Updated 05/16/2011 10:43 PM
UAlbany hosting international nanotechnology conference
Because of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, nanotechnology leaders from Japan, Europe and the United States are at UAlbany for a prestigious nanotechnology conference. Our C.J. Spang has more.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- UAlbany's College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering is front and center in the world of nanotechnology this week, as the college hosts the seventh annual International Nanotechnology Conference on Communication and Cooperation.
"Albany is a prime example of collaboration between this long term view of basic research and growing young scientists and applications," said Dr. M.C. Roco of the National Science Foundation. "This is a place where you have a benefit on both sides."
This year's conference was supposed to be in Japan, but the earthquake and tsunami forced organizers to find a new location, which is how it ended up here Albany.
"We felt it was something we should do, as a good corporate citizen and as a citizen of the world," said Richard C. Brilla of CNSE. "And really try to help what we're trying to do. So it was an opportunity for us to help the people in Japan, but it was also an opportunity for us to help ourselves."
Organizers say it's not a large conference, but it can have a big impact.
"This is a very important conference because it brings together government, industry and academia," said Dr. Paolo A. Gargini of Intel Corporation. "And the goal of this conference is to aim for technologies that we think would be very relevant in 2020."
The conference goes until Thursday.