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Duke to Host Nanotechnology Conference March 29-30

Durham, NC | Posted on March 26th, 2007

Duke University will host a conference March 29-30 on the field of nanotechnology and its implications for North Carolina's economy and international trade.

The conference -- "Nanotechnology and the emerging global knowledge economy: Challenges and opportunities in an international context" -- is free and open to the public. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in room A103 of the Social Science Research Institute, 2024 W. Main St., Durham. For more information, visit < >.

The event brings together scientists, business leaders, investors and policymakers to examine what role North Carolina is playing, and can play, in nanotechnology -- from innovation to commercialization. Nanotechnology refers to inventing and producing products and mechanical processes that work at the scale of billionths of a meter.

The conference is put on by Duke's Center for Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC), an affiliate of Duke's Social Science Research Institute.

"Nanotechnology is potentially as significant as biotechnology was 20 years ago, and information technology a decade before that," said Gary Gereffi, a Duke professor of sociology and director of CGGC. "It is a platform for innovation that could revolutionize many other industries.

"Nanotechnology allows developing economies like China the possibility of leapfrogging to one of the world's new technological frontiers and, for that reason, China and several other developing economies are making massive investments in nanoscience. Today, China is vying with the United States for the top spot worldwide in nanotechnology publications."


About Duke University
Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892. In December 1924, the provisions of James B. Duke's indenture created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.

As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.

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Courtney P. Orning
Social Science Research Institute
(919) 681-1972

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