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Oak Ridge Scientist Opens Door to Nanoscale World

LAS CRUCES - An Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist will bring sizeable insight to a tiny, tiny subject - nanoscale structures - at a special New Mexico State University lecture series March 3-4.



David Cole, an internationally recognized expert in nanoscale structures at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will speak March 3-4 at New Mexico State University as part of its Lowenstein Lecture Series. (Courtesy photo from Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

"Nanoscale research involves science, engineering and technology at the level of atoms and molecules," said David Cole, research program manager for the Department of Energy's Office of Basic Energy Sciences Geosciences Research Program at Oak Ridge.

Cole, an internationally recognized expert in experimental geochemistry, will present a public seminar March 3 at 4 p.m. in Room 105 of Wooton Hall, located on the western edge of campus. The title of talk is "Nanoscale Science: A Window into Molecular Behavior at Interfaces Encountered in Natural and Engineered Systems."

Cole's presentation is part of the Lowenstein Lecture Series from NMSU's agronomy and horticulture department. Cole will give a second presentation for students and faculty March 4 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 200 of Gerald Thomas Hall titled "Application of Stable Isotopes to Earth and Environmental Science."

Cole earned his bachelor's degree in geology from the State University of New York. His master's degree in geology and doctorate in geochemistry and mineralogy are from Pennsylvania State University. He joined the research staff at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1982, and currently serves as the head of the aqueous chemistry and geochemistry group.

The Oak Ridge lab, located about 20 miles west of Knoxville, Tenn., is a Department of Energy facility managed by the University of Tennessee and Battelle, LLC, a nonprofit research institute.

NMSU's Lowenstein Lecture Series is made possible through a gift from the late Bonnie and Bernard Lowenstein of Albuquerque. The presentations promote interest and better understanding of floriculture and recreational horticulture, along with other fields of plant science. In addition, NMSU has offered the Bonnie Lowenstein Memorial endowed scholarship for undergraduates since 1993.

For more information or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting, please contact Curtis Monger at (505) 646-3405 or cmonger@nmsu.edu before the event.