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Nanoscale Science & Engineering: How Nanotechnology is Impacting Our Everyday Lives

A talk and public discussion by Dr. Aldrin E. Sweeney
Friday, May 2nd at 8:00 p.m. in the Museum Space Gallery

Nanoscience and nanotechnology represent the most rapidly developing areas in contemporary scientific discovery and innovation. Nanoscience involves exploration and understanding of the fundamental behavior of structures having at least one dimension between 1 and 100 nanometers. Nanotechnology may be defined as the understanding and application of phenomena at the atomic level, leading to the design, construction and utilization of functional structures, again with at least one characteristic dimension measured in nanometers.

In his presentation, Dr. Sweeney will explain some of the excitement behind recent developments in nanoscale science and nanotechnology, introduce key concepts, highlight some of the social and ethical concerns associated with nanoscale research, and explore how these developments are likely to influence all aspects of our lives in the years and decades ahead. He will also talk about some of the challenges related to education and workforce development in this area, as well as the opportunities for young people thinking about their future careers.

About Dr. Sweeney

Dr. Aldrin Sweeney is Associate Professor of Science Education at the University of Central Florida, where he teaches a variety of courses including Social/Ethical Issues in Nanotechnology & Biotechnology Research, and Science Teaching Methods for Prospective Middle and High School Science Teachers. He is also co-editor of the recently published book Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Nano Education, both produced by American Scientific Publishers.

Dr. Sweeney is involved in a broad range of nanoscience/nanotechnology education initiatives, including co-developer of the undergraduate degree track in nanoscience and nanotechnology at UCF; Co-Principal Investigator of UCF’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates and Teachers in Functional Nanostructures; and a participant in NSF’s National Center for Learning and Teaching in Nanoscale Science and Engineering Education.

Dr. Sweeney has received a number of awards for teaching and research including the UCF Teaching Incentive Program Award (2002); UCF College of Education Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award (2003); UCF Research Incentive Award (2004); and the UCF Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Award (2005).

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