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Event: NanoDays at Smithsonian’s Spark!Lab, March 27 – April 3, 2010

nanodays2Dates: Mar 27 – Apr 03, 2010. Location: Washington, DC.

NanoDays 2010

The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center joins with the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISENET) to present NanoDays 2010, a nationwide festival of educational programs about nanoscale science and engineering and its potential impact on the future.

Activities in Spark!Lab March 27 – April 3 will include:

  • constructing a giant model of a carbon nanotube entirely from balloons
  • measuring height in nanometers
  • creating a liquid crystal display that changes color
  • other nanotechnology-related experiments

Activities in Spark!Lab on April 3 will be led by science educators and nanotechnology experts from:

  • The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
  • The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History
  • The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum
  • The University of Maryland’s Material Research Science and Engineering Center
  • The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies
  • The Association of Science-Technology Centers
  • The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Nanotec-USA
  • University of Michigan Risk Science Center


Forum: Nanotechnology: Risks, Benefits, and Who Decides? (Apr 03, 2010)

Join in the conversation to discuss whether experts, watchdogs, and/or the public should be the primary decision makers about nanotechnology policy.

The goal is to provide the opportunity for participants from a broad range of backgrounds to engage in a thoughtful conversation about important nanotechnology-related issues including:

  • Potential environmental, health and safety issues
  • Societal, ethical and legal implications of nanotechnology

Saturday, April 3, 3:00 p.m., Presidential Reception Suite

Space is limited for this free program. Please contact Steven Madewell at to RSVP.


Lecture: Innovative Lives: Dr. Michael Fuhrer (Apr 03, 2010)

Michael Fuhrer, a leading expert on nanoscale electronics from the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at the University of Maryland, will discuss his research in the field as well as the role of nano-electronics in past, present, and future innovations.

Saturday, April 3, 4:30 p.m., Spark!Lab

Please see the Website for more information.

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