RISK BITES: Precautionary Principle - is it good or bad?

Ishani Hewage, September 24, 2013

We’ve explored the concept of the precautionary principle before on Risk Sense, but in the latest Risk Bites video Andrew Maynard, director of the U-M Risk Science Center, takes a step back to explain what the precautionary principle is, and the role it plays in innovation. Ask some people,...
Risk Science Center director to participate in WEF New Champions meeting

Ishani Hewage, September 10, 2013

Dr. Andrew Maynard, director of the University of Michigan Risk Science Center will be among the 1,500 influential business, government, media, and academic leaders from over 90 countries attending the Annual Meeting of the New Champions hosted by the World Economic Forum. Held from 11-13 Septemb...

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New internship opportunity for U-M Environmental Health students

Ishani Hewage, September 9, 2013

The Elarabio Risk Science Center Internship, a new partnership with the University of Michigan, Department of Environmental Health Sciences and Elara Bioscience, will help enhance the educational experience of graduate students. Elara Biosciences is the provider of Elarabio Portal, a comprehensiv...

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Hydraulic fracturing in Michigan: UM Risk Science Center supports study into potential impacts

Ishani Hewage, September 5, 2013

Partly funded by the University of Michigan Risk Science Center, a comprehensive, state-specific study evaluating the potential impacts of high-volume hydraulic fracturing in Michigan was released today. The technical reports, prepared during the initial phase of the project, examine seven critic...

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RISK BITES: Creating Advance Materials that are Safe by Design

Andrew Maynard, August 7, 2013

If you’ve been watching Risk Bites for the past six weeks, you’ll have a pretty good idea what advanced materials are, and what might make them potentially risky. The final video of the Advance Materials Series explores the one questions that hasn’t been addressed so far – are we smart enoug...

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RISK BITES: Do novel materials present novel risks?Do novel materials present novel risks?  Novelty is a big part of advanced materials as it leads to materials with potentially new or enhanced properties.  But does the resulting...
Experiments in Playful LearningThe Internet is the key to an education treasure trove. The ability to connect with learners anytime, anywhere and on anything is a powerful way for education institutions, or anyo...
RISK BITES: What Makes an Advanced Material Harmful?Over the past four weeks, I've explored what advanced materials are, and why so many people are so excited about them on the YouTube channel Risk Bites.  But what about the downsi...
Using plausible applications to explore the responsible use of engineered nanomaterials and other advanced materialsHow do you identify potential health risks associated with engineered nanomaterials and other advanced materials, and develop strategies to reduce or avoid them? Last week, thirtee...
Mark Lynas featured guest at upcoming symposium Author, journalist and environmental activist Mark Lynas will be the featured guest at the 2013 Bernstein Symposium hosted by the University of Michigan Risk Science Center. Mar...
RISK BITES: Advanced Materials and Risk - An IntroductionDo advanced materials, with their unique properties and incredible potential, also lead to unique and unusual risks?  In Part Four of the seven -part Advance Materials series on ...
Synthetic Biology and the "Proactionary Principle"In yesterday's piece on the Guardian's Political Science blog, Steve Fuller - author and professor of social epistemology at the University of Warwick -  questions whether the ...
Which "Precautionary Principle" are you talking about?This week on the Political Science blog hosted by the Guardian newspaper, a number of leading thinkers are presenting different perspectives on the Precautionary Principle.  The p...
RISK BITES: Frontiers in Advanced MaterialsHow are advanced materials changing the world we live in?  Having briefly explored how designing and engineering substances from atoms up are helping scientists create new materi...
RISK BITES: Designer Materials and 20th Century Innovation In part two of the Advanced Materials series on the YouTube channel Risk Bites, Andrew Maynard takes a look at how the discovery of atoms led to us where we are today -  intention...
Workshop: Assessing the Risk of Innovative Materials A one-day workshop co-organized by the University of Michigan Risk Science Center will address the unique characteristics and properties of innovative materials, and the challenges...
Are Advanced Materials Safe? A new seven-part series of videos on the benefits and risks of novel materialsWhat are advanced materials, and are they safe? Over the next seven weeks, Risk Science Center Director Andrew Maynard will be posting a series of short videos on the Risk Bites Y...
Questions of Environmental Health and Justice Growing with the Petcoke Piles in DetroitBy Allyson Green - Cross-posted from the Scientific American Guest Blog Before you read this blog, navigate to your favorite search engine, type in “Detroit petroleum coke,”...
Risk Bites now listed on YouTube EDUA couple of weeks ago Risk Bites celebrated its six-month anniversary, not bad we thought. Then, we received some good news yesterday that made us feel like proud parents – Risk ...
RISK BITES: Making sense of life and death risks using microlivesWe know that there are some things we do that are better for us than others. Eating five veg and two fruits is certainly better for you than smoking a packet of cigarettes a day. B...
Call for stricter regulation to control smokingWith an annual global death toll of more than 5 million, tobacco is one of the few legal consumer products that lead to death when used as intended by the manufacturer. Without app...
New in-car infotainment technologies may make driving more dangerousA new study published by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that hands-free technology intended to make life easier and safer for motorist is in fact more dangerous th...
Pledge for holistic approach to chemical innovationThe American Chemistry Council (ACC) reaffirmed its commitment to safe management of chemicals with the launch of the new Responsible Care Product Safety Code - a set of 11 managem...
Is everything a risk when you are pregnant?There is a growing list of pregnancy do’s and don’ts for women to consider. A recent report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in the UK has recommended th...
Clues to solving the nanotechnology puzzleFinding appropriate regulatory solutions to the fast developing science of nanotechnology requires an understanding of the brand, associated languages and their implications, accor...