College presents "Nanotechnology-Subatomic Particles with Billions
Farmers Branch, Dallas, Texas
- 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
to for the public to ponder and wonder about the field
In partnership with Rice University
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 Richardson, Texas,
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
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 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.
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.
Media contact/Photo opportunities,
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.