Global Nanobiotechnology Consortium (GNC) Conference 2022, a global endeavor at USF!

On April 22-24, 2022, the University of South Florida welcomed participants and speakers to the second annual Global Nanobiotechnology Consortium (GNC) Conference. This event was conducted over 3 days and was organized by the Taneja College of Pharmacy, The Florida Association of Nanotechnology (FAN) and two student organizations; New Advancements in Nanotechnology (NANO) and Engineering Biology. With over 160 attendees, this was the first conference following the pandemic that was offered in a hybrid format. Looking back at years 2020-2022, we recall a time that brought unprecedented calamity for mankind globally, with the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, that has affected millions globally killing hundreds of thousands of individuals.

With the acknowledgment of a dire need to innovate nano-biotech-based methods and approaches for the management of the COVID-19 pandemic this conference was created. This conference focused on the applications of nanotechnology in biomedical sciences, bioengineering, and medicine for COVID-19 pandemic. The forum’s goals were in line with one of the focus areas of biomedical engineering which is defined as “Design and validation of systems that integrate living and non-living components for improved understanding, diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of disease or injury”. Read More »Global Nanobiotechnology Consortium (GNC) Conference 2022, a global endeavor at USF!

Nanoflorida Conference 2022

The University of Florida hosted the Nanoflorida Conference 2022 on April 16-17, 2022. The conference was started by the Florida Association of Nanotechnology (FAN) in an effort for people to gain new knowledge, interact with people of similar and different backgrounds, be present in an inclusive space with nanoscience and nanoengineering topics, and listen to various people in all branches of academia, industry, and government.

This year’s hybrid event featured government speakers who presented remotely, along with various talks by faculty in person across Florida. It also featured 32 student oral presenters to hone their communication and public speaking skills. Read More »Nanoflorida Conference 2022

Inspiring Student Innovation

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As the new quarter gets underway at Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, Oregon, technologically minded students are busy preparing for an inspiring event. HWeekend is a competition that brings together students of all disciplines to create new, marketable inventions. But there’s a catch. They only have 30 hours! 30 hours to come up with an idea, recruit a team of students to help turn that idea into reality, create a prototype, put together a business plan, pitch the idea to the judges, and, hopefully, win a prize.

This fast-paced event is sponsored and organized by OSU’s College of Engineering, College of Business, and InnovationX, with support from Inventors Enterprise, a club of students working to create innovative solutions to society’s problems. 

Alejandro Navarro, president of Inventors Enterprise. Photo by Mallory Hinks.

Alejandro Navarro, the current president of Inventors Enterprise and senior at OSU, started off as a participant of HWeekend when he was a sophomore. He enjoyed his experience so much that he joined Inventors Enterprise to get more involved and continue working on new ideas and projects. This upcoming HWeekend will be his third year as either a participant or an organizer.  He says that for him, the best part of HWeekend is coming up with an idea and having something that you can physically hold in your hand 30 hours later.

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