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April 23, 2008

Senate Committee Will Hold NNI Reauthorization Hearing

Lynn L. Bergeson

On April 24, 2008, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing entitled “National Nanotechnology Initiative: Charting the Course for Reauthorization.” The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) currently receives approximately $1.5 billion. The hearing will examine the five-year period since the NNI was initially authorized in 2003 and explore issues the Committee should consider for the next reauthorization.  

Witnesses scheduled to speak at the hearing include:

  • Panel 1
  • The Honorable Richard M. Russell
    Associate Director and Deputy Director for Technology
    Executive Office of the President 
  • Mr. Robert A. Robinson
    Managing Director, Natural Resources and Environment Team
    U.S. Government Accountability Office
  • Panel 2
  • Mr. Matthew M. Nordan
    Lux Research Incorporated 
  • Mr. David Rejeski
    Director, Foresight and Governance Project and Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
    Woodrow Wilson Center  
  • Dr. P. Lee Ferguson
    Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
    University of South Carolina 
  • Dr. Anita Goel
    Nanobiosym Incorporated
  • Dr. Jim Heath
    NSB Cancer Center