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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 …

Trevor’s Update: Updates on the Status of the NNCI Annual Meeting

By Trevor Thornton, Ph.D. The annual meeting of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) was held at Georgia Institute of Technology during 18-19 January. Representatives from each of the 16 sites of the NNCI reviewed progress towards the network goals of providing access to advanced nanotechnology tools, staff expertise, and educational opportunities. During the first Read More …

The ASU Solar Power Lab

By Stuart Bowden, Ph.D. ASU has a long history of developing solar power technology dating back to the energy crisis of the 1970s when Dr. Chuck Backus, then Dean of Engineering, lead the solar energy initiative. An outcome of this early initiative was the establishment of the ASU Solar Power Lab comprising state-of-the-art laboratory facilities Read More …

MEMS is the Word at Rio Salado College, Maricopa Community Colleges

By: Rick Vaughn, Ph.D The Southwest Center for Microsystems Education (SCME), Rio Salado College, and Arizona State University have come together in a unique partnership to give students hands-on clean room opportunities while earning their hybrid (distance and in-class) Nanotechnology degree and/or certificate. The partnership allows for cost-effective delivery of essential skills for micro and Read More …

Night of the Open Door at ASU

By: Ray Tsui, Ph.D Night of the Open Door, an annual signature event, where Arizona State University invites the general public to visit all five of its campuses, to learn about the work and capabilities at the school. The 2017 event, at the Tempe campus, was held on February 25. NCI-SW was excited to present Read More …

Exciting Student Research

By: Rohit Sarkar, Graduate Student Nanocrystalline metals and alloys exhibit a plethora of enhanced mechanical properties like increased strength and toughness. As a result they find widespread use in structural and functional applications in industries ranging from aerospace to medicine. Moreover, if the nanostructure of these materials can be precisely tailored, many unique properties like Read More …