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Posted: Oct 22, 2014

Month-long 'NANOvember' series of outreach and educational events

(Nanowerk News) Supporting Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s vision which has transformed New York into a globally recognized innovation hub for high-tech industry, the Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) today announced plans for the seventh annual celebration of NANOvember. The month-long series of fun and engaging events will highlight the exciting nanoscale science-related educational, business, and workforce opportunities that are increasingly available to thousands of people across New York State.

“These exciting ‘NANOvember’ events and activities highlight the success of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s public-private investment paradigm which is propelling business and jobs growth throughout New York State,” said SUNY Poly CEO and Officer in Charge Dr. Alain Kaloyeros. “Taking place at a number of SUNY Poly locations across New York State, these engagements will showcase the vast potential of this exciting scientific field, inspiring and empowering people of all ages as they see first-hand the Governor’s strategy that is leading to tangible results.”

NANOvember will kickoff with SUNY Poly’s Community Day on Saturday, November 1, and for the second year in a row, this signature event will feature Open House programs in three SUNY Poly locations. At the CNSE Albany NanoTech Complex, participants will be able to take part in hands-on activities, fascinating demonstrations, and guided tours of the new, state-of-the-art Tech Valley High School facility, as well as NanoFab Xtension (NFX), headquarters of the Global 450mm Consortium (G450C), which is creating the next-generation platform for the further development of faster, more cost-effective computer chips.

Visitors to the Utica campus will be able to tour parts of the soon-to-be-completed Computer Chip Commercialization Center (Quad-C), part of Governor Cuomo’s game-changing $1.5 billion ‘Nano Utica’ initiative, as they learn about the latest efforts to develop the Marcy Nanocenter site. They will also have the opportunity to take part in a number of hands-on, nanotechnology-based activities and presentations.
Simultaneously, CNSE’s Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center (STC) in Rochester will demonstrate its world-class micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) capabilities through facility tours, interactive presentations, unique children’s activities, and engaging displays.
Additionally, a number of events will take place during NANOvember for the first time, including:
  • November 12 – “Nano Night with the Comets,” when thousands of Utica Comets fans will be able to learn about nanotechnology’s growing regional and statewide impact through displays, videos, and presentations at a home Comets hockey game. A number of attendees will also be able to take home a nano-inspired puck;
  • November 15 – “Girl Scouts Nano Discovery Day,” in which CNSE will partner with the Girl Scouts to introduce young girls to the inspiring world of nanotechnology and encourage them to find success in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields where women are typically underrepresented. After completing a number of nanoscale science-based activities, the young girls will be awarded patches for their participation; and
  • November 22 - “Family Day” at the CNSE Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CNSE CMOST), where children will be able to experience age-appropriate nanotechnology exhibits and other family-based, hands-on activities, including the chance to hear a science-centered story and explore concepts related to size by using a tiny ruler and scented balloons. At this free event, children and their families will also be able to engage in activities that showcase nature-inspired applications of nanotechnology, for example.
  • In addition, on Monday, November 17, at the Albany NanoCollege, SUNY Poly CEO and Officer in Charge Dr. Alain Kaloyeros will discuss nanotechnology’s growing impact on New York State—and society—as a result of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s targeted growth investment strategy.
    For a complete list of events and activities planned for NANOvember, along with pre-registration, please visit http://www.sunycnse.com/NANOvember.aspx.
    Source: SUNY Polytechnic Institute
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