The Kavli Prize recently announced their 2010 winners, and Don Eigler of IBM's Almaden Research Centre and Nadrian Seeman of New York University won in the nanoscience category. Eigler was the first person to move an individual atom in a controlled way, and Seeman is "the founding father of structural DNA nanotechnology." You can read more about the scientists' work in the attached Kavli award explanatory notes.
Our partners from the Materials Research Society passed the following message on to me-- they're looking for papers and presenters for an Educational Symposium at the Fall 2010 MRS Meeting. -VO
What would it mean if biological and non-biological systems were not just fully connectable but fully interchangeable? That’s one of the questions that nanotechnology poses for us. More than any other field of scientific inquiry, nanotechnology operates at the basic scales of biology. DNA, for example, has a rough width of 2.5 nm. Viruses are roughly 20 to 250 nm. A bacteria is roughly 1000 nm. So, nanotechnology spans from the scale of individual biological molecules through the scale of simple biological systems to the scale of living cells.
Earth Day is April 22nd, and there are lots of potential Earth Day - nano ties. Here's a sample of resources, activities, and articles that might be relevant:
→ Energy (general)
We'll be at both the Materials Research Society's Meeting in San Francisco and the Association of Children's Museums Interactivity 2010 Annual Meeting in St. Paul, MN this spring.
- MRS - April 5 - 9 There are three different NISE Net-related professional development seminars: Technical Poster Design Seminar, Mastering Science Presentations Instructional Seminar, and Crafting Successful Broader Impacts Plans for NSF Proposals. You can also catch MRS and NISE Net staff at a bunch of education and outreach events.
- ACM - May 5 There's still space and travel subsidy funding available for the ACM Big Thoughts about Super-Small: Nano in Children’s Museums pre-conference workshop. The workshop is Wednesday, May 5th from 8:30 am - 4:00 pm at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Get more information about the workshop and the agenda here.
The NISE Net is sponsoring a bunch of professional development opportunities at the upcoming Materials Research Society Spring Meeting in San Francisco, April 5 - 9. Admission is included in meeting registration for all of these workshops, no additional registration is required.
Here are the workshops:
(New!) Technical Poster Design Seminar