Saturday, March 18, 2006

Berube busy but back

Sorry, I have been incredibly busy. This month, I have a CBEN review meeting in Houston and I will be at the NABIS meeting in Chicago during the last week of March. I am finishing an article responding to Davies' recommendations for new regulations on nanoparticles. At South Carolina, I am drafting a NUE grant application, am preparing for the spring GAP analysis workshop in 07, am working on a methodology for GAP analysis that is less dependent on organizational psychology, and am teaching a film class at the Honor's College (one of my perks, I guess).

I have been covering the nano-realm for announcements and articles and will be back in the saddle when it comes to NanoHype Awards. Truth be told, there are fewer and fewer articles that harp upon the end of the world as we know it. HOWEVER, hyperbole includes overclaims of success and implications.

I've had some good feedback on the book. I had to explain that I wrote a chronicle rather than a theoretical or hypothesis ladened work (which seemed unnecessary to anyone who read the book). I published my own book review of Hugh Aldersey-Williams, Findings: Hidden Stories in First-Hand Accounts of Scientific Discovery in Public Understanding of Science. While I don't really enjoy writing them, I wrote a second one (??) for PUoS on Chris Mooney, The Republican War on Science. Both books were enjoyabble even though I had to control by ideological biase when I read Mooney's book.

My reading recently has focused on the folks associated with the Nanotechnology in Society Network involving Arizona State, UC Santa Barbara and smaller partners including UCLA and South Carolina. Right now, I am working my way through the ASU folks. I am reading Guston's Between Politics and Science and Dan Sarewitz' Frontiers of Illusion.

I am having an awfully difficult time getting through Kurzweil's The Singularity is Near. While I think Ray K. has a lot of say and enjoy his optimism, I wonder if he has really sat down and teased out the causality problems with his geometric growth theses. I hope I have some time to do justice to his work and spend some more time writing about it.

Finally, I am waiting on whether I get a Woodrow Wilson Center award for next year (not the Pew folks, but the International Scholars program). If so, then I'll be in DC next year. If not, I am on sabbatical in the fall and have two book proposal out there. I am probably staying at South Carolina for another year.