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The Nano Life

.: It was made official today. Effective immediately, I am now the librarian for the National Institute for Nanotechnology, aka the NINT Librarian. The position is a one-year, half-time secondment from my current position. The new NINT building won’t open until May 2006, but NINT itself has been on campus since 2001, operating out of the sixth floor of ECERF, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Facility. Much has yet to be worked out, not the least of which is what kind of services I will be providing, as well as office space, security clearance (this is a federal facility, jointly sponsored by the province and the university), and a breakdown of time between the SciTech Library and NINT. When NINT moves into the new building in May, I will be along for the ride.

This will be exciting. It is a very new development for me, literally – only yesterday the mechanics were put in motion, documents signed, introductions made, etc. What is NINT? An excerpt from its research overview:

The focus of the National Institute for Nanotechnology’s (NINT) research program is integration – the combination of separate nano-scale devices and materials into complex nanosystems that are connected the outside world. NINT explores the integration, at the molecular level, of nature’s most powerful nano-devices such as proteins, lipids, and other biological structures made from ‘soft’ organic material, with crystalline semiconductors, metals, and catalysts made from inorganic ‘hard’ materials. The connection of natural biological or synthetic bio-inspired structures with electronics and information systems will lead to new and extremely powerful tools and technology platforms with broad application in the life sciences, medicine, materials science, and electronics and computation.

Stay tuned. When I know more, I’ll let you know.

9 Responses to “The Nano Life”

  1. Tony Dalmyn Says:

    Congratulations. It sounds exciting and challenging.

    I can visualize a new vocabulary for nano-pop culture. Just like real pop culture, but with smaller celebrities. Nano-ego, Nano-talent, Nano-marketing.

  2. Rebecca Says:

    Congrats Randy!

  3. amanda Says:

    cool! congrats, Randy. sounds like a neat institute, look forward to hearing more about the sorts of things you will be doing with them.

  4. Christina Pikas Says:

    Congrats! Sounds kind-of chem-like more than the engineering and standards work I think of you doing. We did a little presentation for the Mid-Atlantic NanoTech Alliance on the literature and language of Nano — it’s not trivial searching since it’s so broad and interdisciplinary. Anyway, should be interesting. Keep us posted!

  5. Loretta (mom) Says:

    All I can say is WOW Randy. You have been amazing your dad and I from day one and we love it. How you manage to do all you do we’ll never know, but somehow you do manage it. You were truly were blessed with many gifts and talents and we are very proud of you. I pray each day that all will go smoothly for you, and that you will slip into your new position with ease. Enjoy.
    Luv ya!

  6. Desirae Says:

    hi, I am Pte. Salikins girlfriend, I just wanted to personally thank you for your support towards him. It means a great deal, and I’m sure that when hes well he well thank you himself, take care

  7. Brad Says:

    Gotta love a man who thinks small.

    Way to go.

  8. Peter Says:

    Hi randy
    Congratulations. Like the new colours on Pod Bay Door (sorry if they are an ancient change).

    I know what you mean about working harder than ever, not sure how long I can sustain my current workload at epl. Love the challenge and the people, it is the paper and details that can be so mind-numbing.


  9. the pod bay door / Snow Too Early Says:

    […] .: On a work-related note, my secondment at NINT has been extended until January 2008. […]

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