Technological Enhancement of Humans? Perspectives of

Researchers From Underrepresented Populations

April 24, 2007

Arizona State University, Tempe Campus

Conference Focus

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) have widespread and profound interactions with the broader society, and yet STEM activities draw from a relatively narrow slice of that society. Within the United States, neither practicing STEM professionals nor those making policies or setting agendas for STEM represent the broad diversity of American society. Likewise, STEM activities – centered in the developed world – do not represent the full diversity of the global community in their planning, practice, or outcomes.

As new STEM opportunities emerge, they bring with them an opportunity to shape their planning, practice, and outcomes in novel ways. This opportunity now exists with the the potential for human performance enhancement through research in nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive science.

This research conference, “Technological Enhancement of Humans? Perspectives of Researchers From Underrepresented Populations,” is an attempt to engage in such shaping. By bringing together undergraduate and graduate researchers (and their mentors) from across the country who are contributing perspectives on human enhancement that are not (yet) part of the dominant dialogue, the conference will begin to create a network whose purpose is steering these converging technologies toward more representative and more just outcomes.

Call for Papers

“Technological Enhancement of Humans? Perspectives of Researchers From Underrepresented Populations” invites and encourages the submission of proposals for research paper presentations from undergraduate and graduate students who are doing research either: 1) in human

enhancement-related STEM fields and are strongly influenced by the perspectives of

underrepresented populations in their work; or 2) on societal aspects of converging technologies and human enhancement with specific concerns about underrepresented perspectives. The conference will bring such students together to share their research and to interact with faculty and graduate students at the sponsoring organizations doing cutting edge research in societal aspects of human enhancement.

Abstracts for research papers to be presented which address one or both of the above two general categories will be accepted and notifications will be made on a rolling basis with a final deadline for electronic submission of abstracts of January 24, 2007 and final notifications by January 31, 2007.

The final deadline for electronic submission of completed papers is February 28, 2007.

Student research paper presenters will be expected to also provide a poster presentation summary of their research papers for display during the conference.

Competitive Scholarships

Competitive scholarships are available for research paper presenters, which will include:

• Travel (airplane, train, bus, car, taxi, etc.), lodging (hotel), and per diem (meals) for both

undergraduate or graduate student presenter and their faculty mentor.

• $500 participant stipend to presenter.

• Certificate of Participation.

• Opportunity to compete for additional “best research paper presentation” awards with cash prizes in several categories.

More Information

Call 1-800-327-4893 (bilingual Spanish/English advisors will answer) or email MGE@ASU.EDU today for more information regarding how to submit an abstract, register for the conference, and to apply for a research paper presenter scholarship.

Conference Sponsors

“Technological Enhancement of Humans?” is sponsored by the NSEC/Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU) and More Graduate Education at Mountain States Alliance (MGE@MSA) and the Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) both headquartered in the Hispanic Research Center at ASU, in collaboration with the NSEC/Center for Nanotechnology in Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the NanoSTS group at the University of South Carolina, and the nanotechnology-in-society group of Harvard University and the University of California, Los Angeles.

CNS-ASU is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Nanotechnology in Society Network. MGE@MSA is supported in part by the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program of the NSF. WAESO is supported in part by the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LS-AMP) Program of the NSF.

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