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Chris Toumey

Chris Toumey

Cultural Anthropologist

Chris Toumey, Ph.D.
University of South Carolina NanoCenter
1212 Greene Street
Univ. of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208   U.S.A.

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Chris Toumey is a cultural anthropologist who works in the anthropology of science, with special attention to the cultural dynamics of public scientific controversies.  Since 2003 he has been working on societal issues in nanotechnology, including these topics: democratizing science, that is, the question of how nonexperts can have active and constructive roles in science policy, including nanotech policy; contested histories of nanotechnology; and, religious reactions to nanotechnology.  He is the author of forty articles on societal issues in nanotechnology.  His humanistic commentaries on nanotechnology appear four times or more each year in Nature Nanotechnology.

Chris Toumey is an external collaborator of CS3.  As a social scientist pursuing the question of how non-experts can have active and constructive roles in science policy processes, he contributes his experiences of creating and directing the South Carolina Citizens School of Nanotechnology, and other programs of public engagement with science.  In 2010, at the request of the National Science Foundation, he organized and chaired the workshop to re-evaluate the conceptual framework for collecting and interpreting data on public knowledge of science for the Science & Engineering Indicators.  Chris is a cultural anthropologist in the University of South Carolina NanoCenter.