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Marchant discusses pacing of technology in ‘ASU Magazine’
of the College of Law was featured in an article, “Rapid revolution: ASU faculty explore how to manage technology’s advance,” in the May 2011 issue of
The article by Lee Gimpel described how society is grappling with the societal and moral implications of emerging technologies, from artificial intelligence and climate engineering to gene splicing and social media. Because of Marchant, the ASU Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies, Law and Ethics, and others, the university has become a thought leader on dealing with technology-driven change, Gimpel wrote.
“At ASU we have this unique cluster of groups and individuals working on these issues, so I think we’re a real hot spot for these kinds of ideas right now,” Marchant said. “We’re clearly at the forefront of thinking on this.”
Among the ASU institutions working on issues of pacing science and technology with law and policy are the law school’s Center for Law, Science & Innovation, where Marchant is executive director, the Consortium for Science, Policy, & Outcomes, the Center for Biology and Society, and the Center for Nanotechnology in Society. The university is training a new generation of attorneys, scientists and researchers to ask questions about the long-term effects of new discoveries and inventions.
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Marchant’s research interests include the use of genetic information in environmental regulation, risk and the precautionary principle, legal aspects of personalized medicine, and regulation of emerging technologies such as nanotechnology, neuroscience and biotechnology. He teaches courses in Environmental Law, Law, Science & Technology, Genetics and the Law, Biotechnology: Science, Law and Policy, and Nanotechnology Law & Policy. Marchant is a Senior Sustainability Scientist in the ASU Global Institute of Sustainability, Associate Director of the ASU Origins Initiative and a professor in ASU’s School of Life Sciences.