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Nanotechnology is topic of Savas Kaya's Science Cafe

Savas Kaya, associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will explore nanotechnology during his Science Café talk titled, "Nanoscale Science & Engineering: Hype or Opportunity?" at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 in the Baker University Center Front Room.

To the public, "nanoscience" typically conjures images of science fiction movies with either outlandish gadgets or worse yet as destructive robots trying to take over the world.

"This could not be further from the truth," Kaya said. "Science education can be reinvented and made more interesting."

Throughout the past 20 years, technological advances have made nanoscience something more tangible for the everyday person from common light microscopes to microscopes that are able to observe individual atoms. Even the state-of-the-art scientific instruments that used to be only available for researchers are now available as demonstration tools for the public.  

Kaya will bring some of this equipment from nanO stUdio, which is something he has set up for aspiring young scientists and scholars, to the Front Room with the hope of allowing the public to break the notion that nanoscience is only for cold, deep dark labs and serious scientists.

He said he believes that in the future, these instruments will be integrated into high school classrooms, where students will hopefully begin to see nanoscience as something accessible and meaningful.

Science Cafés are venues for students interested in the sciences and engineering to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty, staff and the community in a friendly setting.

The event is free and open to the public.