Divison Sciences, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Biology/Chemistry/Engineering Program
Welcome to Honors Seminar!
Welcome to Nanotechnology in Science and Engineering!
EGR 2990H : BIO 2990H : CHM 2990H: Honors Seminar in Engineering and Science
Number LD01
Fall 2008

Dr. Christine Barrow, Biology
Dr. Scott Sinex, Chemistry
Dr. Scott D. Johnson, Engineering


OTHER LOCATIONS : CH-100 (Department), the classroom proper, and Cyber Cafe

PHONE NUMBERS: 301-322-0420 (Department Main Line)


To facilitate e-mail communication with me, please include the following code: CCGP07 along with the course designation (EGR 2990H or BIO 2990H or CHM 2990H) in the subject of any e-mails to me during the Fall 2008 semester. The code stops legitimate e-mail messages from being evaluated wrongly as SPAM but does not allow e-mails that contain a virus or illegal attachment into our network.

Example: EGR2990H: Can I have help on my presentation?: CCGP07


OFFICE HOURS (Dr. Johnson): MTWTh 5:45-7:00pm by appointment all other times


This is a seminar course that introduces emerging issues in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics.

This semester's course covers the emerging technologies in the nanoscale range. Nanotechnology impacts virtually every discipline, including biology, chemistry, physics,computational science, and engineering. The government has put into place high-level initiatives to ensure that the nanotechnologies' breathtaking promises can be realized to enhance both innovation and economic and environmental benefits. A high-caliber college-level education is crucial to this effort and an introduction to this topic will benefit the STEM student in his further studies. This course will consist of student's and invited guest's in-depth presentations that will bring to the class the latest investigations and findings in nanotechnology.

Other seminar courses in the future will bring different emerging issues.

This is a one credit course. This course maybe used as a supplement for different science and engineering courses especially in certain transfer situations.


Completion of a minimum of 18 credits of STEM courses, GPA 3.0 and Honors student

or permission of instructor.


Upon successful completion of the course a student will be able to

  1. Successfully present material on nanotechnology at a professional level consistent with the students major.


Pocket Book for Technical Writing for Engineers and Scientists 3rd Edition .  Finkelstein, Leo.  McGraw-Hill (2007).
Nanotechnology DeMystified.   Williams, Linda and Adams, Wade.  McGraw-Hill (2007).


  1. 3 three-hole binders 1" or larger for the handouts

  2. Pens, Pencils, Textbooks, Eraser, Straight edge, Paper, and Calculator are required for every class.


As with any class an amount of time at least equivalent to two times the credit hours is expected to be performed for homework and labs. Please allot sufficient time for homework.


Evaluation of student performance is to be based on:

  1. Your presentation will count for 60% of your grade.

  2. Attendance (without comment) will count for 20% of your grade. An additional 20% will be given for short summaries of the invited outside speakers. This is a seminar course, the point is to attend.


New topics are to be covered each week and this syllabus will change each week to reflect the invited guests' and students' presentations

Week 1 Introduction to Nanotechnology, Dr. Johnson, PGCC, Engineering

Week 2 Nanotechnology in Biology, Dr. Barrow, PGCC, Biology; Nanotechnology in Chemistry, Dr. Sinex, PGCC, Chemistry

Week 3 Introduction to Nanotechnology (part II); Our Energy Challenge (Dr.Smalley's lecture at

Week 4 Nanotechnology at Howard University and PGCC (Gallium Nitride Nanowires), Dr.Joshua Halpern, Howard University Chemistry Department

Week 5 Discussion of student topics

Week 6 Plagiarism Test (last minute replacement assignment)

Week 7 Nanomedicine and The Eye, Dr. Christine Barrow, PGCC, Biology

Week 8 Nanoarray and the Fountain Pen, Dr. Christine Barrow/Dr. Scott Sinex, PGCC, Biology
Microarrays for non-biology majors

Week 9 Applications of magnetic nanoparticles in biosciences, Dr. Daniel H. Reich, Johns Hopkins University

Week 10 Student Presentations: The public law structure surrounding Nanotechnology

Week 11 Student Presentations: Nanotechnology in drug delivery AND Summary of nanotechnology in cancer therapy

Week 12 Using Molecular Workbench (MW) to understand nanotechnology and beyond, Dr. Johnson, PGCC, Engineering

Week 13 Student Presentations: Nanotechnology in the Production and Application of Permanent Magnets AND An Overview of Connections Between Superconductivity, Nanotechnology, and Materials

Week 14 The Applications of Nanotechnology on our Thanksgiving Dinner; All

Week 15 Lessons learned and how to continue our studies in Nanotechnology, Dr. Johnson, PGCC, Engineering (open discussion)


  1. Cell phones must be in vibrate mode and are only to be answered for emergencies (step outside please).

  2. Common courtesy is to apply at all times.

Labor Day - College closed - No classes

Sat.-Mon., August 30 - September 1

Last day to apply for fall graduation

Monday, September 15

Last day to change from "audit to credit" or "credit to audit" for full-semester classes

Friday, September 26

Midterm - middle of semester; class will speed up

Wednesday, October 15

College Enrichment Day - No classes

Tuesday, October 28

Last day to withdraw from full-semester classes

Friday, November 21

Thanksgiving Break Start - No classes

Wed., November 26

College closed - no classes

Thurs.-Sun., November 27-30

Last Day of Classes

Monday, December 8

Final exam period/last week of classes

Tuesday - Monday, December 9-15

Open Registration begins (Engineers should register NOW)

December 8-17

Winter Break - College closed

Saturday - Sunday, December 20 - January 4

Registration begins (Engineers should have registered already...if you have not; do it NOW)

Thursday January 5

Classes begin Spring 2008

Thursday January 22