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Santa Monica Library Hosts Women in Nanotechnology

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By Daniel Larios
Special to the Lookout

March 3, 2014 -- The Santa Monica Public Library this month will celebrate the contribution of women scientists in the new field of nanotechnology with a panel discussion consisting of the nation's foremost authorities on the subject.

The Santa Monica Library will host “Women in Nanotechnology” on Saturday, March 15, at 1 p.m. in the MLK Jr. Auditorium at the Main Library, located at 601 Santa Monica Boulevard as part of Women’s History Month.

The event will feature three women PhDs from the Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC-CEIN) at the University of California Los Angeles.

“Panelists Elise Fairbairn, Hilary Godwin, and Ivy Ji will discuss nanoscience and the environment, as well as why interdisciplinary research at UC-CEIN is important for society,” said Nancy Bender, Public Services Librarian.

Elise Fairbairn, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at Bodega Marine Lab in Bodega Bay; Hilary Godwin, Ph.D., is a Professor with the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at UCLA, and  Ivy Ji, PhD, is a Researcher at the UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (UC-CEIN) at UCLA.

Nanotechnology is a relatively new field of science with potential applications in medicine, agriculture, and the environment. The most basic definition of nanotechnology is “the engineering of functional systems in a molecular level,” according to the Center for Responsible Nanotechnology.

“Nanoscale devices are currently being used for enhanced sensing, treating and remediating environmental contaminants. Someday we may be able to prevent pollution with the help of nanotechnology,” according to a University of Wisconsin-Madison study.

This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first arrival basis.  The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event.

For more information, visit smpl.org or contact the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600.


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