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  • From: "Gregory Louie" <>
  • To: "Klaver, Kristen" <>, <>
  • Subject: Re: RE: An idea for the future - Nanoscale Science Education
  • Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2004 02:53:15 -0500
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Hi Kristen,

Thank you. Our daughter is a constant source of joy. She's 17 months and
learning like gangbusters. How old is your son now and what is he up to?

I haven't heard from anyone else yet, but Terence Rogers is reasonably close
by (I'm in NY). I intend to contact him directly to see if he would be
interested. Would you know his current email address?

As to what we need to get this rolling, it depends on a lot of things, but
here's my thinking.

1. The site to test the idea should be one that should be reproducible
nationally with minimum cost and would also serve a large and continuing
audience. I imagine that those characteristics would be necessary to both
justify the cost of installation and make any funders happy. Science
museums close to the Abilene backbone would do nicely. A simultaneous event
at both the Smithsonian and the new Hayden Planetarium in NY should showcase
the capabilities of the Internet2 both to the public and to our country's
2. I'm a high school science teacher with big ideas but without enough of a
track record for this kind of project. In most cases, in order to get
funding and invite important people to a party, one needs a reputation for
successfully completing a project of the same size. That is why I sought
your group out.

What resources and people would the K20innovators be able to assemble for
this project?


----- Original Message -----
From: "Klaver, Kristen"
Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2004 12:11 AM
Subject: RE: RE: An idea for the future - Nanoscale Science Education


First of all congratulations on your daughter. I adopted my son from
Romania 5 years ago and it seems just like yesterday!

I am in Oklahoma and am interested in your idea. Have you heard back
from anyone else? What do we need to do to get this rolling?


-----Original Message-----

Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2004 4:15 AM

Subject: Re: RE: An idea for the future - Nanoscale Science Education

Hi folks,

Here's an idea: Narrated tours through atomically resolved bionanocapes.
The images produced by atomic force microscopes can commented on by
outstanding research scientists in real time. During an online
conference, a moderator could take student questions.

This idea would demonstrate the power of Internet2, connect the bionano
research community in a powerful way and reach out to an existing K-14

I have developed a list of research scientists that might be suitable
collaborators, if you are interested in making this happen.

Gregory Louie


Since I'm new to your list here's a little blurb about myself.

I'm a NYS Authentic Science Research in the High Schools (ASR). I've
taken a year off to ease the transition of our newly adopted Chinese
daughter to her new family.

While she naps, I'm developing a web portal to recruit, challenge and
support research students. I'm gearing this site to a K-14 audience.

The intention is to challenge students to design solutions for medical,
health and global environmental problems. My focus is on bionanotech
designs. I have some experience in this field. Besides my daughter, it
is one of my life's passions.

For those of you unfamiliar with the ASR program: This three year
program provides high school students with an authentic experience of
scientific research. The students select an individual project of their
own choosing, read scientific papers, contact research scientists and
design and conduct experiments in their mentor's laboratory. The best
students produce papers(in peer-reviewed journals) and go on to compete
and win at local, national and international science competitions.

For those of you unfamiliar with bionanotechnology: This is an emerging
discipline that has resulted from the convergence of molecular biology
and nanoscale science (physics, materials science, and microprocessor

The nanoscale is 1000x smaller than the microscale reaching nearly down
to the atomic scale. It is the scale at which molecules operate.

The hope is to shrinking devices like microprocessors another 10-1000
fold, so imagine your desktop computer shrunk down to the size of your
wristwatch or even smaller. Inside that wristwatch would be a nanoscale
computer processor. Some even envision nanoscale computers embedded in
the very threads of your clothing.

Of course, those crafty little cells have been there first - operating
at the nanoscale for billions of years. A cell can be considered as a
package of approximately 300,000 to 1 million nanoscale components all
wonderfully orchestrated to perform the complex tasks of daily life.



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