Monday March 27, 2006

Science and Engineering on a Nanoscale

From Crime Scene Investigations to Over-the-Counter Medicines, The Ohio Academy of Science Meeting Fosters Curiosity, Discovery, Innovation.

The 115th annual meeting of The Ohio Academy of Science, "Science and Engineering on a Nanoscale," will be held April 22 on the University of Dayton campus. Targeted to academic, governmental and industry scientists and engineers — but open to anyone — the meeting will cover a wide range of topics, including nanotechnology, stem cell research, forensic science and the latest Ohio research on prostate cancer, Alzheimer's Disease and chronic anxiety.

Registration is required and must be received by The Ohio Academy of Science by April 10. Forms can be found at Registration and payment by credit card can be faxed to (614) 488-7629 or submitted online at

Samuel A. Wickline, professor of medicine, physics, biomedical engineering and cell biology at Washington University in St. Louis, will present the All-Academy lecture at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, in the Kennedy Union Boll Theatre. Wickline's lecture, "Molecular Imaging and Targeted Therapeutics for Personalized Medicine," will focus on the next generation of pharmaceutical agents being used in the treatment of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Wickline also is the director of the cardiovascular division at Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

The symposium, "Science and Engineering on a Nanoscale: The Impact and Promise of Nanotechnology on Research, Teaching and Society," will be presented by the University of Dayton's College of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering and Research Institute from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, in Kennedy Union Boll Theatre.

Nanotechnology has permeated society in many ways, from designs that detect explosives at airports to biomarkers that detect human diseases such as cancer. The immediate and broader impacts of nanotechnology on public policy and the ethical use of this technology in the United States and abroad will be discussed.

Topics and presenters include:
• "Nanotechnology and the Fourth Industrial Revolution," Symposium chair Liming Dai, Wright Brothers Institute Endowed Chair;
* "Biological Nanomachines," Panagiotis Tsonis, Leonard A. Mann, S.M., Chair in the Sciences;
* "Nano and Bio Carbon Foam in Functional Biology and Thermal Management," Khalid Lafdi, resident scientist and professor in the materials engineering graduate program;
* "Nanophotonics," Joseph Haus, director of the graduate program in electro-optics;
* "The Impact and Promise of Nanomaterials to Aerospace Applications," Tia Benson Tolle, chief, Structural Materials Branch, Air Force Research Laboratory; and
* "Educating the Engineer of 2020: Adapting Engineering to the New Century," Richard Taber, program officer of the National Academy of Engineering.

The All-Academy lecture and symposium are free and open to the public.
Free parking for the event is available in lots A and B on the University of Dayton campus. A complete list of abstract presentations and schedules can be found at The Ohio Academy of Science website at

For more information, contact Carissa Krane at (937) 229-3427 or Jayne Robinson at (937) 229-2580.