IN THE NEWS
A Dec. 18 story in the Wisconsin State Journal about the new Nanoworld Discovery Center exhibit in the Engineering Centers Building quoted Associate Professor Wendy Crone. The exhibit seeks to introduce nanotechnology to the public. In addition, the spring issue of the Wisconsin Alumni Association magazine, On Wisconsin, included an interview with Crone in a report on the promise of nanotechnology.
wistechnology.com highlighted work done by Associate Professor Riccardo Bonazza in a Dec. 15 roundup of university research. Bonazza is using the Wisconsin Shock Tube to study the physics of fusion fuel pellets.
Assistant Professor Paul Wilson was a guest April 29 on Joy Cardin’s show on Wisconsin Public Radio. Wilson discussed President Bush’s energy policy and in particular, Bush’s desire to begin building nuclear reactors for power generation. He talked about several aspects of nuclear power, including reactor safety, waste issues and economic viability.
An April 21 story in Nature Materials Update about using diamond-like materials as machine parts in nanodevices mentioned research con-ducted by Assistant Professor Rob Carpick and his group. Carpick and colleagues have made nanoscale measurements of the frictional and
chemical properties of ultrananocrystaline diamond thin films. They found that the frictional characteristics of their films could be improved by coating them with hydrogen atoms via an easy process. Also, a May 24 story, “Gay prof rips vote denying benefits,” in The Capital Times, quoted Carpick. Although Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle estimated the cost of providing full benefits to domestic partners (both unmarried heterosexual couples as well as gay and lesbian partners) at about $500,000 annually, Carpick pointed out that in his five years at the university, he alone has brought in more than $2.5 million in research grants. The budget committee’s 13-3 vote May 23 against Doyle’s proposal, says Carpick, “sends the message that they take gay and lesbian employees for granted.” Similar stories in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal also quoted Carpick.