Partner Highlight: CNSE at the University of Albany

Vrylena Olney

Many NISE Net partners planned great NanoDays events at their museums or research centers, but a few went a little further afield. For instance, as part of a comprehensive line-up of events for NanoDays, the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) at the University of Albany hosted a series of programs at a local mall!

From March 28 through April 1, CNSE professors and students were on hand each weekday from 11 am - 2 pm at Crossgates Mall in Albany to explain how nanotechnology is fueling cutting-edge clean energy, how researchers are using nature as a model, and to lead shoppers and science-loving mall-goers through some hands-on activities. Each day's program was focused on a different theme: Nanotechnology and Medicine, Nanotechnology and Video Games, Nanotechnology and Clean Energy, Nanotechnology and Nature, and Nanotechnology and Bioscience.

If that weren't enough, CNSE also hosted a slew of other events. On March 26, Girl Scouts from throughout the region toured CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex, participated in hands-on activities highlighting some of the advances enabled by nanotechnology research and development, and received a Girl Scout Patch for Nanotechnology (I've attached the patch below)! On March 30, CNSE professors and graduate students ran a NanoCareer Day for local middle- and high-school students from schools across the state. On the final weekend, CNSE faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates were involved in NanoDays programs at both the Children's Museum of Science and Technology in Troy and the New York State Museum in Albany.

"From health care, clean energy and the environment to information technology, transportation and national defense, nanotechnology is transforming all facets of society in the 21st century," said Dr. Alain Kaloyeros, CNSE Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer. "Through the celebration of National NanoDays 2011, the UAlbany NanoCollege was delighted to share the promise and potential of this emerging science with the community, as well as the growing global leadership of CNSE and New York State in nanotechnology education, research and development, and economic outreach."

You can find the full list of activities on the CNSE NanoDays website, and for more information, contact Kristin Haacker, CNSE Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Media Outreach, at khaacker@uamail.albany.edu.

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