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More than 20 years ago Steve Currall came to the UK doing a masters at the LSE. Now the American innovation professor is running a UCL department from a brand-new £11 million building.
Steven Currall has looked at people’s willingness to use new commercial products containing nanomaterials. Elizabeth Corley has found that nanotechnology is the first emerging technology where scientists are more concerned about the risks than are the public. Dan Kahan reports on public perception to nanotechnology.
Innovation, Universities and Skills Select Committee invites Steve Currall to present
Visiting Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Entrepreneurship Steve Currall presented remarks to the Innovation, Universities and Skills Parliamentary Select Committee on 9 January.
Professor Steve Currall, Head of UCL Management Science & Innovation (MSI), last week delivered a presentation to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Innovation, Universities & Skills in Westminster.
In his talk, he discussed the role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates in developing economic prosperity in the UK. He argued for the development of education programmes for STEM students to develop entrepreneurial and business leadership skills that can be brought to bear in the companies they work for after graduation.
Intel insists that its project to make low-cost laptops for school children in poorer nations began nearly three years ago, before it heard of Nicholas Negroponte’s initiative, One Laptop Per Child.
It scarcely matters much anymore, now that the jawing between the two camps has subsided, after Intel agreed to join the One Laptop Per Child Foundation last month.
University College London (UCL) has launched an ambitious plan to boost its private funding by creating a new commercial science department that it hopes will entice top international researchers.
The department plans to hire up to 15 new researchers who would boost the university’s private funding. So far, the department has enticed five research-active academics from top-tier universities including Cambridge, Stanford and Cornell.
Steve Currall, professor of enterprise and the management of innovation at University College London, has been appointed to nTAG, the Nanotechnology Technical Advisory Group, which advises the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Public attitudes toward nanotechnology are currently pretty neutral. It’s up to government and the media to provide realistic assessments of risks and rewards
Nanotechnology has been around for years, but the general public is just beginning to learn about it. While many other emerging technologies have been boldly presented to the world’s consumers (for instance, genetically modified food), nanotechnology remains something of an enigma.
Nanotech Gearing Up For Big Holiday; Micro Field Goes Mainstream; With assortment of gifts, group aims to enlighten public about the benefits
If good things come in small packages, this should be quite a season for holiday gift giving. More than 350 types of nanotechnology consumer products might show up under Christmas trees year, say officials of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The group hosted a Web broadcast Tuesday to raise awareness about products that use some form of the technology.
With more than 350 nanoproducts already on the market, it is time for a programme of research that fully addresses concerns about the safety of nanotechnology.
Maynard and co-authors also highlight the need to communicate the results of research on risks and benefits to decision-makers and consumers. Indeed, research has already started in this area and on page 153 Steve Currall and co-workers report the results of the first large-scale empirical study of how consumers view the risks and benefits of nanotechnology.
L’Occitane is preparing for a showdown with a rich global competitor. In July, the beauty giant L’Or? wrapped up its purchase of L’Occitane’s longtime British rival, the Body Shop International, for £652 million ($1.2 billion).
The takeover has provoked shudders in the quirky market for natural cosmetics. These are companies that wear their hearts and politics on their labels and products — from public opposition to animal testing of ingredients to socially responsible shopping bags made of algae.
L’Occitane is preparing for the ultimate showdown with a rich global competitor that is casting a big shadow. In July, the beauty giant L’Oréal wrapped up its £652 million, or $1.2 billion, purchase of L’Occitane’s longtime British rival, The Body Shop. The takeover has provoked shudders in the quirky market for natural cosmetics among companies that wear their hearts and politics on their labels and products – from public opposition to testing of ingredients on animals to environmentally responsible shopping bags made of algae.
The world’s largest chipmaker wants to capture more of the world’s market for its chips, motherboards and other components.
Intel is going about that goal with a new program targeted at select geographies. Called “platform definition centers,” the program provides locally relevant computing solutions, based on Intel technology, of course.
BOSTON — Show us the profits, the skeptics shout.
Nanotechnology will amount to nanoprofits, they worry as they tick off a list of technologies from artificial intelligence to virtual reality that looked cool in the lab but have foundered commercially.
Such voices were all but drowned out this week at Nanotech 2004, the industry’s largest conference.
After the dust from the Enron collapse settles, one positive outcome may arise. CEOs, take note: The energy trader’s demise provides an important lesson in the value — the necessity, really — of having a corporate conscience and a culture built around knowing the difference between right and wrong.
It may be weeks before the results are in on whether Hewlett-Packard’s (HWP) shareholders, in a Mar. 19 vote, approved the company’s merger with Compaq Computer (CPQ) after one of the most hotly contested internal battles in recent corporate history. What’s already clear, though, is the likely legacy of HP’s omnipresent CEO, Carly Fiorina.
When the New York Philharmonic anointed Lorin Maazel as its new music director with widespread approval from its players, the oldest American orchestra was following a quiet but steadily growing national trend to bring musical democracy to the stage.
Driven partly by financial strains and declining audiences, many orchestras in large and midsize cities are experimenting with power-sharing arrangements that defy the traditional musical hierarchy that placed players under the rule of highly paid conductors and powerful, wealthy board members.