Small Science Wields Big Ideas
LSU Celebrates NanoDays: The Biggest Event for the Tiniest of Science
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April 7, 2016
BATON ROUGE - Nanoscale structures, such as a single strand of DNA, have
existed in nature long before scientists began devoting their studies to them. However,
this innovative field of study has contributed to numerous discoveries such as advanced
applications in energy, information storage and medicine. Because of its promising
future, organizations across the country celebrate NanoDays, a nationwide festival
of programs about nanoscale science and engineering.
For the seventh consecutive year, LSU will host NanoDays at the Highland Road Park Observatory on Saturday, April 16, from 2-6 p.m.
The free family-friendly event is open to the public and will feature several hands-on activities for guests of all ages, including:
- Learn first-hand how a Scanning Probe Microscope helps scientists explore the nanoworld
- See how nanomaterials are used to make stain-free clothes
- Play with liquid crystals and magnets
- Make an Oobleck, a liquid with both liquid and solid properties
- At 4 p.m., get inside the mind of physicist Shane Stadler, a professor in the LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy, who will present “Magnetic Refrigeration: The New Cool.”
In addition, the observatory will have this month’s solar viewing session
from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. through HRPO’s Coronado Solar Max II. Lunar viewing will take
place from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. showing a magnified daytime Moon.
NanoDays sponsors include the LSU Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Center for Computation and Technology, the Society of Physics Students - LSU Chapter, and the Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing Materials.
For more information about LSU NanoDays at the Highland Road Observatory, visit www.bro.lsu.edu/programs/nano.html
LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy
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