Holly is a Research and Development Engineer at Duke’s Shared Materials Instrumentation Facility. Holly was recognized for the vital role she plays in planning and implementing the RTNN’s education and outreach programs. Each year she leads Girls STEM Day @ Duke where girls participate in hands-on science and engineering activities. The event aims to show the girls and their parents that a career in STEM is within their grasp. The huge success of this event was in large part due to Holly’s leadership and tireless hours of hard work.
As part of the NC Science Festival, the RTNN will be at the Chapel Hill Public Library on Saturday, April 13th from 1-3 pm. Get a crash course on nanotechnology using a portable scanning electron microscope (SEM) and light microscopes to examine bugs, flowers, and other materials up close. Participants are encouraged to bring their own samples to view. Other hands-on activities will help visitors relate to nanoscale phenomena and get an idea of techniques used to make things on this size scale. Join us to make nano ice cream, try on a clean room suit, design a photomask and more!
Head out to Durham, NC this month to visit the Museum of Life and Science! This month nano will be featured in multiple ways. The Nano exhibit introduces the basics of nanoscience and its real-world applications.
The show “Nanostructures: Nature vs Engineering” features images of nanoscale structures from RTNN faculty member Dr. Chih-Hao Chang, associate professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NC State University.
The Lab has hands-on nano-activities.Each week new topics will be featured. Join us in The Lab on Saturday, March 2nd from 10 am to 4 pm to test drive our new desktop SEM. We will have a variety of samples to view.
Nanoengineering: Tiny Things February 5 – 10
Nano and Nature: Animals February 12 – 17
Nano and Nature: Plants February 29 – 24
Nano and You February 26 – March 3
And, every Saturday, local nano-scientists and -engineers will be in The Lab to uncover how nanotechnologies are made, studied, and used.
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.
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.