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The Center for Nanoscale Systems is not an academic department but it is involved in many different types of educational activities. In addition to providing training and access to the facilities to a large, diverse community of internal and external academic and non-academic nanoscale science researchers, CNS has a strong commitment to engaging the public and educating the next generation of scientists and engineers.

NNIN Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program – Every summer, CNS hosts 3-5 REU participants who are funded through the NNIN REU program. These undergraduate students from other academic institutions work with CNS technical staff members and CNS associated faculty members on 10-week research projects. In addition to NNIN REU activities, the interns participate in all activities planned for Harvard’s joint REU Program in Nanoscale and Materials Research Science and Engineering (http://www.eduprograms.deas.harvard.edu), which include seminars, professional development workshops, and discussions on ethics in research.

The NNIN REU participants at CNS benefit by being part of two networks of REU students. As part of Harvard’s joint program, they participate in the end of summer REU talks and poster sessions. Also, as part of the NNIN REU program, they participate in the NNIN’s national REU convocation event, which is held at a different NNIN node every year. As a result, they nearly double the amount of peer interaction by being considered part of the two networks.

More detailed information about past NNIN REU interns at CNS and their projects can be found at:
http://www.cns.fas.harvard.edu/research/cns_reu_research.php

More information on the NNIN REU Program on a National level can be found at: http://www.nnin.org/nnin_reu.html

CNS hosted an Open House for all 45 of Harvard’s REU interns in our joint program at Harvard in June 2006; many of these students use CNS facilities during the summer program.  The all day program consisted of staff led demonstrations, tours, and discussions on the various facilities and tools at CNS available for use by all NNIN users.  This has become an annual event at CNS and will be done for the 2007 REUs as well.

RET Program – 2006 was the inaugural year of the NNIN RET program at CNS. As part of this program, three pre-college teachers spend six weeks during the summer at CNS conducting research projects.

The NNIN RET Program is a great way of getting teachers out of the classroom and into the lab. What is learned within the labs of CNS gets returned to the pre-college classrooms to stimulate the minds of a generation of future scientists of the possibilities of nanoscale research. If you are interested in learning more about the NNIN RET Program at CNS, please contact Kathryn Hollar at hollar AT deas.harvard.edu.

CNS has had follow-up visits from prior RET participants who have brought their entire classes for tours and hands-on demos.

Much like the NNIN REU program, the NNIN RETs are considered part of a larger, joint RET program which includes other teachers from all of the RET programs on campus. The RETs benefit from this relationship by getting more peer interaction and participate in a program ending poster session.

 

Graduate and Undergraduate Courses – CNS provides facilities and for multiple Harvard graduate and undergraduate level courses and CNS Technical Staff members also teach and guest lecture in Harvard classes. One example is participation in Applied Physics 298r, Interdisciplinary Chemistry, Engineering and Physics, a graduate seminar course that exposes graduate students and upper-level undergraduates to ongoing research in Harvard’s NSF-funded Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) and Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). Lectures are available online at http://www.nsec.harvard.edu/AP298.htm.

Every year, a couple of the lectures for AP 298r are given by CNS Technical Staff members as well as faculty members of the CNS Directors Group including CNS Director, Professor Charles Marcus.

CNS Senior Scientist, Dr. David C. Bell teaches a course, “Electron Microscopy Laboratory,” Applied Physics 291, a half-course taught each spring term. This graduate-level course includes laboratory instruction in and lectures on transmission electron microscopy and related instrumentation for materials analysis.

CNS associated faculty member, Professor Kenneth Crozier teaches, ES174, “Photonic and Electronic Device Laboratory.” ES174 is a half-course taught each spring term. This undergraduate level course focuses on the physics and fabrication of photonic and electronic devices. Laboratory experiments and lectures focus on semiconductor lasers, photodetectors and optical fibers. Students use cleanroom tools to fabricate MOSFETs. Fabrication lectures on lithography, deposition, etching, oxidation, implantation, diffusion and electrical characterization. This course is suitable for undergraduate and graduate students wishing to gain fabrication experience.

