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Film on Nanoscience to be Shown at Brookhaven Lab, April 24
'When Things Get Small'
Posted on April 03, 2006
"When Things Get Small," an
award-winning, 30-minute film about nanoscience,
will be shown at the U.S. Department of Energy's
Brookhaven National Laboratory on Monday, April
24, at 4 p.m. in Berkner Hall. Laura H. Lewis,
Deputy Director of Brookhaven Lab's Center for
Functional Nanomaterials, will give a brief
overview of the Laboratory's nanoscience
activities and introduce one of the film's
producers and stars, Ivan Schuller, a
world-renowned physicist who is a professor at
the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).
Schuller will talk about the film and, after its
showing, answer questions from the audience. The
event is open to the public free of charge. All
visitors to the Laboratory age 16 and over must
bring a photo ID.
"When Things Get Small" portrays Schuller's
real-life quest to create the world's smallest
magnet. With a mix of special effects and humor,
the film's host, actor Adam Smith, travels
alongside Schuller, visiting locations ranging
from a ballpark to a steaming hot tub to make
sense of several important "nano" concepts.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, the
California Institute for Telecommunications and
Information Technology, and the UCSD Division of
Physical Sciences, "When Things Get Small" was
produced by UCSD-TV, a non-commercial,
university-based television station and an
affiliate of the University of California
Television. The film is the first in the "When
Things GetŠ" series from Schuller's and TV
producer Rich Wargo's Not Too Serious Labs, a
production company whose mission is to make
science entertaining. "When Things Get Small" has
already garnered two Bronze Telly Awards in an
international competition honoring outstanding
local, regional, and cable TV commercials and
programs. More information about "When Things Get
Small" is available at www.uctv.tv/getsmall.
Brookhaven's Center for Functional Nanomaterials
is one of five Nanoscale Science Research Centers
supported by the Department of Energy's Office of
Science. Construction on the Brookhaven facility
began in September 2005, and research at the
center is expected to begin in 2007. The center
will provide researchers with advanced probes and
the ability to use new fabrication techniques to
study materials at nanoscale dimensions -
typically, billionths of a meter, or 1,000 times
smaller than a human hair. These materials have
different chemical and physical properties from
those of bulk materials and are anticipated to
form the basis of new technologies.
Call 631 344-2345 for more information. The
Laboratory is located on William Floyd Parkway
(County Road 46), one-and-a-half miles north of
Exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway.
About Brookhaven National Laboratory:
One of ten national laboratories overseen and
primarily funded by the Office of Science of the
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven
National Laboratory conducts research in the
physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences,
as well as in energy technologies and national
security. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates
major scientific facilities available to
university, industry and government researchers.
Brookhaven is operated and managed for DOE's
Office of Science by Brookhaven Science
Associates, a limited-liability company founded
by the Research Foundation of State University of
New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, the
largest academic user of Laboratory facilities,
and Battelle, a nonprofit, applied science and
technology organization. Visit Brookhaven Lab's
electronic newsroom for links, news archives,
graphics, and more.
For more information, please click here.
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