Wednesday, September 24, 2008

WIN Weekly

The Week At WIN:

1. Truman Orientation was a huge success. We already have 17 new members and 3 returning members.

2. As of today, there are already 6 people signed up for the Baxter Tour on Halloween. We assume slots will go quickly once we meet with COD students this Friday...thus, make sure to sign up now if you want a slot. You can register on the Facebook site.

3. There were five NEW discussion stories posted on the Facebook Discussion board: 1) Nano on the Brain, 2) Nano Scenarios (really cool stuff), 3) Nano Candy Fights BioTerrorism, 4) Nano to facilitate Time Travel, 5) Nano to solve the energy crisis. All stories are definitely worth a few minutes to stretch your mind. Hopefully one or two will pique your interest. Happy reading and thinking!

4. COD orientation on Friday!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

WIN Weekly

Truman Orientation is this Friday, September 19th at 10am.

Articles posted: (read and discuss on WIN facebook)
1) Shape matters - it's not just size researchers are finding significant to control and manipulate at the nano scale
2) Innovators are facing challenges to patenting their inventions
3) Understanding challenges to controlling and manipulating at the nanoscale

The calendar of events for 2008-2009 is now available at and on WIN Facebook.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Northwestern University Research Week

Northwestern University's Center for Catalysis and Surface Science (CCSS), Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), and Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC) Research Week. Free and open to the public, this event showcases cutting-edge research being conducted at Northwestern. Please let us know if you want to attend, 1 session during the 3-day conference will count as a scholarship event.

August 26-28, 2008
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Transhumanism - Science Fiction or Just Today's Science?

The following article by Michael Berger at NanoWERK discusses the ethical, legal, and societal implications (ELSI) of nanotechnology. It falls into place with the discovery of nanoworms, see the article on the WALL. Please read the article and take note of the points raised by Dr. Gregor Wolbring. What the article doesn't mention is that Gregor is in a wheelchair with significant disabilities, including no legs and very minimal use of only one hand. How does knowing about Gregor's condition change your thoughts as you read the article? Does he make solid points? How should scientists deal with these challenges?

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Methods to help WIN members on Facebook!

We are attempting to preserve everyone's personal privacy on Facebook and have a user friendly closed network for WIN members only to connect to jobs, internships, nano news, etc. Our current method is to have the common friend "Bucky Ball." Bucky is able to invite members and keep the group closed to global Facebook users. We welcome any ideas or discussion from current members that might be able to help us make this process easier or better! Please share any thoughts for a better design!

If you want to join WIN's Facebook group, find "Bucky Ball" as one of Carly Wobig's friends on Facebook. Invite Bucky to be your friend. Bucky will accept your request and send you an invitation to the WIN group.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Researchers Target Tumors With Tiny 'Nanoworms'

ScienceDaily (2008-05-07) Scientists have development nanometer-sized "nanoworms" that can cruise through the bloodstream without significant interference from the body's immune defense system and--like tiny anti cancer
missiles - home in on tumors.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

WIN on Facebook!

WIN has created a Facebook group to help us form a solid network of students, teachers, and researchers working &/or interested in nanotechnology. Please send Carly Wobig an email at or find her on Facebook so that she can add you as a member. Also, feel free to spread the links to your contacts that may be interested in 'all things nano' to help us build our network. You can also find us at