Foresight Update 33

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A publication of the Foresight Institute

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Thank You

Tracking all those who make a difference to our organizations has become impossible. Here is a sample of those deserving mention this quarter:

Special thanks this issue go to Ralph Merkle and Jim Halperin for posting a Challenge Grant for Foresight's Nanomedicine Book funding project.

Thanks to all early participants in the Openness & Privacy Strategic Discussion, and ongoing thanks to the CritSuite team (listed online) for making the underlying tools work. For CritSuite test reports, thanks go to Tom McKendree.

Ongoing thanks go to conference co-chairs Al Globus and Deepak Srivastava, with wise advise from chairman emeritus Ralph Merkle. Ongoing thanks also to Global Business Network for their wonderful Book Club selections, which make up the vast majority of Foresight's library. Ongoing thanks to the team at Nanospace, which donates colocation space for one of Foresight's web sites.

Thanks to the Asilomar Microcomputer Workshop committee for inviting Foresight to make three presentations this year. Thanks to Doug and Christina Engelbart of Bootstrap Institute for inviting Foresight to a Bootstrap Exchange.

Thanks to Russell Whitaker for providing a lead on a potential staff member.

For sending information, thanks go to: Jon Alexandr, Dave Forrest, Graham Houston, Dan Johnson, Ted Kaehler, Thomas Mazanec, Bob Schreib, Richard Smith, Alvin Steinberg, Gregory Sullivan.

--Chris Peterson
Executive Director, Foresight Institute

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Upcoming Events

4th Int'l Conference on Nanostructured Materials, June 14-18, 1998, Stockholm. "NANO'98 will focus on the key issues associated with the science and technology of Nanostructured Materials while promoting their commercialization for both short and long term applications."

1998 Gordon Research Conference on the Chemistry and Physics of Nanostructure Fabrication, June 21-26, 1998, Tilton School, Tilton, New Hampshire. Sessions on atom lithography, "messing with molecules", making micro lithography systems, next generation lithography with electrons, ions, X rays, DUV and EUV, DNA computing technology, nano electronics, and micro electro mechanical systems. For information about Gordon Research Conferences, including how to apply:

Nanotechnology for the Soldier System Conference, July 7-9, 1998. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cambridge, MA. This conference is sponsored by the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Command (SSCOM), Army Research Office (ARO), Army Research Laboratory (ARL), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Contact: Battelle Natick Operations, 209 West Central Street, Suite 302, Natick, MA 01760. Phone: (508) 647-1972, Fax: (508) 647-5167. email: For more details:

Workshop on Computational Nanotechnology, July 8-10, Colorado Springs, Colorado. To register, contact Dr. Sally Meyer, The Chemistry Department, The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO 80903, phone (719) 389-6437, email Register by May 15, 1998. "Nanotechnology is an interdisciplinary field so researchers from all areas of science are welcome! Let's brainstorm and see how we all might work together to advance Computational Nanotechnology. Computational Nanotechnology is now a rapid growth research area. The purpose of this workshop is to facilitate the various researchers working on Computational Nanotechnology in sharing their results and methods in a timely manner. We hope this will reduce duplication of effort, broaden the areas of research, and possibly lead to useful collaborations."

12th Symposium of the Protein Society, July 25-29, 1998, San Diego, CA. The deadline for abstracts (which can be submitted electronically) is March 25, 1998. To receive the Call for Abstracts or additional information, contact the Protein Symposium Office (tel 301-530-7010; fax 301-530-7014; email Web:

Superlattices, Microstructures, and Microdevices, July 27-Aug 1, 1998, Egypt. Includes nanostructures, nanotubes, self-assembly. Contact Khalid Ismail, IBM Watson, Rt 134, Yorktown Hts, NY 10598. The conference has assigned the travel agent: Global Access Limited (e-mail: global at ; Tel: 20-2-360-9949 ; Fax: 20-2-336-3929) to assist the conference attendees.

Fifth Int'l Conference on Nanometer-scale Science and Technology, Aug 31-Sept 4, 1998, Birmingham, UK. Contact Institute of Physics, tel +44-171 470 4800, fax +44-171-470-4900, email Meeting combines The Fourteenth International Vacuum Congress (IVC-14), the Tenth International Conference on Solid Surfaces (ICSS-10), the Fifth International Conference on Nanometer-scale Science and Technology (NANO 5), and the Tenth International Conference on Quantitative Surface Analysis (QSA-10). Second Announcement for the conference (Abstract Deadline: 20 February 1998) is available at

2nd Intl. Conference on Evolvable Systems: From Biology to Hardware, Sept. 24-26, 1998. Lausanne, Switzerland. Includes self-replicating hardware, self-repairing hardware, applications of nanotechnology. Tutorials include "An Introduction to Molecular and DNA computing" by Prof. Max H. Garzon and "An Introduction to Nanotechnology" by Dr. James K. Gimzewski. Email, details on the Web at

American Vacuum Society 45th International Symposium, November 2-6, 1998 at Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Maryland. Includes technical symposium on Nanometer-scale Science and Technology. "This year's program will emphasize experimental and theoretical advances in understanding atomistic processes, novel measurement techniques, fabrication of small structures, and new applications of devices, all in nanometer sized systems." Additional information:

Sixth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology, November 12-15, 1998 at the Westin Hotel in Santa Clara, CA. An intensive Tutorial on Critical Enabling Technologies for Nanotechnology will be held on November 12. Enabling science and technology, computational models. Extended abstracts due 30 June 1998. Contact Foresight, tel 650-917-1122, fax 650-917-1123, email,

MRS 1998 Fall Meeting, Nov. 30-Dec. 4, 1998, Boston, MA. Sponsored by Materials Research Society. Includes "molecularly engineered" materials for sensors, switches, wires; nonlithographic methods for organizing materials into functional structures; nanotubes and fullerenes. Tel 724-779-3003, fax 724-779-8313, email, Web

Molecular Modelling in THE LARGE: bridging scales in space, time, and complexity. 1998 International Meeting Molecular Graphics and Modeling Society, Dec. 6-10, 1998. San Diego Princess Resort, Mission Bay, San Diego, California. Eric Drexler will give the Capstone Address on Dec 10. Contact: Peggy Graber; (619) 784 2526; On the Web:

First ELBA-Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology, spring 1999, Rome. Contact EL.B.A. Foundation, tel +39-6-35420728, fax +39-6-35451637, email On the Web:

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From Foresight Update 33, originally published 30 May 1998.