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'NanoDay in the Chippewa Valley' Planned for April 3

RELEASED: March 26, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — "NanoDay in the Chippewa Valley," a day to share information about nanotechnology with members of the Chippewa Valley, will be held April 3 at various locations.

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, UW-Stout and the Chippewa Valley Technical College will jointly coordinate a series of events throughout the day.

"We're trying to help people throughout the Chippewa Valley better understand nanotechnology and the amount of resources and expertise available in the region," said Dr. Doug Dunham, director of the Materials Science Center at UW-Eau Claire. "There is a lot happening locally that provides great opportunities for the Chippewa Valley."

"NanoDay in the Chippewa Valley" activities include:

  • 8:30-11 a.m., Fall Creek Elementary School. Dr. Doug Dunham, director of the UW-Eau Claire Materials Science Center, and student Patrese Hoffman, will present "An Elementary Introduction to Nanotechnology" to fourth-graders. The presentation will focus on materials science and nanotechnology.
  • 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m., Web cast. Dr. Forrest S. Schultz of UW-Stout and students will lead a "Nanoscience and Nanotechnology" Web cast. They will present developments in nanotechnology driven solar coating research. It will include an overview of the NanoSTEM Partnership among UW-Stout, CVTC and UW-Eau Claire. The Web cast can be accessed at online. Questions can be e-mailed before or during the session to schultzf@uwstout.edu.
  • 1-2:30 p.m. "An Introduction to Nanotechnology" will be presented to fourth-graders at Osseo-Fairchild Elementary School. The location has not yet been determined.
  • 3:30-5:30 p.m., CVTC. A NanoRite Innovation Center open house will include a tour of the Nanoscience lab and the incubation facilities that are available to businesses interested in nanotechnology. The center was created to support and grow the development of nanotechnology, microfabrication and micro-machining ventures. It offers partner instructional expertise, space and technical equipment for tenants, startup ventures and existing companies in the region and beyond. NanoRite, along with its partners UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout, can connect local people with local expertise. Reservations are not required but are appreciated to 715-874-4644.
  • 4-5 p.m., Room 117, Phillips Science Hall, UW-Eau Claire. Dr. Naomi Halas of Rice University in Texas will give a technical talk titled "Playing with Plasmons."
  • 6:15-7 p.m., Phillips Science Hall, UW-Eau Claire. The Materials Science Center will host an open house, which will feature nanoscience displays. Visitors will see the instrumentation available for research and development in the area of materials science and nanotechnology. Hands-on nanoscience displays will help illustrate important concepts in nanoscience.
  • 7:30-8 p.m., Room 007, Phillips Science Hall, UW-Eau Claire. Dr. Naomi Halas of Rice University in Texas will give a talk titled "Merging Nanotechnology with light for Biomedicine." Just beyond the wavelengths of visible light, the near infrared region of the optical spectrum provides a window into the human body. In this region of the spectrum, light penetrates several inches into the body making virtually all soft tissue of the body optically accessible. This has opened up the possibility of developing optical addressable diagnostic methods, devices and therapies that are noninvasive. For example, Optical Coherence Tomography is an emerging technology useful for near infrared imaging of tumors. Halas' work has involved developing Nanoshells, a type of nanoparticle that selectively absorb or scatter light in the wavelength region. Researchers developed a suite of applications for Nanoshells in the human body, for use in drug delivery devices, as instantaneous tests for specific trauma or disease markers in physiological fluids such as whole blood, and as a nanoengineered cancer therapy. Halas will describe these applications and discuss how they may change the way doctors practice medicine.

For more information about "NanoDay in the Chippewa Valley" or specific activities, contact Dr. Doug Dunham at 715-836-5312 or dunhamdj@uwec.edu.

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JB

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