Thursday, March 8, 2012

Solar Cells, Ultracold Atoms, 43 Days to 2012 CSF

MIT student wins $30,000 dollars from the Lemelson-MIT Student Prize

Miles C Barr, Chemical Engineering MS '08, PhD '12 has developed a method for printing solar cells on a variety of materials, chipping the ice on the potential for widespread, cost-effective solar energy and technologies.

Phew.  There are so many possibilities for materials science and energy research from this kind of invention.   But, aside from the world-changing ramifications, I think what really struck a chord with me is the statement by Joshua Schuler, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT Program, that emphasizes the inherent multi/inter-disciplinary attitude necessary for the creative process of invention.  It's really why universities and research institutions really ought to do more to create a culture where students and faculty from different departments mingle and interact in all sorts of different spaces.  But that's enough of my thoughts on that... onto the Event of the Day!

Center for Ultracold Atoms Kids Day

Friday, April 27, 2012
50 Vassar Street, MIT

The MIT/Harvard Center For Ultracold Atoms opens its doors for 6th to 9th graders to be introduced to experimental physics. This three hour program includes lab tours, cool demos of both everyday physics phenomena and of research currently being developed at MIT, and an informal question and answer panel with young scientists.  Don't forget to check the  Center For Ultracold Atoms website for information about the free TOPS Summer Physics Workshops for Middle and High School students:

Cost: Free. Open for up to 80 students in grades 6 through 9. Pre-registration required at

For more information about CUA Kids Day contact Clarice Aiello,

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