Federal nanotech grant made to Law School team
The Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology has been awarded a multi-year federal grant to develop models for the international regulation of nanotechnology, a growing science with big implications for health, safety, quality of life and environmental concerns.
Three law professors in the Center, which is housed in the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, received a $314,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Genomes to Life Program. They are Gary Marchant, the Center’s executive director and Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law & Ethics, Kenneth Abbott, a Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished Research Scholar and professor in ASU’s School of Global Studies, and Douglas Sylvester, a Center faculty fellow who specializes in intellectual-property law.
The project is a natural fit for the College, said Marchant, because it was the first U.S. law school to offer a course in nanotechnology, it has several faculty members who actively publish in the area, and it has amassed a cluster of about 20 student researchers in the emerging technology.