Posted: March 20, 2008

UW-Madison events celebrate nanotechnology

(Nanowerk News) How do you visualize a world you cannot see with the naked eye?
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, it's a challenge Greta Zenner faces every day. On campus, Zenner is in charge of outreach for the National Science Foundation-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Center on Nanostructured Interfaces. She and her students devise ways to share nanotechnology an emerging scientific area that deals in dimensions too small to see with the world.
The public can get up close and personal with nanotechnology research during a series of free public nanotechnology events on campus during "Nano Days," Saturday, March 29 - Sunday, April 6.
The lineup includes:
  • Throughout the week: Nanotube Little Thing coloring contest for all ages. Download the coloring page or pick one up at any of several Madison-area businesses, including the Madison Children's Museum, Happy Bambino, Café ZuZu and Wild Child. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, at Science Expeditions, held on the UW-Madison College of Engineering campus.
  • Thursday, April 3: Kimberly Duncan and Katie Cadwell present "Exploring the Nanoworld." This hands-on seminar will introduce nanotechnology, demonstrate why the field is exciting and highlight its place in everyday life. It will be held from 7-8:15 p.m. in Room 1111 of the Genetics-Biotechnology Building, 425 Henry Mall.
  • Saturday, April 5: Science Expeditions. This annual public science expo will include a two-story carbon nanotube balloon model, hands-on nanotechnology activities, the Nanoworld Discovery Center exhibit, an announcement of the Nanotube Little Thing coloring contest winners and "Medieval Nanotechnologists," a science spectacular that highlights the beauty of nanoparticles and how they were used in medieval stained-glass windows. The events will be held from noon-5 p.m. at the UW-Madison engineering campus.
  • Locally, the UW-Madison Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and NSF-funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center are sponsoring Nano Days in conjunction with nationwide activities organized by partners in the NSF-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education (NISE Net) Network.
    A collaboration among several science museums and scientific organizations, including UW-Madison, NISE Net aims to develop innovative materials and methods for increasing public knowledge about and understanding of nanotechnology.
    Source: University of Wisconsin
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