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Loyola showcases how nanotechnology isn't just for researchers

March 15, 2013

On April 4, a giant carbon nanotube fashioned from black balloons in front of Loyola University New Orleans’ Danna Student Center will serve as an obvious and larger-than-life sign that the Department of Physics is passionate and excited about nanotechnology and nanoscale science. It will present NanoDays 2013 Thursday, April 4 to teach the community how a miniscule world of atoms, molecules and nanoscale forces impact our daily lives.

NanoDays is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering organized by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network. Loyola’s event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in front of the Danna Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

“Nanotechnology has been appropriately called the ‘next industrial revolution’ and plays an extremely important role in the local, nationwide and world economy. From cell phones to clothing, nanotechnology has already entered everyone's life, although many people are not aware of this fact,” said Loyola Assistant Professor of Physics Patrick Garrity, Ph.D.

Loyola’s NanoDays celebration brings university researchers together with science educators to create new and unique learning experiences for children, adults and students through hands-on activities and presentations demonstrating the special and unexpected properties found at the nanoscale. At this level, particles are so tiny they often aren’t visible to the naked eye. Activities will examine tools used by nanoscientists, showcase nanomaterials that show promise for the future, and invite discussion of technology and society.

NanoDays events are funded by the National Science Foundation. For more information, contact Garrity at 504-865-3644.

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