This is just a sampling of the classes that make use of our facilities.

Workshops– CNS holds and sponsors workshops and other, similar events. Below are some of the workshops CNS have been involved with in the past.

“Synergy between Experiment and Computation in Nanoscale Science” - From May 31st through June 3rd, 2006, the worlds foremost experts in nanoscale computational science descended upon Harvard for the NNIN/C’s Synergy Conference to initiate and enhance collaborative efforts between computational scientists and experimentalists working in the nanosciences, with a purpose to exhibit the software and hardware resources of NNIN/C to the computational nanoscience community. The event had 100 attendees from eleven countries. There were 15 invited talks as well as 35 additional contributed talks as part of the event. A poster session was a part of the program with 30 different presenters. There was also a hands-on computer session where 30 participants took part in getting a tutorial in NNIN/C software offerings. Topics covered at the conference included Casimir effect, general photonics, nanotransport (atoms and wires), 2DEG transport, microfluidics, correlation and dots, Ab Initio, nanostructures, nano bio, as well as general nanoscience. The NNIN’s national computational program head, Dr. Mike Stopa of CNS and CNS NNIN Co-PI Professor Efthimios Kaxiras were the main organizers of the Synergy conference. The welcoming address was given by the lead NNIN PI, Sandip Tiwari of Cornell University.

For more information on the Synergy 2006 conference, please see the URL:
http://www.cns.fas.harvard.edu/nanobynumbers/index.php

Notable speakers included: George Whitesides (Harvard University), John Shumway (Arizona State University), John Joannopoulos (MIT), Charles Marcus (Harvard University), David Goldhaber-Gordon (Stanford), Federico Capasso (Harvard University), Derek Stewart (Cornell), Sauro Succi (Calcolo).

“Soft Lithography Technical Forum” – On October 31st and November 1st, 2006, CNS’ Soft Lithography Engineer Dr. Fettah Kosar led a NNIN technical forum specifically to share information regarding soft lithography and other chemical nanotechnology techniques. Almost all NNIN nodes sent technical staff members to this forum. There were talks as well as hands-on demonstrations. The NNIN Technical Forum series is a great way for NNIN sites to share ideas. The technical sessions were specifically for staff members from other NNIN sites. However, there were keynote talks to kick-off each day of events that were open to the public. Professor George M. Whitesides, the pioneer of soft lithography techniques, gave the keynote address on October 31st to a standing room only crowd of 60-75 people. The next day, former Whitesides student, Professor Douglas Weibel of the University of Wisconsin, gave a similarly well-attended keynote address.

Prof. Whitesides Keynote Talk (10/31/06 ) Prof. Weibel’s Keynote Talk (11/01/06)
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Seminars and Talks – CNS hosts many seminars and talks to allow the CNS user community to learn from some of the foremost experts in the various scientific disciplines that make up nanotechnology. Below is a list of some recent talks held by CNS::

March 6, 2006: Mikio Eto, Keio University (Japan), “Spin-polarized current created by quantum point contacts with spin-orbit interaction.”

July 5, 2006: Professor Mike Scarpulla, University of California at Berkeley, “Using Ion Implantation and Pulsed-Laser Melting to Synthesize III-Mn-V Ferromagnetic Semiconductors.”

July 28, 2006: Professor Alan Kubis, University of Virginia, “Nanoscale Tomography using Focused Ion Beam Milling and Imaging.”
October 23, 2006: Professor Hank Smith, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, “The Synergy of Nanofabrication Technology Development and Applications.”

October 25, 2006: Professor Gerald H. Pollack, University of Washington, “Cells, Gels and Water: A Fresh Approach to Cell Function.”

October 30, 2006: Dr. Dong Qin, University of Washington, “Soft Lithography Enterprise at University of Washington.”

User Meetings – CNS strives to keep the information flow between staff and users an active two-way dialogue. As a result, CNS often holds educational meetings with either the entire user community or specific segments of our user population.

CNS Town Meetings are held on occasion and are open to the public and are designed as a way for CNS to disseminate major news regarding the Center to a large audience. These Town Meetings often contain information about new tools, staff and other resources available to our users. These meetings are also an opportunity for the user community to give comments, suggestions, and ask questions directly to CNS staff and management.

