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Bergren Forum series opens with look at 'small world'

Olivia Graeve, professor of materials science and engineering in Alfred University’s Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering, will open the fall 2012 semester of Bergren Forum offerings with “Nanomaterials: It’s a Small World After All.”

Her talk will begin at 12:10 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6 in AU’s Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center. All are welcome free of charge.

Graeve explains: “Over the past three decades, nanomaterials have been the subject of enormous interest. These materials, notable for their extremely small size, have the potential for use in wide-ranging applications, from extraordinarily tiny electronic devices, including miniature batteries, to biomedical uses, and as packaging films, superabsorbants, components of armor, and parts of automobiles.

“Nanomaterials are not simply another step in miniaturization,” says Graeve, “but a different arena entirely; the nanoworld lies midway between the scale of atomic/quantum phenomena and the scale of bulk materials. This talk will provide an introduction to the behavior of nanomaterials, as well as presenting the state-of-the-art in nanomaterials discoveries.”

Graeve has built one of the largest research groups on campus, involving both undergraduate and graduate students in her projects. As a researcher, she has earned the respect of her colleagues at Alfred University, and elsewhere.

In 2011, Graeve was awarded the Jaime Oaxaca Award by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, a national recognition given annually for “selfless and outstanding contributions to the fields of engineering and science to the Hispanic community over an extended period of time.” In 2010, the American Ceramic Society presented her the Karl Schwartzwalder Professional Achievement in Ceramic Engineering Award.

Graeve holds a doctoral degree in materials science and engineering from the University of California-Davis and a bachelor of science degree in structural engineering from the University of California-San Diego.

The Bergren Forum, sponsored by the Alfred University Division of Human Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, meets Thursdays during each academic semester at the University. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch; coffee and tea will be available.