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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 28, 2010

Students, public invited to learn more about nanoscience at Northwest

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Dr. Gretchen L. G. Thornsberry, assistant professor of biological sciences at Northwest Missouri State University, will present "An Introduction to the Nanoscience Major at Northwest" at 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4, in Room 1405 of the University's Center For Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE).

Thornsberry will explain why nanoscience is important to our daily lives. She will show examples of products that are made using nanotechnology and why those products are superior to products made without nanotechnology.

Thornsberry will provide an overview of the nanoscience major at Northwest and what types of careers and salaries are possible with a nano degree. Tours of the CIE, which houses the program, will be available.

Nanoscience is the study and use of materials at the molecular or nanometer level. A nanometer is a billionth of a meter, or approximately one one-millionth the size of the period at the end of this sentence. Some work with nanoscience focuses on the development of better materials for everything from computers to medical implants.

Northwest's nanoscience program is interdisciplinary and offers hands-on laboratory experience in the state-of-the-art CIE. According to research, nanotechnology will touch an estimated $3 trillion worth of products by 2015, and the National Science Foundation forecasts the creation of millions of new jobs.

Northwest's CIE is a mixed-use business incubator and academic science building that provides assistance to existing small businesses and encourages development of new small businesses. In addition to the nanotechnology baccalaureate degree program, its academic wing houses genetics, cellular biology and physics courses. The 46,679-square-foot facility includes four wet-lab research areas, a shared scientific instrument room and 9,000 square feet of tenant office space.

For more information about Northwest's nanoscience degree go to

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468