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April 14, 2011

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on NNI Oversight

Lynn L. Bergeson

On April 14, 2011, the House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Science Education held a hearing entitled “Nanotechnology: Oversight of the National Nanotechnology Initiative and Priorities for the Future.” Witnesses included:

  • Dr. Clayton Teague, Director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO);
  • Dr. Jeffrey Welser, Director, Nanoelectronics Research Initiative, Semiconductor Research Corporation;
  • Dr. Seth Rudnick, Chairman of the Board, Liquidia Technologies;
  • Dr. James Tour, Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, Rice University; and
  • Mr. William Moffitt, President and Chief Executive Officer, Nanosphere, Inc.

The witnesses emphasized the need for Congress to reauthorize the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) to ensure that the U.S. remains the global leader in nanotechnology. Other countries, such as Japan, China, and South Korea, have increased their investment in nanotechnology. Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL), Chair of the Subcommittee, thanked Dr. Teague for his service as Director of the NNCO. Dr. Teague’s last day will be April 15, 2011.