Center faculty (Buongiorno-Nardelli, Dougherty, Shultz, Tracy) designed and implemented a new course, Introduction to Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, and evaluation assessment (before/after) suggests that students gained considerable knowledge of magnetic and electronic spectroscopy, as well as the synthetic, analytical, and nanoscale chemistry relevant to spintronics. At the conclusion of the course participating students reported being interested or very interested in spintronics (84%); techniques in spintronics (100%); and applications of spintronics (84% very interested). A total of 14 graduate students completed the course.
Summer Undergraduate Researchers from Shaw University
School Presentations & Teacher Workshops
Jones and Tracy collaborated with Kenan Fellow Liz Woolard and conducted two workshops for teachers at the NC Science Teachers Conference. During these workshops, teachers (ca. 50) learned about advances in spintronic and nanoscale science and technology and effective strategies for teaching these concepts. Woolard developed a series of high school learning modules for teachers to use in spintronics and nanoscale science teaching activities. Woolard was jointly sponsored by the Kenan Institute and the CMS during summer (2010 and 2011) months.
Science Café and Museum Presentations
Back for its sixth year, NanoDays 2011 was a huge success. NCSU and UNC-CH Researchers from the Center For Molecular Spintronics partnered to present advancements in research to 2,000 parents, teachers, and students. Spintronics faculty and students shared their cutting edge research to develop new and more efficient forms of computing.
Center graduate students presented posters and talked with middle school students about future careers in nano-chemistry. Daniel Dougherty and Jack Rowe sponsored demonstrations and lab tours so that students could learn more about the new tools that are used at the nanoscale. An evaluation study of visitors showed that participants found NanoDays to be highly interesting and noted that they wanted to learn even more about nanoscale science.
Teacher Summer Research
After a competitive application process, Elizabeth Woolard was selected to become a Kenan Fellow working with the Center for Molecular Spintronics. Ms. Woolard has spent two summers conducting research in the lab of Joe Tracy. The mission of the Kenan Fellows Program is to enable teachers to increase their students' knowledge of science and mathematics and to engage teachers, business leaders, and university faculty in collaborating to improve education. The program provides opportunities for leadership development as well as research experiences. Ms. Woolard continues to work with Spintronics faculty Joe Tracy and Gail Jones to create educational materials and investigations that teachers can use to teach their students about spintronics-rated research.
Graduate and Undergraduate Research
NCSU undergraduate students are engaging in cross-disciplinary research spanning all phases of research - from concept to discovery. Students are invited to participate in the Academic Year Research Experience (ARE) and the Summer Research Experience programs to do independent research with a faculty mentor.
NC Museum of Life and Science and the Center for Molecular Spintronics
Science educators at the NC Museum of Life and Science have joined the researchers in the Center to provide outreach to the public. Museum educators brought new exhibits for the public to share with visitors to NanoDays.
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