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Nanotechnology Flashcard Deck Created by CSN Students

Check out the Lifeology virtual flashcard deck created by University of Minnesota Ph.D. student Stephanie Mitchell, University of Wisconsin-Madison grad students Jaya Borgatta and Paige Kinsley, Lifeology co-founder Paige Jarreau and artist Elfy Chiang. This deck is a quick introduction to what happens to nanoparticles in the environment? “But, we also don’t want to have another asbestos or DDT problem where we start using all of this new technology and new science without fully understanding any lasting repercussions,” Stephanie Mitchell (UMN CSE, 2021). Check out the virtual flashcards here as well.

CSN Graduate Student Leslie Sigmon Chosen for SciPol Scholars-in-Residence Program

Congratulations to CSN graduate student Leslie Sigmon who was chosen for the Science Policy Scholars program! “The Science Policy (SciPol) Scholars-in-Residence Program provides hands-on training and experiential learning opportunities for early-career scientists and engineers seeking to build and use their skills in policymaking. Scholars are selected from a competitive applicant pool to participate in a six-week boot camp where they learn key skills in science policy, communication, and professional development. Scholars who complete the boot camp are then eligible to be matched with host offices for a remote “residency” (internship) in which they can put their skills into practice.” (NSPN, 2021) See Leslie and all the other cohorts that were accepted into this program here on Twitter and the SciPol… Read More »CSN Graduate Student Leslie Sigmon Chosen for SciPol Scholars-in-Residence Program

Lifeology Flashcard Course Explains How Nanoparticles Improve Agricultural Sustainability

View the deck here. Check out the Lifeology virtual flashcard deck created by University of Minnesota Ph.D. student Stephanie Mitchell, University of Wisconsin-Madison grad students Jaya Borgatta and Paige Kinsley, Lifeology co-founder Paige Jarreau and artist Elfy Chiang. This deck is a quick introduction to how nanoparticles improve agricultural sustainability?

Welcome to Dr. Della Mosley, CSN’s new Wellness, Equity, & Liberation Consultant

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We are excited to welcome Dr. Della Mosley (“Dr. Della”) to the NSF Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology as our new Wellness, Equity, and Liberation Consultant! Dr. Della is a counseling psychologist from the University of Florida and co-founder of Academics for Black Survival and Wellness (#Academics4BlackLives), and she brings a unique and powerful approach that aims to enhance wellness, equity, and liberation in the Center. Grounded in a Black queer feminist framework and critical consciousness theory, her work uses evidence-based and culturally mindful methods to bring about effective change and measurable results in the area of liberation (e.g., equity, inclusion, well-being) for marginalized folx. For more information, see Dr. Della’s website, as well as recent research publications such as “Radical hope in revolting times: Proposing a culturally relevant… Read More »Welcome to Dr. Della Mosley, CSN’s new Wellness, Equity, & Liberation Consultant

Bob Hamers & Jaya Borgatta Awarded Patent

A CSN patent entitled “Compositionally and Morphologically Controlled Nanostructures for Delivery of Micronutrients and Suppression of Disease in Agriculture” was issued by the US Patent Office on November 3. The abstract of the patent is: “Provided are compositions which may be used in agricultural applications. Also provided are methods of making and using the compositions. In embodiments, a plant fungicide or plant bactericide is provided comprising a nano structured chemical compound, the chemical compound comprising a metal and a coordinating anion, wherein the nanostructured chemical compound is in the form of a plurality of planar, two-dimensional nanostructures.” Congrats, Bob Hamers & Jaya Borgatta!

Graduate Student Natalie Hudson-Smith Defends Thesis

Natalie Hudson-Smith (Haynes group, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities) successfully defended her thesis, titled “Nanoparticle Transformations and Toxicity: Impact of Complex Metal Oxide Nanoparticles, Experimental Tools, and Methods for Communicating Nanotechnology to the Public.” Natalie is now a postdoc at Stonybrook University as part of the IRACDA-NY teaching/research program, performing research with Prof. Liz Boon. Congratulations, Dr. Hudson-Smith!

Graduate Student Becky Rodriguez Receives WCC Merck Research Award

Becky Rodriguez, a 4th-year graduate student in the Haynes group, has received the Women Chemists Committee (WCC)/Merck Research Award, which recognizes research excellence. Eight female chemists in their third or fourth year of graduate school were chosen to receive this award and present their research at the 2020 WCC Merck Research Awards Symposium at the fall American Chemical Society national meeting. Congrats, Becky! Read more

Graduate Student Ricky Brown Defends Thesis

Richard Brown (Rosenzweig group, University of Maryland-Baltimore County) defended his doctoral dissertation, entitled “Synthesis, Stability and Dynamic Surface Chemistry of InP-based Core/Shell Quantum Dots” on July 27. Congratulations, Dr. Brown!

Denise Williams-Harris Defends Thesis

Denise Williams-Harris (Rosenzweig group, University of Maryland-Baltimore County) successfully defended her doctoral dissertation, entitled “Molecular Interactions between Luminescent Quantum Dots and Bacteria” on July 16, 2020. She accepted a position with AmbioPharm in Georgia, and is also tutoring at Paine College. Congratulations, Dr. Williams-Harris!