October 02, 2007

BRIEF: A Look At Science Of Small: UAlbany Nanotechnology Center Hosts Career Day For Region's Students

By: by Small Times


Sep. 28--ALBANY -- Three hundred middle- and high-school students from 11 schools throughout the region attended NanoCareer Day Thursday at the University at Albany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering on Fuller Road.

The daylong event featured presentations, tours and interactive demonstrations designed to get students interested in math and science and familiarize them with nanotechnology, which involves making technology -- such as computer chip components -- on the atomic and molecular level.

Participating students came from schools in Albany, Rensselaer, Columbia, Warren and Washington counties.

Price Chopper grocery stores also unveiled new cereal boxes that include information and graphics about nanotechnology on the back, including photos from the college's labs and clean rooms.

The kid-friendly information appears on Price Chopper's Koo-Kies and Peanut Butter Cocoa Spheres in more than 115 stores in New York, New England and Pennsylvania.

Kellogg's German division put nanotechnology information on the back of its "Toppas" cereal last year, but NanoCollege spokesman Steve Janack said the push by the college to put nanotechnology information on the back of a cereal box here predated that.