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Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award

for the college undergraduate or graduate student whose work in nanotechnology is deemed most notable

For Immediate Release

For Further Information contact:
Chris Peterson, Foresight Institute, 415-917-1122
or email inform@foresight.org

Foresight Institute Creates $1,000 Annual Award For Leading Nanotechnology College Student

Palo Alto, CA - Foresight Institute has created an academic grant to recognize the most promising student in the rapidly developing field of nanotechnology.

The Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award will provide a $1,000 award each year to the college undergraduate or graduate student whose work in nanotechnology is deemed most notable. The winning student will be selected by Dr. J. Storrs (Josh) Hall of Rutgers University, moderator of the sci.nanotech newsgroup on the Internet, and the Foresight Institute board of directors.

Nanotechnology is an emerging technology based on the ability to assemble individual molecules and atoms into precise structures. Its realization will allow the construction of supercomputers the size of a sugar cube, pollution-free manufacturing, super-strength materials, and molecular-scale robots capable of repairing damage in individual human cells. More than one billion such nanorobots could fit inside a single drop of blood.

The award, provided for the next four years through the generosity of computer industry entrepreneur Jim Von Ehr of Macromedia Inc., is intended primarily to allow the winning student to attend Foresight Institute's Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology, which is held in odd-numbered years to bring together leaders in nanotechnology research, or the Foresight Senior Associates Gathering, held in even-numbered years for researchers and supporters of nanotechnology research.

The Fifth Foresight Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology is scheduled for Nov. 5-9, 1997, in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Richard E. Smalley of Rice University, who received the 1996 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discovery of complex carbon molecule structures known as fullerenes, will deliver the keynote address. Dr. Smalley is expected to discuss the progress he and his colleagues at Rice have made in developing nanoscale structures.

The Foresight Institute Distinguished Student Award institutionalizes the first grant made in 1996 by Foresight to John M. Michelsen, a University of California at Irvine chemistry student. Michelsen's work, "Atomically Precise, 3D Organic Nanofabrication: Reactive Lattice Subunit Design for Inverse AFM/STM Positioning," is described on the World Wide Web at http://sugar.ps.uci.edu/~jmichels

Persons interested in nominating themselves or others for the award should contact Josh Hall via sci.nanotech, or Foresight Institute by e-mail at inform@foresight.org, or by calling Foresight Institute at (415) 917-1122. Entries for this year's award must be submitted by September 1, 1997. The winner will be selected in time to allow attendance at the November 1997 Conference on Molecular Nanotechnology.

Foresight Institute is a not-for-profit corporation whose goal is to guide emerging technologies to improve the human condition. Foresight focuses its efforts upon nanotechnology and upon systems that will enhance knowledge exchange and critical discussion, thus improving public and private policy decisions.

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