International Council on Nanotechnology
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Kristen Kulinowski is Director for External Affairs for the Center for Biological
and Environmental Nanotechnology (CBEN) and a Faculty Fellow in the Department
of Chemistry at Rice University in Houston. She also serves as the Director
of the International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON), a multistakeholder initiative
developed to assess, communicate and reduce the environmental and health risks
of nanotechnology while maximizing its societal value. She has experience as
a chemical researcher, educator, curriculum developer, administrator, outreach
coordinator and policy fellow.
Since 2004, Kulinowski has been actively engaged in developing and promoting
the International Council on Nanotechnology (ICON) which provides a neutral
forum in which experts from academia, governments, industry and nonprofit organizations
can explore questions of nanotechnology's environmental health and safety
(EHS). She directed an effort that resulted in the web publication of the first
publicly available database of citations to peer-reviewed papers on nano EHS.
Other activities of ICON include a survey of best practices for nanomaterial
handling in the workplace and a public portal of information on nanotechnology
Kulinowski has extensive experience in science education, particularly in developing
innovative curricula at the undergraduate level, and she developed Rice's
first introductory undergraduate course on nanotechnology. From 2002-2004, Kulinowski
served as CBEN Executive Director for Education, developing and managing an
educational outreach portfolio of programs for audiences that range from middle
school children to adults. During this time the center established itself as
a national leader in nanotechnology educational outreach.
Prior to joining CBEN, she was a lecturer in chemistry at Cal Poly (San Luis
Obispo) for three years and came to Rice as an instructor in chemistry in 1998.
In 2001 she was selected by the Optical Society of America and SPIE-The International
Society for Optical Engineering as their Congressional Science Fellow and worked
in the D.C. office of a member of the U.S. House of Representatives on issues
including weapons of mass destruction, anti-terrorism legislation and domestic
nuclear power security. She was instrumental in shepherding through new legislation
on the stockpiling of potassium iodide near nuclear power plants. As a longtime
volunteer with American Red Cross Disaster Relief Services, Kulinowski brought
food and water to rescue workers at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
Kulinowski is highly sought after as a speaker and has given invited talks
on issues of nanotechnology environmental health and safety and science policy
throughout the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She has consulted with
governments and governmental advisory bodies regarding responsible nanotechnology,
and serves as chair of the ASTM International Subcommittee E56.03 on Environment
Health, and Safety.
Kulinowski earned a B.S. in chemistry at Canisius College and her M.S. and
Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Rochester.