University of Virginia Introduces NanoDays —Nanotechnology Education and Exploration

March 25, 2008 — The University of Virginia will host a NanoDays Open House on Sunday, March 30, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the NanoSTAR Institute in Wilsdorf Hall.

The open house will feature nanotechnology demonstrations for both experience amateur scientists and young people, tours of U.Va.'s state-of-the-art nanotechnology laboratories, Science Museum of Virginia Activities, and an opportunity to talk with U.Va. scientists involved in nanotechnology research.

Nanotechnology has the potential to significantly impact almost all industries and areas  of society worldwide. Research and experimentation at such a small scale — one to 100 nanometers — enables researchers to examine how properties act, react and change at this minute size. The implications of this research involve engineering functional systems at the molecular scale will produce more efficient products for numerous industries including communications, medicine, transportation, agriculture and manufacturing.

Participants in the program include Rosalyn Berne, associate professor, Department of Science, Technology and Society, author of the book, “NANOTALK: Meaning, Belief and Ethics in the Development of Nanotechnology,” in conjunction with the Virginia Festival of the Book; Jerry Floro, associate professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, NanoDays organizer, U.Va. School of Engineering and Applied Science; Lisa Friedersdorf, managing director, Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research (nanoSTAR); Archie Holmes, professor, Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Petra Reinke, associate professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering; and Nathan Swami, assistant professor, Charles L. Brown Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Parking is available in Whitehead Road lots near Scott Stadium. See the map of the area for directions.