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WVNano Initiative at West Virginia University partners with local museum for informal nanoscience education

Discoveries, Nanotechnology

The Children’s Discovery Museum of West Virginia is a non-profit organization that provides a space for exceptional learning experiences and interactive play.  

The WVNano Initiative partnered with the museum to organize NanoDays 2012, an event that took place on March 17.

West Virginia University students, faculty and staff volunteers led activities for the first official NanoDays event ever held in West Virginia. The event attracted about 80 visitors, mostly children with their Moms and Dads in tow.

The three-hour event included six tables worth of NanoDays kits provided by the NISE Network, a special reading of Alice in Nanoland, an exhibit of images art from scanning electron and atomic force microscopy. The visitors learned about concepts such as thin films, hydrophic coatings, graphene and nanostructures.  

As a result of this successful partnership, the museum has been awarded a Nano mini-exhibition from the NISE Network; Nano is an interactive exhibition that engages guests in nanoscale science, engineering and technology.  The exhibit will be constructed in 2014 and will be available to the museum in 2015.

The program was funded by National Science Foundation grants (NSF ESI-0532536 and 0940143).

Aniketa A. Shinde
WVNano Initiative, West Virginia University, 886 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Morgantown, WV 26506-6223

Aniketa A. Shinde WVNano coordinater,of the educational and outreach programs. She also works collaboratively with WV EPSCoR to implement and evaluate educational and outreach activities under the 2010-2015 NSF Research Infrastructure Improvement cooperative agreement.



Scientist Spotlight: Dr. Cerasela Zoica Dinu

Discoveries, featured, Nanotechnology, NSF Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) 2010-2015, Scientist Spotlight, The Neuron – West Virginia Journal of Science and Research

Dr. Cerasela Zoica Dinu is making a difference in education and research in West Virginia.

 She is assistant professor of chemical engineering in the College of Engineering and Mineral Resources at West Virginia University. 

 As a teacher, Dr. Dinu was named innovative engineering educator in 2011 by the National Academy of Engineering. As a researcher, she was honored by her College as Researcher of the Year.

 Among her research topics, Dr. Dinu is leading a study to develop an environmentally friendly coating that could prevent the growth of germs on common surfaces like countertops and walls. If successful, such a coating imbedded in paint could ultimately prevent infections, diseases and death and save society countless dollars on medical care.

 Joining WVU in 2009, the Romanian native enjoys the people of West Virginia. “People are different; the same for students. I find them open, I find them actively engaged. They want to do research with me from their freshman year.”

 Read more about Dr. Dinu and her research in the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of the Neuron.