Harvard Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (Harvard NSEC)

About This Collaboration

The Center for the Science of Nanoscale Systems and their Device Applications is a National Science Foundation Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center (NSEC). It is headquartered at Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and includes as major partners MIT, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the Museum of Science, Boston. The Museum has been the NSEC’s public engagement and outreach partner since the center began in 2001.

Until 2011, Harvard provided an annual sub-award that supported Museum staff in developing and delivering a wide range of educational experiences, including live presentations on a range of nanotechnology topics, guest researcher events, The Amazing Nano Brothers Juggling Show,the Talking Nano 6-DVD Set, the Museum’s NanoNerds YouTube channel, live cablecasts via New England Cable News, podcasts, NanoDays, and science communication workshops and internships for graduate students.

The NSEC’s director is Robert Westervelt at Harvard University, and Bertrand Halperin is Co-PI. Carol Lynn Alpert, at the Museum of Science, is the center’s director for public engagement. For more information: nano@mos.org. For more information on research center education outreach partnerships, calpert@mos.org.

Support provided by an NSF sub-award through the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center at Harvard. Award Nos. PHY 0117795 and 0646094.

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