Vendor Presentations and Demos – CNS often invites vendors to come in to give presentations regarding their instrumentation or preferably, actually set-up their latest tools on-site, so that the CNS staff and user community get to sample the newest nanoscale research equipment available. These presentations and demos provide a great way for the CNS community to find out what new innovations are available today and in the near future that will benefit their research. The companies don’t go away empty handed either. They get a chance to meet face-to-face with users in order to find out what the front line researchers are looking for in modern instrumentation.

A partial list of vendors who have come to CNS for presentations and/or demos:

Vistec

Carl Zeiss SMT

Veeco

Oxford Instruments

Optical Analysis Corp.

Jobin Yvon, Inc.

Surface Technology Systems

Nanonics

BioForce Microsystems

Nanoink

Micro Photonics

Xradia Corp.

WiTec

Asylum Research

Elionix

Molecular Imprint

Olympus

Hitachi

FEI

JEOL

Ascend Instruments

This does not take into account the many trips CNS technical staff members have made to vendors to view their instrumentation on-site. All the companies listed above came to Harvard and held events that were open to our entire user community.

Tours – CNS provides tours for any group interested in learning more about CNS and nanoscale research facilities and research at Harvard University. Often, when larger groups come to Harvard, CNS partners with the other large NSF research centers NSEC and MRSEC to provide a coordinated series of presentations and tours to visiting groups.

CNS gives so many facility presentations/tours that they all cannot be listed here. They run the gamut from individual professors, industrial companies to large groups. A couple tours are listed below as examples.

The Lux Executive Summit has come to Harvard every year since 2006 to hear presentations from NSEC and CNS as well as get a tour of CNS facilities led by CNS Technical Director, Dr. Eric Martin.

Dr. Eric Martin leading Lux Executive Summit Tour

The National Nano Engineering Conference, held in Boston, annually sends two groups of 25+ conference attendees to come to Harvard to hear a presentation from CNS Technical Director Eric Martin and get a full tour of CNS facilities. This event is considered an important event by the conference and attendees have to purchase the “premium” registration in order to attend.

June 5th, 2006 – New Bedford Vocational Technical High School sent two teachers and seven students to visit CNS and CNS Directors Group member, Kit Parker’s Disease Biophysics Group for a day long event that included presentations, tours as well as hands-on demonstrations of equipment. The event caught the eye of the media and was written about in the New Bedford Standard-Times.


Prof. Kit Parker with high school students


Steve Shepard in cleanroom with students

April 29th, 2005 - CNS gave tours of their facilities to 9th grade students from Boston English High School. CNS staff member David Bell led the tour.


David Bell leading tour of 9th grad students and showing CNS Nanofabrication Facility in basement of McKay Labs

Other Educational Activities – There are many educational activities that CNS does that do not fit in the categories listed above. Some of these events include:

Safety Training – CNS has partnered with the Harvard Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) office in ensuring that all CNS technical staff members and users have undergone basic laboratory safety training. CNS requires all CNS experimental lab users attend an hour and a half lab safety training presentation prior to usage.

EH&S also set up a special two hour training session open to CNS staff the CNS user community in January, 2007 entitled, “Managing Laboratory Safety - Best Practices.”

SLF Wiki – Dr. Fettah Kosar, CNS’ Soft Lithography Foundry Engineer, has developed a “wiki” for use by the soft lithography community of CNS users. The SLF wiki is a vehicle for users to share ideas and recipes to further their research.

CARS Workshop – Every June, CNS has loaned the use of its confocal/multiphoton microscope facility to be used for a workshop on Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering (CARS) that is put together by Professor Xiaoliang Sunney Xie of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology (CCB). For more information regarding the CARS Workshop can be found at the URL: http://bernstein.harvard.edu/research/cars.html

Participants interested in CARS travel from all over the U.S. and the World to participate in this event.


Day 3 afternoon CARS Workshop trainees, instructors and staff pose for a group photo

 

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