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Christopher Toumey


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My work in the anthropology of science concerns public scientific controversies, particularly mechanisms for nonexperts to have active and constructive roles. This is part of a larger body of experiences, experiments and theories known as "democratizing science." So my principal interest in nanotechnology is to observe and nurture roles for nonexperts in nanotech policy discussions. My principal way of doing this is the South Carolina Citizens' School of Nanotechnology (SCCSN), a dialogue-based public engagement program. Insights from the SCCSN have enabled me to create a second program, the Citizens' School on Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technology (CSFC&HT), and to co-found a science cafe in our community.

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