Nancy Healy is the director of education and outreach for the National Science Foundation funded National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI). A recovering micropaleontologist, she oversees activities at the 16 primary NNCI sites around the country. We talk about the educational mission of the NNCI, the public’s evolving perceptions of nanotechnology, and how you’re never too young to be inspired by it. We make sure to cover the usual nano topics, including magic sand, Wil Wheaton, khaki pants, superheros, meatballs, school buses, and ferrofluids. (Recorded on April 19, 2016)
- Magic sand, kinetic sand
- National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) --> National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) --> Southeastern Nanotechnology Infrastructure Corridor (SENIC)
- Example ferrofluid YouTube video
- Howard Lovy, "When Nanopants Attack"
- Mihail (Mike) Rocco (the father of the NNI)
- NBC Learn: Nanotechnology
- NanoComp (carbon nanotube product manufacturer based in New Hampshire)
- Nanooze! (a children's magazine on nanotechnology)
- Nancy Healy, "Why Nano Education?"
- Example nanoscience and nanotechnology programs: Joint School for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JSNN), SUNY Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
- Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK) Network
- Generation Nano: Small Science, Superheroes (high school student competition)
- USA Science and Engineering Festival
- Wil Wheaton
- Project Mc2 (science education for girls)