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What’s New: NCI-SW Update

By Trevor Thornton, Ph.D.   As we enter the third year of the NCI-SW we continue to see increased growth in the use of our laboratories with over 800 people logging nearly 24,000 hours during Year 2. This represents an increase of more than 14% compared to Year 1, confirming the need for access to Read More …

It Might be Cold Out There

By Mike Lesiecki, Ph.D.   Until recently, the first step in the process of microscopy was to prepare the sample. For many electron microscopes you have to coat the samples with metal. This occurs in a vacuum and any water in, for example a biological tissue, is lost. But cell biology happens in water! This Read More …

Look Inside the Nano World

By Ray Tsui, Ph.D.   ASU, Tempe campus, held its 2018 open house on Feb. 24th. This annual signature event, now renamed ASU Open Door, invites the general public to visit and learn about the wide-ranging work and capabilities of the university. NCI:SW participated in this well attended event by hosting the exciting activity called Read More …

Carbon Nanoparticles, the Future of Agriculture?

By Madelyn Pandorf, Graduate Student, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment   Crop production, an essential part of our daily lives, has become increasingly dependent on chemical fertilizers to meet the food demands of our growing population. The increase in fertilizer use has led to environmental issues such as eutrophication, depletion of non-renewable Read More …

Dear Readers

The temperature is really heating up in the southwest, as we welcome you to the summer NCI-SW newsletter! Reflecting on our second year, I am pleased to share updates on our annual achievements. It is with pleasure that we welcomed the Center for the Lifecycle of Nanomaterials (LCnano) under the NCI-SW umbrella, at the beginning Read More …

LCnano Highlights

  What Exposure Levels Are Occurring To Workers, Consumers, and the Environment?   Human and ecosystem exposure to, and potential toxicity from, engineered nanoparticles pose challenging Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) issues across the life cycle of nano-enabled products. LCnano provides services to assist in these EHS issues.   The life cycle of nanomaterials begins Read More …

Science Foundation Arizona

  Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) recently hosted a fun and interactive morning for NCI-SW partners, ASU, and Rio Salado Community College who were joined by teachers from the Laveen and Chandler school districts. The focus of the morning was an Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanomaterials facilitated by Deb Newberry, Nano-Link. The curriculum and activities demonstrated over Read More …

Making STEM Fun in School

  The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were released to help teachers identify how to fill a leaky STEM talent pipeline where too few students were prepared to enter STEM majors and careers. The LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science administers Arizona State University’s Science is Fun (SiF) program seeks to support effective STEM Read More …

Working on Answering the Really Big Questions

By: George Che, PhD Candidate, Exploration Systems Design, School of Earth & Space Exploration, ASU   What did the universe look like immediately after the Big Bang? What are the mechanisms that drive star formation? How do galaxies evolve over time? Answering these questions requires extremely precise observations of light from the sky outside the Read More …