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Congratulations to MRSEC founder & former director Ellen Williams, on receiving President Obama's nomination for Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), Department of Energy!

"Dr. Ellen D. Williams, Nominee for Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, Department of Energy

Dr. Ellen D. Williams is the Chief Scientist for BP, a position she has held since 2010. She is currently on a leave of absence from the University of Maryland where she has served as a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology since 2000. Dr. Williams has served as a Professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Maryland since 1991. She founded the University of Maryland Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and served as its Director from 1996 through 2009. Dr. Williams received a B.S. in Chemistry from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology."

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MRSEC is now accepting applications for 2013 summer camps. Application deadline is May 24.

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Maryland Day is a time when the University of Maryland, College Park opens its doors to the public. With demonstrations, exhibits, workshops, performances, petting zoos, and much more, Maryland Day provides something for everyone!

MRSEC's "make-and-take" activities (10am-4pm) this year include:
- Silly putty
- Bracelets with colour-changing, UV-sensitive beads
- Colour-changing, UV-sensitive Nail Polish

More about MRSEC's Maryland Day activities:
http://mrsec.umd.edu/News/Details/MarylandDay/

Or visit the Official Maryland Day Site: http://marylandday.umd.edu/

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MRSEC presented interactive nanoscience activities for school groups at the Port Discovery Children's Museum. This program was designed to help students understand what nano is and how nano is part of their world now and in the future. As students designed their own flying cars (activity developed by NISE) for the future, they discussed what new ways of thinking might need to be established if nanotechnology was able to help develop them in real life.
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MRSEC Nanoscience Activities, Nov. 20, 2012 (7 photos)
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MRSEC is at the Power Discovery Children's Museum exciting school groups abbot nanoscience!
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Popular Science has put together a gallery of milestones in materials science, from early materials processing in ceramic figures (28,000 B.C.) to wet/dry adhesive developed "by merging the sticking power of geckos and mussels" (2007).
What do you think? Any other great milestones to add to their timeline?

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MRSEC presented interactive nanoscience activities for school groups at the Port Discovery Children's Museum. This program was designed to help students understand what nano is and how nano is part of their world now and in the future. As students designed their own flying cars (activity developed by NISE) for the future, they discussed what new ways of thinking might need to be established if nanotechnology was able to help develop them in real life.
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MRSEC Nanoscience Activities at Port Discovery (7 photos)
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MRSEC congratulates Julie Callis, recipient of the 2012 Department of Physics "Chair's Certificate of Excellence."
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MRSEC is at Port Discovery Children's Museum exciting school groups about nanoscience! 
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The Institute for Academic Challenge's (IAC) next Community Seminar Series is on Chaos Theory, Dec. 1, 2012, in Bethesda. Check out the IAC website http://academicchallenge.org/seminars.html or download the flyer: http://bit.ly/TwVA0Y for more information.
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