presentation that introduces audiences to the growing role of nanotechnology in making consumer products and encourages them to consider the potential environmental and health risks. During the presentation, visitors were guided through questions such as:

  • What is nanotechnology, why does it matter and where is it happening?
  • How are nanomaterials being used in a growing number of consumer products that are available on the market today?
  • What is known about the long-term environmental and health risks of nanotechnology?
  • How might the increased use of consumer products that are made through nanotechnology affect the environment?
  • What might be done to address potential environmental and health concerns from nanotechnology, given the lack of a formal regulatory structure for consumer products in the United States?

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