Friday, September 5, 2008


Press release 2.0
September 5, 2008


On August 28-29, 2008, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS), the Department of Communication, and the Public Communication of Science and Technology Project (PCOST) hosted a workshop on “Communicating Health and Safety Risks on Emerging Technologies in the 21st Century” at the McKimmon Center on the North Carolina State University campus in Raleigh. The workshop was a deliverable associated with a $1.4M NSF grant on “Intuitive Nano-toxicology.”

David Berube, professor in Communication is the principle investigator for the grant and a national expert in the social science of nanoscience. He co-hosted the event with the PCOST Assistant Director Christopher L. Cummings, and four graduate students in the Communication MS program and the Communication Rhetoric and Digital Media doctoral program at NCSU: Katie Hayes, Jason Kalin, Kelly Martin, and Dan Sutko.

The workshop was webcasted and many participants presented from remote locations. The electronic and digital nature of the workshop was one of its features. Overall, the technical elements of the workshop were a great success with presentations delivered from off-base locations in Knoxville, Los Vegas, New Haven, Philadelphia, and Bethlehem, PA. Questions were asked via emails. A technical report on the conference can be read at

The keynote speech was delivered by Lennart Sjöberg from the Center for Risk Research and the Stockholm School of Economics. The closing address was given by William Kinsella, professor in Communication and a member of the Science and Technology Studies (STS) program at NCSU. Both addresses and those of the other participants were highly praised.
Two presentations from Dan Kahan, professor of Law at Yale University and Dietram Scheufele, professor of journalism at the University of Wisconsin involved data never before shared to any audience. In addition, there were some outstanding toxicological reports given by professors Vicki Colvin from Rice University, Tara Sabo-Attwood from the University of South Carolina, and James Bonner from NCSU. A full set of the Power Points are up and they will be followed by streaming videos of the presentations at -

The next step in the grant deliverables involves a series of Delphi studies that will be co-designed by Professors Berube and Scheufele with input from the other members and the grant team. The survey will be administered by the co-principle team from the University of South Carolina under the direction of Professor Robert Oldendick at the Institute for Public Affairs and Policy.

For more information –
Contact D. Berube (