February Science Pub features nanotechnology discussion

On Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, Science Pub will feature Willamette University physics professor David Altman discussing “Nanotech and the physics of the nano-realm” at Brown's Towne Lounge starting at 6:30 p.m.

At the leading edge of scientific advancement, nanotechnology is the study of manipulating atoms and molecules which are so small that they have properties unseen at human scale. Altman will highlight these unintuitive properties and discuss nanotechnology’s potential for advancing our understanding of physics.

A graduate of the University of Chicago and Stanford University, Altman uses a laser to study proteins in an optical trap he built with Willamette students as part of the university’s Science Collaborative Research Program. His work focuses on the molecular motor myosin, and his passion for learning and teaching is a perfect fit for Science Pub.

“I like exploring as many things that I don’t understand as possible,” Altman says.

Science Pub Salem is a partnership between the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry and Willamette University. Instead of a speaker behind a distant podium, expect an informal presentation over food and drinks with plenty of time for a lively discussion.

Brown's Towne Lounge is open to adults 21 and over, and it is in the heart of downtown Salem at 189 Liberty St. NE. Science Pub is free, so arrive early to ensure you get a seat.

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