Apply Now: New RTNN Student Ambassadors Program

The RTNN ambassadors program is now accepting applications for the spring semester. This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from NC State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Program participants will give facility tours to university guests, host student groups in the facilities, travel to local schools for outreach events, and more! Ambassadors will also have the opportunity to meet a variety of facility users and guests, network with other RTNN ambassadors, and actively participate in the planning and implementation of RTNN programming and events.

For more information about ambassador responsibilities and application instructions please visit the program website. Priority applications are due February 18, 2019

Grad Student Opportunity: Science Outside the Lab

Science Outside the Lab” brings a small cohort of graduate student scientists and engineers to Washington, D.C. to explore the relationships among science, innovation, policy, and societal outcomes. This customized free one week version (June 2 – 8, 2019), sponsored by the Nanotechnology Collaborative Infrastructure Southwest (NCI-SW), will investigate the context of nanotechnology decision-making in government and business at the local, state, federal, and international levels. During the week-long workshop participants meet and interact with groups of people who fund, regulate, shape, critique, publicize, and study nanotechnology and other emerging technologies. This includes people like congressional staffers, lobbyists, funding agency officers, regulators, journalists, academics, museum curators, and others.

To apply to the program, complete this application and email as an attachment to Andra Williams at andra.williams@asu.edu or fax to (480-727-8791). Application deadline: March 1, 2019. 

For more information, please see the program flier. Contact Andra Williams with any questions.

RTNN Celebrates Nano Day in Chapel Hill

On October 13th, RTNN honored National Nanotechnology Day at the Chapel Hill Public Library. Visitors were invited to explore science at the nanoscale by participating in a variety of hands-on activities. Library patrons tried on clean room suits, made “nano” ice cream, designed photomasks, examined samples with light microscopes, and more! Participants and volunteers had a blast celebrating the nanometer and learning from each other. The RTNN will return to the library in April 2019 with a scanning electron microscope in tow during the North Carolina Science Festival.

Phillip Strader Wins NNCI User Support Award

Our congratulations go out to Phillip Strader for winning an inaugural national award from the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) in the category of User Support!

Phillip is an RTNN project scientist through NC State’s Department of MSE and a lab manager at AIF. His nomination was particularly noteworthy because of his leadership in securing and commissioning new instruments and his thoughtful execution of the RTNN Kickstarter program.

Keep up the good work!

Girls STEM Day @ Duke Fuels the STEM Pipeline

On Saturday, May 19th, Girl Scouts and their families traveled to Duke University to learn from and work with over 100 women in STEM careers across the Triangle. Girl Scouts earned badges in digital photography, forensics, and robotics through a variety of different activities including use of SMIF’s scanning electron microscope. In a parallel parents forum, female STEM professionals, high school college counselors and university admissions counselors engaged parents and troop leaders in interactive panel discussions. To learn more about the event and see more photos, read Duke’s News Release.

Participants earning the digital photography badge were charged with imaging samples that they collected with both light and electron microscopes. These ranged from a flower petal (below image top) to a bagel (below image bottom).