Program Highlights for year 2013
Teaching the Teachers
Electromagnetism at the Physical Sciences Inquiry Academy
These fifth-grade teachers are building electromagnetic ping pong ball launchers to demonstrate electromagnetism to their students.
Utah MRSEC leads lessons and activities for teachers, as well as provides educational kits which supplement curriculum andcoordinate with Utah Core Standards.
What’s the Problem? Macrophages are part of the
innate immune system and will try to eat anything they don’t recognize
as being part of the body — they’re like border patrol guards, checking
everybody’s passports. If you’re a red blood cell, you have the right
passport and get waved on. But if you’re a piece of dirt or a
The electronic properties of thin films with thicknesses of only a single molecular layer have in the past typically been far worse than thicker films of the same material.
During the summer of 2012, Hitachi Inc. loaned the UW-MRSEC education group a table-top
scanning electron microscope for use during education and outreach activities. Thirteen
fifth-graders synthesized ZnO nanoparticles then used the SEM to examine their particles.
NanoVenture is a board game developed by the UW-MRSEC Interdisciplinary
Education Group (IEG) to teach audiences about the connections between
Nanotechnology and society. In 2012, with permission from the UW-MRSEC
IEG, the Education Center Uchastie translated the game into Russian and
they will be distributing it to schools in Russia as part of the School
structural and compositional features of molecular beam epitaxy
films have been successfully characterized with unprecedented precision by
researchers of the Wisconsin MRSEC
using high-resolution x-ray diffractometry
and high-resolution high-angle annular dark field (HAADF
gels are formed by aggregation of particles into a percolating network in
liquid media. Although colloidal gels
exhibit self-supporting, solid-like properties that underlie the design of a
wide range of materials, how this class of soft solids forms is not yet fully
understood. In particular, the relative
Researchers in IRG3 of the Wisconsin MRSEC are studying bacteria to
understand principles by which nature designs materials to achieve
dynamic spatial targeting of molecules. Recently, the researchers have
The electronic properties of the polar interfaces between insulating oxides has been intensely investigated in recent years. An exciting new development is the observation of robust magnetism at the interface of two non-magnetic materials, LaAlO3 (LAO) and SrTiO3 (STO).