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NUANCE: Nanoscale Characterization Experimental Center

NUANCE Fest 2023!

This year’s celebration of National Nano Day was the best way to start off the week along with our 166 attendees. NUANCE Fest took place on 10/9/23 and featured self-guided tours, raffles, games, and food! The newest activity to join the NUANCE Fest celebrations was a lab scavenger hunt. Guests hunted for ducks on their tours and took selfies to prove they found all 7 of them (plus several bonus ducks) to win a special prize.  

Last year’s winner was featured again as a puzzle to complete along with our custom NUANCE instrument card game. All these activities led to another raffle for some NUANCE swag before the big reveal for our annual image contest winners! 

Vinayak opened the event with noting that this year had the most entries of any of the image contests prior at an impressive 58 unique entries. The winners who were present came up to the mic to give us more details on their incredible images and how they created them. If you’d like to see all of our winners, check them out on our NUANCE Fest Website! 

Thank you to everyone who came to NUANCE Fest and to the incredible staff that made it happen. 

folks lined up for registration
Folks registering and getting their passports!
Wrigley getting ready for the tour!
Wrigley getting ready for the tour! 
Touring EPIC
EPIC Facility Manager Paul Smeets showing off the some TEM capabilities
Touring J-wing
Touring J-wing and checking out the ARM 200F!
scavenger hunt on the tour
Our youngest attendee finds the scavenger hunt ducky with one of the SEM's 
Pizza Lunch
Pizza lunch!
raffle winner
Winning the raffle prize puzzle featuring the 2022 Art of Science Image Contest winner!
Image contest winners announcement with VPD
NUANCE Director Vinayak Dravid announcing the winners of the 2023 Art of Science Image Contest!
staff and volunteers at NUANCE Fest
NUANCE staff, volunteers, and special visitors!