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For Immediate Release

Kerry-Ann Hamilton
Media Relations Manager
(202) 238-2332

Howard Hosts Second Annual Nanotechnology Symposium

WASHINGTON (November 17, 2008) - Howard University will host the second annual Nanotechnology Symposium, November 20-21, 2008 at the Armour J. Blackburn Center. The two-day symposium will showcase the latest advancements in nanotechnology and foster collaboration among a diverse group of researchers from academia, government and the science/technology industry.

The plenary speakers are Dr. George Whitesides, Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers Professor of Chemistry at Harvard University and Head of the Whitesides Research Group, and Dr. Mark Wiesner, Director of the Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology and the James L. Meriam Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University.

The complexity of modern day scientific questions demands a multidisciplinary approach to research. As a comprehensive research university, Howard University remains committed to training its undergraduate, graduate and professional students to approach these issues and questions as members of a scientific team.

Program highlights include presentations from nanotechnology experts representing a number of government agencies and academic institutions. There will also be four breakout sessions exploring the environmental, biomaterials, biological/pharmaceutical and materials/electronics aspects of nanotechnology, in addition to a poster session discussing nanotechnology research at Howard.

Through the generous support of the W.M. Keck Foundation, the University developed the Keck Center for Design of Nanoscale Materials for Molecular Recognition. Since its inception in 2001, the Center has primarily been responsible for facilitating nanoscale study efforts through a team of scientists and researchers representing chemistry, pharmacy and civil and electrical engineering.

Howard University has continued to emerge as a leader in the field of nanotechnology through additional initiatives such as:

Keck Center for the Design of Nanoscale Materials for Molecular Recognition

CREST Center for Nanomaterials Characterization Science and Processing Technology (NCSPT)

Partnership for Research in Education in Materials (PREM)

Howard Nanoscale Science and Engineering Facility

For further information and registration information, please visit

The event is open to the university community.

WHAT: Second Annual Howard University Nanotechnology Symposium

WHEN: Thursday, November 20, 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
(Registration begins at 2 p.m.)

Friday, November 21, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
(Registration/Continental Breakfast begins at 8 a.m.)

WHERE: Armour J. Blackburn Center - 2397 Sixth Street NW - Washington, DC 20059

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