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NC State Nano Initiative: Recent Activities

Nano Initiative Activities

Mark Losego and student at Science Fair 2013. DSC_9428

2013 NC Science and Engineering Fair. Dr. Mark Losego, Research Assistant Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, was a judge at the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair at Meredith College on March 14 and 15, 2013. Science Fairs provide an opportunity for students, 3rd through 12th grades, to pursue their personal areas of interest and to display their research as a presentation in a public competitive forum. The NC Science and Engineering Fair works to create enthusiasm in science and technology while encouraging project-based inquiry.

Chemistry day at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences Chemistry Day at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Chemistry Day at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. This event, which 400 K-12 students attended on October 13, 2012, corresponded with National Chemistry Week and highlighted the theme of ‘Nanotechnology'. NC State's team (including Dr. Jesse Jur and Dr. Gail Jones) collaborated with the NC Section of the American Chemical Society to exhibit ways in which nature has inspired new nanotechnology.  The team demonstrated the ‘Lotus Leaf Effect’ and how this same nanotechnology that nature has developed is now applied to fabrics to prevent wetting and staining. 

2012 NCSSM Conference

Nano Ethics Session. Dr. Jesse Jur, Assistant Professor of Textile Engineering, Chemistry & Science, and Dr. Michael Cobb, Associate Professor of Political Science, led the session "Ethics of Nanotechnology for Human Enhancement" on Monday, October 1, 2012 at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics's (NCSSM) 15th annual Ethics and Leadership Conference. The program was designed for high school students throughout the state, and Drs. Jur and Cobb led two sessions of 20 to 25 students each.

NanoEnergy Lecture by Dr. Gregory ParsonsNano-Energy Systems Lecture. Dr. Gregory Parsons, Alcoa Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Director of the NC State Nano Initiative, led a discussion on the opportunities and issues in nano-energy systems on September 17, 2012. This is a NCSU/TISS Energy and Security Initiative Event.

New Nano Graduate Fellowships. Dr. Gregory Parsons is a Principal Investigator, in collaboration with the Graduate School, on several training grant initiatives to fund graduate students in nanotechnology.  NC State was recently awarded a new $400,000 project from the US Department of Education that provides several new graduate student fellowships, including tuition and stipend, for three years (2012-2015).  This is the third nanotechnology graduate training grant NC State has received in the past three years, and the awards total $1.5 million for 30+ fellowship slots.  We currently support more than 12 graduate students on the grants, including students in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, and Physics.

Governor Perdue's Nano Luncheon. Governor Bev Perdue invited Dr. Gregory Parsons, Director of the NC State Nano Initiative, and about 30 other people active in nanotechnology industry and academia to attend a luncheon at the Governor's mansion on August 2, 2012. As a follow-up to that luncheon, Dr. Parsons was asked to participate in a focus group to discuss nanotech strategies moving forward.

Spring & Summer Nano Presentations. Dr. Jesse Jur, Assistant Professor of Textile Engineering, Chemistry & Science, spoke to several community groups about NC State's nanotechnology research in spring and summer 2012:

Outreach to Russian Education Leaders. Dr. Jesse Jur, Assistant Professor of Textile Engineering, Chemistry & Science, presented "Nanotechnology Research Efforts at NC State" on May 10, 2012 to 12 Russian education administrative leaders at an NC State Economic Development Partnership event. During a visit a few weeks later to the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation, Dr. Jur discussed NC State's nanotechnology research at a May 28th seminar for more than 100 people at Kazan National Research Technological University.

Spring 2012 Nano Lectures at JSNN. NC State faculty presented lectures on nanotech topics at the Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering, a new and collaborative project between North Carolina A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. These talks by NC State nanotechnology researchers--Dr. Gregory Parsons, Dr. Jesse Jur, and Dr. Laura Clark--aimed to broaden views and inspire research at the nanoscale.  

Students make nano ice cream Students participating in an experiment during NanoDays 2012 Dr. Gail Jones, NanoDays Coordinator

NC State NanoDays 2012. NanoDays was held on April 27, 2012 on NC State's Centennial Campus for Science Olympiad participants, teachers, and parents.  Educators from UNC-Chapel Hill, Marbles Children's Museum, NC Museum of Life & Sciences, and the Joint School of Nanoscience & Nanoengineering presented new science and technology developments. The NC State Nano Initiative is a NanoDays sponsor.

Senator Kay Hagan and Dr. Gregory Parsons

Meeting with Senator Hagan. Dr. Gregory Parsons, Director of the NC State Nano Initiative, met with Senator Kay Hagan in Washington, DC on April 25, 2012 and discussed NC State nanotechnology education and research activities.

NC Nanotech Commercialization Conference. The 4th annual NCC (April 4-5, 2012) featured national-level keynote speakers and sessions, workshops, and exhibits showcasing the latest advances in the field. The NC State Nano Initiative, a sponsor of the NCC, sends representatives to this annual event, hosts exhibits to showcase its research, and participates on the event's planning committee.

The Medicon Valley delegation travelled to NC State in April 2012.

Medicon Valley NanoMedicine Symposium. The NC State Nanotechnology Initiative hosted the "NC State University/Scandinavian Medicon Valley NanoMedicine Partnering Symposium" on Tuesday, January 24, 2012.  This half-day meeting featured representative speakers from NC State as well as from a distinguished Danish and Swedish delegation of more than 20 academic and industry experts visiting the U.S.


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