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Hudson Valley hosts National Academy of Sciences symposium "New York's Nanotechnology Model: Building the Innovation Economy"

The National Academy of Sciences, which is observing its 150th anniversary this year, has organized a symposium — New York’s Nanotechnology Model: Building the Innovation Economy— that brings together major players in the local computer chip manufacturing sector.

The event will be held Wednesday and Thursday, April 3-4, in the college's Bulmer Telecommunications Center. Sponsors, in addition to the Academy and Hudson Valley Community College, are the Albany-based Center for Economic Growth, GlobalFoundries and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Opening remarks on Wednesday will be delivered by President Drew Matonak, U.S. Representative Paul Tonko and N.Y. Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy. President Matonak will be a part of the Technical Training for Innovation-Driven Employment panel discussion on April 4 at 11:15 a.m.

Day one of the symposium will include two panels that will focus on the New York nanotechnology cluster as well as innovation and growth in nanotechnology. The second day will consist of four more panels. Experts will discuss topics ranging from the growth of the semiconductor industry to advancing of manufacturing industries in New York state — basically the science of materials at the atomic level — at the regional, national and international levels. Computer chip manufacturing utilizes nanotechnology disciplines, although nanotechnology is also used in a wide-range of other market sectors, including clean energy research into solar electricity, biotechnology and the development of new materials.

Registration for the symposium is free and can be for one or two days.