nanoSTAR hosted a series of Spring Symposia for the students and faculty conducting nanoscale science and engineering research at UVa to present their latest findings and discuss new avenues of research. The Symposia featured several distinguished speakers that are experts in the major disciplines represented in the Institute, including the nanoscale aspects of electronics, energy and medicine.
Our 2013 Symposium was May 21-22 in the Newcomb Hall Ballroom. The 2013 speaker in our Eminent Scientist series was Dr. Andre Nel from UCLA, who shared his thoughts on nanomaterial safety assessment. The Symposium also featured a plenary speaker, Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf from the NNCO, student posters, and three scientific sessions highlighting UVa research in biomedicine, electronics, and energy & the environment. We were pleased to have a distinguished keynote speaker to introduce each session; Dr. Denis Buxton from NHLBI (biomedicine), Dr. Sam Bader from Argonne National Lab (electronics), and Dr. Martin Keller from Oak Ridge National Lab (energy & environment). These speakers shared their vision for future research directions in nanoscale science and technology, and gave us their thoughts on how research and innovation in these areas can be brought to bear on some of the challenges facing society.