Nanoscience Symposium to focus on jobs, future of science

October 08, 2012

From sunscreen to jet planes, nanoscience is transforming the way products are made. The job potential is astronomical, from researchers to developers to marketers.

Students and faculty members will learn all about these developments Friday, Oct. 12, as the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater hosts the third annual Nanoscience Symposium.

This year's theme is "nanoscience education: transforming tomorrow's workforce."

"Three to four companies are created every week that focus on nanoscience," said Jalal Nawash, assistant professor of physics. "Whether you are a science major or business student, this is a field you should know about."

Nanoscience is the study of tiny materials about ten times bigger than an atom. Particles look different at the nano level and their behavior changes. Scientists can see and manipulate the particles, creating the potential for myriad advances in technology, from new ways to fight cancer to stain-resistant clothes.

The symposium, which is open to the public, will feature a series of hands-on workshops, a panel discussion on career and research opportunities, and a poster session.

John Kirk, associate professor of chemistry and nanoscience at UW-Stout, is the keynote speaker. His presentation will look at cyberlearning and gaming as potential solutions to training the next generation of nanotech workers. 

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