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October 1, 2013 at 6:24 am

Science Café: Nanoscale Science & Engineering: Hype or Opportunity? Oct. 9

Savas Kaya, associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will explore nanotechnology during his Science Café talk titled, “Nanoscale Science & Engineering: Hype or Opportunity?” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 in the Baker University Center Front Room.

ScienceCafeTo the public, “nanoscience” typically conjures images of science fiction movies with either outlandish gadgets or worse yet as destructive robots trying to take over the world.

“This could not be further from the truth,” Kaya said. “Science education can be reinvented and made more interesting.”

Throughout the past 20 years, technological advances have made nanoscience something more tangible for the everyday person from common light microscopes to microscopes that are able to observe individual atoms. Even the state-of-the-art scientific instruments that used to be only available for researchers are now available as demonstration tools for the public.

Kaya will bring some of this equipment from nanO stUdio, which is something he has set up for aspiring young scientists and scholars, to the Front Room with the hope of allowing the public to break the notion that nanoscience is only for cold, deep dark labs and serious scientists.

He said he believes that in the future, these instruments will be integrated into high school classrooms, where students will hopefully begin to see nanoscience as something accessible and meaningful.

Science Cafés are venues for students interested in the sciences and engineering to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty, staff and the community in a friendly setting.

Fall 2013 Cafe Series

Science Cafés and Café Conversations are held at 5 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Baker Center Front Room. Café events are free and open to students, faculty and staff. Both cafés are venues for students to share their interests informally during a conversation exchange in a friendly setting. The Science Cafe is hosted by Dr. Sarah Wyatt, Professor of Environmental and Plant Biology and Vice President of the Ohio University Chapter of Sigma Xi. The two series are sponsored by the Ohio University chapter of Sigma Xi and the Office of the Vice President for Research.

Sept. 11 Dr. Janet Duerr, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences (Watch Duerr’s presentation on the College of Arts & Sciences LiveStream channel.)

Sept. 18 (Café Conversation) Dr. John Gilliom, Associate Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor of Political Science, on “The Death of Big Brother and the Rise of the Surveillance Society” (Watch Duerr’s presentation on the College of Arts & Sciences LiveStream channel.)

Sept. 25 Dr. Lawrence Witmer, Professor of Biomedical Sciences, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine  (Watch Witmer on the College of Arts & Sciences LiveStream channel.)

Oct. 9 Dr. Savas Kaya, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Russ College of Engineering and Technology (Will be at Livestream.)

Oct. 16 (Café Conversation) William Condee, Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts, College of Fine Arts (Will be at Livestream.)

Oct. 23 Dr. David Tees, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy, College of Arts & Sciences

Nov. 6 Dr. Alycia Stigall, Associate Professor of Geological Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences (Will be at Livestream.)

Nov. 20 Dr. Deb McAvoy, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Russ College of Engineering and Technology

Dec. 4 Dr. John Kopchick, Distinguished Professor and Goll-Ohio Eminent Scholar, Edison Biotechnology Institute & Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

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