Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Honey Bee: Nanotechnology conversation at Concordium's Village University in Concord MA this Saturday, potentially broadcast in a Google + group video Hangout, Nanotechnology, Battery Technologies, Electric and Hybrid Vehicles, MIT Professor Gang Chen's "Lecture 1: Intro to Nanotechnology, Nanoscale Transport Phenomena, New '''Nanotechnology and Safety''' subsection at WUaS

Dear S and A,

I looked once at Concordium's Village University Program - - and saw many interesting presentations occurring in these days, including one on Nanotechnology, for which WUaS has a wiki subject page - - with which I could conceivably dovetail in co-presenting, for example, but the calendar wasn't functioning again when I just looked.

Might there be a possibility of me joining the unfolding concordant conversation at The Center for
American Studies at Concord, “Concordium”?

It would be wonderful to see you, contribute to Village University and perhaps even co-reach out to Concord area high achieving high school students, among many others, about universal MIT OCW-centric education planned with free degrees in large languages and all countries, and as free open wiki schools in all languages - - and Village University.

Friendly regards, and Con-cord-e,

Dear A,

It would be great to come into conversation about some of the questions about risks, dangers, ethics and safety plans you have given considerable thought about, with what MIT OCW offers in terms of Nanotechnology courses ( and, as well as what wiki MIT OCW-centric and World University and School might contribute to this conversation through open teaching and learning - and on Saturday. I wonder if your critiques, Andrew, might extend, in some ways, to computer science or even MIT-centric STEM developments (,_Technologies,_Engineering_and_Mathematics#World_University_and_School_Links) in general and very broadly (which can fascinating to discuss), and whether we might come into conversation about this as well. I don't know what you both have planned so far, but as one possible addition or contribution, might we possibly have a 2-way or a 3-way conversation and even meet in a Google + group video Hangout even as we're in the same physical room together to extend the conversation into cyberspace, as well as to record it (each with a laptop on our laps). We could conceivably then, if we chose, add our recorded conversation to the WUaS Nanotechnology page to further our broad conversation to what may eventually become an online wiki Nanotechnology academic department at MIT OCW-centric WUaS. You may both already have laid out some well considered plans, but this conversation approach could also allow us to bring in questions of Concordium-Transcendentalism, if you will, for example, as well as bring in your Anthroposophical thinking, Andrew.

What have you planned so far?

Looking forward to joining you this Saturday at 4 in the ways this works out ...

Warm regards,

Hi A,

Great and thanks for a good starting place for our conversation. I just added four references in a new subsection from the links you sent to the wiki Nanotechnology page at WUaS - - and which are here too:

'''Nanotechnology and Safety'''

2014 edition of European NanoSafety Cluster Compendium now online. 2014. [ 2014 edition of European NanoSafety Cluster Compendium now online]. June 16. .

FDA issues guidance to support the responsible development of nanotechnology products. 2014. [ FDA issues guidance to support the responsible development of nanotechnology products]. .

Sasidharan, Abhilash. 2014. [ Application of Life-Cycle Assessment to Nanoscale Technology: Lithium-ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles]. LinkedIn Nanotoxicology group.

Turabekova, M., B. Rasulev,  M. Theodore, J. Jackman, D. Leszczynsk and J. Leszczynski. 2014. [!divAbstract Immunotoxicity of nanoparticles: a computational study suggests that CNTs and C60 fullerenes might be recognized as pathogens by Toll-like receptors].!divAbstract .

And I added Sasidharan's to two other pages at WUaS ...

Battery Technologies:

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles:

I'll look at MIT Professor Gang Chen's "Lecture 1: Intro to Nanotechnology, Nanoscale Transport Phenomena" - - in preparation for Saturday, as well. Have you had a look at this, or do you know of his work; he's a mechanical engineer and MIT professor. I appreciate his initial tear-up-the-equation slide in the beginning of this video, perhaps focusing on the innovations related to understanding and making things, and transport-wise, at the nano-level.

And I just added his book -

Chen, Gang. 2005. Nanoscale Energy Transport and Conversion: A Parallel Treatment of Electrons, Molecules, Phonons, and Photons. Oxford University Press.

- to WUaS's Nanotechnology wiki page as well.

Dear A,

Thanks and interesting. I do appreciate an experimental approach to science, and about 5 of my Reed College Reed collective house housemates and friends in the early 1980s went into anthroposophical education in one way or another, coincidentally. (Do you know CT or AH, by any chance, from over the years?)

I also noticed that 4 out of the 6 current MIT OCW courses on the - - wiki page are for undergraduates, and this one is in video - - with Professor Gang Chen. And to be able to do nanotechnology safety experiments, for example, in a Nano course toward a free MIT OCW-centric undergraduate degree at WUaS in the room one went to high school is something I'd like to facilitate for the hopefully MIT and Stanford and Michigan graduate student instructors WUaS hopes to hire to teach to the MIT faculty in video, such as Prof. Gang Chen, and particularly in terms of safety.

The emphasis on safety and WUaS students learning, for example, how to do experiments from home about this makes much sense at WUaS. Articulating Anthroposophical experiments with MIT-centric experiments in terms of safety questions will involve some creativity in students and instructors as scientists.




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