[ASC-list] ASC-list Digest, Vol 45, Issue 23

Brent Banham brent.banham at flinders.edu.au
Thu Aug 28 02:48:53 UTC 2008

Nanotechnology - materials for science project (Shore, Jesse)

Hi Jesse,

3 good secondary school resources for nanotechnology materials:

1. Bridge 8 and Flinders University have produced a downloadable .pdf
document called "nanotechnology matters" written with s3econdary school
teachers in mind. Go to: http://www.bridge8.com.au/_sgg/m4m7_1.htm

2. The University of Madison-Wisconcin has a great site.
http://www.mrsec.wisc.edu/Edetc/ Check out the videolabs in particular. Many
are usable in the school setting.

3. St Helena College in Victoria has an established Nanotechnology
curriculum. Follow the links to "SHINE" from the Nanovic website. Contact St
Helena and they have been in the practice of giving teachers the password to
access the teacher part of the website.
In a similar fashion, www.nanotechnology.gov.au will have some teacher
materials available from December.

Hope that helps.

Brent Banham
Science Communications Officer
School of Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences
Flinders University

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Please find below details of the next Public Lecture at the Centre for
Astrophysics & Supercomputing, given by Professor Bob Carswell, from the
Institute of Astronomy at  the University of Cambridge.

Please note there will be two other free public astronomy lectures this
year.  On  Wednesday 15 October at 6.30pm, Professor Bill Harris of McMaster
University in Canada will speak on 'Creative Reactions to the End of the
World:  From Galileo to the 21st Century Universe'.  Dr Taft Armandroff,
Director of the Keck Observatories in Hawaii, will speak on Thursday, 20
November, at 6.30pm (topic tbc).


Speaker:   Professor Bob Carswell, Institute of Astronomy,  University of

Topic:  Gravity and Light - Gravitational Lenses and Black Holes

Time:  6.30pm

Date:  Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Location:  AR104  http://astronomy.swin.edu.au/contact/

 The lecture is free, but as seating limited, please contact Carolyn Cliff
 03 9214 5569 or contact at astro.swin.edu.au to reserve a seat.
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Gravity and Light - Gravitational Lenses and Black Holes

We explore how light behaves near massive objects, and show that for
gravitational lenses, gravitational redshifts and black holes, the
main concepts can be understood in general terms from Einstein's
oft-quoted equation, E=mc^2.

Light paths are changed as they pass close to the sun and to massive
galaxies, so giving us the idea of gravitational lenses which can
change the appearance of distant galaxies and quasars. Some examples
of multiply imaged quasars and lensed galaxies are given.

Gravitational redshifts of light from compact stars have been
measured. In the extreme case of very compact objects - black holes -
no light can escape at all. There are compelling reasons for believing
that massive black holes reside near the centers of many galaxies, and
particularly the center of the Milky Way.


Bob Carswell is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of
Cambridge in the U.K. He was born in New Zealand (Invercargill, if
anybody is interested), went to the U.K. to do a PhD degree, and never
quite made it back. His research is mainly on quasars and
observational aspects of the growth of structure in the Universe.  He
is the co-discoverer of the first known gravitationally lensed quasar.


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Dr Elizabeth Stark
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Swinburne University of Technology
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Stations include Wilderness Society, Sydney Children's Hospital,
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Please see request for information for high school projects re
nanotechnology. Anybody have any sources to suggest?

Hi Jesse,

Further to our discussion, what websites would have high school level
science projects on nano-technology?

I'm looking at materials of similar quality as MIT-OpenCourseWare
(MIT-OCW) Highlight for High Schools

What other resources can I tap into?

Any help would be much appreciated.

Best regards,
Paul Kintanar


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