Nano Film, the NNI’s Public Video Competition: Nano Film is designed to highlight the accomplishments of and build community around the NNI, and to educate the general public about nanotechnology. The latest winner, Portable Devices for Disease Diagnostics, was submitted by nanoscience graduate student, Taylor Mabe, and film student, Jenna Schad, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Their video describes a nanotechnology-enabled, handheld sensor that could “do an analysis anywhere in the world at any time!”
Nanotechnology Animations Airing on PBS: “What’s a Quantum Dot?,” created in collaboration with Western Carolina University’s Professor Mary Anna LaFratta and distributed through PBS’s Community Idea Stations Science Matters, went live on March 30th. This is the second year that NNCO has provided scripts and feedback while graphic design students created short animations about nanotechnology. These animated videos also air on Virginia PBS television stations. The first set has been added to the PBS Learning Media site, which provides free content to K-12 teachers.
Society for Emerging and Nanotechnologies (SENT) Showcase: In April, the University of Central Florida’s undergraduate group, SENT, hosted a showcase of student research. Majors represented included nanotechnology, materials science, physics, engineering, biomedical sciences, and finance. Research topics included nanomaterial processing, neural networks, nanotechnology in agriculture, photothermal nanomechanical detection, biofuels, solar cells, service learning, and many others! NNCO Director Lisa Friedersdorf addressed the students via webcast. SENT representatives participate in the Nano and Emerging Technologies Student Network and will attend the Student Leaders Conference co-located with TechConnect World NanoTech 2017.
UCLA’s First Annual NANOvation Competition for High School Students: The first UCLA California NanoSystems Institute’s NANOvation Competition was held in May and the top prize went to a team from Valencia High School in California, with Daniella Duran as teacher leader. Ms. Duran is a former RET participant through the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, an Honors Nanoscience and Chemistry Teacher, and Teacher Facilitator at the UCLA High School Nanoscience Program. Ms. Duran also organizes a Nanoscience Research Poster Session at Valencia High School that has been featured on the local news.