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Dr. Daniel Herr (Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering) received new funding from the National Science Foundation for the project “2021 NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE) Grantees Conference.”

The NSF Nanoscale Science and Engineering (NSE) Grantees Conference is a program review and research networking workshop that will highlight the ongoing research and educational activities of the NSF NSE grant programs. The NSE Grantees Conference has been held annually in December in the Washington, DC area for over a decade, funded by NSF, and organized by NSE Centers or Networks.

The primary goals for this 2-day conference are to promote dissemination of innovative research progress, to facilitate research partnerships, and to identify future research directions. Keynote speakers, panel discussions, and a poster session will promote inter-university and academic/industry/government/national-laboratory interactions, a vital step toward the advancement of the goals of the US National Nanotechnology Initiative (www.nano.gov), which are:

  • Conduct research and development to realize the full potential of nanoscale science and engineering.
  • Develop the skilled workforce and supporting infrastructure needed to advance research and development.
  • Better understand the social, ethical, health, and environmental implications of the technology; and facilitate transfer of the new technologies into commercial products.

Panel discussions will be moderated by NSF-funded researchers as well as NSF Program Directors. The conference will be held virtually and produced by TV Worldwide on December 7-8, 2021. Overviews and highlights of the presentations will be posted to the web prior to the meeting, and after the meeting final versions of the conference materials will be distributed to attendees to serve as the conference proceedings.

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