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Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) support continues to move Utah nanotechnology efforts forward
The University of Utah’s 10th Nanotechnology Conference and Exhibition, nanoUtah 2013, held October 18 and organized jointly by the Nano Institute of Utah and the College of Engineering to demonstrate and showcase advancements in nanotechnology, attracted almost 200 scientists, engineers, students and members of the nanotechnology industry from across the state. Attendees heard 25 research presentations in either “Materials and Characterization,” “Devices and Sensors,” Energy and Environment,” or “Nanomedicine.” Graduate students from around the state presented seventy-four posters while members of the nanotechnology industry exhibited their technologies and services.
Sixth graders from Jackson Elementary, a west-side school in the Salt lake City School District, participated in “A Day in the Life of a Nano-scientist” hosted by the Nano Institute of Utah.
The sixteen students are part of Adelante, a college awareness and preparatory partnership between the University of Utah’s College of Education and Jackson Elementary.
Jennifer Indo, University of Utah, Diverse Student Early Outreach Coordinator, made arrangements for the field trip. Hamid, Ghandehari, Co-Director of the Institute introduced the students to “what it is like to be a nano-scientist” and graduate students, Nick Owen, Ryan Robinson, Nick Frazier and Matt Smith provided tours of the laboratories, demonstrations and hands-on activities.
Utah businesses, including spin-off companies from the University of Utah, displayed high-tech creations at the Capitol building during the 2013 Innovation Fair.
Among the spin-off businesses were two founded by professors from the Nano Institute of Utah. TheraTarget, co-founded by Hamid Ghandehari and Jindrich Kopecek, presented graphic data on a new drug being developed for treatment of ovarian cancer. Vaporsens, founded by Ling Zang, displayed its “electronic dog nose”, an early prototype device for military police and boarder security to use to sniff out explosives and narcotics.
The Innovation Fair was hosted by members of the Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) and the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED)
In partnership with the Nano Institute or Utah, USTAR, and MRSEC, the Natural History Museum celebrated the fourth annual Nano Days event Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24.
The two-day event was a remarkable success!! From 12pm-4pm on Saturday and Sunday, museum guests had an opportunity to meet more than 10 nano scientists and learn about current University of Utah research through games and hands-on activities. Guests also participated in several hands-on activities facilitated by the Youth Teaching Youth students.They built a carbon nano tube from balloons, and took home some stylish nano buttons.