Workshop Program

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Thursday, April 19

6:30 – 7:00 pm Social Reception

7:00 - 8:00 pm Dinner, The Inn at Virginia Tech

  • Welcoming remarks (PowerPoint PRIVATE FILE 6.3MB Apr19 18)
  • Introductions
  • Plan and goals for the workshop (an exercise in distributed authorship)
  • Expectations: cordial and collegial sharing of ideas, resources, approaches; to facilitate writing this perspectives manuscript, and in service to the larger community we want to engage in the doing of nanoscience.
  • Products at the end of the workshop (a first draft of a complete manuscript!)

Friday, April 20--Explorations of Key Topics

Breakfast--Hilton Garden Inn (breakfast buffet) Depart for Corporate Research Center at 8:00

8:15 - 9:00 am Tour Corporate Research Center; Nanoscale Characterization and Fabrication Laboratory

9:00 - 9:15 Coffee/Tea Service Opening Comments, Review Schedule and Charge of the Day

9:15 am - 2:00 pm Participant Presentations: Participants are given 15 minutes: 10 for a mini-lecture that they have prepared before the conference depending on their expertise on the role of incidental NP's affecting geological and environmental phenomena, and 5 minutes for discussion/questions after each mini-presentation.

Natural, Incidental, and Engineered Nanomaterials, Earth Systems, and Environmental Health

Overall Nanomaterials Impact and their observable peculiarities

Earth Systems

10:45 - 11:00 am Break

Environmental Health (including engineered systems)

12:15 -1:15 pm Lunch

Presentations cont'd

Nanoparticles in complex environments: Computation, organic, and physical chemistry

  • 1:15 - 1:30 Kevin Rosso, Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate , PNNL (Computational Nanogeoscience (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) PRIVATE FILE 63.2MB Apr18 18))
  • 1:30 -1:45 Nita Sahai, Department of Polymer Science, The University of Akron (Mineral-Model Membrane Interactions (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) PRIVATE FILE 72MB Apr20 18))
  • 1:45 - 2:00 Pete McGrail, Energy and Environment Directorate, PNNL (Nanomaterials in Energy and Clean Water Production (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) PRIVATE FILE 36.6MB Apr20 18))
  • 2:00 - 2:15 David Mogk, Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University (Nanoparticles in the Earth System: Missing Links? (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) PRIVATE FILE 5.7MB Apr20 18))
  • 2:15 - 2:30 Reflections: What are the significant questions, approaches, methods, outcomes emerging in nanoscience in earth and environmental systems? Are there central, emerging themes that are common to these many dimensions of nanoscience we should emphasize in the manuscript?

2:30 - 2:45 break

2:45 - 3:45 Small Group Breakout Discussion I: Methods, strategies and approaches to Nanoscience, relevant to the paper that we will write

Small group discussions to explore the fundamental approaches to doing nanoscience. What methods are typically employed, what are their strengths and limitations, what else is needed to effectively do this work into the future. Record notes in the Participant Workspace for report out and for ideas for manuscript writing. Suggested groups: 1) conceptual, theoretical, computational, 2) field observations and measurements, including sampling/collecting, and 3) spectroscopy and microscopy

3:45 - 4:00 Break (and reassemble in new groups)

4:00 - 4:45 Small Group Breakout Discussion II: Applications to Earth and Environmental Systems, relevant to the paper that we will write

Small group discussions to explore traditional and emerging applications of nanoscience in discovering and characterizing nanoparticles in Earth and Environmental systems. Record notes in the Participant Workspace for report out and for ideas for manuscript writing. Suggested groups: a) nanoparticles in the atmosphere, b) in water (ocean, surface, ground water), or c) as components in or on soils, minerals and rocks; consider also the role of biological systems (e.g., bioavailability, human health) in each of these parts of the Earth system.

4:45 - 5:30 pm Report outs from small group work

Use the notes compiled in the Participant Workspace to review for the group the main topics that were discussed, areas in need of further development, etc.

By 8 pm Complete Roadcheck (optional)

6:00 - 7:00 Dinner

Evening Homework: Reflect on the day's discussions. Prepare a brief outline of a few key topics you would like to develop for the perspectives manuscript. Refer to the manuscript outline prepared by Mike Hochella--where can you best contribute?

Saturday, April 21--The "Work" Day of this Workshop

Breakfast--Hilton Garden Inn (breakfast buffet) Depart for Corporate Research Center at 8:15

8:30 –9:00 am Introduction to the day

Mike Hochella will review the outline of the perspectives manuscript. We will form small writing groups to address the key topics identified in the outline. Overview of manuscript requirements: length, references, figures (to be created). In addition, consider resources that can also be placed on the supporting website to extend, complement, and supplement resources that are presented in the manuscript.

9:00 - 11:30 Small Writing Groups (assemble, work, take breaks as needed)

For each assigned writing group: create a detailed outline of key ideas that need to be addressed; assemble a list of key references; consider what figures or images could be used as representative examples of this work. Post this information in the Participant Workspace for your group.

11:30 - 12:00 "Lightning Round" Report Outs:

Short review of progress made; requests for feedback; where do you need help, insights, advice....?

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 4:30 Small Group (or Individual) Writing (take your own breaks as needed)

Now is the time to commit to text. In the small groups (or individually) develop the key ideas for your assigned topics. Include the "big ideas", supporting evidence, references (so we don't have to go looking for these at a later time), suggested or recommended figures or images (existing or to be created), and any related materials that could be useful. Writing is probably done most easily in WORD, and then we can upload your files, and combine into webpages in the workspace for all to review. Post your work in the small group work in the Participant Workspace. [Don't agonize over wordsmithing! We will do final editing for grammar, style, continuity, etc. We need you to focus on content. Address the key topics, provide the supporting evidence and references....]

4:30 - 5:30 Report Outs

Progress made; what's left to be done? Solicit advice from the group about issues of content and presentation.


Evening Homework: After the dinner break, take a fresh look at the product of your day's work. Do any final editing that may be needed so the group can successfully review this work tomorrow.

Sunday, April 22--Review

Breakfast--Hilton Garden Inn (breakfast buffet) Depart for Corporate Research Center at 8:15

8:30 – 8:45 am Introduction to the day

8:45 - 10:00 Round Robin Review

We are all experienced reviewers, and we all have broad expertise in the field of nanoscience. We will conduct a "round robin" review of the sections of the manuscript that were developed yesterday. You know the drill: as this is a perspectives (review) manuscript, a) Have we met the criteria set out by Science magazine? b) Are all the sections comprehensive and coherent? c) What topics need clarification or expansion? d) Are there transitions that can effectively be made from one section to the next? e) Are there redundancies that can be rectified among the sections?

10:00 - 11:00 Report outs--Advice/Feedback to Section Authors

11:00 - 12:00 Next Steps/Post-Workshop Assignments

How can we best help Mike Hochella get this manuscript successfully submitted (for all of us!)?

Departures for Airport (as required by participants)

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