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Maynard_Casual_May-2010-UMRSCBLOGS-smallAndrew Maynard started 2020 Science as a personal blog back in 2007, as a way to connect with a wide audience on the environmental, health and societal implications of nanotechnology. Since then the blog has broadened out to cover emerging technologies more broadly, as well as responsible innovation, science and risk communication, the intersection between science and society.

Andrew is currently a professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Director of the University of Michigan Risk Science Center (although he will be decamping to an exciting new opportunity at Arizona State University from August 2015).  Since joining the University of Michigan, he has been instrumental in developing a unique center focused on making the science behind human health risks accessible to consumers ands decision makers across multiple sectors. His research and professional activities focus primarily on the responsible development and use of emerging technologies – most notably nanotechnology and synthetic biology. Here, he has published widely, has testified before congressional committees, has served on National Academy panels and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Nanotechnology. He also writes a regular column for the journal Nature Nanotechnology on nanotechnology and responsible innovation.

In addition, Andrew teaches risk assessment, science communication, environmental health policy, and entrepreneurial ethics, and lectures widely on technology innovation and responsible development. In his communication activities he works closely with and through conventional and new media to connect with diverse audiences.  He is also a faculty advisor to the highly innovative RELATE science communication program at the University of Michigan.

Andrew discovered long ago that outside interests and academia rarely mix.  In his dreams though, he reads novels, goes hiking, plays around with audiophile equipment, and occasionally flies kites.  Then he wakes up, and laughs at his nativity!

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Andrew D. Maynard, Ph.D. Professor of Environmental Health Sciences. Director, University of Michigan Risk Science Center. Email: maynarda@umich.edu. Tel: 734 647 6856

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Andrew Maynard is a Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan, and directs the U-M Risk Science Center.  His interests focus on effective science communication; the responsible development and use of emerging technologies – most notably nanotechnology and synthetic biology; and how understanding risk can help inform smart decisions.  

As well as writing a regular column for the journal Nature Nanotechnology, Andrew posts regularly on his personal blog "2020 Science", and on Twitter as @2020science.  He also produces short (and hopefully entertaining) educational videos on understanding health risks on the YouTube channel Risk Bites

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