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CNSE's Center for Sustainable Ecosystem Nanotechnologies spearheads effort to remove debris
More than 50 students, faculty and staff from the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering ("CNSE") of the University at Albany marked the 40th anniversary of Earth Day today by cleaning up litter and debris along the Hudson River to highlight environmental awareness and stewardship.
Spearheaded by CNSE's Center for Sustainable Ecosystem Nanotechnologies ("CSEN"), the first-ever effort centered at the Corning Preserve in Albany was conducted in conjunction with the National River CleanupTM and Canal Cleansweep 2010.
CNSE's participation supported efforts by tens of thousands of volunteers taking part in hundreds of cleanups across the country in removing trash from local rivers and streams. National River CleanupTM, sponsored by American Rivers, includes a series of community-based cleanups occurring nationwide. Canal Cleansweep 2010 is a public awareness event that focuses on the magnitude of trash accumulation in the New York State Canal System.
"Nanotechnology innovations, including the socially responsible pioneering work being done by the UAlbany NanoCollege and its Center for Sustainable Ecosystem Nanotechnologies, are playing an integral role in developing renewable sources of energy and promoting a cleaner environment," said Dr. Alain E. Kaloyeros, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of CNSE. "This volunteer effort further demonstrates CNSE's strong commitment to supporting and preserving a healthy ecosystem in our own community for future generations."
"CNSE's Center for Sustainable Ecosystem Nanotechnologies is dedicated to advancing nanoscale solutions to address our global sustainability challenges," said Dr. John F. Elter, CNSE Empire Innovation Professor of Nanoengineering and Executive Director of CSEN. "We spend our days on nanotechnology research to enable sustainable energy and clean water technologies, but we also recognize the importance of traditional approaches to supporting a healthier environment, which includes getting out and picking up trash along the river."
CNSE's Center for Sustainable Ecosystem Nanotechnologies focuses on the role nanotechnology is playing in sustaining the world's critical ecosystems, and includes CSEN's newly developed Got Nano?TM program, which identifies nanoscale solutions for water generation and remediation. For more information on CSEN and its research portfolio, visit www.sustainablenano.com.
About UAlbany NanoCollege
The UAlbany CNSE is the first college in the world dedicated to education, research, development, and deployment in the emerging disciplines of nanoscience, nanoengineering, nanobioscience, and nanoeconomics. CNSE's Albany NanoTech Complex is the most advanced research enterprise of its kind at any university in the world. With over $5.5 billion in high-tech investments, the 800,000-square-foot complex attracts corporate partners from around the world and offers students a one-of-a-kind academic experience. The UAlbany NanoCollege houses the only fully-integrated, 300mm wafer, computer chip pilot prototyping and demonstration line within 80,000 square feet of Class 1 capable cleanrooms. More than 2,500 scientists, researchers, engineers, students, and faculty work on site at CNSE's Albany NanoTech, from companies including IBM, AMD, GlobalFoundries, SEMATECH, Toshiba, Applied Materials, Tokyo Electron, ASML, Novellus Systems, Vistec Lithography and Atotech. For more information, visit www.cnse.albany.edu.
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