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The NanoCenter and Benedict College Partner to Provide Public Programs

February 14, 2008

Think nanotechnology and fuel cells are topics reserved only for brainy scientists?

Think again….and then sign up for free classes on those subjects being offered at the NanoCenter at the University of South Carolina and Benedict College.

Dubbed the Citizens’ School, the sessions will feature three different programs on nanotechnology, the environment and fuel cell and hydrogen technology. Each program has a fee of $30 and runs for seven to eight weeks

The Citizens’ Schools will feature talks by faculty, presentations, readings and lab tours. Scientific expertise is not necessary to participate; the schools are for people who are curious about a scientific topic and want a general introduction.

“Nanotechnology is an exciting family of technologies that could change our economy, our computers and our health in South Carolina,” said Dr. Stacey Franklin Jones, Benedict’s vice president for sponsored programs and research. “The Citizens’ School of Nanotechnology brings nanotech to the residents of Columbia so that all of us can contribute to nanotechnology policy in our city and throughout South Carolina.”

The Citizens’ School of Nanotechnology will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, beginning March 5, and will run for eight consecutive weeks. The school will be held in the N.A. Jenkins Board Room in Benjamin F. Payton Learning Resource Center, located in the heart of the Benedict College campus on Harden Street.

The Citizens’ School on Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Technology will be held at 6:30 p.m. Mondays, beginning March 10, and will run for seven weeks. The program will be held in Room 2A31 of the Swearingen Engineering Center, at the corner of Main and Catawba streets.

The Citizens’ School on the Environment will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursdays beginning March 20, and will run for seven weeks. The school will be held in the Sumwalt Building, on Greene Street between Main and Sumter streets.

For more information on the programming or to register, contact Chris Toumey at or 803-777-2221.