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NanoProfessor helps expand SCSU program

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SKOKIE -- Nanotechnology education provider NanoProfessor said Southern Connecticut State University will expand its leadership in nanotechnology education by implementing the NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program.

The advance was made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation supporting the Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomena, a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at Yale University and SCSU. NanoProfessor's curriculum and NanoInk's NLP 2000 Desktop NanoFabrication System will be housed within the newly established Connecticut State University System Nanotechnology Center located in the Physics Department at SCSU.

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"We are excited for the opportunity to enhance our students' understanding of the nanoscale through hands-on work with NanoInk's NLP 2000 Desktop Nanofabrication System, which operates without the need for a cleanroom and allows students to quickly and easily build custom-engineered nanoscale structures using Dip Pen Nanolithography," said Christine Caragianis Broadbridge, Ph.D., professor and chair of physics at SCSU and Education Director for CRISP. "NanoProfessor's curriculum will complement our existing curriculum by engaging students with cutting-edge, hands-on, nano-focused experiments designed to teach them important scientific concepts about the nanoscale."

Dean Hart, Chief Commercial Officer of NanoProfessor. noted SCSU is a recognized leader in nanotechnology education and research.

"We are honored that it has chosen the NanoProfessor Program to broaden its students' understanding and experience in working at the nanoscale," Hart said.

Southern Connecticut State University is a flourishing community of more than 11,000 students located less than three miles from downtown New Haven. Founded as a teachers college in 1893, SCSU has evolved into a comprehensive university offering 114 graduate and undergraduate programs. More than 1,000 faculty members lead students through a wide range of studies and research specialties. More information on Southern Connecticut State University is available at: www.southernct.edu.

In just over 24 months, the NanoProfessor Nanoscience Education Program has been chosen to serve as the foundation for undergraduate, hands-on nanotechnology education by over 20 educational programs in five countries. The NanoProfessor Program alternates between classroom lectures and hands-on nanoscale lab work. The NanoProfessor curriculum includes a textbook wrote by leading nanotechnology experts and educators covering the topics of Nanotechnology Instrumentation, Imaging and Nanofabrication techniques, Nanophysics, Nanochemistry, Nanobiology, and perspectives on Environmental, Health, and Safety within nanotechnology.

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