“Nano” is a unit prefix meaning “one billionth.” It denotes a factor of 10-to-the-minus-9 or 0.000000001.
In other words, something very small. The unit of measure is useful in many areas of science, electronics and engineering.
“Nano” is the topic for Utah State University’s Science Unwrapped program Friday, Feb. 22, with featured speakers Elizabeth Vargis, assistant professor in USU’s Department of Biological Engineering and Nick Roberts, assistant professor in USU’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
The gathering begins at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center on USU’s Logan campus. Hosted by USU’s College of Science, admission to the public outreach event is free and all ages are welcome. Refreshments and hands-on learning activities conducted by USU students and faculty members, along with community groups, follow the talk, which is the fifth presentation of Science Unwrapped’s 10th anniversary “Powers of 10” series.
Initiated by the college in February 2009, Science Unwrapped introduces science in a relaxed, entertaining manner. Presentations begin with a brief lecture, followed by hands-on learning activities and refreshments. Each event draws several hundred guests, with attendees ranging from preschoolers to senior citizens.