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P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000
phone 631 344-2345
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founded by Stony Brook University and Battelle

News Release

Number: 03-65
Released: August 27, 2003
Contact: Diane Greenberg, 631 344-2347 or Mona S. Rowe, 631 344-5056

Lecture Series on ‘Nanoscience: Status and Prospects’ to be Held at Brookhaven Lab, September 22 & 23

UPTON, NY – George M. Whitesides, a chemistry professor at Harvard University, will give a series of three lectures on “Nanoscience: Status and Prospects” at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory on Monday, September 22, at 5 p.m., and on Tuesday, September 23, at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. To be held in the Laboratory’s Berkner Hall, the free lecture series is open to the public. All visitors to the Laboratory age 16 and over must bring a photo ID.

The series will consist of the following lectures:

September 22, at 5 p.m. -- Nanoscience and Nanotechnology -- Whitesides will explain what these new areas of science and technology are all about, and why they are attracting so much attention.

September 23, at 11 a.m. -- Microtools for Biology -- Whitesides will discuss a combination of five materials and techniques that are providing a new set of tools for use in biochemistry and cell biology.

September 23, at 4 p.m. -- The Future of Science and Technology -- Whitesides will discuss the impact of science and technology on life and society if common assumptions about the world become invalid.

George M. Whitesides earned an A.B. in chemistry from Harvard University in 1960, and a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology in 1964. He was a faculty member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology until 1982, when he returned to Harvard, where he is now the Mallinckrodt Professor of Chemistry.

Whitesides has received numerous accolades for his research, including the National Medal of Science in 1998, and eight different awards from the American Chemical Society. Recently he received the Materials Research Society’s Von Hippel Award as well as the prestigious Pittsburgh Analytical Chemistry Award. Whitesides’ work on functional nanostructures termed “self-assembled monolayers” is top-ranked among citations in chemistry. His current research is multidisciplinary, encompassing areas of cell biology, biochemistry, chemical catalysis and materials science. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, Whitesides has held advisory positions for many scientific organizations, including the National Research Council and the National Science Foundation.

Call 631 344-2345 for more information about the lecture. Brookhaven Lab is located on William Floyd Parkway (County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.