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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 21, 2003

 
A Big Day for Small Science

PUBLIC FORUM: Brookhaven College presents "Nanotechnology-Subatomic Particles with Billions of Applications"

Farmers Branch, DallasTexas - Imagine a thin sheet of glass that may have more impact on the world than any computer chip. Imagine a period as historic as the Industrial Revolution with a steam engine that is one billionth of a meter in size.BrookhavenCollege opens its doors July 29 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. for the public to ponder and wonder about the field of nanotechnology.

In partnership with Rice University in Houston, BrookhavenCollege's Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute offers a nanotechnology forum as a unique opportunity for the public to learn about a burgeoning technology with relevance to everything from the way we compute to our very lifespan.

"The Nanotechnology Public Forum is where the man on the street can come to hear about materials stronger and more flexible than carbon steel, or drug delivery devices that target cancer cells, and new ways to control pollution in waste sources," said Alice Villadsen, Ph.D., Brookhaven College president. Rice University's Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology and Brookhaven College's EMGI will have researchers in the field at the EMGI presenting a three-day program for 35 middle and high school teachers from all over Texas. Teachers will learn to link fundamental chemistry, physics and environmental geology to one of the most exciting areas of scientific research. During the teacher program, we will pause long enough to have members of the community come to the EMGI for the 90-minute public forum, she said.

Nanotechnology may sound like science fiction to the man on the street, but it is likely that in the cellular phone he carries, the stain-resistant slacks he is wearing or even the car he is driving are using a form of nanotechnology. The medical, scientific, manufacturing, and business potential of nanoscience and engineering will be the topics of discussion of four experts in the field at the public forum at the EMGI.

David C. Rex, managing director of Jackson Walker L.L.P.'s Technology Ventures Group and partner in Jackson Walker L.L.P., is the opening speaker at this public forum on nanotechnology. He will focus his remarks on what nanotechnology is and how it can be moved from the lab and put to use in the public sector. As president of the Texas Nanotechnology Initiative, Rex is working to establish Texas as a world leader in the discoveries, development and commercialization of nanotechnology.

Thomas A. Cellucci, Ph.D., M.B.A., is the chief operating officer of Zyvex Corporation. Zyvex, located in RichardsonTexas, is a molecular technology development company, creating tools, products, and services for molecularly precise manufacturing. Cellucci will present information about the viability of nanotechnology to near-term, real-world applications and how it could revolutionize manufacturing.

Alan Dalton, Ph.D., chemist and visiting scientist at the University of Texas at Dallas Nanotech Institute, offers information on the uses and study of nanotechnology. He will discuss the formulation of carbon nanotube composite fibers and the possible uses for this technology. After earning his doctorate, Dr. Dalton spent two years at Dublin Institute of Technology as an Arnold Graves Fellow and time as a visiting scientist at Honeywell Technologies in the nanostructures group.

The potential for nanotechnology in biomedicine is the topic of a presentation by Harry Tibbals, Ph.D., director of the Bioinstrumentation Resource Center at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. The Bioinstrumentation Resource Center provides design, analysis, fabrication, maintenance, and consulting to the physicians and researchers at UT Southwestern.

The National Science Foundation awarded Rice University a grant of $10.5 million to develop the university's Center for Biological and Environmental Nanotechnology in 2001. Part of this grant is for educational and industrial outreach programs. In Houston, Rice has offered training, curriculum support and resource materials to ninth grade teachers of the Houston IndependentSchool District. The program at the EMGI in Farmers Branch offers similar opportunities to North Texas-area teachers. 

The mission of the EMGI is to promote and provide Earth systems science education. Rice University selected the EMGI and Brookhaven College for this teacher seminar and public forum due to past successes in offering teacher training, said Diane Brownlee, EMGI director.

Reservations are recommended for those who wish to attend the public forum as seating is limited for the event, and may be made online until July 28 at noon at www.BrookhavenCollege.edu, then click on Nanotechnology. Telephone reservations will be taken at 972-860-4796.

For more information regarding teacher training, contact Diane Brownlee, EMGI director, at 972-860-4630.

Brookhaven College, a member of the Dallas County Community College District, is located in the city of Farmers Branch, just north of the LBJ Freeway (IH-635) at 3939 Valley View Lane between Midway Road and Marsh Lane

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please contact Meridith Danforth, public information coordinator, 972-860-4823.

Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex, disability or sexual orientation.  Brookhaven College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 (telephone number 404-679-4501) to award the associate degree. 


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