Hofmeister’s Seminar Focuses on Nanotechnology Movement

For release January 2, 2007
Writer: Weldon Payne
(931) 393-7222 wpayne@utsi.edu

Hofmeister’s Seminar Focuses on Nanotechnology Movement

“Nanotechnology: Revolution or Boondoggle?” is Dr. Bill Hofmeister’s topic for a luncheon seminar at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 30 at The University of Tennessee Space Institute.

This is the second “Lessons From the Lake” planned each month under the Institute’s cafeteria balcony – a “dutch treat luncheon” otherwise free to the public.

“We will discuss the nanotechnology movement and what is so special about things really small,” said Hofmeister, director of UTSI’s Center for Laser Applications (CLA) and research professor of materials science and engineering.

“The National Nanotechnology Initiative stormed the research world and spawned numerous nanotechnology laboratories, user facilities, and international research efforts,” Hofmeister said. “Just as NASA promised ‘new materials and processes’ from space flight experiments in the 70’s and 80’s, so has the Federal government hyped the promise of nanotechnology for global competitiveness and societal impact.”

The professor promises that in his talk the National Nanotechnology Initiative will be “further framed in the context of the paradigm shift in research funding and revolution in scientific discovery.”

Dr. Donald C. Daniel, UT associate vice president and chief operating officer of UTSI, has urged the public to attend the seminars as well as inviting individuals from Chambers of Commerce, industries, Arnold Engineering Development Center, and other groups to lead some of the brief seminars in the future.

Becky Stines, director of continuing education at UTSI, asks for reservations “so we can know how many to expect.” She may be reached by emailing her at bstines@utsi.edu or calling (931) 393-7276 or 393-7277. She suggested that persons attending give themselves ample time to go through the lunch line by arriving no later than 11 a.m., or else have lunch afterwards.

Stines instigated the one-hour seminars as “part of our continuing outreach into surrounding communities.”