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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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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?

Andrew Maynard, July 29, 2013

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 novel functionality automatically mean that the materials also present new and unusual risks?  This week's Risk Bites ...

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Experiments in Playful Learning

Ishani Hewage, July 25, 2013

The 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 anyone who is considered an expert to share knowledge and engage with the public. However, the real power is in the hands of...

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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...
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 ...
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...
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...
RISK BITES: The risk of feeling dread Have you ever experienced that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach? It probably meant you were dreading something. But, why is it that we dread some things and not others? ...
RISK BITES: Fear of the unknownWe are back with another episode of Risk Bites. This week, Brian Zikmund-Fisher is back to talk about how we don’t merely think about risk but actually feel it too! Th...
Talk to the Hand: Risk Bites, six months onSix months ago, Risk Bites launched as a somewhat quirky YouTube experiment in science communication. Twenty-seven videos on, how are things going? Risk Bites was originally con...
RISK BITES: Why should scientists listen to people who aren't scientists?Risk Bites is back for another week! In this week’s episode Andrew Maynard talks about the challenges and importance of scientists listening to members of the public as they p...
When Risk Communications Are Precise, Accurate and Utterly MeaninglessI hope the title of this post got your attention. It's a statement that seems to violate the fundamental concept of risk communication. How is it possible that risk communica...
Do You Know What Messages Your Patient Stories Are Really Sending? Including patient stories in health education materials and patient decision aids might seem like an obvious choice, for many reasons: They are vivid, engaging readers or v...
Announcing Iconarray.com: A Free, Tailorable, and Embeddable Generator of Icon Array Risk GraphicsWhat's an icon array graphic, you say? Icon arrays (sometimes referred to as "pictographs") are a type of visual display of risk statistics that use a matrix of icons (usually 1...
Open access academics: Experiments with YouTube, the Science of Risk, and Professional AmateurismCross-posted from 2020 Science YouTube intrigues me. Having been dragged into the YouTube culture by my teenagers over the past two years, I've been fascinated by the shift from s...
Lead Paint Renovation Risks Part II: Expert AdviceThis week I'm following up on my blog post weighing the health risks of lead paint renovation.  Thank you to those of you who have provided feedback on my previous post.  Here's ...
Noise: it’s everywhere you want to be (Especially if you live in New York City)Last week, the New York Times ran several articles on noise in New York City.  This is a somewhat momentous occasion for several reasons.  First, although noise is one of the mos...

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