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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.
Women business executives in California hoping to reach parity with their male counterparts may have to wait awhile-–say, a century, according to UC Davis. This article reports on the study, which showed women are a long way from cracking the state’s glass ceiling, since the percentage of female leaders at the 400 largest public companies headquartered in California–-which together represent nearly $3 trillion in shareholder value–is growing just 0.2% a year, according to the report.
The glass ceiling still hovers above the heads of female business leaders, and will for a long time, according to a new study from the University of California Davis. This article reports on the the annual UC Davis Study of Women Business Leaders, which showed that the proportion of women who hold top positions in California is growing so slowly that it will take more than 100 years to catch up with their male counterparts.
This article reports on the seventh-annual “Study of California Women Business Leaders: A Census of Women Directors and Highest-Paid Executives” at California’s 400 largest companies conducted by UC Davis.
The proportion of women who lead California’s largest companies is growing at such a slow pace that it will take more than a century for women business leaders to achieve parity with men, a UC Davis study has found. This article reports on the seventh annual UC Davis Study of California Women Business Leaders, which found that women still occupy fewer than one in 10 of the top posts at the 400 largest public companies headquartered in California — a rate that has improved by just 0.2 percent annually.
This article reports that Sacramento technology start-up KlickNation has been sold to gaming giant Electronic Arts Inc. in what’s likely a multimillion-dollar transaction, both companies announced today. KickNation was founded by Graduate School of Management alumnus Mark Otero ‘07, who will head what will become BioWare Sacramento, a division of EA’s BioWare social gaming unit.
Scientists and engineers have traditionally made great entrepreneurs. However, translating new technology into a viable business plan is a skill that must be honed and adapted over time. This article reports on UC Davis Big Bang! business plan competition winner Inserogen and describes how they are building and modifying their business plan on the road to using tobacco plants to manufacture more cost-effective and rapidly produced vaccines.
This article reports on the new interdisciplinary institute devoted to education, research and outreach in innovation and entrepreneurship at UC Davis, with the help of a $5 million commitment from alumni Mike and Renee Child. The institute will strengthen the coordination of entrepreneurship and innovation activities across UC Davis’ colleges, schools, centers and organized research units, becoming the university’s unifying structure for these pursuits.
Many colleges and universities have taken steps to provide students with more environmentally friendly classrooms and have even started offering bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in topics like sustainability. In this article, U.S.News and the HECAC recognize the GSM for our efforts and recent LEED platinum certification form the U.S. Green Building Council.