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MSU to host free NanoDays family science night April 11

March 31, 2011

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MSU News Service
Tel: (406) 994-4571
BOZEMAN - On Monday, April 11, Montana State University will host a free family science night as part of a nationwide celebration called NanoDays.

The theme of the event is nanotechnology, an emerging field in which scientists and engineers study and manipulate matter at the atomic and molecular scale to develop disease-fighting drugs, alternative energy solutions, ultra-strong sports equipment and many other applications. The evening will help both kids and adults learn about nanoscience in a fun and easy-to-understand format, including its impacts on society.

The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. in the SUB Ballrooms. Visitors can stop in at any time for activities and demonstrations, such as manipulating magnetic liquid, learning about static electricity, playing with nanosand and getting a nano tattoo.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

At MSU, researchers are using nanoscience to develop targeted vaccines, magnetic materials for electronics and catalysts for producing hydrogen. Nanoscience is an emerging field that blends chemistry, physics, engineering and other areas of science and is one of the country's top research priorities.

NanoDays is sponsored by Montana NSF EPSCoR, MSU's Center for Bio-Inspired Nanomaterials, MSU Extended University and the Undergraduate Chemistry Society. For more information, visit

Suzi Taylor, (406) 994-7957 or