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Posted: Apr 25, 2011

NanoProfessor Joins ISTEC to Promote Collaboration in Science, Technology and Education

(Nanowerk News) NanoProfessor™, a division of NanoInk, Inc.®, focused on nanotechnology education, is pleased to announce that it has joined the Ibero-American Science & Technology Education Consortium (ISTEC), Inc. to help promote collaboration in the areas of science, technology and education among academia, government, industry and society.
Founded in 1990, ISTEC seeks to foster socio-economic and educational change in Ibero-America, which consists of Spain, Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar and all Spanish-speaking countries in the Americas, in addition to Brazil, by creating prosperity and improving the quality of life in the region.
"ISTEC welcomes the support of the NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program," said Dulce Garcia, interim president of ISTEC, Inc. "With programs already established in the U.S. and Colombia, the NanoProfessor Program is helping drive the world's competitiveness in the exciting nanotechnology industry. NanoProfessor demonstrates its commitment to science, technology and education by providing students with hands-on learning of nanotechnology that will translate into high-tech careers in a number of growing industries."
"NanoProfessor is proud to become part of a coalition of institutions that address the specific areas of education, research, and technological impact," said Dean Hart, chief commercial officer of NanoInk. "Together with ISTEC, NanoProfessor aims to raise awareness of the necessity for collaboration at all levels of science, technology and education, especially in the growing field of nanoscience."
NanoProfessor is a Platinum supporter of ISTEC's upcoming XVIII ISTEC General Assembly hosted by Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil, May 16-20. NanoProfessor will be exhibiting throughout the event and will host a special luncheon on Tuesday, May 17 to discuss the global importance of training a nanotechnology workforce and how the NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program can serve as a foundation of such training.
According to the U.S.-based National Science Foundation, nanotechnology will become a $1 trillion global market by 2015 and will require a skilled workforce of more than two million nanotechnology workers. Currently there are only 100,000 nanotechnologists working in the field, who are pioneering innovations and breakthroughs in many industries including biotechnology, electronics, energy and many others.
The NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program aims to expand hands-on nanotechnology education from the cleanrooms of research-based universities to undergraduate classrooms, and is especially well-suited to nanotechnology educational initiatives at the community college, technical institute, and undergraduate university level. The program alternates between classroom lectures and hands-on lab work and includes a 275-page textbook authored by leading nanotechnology experts, covering the topics of Nanotechnology Basics, NanoPhysics, NanoChemistry, NanoBiology and Environmental, Health, and Safety perspectives on nanotechnology.
During the hands-on lab experiments, students learn the fundamentals for building custom-engineered, nanoscale structures while working with state-of-the-art equipment including NanoInk's NLP 2000 Desktop NanoFabrication System, a student-friendly atomic force microscope (AFM), an advanced fluorescence microscope, and various chemical and biological materials used today within current and emerging nanotechnology applications.
For more information on how the NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program can be implemented at your community college, technical institute, high school or university, please call (847) 679-NANO (6266) or visit www.NanoProfessor.net.
About the Ibero-American Science & Technology Education Consortium
Founded in 1990, ISTEC seeks to foster socio-economic and educational change in Ibero-America by creating prosperity and improving the quality of life in the region. ISTEC provides programs focused on: advancing the state of higher education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), generating and disseminating knowledge and information, establishing cost-effective vehicles for technology transfer, encouraging joint international research and development, fostering an environment for entrepreneurship and collaboration and promoting leadership models that adhere to the principles of responsibility and accountability.
About the NanoProfessor™ Nanoscience Education Program
The NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program aims to advance the field of nanoscience and address the growing need for a skilled workforce of nanotechnologists. The NanoProfessor Program, including instruments, an expert-driven curriculum, and student/teacher support materials, is available for community colleges, technical institutes, and universities worldwide. More information is available at www.NanoProfessor.net.
Source: NanoInk (press release)
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