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NUANCE: Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center

NUANCE Fest 2021!

The first ever hybrid NUANCE Fest was hosted on Zoom and in the A/B atrium this year, including raffles, tours, and the annual Art of Science image contest. The NUANCE center hosts these festivities every year in accordance with National Nanotechnology Day, held on October 9th, 2021*.  

Tours were scheduled from 10am to 12pm and included all facilities that users, both internal and external, can use for their ground-breaking science. This year, the three different tours split the facilities based on their physical location. Every tour participant received a NUANCE passport containing the contact information of the lab managers of each facility. After a full year of remote work due to the pandemic, the in-person portion of the event was a breath of fresh air for all involved.  

After lunches were collected, participants returned to the festivities over Zoom, where the winner of the Art of Science Image Contest was announced alongside raffle winners from the tours. With over 40 people in attendance, the winning pictures were discussed by the artists, which provided insights to both the technical and artistic aspects of the images. Prizes included digital gift cards, NUANCE branded swag, and a puzzle of last year’s image contest winner. For a full listing of the image contest winners, please click here. 

 * National Nanotechnology Day (#NationalNanoDay) is an annual celebration featuring a series of community-led events and activities on or around October 9 to help raise awareness of nanotechnology, how it is currently used in products that enrich our daily lives, and the challenges and opportunities it holds for the future. This date,10/9, pays homage to the nanometer scale, 10 –9 meters. Our event was held on the next closest week day, 10/8 

NUANCE Fest registration
Signing in at Registration 


NUANCE Fest tour AB wing
Checking out the EPIC Facilities 


NUANCE Fest touring SPID
Investigating SPID


NUANCE Fest Touring BioCryo
Looking cool in BioCryo 


NUANCE Fest tours J-wing
Tirzah Abbott explains what goes on on the J-wing 


Xiaobing Hu, TEM Facility Manager 


Kelly Parker Tour Guide
Tour guides extraordinaire! 


Lunch time
Mmmmm, lunch!


Staff eating lunch
Say Cheese!


Staff at Reception
Jordan, Harshika, and Ruari
greet the arrivals!


VPD announcing Image Contest Winners
Director Vinayak Dravid announces the winning Images!